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Flower Boy Ramyun Shop: Episode 16 (Final)

Best. Finale. Ever. Okay, not EVER, in the history of all dramas. But goddamn, is it awesome. It’s even better than what I had hoped for, and bubbling over with so much laugher and heart, and surprise – heroism – that I’m still grinning from ear to ear. I love it when a drama saves its best for last. Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, I love you so. You may not be everyone’s favorite flavor, but for me, you’re seasoned just right.

The drama went on out on solid ratings for cable network tvN: average 2.86%, and an episode high of 3.54%.

 
EPISODE 16: “The Heart Boils Over”

It’s Christmas time and the boys watch old movies by the tree. Hyun-woo asks where Teacher went, and Ba-wool says she went to go look at dresses…

At the wedding dress shop, someone comes out wearing a big white dress… and it’s Dong-joo, of course, shopping for the big day. She sort of half-assed picks the one she’s got on, not really caring what she’s going to wear. That’d probably be a message to you about marrying the wrong guy, yeah?

Eun-bi doesn’t really feel comfortable in her white bridesmaid’s dress, and Dong-joo snaps, “Are you going to stand in my wedding wearing your volleyball uniform then?” Heh. I bet she’d try. It’s mostly ’cause she feels nekkid in the strappy dress, and Dong-joo adds, “…we’ll have to stand Chi-soo in the back.” Haha. To keep him from overheating at the sight of her? I love that people talk about him like he’s a bomb.

Chi-soo wallows in bed, covered with his Pororo blanket for comfort, and listening to his mother’s song over and over on repeat. Dad looks in on him and sighs, asking his secretary what he thinks. Secretary reminds him that this is what Chi-soo’s mom used to do, every day.

Eun-bi’s not faring much better, as the boys discover her cooking in the ramyun shop in the middle of the night with the lights turned off, like a ramyun ghost. They get the daylights scared out of them, but she hardly even registers their presence, answering them with far-off looks.

They watch from outside the store, and Ba-wool says this sight is a familiar one – it’s what her dad used to do when her mom died. Aw.

Chi-soo sits in his room and cooks up a silver pot of ramyun, as Eun-bi does the same in the shop. She takes a taste, “No matter what I add, it’s bland.” Chi-soo takes a taste of his, and sighs, “This isn’t the taste. Why is it so salty?” Go figure it’s the ramyun connection that melts my heart.

Kang-hyuk watches Eun-bi day by day with a heavy heart, and tries to lift her mood with his usual flirty ways, but she remains cold and distant. He picks up on her chin-scratching habit, though it looks like his is a reaction to being rejected.

There’s a scuffle in the ramyun shop over some customers who refuse to pay for their meal (because the ramyun is all curly, ha) and when Hyun-woo gets yelled at, Ba-wool steps out in front of him. Awwwwww.

Then Eun-bi walks up, and Ba-wool does this adorable you guys are in big trouble now ’cause my NOONA is here! But then he quickly deflates when Eun-bi apologizes and bows, telling the idiots that it’s her fault the ramyun was all curly. Gasps abound.

The whole room goes silent, and Kang-hyuk says enough is enough. He closes the shop and calls an emergency meeting, “Everyone gather in front of the Pillar.” Ha. He tells them about Chi-soo’s big sacrifice to save the ramyun shop, and the boys are moved, though Ba-wool covers it up with annoyance at Chi-soo acting all cool by himself.

Everyone looks at Eun-bi, waiting for some reaction, something to change and snap her out of it. But she just nods, takes it in, and says that it’s for the best, since everyone went back to their rightful place. They watch her walk off like a zombie.

Everyone gets ready for Dong-joo’s wedding, and Kang-hyuk asks Eun-bi if she’s going to continue like this, to not peer into her heart. She’s firmly planted in the land of denial though, and says she’s already done so.

She smiles and leaves him in her room, and he puts his hand to his heart, “She smiled again. That sexiness is gone.” He lies down for a nap. It cracks me up that Eun-bi’s baseline is sass and anger, so much that her smiles are an indication that something’s not right with her.

She heads downstairs and stops to look at the Christmas tree, and finds a card from Chi-soo to Kang-hyuk. It just says: “Onion, No problem. –Chwaa.” She puts a hand to her heart, and then lowers it to her stomach because her constipation is acting up. Heh.

She manages to take care of business in the bathroom, but then the toilet gets clogged and won’t flush. So she ties up her dress and grabs the plunger. She tries half-heartedly a few times, but it still won’t unclog, and she wonders aloud, “What’s stuck there?”

The words trigger flashes of who else, but Cha Chi-soo, shouting after her, “Intern!” over and over, and then his outburst at her, that she got stuck in his heart. Plunge, plunge. Chi-soo telling her not to go touching any old poop, as he pulled her away from Kang-hyuk.

Plunge, plunge. Chi-soo telling her that he knows it’s stupid for lions to go eating grass but he doesn’t care, because “I just want to hold you. Eun-bi-ya.” She lets go of the plunger, everything in her heart finally unclogged and coming to the surface.

Everyone gathers outside the bathroom door, waiting for her, asking if she’s okay. Suddenly she comes bursting out, waving the plunger in the air like it’s a battle sword, screaming that of course she’s not okay, because how could they have sent Chi-soo away like that, and they don’t even know how he’s living or if he’s even eating, for crying out loud!

Ba-wool beams, “You’re finally my noona again! Noona, you’re back!” Aw. Kang-hyuk chimes in, “Now you seem like my wifey. Sexy again.” So-yi tells them they ought to hurry, since Chi-soo is leaving for the States… today. WUT? Eun-bi: “Hap-nyun-sshi, WHY ARE YOU TELLING ME THIS NOW?!” Hee. I love that she still calls her that.

She calls Dong-joo to say that she won’t be able to make the wedding today. “I’m going to pluck a rose!” and runs out, plunger still in hand.

The boys watch her run off and then ask So-yi if Chi-soo is really leaving today. She smiles, happy as you please, “Nope.” Hahaha. She was messing with her? Okay, I love this. She’s running there all high drama, and he’s not even going anywhere? LOL.

Dong-joo actually smiles to hear that Eun-bi’s running off to follow her heart, not even caring about her wedding. She puts a hand over her own heart. And then Coach walks into her waiting room, with Love Actually placards.

“They all say you’re the perfect bride / [picture of Dong-joo, arrows pointing out features] / But I know all the plastic surgery you had done five years ago / [picture of the chubbier high school volleyball player Dong-joo] / But even since then you… / were the perfect woman to me. / Be happy.”

Oh my GOD, I’m a freaking blubbering mess right now. Could he be any sweeter? I always thought this couple was cute, but I didn’t think they’d make me CRY.

Tears pool in her eyes. He smiles at her, gives her a thumbs up, and walks out. He heads down the hall with a hand over his heart, murmuring to himself, “Nothing happened.”

And then… she appears behind him, “Really, was there nothing?” And she swoops in for a kiss. Yay!

Meanwhile, Eun-bi runs through the street like a crazy person, wielding her plunger and trying to hail a cab. I sort of don’t blame anyone for not stopping. So she just hauls ass down the street, running like the wind in her dress and heels. The boys run behind her, and then they pick up a tail, first Chi-soo’s posse, then the neighborhood ajummas (who marvel at how many MORE flower boys she’s got following her around now).

They run and run like a really wacky marathon, as Eun-bi flashes back to memories of Chi-soo. At home he does the same, wanting to run out of there, but hesitating at the memory of Dad’s warning, and at Kang-hyuk’s words that he’s not alone.

There’s a demonstration going on outside Cha Sung, against the new development plans. Eun-bi happens to run right past them into the lobby, waving her plunger, and they take it as a sign to rush in with her. Ha.

So suddenly there’s a mob and she’s stuck in the middle of it, separated from the boys. She struggles through the sea of people, and then suddenly floats above them and gets lifted out, by one very tall Pillar.

He’s brought her running shoes too, and stoops down to help change her out of her heels. That’s so cute. He tells her that this is the last of her being his wife: “Now you have to go it alone, as Yang Eun-bi the woman.” He asks if she’s ready, and she gives a big smile. He points her to the stairs, and she takes off running.

He lies down for another nap, though this one is strategic – he trips the security guards that run after her. She gets to the foot of the stairs, and then her ex shows up, out of the blue. He stops her with a big grin, “You’re not here for ME, are you?”

He can barely the get the sentence out before she PLUNGES HIM IN THE FACE. Hahahahaha. Okay, I love this drama. How hilarious is it that they brought him back to give us that moment of satisfaction? It doesn’t even slow her down, and she just keeps on runnin’.

Upstairs in his tower, Chapunzel lives out another day, just staring at the wall. Dad comes in to try and snap him out of it. “Do you want a new car?” Pfft, oh Dad. You have so much to learn about life.

But Chi-soo shakes his head no, and then, familiar words – Eun-bi’s when they first met:

Chi-soo: No matter how much the world changes, there are things that should be protected. Someone said that even if we trade in our cars, we don’t trade in our loves. No matter how dispassionate the world becomes, love shouldn’t get that way. [hand over his heart] Dad, love happens here.

Eun-bi trips over her long dress as she runs up the stairs, and then as a line of security guards runs toward her, she realizes this is straight out of her dream. But no dream vision’s going to stop her now, and she tears her dress to make it a mini, and uses the hem and her shawl as weapons against the guards. Heh, gotta love a resourceful girl.

She storms into Daddy Cha’s office, asking if his terms still hold. He says yes, if she dates Chi-soo, he’ll get rid of the ramyun shop and kick Chi-soo out without a dime to his name.

Chi-soo walks in, startled to see her, “Yang Eun-bi!” I love it when he calls her by name. Swoon. She beams at the sight of him.

She nods at Daddy Cha with a steely face, and sticks out her righteous dragon-slaying sword, er, plunger, and declares that she will take Chi-soo’s broke ass and support him. Oh. My. God. I love her.

She runs up, grabs him by the wrist, and rescues her princess right outta the castle.

He stops her on the stairs, asking what she’s doing. If they go like this, Dad will take the shop, and then what will she do? Where will the boys live? Eun-bi: “What about you? Can you live without ramyun? Can you live without seeing me?”

He looks into her eyes, “No. I can’t do that.” She sighs in relief, to finally confirm his feelings. A tear falls. “I knew it was a dog dream” (meaning that it was full of crap).

And then, she gets up on her tippy toes to kiss him. He closes his eyes and kisses her right back.

Downstairs, Kang-hyuk looks on with a smile.

Back to the ramyun shop, where a sign on the door reads: “We’re ruined.” Aw. Kang-hyuk tells his staff that originally their recipe challenge was to be determined at a later date, but seeing as how they’re belly-up, they’re going to do it today.

Hyun-woo presents his dish first: Ba-wool-ie Ramyun. He describes it as a large dish, because Ba-wool gets hungry really often, so it needs to be super filling. He starts to sniffle as he adds, “And then you have to put rice in it, at the end.”

Kang-hyuk says it sounds very filling, which is also a turn of phrase that means dependable, or supportive. He turns to Ba-wool next, calling him “Runaway Boy,” and then we see that Ba-wool is more teary-eyed than Hyun-woo is. AW.

He describes his dish, Woo Hyun-woo Ramyun, as a steamed egg dish, because Hyun-woo’s teeth are weak, so you have to crush everything into little pieces for him to eat it. His voice breaks and the tears come.

Eun-bi is next. She opens up the silver pot in front of her, and it’s empty. “Cha Chi-soo can’t become ramyun. Accepting Cha Chi-soo exactly as he is. That’s my recipe.” That’s so cute.

Kang-hyuk calls on “Brother Boy” next. Chi-soo says he doesn’t have one either, and turns to Eun-bi. “Yang Eun-bi is, as Yang Eun-bi, the only ramyun in my life.” Omg, that’s EVEN CUTER. Gah.

He squeezes her hand, and they stare into each other’s eyes. The rest of the boys watch them with fake smiles plastered on their faces, until finally Ba-wool busts out angrily, “The store is ruined, and you guys are busy with your romance?!” Hahaha.

They’re interrupted by Dad’s secretary, who comes to give Chi-soo… his draft notice for the army. Chi-soo gapes, “Why?” Secretary says that as his legal guardian, Dad has the right to forfeit his American citizenship. So off to basic training you go. He salutes, “See you in two years.” Hee. He’s totally enjoying it.

(Obviously, the age gap necessitates a time jump in dramas like this. And army is my favorite of the choices, since it’s actually something you need to do, not like a sudden need to go learn how to make coffee abroad or whatever. Just sayin’.)

Chi-soo screams, “Nooooo!” and then Eun-bi comes out behind him, screaming even louder, staring up at the heavens, “Noooooo! Army? ARMY!? You’re asking me to do that all over again?!” Hahaha. Poor girl. Always waitin’ for loverboy to get out of the army.

Ba-wool and Hyun-woo lie awake that night, wondering where they’ll go. Ba-wool figures he’ll go home, and Hyun-woo says he’ll apply for the dorms. Ba-wool guesses that they won’t have cause to see each other anymore, but Hyun-woo’s comfortable enough to cut through Ba-wool’s crap now, and just gets all upset that he forgot to give him his Christmas scarf. He says he’ll give it to him in the morning, and Ba-wool sighs, heartbroken about having to leave.

Eun-bi looks out over the roof, hand to her heart, and then sees Kang-yuk heading out, bags packed. He stops in front of the shop, memories of his time here flooding back, and turns to go.

Eun-bi stops him, asking how he can just go like this, without a word. Kang-hyuk: “Because a hero leaves without saying a word.” She tries to say how she feels but she can’t get any words out, so he just hugs her and pats her on the back.

Kang-hyuk: “I know, Wife. It’s okay, Wife. And… thank you, Wife. Because I’ve liked, because I’ve boiled, that’s enough. I have a memory now that I can always take out and look at.”

But then he goes on… and on… about how he’s sure he’ll get over her someday, and how he’ll just have to heal his wounds with booze and women, all while growing old and bitter and alone and cursing her name. Hahaha. So funny when he’s petty.

He pets her on the head so adorably, and then turns to go. She calls out after him to ask where he’s going. He stops and doesn’t turn back, because his eyes are filled with tears. He says, “To cook ramyun,” and walks away.

She watches him go, and tearfully says to herself, “Goodbye, Pillar.”

She comes inside to find Chi-soo sleeping underneath the tree, which kind of kills me for some reason, like he just wants to be near it physically, because it gives him emotional comfort. She covers him with her jacket, wondering aloud how he can sleep.

But he’s awake, and without opening his eyes, he asks if she sent Onion off, and if she hugged him. She says yes. Chi-soo: “From now on, you can’t do that anymore. Onion isn’t your husband anymore. Because now he’s my hyung.” Aw, yay.

He asks if she’s going to visit him when he goes to the army. She sighs that yes, she’ll visit. Chi-soo: “Every day?” Eun-bi tells him that’s ridiculous, besides, it’s not like he can come out to meet visitors every day, and overnight leaves are given sparingly.

He gets up with a start. “Over…night? How do you know about that?” She looks in the other direction, trying to deflect, but he’s not letting it go. Did she visit overnight with Water Balloon? She turns her back, and he pokes and prods her, finally devolving into a tickle fight that knocks over the Christmas tree.

Ba-wool and Hyun-woo come out to find them love wrestling, and yell at them like parents to two teenage kids.

Time passes. Chi-soo’s flower boy posse is in the army, and they gripe about how Chi-soo got himself stationed elsewhere because he got to keep longer hair and the uniforms were prettier. Pffft. I’m glad to hear some things don’t change.

Kang-hyuk narrates that there are all different kinds of ramyun in this world. “Ramyun that’s bland because you can’t control the water.” Dong-joo and Coach out on a date on Christmas Eve, bickering over the little things.

So-yi is out on a date with I’m sure another “oppa she knows,” and they get a singing Santa telegram… played by Ba-wool Santa and Hyun-woo Reindeer. Omg. They are so cute.

Ba-wool realizes it’s So-yi and pulls down his Santa beard to yell up a storm about how he told her to wait till he got off of work. But she is still the same So-yi, and says that it all worked out ’cause look, she got to see him anyway! Keh. Kang-hyuk: “Ramyun that’s too salty because the fire burns too hot.”

Daddy Cha asks his secretary if he took care of the assets to be given over to Chi-soo, (Aw, I always knew you were a big ol’ softy, Dad) and then tells him to go home. The secretary looks back at the lonely President Cha with a sigh. Kang-hyuk: “Ramyun that’s been cooked so long ago that it’s bloated.”

Hyun-woo sits on the toilet in a public restroom, cursing Ba-wool’s name for ruining yet another part-time job for them. And then suddenly a woman comes storming into his stall, leaning in close. Ha, does he get his own reversal of the Eun-bi/Chi-soo meeting? Kang-hyuk: “Ramyun that’s not cooked yet, because it’s just begun.”

Eun-bi’s back to studying for the civil service exam, becoming extra cranky at a pair of neighboring students who are busy gushing over their love on Christmas eve. She goes to a convenience store to eat instant ramyun, as Kang-hyuk continues in voiceover: “And instant cup ramyun, that you eat by yourself.”

But as she’s eating, she gets a text from someone and darts out, running up to a bridge and searching through the crowd. There, standing on the other side, is Chi-soo, sporting jet-black hair. He greets her asking how his Eebeunie is doing.

Kang-hyuk: “What’s important is not which ramyun you eat. When you eat ramyun, the most important thing is timing.” Back to Dong-joo and Coach, who smooth over their bickering with a kiss.

Ba-wool storms back in the restaurant to pull So-yi up for a big dramatic kiss from Santa. Daddy Cha has a glass of wine with his secretary, not alone on Christmas after all. Kang-hyuk: “If in this moment, your heart is boiling over for someone, then right now is the best moment.”

Hyun-woo’s mystery woman calls him Reindeer Boy, and tells him that his eyes are pretty, leaning in for a kiss.

Eun-bi asks Chi-soo if he really went to the army after all, judging from his appearance, and he smirks that he’s Chwa – did she think he’d show up to see her in a ratty old soldier’s uniform?

She asks why he didn’t write back, why he didn’t call. Chi-soo: “Because if I heard your voice I’d want to see you. And if I saw you, I’d want to hold you. And if I held you…” He grins from ear to ear, “…I’d want to go AWOL.” RAWR.

Eun-bi: “Do you… call that an excuse, DOG CHI-SOO?!” HA. She storms over to him, all fired up.

But then as soon as they get close, they just melt at the sight of each other, and turn all gooey. Kang-hyuk continues in voiceover: “Other things don’t really matter. Ramyun just tastes best when it’s eaten at the moment it’s boiling over.”

Chi-soo takes her face in his hands, and they kiss, as the snow begins to fall.

 
GIRLFRIDAY’S COMMENTS

Auuuuugh, I LOVE this show. It’s so great to watch something that’s satisfying from beginning to end, that carries thematic resonance through everything, and stays comedic with a healthy dose of heart to the last drop. I love rom-com endings like this one – neat enough that we get couples and resolutions, but open enough that it implies that life is life and some relationships might burn too fast or too hot or not hot enough, but if you get the timing just right it could boil over for a good long while, and grabbing love while you’ve got it is what matters.

I’m so much happier with an ending that’s got a more realistic bent to it, that doesn’t make everything easy for our couple. No magic answers (though the magical lack of army hair makes me laugh), and no swooping in to save the day with a deus ex machina which always takes the wind out of my sails. Nope, just people continuing to live, choosing new paths and protecting what’s important to them.

It breaks my heart a little that the ramyun shop couldn’t live on forever with their little makeshift family, but then, it’s not the kind of life you want for Eun-bi or Chi-soo forever – they can’t be ramyun proprietors for the rest of their lives. That one last look at the empty ramyun shop gives us that perfect bittersweet tinge, like it was just the place and the time that they all needed to set them on their courses. And in that, the ramyun shop served its purpose just as Eun-bi’s dad had wanted – to provide her a home to come back to. But now it’s just not a physical one – it’s Chi-soo, and the shop is what turned him into the man (and human being) who could be that for her.

What I really love about the finale is that it’s more about Eun-bi’s growth as a woman than it is about Chi-soo. He actually made his big strides in the last episode, choosing for the first time to think of others before himself, and to sacrifice what HE wanted for the greater good. But the finale is about Silver Pot Eun-bi, finding her fire, her spike, and owning who she is, deep down. I love that she gets to be the prince charming who rescues the princess in the tower. THIS is what I wanted from Best Love and didn’t quite get, and why this drama totally rules. Because that reversal KICKS ASS.

She’s no damsel in distress, and she’s never been one – she just didn’t know how to be the hero. And the heart-tugging part is that Kang-hyuk helps her realize it, and physically arms her with the things she needs, like her running shoes, so she can go get her princess. Eun-bi has to be the one who realizes that Hwanung is not untouchable – you just have to be willing to reach the heavens to pull him down to Earth. It’s also a great way to bring home the age difference too, because in this case, Chi-soo really does need her to make that leap and rescue him, not just as a clever gender reversal of the fairy tale. I love that she storms in there and her declaration means that she will take responsibility for her man. So cool.

It’s always really satisfying too when the metaphors all series long get turned into the big climactic eureka moments for Eun-bi – like when her constant battle with constipation turns into a literal stoppage in the toilet, and trying to unclog it is what makes her realize that she’s got her heart all clogged up so that nothing of her real self comes through. Armed with the Plunger of Uncloggyness, she storms the castle to claim her love, which makes me laugh and clutch my heart and pump my fist in the air, all at once.

And that? Is why I watch dramas.

JAVABEANS’ COMMENTS

Aw, what a satisfying ending. Sometimes a finale will disappoint me enough to downgrade my opinion on the entire drama, but most of the time it confirms how I’ve felt all along. In a few rare cases, though, a finale impresses me and improves my opinion, and for me Flower Boy Ramyun Shop falls into that category (along with the recently ended Vampire Prosecutor).

I love the reversal of the fairy tale nightmare, which I wasn’t expecting to make a reappearance but which came back with surprising added meaning, which was hilarious to boot. I love that the dream represented something real, but that its re-enactment in real life wasn’t a call to let Fate take over and play out the way the dream dictated. Not when Eun-bi had sneakers on her feet and a prince to retrieve. And I love her declaration to Daddy Cha, using the words most often uttered by men when claiming a woman away from her family in marriage: “I’ll take him and live with him now.”

I also love that the endgame wasn’t the ramyun shop after all, because you know, in real life you can move and rebuild or find a new shop. It was framed as the endgame in Chi-soo’s mind because that’s the extent of power he held — to leave, and save the ramyun family — but when the others realized the full situation, they were able to roll with it. And as we saw in the epilogue, some things don’t change all that much anyway. A bromance, once nurtured by mutual ramyun-sharing, is not so easily broken.

Last of all, I love the message we go out on, when I wasn’t even expecting one at all: That ramyun is best eaten right away. When your heart bubbles, you honor that bubbling and you act on it — don’t overthink, don’t be a noble idiot, just do what you can when you can. It’s a lovely, realistic way to look at a romance that’s the furthest thing from realistic on paper.

But it makes sense to me, perhaps because I’ve never seen Chi-soo and Eun-bi as the kind of One and Only that defines a lifelong love; it didn’t seem like that kind of story. The drama means a lot more to me with this conclusion — that they get their happy ending, not because they were Meant To Be or anything so dramatic as that, but because they followed their hearts. Honor the bubble.

 
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Wow this was a great episode....Loved it! Thanks for the recap!!

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As the subtitles have not come out yet, I am not up to this episode or even to episode 15, but I would like it to be noted that whatever happens, I really hope there is a happy ending for Kang Hyuk. If not, I don't think I'll be able to get over it. Until of course Lee Ki Woo learns of my existence and leaves korea to find me :')

*still holding out for a shock ending in which the second lead gets the girl*

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I AM SO DISAPPOINT :(
Thanks for the recaps though, I've had a lot of fun reading these! :)

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Before reading the recap, I just want to tell you, GF and JB, that this is the hardest decision I've ever made in my entire, er, k-drama life. I promised myself that I will NOT read the finale recap before I watch it with subs. But reading the first sentence here, my gaaaaaahd, I cannot help it! OHMYGOD!

Okay, back to reading. :)

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I'm at the office and I'm crying. I hate myself!!! TT_TT

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flash back time to Successfully story of a bright girl and the lead girl fighting to save the 'prince'! lol

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Thank you thank you thank you for recapping this series chicas! Woohoo!

I agree that this is one of the best drama finales I've seen for a rom-com. Seeing Eun Bi run through the streets with the plunger was priceless, and the fact that it was relevant that it was a plunger was even better. Although my favorite moment was the reverse Cinderella, so that Kang Hyuk gives her her sneakers back and takes away her heels. No inexplicable Pretty Woman shopping spree for this leading lady, she tears up her dress and uses it as a weapon!

But this drama still leaves some unresolved issues: why is Eun Bi going back to teaching - wasn't she only teaching because she wanted to seem normal when one of her central conflicts was accepting that she needs to let her freak Eun Bi flag fly? And why did they all give up the shop so easily? I would have been fine with them accepting such a huge change if they had at least fought even a little for their home.

Overall, though, I will remember this drama fondly, for making my heart boil over.

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No they did not give up the shop ? As explained in girlfriday's post "ramyun shop couldn’t live on forever with their little makeshift family, but then, it’s not the kind of life you want for Eun-bi or Chi-soo forever – they can’t be ramyun proprietors for the rest of their lives. That one last look at the empty ramyun shop gives us that perfect bittersweet tinge, like it was just the place and the time that they all needed to set them on their courses. And in that, the ramyun shop served its purpose just as Eun-bi’s dad had wanted – to provide her a home to come back to. But now it’s just not a physical one – it’s Chi-soo, and the shop is what turned him into the man (and human being) who could be that for her."

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Does Chisoo's family own the shop? I thought it was owned by Eun Bi's family?

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Loved the ending of this drama.
Eun Bi to the rescue! I thought it was hilarious the role reversal. I laughed so hard when Eun Bi used the plunger on her former boyfriend's face.That was totally unexpected and so funny!
I am sad to see this drama end. Wonderful characters.Will miss CCS, Crazy chicken,Pillar, and Soft Teeth.
JIW really was wonderful!At least JIW will be in another drama in January. :) Can't wait....

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What the...am I the only one surprised that we are already at the ending??? Disappointed with the overall drama because it seems to lack a substantial plot; not enough meat to warrant itself an ending.

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You sound like Chi-soo in ep1. Maybe you should have tried some hot ramyun to boil your heart before you watch this drama.

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@Westpointer... LMFAO!!! Boy Cha Chi Soo can whine!

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This is one of those few rare dramas where you get everything a drama should be. Yes, it's far from perfect, but at the end of the day, it's entertaining and has a cohesive thematic flow. Which is all I'm looking for. I'm glad this drama didn't falter at the end :)
Easily, one of the best of 2011.

Thank you Javabeans and Girlfriday for the awesome recaps.

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Just three words:
Best. Ending. Ever.

(and also, in my opinion, one of the best dramas ever).

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I am totally with you. Just want to add two more words to give it a high five!
Best. Cutest. Sweetest. Ending. Ever. :-)

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Girlfriday “Armed with the Plunger of Uncloggyness, she storms the castle to claim her love, which makes me laugh and clutch my heart and pump my fist in the air, all at once.”

I was working out at Gym while watching the raw video, I almost fell off the treadmill when I saw Eun bin claiming her man with the plunger. Eun-bin rocks!!

Javabeans“that they get their happy ending, not because they were Meant To Be or anything so dramatic as that, but because they followed their hearts. Honor the bubble.”

Exact same thoughts here, that is why this dram won my heart from the start to all the way to the end.

Thank you two for your wonderful recaps and thoughts, it is such a warm feeling to know there are others out there sharing the same passion for this heartfelt drama! Thanks again!

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LOVE THIS DRAMA!!! Thank you two for the recap/review! Love the way you recap/review these drama.. Its satisfying to read them!

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I am very happy wit the ending! Better than I thought!

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Ugh, honestly I hate the whole "leave the guy at the altar thing because she finally realizes she's in love with someone else" moment. Great for OTP, poor left at the altar guy.

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I think that is why we never saw him! As long as he remains a faceless rich guy, we don't get really mad at her.

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N HAPPY EVER AFTER! Thanx for the recap! Can't wait to watch this drama. Really A GREAT DRAMA!

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BEST DRAMA EVER!!!!!! My heart is bubbling over for this drama so much.

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Yes, this drama made everyone's heart boil over.

Best yet, i love how its about ramyun the whole way through. Ramyun is the best hehe. Love it.

Chi Soo and Eun Bi have a along way to go and it does have an open ending. I can say it was satisfying but then again, its not satisfying to the point you want to know more about the future to this story.

As i have commented on another website, i hope there is a sequel. And as i have read from a reliable source, there could actually be a possiblity that it could happen in the near future. Hope it comes through! There are questions that need to be answered!

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I love this show!! Why does my pillar guy have to leave? I hope LKW gets to play the lead soon. Thanks for bringing us all together Javabeans and Girlfriday.

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And I think it'll take me a while to watch the finale.My heart already sank by just reading recaps and looking at his sad face leaving everything he loves behind.

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"Love cannot be traded" and "can only be feel with heart" . I totally agreed and feel very happy that I learned a lot from this drama.

As i heard that the divorce rate in Korea is very high, why?why? this drama tell us somethings.......what is the meaning of love?

This is really a wonderful wonderful wonderful drama i have ever seen.......CCS, YEB, CKH are the BEST actor/actress who brings out the chemistry.......all the best for you guys!!!!!

Hope to see you JIW, LCA and LKW soon in other drama......YOU ARE THE BEST EVER.....

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Many THANKS for your recap and summations. I watched the raw and there were so many gaps-of-understanding for me. REALLY appreciate your fine and SWIFT work. (muah ~)

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I don't think I can watch any more K dramas after this FBRS, that was just too many tears, laughs, heartache and goodness for me. This is the first time and last time I participate in the drama blog, this show made me feel like a crazy teenager. I need to go back to my normal HBO parities, with no heartaches just fun time. Losing sleep and exam scores over a drama for the past two months that is something that I don't want to do it again.

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Same for me! Minus the exams. I think this show effectively killed my drama addiction. It was good from beginning to end. Not keen on watching another drama that starts off with a bang and putters out mid-way through.

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anyone else has flash backs to Successful story of a bright girl, during the saving of the 'prince'? lol

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Thanks for the recaps. I have enjoyed this drama so much!

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Thank you for the recaps. I will miss this show and Vampire Prosecutor. I also love reading the comments from FBRS family. Looking forward to watching the Flower Boy Band.

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What a nice finale! I loved all the funny (which I missed a bit in previous episodes) and how they matched the toilet humor with seriousness.

Cried when I saw Chi Soo boiling ramyun in his room.
Laughed when Pillar got Eun Bi over the crowd as the Liberty statue... and in many other moments.

And Eun Bi running through the streets with her suite? Priceless :-D

Just missed Kang Hyuk's story at the end...

*****

After getting used to the style I really enjoyed this ride, mainly for the humor (and yet touchy scenes). This is what I expected Myung Wol to be which totally failed to deliver...

Thank you Javabeans and Girlfriday for all your recaps and comments and making my heart boil for this show even more!

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PS Just why am I eating ramyun from our local asian shop every evening now???

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I'm gonna be the lone dissenter here, but I gotta say it (please don't hit me!)...

Someday, someday there will be a drama where this archetype of male lead DOESN'T get the girl. And I will rejoice.

I hate to say, I just didn't care for the OTP in this. I enjoyed the characters on their own, and all the other relationships between the cast, but Chi-soo and Eun-bi together...as a romantic couple...it didn't do it for me. Doon-joo and Coach were more endearing together in my opinion and it speaks volumes for me that I was more moved by their scene in this episode than our main pairing.

I enjoyed it in every other aspect, but I wasn't feeling the warmth for the main couple's love. I'm sorry. :(

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I have to partially agree with you. They weren't the greatest couple, I do not believe Chi Soo grew enough, and above all I wanted the second lead to get the girl so desperately!!! I think I would have been okay with their match had they made the second lead less desirable and Chi Soo slightly more. Also love the DJ-Couch pairing (although feel sorry for her fiance haha)

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Okay, this is SUPER LATE, but I wanna jump in and agree. For the 15 episodes I just didn't care about the OTP. But when Eun Bi sprints through the city with her plunger I had to cheer. It was awesome how the writers tied in her constipation, the flock of flower boys chasing her, KH stepping in once last time to be her pillar, then her dream comes true as she races up the "castle" to save Chi Soo. This finale rocked. However, I'll never understand why a grown woman fell in love with Chi Soo...Did they ever have ONE friendly conversation? Did they ever interact act equals (without touching)? He was either stalking Eun Bi, seducing her, or she was telling him off. Done ranting.

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CLAP CLAP CLAP!!!! EUREKAAAA~~~

*relief* *happy* *sipping my apple juice*

Thank you 'Flower Boy Ramyun Shop' for making me happy thru this 2 months.. <3333

now, waiting for Ilwoo next project~ The Moon Embracing The Sun ^_^<33

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I really really lov these drama.... Advance Merry Christmas everyone.

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"Honor the bubble". Wise words.

Loved the recaps - mucho gracias and Merry Christmas!!

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Im having severe withdrawal symptoms including: watching the series on repeat, stalking the actors on line, waking up crying, kissing anything Jung Il Woo, hugging every pillar I see, and embracing every ramyun pot I see. I also can no longer eat chicken- in case its crazy.

What have you done to me FBRS?

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Very entertaining & satisfying drama ^_^ &
the ending so far so good *_*

Thanks admin for the complete recaps of the drama,
keep up the good work, good luck & God bless

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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i didnt like this drama. i thought it was childish, is the target audience for this pre-teens cos that might explain it as im in my twenties?? it was just immature for me, superficial, the metaphors about poop and ramyun and all were a nice touch but didnt mature enough in my opinion? am i the only one who thinks this? i was just satisfied reading your recaps i didnt feel the need to watch it. but reading about how much you love it javabeans confuses me, i guess everyone has different tastes.

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While I have no qualms about your dislike for the drama, I somehow feel culturally obligated to reply to your post in defense of the show (among other things).

The target audience is by no means limited to preteens. I'm almost midway to my 30s and I loved it. While it did have a "heightened sense of emotions/reality", I don't think it's fair to call such writing, acting, and directing childish. The show had a manga/manhwa quality to it from the start and they executed it well from beginning to end.

As for the metaphors, I'm sure JB and GF already explained their meanings and relation to the thematic arcs in the show. They also aided to the overall cohesiveness of the drama.

As to why our recappers love it, I thought you read the recaps. -.-;; And it is a given that everyone has different tastes.

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Just one thought is bothering me, ( don't kill me for this) , I hope Eunbi washed her hands after using the bathroom!!! Loll! Just saying. But I love the ending!!

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Thank you Javabeans and Girlfriday for recapping this drama...I have always enjoyed reading them, especially your comments. FBRS is such a feel good, fluffy kind of drama that I am going to miss it so much. I felt a wide range of emotions in this drama than any of the others that I have watched, so much laughter and of course the pretty :) Now here's hoping that Flower Boy Band will be just as good, if not better. I am so definitely miss JIW as CCS...

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I liked the ending too but I must confess it was a bit boring since there was absolutely no suprise for me. I loved this Drama very much but beside it's hillariousness there is little that it makes more than a One-time-love.

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im going to miss this drama so much D: the ending was absolutely awesome. the whole scene with them running over to chasung headquarters(?) and panda pretending to sleep on the ground while tripping the security. then eunbi plunging her ex in the face, kissing chi soo, and, just, omg XD

i really think they shouldve given our panda someone special too :( he ended up with nothing: no ramen shop and no wifey...

thank you so much for the recaps!!

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Thank you GF and JB, its been wonderful to see the journey through your point of view <3

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So long... FBRS! It's so Entertaining! ^^
And thank you so much JB & GF for your effort recaping this series...

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Ditto! This is why I watch Kdramas. And this is why FBRS is the BEST DRAMA EVER! Chwa Chi Soo, Yang Eun Bi, Choi Kang Hyuk, Kim Bawool, Woo Hyun Woo, I'm gonna miss you all! And GF and JB, you're AWESOME! KAMSAHAMNIDA!

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jung il woo ur d best. u put color n these drama... nice acting..

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After reading the reviews... Why do I get this really really strong feeling that there's going to be a continuattion.. Revolving around kanghyuk this time! Ahh my sad pillar

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Haha..I was just about to comment on the same thing. KH's ending was just so vague that I'm pretty sure if they do hav a season 2 he's going to be a main character.

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That makes a lot of sense, too.
He did say he was going to may ramyun. Hmmmm...

I shed tears through out this episode - of the happy and sad flavors. What I didn't expect was that sharp cry of pain that escaped me when KH turned away from TEB with tears welling up in his eyes.

I had remained cold to him because of his non-aggressive pursuit of YEB, but I guess his character affected me deeper than I had thought. His future should be happy, yes, I am hoping he doesn't let the next girl he falls for escape.
I would love to see a whole season of him being something that moves rather than a being a pillar. He would be unstoppable according to Newton:
A body at rest remains at rest, a body in motion remains in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.

If they cast the right "outside force" - Maybe a slightly more timid girl that needs him to rescue her, he could sweep her off her feet and carry her heart away!

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I ususally don't correct my mistakes, but
"make" ramyun

"YEB" not TEB

Sorry!

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Thanks JB & GF for your recaps/comments...they added something special to a drama I really enjoyed...will probably marathon FBRS when I get snowed in this winter.

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I will have to say it, but this drama tops Samsoon-na. (Diehard Fan 4 Life) lol

This drama had me cracking up from beginning to end. I agree with Dramabeans comments as it was not a 'Meant To Be' kind of deal. They got the end result just by doing what came natural. Daddy Cha is off the chain by sending in that last missile though. The army duty ploy was hilarious. I was actually like.. "bitch, take that!" lol Another thing that did it for me was the kisses in this drama. Homeboy was really laying it on thick. ;) I really got the chemistry, and that is so important in dramas. The writers did an awesome job and also those here at Dramabeans that do the recapping.

Thank you so much for your hard work! :)

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Loved this drama so much, I had to become an active commentor on Dramabeans before I embarrassed myself by gushing to co-workers and family about a show with flower boys and ramen. I would lose all street cred :)

Thank you so much Girlfriday and Javabeans, I think I would have gone mad if I didn't have your wonderful recaps to tide me over between subs.

This is definitely going into my top ten. How high it is on my list depends on the rewatch. Some of my favorite parts:

Chi-Soo kicking Eunbi out of the car after she is crying and giving her heartfelt speech about love. I love it because I didn't expect that at all. Great introduction to what an ass Chi-Soo could be. (I also love that he repeated her speech at the end. Shows that he was captivated from the start)

"...or you can call me Oppa." - I was sold after that.

The basketball game- All of the flirting and her interraction with Bawool.

KH stopping right in the middle of beach play to sleep in the sand (pretty much all of his sleepy scenes).

Eunbis purple monster hoodie- I want it so bad.

Chi-Soo's frantic call after seeing fantasy Eunbi in her uniform and high heels.

Kimchi Kiss- Not just the kiss, but the whole scene. Eunbi searching desperately for the calming meds and her eyes pretty much begging him to slow down so that she can catch her breath. And my fav...her collapsing at his feet (seriously...who wouldn't?) and his look of bewilderment. Great scene.

There's so much more, but I've already gone overboard. Sorry. But I just loved the stuffing out of this show!

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Omg..BA WOOL WAS WEARING SHINee's JONGHYUN'S MAYPOLE HOODIE. :3 The J Happy Holiday hoodie. <

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chisoo's jet black hairdo reminds me a LOT of Yonghwa...hehe..it looks GREAT! Chapunzel?! ROFL all night!!

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Thanks again for the recaps! I'm still in a daze after having met him last night. I have no idea how the fans sitting next to him managed to concentrate on the screen in front of them.

On stage he was asked to repeat his famous lines at the audience and he got all shy. So cute!!!

And then at the end when they had a raffle, the lucky winners got pictures/posters and hugs!!! ^_^ The rest of us got a calendar full of his pictures, some 꽃라면 and 떡. You can imagine how happy we all were to spend the night with him!

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oh my goodness gracious you met him didn't you faint how are you even alive.................i am so psyched and jealous oh my days hyperventilated...................reflexing my hand muscles to get back my consious oh my god you saw him mate i would have died out there..........and why hasnt anyone replied to you hasn't anyone noticed you met the cha chi soo in real .............

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I'm also curious how I didn't faint. Perhaps because we were all sitting down when he came into the room? Either way, we were all so excited!!!! I still am. Haven't been able to sleep properly since that night. ^_^ Plus the jokes he has been making on Twitter aren't helping. He's just too funny!

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This is the third time I've read this since I didn't have time to watch it yet.

"...not like a sudden need to go learn how to make coffee abroad or whatever."

LOL! *snickers* I know that drama, hehehe.

The lesson here reminds me of a song I was just singing yesterday. The ending lyrics were: "I can't let you pass me by/ I just can't let you go/ Let me say the things and say the words/ To let you know/ I would rather say the awkward words/ Than lose you/ Or for love to fade/ Before it can come true." (Title: Afraid for Love to Fade). Just grab hold of love when it's there!

Thanks girlfriday and javabeans for the wonderful recaps. Hope that Flower Boy Band is as good as this one.

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Thank you so much for recapping this drama. It always adds so much more to the experience to hear your opinions and explanations on the language/puns.

I am one of those who rate this a 10/10. I think that it overachieved on what it set out to do. They couldn't have gotten any more out of the cast than they did. The OST, costumes, hair, call backs - they did an awesome job in the last episode with bringing back all the faces and themes - sets, props, TA!

What do I see as the writer team's advantage?
The 45 minute episode.
It was PERFECT, and by that I mean, it was never enough. Each episode was over before you knew it. You wanted more. You craved more.

If you think about the 65 minute shows, they are slightly bloated. The extra time is why we get long lingering stares throughout -especially at the end before the freeze frames.
It is why there is still such a thing as a shopping spree/fashion show which never advances the story line. OK, it is also one of the reasons there are shower scenes. (Oops! <------- Let's pretend I didn't say that.)

I am not saying all dramas could improve with less screen time, but these zippy, flash-mob fun romcoms certainly could. Think of Best Love, for example. If we could have cut 4-5 hours out of that series, it just may have been perfect.

I have always loved JIW, but these show cemented my fandom. Crazy Rooster was the best new thing I have seen on screen this year. I hope he has good management and they get him into other high quality projects. He should get himself into films asap!

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ditto on everything!^^ Love you Jomo!^^

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:)

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Completely agree, Jomo!! :)

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I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the recaps, for some reason more than when I tried to watch the drama itself. Thanks Ladies!!

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Cry,cry,cry sniff sniff oh how Im going to miss Flower Boy Raymun Shop. My heart broke for pillar at the end. I wanted him to be happy and not a sad panda :(

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