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Flower Boy Ramyun Shop: Episode 14

Well the poop’s out of the crapper, wouldn’t you say? Secrets come out, minds get blown, and deals get put on the table. Everyone faces the big question before them: Is love simply a luxury for the young and naïve? Or is it something worth sacrificing everything you’ve got, for just one shot?

 
EPISODE 14: “The Difference Between Makjang and Soonjung”

Chi-soo and Eun-bi get in one good snuggle before they hear some familiar voices downstairs. Eun-bi recognizes it immediately: “Isn’t that… your father?” This is why rooms should have doors, people!

Daddy Cha sits down at the kitchen table with Kang-hyuk, and asks straightaway if he’s “Yeo-jin’s son.” Not grasping what the connection is, Eun-bi wonders how bosses Choi and Cha know each other. Chi-soo comes up with the answer: “Well they’re both bosses…” Ha.

But downstairs they keep going. Daddy Cha: “Did you know that Chi-soo was my son?” Kang-hyuk: “Yes. Did you know about me?” Daddy Cha says no, he just found out and came straight here. Kang-hyuk: “Then… did you know about me and my dad when you married my mom?” Daddy Cha sighs, “Yes.”

Upstairs, Eun-bi’s eyes widen. Chi-soo falls back and covers his eyes with a big sigh. Kang-hyuk asks why, and Daddy Cha answers solemnly, “Because even like that, I wanted to live with her. I had to have her, even if it was only half of her.” That’s so sad. Not sympathy-sad, but pathetic-sad. Kang-hyuk asks, “So… were you happy then?”

He sighs again, but says it was enough for him, because he has Chi-soo now. Upstairs, Eun-bi turns to Chi-soo, and it’s written all over his face that this is no surprise to him. He tries to stop her, but she storms right out and asks them directly what on earth they’re talking about.

They’re surprised she was home, but then their jaws really drop when Chi-soo marches out right behind her. Dad stammers, asking what he’s doing here. Chi-soo: “We slept together.” Eun-bi literally slaps her forehead. Ha.

He says they slept squeezing each other tightly, and Kang-hyuk protests that skinship isn’t allowed until “decisions are made.” Then Dad turns to Kang-hyuk: “Do YOU like Yang-yang too?” Oh dear.

Eun-bi tries to wrap her head around what she’s just heard – so that makes Chi-soo…

And then suddenly the strings of makjang go crazy, as Ba-wool pops out from the bathroom: “That makes Chi-soo Kang-hyuk’s son!” Hahahahaha.

And then Hyun-woo pops out from his room: “No, that makes them brothers who share a mom!” Ba-wool gasps, “WHAT? But… if they’re brothers, and they both like Eun-bi noona, then what?”

Everyone looks at Eun-bi and at each other uncomfortably. This scene is so awesome. It’s an example of what makes this show so clever – it’s in the comic handling of the tone that takes a commonly makjang plot point and then turns it on its head.

Once the initial shock dies down, Eun-bi sits in a room with Hyun-woo and Ba-wool, the latter of whom is reeling from the news more than anyone. And then Hyun-woo remembers, “But… what was Cha Chi-soo doing in your room… Oh.” Hee.

Dad sits the two brothers down, and asks Kang-hyuk if he came from Japan specifically for this reason. For this awkward family reunion? He assures them that his mother’s last request was for him to stay away from Cha Sung, and he’s only here to protect Eun-bi and the ramyun shop.

Dad turns to Chi-soo and asks why he’s here then. Chi-soo: “To date. And I was doing so well too. Daaaad, why’d you have to come now?” Pffft. It’s so like you to only think of what base you would’ve been on if Dad hadn’t interrupted with his birth secrets and whatnot. Exasperated, Dad calls his secretary to haul Chi-soo off, and they leave.

Eun-bi asks Kang-hyuk how he could’ve kept this from her. Chi-soo is Chi-soo, but he should’ve told her. But he says that he wasn’t ever planning to tell her – he was just going to look in on Chi-soo, just once, to see what kind of person he was.

She still thinks he could’ve told her. Kang-hyuk: “How? If I told you, it’s obvious I’d stop being a man to you, and just become Chi-soo’s hyung. So how? How could I tell you? I’m just now trying to go from being your guardian to being a man… so how could I tell you?”

He turns to go, his giant shoulders practically down to his knees. Without turning back to face her, he adds, “Yang Eun-bi, I’m not a pillar. I’m a man too.” Aaaaaaaaaack. That breaks my heart.

At home, Dad tells Chi-soo that it can’t go on – what, does he think someone like Eun-bi could live at Cha Sung? Or can Chi-soo live in a place with no beds? Chi-soo balks that he’s not living with her; he just wants to date her.

But Dad says dating leads to the other stuff, and then asks if Eun-bi feels the same way about him. Is she as crazy about Chi-soo as he is for her? Chi-soo stammers, “She will.” Aw, puppy.

Dad says it’s no use, trying to teach a lion how to love grass and flowers. You’re born with these traits, he says, and it’s not something you can learn. He says that Kang-hyuk was born with it, making him right for Eun-bi, and not Chi-soo. Well by your logic, then Chi-soo could be born with it too, since they share a mom, yeah? Not that your logic is… logical, of course.

Eun-bi runs into a pair of ajummas in the morning, who laugh as they tell her that they heard a hilarious rumor that Eun-bi is living with four guys, including a husband and a lover. She cringes as she laughs along.

As X-files music begins to play and Eun-bi’s face turns to horror, the ajummas laugh, “Next thing you know, they’ll be saying you’re caught between two brothers from different mothers, fighting over you!” HAHAHAHA. They walk off, laughing at how ridiculous that is, and Eun-bi horror-laughs in their wake.

Chi-soo shows up behind her, musing that she looks pretty when she laughs first thing in the morning. She looks down to see a suitcase in tow. Omo. The rest of the boys file out of the house, just in time to see Chi-soo arrive.

They note the bags and wonder why he looks like a rich kid who just ran away from home… and then their jaws drop. “You’re not…” Chi-soo puts his arm around Eun-bi, “That’s right. I’m living here. I’m going to eat grass with my Yang Eun-bi.” Eeee!

Inside, Eun-bi tries to talk some sense into Chi-soo, but he refuses to go anywhere. He reasons that Dad’s too mad at him for him to return home, and besides, don’t they take in runaways, like on principle? And he’s a runaway brother at that, so…

Kang-hyuk is the first to cave, and tells Chi-soo to unpack. Eun-bi looks over at him like he’s lost his mind, but already Chi-soo is two steps up the staircase, toward Eun-bi’s room. Kang-hyuk grabs him by the waist and drags him back downstairs. Heh.

Ba-wool runs out from school in a panic, and Hyun-woo tells him to slow down, but he’s like, “How can I slow down when I know that Cha Chi-soo is living in that house? What kind of makjang is this?” Hyun-woo smiles, “It might be makjang to others, but to Chi-soo, it’s soonjung*.” Ba-wool gapes.

At the store, Eun-bi is stuck between the Brothers Petty, who I’m pretty sure are enjoying their rivalry more than anything, not that they’d admit it. Eun-bi sneaks off, and then wonders why they have no customers today.

It’s because Daddy Cha has moved onto Phase 2 of his plan, since the convincing Chi-soo ship has sailed. He’s launched a free ramyun stand just outside the school, to steal all their business, and has his secretary tow Chi-soo’s car away for good measure. Looks like Daddy’s not a complete softy after all.

Or at least, his secretary isn’t, because he cuts off Chi-soo’s cell phone, every VVVIP credit card, and even access to his bank accounts. All frozen solid. Chi-soo screams bloody murder, but it’s no use. I love that he’s cut off.

Kang-hyuk goes to see Daddy Cha, who asks for his help in putting Chi-soo back in his rightful place. “You can’t play the hyung and the man at the same time.” He adds that Kang-hyuk and Eun-bi make a good picture, and if it were something he’d known earlier, he wouldn’t have held his wife here like that.

Dad: “You and I both know all too well, that if you pass soonjung, you can turn into makjang.” He pleads with Kang-hyuk for his help, and says that if Chi-soo doesn’t come out of there, he’ll have no choice but to proceed, handing over his plans for the Cha Sung takeover.

Eun-bi walks home with a bag of apples, accidentally dropping one on the street. It gets smashed to smithereens by a car, and it gives her pause, as she remembers Daddy Cha’s words that there’s one thing that can’t get hurt in all this: Chi-soo.

Kang-hyuk walks through the streets lost in his own Chi-soo dilemma, and then comes upon a cheering crowd outside a batting cage. The slugger steps out, and it’s Eun-bi, surprised to see Kang-hyuk there.

They sit down to chat, and he takes her hand in his, noting that it’s cold. She awkwardly says thank you, and he says with a tinge of disappointment, “You say thank you to me a lot… but you never say it to Cha Chi-soo. When I hold you hand, it must not be hot, but just… thankful?” Aw, poor buddy.

Eun-bi: “Thankful… and warm.” He asks, “And Cha Chi-soo?” She thinks about it for a moment, and turns to answer…

Only to find Kang-hyuk plugging his ears like a giant man-baby. HA. Apparently he realized how very little he wanted to hear your answer. He tells her he’d rather not know, and gets up to go first, announcing that he’s going to be the bad boy today. Okay, Onion.

At home, Chi-soo does the potty dance in front of a vacant bathroom. Hyun-woo and Ba-wool wonder why he won’t go, and Chi-soo whines, “There’s no bidet!” Oh you princess.

Kang-hyuk arrives outside the shop, and ponders Daddy Cha’s deal from earlier that day: he’d promised that if Kang-hyuk could get Chi-soo away from the ramyun shop (meaning Eun-bi, naturally) then he’d make sure to exclude the shop from the new development plans.

He sighs to find Chi-soo sitting outside, waiting for Eun-bi. He asks about Chi-soo’s heart, his true feelings for her: “How long do you think your heart will last?” But Chi-soo counters matter-of-factly how on earth he’s supposed to know such things. I do love that he’s so realistically young in this sense.

Chi-soo: “All I know is, right now, if I can’t see her, I think I’ll go crazy.”

Chi-soo asks if he happens to know where Eun-bi is, and he lies and says no. But then he stops as he turns to go, and closes his eyes with a sigh. “She’s at the baseball field by the school.” Aw, are you choosing to be the hyung, or trying to be both? I seriously find this relationship to be more moving, where Kang-hyuk is concerned, because you can see his struggle to be the better man.

Dong-joo and Coach walk out, and for the second time that day, he tries to hold her hand and she rejects it, frantic about where they are and who will see them. She reminds him that she’s engaged. He asks why she kissed him then. “Did you play around with my pure heart (soonjung)?”

Dong-joo: “I’m in my twenties. You’re in your thirties. Purity is something for those who have nothing to lose, and nothing to claim responsibility for.”

Chi-soo finds Eun-bi still at the batting cages, and drags her out, all shouty and indignant over how she hasn’t even considered that someone is waiting for her at home, and how he’s lost everything – his phone, his cards, even his car.

He asks if she knows how much he’s sacrificed to be with her, and she surprises him with her answer: “Were you not prepared to lose this much?” She tells him that if he’s for real, then he’ll have to prepare to lose even more, to subsist on ramyun and have nothing. “I’m seriously considering everything that I have to sacrifice right now. So do me a favor, and do the same.” I love it when she schools him.

She returns to the batting cage, and leaves him speechless. He watches her for while and then turns to go with a heavy sigh. She finally looks back and finds him gone.

Ba-wool gets up with a start, finding his bad boy ignore-So-yi routine unbearable. He struggles with the urge to break his silence and call her… when he gets a text from her that says that they should break up. Ha. Don’t try to play the player.

He runs right into her trap… at a church? Hahaha. It’s time for some old school drama meta. She prays, asking for forgiveness for her sins, now that she’s realized how wrong it was to date Ba-wool, and Chi-soo, and that oppa she knows (heh). She says she’ll break up with Ba-wool as the price.

But Ba-wool shouts, “NO!” and kneels at her side, crying as he confesses his sins, for ignoring her text messages. Hahahaha. He says that he left his post at her right side, and that he didn’t know how precious she was to him.

Her trap totally works, of course, and I’d be madder if it wasn’t also an indication that she likes him back. She makes him promise not to do it again, and then puckers up for a kiss. Ba-wool gulps nervously, and then goes in eyes closed, nearly missing her lips. But they kiss, and bells ring. Aw.

At home, Chi-soo and Kang-hyuk fight over who gets to check up on Eun-bi, only to have Hyun-woo discover her lying on the bathroom floor, passed out. Did she FAINT from constipation?!

The doctor comes by, and then Hyun-woo points at both brothers, reiterating the doctor’s orders: “Teacher has to rest, so no one, under any circumstances, is to enter her room!”

Cut to: both boys, lying on either side of Eun-bi. HAHAHAHA.

Neither of them can sleep though, and Kang-hyuk asks why Chi-soo likes Eun-bi so much. He doesn’t really know, and asks Kang-hyuk the same, and he says he doesn’t know either, but adds that he likes that she’s healthy.

They have a tiny bonding moment as they name all of Eun-bi’s healthy traits, like her arms and her appetite, all minus the constipation of course, which they call out in unison. Heh. That stirs Eun-bi awake, which they don’t notice.

Chi-soo says, “I don’t know about anything else, but it’s because she’s the first woman who looked pretty while crying. Because of you, I don’t like women who cry. Because my mom would hold a picture of you and your father, and cry, every night.” *sniff*

Kang-hyuk: “Well, at least you got a crying mom. I only got to have a sick mom.” Aw, you pair of puppies. Chi-soo breaks the saccharine just in time: “Are you trying to say that you’re more pitiful than I am?”

Kang-hyuk: “Why, do I look it? Will you give me Wifey then?” Ha. Chi-soo decides to stake his claim, and wraps his leg and arm around Eun-bi. Kang-hyuk won’t be outdone, and does the same.

Well THAT doesn’t look wrong or anything.

Eun-bi opens her eyes, and calls out, “Hyun-woo-ya!” Heh. Hyun-woo runs in, and she directs him to move these things aside because they’re heavy. He tries, but they won’t budge.

Ba-wool skips home on cloud nine, and then hears strange snoring coming from Eun-bi’s room. He pokes his head in, and finds all three boys lying there, sandwiching Eun-bi. She cries, “Ba-wool-ah, will you remove these Makjang Brothers?” Hee.

He gripes at the display, calling them a soonjung posse, and then… joins them. Ha. Eun-bi sighs, wondering what country she saved in her past life, using the phrase that means she’s lucky, but in the tone of, “what’d I do to deserve this?”

In the morning, Kang-hyuk sits in the corner, looking on as everyone else sleeps, with Ba-wool and Hyun-woo snuggling off to one side (aw) and Chi-soo clasping Eun-bi’s hand.

Eun-bi murmurs something in her sleep, and Kang-hyuk leans in close to make out the name… and it’s Chi-soo’s. He sighs, hit pretty head-on with the evidence right in front of him. “You sleep with Cha Chi-soo, and now you’re dreaming about him too?” He lets out another sigh and hangs his head, as if knowing the answer to his own dreaded question.

And then, in the sweetest little gesture ever, he covers Chi-soo with a blanket before heading out. Awwwww.

In the shop, he looks over Daddy Cha’s proposal, contemplating what to do. Meanwhile Chi-soo wakes up with bunny ears and dying of thirst, and wanders into the shop looking for water.

He finds Kang-hyuk’s water and gulps it down, and then notices the proposal sitting on the table. He flips through it, face growing grim.

Chi-soo: “What is this?”

Kang-hyuk: “This shop, traded for you.”

(This time, as the credits play, Ba-wool illustrates the very complicated Choi/Cha backstory via potatoes and stick figures, to a very confused Hyun-woo. Hee.)

 
COMMENTS

I really love the drama meta in this writer’s arsenal, and it gives me confidence when an episode is titled, “The Difference Between Makjang and Soonjung,” because we know that hanging a lantern on makjang makes it… not makjang. (*Makjang is the over-dramatic use of clichéd storylines like birth secrets, used time and again in dramas for the sake of plot twist. Soonjung means purity or innocence, and is a genre of comics about pure sweet innocent love.)

The thing that the title and the episode illustrates is that the difference is a matter of tone. It’s actually something that’s hard to explain, like the reason why something might be a melodrama (Thousand Day Promise) but not makjang. Because it’s a difference of tone, and it’s the treatment of the elements, not the plot points themselves, that makes something one or the other. Hence the parodies in this episode, with the overwrought music and the gasping and the kneeling in a church to confess one’s sins. It’s all borrowed from the drama clichés of yesteryear (though sadly, still in effect in more dramas than we care to admit).

The drama is basically saying – we know it’s makjang to have them be half-brothers, but we’re not going to let it BE makjang because we’re going to do the opposite of every drama ever. We’re going to make fun of it, and have them be cool about it, and have funny Eun-bi sandwiches. What it does is strip away all the would-be dramatics, to get at the heart of the emotions in earnest – the soonjung, or the purity of heart.

I feel like Kang-hyuk’s true love story isn’t with Eun-bi, but with Chi-soo. He’s the one who needs a hyung and a pillar, and I think that’s Kang-hyuk’s impulse, despite their so-called competition for Eun-bi. It did break my heart when he told her that he isn’t a pillar but a man, and I really felt for his character for the first time in this episode, because he hasn’t really shown anything besides a desire to protect up until this point. But when he asks to be seen as a man, it just about killed me. I wished in that moment that he’d chosen to be more selfish, before Eun-bi’s heart had boiled over for another man.

 
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THANKS FOR THE AWESOME RECAP!!! ♥

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Does anyone know the name of the song that played on the scene when Eun-bin was eating the caviar that Chi-soo ordered for her in EP7? I love its melody and it is perfectly suit Chi-soo’s princelike high attitude.

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There wasn't any caviar scene in Episode 7, I don't think. The caviar scene after the theater face-chewing session was episode 11.

I know the singer is Andrea Bocelli, but I'm not familiar with the tune. He's an awesome tenor though.

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Yes you are right the caviar scene in EP 11. I need to know the freaking name of the song, I am going crazy here now.

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hi there, if I'm not mistaken the title of the song is Mai Piu' costi' lontano by Andrea Bocelli from his 1999's Sogno album.

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You are right , the singer is Andrea Bocelli, and the name of the song is Mai piu cosi lontano (Never again so far away).

Below are the lyrics of the song, it seems like the right song come out when Chi-soo proposing to Eun-bin in the Italian restaurant.

Never again so far away
Never again without the hand
That warms my heart
Never again so far away
Never again without the passion
That warms my heart

And a thousand days
And a thousand nights
Without understanding
Without feeling
Without realizing
That there's nothing else in this world
Not even in the depth of my soul
You're the only one I need
You, and only you

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Although I really like CS, but I feel he disrespects his hyung's words all the time. KH keeps the rule about not doing anything with EB until she makes up her mind, but CS just completely ignored whatever KH said before. The fact that he kept saying that he would steal Kh's 'wife' just shows me how CS completely disregards his brother's feelings towards EB. I respect KH because he regards everyone involved, including CS's feelings. I just wish CS would do the same toward his older brother.

Only 2 more episodes? sigh.

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Maybe this is a cultural thing, but since they are half brothers who did not grow up together, and who each spent time abroad, why would Chi Soo treat KH's words as those of a respected hyung? Moreover, CS's position in life seems to somewhat trump the Korean age/politeness social rules; I noticed that neither him (nor KH really) bowed to the cabbage ladies in the scene where they were shocked by Eun Bi's living arrangements, but Ba Wool and Hyun Woo did. Also, Eun Bi is not only NOT really KH's "wife" in any sense of the word, she's not even really a girl he's dating exclusively for him to act the way he's acting. Does a woman in her mid-20s in 2011 in any country really need a "protector" like she was a naive teenager who grew up in a convent?

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Thank you GF for your awesomeness as usual and your great recaps!
I wonder if Chi-soo will give up Eun-bi to save the shop and that will make Eun-bi realize how much she loves Chi-soo, but makes her so pissed that he willing to give her up. She then roars after him like a tsumani of love, daddy Cha see their love for one another and lets them live happily ever after at the noodle shop.

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I really wish you were the scriptwriter. That 's exactly what I am hoping for. I will keep my finger crossed to see it happen next week.

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I really want this to happen.

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Girlfriday, thanks for another amazing recap!

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oh monday! ppplllllzzzzzzzz come fast!!!!

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SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE A HEADER WITH THE EUN BI SANDWICH!!!!!!

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Daddy Cha always tries to fix things with money.He thinks it is the best to break up CCS with Eun Bi.Typical makjang plot dangling the restaurant contract to Kang Hyuk. So far every cliche has had a twist.
CCS hasn't face reality about losing all for Eun Bi.Mostly, he has lost material things; car, VVIP credit cards,etc.What if he really lost Eun Bi? CCS has to grow up.Probably, the writers will tie up the loose ends in the last two episodes.
Loved all of the memorable "flower boys", especially Crazy Chicken. He is adorable.
I hope there is no FBRS2. Sequels are usually inferior to the orginal.

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I want to be their noona!!!!

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I would say: I actually enjoys reading your recap than watching the actual drama itself..LOL <3 <3 <3 More POWER to you!!!!!!!!!!

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OMG, me too! Probably because I read the recaps first. It's like these recaps are the totally sinful and mouthwatering icing on this ultra-delicious cake! :D

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This drama never fails to surprise and entertain. I'm excited how they will wrap this up. Hopefully, it would live up to people's expectations.

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Gahhh... my heart really breaks for Kanghyuk for the first time!

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Really appreciate how the makjang is over in mere minutes (with ALL 5 hearing the deep dark secret at once).

As opposed to (typically) dragging it out for all of 6 eppies. And fearing from episode to episode in the meaning anyone would find out.

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i totally get why the intern keeps pushing chisoo away every time he tries to flatter her smouldering her with his affection...........well it is quite obvious intern feels the same way as cha chi soo it seems to me her affection for cha chi soo is more than cha himself can imagine but what can she do just let him in and just elope with him in a blink of an eye than how long would it last in the end the story would be the same as president cha and his decesased wife..............so she knows she can't just take him in even though she wants to not just yet.
i love the pillar actually i started watching this drama just for lee ki woo i wanted to see him in such role after he was cool, sad that he made me wait so long but the quality of this drama makes it all so worthwhile and as everyone said i really felt for him in this episode and felt sad that intern still doesn't see him the way he does but like soemone said he did barge into intern;s life and he even removed the door from the interns room if someone where to do the same to us then we certainly wouldnot be happy. so since some of his action are inappropiate as well it is completly overshawdowed cause thats how the character has been made which makes even his wrong deed seem so nice.
i really wish they have a second season there are so many things just lingering around can't wait for ep 15 and 16...............

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This is perfect:
intern feels the same way as cha chi soo it seems to me her affection for cha chi soo is more than cha himself can imagine but what can she do just let him in and just elope with him in a blink of an eye than how long would it last in the end the story would be the same as president cha and his decesased wife…………..so she knows she can’t just take him in even though she wants to not just yet.

That is what she has been trying to tell CCS in the last few episodes!

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stimulating! i think that love has 2 sides, YEB has fall for CCS with true love no matter of age difference, social background etc. She also knows that the lover relationship, itself, may hurt CCS as well due to his dad's objection etc.

She becomes highly stressful and therefore is playing sport to relief her pressure, fear, pain as well......then exhausted...fainting......i can feel she is very painful inside, EITHER she accepts CCS's love, she is afraid of hurting him in a sense loss of everything he loved before, OR she avoids/ rejects him right now, she does feel the HURT inside herself and does CCS (his first innocent love being rejected and therefore hurt) How can she stands????.....from that point of view, i can say that YEB loves CCS more than herself.......REMEMBER????she always cares for CCS, whether he is hurt physically after the fight/talk with KH.....she urges CCS to leave her room asap worrying CCS will be hit again by KH and BW........however, CCS does not realise these......

i guess, the last 2 esp, there will be some changes, CCS finally may know YEB's heart........(YEB) letting him go is also an expression of love (to CCS) at this stage........at the same time, if CCS lets YEB go (end the relationship) temporarily to give her some space........that means CCS is mature now, already grown from a child/boy to become a real man (like KH).

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This is definitely the most heartwarming of ALL episodes so far. Hands down.

I'm really wondering how all this will be concluded. I mean, we all know it's Chi Soo and Eun Bi in the end but HOW? How is that going to happen?

I find myself looking forward to the ending more than ever (and more than in any other kdrama). But at the same time, I feel a tinge of sadness that it's going to be over soon. This drama definitely takes the cake for the Best Drama of 2011 for me. Thank you, people of Korean entertainment industry, you didn't fail me! Haha.

P.S. I found myself running around the room for Ba Wool and So Yi! YAY! The bells! My prayers were answered. Even if I wanted to murder So Yi in the beginning for treating bb Ba Wool like that, I've always been fascinated by the dynamics of their love line. Because So Yi is a little bit like Chi Soo, she lacks humanity and emotion. And Ba Wool is the total opposite, the extreme opposite. It's nice to know that it's not only the main characters who have found growth. I'm so excited to see how this will wrap up for them. :)

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And, of course, thank you GF and JB for making the whole FBRS experience even more worthwhile than it already is. I wonder how did I ever enjoy the kdramas I watched without your recaps! :)

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I don't think neither of the three is in love where nothing else matters. CS has stated that he just needs to see her and that's all he knows, he's not thinking of the future and what that will mean to him.

KH I think his attraction has more to do with CS than it does with EB.

For EB CS was a major part in her getting over the ex, he kept her distracted and he was the first man to flirt with and tease her.

That being said unless the do a fast forward I don't see these relationships needing anyone to make a choice.

Maybe the more important relationship will be between the two brother's.

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agreed! when the 2 brothers are chatting, sandwiched YEB, they are really connected, something important in their childhood and also traumatic experienced from their mum. They can now share a whole picture of their mum (they both love their mum so much). in fact they all suffer from that.......right now, in front of them, YEB becomes a linkage, their parents' love story......may help them to re-assess/ review what is love about? it seems that love and pain is actually the 2 sides of a coin. One has to experience the 2 sides.........eventually understands what does mean by LOVE!!

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Thank you so much for the recap, girlfriday~

LOL to credit play , Ba-wool & Hyun-woo XD

seriously ehh, Shayne Orok's song '이야기(Story)' in the end episode has scared me to death!!!~~ >//<

How if Chisoo and Eunbi ended up like in the song? ..T_T

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How does it end in the song?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULeb8up6Xek

Here is a link to the lyrics in English.

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I would be OK with that being YEB and KH's story.

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I don't want it to end like that >_<

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I have that terrible infirmity of being a second lead sucker... XD <3 Kang Hyuk

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i love Ba-wool! so funny!

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This drama confuses me. I am not sure what theme the writers are trying to highlight.

On one hand there's the theme of "being true to oneself." Eun Bi constantly seems to be fighting and resisting being a "Ramyun girl" - rejecting her father's legacy - and instead is obsessed with becoming a teacher even though it doesn't seem to fit her personality. To me Kang Hyuk represents this side of her - the down-to-earth no-nonsense Eun Bi.

On the other hand, there's the "you make your own destiny" theme which was solidified in the "If It's Eun Bi"
episode. Essentially, Eun Bi doesn't have to be constrained by social expectations - she can love someone younger if she wants to, she can be a teacher or a shop owner if she wants to. Except of course I have no idea what it is she wants.

Anyone else feel this way?

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All I have to say is I would have been Chi Soo who, after I saw Kang Hyuk wet and half naked in my kitchen. Actually, i literally said that, and he wasnt in my kitchen.

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This drama... These actors... ~Swoon~

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ep 14 isn't subbed yet this is really frustrating

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First off, I love angry Kang Hyuk/Pillar/"Man". I love his quirks but being all bothered--aside from being hot all the time--makes him hotter. Haha. Plus it does make him look like a man and not just Eun Bi's guardian.

I still want a better reason for him to like Eun Bi though. It just feels too convenient. They didn't really have any other connection than him appearing and started liking Eun Bi. Two more episodes.

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I skipped the last episode but I'm glad I watched this one.

On paper I feel that this drama doesn't work for me sometimes but once dramatized everything fits into place.

I like how the characters are different in ages but don't seem odd hanging together.

When it comes to a long-term relationship though I just can't see YE with either CCS or Tamanegi. CCS has got a long way to go mentally and Tamanegi as GF says seems more into looking after CCS and YE.

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I agree with the pople who say Mr. Sex pillar needs a future love interest, preferably in the same way Kim Jae Wook/No Sun Ki did in Coffee Prince.

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Cha Chi Soo - Cute, Adorable, Charming, Sexy, Puppy Eyes, Kissable lips, Passionate, young, a spoilted brat, irresistable seductive with his wink and smile
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Kang-hyuk - Dependable, nice, a pillar of strength, warm, tall, gentle, able to cook (Chef), Adorable, manly and a great, muscular body

Eun-Bi - a 25 years old, trying to do the right things in life, she choose teaching because it is a stable job. But i did remember her daddy told her to follow her heart before he passed away. So underneath all these, lies a girl in her heart, that is the real Eun-Bi

If i am her, i will not be able to make a choice easily. In terms of age, Kang-hyuk is more appropriate, as woman tend to age faster compared to man. Logically speaking, Kang- hyuk is a better choice. But if Eun-Bi were to follow her heart, surely she will choose Chi-Soo as she admitted her heart boils because of him.

Anyway, Eun-Bi is so "fortunate" to have two hot guys after her. But in real life, if that really happens, I would choose to WAIT. After all, no hurry is'nt it? Just be good friends, keep the business going in the ramyun shop. Until one year latter, Chi Soo would be at a mature age, Kang-hyuk and Eun-Bi can figure out what they really want. Kang-hyuk can wait for Eun-Bi and make a decision. That being said, but this is a drama so it must have an ending. Hopefully Eun-Bi and Chi Soo will be together. Kang-hyuk and Chi Soo will be brothers who run the ramyun business with the two buddies. Yes, A HAPPY ENDING!

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Thank you so much JB & Girlfiriday for super fast recap and for explaining about makjang n Soonjung. Analyzing drama tone definitely interesting n new to me.

Omo..omo...i hv to catch up fast to this episode....the bedroom scene is so cute & hilarious, remind me Sunkyunkwan Scandal's bedroom moment.

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i wonder how big a tsunami it is going to be in ep 15 and 16 they keep using that word so much i hope it is worth repeating on almost every episode and makeing us so anticipated........and every one who doesn't feel like jung il woo fits bein cha chi soo then you should look at ezra miller of we need to talk about kevin he seriously looks like he is in his early 20s but he is only 18..........for me i completley bought jung il woo being 19 year old kid..........i hope his next venture will be as amazing..........

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is it just me - I find chi-soo's mannerisms getting more gay - like the scene at the end where he woke up and was looking for water? just wondering if anyone else has similar thoughts or i'm just being overly sensitive?

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Okay....I am one of the rare ones watching this show who has this opinon:

Eun Bi to me is WORTHLESS lol. Useless!!! And one of the most annoying female characters I have ever seen. But yet, I am glued to this TV wanting to see what happens to her!!! Maybe because I am a strong minded female, I can't really relate to this lowly version of Eun Bi. What happened to the girl who threw waterballoons, slammed a face in with a volleyball? Wasn't she strong before? So what is up with this leading people on thing she has going for herself? Then has the nerve to look at Kang Hyuk and say why are you push and pulling and WHY she wasn't told anything about CS/KH? How could HE do that to HER?

Um....what? Who are you to have to know-..what? WHAT? In which way are you obligated?

Another thing that's urking me is that she just might end up with CS (it's already planned for sure, but still). This is one of the most immature men on the face of the K-Drama Universe. He likes a girl bc she doesnt' succumb, so he tries harder. He's materialistic. Immature. Disrespectful to Eun Bi MANY MANY times. Trying to CHANGE her into Caviar? And yet she's all "heart BA-BOOM" over this fool. A dude that said you shame him, to move out because he SAID SO, threw money at you, and called you UGLY?!?! WHAT?!?!?

And poor KH, who basically wants her for HER. Who still has the nerve to talk to EB even after she kissed another guy (CS), ran away with CS, didn't get what she wanted from him so she ran back to KH due to a feeling of last resort. KH STILL stayed with her after that. And yes, he's a protector. But that's why it makes him amazing. People are saying, "Protecting from what?". He's protecting her from harm, just like any good boyfriend and husband would do for his girlfriend/wife. Would you not want to see your loved one harmed? And the whole Eun Bi "boiling" heart crap for CS bc of 2 kisses and a hug and a cuddle?

SHE HASNT EVEN REALLY KISSED KH YET!!!! How is she supposed to know if she doesn't even allow SOME kind of romantic encounter with KH. Listen, Junk Food may be tasty, but a lot of that mess will, in the end, make you fat and miserable. CS is Junk Food. And KH? KH is the protein, vitamins, and all that goodness that will give EB a healthy, lasting, and completely loved life.

I hope to GOD there is a time jump! Because she needs to separate herself from these two to figure out who she wants. And if everything goes the way I WANT IT TO (lol), she'll be dropped by both of them! KH deserves someone better and he needs to flaunt that in EB's face. And CS, he needs to grow up and go through hardships before talking to people like he knows what the heck life is!

And that So-Yi girl...she's needs to be kicked HARD off her high horse and I hope Ba Ool does it.

Man....these feelings have been bubbling in me for 14 episodes and I just needed to get it out hahaha.

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lol.eunbi is a perfectly normal character i think
although she sometimes 과대망상 butt
she represents a lot of korean girls. lol. VERY REALISTIC CHARACTER. if you don't like this charac, then you havent fully understood this show or the charac itself OR our culture

im just happy to say you guys dont have to worry about the show's ending *wink* *wink*

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This is the first time I have ever rooted for the second lead, and believe me, I have a long series roster. I mean, look, I never even once switched over to Piljoo-line while watching Best Love. That has to count for something when he was probably the best second lead you could ever ask for in recent memory.

It doesn't help that Eunbi is so obviously stringing Kanghyuk along when she is pretty much crystal clear to herself about who she truly likes. It is so clear to even herself who she truly wants, yet she still constantly talks about how she needs time to figure it out. The perfect example of this was the scene in this episode when Chisoo came in with his luggage in the kitchen, you could see how exasperated Kanghyuk's face was when Eunbi said to Chisoo: "I still haven't chosen you or Kanghyuk yet." It almost sounds like a lie to everybody including herself.

This is what's driving me insane, the fact that Eunbi shows absolutely no sign of interest anymore in Kanghyuk, but she keeps saying that he's still part of this really 'tough' decision she hasn't made yet. It makes it even harder to not feel for Kanghyuk when it's so obvious that he realizes this, but he still treats her the same way.

I realize that it is a tough decision when you can't guarantee whether Chisoo will be mature enough to make the relationship work in the long run, but why do you have to string along the other guy when you have no interest in him anymore? It makes me feel like she's using Kanghyuk as Plan B or a back-up since he's always there for her.

I'm not even asking Eunbi to straight up tell Kanghyuk that it's a definite "No." I just want her to stop officially thinking or saying that he is still in the running since she hasn't made her decision yet. Just stop making it seem like he's an actual option when you know that he isn't.

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I liked this episode a lot. It was very clever. Loved the overly dramatic background music that started playing the moment Ba Wool jumped out of the bathroom in the big "secret" reveal scene. And that everyone was listening in on the conversation and had to comment. Hilarious! Also loved the super over dramatic church scene with So Yi and Ba Wool. When there were tears streaming down his face as he asked for forgiveness for ignoring her texts. LOL! But for me the best part was Ba Wool's stick figure and potato explanation of the complicated relationship between Chi Soo and Kang Hyuk. Both hilarious and helpful, since I was completely confused.
So, basically Ba Wool killed it in this ep.

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i love ittttt thnx :)

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My head is reeling! The second last episode airs TONIGHT!! How the hell are they going to get everything wrapped up in two hours!!
I'm partly excited to see how they do it, as the writers have done such great jobs on subverting makjang cliches all over the place - partly terrified they'll mess it up - and all over sad that the show is coming to an end.

No more Chi Soo, no more Panda, no more BaWool. Show! Don't do this to me!!

Thank God Vampire Prosecuter is coming back or I would be a total wreck altogether!!

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It's sooo sad!!!! T.T I didn't think this show could make me cry... and here I am... T.T ... and to think tomorrow he'll be screening the last episode with his fans, but no tickets are left... Ahhh!!!! Should I show up anyways? Ahhh! What to do? What to do? ...

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i couldn't sleep yest i was so psyched about the episode 15 and as soon as i came home from work opened my lap top for ep 15 and bang it was there but the raw version still i watched it and am anticipating dramabeans recap cant wait but have to be patient.............. and you know what the intern sings iu's good day hehe i wanted iu to be included someway with this drama and that way it did fullfill my wishful thinking in someway if not in same way i had wanted it..................the best part of dramabeans is that people are not here to criticize though there are some but they are rare, rather people are here to discuss and make things clear since we can't understand korean and it is obvious there are things left untold during the translation the exact meaning and essence gets lost during the translation the dramabeans helps mend those bridge and helped me understand more about the drama thanks dramabeans i will be following you again something worthy of your and my interest comes along.....

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I can't help it but LOVE Chi-soo's bunny ear's hairstyle! so cute! ^-^

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I honestly didn't hold up much expectation for this drama because of the "flower" title, but once again I relearned "to never judge a [drama] by its [title]" haha. Yes the main actors are real eye candy, but I kept watching the show because of their (and the rest of the cast's) cute and comical acting and interactions. It's almost like how the cast in Coffee Prince had such great chemistry!

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Wow the writing on this show really is GOOD!

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Does anyone know the name of the song when Ba Wool was crying in the church. I've been looking everywhere for it. :/

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Hi there, does anyone knw the sad song that was playing when KH closed his eye contemplating n in a struggle thinkg whthr to let CJS knw where YEB is??

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I put up with it this far but apparently the writers were determined to make me lose interest so now it is done. *in my makjang voice*

I'm so tired of this triangle I was actually GLAD to spend time with white lily. Smh I feel so dirty.

It would be different if they were talking to each other but they're not. How can you make a life altering decision and never once ask about plans, hopes, dreams and where I fit into them. Cha threw his money around and I guess husband wants to take in homeless kids and make them ramen for the next 30 yrs?
*sigh*
I'm already thinking about what drama to rewatch to get the taste of this one out of my mouth

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