Drama Recaps
Shut Up: Flower Boy Band: Episode 6
by | February 14, 2012 | 185 Comments

So effing good. This episode rules! It’s bromance, romance, and rock ‘n’ roll. What’s not to love? It’s time for the big show, and a big showdown too, but not between the people you think. Sometimes when you don’t work out your issues off the stage, they follow you on, in a big, big way.


Ji-hyuk rounds the corner just in time to see Seung-hoon pull Su-ah into a hug, and scoffs bitterly before stalking away in the other direction. That’s just what you want to see when you got your face beaten into a wall for a girl—her hugging the other guy.

What he doesn’t see is that she pulls away immediately, and backs away as she says goodbye. As soon as she reaches her rooftop she calls Ji-hyuk, and discovers his phone down in the street below.

Ji-hyuk stumbles over to Do-il’s pool hall and collapses on a table before Do-il finally sees his bloodied face. But Ji-hyuk doesn’t want to talk about it, and insists it’s no big deal.

The next morning Su-ah waits outside for Ji-hyuk to come back home, and just misses him yet again. He saunters into school in the foulest mood, pushing his luck with Teacher Grumpypants and wearing band-aids all over his face.

Su-ah waits impatiently, and he finally arrives to class. Ha-jin and Hyun-soo immediately ask what happened to his face, ready to rough up whatever hooligans—er, other hooligans—did this to him. Aw, gotta love bromantic solidarity.

Hyun-soo guesses right away that if it had been neighborhood punks, Ji-hyuk’s fists would’ve been bruised, not his face. He looks up at Su-ah tentatively approaching, and says pointedly that because of someone, scary thugs have been around an awful lot these days.

She comes up to Ji-hyuk and asks if that’s what happened—did he get beaten by the gangsters who were after her? He doesn’t answer. She returns his phone and Hyun-soo tells her to get lost. I do love that he’s antagonistic towards her. It’s a nice internal conflict within the band.

Seung-hoon steps up to defend her, and has a stare-down with Hyun-soo before Ha-jin intervenes to stop them from fighting.

Ji-hyuk’s bad mood hangs over him all the way through practice, and Hyun-soo calls him out on it, asking where his head is at. Ji-hyuk just blows off the rest of practice and storms out.

He walks home in a cloud of angst and sighs on his rooftop, and only heads inside after seeing Su-ah arrive home. She comes knocking a little later, to ask if he’s okay, if he’s not hurt.

He plays it off like it’s no big deal, but he’s gruff with her, or more gruff than usual. She says that they can switch back their rooms, since those guys won’t be around anymore. He jumps to conclusions and scoffs that her prince must’ve arrived, since she’s going to clean up her rooftop life and go back to where she came from.

She asks if he’s mad at her for something, because he’s clearly being passive-aggressive, but he denies it, all while flashing back to her hug with Seung-hoon. He leans in just to ask what on earth he’d be mad about. Rawr. Why you gotta lean in all close like that?

They gather up their things and make the switch, and Su-ah thanks him for his help, saying that she really wouldn’t have gotten through this rough patch without him. But he’s interrupted by a panicked phone call from Ha-jin, saying that Woo-kyung is in trouble. Ji-hyuk dashes off.

He finds Ha-jin trying to pry three angry fangirls off of Woo-kyung, or maybe the other way around; it’s hard to tell ’cause there’s just lots of yelling and screaming and hair-pulling going on. (It’s basically a fight that erupted because they all like Ji-hyuk, while Woo-kyung points out that they so very recently were Byun-hee’s fangirls. Ha.)

Ji-hyuk jumps into the fray, and finally the three of them sit on the steps in the aftermath, to lick their wounds. Ha-jin declares that nothing ever goes right when there are four girls, because girls are best enjoyed separately. Pfft. Spoken like a true playboy.

He jumps up at the sight of more girls passing by, not wanting to waste a good night alone. Well he did have to ditch a noona to help Woo-kyung out, so I guess he’s just righting wrongs?

Woo-kyung buries her head, mortified that Ji-hyuk has seen her like this. She wonders how he could be so flaky on dates, and then show up like clockwork at times like this. Ha. Aw, poor Woo-kyung.

He doesn’t see what’s so embarrassing about it anyway, and pats her on the head like a little puppy. But she points out that she’s embarrassed about everything in front of him—that she doesn’t go to school, that she’s older than him, that she spends her days perming people’s hair.

“When you like somebody, you’re always embarrassed, because you always want to look good in front of them.” She finishes the thought with the even harsher truth: “But you don’t feel like that with me, ever.”

He just brushes it off as too complicated a way to think of things, true to form. She gets up to go home, and refuses to let him walk her there. She’s been embarrassed enough for one night, and wants it to end there.

At school the next day, news breaks that Su-ah’s dad has been hauled away in handcuffs and detained, and things go from bad to worse for her. Both Seung-hoon and Ji-hyuk note the new development silently. At least he knows the real reason why she’s not worried about the gangsters anymore.

Ha-jin and Kyung-jong shoot the breeze, and note Su-ah’s situation with some sympathy. Ha-jin sighs that the Rooftop Roomies situation is wasted on Ji-hyuk, because if he were there, he’d certainly comfort her. Yeah, I BET you would.

Kyung-jong just very innocently points out that it can’t be, because she’s Byung-hee’s muse. Ha-jin calls him naïve—affection is bound to grow when they see each other every day, living side by side. He jokingly imagines them as the Rooftop Couple.

What they don’t notice is that Pyo-joo has overheard their entire conversation with an evil glint in his eye. Uh-oh.

In gym class the teacher tells them to pair up, and Pyo-joo comes up behind Su-ah, shoving her right into Ji-hyuk’s arms. He calls them the Rooftop Couple and says that “like should be with like.”

He announces loud and clear for the whole class to hear that they live in a house so small they can’t even stretch their legs, scoffing that it might as well be a doghouse. Ji-hyuk grabs a nearby basketball… and chucks it right at Pyo-joo’s head. Damn, that’s satisfying.

They get up in each other’s faces, but then the teacher comes over. So Ji-hyuk reaches in for a hug as he says loudly, “I’m sorry,” while whispering into Pyo-joo’s ear to shut his trap or he’ll make him shut it. Okay, that’s even MORE satisfying.

With that, Ji-hyuk storms out of class. This time, it’s the girls’ turn to be nasty, as they gather around Su-ah and call her the Jungsang Two-Timer. Deo-mi rushes up to defend her, only her defense is that Seung-hoon declared in front of everyone that Su-ah is his girlfriend.

But what I love about Su-ah is that she stands up for herself. She looks the meangirl straight in the eyes and says yes, her father went bankrupt, yes she lives in a rooftop room… anything else she’d like to know?

She adds that for the record, the too-good-for-her Seung-hoon is not her boyfriend… which is right when Seung-hoon walks into class. Awkward.

Seung-hoon corners Ji-hyuk in the bathroom to tell him to stop telling everyone about the rooftop because he’s just making things harder for Su-ah. Ji-hyuk just laughs, wondering why the kids at this school have so many secrets. “I’ve never once been embarrassed about the fact that I live in a rooftop room.”

He doesn’t see what the big frickin’ deal is, because it’s true. He lives in a rooftop room. She lives in a rooftop room. Who cares? But the kicker, he points out, is that Seung-hoon DOES seem to care, because he’s embarrassed. Ooooh. One point, Ji-hyuk.

He wonders why Su-ah was so reluctant to tell him where she was living, and the reason is obvious—Seung-hoon is no different from the other kids at this school. He continues in his relaxed I’m-too-cool-for-this-shit tone that Seung-hoon shouldn’t waste his energy posturing in front of him, and should shut Pyo-joo up instead.

Seung-hoon calls after him to say they’ll see who’s the bigger help to Su-ah, but dude, you’ve already lost that game. He warns Pyo-joo to stop pestering Su-ah, and says it’s his final warning. Hasn’t this guy had one too many final warnings?

Seung-hoon waits outside for Su-ah to finish her shift at the restaurant, and tells her that she was really brave today. He remembers that she was always really brave, recalling the time she saved him from ridicule and piggybacked him away, when they were young and he was shorter than her. Aw.

He admits that he doesn’t mind being thought of as her boyfriend, and she tells him that he’s a really good friend, but she doesn’t want to hide behind him anymore. She does promise him that she’ll show up to the rock festival, though I don’t think she’s goin’ there to see you, buddy.

Eye Candy scrapes through another practice feeling off, and Ha-jin tells Hyun-soo to give it up and just let Ji-hyuk do the guitar solo. Ooh. Ouch. Hyun-soo just ice-beams him and Kyung-jong reminds the guys that Hyun-soo’s just been really busy taking care of his sister and stuff.

The festival’s in two days so everyone’s on edge, and Ji-hyuk abruptly puts an end to practice for the day, telling Hyun-soo to put in more solo practice time. To that end, Hyun-soo skips school the next day, not moving an inch from their practice space, and not even answering the guys’ calls.

The principal hears about both bands entering the festival, and calls them into his office to congratulate them. Well, he congratulates Strawberry Fields. And then he turns to Eye Candy and says that maybe it’d be best if the school only put forth one entry in the competition, yunno, for a united front and all that. URG. Imma throttle you, Turtle Man.

Thankfully Seung-hoon speaks up to put an end to that nonsense, saying that everyone should play fairly. Teacher Kim also pipes up to tell the principal that actually, Eye Candy enters the competition in second place, while Strawberries enter at fourth. The principal clears his throat awkwardly.

Out in the hall the two bands throw insults and challenges back and forth, and Ji-hyuk just tells Seung-hoon to do whatever he wants, like he’s talking at a buzzing fly. Ha, I love that Seung-hoon’s more invested in this rivalry than Ji-hyuk is, because he’s doing this for Byung-hee.

They put in their last practice before the big day, and Ji-hyuk wonders why they’re not even complaining when they’ve never worked this hard before. But Hyun-soo says it’s because they have something to prove, “to Byung-hee.”

Oof, that just gets you in the heart. I love that you think he’s gonna say that they have something to prove to the rich bastards at school, but they don’t—they’re in this for their friend. Ji-hyuk raises his hand, rock on, at the mention of Byung-hee.

He walks home, and Su-ah catches up to him on their street, calling out to him over and over. He wonders why she sounds so excited to see him and tells her to stop being so friendly, especially at school, since “it doesn’t do you any good either.”

But she doesn’t see any reason for that, and says she’s super happy to see him, even if he’s not. She adds that he was right—now that she’s finally told the truth to everyone at school, she feels so much freer.

He asks if she’s going to the rock festival, and she says of course, she begged for the day off because she has a band to cheer on… Eye Candy. He stops in his tracks. You can literally feel the smile about to erupt on his face, only then she tags on, “and Strawberry Fields too.” Aw, you pooped on his parade!

She says she’s been meaning to ask, but does he know of anyone who has the same voice as him? She says that the guy singing Seung-hoon’s song sounds just like him, and lets him listen.

He recognizes it immediately, of course. “Is this that song? The one you like and have been listening to all the time?”

Su-ah: “Yeah. This voice is so strange—when I’m lonely it makes my heart feel warm, and when I’m excited it makes my heart race, and when I’m sad it makes me want to cry.”

He keeps his poker face and wonders why she doesn’t ask Seung-hoon who it is. She says he doesn’t know either. Ji-hyuk finally breaks out into a little secret smile.

They share headphones as they walk home together listening to the song, and Ji-hyuk grins like a fool the whole way. So. Cute.

He wakes up at the crack of dawn the day of the festival, and finds his daily banana milk with a note this time: “Eye Candy Fighting!” He downs it and gives a big roar, ready to conquer the world.

Everyone arrives on time at the venue except for Hyun-soo, who’s got a last-minute sister crisis of course, because this is a drama. The boys call him frantically and make it through rehearsals without him, but soon enough it’s showtime.

Strawberry Fields plays before them. It’s a rather subdued performance for a rock festival, but they do well, and Ji-hyuk watches from the crowd.

They’re almost up and Hyun-soo runs through the streets to get there in time… and nearly gets hit by a van while crossing the street. He rolls to avoid getting hit, and gets a shard of glass in his hand for his trouble. Oh noes.

The van carries a mystery celebrity, who notes him with some curiosity. The manager offers to take Hyun-soo to the hospital, but he takes off running. The boys wait on pins and needles, and Hyun-soo finally arrives, with just seconds to spare.

They go onstage right away, and play Byung-hee’s song, finally in sync and all smiles. Here it is again in case you missed it:

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Hyun-soo finally gets his guitar riffs just right, and seems happy… except we start to see that his hand is still bleeding, all over his guitar. It gets worse as he continues to play, and it’s starting to worry me—what if he ends up permanently damaging his hand that way? I can barely watch.

It finally comes to the guitar solo and Hyun-soo starts to play it through gritted teeth. His face twists in pain. Ji-hyuk finally has a moment to pause his singing and look over at Hyun-soo, which is when he sees his hand and guitar covered in blood.

Without hesitating, Ji-hyuk stops him in the middle of the song… by man-hugging him until my heart nearly bursts. Everything comes to screeching halt. Hyun-soo struggles, fighting to get free and keep playing like an obstinate fool, but Ji-hyuk just clutches him in that bear-hug, refusing to let go.

It’s long moment before the feral Hyun-soo finally calms down and lets Ji-hyuk win. He heads offstage in defeat, and Ji-hyuk looks out at the stunned audience.

He cues the rest of the guys, who are just as gobsmacked as the crowd, and they start playing where they left off, and finish the song. Ji-hyuk gives a bitter smile at the end before turning to walk off the stage. Urg, what a heart-wrenching performance.

And then as the judges (including Seung-hoon’s sister) tally the scores, the girl whose van nearly hit Hyun-soo takes to the stage for a special appearance. She’s announced as Kim Ye-rim (played by Kim Ye-rim, from Superstar K3).

The winner is announced: Strawberry Fields. The crowd cheers happily, though Seung-hoon doesn’t really look too ecstatic. Maybe he’s just used to winning and it doesn’t really mean much to him, or maybe he knows they would’ve lost had Eye Candy not caused the big commotion onstage? Who knows.

Su-ah smiles and cheers them on, but immediately starts looking around for Ji-hyuk.

Backstage the rest of the boys sigh at Hyun-soo’s doggedness to keep playing with a bloodied hand, and Do-il says it’s a good thing Ji-hyuk stopped him when he did. Hyun-soo doesn’t say anything, and just asks, “Where’s Ji-hyuk?”

Waah, what is it about that moment that kills me? I think I was scared that Hyun-soo might still be angry at Ji-hyuk (even though he’d have no right to be) but when he looks for him like that, it’s a sign that there’s no love lost in that bromance. The guys tell him that Ji-hyuk went home right away, wanting to be alone. Aw.

They head out, and Ye-rim comes to ask Hyun-soo if he’s okay. The other guys recognize her right away as a big star, but Hyun-soo just gives her his trademark icy stare-down and walks right past her.

She tells him that she’s sorry but that just unleashes his anger. He asks what sorry’s gonna do—is it going to put them back onstage or give them the win? “I wanted to give my friend one last gift, but it’s all ruined because of me. I’m about to go crazy right now so shut up and get lost!” I could swear he silently mouths shibal at the end of it, but maybe not.

Su-ah skips out on Strawberry Fields’ after-party and heads home, shocked to find Ji-hyuk standing up on top of his roof—the roof of the rooftop room, to be exact. She hurries upstairs and calls him down from there.

He says everything looks different from up here. He wonders how different things look when you’re looking down from the heavens. “What do you think it’s like… the world that Byung-hee sees? He saw our performance today, you think?”

He tells her she should come up too, “You can see all the things you couldn’t see before.” In this moment he has a bit of that Byung-hee flair.

Su-ah climbs up the ladder, though she’s too scared to make it all the way to the top without his help. He wonders why she came up here when she’s clearly afraid. Su-ah: “Because you wouldn’t come down.”

He asks why that matters to her—what is he, for her to care one way or the other? Su-ah: “Because I want to be with you.” Huck!

Without another word, he looks her in the eyes, and reaches for her hand, interlocking his fingers in hers. Goddamn that’s hot.

And with his other hand he pulls her in for a kiss. And then another.

That’s it. I’m moving to a rooftop immediately.


I swear, if it’s one thing Jane Austen had right, it’s that a hand-hold can be just as hot as a kiss, and then some. Not that I would give back being in this century and having my kisses onscreen, mind you (blashphemy!), but there’s something so electrifying about that hand-hold that says everything, no kisses needed.

I love that Su-ah says it first. What’s nice about this pairing is that their feelings actually grew at the same time, so neither of them was pining away in secret while the other remained clueless. Ji-hyuk could’ve easily admitted his feelings first, but I like that she’s the more assertive one.

What feels genuine about her character is that she’s not too cool for school. She wants the normal things a teenager wants—to be liked, to get by without being labeled a laughingstock. If she were just a rebel to begin with, it wouldn’t mean as much when she starts to let it go and stands up for who she is, what she wants, who she wants to hang out with. Her choosing Ji-hyuk means more than liking him; it means she’s finally owning up to who she really is.

But the real heart of the episode was in the Hyun-soo/Ji-hyuk bromance, which is one of my favorite relationships of the show. It’s nice to have a character within the group cause some friction among the boys, and Hyun-soo is a fantastic character because he’s got a bit of that instability and mystery that Byung-hee had – you’re never quite sure when he’s gonna fly off the handle.

It gives the band an edge and a feeling of unease, which I think plays nicely to keep them from being too easy a friendship. Yes, they’d go to the ends of the earth for each other, but they aren’t always going to be happy playtime pals either. Hyun-soo’s conflict with Ji-hyuk has been escalating since the beginning of the show, but what I love is that the concert-bloody-hand resolution was unexpected.

I figured he’d be late and all that typical stuff, but I didn’t expect their tense and fractured relationship to take a dramatic turn in the middle of the freaking song, for crying out loud. But if it’s one thing that marks Ji-hyuk as a leader, it’s that he puts people before everything else. Yes, they’re here for the music, and yes, they made a promise to Byung-hee. But Hyun-soo matters more in that moment.

It’s what he did for Su-ah once, but this time it’s the full impact of that kind of gesture—because it’s official, onstage, and because no one else could’ve done it. It’s the very thing that causes them to fight every day, that ends up being the only thing to save Hyun-soo from himself: Ji-hyuk’s just as stubborn an ass as he is. Sealed with a hug. And they say two alphas can’t get along.

The best part is that Ji-hyuk still finishes the song. That totally wrenches my heart, because they know it doesn’t matter—they’re not going to win—but they still play anyway, to keep their promise to Byung-hee. Rock on.


185 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. musings

    thankyou!!! i love this drama!!

    • 1.1 musings

      far out, what a sexylicious jawline.

      • 1.1.1 kbap

        Agreed. Now I expect all my future boyfriends to be that way. I think I’ll be forever alone if I keep such high (physical) standards, lol. ACK. typing this, on Valentine’s? Not a good idea, lol.

        • Marina

          Unfortunately I’m in the same boat 🙁 Unrealistic standards *cries*

        • Biscuit

          Hopefully your standards don’t change as much as mine – they basically change according to the drama lead (or second lead) of the drama I’m watching.

          • JiHwan

            Story of my life. hahaha

      • 1.1.2 Elynn

        yes superbly sexy jawline!!

      • 1.1.3 crazymouse

        i thought i was the only one who thouth so

        • supah

          I was completely distracted by the sexy jawline, too. o_0′

    • 1.2 zsa

      I’ll see you there at the rooftop GF!! Haha..hilarious!!

  2. kewbie

    Yeah thank you for the recap!!

  3. soserious


    I was already cringing throughout Eye Candy’s performance… The bloodied hand moving along the fretboard leaving stains ;A; I felt so sad for Hyun-soo… like I didn’t know if he was going to make it through the whole song (you’re hand could go numb from that). And then when Ji-hyuk just stopped the whole performance for a second to give him a hug and to make him stop playing. OHMYGOD HEAAAAAARTBREAAAAAAAAK. I SWEAR THIS DRAMA GETS ME RIGHT HERE IN THE HEART (+ the bromance never disappoints).

    Plus that whole near car collision was so similar to Byung-hee’s accident… I swear if the drama kills off any of the other boys–though unlikely–I will die from heart pains. Seriously, I cannot watch this drama peacefully… my hands are always twisted and shaking. It’s so good that I can’t sit still. In addition, it’s super pretty. I ought to check out the cinematographer for this drama because whoever he is…he is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. The framing is so beautiful and their lighting for both morning and night scenes are exquisite. At one point I just had to pause and look at how beautiful all the characters look against the orange tinted lights with the city lights at the back.

    And YAY they kissed! I love how they didn’t make the kiss too epic with the music cued right when they kiss. It was almost natural. Very real. I loved it. And lastly, plot-wise, what’s going to happen now that they finished the Rock Festival? I hope there is something really great that would connect the recent events and continue to move the story forward. Not that I’m worried they won’t – honestly, I don’t give a shit if the story sucks from here on. I’ve fallen in love with all the characters. They’re just so real with all the layers in their emotions. So much depth. It’s so…so…lovely. I can just watch them forever.

    • 3.1 kbap

      Do you know what else is a-m-a-z-i-n-g? 🙂
      Is how you manage to type all this before me and all I can say is thank you xD Man, you are one legit fangirl. I blame homework for not letting me spread my wings and become a hardcore fangirl, lol.

      • 3.1.1 soserious

        seriously i don’t think i was ever so obsessed with a drama. i felt entitled to force–i mean allow–my american friends to watch this (with flawed eng subtitles of course, but i correct them as we watch). every week we have had friday drama nights. ho ho ho.

        • kbap

          Ugh, I’m jealous! My friends are always SO busy (sometimes I think they just don’t want to spend time with me, hee). It’s crazy. I ask them and they’re like, “Oh I have writing, golf/tennis/swimming/etc., music, fencing (wtf?), science, math tutor, and just about everything prep. In crash-course style.” And that makes me wonder how much of a life I have. One day I’m going to join you with your Friday drama nights, lol. If I’m neglected for too long. :/ But for now (till next week) I can dream about that sexy jawline. LOL. and the kiss. Damn, that was one hot kiss. AND the bromance. Especially the bromance.
          …is it weird that I like the bromance better than the romance?

    • 3.2 78446

      honestly, I don’t give a shit if the story sucks from here on — True that. The thought that the story could get even more awesome? Makes me feel warm and tingly all over.

      And dammit if that bear hug didn’t make me CRY. I read the recap and I’m in tears again. Now THIS is great bromance!

    • 3.3 Cruelsummer

      I have a feeling they’re (industry people) going to try and persuade Ji-Hyuk to ditch his boys and pursue some kind of solo career or joint work with Strawberry Fields. Either he will outright refuse or he will have no choice but to do it because Hyun-Soo’s sister is in the hospital with a brain tumor and they need the money for surgery. I hope this doesn’t happen because these dusty old tropes have been used since the beginning of Dramadom.

    • 3.4 MiMi

      Do you watch it live on TV or online? If you watch it online, where do you watch it? I live in the US and I don’t know of sites where I can stream the drama live. Thanks!

      • 3.4.1 soserious

        girl–you can’t stream this beautiful drama online. you gutta download the HD video. hahhaha. idk once you see a high quality video for dramas you never go back to low quality.

        i use torrent to download. It’s like 1GB (ha!) per episode. But i think there is a bunch of places where you can stream – one would be youtube.

        • Joy

          where would you download with subs? please do tell.

        • JoAnne

          You can stream it live on Ionair.tv in the states, but it won’t have subs or captions. Or you can watch it streaming there, but it doesn’t get subbed any faster than DF.

        • engracia

          what omg 1gb. Where do you download it anywhere? I used to get it from a site that used megaupload links so that’s not an option anymore.

      • 3.4.2 Raitei

        You can also watch it on sites like Dramacrazy.net. They upload the vids really fast, but you might want to wait a little for the subs. Of course, if you’re fluent in Korean, that won’t be necessary.

      • 3.4.3 kbap

        Or epdrama, which links to private videos on Youtube 🙂

      • 3.4.4 kewbie

        You can use the Solive software to watch the show via online live streaming.

        Here’s some instructions:




        Hope this helps!

      • 3.4.5 Biscuit

        dramafever.com is ab awesome place to watch Shut Up. The mini ads are a bit annoying, but in this drama, you need all the breaks you can get to reel yourself back to reality after all the bromance.

        Episodes are fully subbed and it’s free. No need for downloading 😉

      • 3.4.6 MsB

        I watch on DramaFever. The quality is ok and the turn-around is about a day. I just watched episodes 5 and 6 today

        • alua

          They have been super-fast with subbing this one, which is amazing!

  4. Rocio

    keep refreshing over and over thak you

  5. Elaine

    Such a good episode!

  6. kbap

    thank you for the quick recaps! 🙂

  7. mamacat

    Wow!! First. Great recap!!

  8. MiMi

    Thanks for the recap!

  9. cv

    Thanks much for the recap! ^^ I’m off to watch this episode! hehe

  10. 10 Cassandra

    I waited for this recap all day. I love this show, there’s so much heart.

  11. 11 lezzy

    SO CUTE!

  12. 12 kirara

    been waiting for recaps FINALLY! I was dying to figure out what the two main leads were saying at the rooftop and for him to reach out and grab her hand and kiss her!! its at these times I wish I knew korean!!! 😀

    I have to praise and must say that the recaps are so beautifully and funnily written.. Loved how Ji Hyuk is basically one upped seung hoon in the prince/knight business.. and I love how the bromance frienship business is written so well.. 🙂

    BUT ACK! now we have to wait till next to see what happens after the beautiful and HOT kiss! 🙁

  13. 13 TheJu

    The hand holding totally made me squeal more than that kiss! Glad I’m not the only one who thought is was great! I found my new City Hunter like addiction! 🙂

    • 13.1 DB5K

      This drama must be way more popular in Korea than I thought. Sung Joon’s kiss scene was one of the most searched topics on Naver today!!!!

  14. 14 Joan

    I’m so glad Ji-hyuk and Su-ah got together early! I hate when the leads finally admit they like each other at the END of a drama, and I’m like, ‘but I wanna see their relationship!’

  15. 15 tpsnowangel

    waaaa…..i love this drama….i’m going to marathon this in the summer…cant wait…till then its stalking dramabeans every monday and tuesday nite..^^

  16. 16 leena

    i was totally awwing at the bromance!!!
    if he hadn’t stopped him, his injuries might’ve been fatal and lasting.
    although they didn’t win the festival, they won in their love for each other!! i’m sure byung hee would’ve done the same!

    the last scene, i was so surprised to see. but i liked it..A LOT! and yes i agree, i love that she’s the one to confess first! 😀

    lastly, thank you~

  17. 17 Sumaiya

    I think more than Su-Ah and Ji Hyuk’s relationship…what got me the most was the relationship between the band (and Woo kyung).

    Their interactions with each other is amazing and the scene on stage was really well filmed. Hyunsoo really needs someone to calm him down…he is someone who can explode quite badly. It’ll be interesting to see Hajin the playboy pinning for a girl who loves the ice prince Hyunsoo.

    I wonder who will get the girl between the two?

    • 17.1 ~Feather~

      i thought hyunsoo was supposed to like the girl who liked hajin. At least, that’s what i remember on the relationship chart.

      • 17.1.1 Marxie

        The relationship chart says Ye rim likes Hyunsoo while Hajin likes Ye rim. It doesn’t say anything about Hyungsoo liking someone though.

        • ~Feather~

          ahhh. thanks, i just reread that post now. 🙂

  18. 18 mellowyel

    wait, this is only episode 6?! you mean we have MORE of this awesomeness???? I think I might implode from the goodness

    • 18.1 A-M

      Amen. Not even half way, crazy!

  19. 19 Amelia Fairheart

    Omg thank you so much I have been waiting for this recap literally all night, it’s funny too because I’m like reloading the place and all I keep seeing is History of the Salaryman. I love this show and the fact that the two characters I want to be together look like they might actually get to be together is so exicting I’m so loving it. Can’t wait till next week, thank you so much again. <3

  20. 20 xylophonic

    I watched this episode, and my heart exploded. Grah.

    On another note, how awesome is it that Su-ah grew a backbone? Not that she didn’t have one to begin with, but she’s finally starting to stand up for herself without Ji-hyuk or Seung-hoon intervening on her behalf, and it was SO REFRESHING to see. I was neutral with her before, I pretty much adore her now.

  21. 21 hot cocoa

    I thought that L’s (Hyun-soo) acting was really awkward in this episode. Like the way he walked and when he got angry. It made me want to laugh. I will give him some credit though since he is a rookie. And instead of telling him to stop acting I am going to encourage him. I think the more he practices acting the better he will get. Unless he really is just a bad actor. But I will just have to wait and see.

    • 21.1 PurpleLlama

      lol the funny thing is that’s the way L walks in real life. He tries to be cool. He’s kind of a naturally awkward guy, but I don’t know if that suits Hyun-soo’s character all that well.

    • 21.2 mojitos

      That’s actually how he walks in real life. He’s just an awkward fellow.

    • 21.3 angela

      I didn’t find his acting too bad… it was a little awkward at times, yes, but overall I think he’s doing a decent job of chanelling Hyun-soo’s inner demons. I think maybe what makes it difficult for him is the fact that Hyung-soo is such a complicated character, and so for a rookie like L it might be too large of a role. With that in mind, I wouldn’t say he’s a bad actor at all. I see the potential in him so hopefully he does improve in the upcoming episodes. Because of all the anger and disappointment brewing inside of him, I have a feeling that his character will only bring more to the drama instead of detracting from it, and for that reason alone he has become one of my favorites. If I have any issues with any of the characters right now, it’s actually with Ji-hyuk. I’m getting a bit annoyed that his character is a little too distant from the others. Hyun-soo is distant because he’s the cold one, but to me it just doesn’t make sense that Ji-hyuk, the leader of Eye Candy, is devoting so much time to being with Su-ah, when (taking into consideration the much stronger bond with his bandmates) his group of friends are also going through problems of their own. Originally the writers said the drama would be more band-orientated, and less romance-orientated, and I think that they’re doing an okay job sticking with that, but I didn’t expect to see so much fluffiness with Ji-hyuk and Su-ah. They’re cute and I like them, but they spend too much time with these characters that they ignore the other band members, which in my opinion have incredible potential to make this drama more awesome than it already is. Hopefully with Ye-rim stepping into the picture, we’ll see a more passionate side to Hyun-soo and the rest of the members as well.

      • 21.3.1 goldenflower

        Hey, but what can be really explained with ‘teenage boys, hormones and girls’. I get it (that I don’t need to get it)!

        lol. Love love this show and its characters!

    • 21.4 cherichaz

      hmmm. I actually liked L’s acting during the part when he screamed at yerim. it didn’t seem awkward at all, and made me tear up like a baby :'(
      he is a little awkward at times, but I think he’s improving as the drama goes on. he’s less awkward now than in ep 1.

  22. 22 Lotte

    The Hyun-soo/Ji-hyuk relationship is the most intriguing for me, particularly because didn’t it say in the original character bios that they were besties before Byung-hee came along and that Hyun-soo always felt Ji-hyuk was sort of ‘stolen’ from him? I really hope they develop that, because it adds a whole new layer to their dynamic.

    • 22.1 soserious


      ’tis what i hope will develop in the coming episodes.

    • 22.2 angela

      Yes, I really want them to play with that aspect of their background some more. I would like to see what their relationship was like before Byung-hee entered the picture. Right now it’s hard to imagine Hyun-soo and Ji-hyuk ever having had a closer relationship than what they have now, especially with such a difference in their personalities. And if Hyun-soo were really bitter about Byung-hee stealing his friend away, why does it seem as if he’s one of Byung-hee’s biggest supporters. He’s the one who reminded everyone that they were putting up with going to that school and having to deal with the boys from Strawberry Fields, only to fulfill Byung-hee’s last wish. If anything, I would have thought he was closer to Byung-hee than he was to Ji-hyuk :/
      As I said in my comment above, I would like it if they showed us a bit more about the boys instead of dedicating a lot of time to Ji-hyuk and Su-ah’s relationship.

      • 22.2.1 FunnyBunny

        It could be Hyun-soo’s guilt and regret from hating Byung-hee. Imagine secretly resenting a close friend in your circle and suddenly that person is gone. He’s no longer alive so there’s no way to apologize for being a bad friend to him.
        If you interpret Hyun-soo’s passion for the competition, it’s understandable. This was Byung-hee’s last wish, what’s a better “I’m sorry” that trying to fulfill it? Hence why he was practically willing to sacrifice sleep, school, his hand for the sake of Byung-hee.
        So it’s even more moving when Ji-hyuk stops him from playing. Ji-hyuk is willing to sacrifice the competition because Hyun-soo’s hand injury is more urgent. Hyun-soo knows he’s cared for and Ji-hyuk is still looking out for him. It reminds him that their bond is still there and just as strong.
        Yay Bromance ^_^

        • JJ

          I absolutely loved this comment. I hope we get to see more of this!

          • FunnyBunny

            Aw you made my day! Thanks ^_^ And yes, we could always use more bromance!

  23. 23 JoAnne

    Ahhh! Just began the raw episode, so happy this is up! Thank you!

  24. 24 jcay_lorna

    Absolutely love this episode! Not that I didn’t love the show from the start. The bromance and romance diffenitely gets to your heart. And I felt the same satisfaction with girlfriday when Ji Hyuk throws the ball at Pyo-Joo!

    Off to watch the episode again. Thanks girlfriday.

  25. 25 V

    Thanks, girlfriday! I just have one question though – I’m not Korean – what does “shibal” mean? Bitch? I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it from the context of the sentence. Thanks!

    • 25.1 MJ

      Hello V,

      The Korean cuss word Shibal translated to English means “Fuck”.

      Swear Words in Korean with English translation:

      Off to watch some RAW Jdorama episodes that air Monday, February 13, 2012 at Tudou.com

      1. Lucky 7
      2. Stepfather, Step

    • 25.2 mk

      That would be the F word. 😉

    • 25.3 girlfriday

      No it’s more like “Fuck.” Hence the non-verbal. Could’ve just been a fuck-shaped word, who knows.

      • 25.3.1 JoAnne

        so shibal is fuck and jebal is please…geez, can’t see mishearing THAT.

  26. 26 Raitei

    This ep. is full of sadness, but fortunately, it’s full of reconciliation and love, too.

    I feel bad for Hyun Soo; I think he really got it hard. From the practice to the big event, he sees himself as the weak link, ending up being the cause of their band’s loss.

    Ye Rim’s character finally came. I’m not sure how she will affect the relationship between Ha Jin and Hyun Soo since they’re in a love triangle in the character chart, but I hope that she becomes the key to Hyun Soo accepting and opening himself more.

    For Ji Hyuk, this ep. is a monumental step toward love. The only questions are: how will his bandmates view the connection and will his loyalty to Byung Hee be a bigger conflict?

  27. 27 ashleigh

    Damn this show is good. We should all move to rooftops!

    • 27.1 kbap

      Ugh I’m tempted. Only if there’s a Ji-hyuk living as my neighbor though. Then I’d welcome those thugs. LOL.

      • 27.1.1 allen

        damn! I stayed in a rooftop room for a year, but I don’t have Ji hyuk which is kinda frustrating…maybe thats why am no longer there.hehehhe

        • thekors

          Too bad we don’t have rooftops for me to experiment with over here. But am willing to spend a year in Korea, in a rooftop home, just waiting for a rocker to move into the next building’s rooftop.

          • Cruelsummer

            No rooftop apartments here either. The best I’m gonna get is a basement apartment and that environment just doesn’t breed romance…unless you’re a rodent.

  28. 28 gayoon

    omg, i thought i was the only one who thought that! >.<
    but we never know, maybe that's the direction from kangdongnim… as an interpretation of hyunsoo's angry/worthless walk…. heh.

    I do love him in other scenes in the rest of the episode though….
    JIHYUK-HYUNSOO is the besttttt!!

    No preview yet for next week's epsiode, right?

    • 28.1 kewbie

      PREVIEW for Episode 7 right here:



      • 28.1.1 Cruelsummer

        Nice! Now if I could only understand what they are saying…*sigh* Watched it three times thinking some switch would click in my brain for instant understanding of the Korean language.

        • MsB

          Cruel, you need to stop!!! HAHAHA!

  29. 29 hanie

    Thanks for the recap. Finally I understand what I’m watching last nite. This episode makes me sad. Poor Hyunsoo… He invested so much but in the end it didn’t happened the way he wants it. I was screaming at my screen pls stop!! like an idiot. And the bromance is so beautiful, I almost cry. Hopefully that hug serves as a way to mend Hyunsoo & Jihyuk relationship.

    Right, the kiss. I’m more invested on relationship btw Eye Candy members, so it was just okay for me. Not that I didn’t like the pairing but I guess I was to distracted by the prettyness of Hyunsoo. =)

  30. 30 isabel

    one of the best.not so heavy drama. everyone can relate to the story about friendship trials. i love ji hyuk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i hope that each character will have their own little story unlike the first season “the flower boy ramyun shop” il woo’s friend were left behind that i saw them again during the final episode.

  31. 31 lidy

    going to marathon this once the series is completed. but anyways, was waiting for the recaps all day and i should be in bed by now. was loving sung joon in lie to me, before it went south, and loving him in SUFBB.

    best line ever: That’s it. I’m moving to a rooftop immediately.

    and is it just me, or am i the only one loving sung joon’s jawline when he’s kissing suah. i’m just finding it so sexxxyy

    • 31.1 thekors

      Not just in the kissing scene. His jawline wins, ALL THE TIME.

    • 31.2 Cruelsummer

      Everything about him is killing me in this show. I literally can’t take my eyes off him, even with that ridiculous hair.

  32. 32 Cruelsummer

    Excellent recap! First time I’ve gotten a little misty eyed reading a recap.

    Never thought I’d see the day where I’d become one of those ungrateful wenches demanding faster subs, but COME ON people! I need you to be subbing this as it’s airing, only breaking for commercials. Chop. Chop. j/k…kinda.

    This show is phenomenal. I love the pace of the romance. Some people were saying it was too soon, but that’s how high school works. Love comes quick and fierce and you swear that you’ll be together forever (which is six months in high school years).

    • 32.1 alua

      They are subbing it within 24 hours… I think that is pretty impressive.

      I really don’t think we can complain! (I know you are not really complaining but just expressing your love for the drama. :-))

      • 32.1.1 Cruelsummer

        They are doing awesome job getting them out, especially with their workload.

        I’m being spoiled by the kids over at Viki that are getting the ‘Wild Romance’ subs out the day of. That team is on fire.

  33. 33 sally_b

    GF…Thanks so much ~♥

    I told myself early on that this show would probably be too cutie-boy-teenagey for me…because I’ve been fooled one too many times by Kshows that advertised *edgy* but delivered pastel-skinny-jeans and wax-faced kisses.

    But …you’re recaps got me hooked and now I’m a full-fledged watcher…it really IS good, isn’t it?

    …and P-WOW !! JiHyuk really laid a solid kiss on tha’girl…way to go Rocker-Boy, that’s why we like guys like you.

    • 33.1 sally_b

      But…your* recaps…

      spell check needed. (poor typist apology)

  34. 34 Qwerty

    AAAAUUUGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!! SO CUTE!! Can’t handle… 😀 I literally squealed several times after reading this! I want to watch it right now so badly! Can’t. stop. giggling. 🙂

  35. 35 j

    I’m kinda disappointed that Kim Yerim’s appearance in this episode felt like a letdown from the anticipation. Her acting is so awkward, but I guess it’s not really fair to judge her just yet. I hope she improves…I actually like her as a singer…

    • 35.1 JoAnne

      I had never heard of her, let alone heard her sing. REALLY liked her voice and that song but kept laughing at the tea party dress in that atmosphere. Still…gonna go look for her music. I haven’t found any girl groups I like, but I do like some of the soloists – IU,Gummy – Suzy when she’s doing solo projects

    • 35.2 MsB

      I loved her song! I can see more developing in future episodes!

    • 35.3 Alexis

      I think Kim Ye-Rim will be the girl that catches Ha-Jin’s heart but whom loves Hyun-Soo.

    • 35.4 cherichaz

      I dont watch superstar k3 (it’s a singing talent show, right?) so I was pretty surprised when I learnt that Kim Ye Rim was a part of it, because I thought her singing was average and actually skipped through that part because I couldn’t really handle her voice….is it something to do with the way her voice came out in the video? idk….:/

  36. 36 Charlotte


  37. 37 crazedlu

    i actually don’t mind the actress too much, even though she’s somewhat of a weakling newbie, but i don’t feel myself jumping on board with suah. sorry. as okay as she seems. probably just me. whatev.

    anyways, i love the brothers’ story. love, love. and i hope seunghoon becomes awesome at some point. i know he has potential to be a character i actually root for.

  38. 38 Mena

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!! The hand holding its so rare in kdramas that it just took my breath away and then the kiss. Thanks for the recap i loved it this show is making me cry and I love it more because of it. DAEBAK!!!!!!!!!!!
    I want to to hug them too.

  39. 39 DKM

    girlfriday posted a song, I don’t think she has done that before 🙂

  40. 40 stars4u

    I have this thing for holding hands while interlocking fingers… It’s just so sweet…
    I thought Hyun-soo would get angry at Ji-hyuk for making him stop mid-performance but its sweet how he asks for him first.

  41. 41 akosirhenz

    I literally scream when i see the recaps.
    and i haven’t watched any episode yet ..
    I just follow dramabeans recaps and it’s
    so satisfying ..

    I’m not watching it because I know that
    i will be so addicted yet Its already addicting
    just reading the recaps ..

    School Sucks.

  42. 42 ladida

    AAAAAAAAA!!!!!! I officially adore this show! Thanks for the recap, and the great comments!

  43. 43 Anvesha

    Rock on! And aw, the hand holding and a Jane Austen reference!! I love this drama!

  44. 44 hpn88

    Officially calling myself a Sung joon/Ji hyuk fangirl

    I would fight Su-ah, Woo-kyung, and every other delusion fangirl for him.

    This drama <3

  45. 45 via

    wow… Im intirique.. I have to watch this show immediately!!!!

  46. 46 Grace

    His jaw in the last picture. Oh. Sweet. Heaven.

  47. 47 MJP


    I think that it’s your writing of the recap that is the most exciting thing for me.

  48. 48 mulan

    Another great episode… this is such an epic drama! hope it continue to grow… I know there is more to it.. since we still have to find out the family background of Ji Hyuk and also i am hoping for the backstory of Hyunsoo & Ji Hyuk… before Byunhee came into the picture. love the new actress too.. she’s natural… not trying hard! so she’s ok! I saw the connection right away that she belongs to Ji Hyuk.

  49. 49 jazza

    That was one epic performance. Seeing Hyunsoo performing with a bloody hand makes me criy but when Jihyuk stopped him from playing just tears my heart. 🙁

    Jihyuk is such a nice leader. He cares first on his members than their performance.

    And oohh that rooftop scene was just awesome!!

  50. 50 JD


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