Drama Recaps
Shut Up: Flower Boy Band: Episode 4
by | February 7, 2012 | 130 Comments

Love is in the air, or at least a whole lot of crushing, as lovelines come flying left and right, and end up crossing one over the other like one big web of angst to come. We see another side to our hero and our villain as well, for a nice change of pace, and the boys gear up for the first big battle over practice turf, with the odds stacked against them.


Ji-hyuk kneels in front of Seung-hoon, blowing everyone’s minds, including mine. He grits his teeth and asks him to make it so that they can remain at school. Do-il holds the other guys back from jumping in.

Seung-hoon takes Ji-hyuk aside to talk it out, and asks why he’s so dead set on going to school here. Ji-hyuk just says it’s because they have to, and tells him to make it happen. Seung-hoon reminds him that it’s Pyo-joo he should be talking to, not him.

But Ji-hyuk knows to go straight to the leader, and besides, Seung-hoon knows exactly what happened to Byung-hee that night. “You saw it happen. You could’ve stopped it.” He tells Seung-hoon to reveal the truth about Pyo-joo’s involvement that night. Seung-hoon asks how, and Ji-hyuk just breezes, “You’re the smart one. Figure it out,” and stalks away.

Su-ah gathers her things in the art room, and Deo-mi happily reports on the glorious day when “our side” won, and Ji-hyuk bowed to Seung-hoon. Su-ah tells her she doesn’t know what “our side” and “their side” means anyway, and pretends not to comprehend her. I like her, this girl.

Deo-mi wonders what she’s doing, and she says she’s not going to waste expensive art supplies on a talent she doesn’t really have, and plans to drop art class. Not realizing that it really is about the money, Deo-mi guesses that Su-ah’s father required her to drop her frivolous classes for more business-related ones so she can prepare to inherit the company. Su-ah doesn’t have the guts to correct her.

Eye Candy angsts it out in the schoolyard, about how unfair it is that some people can just toss envelopes of money at people to get away with their crimes, while others have to you-know-what just to remain in school.

But they vow to do right by Byung-hee and stay here, and win that rock festival for him. Now it’s just up to Seung-hoon to deliver on that promise, whether it’s out of guilt, self-preservation, or both. By the end of the school day, he tells the principal.

Maro informs Ha-jin and Kyung-jong that the battle for the practice studio is back on since the charges have been dropped, and they happily call Ji-hyuk with the good news. To each other, they gush about how a man kneeling is putting his life on the line, and that their leader is really something. Aw.

Ji-hyuk lets out a triumphant shout just as Seung-hoon drives by in his fancy towncar, and though they don’t show it to each other, they each smile to themselves.

Su-ah starts work at the restaurant, and tells Dad over the phone that she’s okay and no one’s come looking for her yet, and besides, it’s not like she knows where Dad’s hiding out anyway, so there’s nothing to tell.

But that night Ji-hyuk comes home to find two scary thugs knocking on the door to Su-ah’s downstairs neighbors, looking for her. He quickly runs up to his roof and throws something at Su-ah’s window, trying to get her attention without calling out to her.

He alerts her to the thugs and she cowers in fear, but he directs her to the other side, where he helps her get down via ladder. She slips on her way down and he catches her in his arms, startling both of them.

I love that it’s the eye contact that does them in. They look away awkwardly, which is even funnier because he’s still holding her. Ha.

They manage to sneak up to his rooftop room undetected. As soon as they get inside, her stomach growls, and he snickers that she could be hungry at a time like this, and says she must be stronger than she looks.

He makes her a pot of ramyun and asks if she got herself into some trouble, and she says no. But he doesn’t make her explain: “Princess, rooftop room, gangsters. I pretty much get the picture.” Heh. Watch a lot of dramas, do you?

She sees a guitar nearby and asks if it’s his, and he pauses before saying that it’s Byung-hee’s. She grows silent, and he tells her again that it’s not her fault, and to stop blaming herself.

By the time he’s done with dishes she’s already asleep, huddled in the corner. When she wakes up in the morning, she’s in his bed all cozy, and Ji-hyuk is curled up on the floor below.

She gently puts the pillow under his head and covers him with the blanket before giving a little wave and a smile. So cute. He waits till she sneaks out before opening his eyes.

Seung-hoon’s sister drops him off at school and wonders why he’s suddenly so interested in school again, even turning down Dad’s offer to go study abroad. He just says that things have suddenly become really interesting.

She asks how things are with Su-ah, and he wonders why she keeps asking about her. She says that there’s been a lot of chatter about her father’s company lately, that it’s in some trouble, but doesn’t say anything more.

The principal assigns their old teacher with the task of keeping the boys in line, and Teach of course wants to resort to fists first. But the principal says that’s not how they do things around here, and gives him his new weapon: the point system.

He goes on a rampage following the Eye Candy boys around, deducting points left and right for being tardy, for eating candy, for having too strong an accent (ha), for having rock n roll hair, for being girl-crazy.

He happens to catch Ha-jin horsing around and trying to give Do-il a kiss for getting rid of those gangsters last time, and Teacher interrupts them, “What kind of relationship do you have?” Minus points.

What they realize is that the point system isn’t just an annoyance, but a danger – once they get up to 60 negative points, it’s expulsion. They wonder how long they’ll make it, and Ji-hyuk just says they have to last till the festival.

Seung-hoon summons him to discuss the battle for the practice room, and Ji-hyuk saunters in. Pyo-joo is as tightly wound as ever, but Ji-hyuk treats him like a child, putting his arm around casually as if to say, you are the opposite of scary.

They flip a coin to determine the order (rich boys first) and decide that an audience vote is the fairest way to pick the winner. Both sides agree to the terms. Pyo-joo can’t help but get a dig in, that he should give up now unless he wants to get on his knees again in front of the whole school.

Ji-hyuk pushes his face away, and then grabs a guitar pick off the table, and sends it flying into the dartboard that Pyo-joo was playing with when he came in. Badass. Maro and Pyo-joo gape at it afterwards, in awe.

The boys wonder where they’ll practice for now, since they have to win the battle to win the studio, and Hyun-soo mentions that Woo-kyung’s been calling Do-il looking for Ji-hyuk because he doesn’t answer his phone. Ha-jin wonders why it’s always Do-il she calls when she can’t find Ji-hyuk, and something about the way Do-il looks down says it bugs him for a different reason.

Just then Woo-kyung comes running in with big news, saying that she got Ji-hyuk a present because he’s been so down lately, and she’s his muse after all. She takes all the boys to a building on the verge of being torn down.

There’s a basement space there with an old set of drums, and she tells them that they can use the space until it gets demolished. They ask when that is, and she says, “Well I’m sure it’s not tomorrow!” They do not look reassured at that.

Ji-hyuk thanks her and promises to buy her dinner, but that’s not the thanks she had in mind. She puckers up her lips. Kyung-jong goes gaga and Ha-jin shields his eyes, while Do-il watches with a sad look. Oh noes, he really does have a crush.

Ji-hyuk stares blankly, so she grabs his face with her hands and pulls him in for a kiss. Nice. I like your style. The boys go crazy while Ji-hyuk stands there awkwardly, and Do-il sighs to himself. Aw.

Kyung-jong didn’t get to see it happen, so he gestures at Ha-jin, pointing at his own tongue. Pfft, are you asking if there was tongue? Hee.

A few of the boys gather for practice the next day, and wonder where Ji-hyuk ran off to. Do-il says he picked up a part-time gig for his uncle again, which seems like a common occurrence.

It turns out that he’s recording a song, as a session musician. (He’s singing the guide version of the song as a placeholder.) He begins to sing the soft ballad and then Seung-hoon’s sister comes in to check on the recording. She calls her brother to ask if he can make it, calling him the songwriter.

Ooooh, interesting connection. Ji-hyuk’s standing there singing Seung-hoon’s song. Meanwhile his sister watches, wondering who this kid is, and tells the producer to get his contact info.

The reason Seung-hoon blows off the recording session is to follow Su-ah after school. He follows her all the way to her part-time job at the restaurant, and puts together the pieces, from what his sister said.

Late that night, Su-ah walks home and senses someone coming up behind her. She braces herself, grabs her backpack, and whirls around with it with her eyes closed, and spins right into Ji-hyuk’s arms.

She stammers, “Oh it was you?” and he laughs that she should learn how to swing properly if she wants to use that thing as a weapon, otherwise it just looks like she did it on purpose to get a hug. HA.

He suggests she not come home so late if she’s so scared and she pretends not to be, but looks up at her rooftop, clearly scared to go up there. So Ji-hyuk goes first to make sure there aren’t any thugs tonight, and gives her the all-clear.

Up on her roof he asks for her phone and stores his number, for her to call if they show up again. She thanks him and he goes back down and up to his own roof.

What they don’t see is that Seung-hoon has followed her all the way here, and has seen the whole thing.

The next morning at school Ji-hyuk and Ha-jin head up the stairs, and turn right back around when they see Grumpypants Teacher standing guard outside the door, waiting to dock points for every little thing.

They quickly tuck in their shirts and straighten their ties, as Ji-hyuk sighs that it’s high school, not Miss Korea. Teach sees them coming up and practically rubs his hands in glee, only they arrive perfectly dressed, bow, and salute him. Heh. Thwarted at your own game.

Seung-hoon gives Su-ah the recording of his new song, which is hilarious because he has no idea that Ji-hyuk’s the one singing it. She looks up in surprise as soon as she hears the voice, but doesn’t let on if she knows who it is.

Seung-hoon tries to give her a bunch of gift certificates to a mall, but she turns it down, saying that it might not be very much to him, but it’s too much money for her to accept between friends. She walks away and he berates himself for the misstep.

Ji-hyuk sits outside with Do-il and Kyung-jong, and Teacher comes out from behind them, ready to go all Wyatt Earp on their asses. He scrambles their surroundings and finds the perfect smoking gun: a cigarette butt.

They swear it’s not theirs, but of course their protests don’t matter. Kyung-jong asks for a DNA test, ha. Ji-hyuk says he should just beat them instead, quoting what he used to say to them every time he hit them before, about how they’d end up street thugs if they didn’t get their act together.

He scoffs, “How can someone who calls himself a teacher run around trying to get students expelled?” Well I’m glad someone said it. Teach stews for a while, but it niggles at him all day, and eventually he scratches out the demerits in his notebook with a sigh. Aw. So he has a heart after all?

That night they practice in their basement studio, though Hyun-soo has been conspicuously absent for a few days straight. Woo-kyung arrives with snacks, calling Ji-hyuk “jagi,” which makes him cringe.

Suddenly sirens blare and they hear noise outside, and Woo-kyung goes to check it out. Some neighborhood ajummas have complained about the noise, swearing that it’s an abandoned building but they heard something.

Thinking quickly, Woo-kyung plays drunk and distracts the cops long enough for the boys to sneak away… only Kyung-jong drops a cymbal on his way out, leading to a chase.

They split up, and Ji-hyuk and Do-il end up in his pool hall, lying on a table and wondering why their lives are always this way. They have a good chuckle over it. Ji-hyuk sits up for a minute, “I think this is the first time in my life I’ve ever worked so hard. I want to hurry up and show them.”

Do-il gives him a pat on the shoulder to say he gets it, and Ji-hyuk pushes him away to cut the mushiness.

Su-ah leaves work that night to find Seung-hoon sitting outside the restaurant. He’s clearly waiting for her but they both lie that they happened to be there, and he takes out a red scarf for her, saying that it’s an apology for earlier. Aw.

He asks if that’s okay as a present and she smiles, so he wraps it around her, and then plants a little kiss on her forehead. They walk hand-in-hand to the bus stop, and he sends her off with a wave.

On the bus, she sighs as she touches her forehead, while in the street, Seung-hoon smiles like a goof looking at his hand. I’m glad we get to see this side of him, because up until now he hasn’t been the most sympathetic or layered character.

Meanwhile, Ji-hyuk sits inside a convenience store, staring out the window. He passes the time with ramyun, snacks, and then jumps up with a start and smoothes his hair before running out when he sees Su-ah pass by. Are you waiting there for her? Why so cute?

He silently walks behind her and then notices that she’s passed her own house without realizing it. The way he gets her attention? He chucks a lollipop at the back of her head. Ha.

She yells “Ow” with a start and turns around, glaring. She picks up the lolli and says if it were gum like the last time, she’d have his head shaved, and rips the wrapper off.

His face turns to horror when she makes a move to eat it, screaming, “THAT’S MY LAST ONE!” Hahaha. Well maybe you should’ve thought of that before chucking it at people’s heads, buddy.

She scoffs at his nerve and says fine, she’ll give him the candy if he apologizes. He pauses, and then agrees, “Yes, that’s apple flavor [apology and apple are homonyms in Korean],” and snatches it out of her hand and pops it in his mouth. Cheeky.

He wakes up the next morning and finds a yogurt sitting outside his door.

At school the students are abuzz with bets on which band will win the practice room battle. Deo-mi asks Su-ah which side she’s rooting for, and gasps when she implies that maybe it’s not for the side she thinks. But Su-ah just says that they can enjoy a good concert either way.

They start setting up for the battle, and throw insults back and forth at each other about their instruments, and Ha-jin goes to take out his bass… which he finds stringless. Whoops. He realizes that he lost his strings in that panic when the cops crashed their practice space.

Eye Candy asks to push the time back, but Maro insists the rules must be kept, and instead tosses his motorcycle keys to Ji-hyuk. They go on as planned, as Ji-hyuk races to get the strings before their turn.

Seung-hoon’s band plays a jazzy piece as Ji-hyuk finds the strings and rushes back. But as Eye Candy sets up and waits, a news story pops up and starts circulating on everyone’s phones.

It’s news that Su-ah’s father’s company has gone under, and that he’s being prosecuted. She stands in the crowd, frozen, not knowing what to do.

Ji-hyuk finally arrives but then sees the same thugs from the other night standing outside the school, asking after Su-ah. He runs inside, and his bandmates ask for the bass strings. The other band announces that they have a minute to start, otherwise they forfeit…

Ji-hyuk turns around, grabs Su-ah’s hand, and they get the hell out of dodge.


I didn’t actually expect the relationship between Ji-hyuk and Su-ah to develop so quickly, but I really like their growing friendship. I love their little moments of chemistry, like awkwardly doing the doorway dance just to get past each other, or every time they get close. It doesn’t feel strange because Ji-hyuk was the one who had a connection with her even when Byung-hee was around, and Byung-hee’s muse-crush on her was so one-sided and crazy.

I’m glad that Seung-hoon isn’t being written as a total sociopath or something, because I was concerned that he was going to end up a one-dimensional villain type, while everyone else got interesting backstories. But he’s shaping up to be more than just the bad guy, so I like that there’s the possibility of something other than just the expected rivalry between the two bands.

But I’m the biggest fan of Ji-hyuk’s character, who continues to surprise me at every turn. You think he’s a punk kid, but then he schools the teacher on right and wrong, and it turns out he listens to everything he’s told even while being beaten. He seems like a reckless prideful leader, but puts that on the line when they need to stay in school. And then again, when the battle is on the line, he puts Su-ah’s safety first. I can’t wait to see where else we go with his character.

I think what resonates with me the most is this world, the way it conveys the teenage malaise and feeling of being lost. It’s not actually a depressing world to me because they struggle with a version of the same things every young person fights against – feeling powerless, lacking purpose, wanting everything and having nothing. Tonally it strikes the perfect balance to say that this is what they feel, but that they can also have a sense of hope and pure joy in something that might seem insignificant: a piece of music, the perfect performance, a connection with one other person who might get it. And that just gets me in the heart.


130 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. MiMi

    O_O Thank you! Now I have something to look forward to once I finish studying for my biochem exam! 😀

    • 1.1 MiMi

      I couldn’t resist. Now I’ll study.

    • 1.2 mimiko

      biochem exam ?!!! high 5 !! I don’t feel lonely anymore !! 😀

  2. Geneva

    Eat your heart out, DH2.

    • 2.1 PassionFruit

      LOL, exactly what I was thinking. It’s pretty disappointing so far, but I’m still continuing to read the recaps anyway. The first season had a pretty slow start as well, so you never know.

    • 2.2 Rita

      I like this comment!

  3. Ace

    Ji-hyuk + Su-ah = I love

    This show rocks!

    Thanks for the recap!

    • 3.1 Ace

      Somehow, when I watched the raw episode, I didn’t see the preview’s last scene. *giggling madly* Ah, a reason to love Mondays!


      • 3.1.1 Dorotka

        I somehow missed it as well!! Thanks!
        *looking at the calender and counting down the days*

      • 3.1.2 Phangrl


      • 3.1.3 jomo

        But that can’t be right. Isn’t that the wrong hair on the boy?

        • ldsaf

          wrong hair? its Ji-hyuk you can tell by the jaw line.

      • 3.1.4 rubberducky345


  4. Sophia


  5. Cruelsummer

    What does a girl have to do to get some subs around here? I’m still thirsty for ep. 3. I swore I wouldn’t read another recap before subs, but oh well…that’s not really working for me, obviously.

    Thanks for the recap!

    • 5.1 Cynthia

      They’re up at DramaFever & KShownow.net.

      • 5.1.1 Cruelsummer

        Thanks!! Of course…now that I’ve watched it raw and should probably be going to bed. *creeps over to Dramafever*

        • Luscious

          Also available at KimchiDrama

    • 5.2 alua

      Same! I shouldn’t be reading the recaps before the subs are out… (because sometimes that means I don’t end up watching the drama properly, that would be a shame, because I’m really really liking this one so far!)

    • 5.3 LeiDiAngelo

      or you can try kimchidramas.net or dramacrazy.com . although, kimchi is usually faster than kshow or dramacrazy,

  6. ck1Oz

    Thank you. That was an awesome recap 🙂

  7. Vanessa

    Wow, this was a really good episode! 😀 Thanks for the recap.(:

  8. Ani

    GRRR! Thugs, you have horrible timing! Couldn’t you wait until AFTER the battle of the bands? I guess you can’t have an interesting drama without putting things on the line for everyone. This might be reason for the Eye Candy boys to get mad at their leader, but if they lose their chance to battle here…. And if Seung-hoon understands why Jihyuk had to ditch, than maybe there’s going to be a rematch.

    Poor Do-il! Nothing like unrequited teen love/crush to get me going “aaaaaaaw, poor thing!” X(

    Can’t wait for more! X)

    • 8.1 alua

      I don’t feel too bead for Do-il… because it’s clear already that Ji-hyuk isn’t interested in that girl. Do-il might get her in the end (and he’s bound to notice very soon were Ji-hyuk’s interest do lie).

      • 8.1.1 Ani

        Oh I know that there’s a chance he will end up with her in the end – or find a new love interest. But it’s the initial pain that sucks. I feel for him for what he’s going through now because it’s such a universal thing to have a one-sided crush. Heh. X/

  9. snowangel715

    Thanks so much… I can’t believe I almost didn’t watch this… Good thing I read ur recap of ep1… at least I managed to catch up… I wish it’s monday now… waaah!!! i can’t wait!!!!

  10. 10 stars4u

    Ooooohhh!!! It’s amazing how Su-ah recognizes Ji-hyuk’s voice!!!

  11. 11 Abbie

    The best drama of the year, so far. I love all the characters, even Teacher Grumpypants. I like that Ji-hyuk’s and Su-ah’s romance is going so strongly, so quickly, and I even feel a little bad for Seung-hoon because of it.

    This show is just sooooo good! I can’t wait for next week! I want more, now!

    Thanks for the recap, Girlfriday!

  12. 12 Sienna

    Thank you so much~

  13. 13 mellowyel

    what I love about this show is that even though I read the recaps beforehand I’m still geeked to watch it when subs come out – that rarely happens. thanks once again for the awesome recap GF!

    • 13.1 JoAnne

      LOL – not only am I reading the recaps before the subs come out, I’m watching the raw episodes before the recaps come out. By the time this series finishes I will have watched it three full times. And you know what? I don’t care.

      • 13.1.1 Cruelsummer

        I’m doing the same. Resistance is futile.

        • Cynthia


        • mellowyel

          Haha I would join you ladies, but I’m already dedicated to two other shows, and casually watching like three others… all while trying not to fall behind in my law school classes. School gets in the way of everything >.<

          • Cruelsummer

            I encourage you to continue with your studies because when I get fired for not overcoming my kdrama addiction I’m going to need good representation 🙂

          • JoAnne

            Law school should take precedence! If only because I might need you to get me out of jail someday, when I lose my job because of watching dramas and then fail to pay all my bills.

            I’m watching Padam Padam, What’s Up, Shut Up, and something else that escapes me at the moment as they air. Oh DH2, but I dunno if that will last. And two of the former end this week. I’ll be picking up MoonSun and there’s some new stuff coming that I am looking forward to.

            I’ve got easily a dozen others that I watch an episode or two of now and then so they progress slowly…plus a couple US shows. And movies. My evenings are long and generally not social although that changes on the weekends, so I have plenty of time.

          • mellowyel

            lol I will faithfully study for the sake of representing drama addicts like myself in the future.

            “May I present, Your Honor, exhibit A: the website, Dramabeans.com, where many go to get their drama fix. My client was clearly acting under the influence of the many shirtless shower scenes and Darcy-esque heroes featured on said site when s/he quit work and kidnapped the plaintiff, Korean TV actor [insert your fave here]. On the basis of the unusually strong persuasive power this site holds, we plead insanity as a defense to the crime, and ask that the charges be dropped. Oh, and we get to keep the actor.” I think I’ve found my calling 😀

          • Roggy

            haha Indeed you have. Its a legit argument too. Temporary Insanity lmao

      • 13.1.2 Phangrl

        Same here!

      • 13.1.3 kdrama addiction

        lol it cant be helped this show is so addictive i am doing the same thing, the pace of the story is building not dragging on for multi episodes, it very progressive loving it

  14. 14 Venus

    LOVE LOVE this episode!..after the major angst of BH death we needed a breather, and this episode gave us that. I love how quick relationships are involving. Looking forward to see how JH and SA romance becomes a major friction among guys.

    Thanks GF for awesome recaps.

  15. 15 JoAnne

    I’ve been so worried as What Up nears the end that something wouldn’t be there to fill the enormous void of excellence. I really don’t think I have to worry anymore.

  16. 16 nuri

    Thank you Girlfriday!!

    Aw. Why so cute. My heart breaks of jealousy. Really can’t wait to watch the raw.

    I just watched the episode 3 raw and understand what’s going on thanks to Javabeans recap yesterday.

    Now, I really can’t wait to see that lollipop scene. Sweeeet. Their interaction seems cute and yay for the new girl! She can act!!

    About Sung Joon, in lie to me I like his scene together with Yoon Eun Hye, he has that sad look says “I really like you, why can’t you see it?” Everytime he looks at her. Even when he’s all smile and joke with her. Its so sad and made me root for him.

  17. 17 Mystisith

    Thanks for the recap !
    Will read it later.

    I found a terrific MV for this drama, with the music of…
    Muse. ” Map of the problematique ”
    Nope, i didn’t invent that one. But it fits just perfectly.


  18. 18 comradeS

    I really really really really luff this show.

    And I really like Su-ah. The actress may be a newbie (and it shows), but she has a nice, sweet charm and a really adorable face. And poor Do-il. I love these boys.

  19. 19 JD

    AHHHH FINALLY THE ROMANCE!!! ^^ I love Ji Hyuk so hard.

  20. 20 crazedlu


    THAT. IS. ALL.

  21. 21 Joan

    At first, I thought Su-ah was going to be one of those girls where everyone falls for her because she’s pretty, but surprisingly I really like her (:

  22. 22 rsmchirps

    Thanks for the super fast recaps! I stream it raw, but my Korean is nowhere near good enough to follow all the dialog. THis fills in all the spaces perfectly!
    I’m so in love with this show. I do miss Byung Hee’s manic energy, but Ji Hyuk is doing a brilliant job of stepping in and taking the leader spot. Frankly, I think even when Byung hee was around, Ji Hyuk was a pretty strong influence in that group. So yeah, Ji Hyuk as male lead, rocks for me!
    And Su-ah is such a lovely female lead. She’s got a mind of her own, and the ability to look below the surface of what’s going on around her. Her chemistry with Ji-Hyuk is adorable. From the beginning you could see the connection between them and I can’t wait to see this develop more!
    As for Seung Hoon, I really like the side of him that is shown in this episode. He’s rich and entitled, but he does have morals and a heart. He may actually end up making me feel sorry for him when he loses the girl.

    The music as always, rocks. In fact, so far, everything about this show rocks.

  23. 23 MJ

    Su-ah’s friend named Deo-mi looks like a pre-teen Velma from the animated TV Series titled A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988-1991)

    • 23.1 kewbie

      Haha! That’s EXACTLY what I thought…a Korean Velma Dinkley.

  24. 24 Cruelsummer

    Joining the choir…I love this show so stinkin’ much! It just keeps getting better with each episode. So many cute moments in ep. 4. I wonder if that’s really Sung Joon singing. If so, he has a beautiful voice. I’m kind of glad that we didn’t get to see Eye Candy perform. It was too much going on and I feel the audience would have been biased.

    Question: Why don’t they use the pool hall to practice? It seems pretty empty after hours.

  25. 25 GI_JOJO

    Freaking amazing. Thanks for the recap! Lovely. I am going to love this show. I don’t see a problem with the acting, and I love everyone’s good and bad chemistry. And the humor! Also, the moments that are actually very, very realistic. I like how raw it feels. It’s great.
    *In love with this drama, NBD

  26. 26 knightsha

    i love this drama <3

  27. 27 PassionFruit

    I am really loving this show! Especially since Dream High 2 has been a bit of a disappointment so far… Hopefully this show continues to do just as well and Dream High 2 improves throughout the weeks.

    Thanks to Girlfriday for the quick recap! <3

    • 27.1 NewKDramaAddict

      That’s why I love this site. I always fine people of the same way of thinking! I mention I fine DH2 boring on other sites and I get berated! But then again, I did not care for DH either! Oh, just shoot me!

  28. 28 aoiaheen

    Love love LOVE this! I love Ji Hyuk because he put Su Ah’s safety first. And i love that Do il has a crush on Woo Kyung. I love Su Ah. She seems the normal kdrama herione. you know, the bankrupt dad, the pretty face, everyone likes her nice girl. BUt i think they’ve written her character well. She seems real and not just a heroine.

    I love Ji Hyuk! oh, I already said that.

    I wonder where Hyun Soo is though? isn’t he liking that Ji Hyuk is the leader? He’s another character i want to see more of.

    • 28.1 Yubin

      Somebody sharing my thoughts !
      Hyun Soo suddently disappears when they go to this empty building… Even if he was here when Woo Kyung storms to tell them about the gift. I would have guessed he followed… And then at the battle scene he comes back and nobody wonders about him. I’m a bit sad about that… all the boys care (gossip?) for each other, but when it comes to Hyun Soo, nothing.
      I have two theories : either Hyun Soo is set to branch to the dark side (which I am pretty sure of it, I mean look at his face when Ji Hyuk choses Su Ah over the battle…) on the basis of his character description – he’s supposed to be the multitalented ambitious one after all – or, in a more simple way, L mustn’t have enough time to film given that he has his own concert this weekend so they put him out of the non-necessary scenes…
      I have the feeling that next episode will have a lot of Hyun Soo anyway. Beware of the Ice Prince rage, Ji Hyuk !

      • 28.1.1 aoiaheen

        I hope he doesn’t betray them. What I’m worried about is that Strawberry fields (that’s the name of Sueng hoon’s band right?) has 3 members and Eye candy 5. To make it equal I wondering if one of the eye candies might move over to the strawberry fields.

        That would be horrible!

        • mud

          Ooo, I hadn’t considered that possibility. Though I doubt it would happen since they are still good friends and the band is now working towards Byung-hee’s final wish. And judging from his reactions to avenge Byung-hee, Hyun-soo would probably rather play solo than to jump ship to Strawberry Fields. I hope the next episode gives us more info on what’s eating him.

        • thekors

          But Strawberry Fields does have a drummer, it’s just that he’s not given an acting role 🙂

      • 28.1.2 jm

        I think maybe because L has a lot of schedules? Being an idol and all. So, that’s why he’s not around very often. I do wish the show would address his disappearances as part of the story though, if it’s really the case of clashing schedules, like maybe say he’s helping his mom or something like that. That way, people aren’t always going, “Where the hell is L”

  29. 29 aoiaheen

    Hey! I didn’t notice there was a “notify me of follow up email” option. is this new in DB? or did i just miss it for so long?

    • 29.1 JoAnne

      It’s new, A

  30. 30 kbap

    I love this show, going through a two-hour session of no-internet (5-7) was hell. Anyways. I love all the new conflicts set up, and even more interested at how Eye Candy would react to Ji-hyuk saving Su-ah. Hopefully they won’t fight too much…

  31. 31 myr_ah

    Thanks GF! 🙂

    I can’t stop grinning every time there is a Ji Hyuk and Su-ah scene. Oh high school! That battle ground of raging hormones and crushes.

    I can’t believe I thought of ditching this over Dream High 2. Haha. Now, it’s the other way around.

    I’m in all the way Shut Up. 😀

  32. 32 Mena

    I waited for the two first episodes to be subbed before watching this drama. I couldnt do it I am hooked. I love all the characters I AM IN. Yeah like many others said its hard too many good dramas and the addiction continues

  33. 33 MJP

    GirlFriday + Ji-Hyuk = LOVE

  34. 34 kewbie

    Thanks for the recap again! This drama is so good that I’m trying to convince the hubs to watch it while he’s visiting his dad. I think I almost got him. 😉

    I am loving the bromance among the guys, and the different dynamics. They play off each other really well. I am also happy that Ji-hyuk and Su-ah are moving forward. I saw the preview for episode 5, and I saw that ***SPOILER*** kiss. Love it! (And BTW Sung Joon looks like a decent kisser. 🙂 I am also hoping for love for the other boys…Do-il looks sad secretly yearning for Woo-kyung. (What’s up with her always calling him to look for Ji-hyuk anyway??) I know based on the relationship chart that Hyun-soo will fall for someone who is into Ha-jin, so I’m looking forward to that as well. More excitement to come from this show, and I’m loving it!

    • 34.1 Yubin

      The relationship chart changed ! now it’s Ha Jin falling for a girl (Kim Ye-rim ! OMG) who’s into Hyun Soo…

      • 34.1.1 jm

        I’m looking forward to that because Ha Jin’s supposed to be a cassanova and we know it’s a big deal when playboys really like someone 😉

  35. 35 Indie

    Aww damnit Seung-Hoon, you poor thing. I love how we get to see a different side to most of the characters.

    And…and I love Ji-Hyuk I do but I can’t help but have a little fangirl moment and just completely adore Seung-Hoon, God he is so … gaah worthy xD

    Anywho back to the eppie! I love it, and it’s funny bc we get to see a side to the boys that not only shows us that they’re not only relevantly innocent but that they’re not stereotypical punks that they’re labelled as. As for Do-il, aww I love him; he’s just so mysteriously interesting that it was like ‘ohmygoshno’ when he was sitting in the gallows as he watched Woo-Kyung and Ji-Hyuk -awkwardlyonesided- kiss. Hah! But still… aww </3

    Although I don't really like the pace of Ji-Hyuk and Su-Ah's relationship. Like you gf I love their awkward moments and moments of chemistry but I didn't expect it to flare like that…so fast.

    Anyway, amazing recap. Me loves it hun ♥

  36. 36 Joy

    can’t wait to watch this. I LOVE CABLE!!!!! AND DAMN YOU SCHOOL!

  37. 37 j

    “He wakes up the next morning and finds a yogurt sitting outside his door.”

    not to be picky, but that wasn’t a yogurt. it was banana milk. lol. remember she left the same thing to him when they first “met”?

    • 37.1 ldsaf

      is it the same banana milk that Lee Min Ho is advertising?

  38. 38 Carinne

    Ah, the life some may envy, carpe diem.

    Now, off to watch my quack! I’m cuckoo for cocoa puffs!

  39. 39 tessieroo

    Thankee for the quick recaps each week, I hope you’ll be sticking with this one. (please, please, please) Amazing how quickly I became addicted to this drama. Love all the boys, love the students, love the teachers – everyone is interesting. (BTW – where are all the parents? LOL)

    I’m not surprised at the quick flare up of sparks between Ji Hyuk and Su-Ah – when electricity hits between 2 people? It hits just that fast. (especially when you’re a teen with raging hormones) *hee*


  40. 40 Jasmin

    Just for the record/next’s episode recap… it’s NOT a yogurt but a banana milk!XDDD

  41. 41 79%

    Thank you so much for the quick recap! This drama is growing on me at a crazy rate!

  42. 42 Ariel

    Episode 3 just dropped at Kimchidrama wheeee, I don’t watch shows that are still airing I’m too impatient for that but I’m in love with Shut Up so I just grit my teeth until the next installment.

  43. 43 Saima

    not gonna lie….the concluding scene kinda made me squeal!! 😀

  44. 44 cactus_alien

    finaaallllyyy.. my drug is out~!! lol

    totally. im in love with this shoooow~!!!

  45. 45 K.

    Ugh, I’ve been watching the first and second episode over and over. Lee Minki was so amazing, it seriously pains me knowing that he’s gone. But Byung-hee lives on, through the whole series. He’s the driving force and I just love that even though he’s not going to physically be in every episode from now on, he’ll never leave our minds as we watch. I’m so glad they gave Lee Minki a two episode cameo to really have Byung-hee make a lasting impression on us so when he goes, we feel the pain hard because we’ve grown so attached to his character.

    Gah, this drama. Dream High 2 what?

  46. 46 soserious

    i love this series i can’t really explain in words.
    but i’m really happy that this is recapped in detail. thank you girlfriday and javabeans.

    girlfriday i loved what you said at the end. “they struggle with a version of the same things every young person fights against – feeling powerless, lacking purpose, wanting everything and having nothing. Tonally it strikes the perfect balance to say that this is what they feel, but that they can also have a sense of hope and pure joy in something that might seem insignificant: a piece of music, the perfect performance, a connection with one other person who might get it. And that just gets me in the heart.” wow i couldn’t agree more.

  47. 47 Hillary

    I love this show. I am not a Lee Min Ki fan but admit that his extended cameo was daebek.

    Now that I have become addicted, I am going to be streaming this show live (found instructions on how to access TvN and it works). I have not streamed live on Mondays/Tuesdays since Brain finished.

    I might just have to move to Korea with all the live streams I am currently doing… LOL. My Mondays/Tuesdays are going to be taken up with Shut Up, my Wednesdays/Thursdays are already dedicated to MoonSun and my Saturdays/Sundays are used for OB. Praise the Lord my job gives me the flexibility to arrive late to work during the week and/or work from home, otherwise I might have been fired… LOL. I might just have to use the defense offered by mellowyel.

    Saw the preview and can’t believe that we reached that point as yet. Have to repeat … I LOVE THIS SHOW.

  48. 48 Dorotka

    With my very very limited Korean I thought Seung Hoon asked Ji Hyuk to record his song as a trade off for staying at school. Ha. So far for guessing.

    This episode was sort of cute. And I don’t mean just Seung Hoon and Ji Hyuk being cute with Su Ah (long live the apple lollypop!). It actually seemed like the 2 rival bands were sort of bonding (what about one big band and even more bromance??). And the old teacher with his point deductions and final reflection on it was cute as well. I only hate the director of the school.

    Missed a bit some family references and background info.

  49. 49 Jaykah

    My goodness I wonder what will happen next!? Ji Hyuk is going to have a lot of groveling to do with the boys after this.

    I’m confused with why they just can’t share the practice room or why there isn’t more then one practice room seeing as this is a very wealthy school but I guess it’s a drama after all.

    I think Ji Hyuk and Su Ah are so darn cute 🙂

  50. 50 Tom Sea

    Good morning to girlfriday and fellow re-capers.

    As I sit in front of the flickering monitor with my morning coffee, I read the world news, pondering what the heck is wrong with everyone to put us in that situation (sigh).

    Then it’s time to relax and read the news at Dramabeans, to see what the new recap is. Sometimes I read the recap and have not even seen the series! That’s due to the great job you do in presenting the information, and I truly enjoy your personal quips!

    So I raise my cup to you, wishing it were Soju instead.

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