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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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I couldn't stop crying when Kang Hyuk left!! He was basically my favorite! And when there were tears in his eyes I just died <3
He did leave at the right moment and such, but I still love him!!!!

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MUST.RESIST.READING.RECAP.

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I love this drama... SO SO MUCH. Best IN 2011!!!

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Thank you, JB/ GF for the recaps! Btw, I dunno but I was giddy about the drama @ first but I lost interest halfway. I felt that some issues about the drama were unresolved (the ramyun shop issues etc etc or maybe i was expecting the same treatment about the shop just like in coffee prince) 'til the end and it just headed to a direction that was not interesting enuff for me to follow.
The heroine and the princess do not have the spark/chemistry that I was looking for in the drama. Well, maybe it's just me 'coz I love Kang hyuk so much and shipped him with the heroine too much early on that I didn't appreciate his role as a protector, daddy, and pillar as the story progressed. Moreover, I think princess was really intense here that I sometimes find him too ott to handle and appreciate. Well, that's just my opinion. I followed the later episodes thru the recaps. Nevertheless, I appreciated the ramyun messages peppered here and there.

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yeah, me too. I just felt like there was no chemistry between the leads....idk, i was a kang hyuk shipper too, but even apart from that, i never really saw this relationship. it was too... improbable. but i suppose that's what dramas are for...

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Maybe we're the odd ones who like our ramyuns soggy~ heh heh.

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Is that the reason why chicken can't fly?

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to each his own. really there's no point in bashing people here who're not so enthusiastic with the drama, westpointer. After all, "We are all entitled to our opinions and protected by the First Amendment (sic)" (Westpointer 2011). btw chickens CAN fly.

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No, it's not only you. Perhaps it's also my KH bias clouding my judgment and hence makes me unsatisfied with the plot. Who knows... Not that I didn't laugh out loud at certain scenes, giggle over the cuteness. There were definitely some good scenes but borrowing the scriptwriter's words, my heart didn't boil over for this drama. The fact that KH didn't get the girl is fine w me actually. I just want to feel for the OTP n I can't. I see a lot of physical but not a lot of heart in the OTP's relationship. Plus I can't seem to root for CS' and EB's characters individually let alone together.

Yes, in reality "love" needs no reason and u can't separate it from the physical attraction and u just have to seize the moment. I get what the writer is trying to say but I didn't feel or see it in this drama. It's like I'm being fed the message of the show but it didn't really get me here* (attempting to virtually point at own heart).

So, poop indeed... I'm feeling left out of this finale euphoria and giddy party frenzy that the majority of commentators here are experiencing. Me so sad... But to leave on a more positive note, this drama did make me think more abt the concept of love n how each of us might have a different perception of it. N we can all agree to disagree right?

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You said what I felt in a much more concise way.

I just did not feel the chemistry between CS and EB. I felt there was LUST between them; but real, honest to goodness LOVE? Nope.

Individually, CS was far too much of a caricature I think for me to take seriously in the romance department. The guy needed many, many, many more episodes for me to buy his new found maturity and awakening to real human emotions. Meanwhile, EB was too wishy washy for the latter half of the series. I didn't like that the big "conflict" for a good chunk of the show's run was her leading on both men with her indecisiveness. And boy, was she very flippant towards KH, too. KH needed more screen time himself.

Oh well. Here's hoping Flower Boy Band doesn't fall to the same pitfalls and is a better show.

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Huh? Lust between who Chi-soo and Eun-bin? Are you high? Eun-bin is no Pamela Anderson, she has the A cups, big arms and face uglier than Chi-soo himself in Chi-soo’s words. Chi-soo loves Eun-bin it is because she is the only Ramyun in his life and Eun-bin loves Chi-soo because he changes, grows and takes responsibilities for her, and Chi-soo and Eun-bin’s love story can only be found in their hearts. I am not sure if you really understand what I am saying. If not you may need to look up the dictionary for the definitions of lust, chemistry and love, otherwise you may end up get an F grade in your writing class.

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Whoa, chill out there, homie. And no, not high, thank you very much.

Not everyone is going to love something you do. It happens. It was a light, fluffy drama that I laughed and smiled at most of the time, but I didn't buy into the romantic chemistry of the main couple.

Sorry my opinion doesn't jive with yours, but it happens.

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Dorama, no need to say sorry. We are all entitled our opinions and protected by the First Amendment. That is fine with me if you don't buy into the romantic chemistry between the two, but by using the word Lust you just totally lost me. To see Eun-bin with the messy hair and plunger to claim her man as a lust? I don't know, I think I will need to take some true blood to be able to have this kinda imagination.

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Is it just me, or did anyone else not totally LOVE this drama? I mean, it was cute and fun to watch and all fluff and stuff, but that was it. For me, there was nothing but it's surface and no depth inside. I mean, i absolutely LOVE Jung Il Woo, but some how this drama really didn't do it for me. I feel like if i had actually watched this drama, i would have been bored and probably would have quit watching. But then again, it wasn't really a drama that was expected to be anything more than fluff, so maybe I'm criticizing it too much. Was cute while it lasted.

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You did not see the depth and hotness of this drama, it might because..... the darkness blindsight your eyes?

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I think that Ramyun Shop was like really, really good chocolate and I really love chocolate. Maybe Ramyun shop was not very deep but it was quite delectable.

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I LOVED IT ALL!!! except for one thing...WHERE'S PILLAR'S HAPPY ENDING?!?! TT__TT HUH?!?! OUR POOR PILLAR!

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Yeah. He totally deserved that. But he was "born" to be the second lead so.....

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thanks so much.. it was a sweet ride

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I sooooo loved the end.. my heart felt for Kang ..
hahah I love those two.. Bawool & hyun-woo..
hahah Hyun-Woo @ the end loved it..

Jung Il Woo's jet black hair was really hot though..XD

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I watched this super excited up until about the 13th episode. I held out hope that maybe this drama would be different and she would pick the guy that may be slow to the jump but loved her all along. But alas, this was just as shallow and predictable as most k-dramas. Thanks to FBRS I am officially OVER k-dramas.

I'm over the predictable plots and twists, the same characters, the prince syndrome, the going abroad/army time jumps, the main male love interest who is usually not even HALF as hot as the nice guy 2nd male lead. I'm just so done with them all.

I really wanted her to end up with HK. He was actually the right guy for her. Im so sick of these "fantasy" dramas. With the nice guy who has it all vs. Rich man-child. Of course she ended up picking the guy who treated her like crap at the beginning but then "learned" to love her. That's total BS. What grown woman in her right mind would choose a little boy with a crush who she is in lust with over a super hot MAN who loves her and she could have loved him but never gave him a fair chance.
I know I can't be the only one who was greatly disappointed by the one.

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I wish I can say that I am totally over with K-drama but I agree with you on everything else. I used to wait anxiously every week, watching raws over and over again with the first part of the drama, but when I realized that KH's not gonna win the girl's heart, I lost interest. He's such a caring individual, thinking about others around him first. Man, what have dramas have done to us both? Why do I spend so much time analyzing things like these? I hope I can spot a KH in my life.

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Sometimes women find needy and neurotic guys more appealing because they want to take care of someone or simply find neurosis facinating. This is, of course a huge mistake, but a common one. It is ok to make this mistake in a drama but very painful in real life!

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I def agree with you minus being over the Kdramas. I just hope one day we will watch a drama where the NICE honest guy from that start gets the girl.

So rare. The ending was alright, to much of flashbacks taking over the plot and not enough resolution. Poor KH>

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suckiest drama of the year. Some people tastes are sure going down...

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Some people? Do you mean the majority? I was educated by my cool instructor Peter Olinto that the text book should be our Saturday night date, and because of that we could upgrade Lexus to Mercedes, and of course an old boyfriend could be certainly upgraded to any way we want in our future. But this drama has challenged my perspective on life. Sharing the hot ramyuns everyday with that one person I truly love sounds very fascinating to me. Mercedes, yacht and private Jet are just not as tempting as they may sound to me anymore. If that is what you called it the downgraded tastes so be it, I am proud of my Ramyun taste now.

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Okay, well I kind of feel sorry for those who didn't enjoy this drama because to me it was a lot of fun. It's been a while since I've watched a show where the writing was so tight and everything stayed on course and connected.

And since when do K-dramas actually make sense? HELLO?! I watch k-dramas for fun and to get away from real life for an hour or two and FBRS was perfect for that.

We all know EB SHOULD have picked Pillar, but the heart wants what it wants, you can't control it or analyze it too much. I think that's the bottom line of this show~grab and hold the love that happens.

I don't know if CCS and EB will live happily ever after (because so many of us end up living happily ever after with our soul mates, right?!), but we know that they are together because they need to be at that moment.

It was funny, sweet, made me laugh out loud and cry. I didn't want to throw something at the screen in frustration like some other shows I've watched.

What more could I ask? One of the best rom-coms of the year imo!

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I used to wonder why people would say "I'll miss...." I've got that it's-just-a-drama-for-goodness'-sake attitude. But this is the first time I've actually followed a currently-airing drama. Now I know what the hell they're talking about. I WILL MISS THE RAMYEUN SHOP FAMILY! Waaah!

But let me just pull myself together here enough to thank you guys GF and JB for the recaps!

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I'm going to miss all of them for sure...thanks for all the recaps Girlfriday and Javabeans, you really ROCK!!!!
I wish CCH and YEB will make another drama similar to this...i just love how they blend together..:)
They really make a cute couple!!

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This drama has made me so so so so happy!!!! I had forgotten that these types of amazing dramas existed for a while because I got stuck in a drama rut...but this is what dramas are meant to be!! Maybe it was not completely perfect, but if something makes you happy, that is all that matters :) Thank you for these recaps because I can relive the wonderful memories and read your insightful comments about this show!! I love FBRS and I'm glad that you guys love it too!!!!!
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the thing that is killing me is not only that i am almost about to break down about the fact that FRBS has actually finished, it was so good and with such an epic endign how am i supposed to stop my heart from boiling there is a certain grumbling on my tummy cause the overdose of ep 16 has already digested and it wants more,,,,,,,how am i supposed to live with out you oh my days i have literally fallen in love with FRBS.......and how real it is the creaters completely amaze me,,, intern would love him even if he is stripped off all the inheritence he is supposed to inherit if she wouldn't he could go back to being himself but she would still love him as much as she does now and that would lead them to eatting only ramyun all their life live a life of discomfort and he would not be able to give the life of comfort that he wants to give to the one so precious to him...........doesn't one really think of those things well i have and left someone so precious to me back at my homeland i was afraid to let go all those comfort i have right now, i am still, even if we are together we might just be eatting spinach all our life in a rented room in a shitty building that fear occurs to my mind so much it kills me becuz of which i came to this foreign land hoping to do something of my life which would help me and him but alas it seems what i really need in my life is him and him............so thank you FRBS you helped me overcome my fear although it is tough i have to face my fear and as an effect of FRBS i just bought a flight back to my country i love you frbs i feel so lame writing this but when circumstances similar to your own are potrayed in a movie or drama you are so much at ease you realize that you are not the only one going through the situation and realize that many go through them and helps you realise what the best thing to do is ..............

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I had to do a double take at how fast JIW's expression went from smiling brightly to serious at EB started yelling at him in there last scene together. That boy has great facial expressions. Amazing. Loved this show! TY for recapping it.

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Wow at my mistakes...my bad I was to excited...obviously.

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no kang in the very end; i'm sad. ): i wanted to see him one last time, dammit.

ehhh, i don't think the ending was that great, but it wasn't upsetting, at least!

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It was addictive but I did not like it. Chi-soo felt like a caricature and I just could not, for the life of me, bring myself to like or care about him, even towards the very end.

The OTP didn't do it for me either. They are like a cup of MSG-filled instant noodles. Quick to cook, easy to eat, but leaves a bad aftertaste in your mouth. Not satisfying at all.

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LOVED IT! Now this was a great final. If these writers/producers/directors/crew can do what they did in FBRS and bring it to their next project for the Oh Boy productions(?) then I'm sure each show will be just as great if not more so. I don't know what they're doing but I hope they keep doing it. Must be in the ramyun?

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Thank you so much for this journey of Flower Boy Ramyun Shop recaps . It was extremely wonderful and with my upmost sincerity, it brightened up each week. No matter how much struggles we have in real life, a heartwarming drama like FBRS takes it all away if only for a moment. Reading the recaps each week gave me something to look forward to. It gave me a reason to keep myself occupied. To be happy. I'm truly going to miss this drama as well as these wonderful recaps. I'll never be able to forget these 16 cups of hot, boiling, and cool ramyun. To me, the ending was all that I wanted. Showing the ramyun shop at the end was absolutely brilliant. What it symbolizes has so much significance and although the end was loosely laid out, that's what made it even better. The prospect of the characters moving towards the uncertainty of the future with unforgettable memories of their experiences at the ramyun shop, where they found a family and a home is, in itself, assuring and satisfying. I also like the reversal of roles where Eunbi has to save her Chapunzel - which is insanely hilarious by the way. And when Eunbi rushes out to see a black-haired Chisoo, words cannot explain. I couldn't help but be teary-eyed throughout this entire last episode and fifteen too. There were the tearjerker moments of Pole husband leaving which broke my heart to pieces and then of Coach and Dongjoo. Also, the recipe scene. The tears just flowed at the sight of Bawool's struggle not to cry and Kanghyuk's voice cracking up. There's just so much I can talk about. All of the little details that make Flower Boy Ramyun Shop so interesting and captivating, I'm going to miss that the most. As Jung Il-woo wishes, I don't think I'll ever forget Chwa Chisoo, Yang Eunbi, and this entire drama as a whole.

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this isnt a one-for-the-ages drama but a very entertaining one that leaves you both touched and laughing at the same time, not all dramas have that kind of effect. The ending was nothing out of the blue it was pretty predictable but good none the less. After watching this show ill be joining the loooooong list of people who are in love with CHI SOO :P

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:( wanted to be first!!! lol
Soo sad it's over D':

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excellent. fast recap!! i give my full salutes to girlfriday (HUH!)

i will surely miss flower boy ramen shop!! especially jung il woo!! the final episode really satisfied me. It really ended very well, and very romantic. That kiss in the end really bubbled my insides. aww..

looking forward to another drama from tvN. maybe another surprise line up? hehe. jung il woo again!!! (duh, in my dreams. it wouldn't be possible)

RATING: excellent. two thumbs up. spectacular. AMAZING. gonna miss this.

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Honor the bubble indeed :D
I lived this drama so much! It had just the right amount of swoon worthy moments without being cheesy. I adore Hyun Woo and Ba-Wool's bromance. So cute! I do kind of wish that there was a nicer ending for Kang Hyuk though :( and I think Ba-Wool deserved someone better than So Yi :P

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Perhaps, but I personally loved So-yi. She's my homegirl! I thought it was equally awesome that she wasn't portrayed as a terrible person for two-timing. It was just who she was - though it is generally frowned upon. All around I just found her hilarious so I think I may be blind to her faults. :D

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Thanks for the excellent recap once again Ms. JB + GF! (:
Love the takeaway message of the show too..
"Honour the bubbles"!!!
Indeed.

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Thanks so much for the recaps! I loved them almost as much as Ramen Shop.

While there are many, many delightful elements in this drama, I have a few criticisms (very slight ones):

1. I don't like the way that Pillar was sent off in the drama. He is Hyung and therefore family. I would like to see that the precious relationship between brothers is maintained.

2. Wasn't an important element of the drama that Eun-bi find her old passionate self? She wasn't meant to be a teacher and was just pursuing security. Didn't Chisoo and Pillar help her find her true self in the Ramen Shop? Why is she reverting back to her teacher exams at the end of the drama?

3. What is with Chisoo never calling or writing while he was in the army? What Baloney! I hated this ploy in Kim Sam Soon and I hate it even more now. Part of loving someone is "being there" for them, not abandoning them. The time element is unclear, but it seems that it has been at least a year since Chisoo contacted Eun-bi (he was drafted at X-mas and returned on X-mas). If Eun-bi had self-respect, she should have moved on. (Of course, I am glad, in fantasy land, that they stayed together for that yummy reunion).

Sorry for sharing my gripes!

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CHAPUNZEL?!? BWAHAHAHA, A+

GF, I love that you referred to Chi Soo as a "princess" in your recap for Ep 14 and the thematic theme for the last two episodes was that he is actually is one!

I loved this drama so much, I´m clutching my heart in pain now that it is over (even though the ending was SO satisfying). It might replace Coffee Prince as my all time fave Rom-Com.

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the toilet importance was overdone a little all the time, but still it was cute :)

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finished the drama and was indecisive about how i really felt about it. did i like it or was it not satisfying?

but after reading the recap i am convinced that i LOVE it. i realized things i didn't catch when i first watched it. thank you javabeans and girlfriday! you guys are going to be recapping flower boy band right?! so essited for that eye-candy. hopefully it'll have as much thematic elements as flower boy ramyun shop did.

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I really enjoyed this drama, and like soserious above, the recaps helped me out a lot. Thanks girlfriday and javabeans!

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aww it WAS just so good. i wasn't expecting that really. i thought it'd be focused mainly on food at first which was why i was skeptical at first but it totally wasn't!! it was just spazzworthy. and memorable. unexpected too. <3 i'll never forget it!!

it did leave me hangin' tho, i wondered where it was exactly Pillar went off too, but i'm glad he at least narrated the final moments so it wasn't TOO unsatisfying in that department ^^

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hear, hear: honor the bubble!

loved the ending--it wasn't crazy amazing but it was a good way to say farewell to a good drama. i've been pretty bummed out having watched a VERY shitty finale episode to high kick 2 and so this finale kinda gives me some closure and distraction to that traumatic experience.

and i LOVE the fact that GF hinted on Coffee Prince hahahahha. i get that it was a pretty lame way to make a time jump but then again, how else can a girl get a LEGIT temp exit on a show besides an oversees study or training experience?

thank you GF and JB for your reviews. looking forward to a new year with new dramas and reviews with the DB community. ho ho ho :)

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Beautiful recap girlfriday and equally beautiful comments.

Enjoyed javabean's viewpoint too and I agree the reversals were incredibly clever.

Thank you :)

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What a beautiful end to a beautiful journey. I LOVED this show and all the more because of these recaps. There's a lot more insight to be given in kdramas when you're unfamiliar with cultural concepts. I got my friend hooked on kdramas using this show ;) but she was weirded out at first by the toilet humor - until I showed her these recaps.

I just want to say thank you to girlfriday and javabeans for choosing a show that on first sight seemed empty but turned out to be a huge dose of heart.

Merry christmas y'all! And happy holidays!

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Why do some people have to be so harsh? I find that the more love a drama gets the bitchier some people's comments are. If you didn't like it then don't watch it or read the recaps so that the rest of us can bask in the afterglow. EESH!

I think this may have just replaced my favourite drama of all time. :D

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and thanks GF and DB!! Lots of love coming your way!

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I loved this drama. It was everything I ever wanted. It was a nice early Christmas gift. :)

I wish we found out what happened to Kang Hyuk though. He doesn't have to end up with anyone. Just a scene with him cooking ramyun...being happy...anything...lol.

The drama was just....I don't even have words to describe it. I loved the relationships....the bromance, the romance...all of them. I loved the tears and the smiles. I loved all the metaphors. I loved the laughter. I just loved it.

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For me, this ending would've been perfect if they had actually shown us Choi sajangnim cooking ramyun or something in the epilogue instead of having him just doing the voiceover. I mean, even Hyun-woo gets a girl, so why not Kang Hyuk too?

Overall, this show was such a fun and entertaining ride! Thanks for the recaps, javabeans and girlfriday!

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Wow, you guys have opened by eyes to what this drama truly is. I was kinda of iffy about the episode finale, but after reading what it meant from your perspective, I really loved how it ended. I guess some things need to be explained / understood to be loved..

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what is the song that plays as eun bi is running with the plunger to find chi soo? it sounds like 2ne1..

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This has become one of my fave dramas. :) The writers did an awesome job, and the casting was fun too!

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Jung Il Woo is so handsome with black hair!
Thanks for the recap.

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I was probably expecting a lot more from this finale, but I suppose you're right - this episode is no fairy tale ending! It was a lot more real - was soo surprised when they used the army card - a situation that's not thatt common in dramas. And yes, "the magical lack of army hair makes me laugh". I was however, a little disappointed that Kang-hyuk wasn't included near the very end (boy is he getting famous now :D).

Overall, this drama was just right and fresh. Thank goodness it wasn't overtaken by melodramatic moments, or those annoying antagonists. Love the cast :)

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infintely the best romantic comedy drama of the year

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There should be a sequel/season 2 to this series..and it should follow Kang Hyuk finding new love through a new Ramen shop. The Pillar/Column FTW!

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Thanks for the great recaps, always love your insight into the culture and the puns and all that good meta stuff that I miss when I can only read the english subs.

And for the great gems in your writing. My top 3 this recap:

#3
Every single RAWR moment including:
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.

#2
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’.
wah-hahahahahahahaha ~_~

#1
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.

Again thanks!

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OMG! What happened to kang hyuk? I was sooo hoping he could get someone! I LOVE HIM!
I was expecting more though, for the ending :(
I really liked Kang Hyuk's character, love Lee Ki Woo's acting!
It's been long since i last read a recap and i'm happy to read this as a comeback :)
Wishing for more Lee Ki Woo dramas here!

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I'm done with this drama, and kinda confusing, maybe I'm not getting the army thing very well, so guys can quit if they want? what he was doing? I'm lost xD

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Thanks for the recap. It helped answered some questions I had about the ending.

I just watched it the second time around and enjoyed it and understood it more. Definitely a keeper.

(Passes it on to the next person waiting in line to see it.)

Love the motto "Honor the bubbles".

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Personally, thought the ending was so so. Maybe more hyung dongsaeng parts for the Pillar and Chwa would have been better! but overall not too bad =)

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Aaaaaaw! :"""""> The ending was just simply...sweeeeeet! I LOVE IT! <3 Especially Jung Il Woo. THE BEST! <333

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