Drama Recaps
Shut Up: Flower Boy Band: Episode 7
by | February 20, 2012 | 151 Comments

I love this show more with every episode. Such genuine reactions and range of emotion between these people. The conflicts and setup aren’t new to anybody who’s seen a drama or a hundred in their lives, but no drama’s ever going to reinvent the wheel. What matters is giving your version of this story truth and depth, no matter how small-seeming the conflict.

Friendships are tested and some denial pops its head up in this episode, but Shut Up does angst in the best possible way. See, angst is a great thing. It’s the lifeblood of dramas. It’s just the crappy dramas that give angst a bad name.


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The kiss. Swoon.

Su-ah returns to her room in a daze, and with some guilt ignores a call from “Seung-hoonie.” If that ain’t the perfect way to characterize her feelings for him: cute, friendly, toothless.

Ji-hyuk goes home in a similar state. It’s worth noting that while they’re both reeling from the kiss, it’s not a cloud of bliss they’re riding; they’re also feeling a heavy dose of confusion, and Ji-hyuk mumbles to himself, “I really don’t know.”

At school, the Strawberry Fields trio (or, as Kyung-jong cheekily calls them, Ddalgi-bat, the prosaic Korean translation) takes their victory walk. They stop in front of (four of) our boys, and Pyo-joo makes a snide comment about the bloody guitar-playing. Maro asks, “Wait, blood? That wasn’t ketchup?” Yes, because smearing ketchup on a guitar makes more sense, genius. Aren’t you the smart one?

Seung-hoon smirks and tells his friends not to bother, tossing out the backhanded insult, “And here I thought you’d actually be a challenge.”

Hyun-soo stays home from school, which prompts the principal to say he’s better off staying at home anyway if he doesn’t care to learn. Guh, I want to slap the principal so badly. He then praises Strawberry Fields for winning the festival, and pointedly asks Ji-hyuk what place he came in. Pyo-joo sneers that they couldn’t even perform properly, and the principal tsks-tsks that he tried to keep them from performing so they wouldn’t humiliate the school. UGH, now I want to shoot him.

The boys worry about Hyun-soo, who isn’t picking up their calls, though they figure he needs his space. Teacher Kim warns that there are people watching them now, so they’d better be careful if they want to stay in school. Ji-hyuk returns that he’s been thinking the same thing, wondering if there’s a point to sticking around this godawful place.

Su-ah’s feeling awkwardness in the wake of the kiss, so when she runs into Ji-hyuk she turns away quickly and runs into a wall. Hee. Later when crossing paths with all our boys, she hurries away without a word.

Kyung-jong and Ha-jin wonder if she’s embarrassed to be seen with them now, aw. Do-il is more observant and says she turned away after seeing Ji-hyuk, and wonders why. Ji-hyuk overcompensates: “Stop jumping down my throat!” HA.

He finds Su-ah on classroom cleanup duty and steps up to help. And by “help” I mean placing his hand over hers as they clean the window together. Rawr. Why is such a simple gesture so hot? I get an added moment of satisfaction when Seung-hoon happens by and sees them, though he leaves quickly.

Su-ah’s feeling shy, but Ji-hyuk takes the refreshingly direct approach, taking her hand in his and telling her to stop running away. She denies that she is, but he reminds her that she was the one who said she wanted to be with him.

She backpedals — she meant she wanted to help him during a rough patch, and pulls her hand away self-consciously. I’m not sure if he takes her words at face value or if he knows she’s lying to herself, but he laughs sardonically: “Was that it? So you felt sorry for me? Fine.”

He leaves, and Su-ah says to herself, “But it’s not because I feel sorry for you…”

It’s frustrating, though I guess I can see how fear and uncertainty are starting to kick in. So when Seung-hoon asks if she wants to grab a snack, she agrees.

He asks why she didn’t pick up the phone yesterday, having waited for her at his celebratory party. She says she fell asleep, but adds, “From now on, don’t wait for me.” She says that they used to live in the same area and it was comfortable hanging out together — but now they’re in different neighborhoods, and she feels like she’s interrupting his studies.

He asks whether she’s saying this because she really doesn’t want to take up his time, or because she feels uncomfortable with him. She goes with the easier excuse, but it backfires because Seung-hoon assures her that he’s happy to spend time with her.

See, missy, that’s what you get for playing the “It’s not you, it’s me” game. She’s going to have to learn to be candid to get what she wants, because her boys are only too willing to accept what she says, not what she means.

Hyun-soo’s little sister asks about Ji-hyukie oppa, wanting to see him. Hyun-soo tells her he probably won’t come around anymore, “Because I ruined everything.” Oof.

Ruefully, he tells her that in the old days, whenever he and Ji-hyuk were on the same team for anything, they always won. But at some point, Ji-hyuk stopped coming out to the neighborhood so Hyun-soo went to Ji-hyuk’s house, and found him playing guitar with Byung-hee.

Hyun-soo: “I was so envious of them that I started learning the guitar too… but Ji-hyuk could play anything. I’d have to stay up all night to practice something that he could do the first time, like it was nothing. I wanted to become as good a player as Byung-hee, so I’d be a friend Ji-hyuk would be proud of. But I ruined it all.”

Oh, tears. It’s what killed me about the moment after the festival when Hyun-soo asked about Ji-hyuk — like he was afraid Ji-hyuk was angry at him, and how it hurt when the boys told him he’d left early.

Little Sis asks, “So are the oppas mad at you?” Hyun-soo nods, and she pats him on the back like a little grown-up, telling him it’s okay. He hugs her, and blinks away tears.

Strangely, though, on their walk home a gaggle of schoolgirls squeals and tells Hyun-soo, “Oppa, you’re sooooo cool!”

Hyun-soo’s still absent at school the next day, which his friends note with dismay. Ji-hyuk goes home that night and addresses Byung-hee’s guitar as though it’s his friend, sighing, “I really don’t know. Byung-hee, what would you have done?” Feeling grim, he starts to write his notice of intent to drop out of “this damned school.”

The reason for Hyun-soo’s sudden local fame is explained when Seung-hoon’s music-executive sister is informed of their festival website suddenly attracting attention. The reason: Eye Candy’s performance clip, highlighted by Ji-hyuk and Hyun-soo’s emotional hug.

Noona shrewdly gives the instruction to have the footage spread further — along with Strawberry Fields’ clip.

One of Ha-jin’s many admirers drops by school to find him, because the number he gave her doesn’t work. He asks if she’s here to argue over a being given a fake number, but she’s totally willing to buy that it was a silly mistake. He tells her coolly that he’d done it on purpose, so shoo, shuddering over clingy women.

Kyung-jong actually takes him to task, calling him a rude bastard and warning him not to play around with people’s feelings. Aw, you adorable cutie.

At the pool hall, the pesky Dongnae rival gang finds Ji-hyuk, and cackles over Eye Candy’s embarrassing showing. When the others arrive, Gang Leader keeps laughing… until he sees Do-il, aka Mob Boss’s son. He backs down immediately, bowing and calling him Prince Majesty.

Gang Leader tells Do-il his festival performance was awesome, but hilariously, the gang’s flattery is so overdone that it’s not quite clear whether they’re kissing ass or being mocking. Ji-hyuk’s in no mood to fight, though, and sends the gang away.

Do-il wonders what to do about Hyun-soo, calling Ji-hyuk out for passively saying that everybody needs more time. He challenges him for really meaning that Hyun-soo should spend more time blaming himself. Ji-hyuk counters, asking if he should just coddle him then, and tell him it’s not his fault because they would’ve lost anyway.

Ha-jin chimes in, siding with Ji-hyuk. He says they’re all pissed off at Hyun-soo for messing up the performance; they’re just not saying so. Kyung-jong aligns himself with the more sympathetic Do-il and gets in Ha-jin’s face, growling, “Is that all you can say about a friend?”

Ji-hyuk yells at them to stop arguing, since they can’t fill up a bottle that’s already overturned. Do-il fires back, “Is that something a leader should say?” He tells the other two to cut it out, then leaves with a disapproving sigh.

Ji-hyuk sits in the practice room that night, calling Hyun-soo to no avail, and his frustration boils over. He starts kicking stands over, tearing the soundproofing from the walls, and grabs a drum to throw… and is stopped short by the sight of Byung-hee’s composition notebook.

He sinks to the floor and wonders, “Is this the end?”

Seung-hoon comes up to Su-ah as she walks home, and she teases that after spending ten years together, it’s about time they got sick of each other. He takes it seriously, asking if she’s tired of him, and says, “I like you. I didn’t want us to confine each other with words of girlfriend and boyfriend, but now I want to be your boyfriend. Officially.”

He tells her to think it over, just as Ji-hyuk comes up the street, seeing them chatting cozily. He glares.

Eye Candy’s popularity spreads, though the boys remain oblivious to it. They trudge through school, looking all doom-and-gloom, enough so that Teacher Kim stops them to tell them that life isn’t over because of one bad performance, and that mistakes are no big deal. He asks, “Is this all you guys amount to?” Ji-hyuk retorts, “Yeah, it is. What did you expect from us?”

Teacher Kim finds students huddled around a computer, watching the Eye Candy performance and oohing over how cool Hyun-soo is. He gets a glimpse of the screen after sending the kids off, and adorably smiles with pride.

Also watching the performance clip on repeat is Kim Ye-rim, the starlet whose driver almost ran Hyun-soo over. After she records a brief message for a TV broadcast, she adds a few comments: See, she’s been listening to rock music these days, and would like to recommend this really great song…

Deo-mi asks Su-ah for Ji-hyuk’s number, because this girl in her art class saw that video and is totally head over heels for him now. Deo-mi scoffs, wondering what’s wrong with that friend — Seung-hoon she gets, but that scruffy Ji-hyuk?

Ji-hyuk finally gets tired of his fruitless phone calls and decides to go to Hyun-soo in person. Thank you. Do-il and Woo-kyung follow and they find Kyung-jong outside, having thought the same thing. Aw, they’re simpatico.

Hyun-soo’s lying in bed — as he has for the past few days — when his friends come in and join him. Literally. They climb in bed and on top of him, tickling him and breaking the gloom in one fell swoop. Aw, I just luff them so much. I’m not the only one crying, am I?

Mom proposes a samgyupsal party, and to cap it all off, Ha-jin also drops by. Kyung-jong stiffens a bit, still peevish, and Hyun-soo wonders if they’re having a couple spat. Ji-hyuk says that when those two boys are apart, he feels uneasy — so he drags Ha-jin up to sit next to Kyung-jong. Kyung-jong inches away, but Ha-jin shoves food in his mouth and breaks the ice.

By now the clip has spread so widely that a bunch of schoolgirls on a bus recognize the boys walking down the street. I love that the band is totally oblivious; they continue on their way, missing the screams and waving hands.

Su-ah gets a call from the lawyer alerting her to a letter her father has left for her. In her eagerness to get it, she runs out of the convenience store and leaves behind the mp3 player with Seung-hoon’s song on it. She realizes this belatedly while crying over Dad’s letter, and runs out to retrieve it.

After dinner, Woo-kyung clings drunkenly to Ji-hyuk while Do-il silently walks alongside them. I’m pretty sure she’s exaggerating to angle for a piggyback ride, but instead Ji-hyuk slings an arm around her for support. He asks what Do-il thinks about dropping out of that school, since people just call them gangsters and deadbeats anyway.

Do-il replies that doing that would be giving up, and that after graduation their rivals are going to head off into their own untouchable world: “Then, even if we want to beat them, we won’t be able to see them.”

Su-ah runs into them, and Woo-kyung starts to roll up her sleeves to give the Jungsang Two-Timer a piece of her mind. I have to admit I get a bit of satisfaction in Su-ah’s reaction to the two of them looking cozy — hey, you forfeited! — even though I don’t really hate her for her knee-jerk reaction. The jealousy is just that necessary in-between stage in prompting some development.

Ji-hyuk pulls Woo-kyung back and the friends continue on their way, leaving Su-ah to go hers. But almost immediately Ji-hyuk foists Woo-kyung off on Do-il and makes an excuse to leave, dashing off after Su-ah. Disappointed, Woo-kyung shakes off Do-il’s arm, not so drunk after all.

Su-ah finds the store empty and starts digging in the trash for her lost player. Ji-hyuk pulls her away, asking if it’s because it’s Seung-hoon’s song.

She says no: “It’s because it’s your voice.” She’d realized it at the festival, and asks why he didn’t tell her he’d sung the guide track. He unzips his jacket to wipe her dirty hands on his shirt, and tells her to stop searching: “I’ll sing it for you.”

Do-il sits with a despondent Woo-kyung, who sighs, “Su-ah’s really pretty, isn’t she?” She calls her a heroine out of a manhwa, and Do-il concedes that she has that general look. She says that even she can see how pretty Su-ah is, and that all the guys prefer that princessy type over her own loudmouthed personality.

Do-il tells her she’s plenty womanly. Woo-kyung laughs, hearing it as mere flattery, though she thanks him for his loyalty.

On his rooftop, Ji-hyuk prepares his guitar and calls Su-ah, since he’s too embarrassed to sing it to her face. She listens from her room as he starts to play, but then comes out to watch from her rooftop.

Pyo-joo discovers the viral Eye Candy video, and his consternation puts a huge grin on my face. The other guys aren’t as worried, but Seung-hoon frowns to hear that Eye Candy’s logging ten times the views they are.

The principal asks for a report on the demerit project, and this time Teacher Kim questions the thinking behind a teacher trying actively to expel his students. What’s really so wrong with those boys?

The principal turns on Teacher Kim, saying he’s just like his students, and says he’s disappointed to see that he’s not “settling” into his new position here. Uh-oh.

Teacher Kim agrees that he’s not, and rips up the demerit notebook. Yay! Although now I worry for you…

Even the rival Dongnae gang watches the Eye Candy clip, suddenly proud of “our Ji-hyuk” and the representation from their neighborhood. The leader barks at his boys… then sneaks a look for himself. He figures it’s better for Eye Candy to get famous, over those Jungsang bastards.

The momentum builds online until netizens nationwide are arguing that Eye Candy are the true winners of the competition. Deo-mi wonders how they can possibly evoke a hotter reaction than Strawberry Fields, and decides, “Junk food has a way of bewitching people.” Ugh, Deo-mi, you dummy.

Su-ah counters that they’re not junk food — they have the ability to warm people’s hearts, and Ji-hyuk’s voice is plenty addicting. Deo-mi asks incredulously, “Are you taking their side? Traitor.” Lordy, she is such a tool. I see her purpose as a fairly effective exposition fairy, so her value to this drama isn’t entirely nil. But that’s all I’ll concede.

The boys resume rehearsal, although they wonder what they’re practicing for now. Ji-hyuk tells them it’s not like they ever practiced to put out an album or perform on TV: “Let’s just play together for fun, like we used to.”

They start playing, but Woo-kyung comes tearing in with the exciting news that their video has been logging massive views — over 50,000 compared to Strawberry Fields, who have less than 5,000. Fans are demanding them be announced the winners, accusing the festival of unfair judging. The guys don’t react and Ji-hyuk shrugs it off, asking, “So what?”

Woo-kyung adds that even more shocking is that Kim Ye-rim, who must be feeling guilty for injuring Hyun-soo’s finger, gave an interview saying that she’s a fan. Kyung-jong: “She gives the illness, then the medicine, huh?”

Ji-hyuk remains even-keel, saying that none of this really matters anyway since it changes nothing for them. It’s just chatter. He’s interrupted by a phone call, which he answers with a mere “Yes, I understand.”

He tells his friends in a calm voice that totally belies the message that it was HR Entertainment asking him to come in tomorrow. They guys prod him to explain, and Ji-hyuk continues with his fakeout: “They mentioned something… about a contract.”

They erupt into cheers, and later that night, Ji-hyuk rips up his dropout letter, all fired up again.

The next day the boys head over to the swanky HR Entertainment offices, which happens to be home to Kim Ye-rim. They’re greeted by Seung-hoon’s sister, who says she only asked for Ji-hyuk and Hyun-soo. Ji-hyuk tells her that if they’re going to talk contracts, they all should be present.

She doesn’t object, and starts with her proposal. HR is planning to form a new band, with Ji-hyuk as the vocalist and Hyun-soo on guitar. The other members will be selected via audition process.

The boys register this, understanding that the other three are considered dead weight. Noona tells them pleasantly that the contract conditions are good (for the two members) — and, well, it’s better for the others to wise up and give up that empty hope now, so they can look to their own futures.

Hyun-soo growls, “So you’re telling us to abandon our friends.” She says with mock surprise, “Did you think you could stick together forever? No band like that exists.” She names groups that all broke up, like the Beatles and Oasis. Yes, and that is why nobody should bother to try again, ever, because the volatile Gallagher bros couldn’t get along.

Ji-hyuk asks, “What if I don’t want to?” She offers to give them time to think it over. He tells her there’s no need, and rips the contract up in front of her, letting the pieces fall on her desk.


I don’t think it surprises anybody that Ji-hyuk immediately rejected the offer, and it looks like Hyun-soo feels the same. We’re not dealing with a brand-new tale here, so what I like isn’t that Shut Up is telling a groundbreaking new story, but how it tells it in a fully realized, interesting way and with fleshed-out characters. I’m impressed with how well the elements fit together, how the developments spring out of the setups in natural ways, without necessarily feeling like the strings are being pulled by an invisible mastermind. It just flows.

For instance, Hyun-soo’s feelings of inadequacy lead him to practice extra-hard and insist on performing injured, which leads to viral popularity, which leads to a contract offer. Meanwhile he withdraws from his friends, fearing that they hate him now, and nobody wants to make the first step despite being miserable all around with the group fractured. It’s a fantastic lesson for our boys in seeing what happens when they abandon each other, giving them a taste of that unhappiness so that when they’re tested, there’s no hesitation. This group has just experienced momentary disbandment and they’re not going to choose it again.

(It doesn’t preclude that the quartet won’t be tested in other ways, though, which has me nervous for the future. But that’s the future.)

Ji-hyuk initially takes up the mantle of leader because he’s Byung-hee’s No. 2, the solid guitarist and vocalist. He has his moments of faltering, hanging back rather than actively trying to fix things — in that sense, Do-il feels like he’s got more natural leadership skills. But like it or not, Ji-hyuk’s a real leader now, which means it’s time to put on his big boy pants and lead. Great way to step it up for him.

I love that the boys ended up losing the battle of the bands, but ended up ahead precisely because of it. If they hadn’t had any mistakes and played perfectly, I’m sure they would have gotten a new fan following, and the song is pretty rockin’. But what’s really winning people over is the emotional beat — seeing Hyun-soo rock out despite bleeding all over his guitar, and Ji-hyuk forcing him to stop. Plus seeing that they were bypassed for that boring jazzy band. People like good songs, but it’s the raw emotion that tugs their hearts.

This reinforces the underlying theme that the series has been incorporating all along, that our heroes may lose the little battles, but they’ll win the war. I knew that they were going to lose the first showdown at school because there’s no way the underdogs would beat the champions in their first clash. But because this drama has made its characters so real and three-dimensional, I desperately wanted them to win that practice room anyway, even though I was pretty convinced there was no way they could. It wouldn’t have made sense.

In a drama with lazier execution, the predictability could have killed the dramatic tension, but it speaks to how well this drama has built up the conflicts that I was still on edge to see how it would play out. It’s why I was extra tense during the rock festival, because I felt that now with one loss under their belts, there was a chance they’d win this one. Except then Hyun-soo got injured, handicapping their odds again, sending them back to underdog nation.

Yet it’s the loss that propels them forward. It’s significant that they don’t gain popularity merely by looking cool onstage, or because people sympathize with the bloody guy — it’s that the band’s reaction to setback allows their strength of character to emerge. Strawberry Fields plays perfectly, they win, whatever. Eye Candy messes up, struggles, and falters, but it’s their response to that challenge that shows everyone what they’re made of — and what they’re made of is heart and grit. And a whole lotta awesome.


151 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. mollyP

    I love this show. so much

    • 1.1 mollyP

      FINALLY after 16 months I am FINALLY FIRST.

      • 1.1.1 Gracie

        Congratulations mollyP… On same note, this is my first response ever, so WHOOOT for me!!!!!

        • mollyP

          YAAAAY FOR US!!!

      • 1.1.2 ~Feather~

        haha! congratulations 🙂

    • 1.2 soserious


      that is all.

      • 1.2.1 Einstein

        This scene made me laugh ’cause even for ripping paper ji-hyuk has to be cool (NOW, I am ripping this papeeeeer!!)

  2. panshel

    Can’t wait to watch this episode with subs…

  3. Czak

    Yay…. Thanks so much… Been waiting for this…

  4. Sarah A.

    Are you girls getting any sleep?! It’s awesome to have recaps out so fast, but this speed is kind of getting me worried.

    • 4.1 crazymouse

      GF ROCKS!

  5. JiHwan

    Their friendship is just too sweet. Can’t wait for tomorrow!

  6. alua

    me like, me like, me like…

    …and I was seriously hard trying NOT to read the recaps before watched the subbed episode, but I could.not.resist.

    You’re superfast at recapping this though, javabeans! I’m impressed!

    • 6.1 LeiDiAngelo

      You’re not the only one ! I told my hand not click the link … but the mouse did anyway. HAUNTED MOUSE .

      • 6.1.1 kbap

        Oh man, right after I watched Woman in Black, too. *shudders. Man that movie was creepy.
        But anyways glad it’s Tuesday and I’ll have one more day of bliss 😉 Before in wait begins (again). 🙁

        • LeiDiAngelo

          that movie with DanRadcliffe ?

  7. kewbie

    I think this is the quickest turnaround for a SUFBB recap that I’ve seen you do. Thank you for your hard work!

  8. sparkel

    OMG. yesh.

  9. Zain

    God this show is awesome. I was shocked to see the recap up so fast. Amazing JB and thanks.

  10. 10 hpn88

    little kyung jong is so squishy and adorable. I luff him greatly.

    • 10.1 kbap

      Samee! I heard he sang an OST? 😉 *quickly searches up
      Aha! I see it! (and I know what I’ll be oggling over for the next few days…)

      • 10.1.1 ldsaf

        which one???

        • kbap

          How Come is the name, I believe
          just type in Shut Up Flower Boy Band ost and it should be there somewhere 😉

    • 10.2 cherichaz

      YESS HAHA I AGREE! I love his bromance with ha jin; it’s super adorable!
      i just love all the band members: kyung jong for his cuteness, hyun soo for his determination and prettyness (fackkk he is so HOT, someone come cool me down!), ha jin for his playboyness, do il for his charm and ji hyuk for…well for being ji hyuk. and for having an amazing jawline, I guess. 

  11. 11 msj8330


    The Band of Brothers Rule!!!!

    All the female chicks from high school are falling for them.

    Calling EYE CANDY the Band of Brothers.

  12. 12 kbap

    Wow thank you! What a wonderful surprise after I get an early day off! 🙂

    • 12.1 kbap

      UGH, ME LIKE. This show keeps getting better and better, I swear I never gripe about it xD

  13. 13 Ti

    Ahhh!!!! Ji-hyuk is sooooo cool!!! XD and what can’t he and Su-ah just accept their feelings for each other?!?!?

  14. 14 Anvesha

    I don’t know why more people dont watchthis show. I ADORE it. I like the developing romance (nothing overly dramatical or frustrating has happened yet) and friendship (when everyone went to meet Hyun Soo.. So touching!) And Hyun Soo’s convo with his sister was sweet and cute.

  15. 15 ziren87

    thanks so much..i totally love this series…

  16. 16 laurenc

    Javabeans, thanks for this super fast recap. I don’t know how you could manage it. but then, I think you really love this show so much so that you have this super power speed of recapping ^^

  17. 17 kirara

    YAY! Good episode.. now we have to wait for the next one.. Thanks for the very well written recaps! 🙂

  18. 18 anna

    Lol I feel like javabeans suddenly turns into a teenager when reading some parts of this recap.

    • 18.1 Venus

      LOL she is not the only one, I turned into a crazy teen or better yet a Eye Candy Groupie every time I watch this drama…love it more and more.

      • 18.1.1 thekors

        Yea I’m sure she’s not the only one. That scene when the schoolgirls were all giggly watching their video on the bus, I was like “Hey schoolgirls, this unni can relate!”

  19. 19 ~Feather~

    awesome recap, and great speed! I see that you really are head over heels for SUFBB. 🙂
    I have still to actually start watching, and I hate reading the recaps b/c it spoils it…BUT I can always make exceptions.
    I wonder how the next Oh Boys project will win over this one? I hope it just gets better and better.

  20. 20 jenny

    thank you!!! this is shaping up to be quite the awesome show!!

  21. 21 PurpleLlama

    Thank you so much for the fast recap!

    While I like the romance in this drama (the pace, the way it’s not overdramatic), what really gives it life is the friendship.

    When the boys all piled onto Hyun-soo’s bed, and all the tension dissipated just like that…I was grinning from ear to ear. Also, the warmth of the samgyupsal scene…they didn’t seem like they were acting. There’s something about this drama that’s just so real…and it gets me right in the heart.

    • 21.1 Caitlyn

      Yeah, it’s the friendship between the boys that just kills me. I never watch shows without a romance in them, but even if Su Ah didn’t exist and there was no romance in FBB at all, I would still love this show just as much as I do now.

    • 21.2 thekors

      Gotta agree with that, all the actors worked the hell outta that scene, it felt so.. real and heartwarming. I think credit goes to the amazing camera work too!

  22. 22 comradeS

    The scene that got me in this episode was the boys ending up at Hyun-soo’s house and jumping into bed with him and tickling him, and then the dinner afterwards. I just love that they feel like real friends, instead of the Strawberry Field’s guys, who would never go to such lengths for each other. That scene just ate my heart up.

  23. 23 xylophonic

    My heart, it is breaking. HOW CUTE ARE THESE BOYS. GAH.

    As much as I like Su-ah’s and Ji-hyuk’s romance, what really reduced me to a blubbery mess was the scene where all of Hyun-soo’s friends ambushed his house and piled on top of him, and I was like, SOB, FRIENDSHIP.

  24. 24 trixicopper

    It’s ridiculous how much I’m loving this show! 🙂

  25. 25 ilukd

    For me this drama is far better than moon-sun drama …. Thanks Javabeans …. Awesome review

    • 25.1 crazymouse

      i’ll second that

    • 25.2 fairycutter

      thrid. moonsun has better premise but SU:FBB great in execution.
      been holding my self since this morning (bout 10 hours ago) to not yet read until tomorrow recap but cant resist after all, thanks JB.

    • 25.3 fairycutter

      aish… third to that…
      pardon my spelling (or typing).

    • 25.4 kbap

      fourth. I don’t mean to sound snobbish or offensive but there are things that I find (mildly) ridiculous in Moon/Sun.

  26. 26 kdrama addiction

    thanks so much JB i came on here just hoping it was recapped i was so surprise it was actually up amazing, this must be the quickest recap i have seen to date.

    this show is so awesome it hard to believe i haven’t been this addicted to a drama since princess man

    Jihyuk is so sexy when he’s brooding i cant wait for the next episode i have already watch it without the eng sub that takes too long lol but you have defo help me now i can finally go to sleep with a smile on my face 😉

  27. 27 kewbie

    There were so many good moments in this episode. I think this is the best one yet. I felt like every one of the Eye Candy boys shined, not so much Ha-jin, though. I feel like all of them, in some capacity or other stepped up to show some kind of truth and/or leadership when it was needed. Dude, even Shilba stood up for them in front of the principal turtle dude. I could watch this particular episode over and over again. I will probably watch it again when subs come out and comment here once again later on. 😉

    Also, is it me or does Seung-hoon’s sister seem like a little bit of a troublemaker? I know her reasoning for offering 2 instead of 5 contracts was because of the whole futility of bands staying together, but she just seemed a bit too cheerful in that last scene.

    • 27.1 thekors

      But I think in past episodes, Ha Jin actually stood out as the mediator of the group. I can’t remember exactly when but there were few instances when he actually said the right thing to break the escalating tense within the group. Although he may not have said anything particularly leader-worthy, but his presence provides the much-needed balance in the group.

      And I read some ppl interpreting Seung Hoon’s sister’s reaction as intrigued (with Ji Hyuk’s action). I guess we can say that she also sees Ji Hyuk as an interesting character and him ripping up the contract won’t make her stop in getting him/them signed.

      • 27.1.1 Venus

        I think that SH sister interest in JH comes from the fact that he is not easy to manipulate and strong personality, so when he ripped the contract in front of her, at that moment he became a challenge for her. Cause come on! who wouldn’t jump for that one in a lifetime opportunity.

      • 27.1.2 kewbie

        I think the only time I remember Ha-jin breaking up tension was in the beginning of ep 5 when he joked around about “comforting” Su-ah, and then he said sorry and got a laugh out of the Ice Prince Hyun-soo. I feel like he’s more of an instigator. Not only in today’s pool hall scene (where he says that the guys are all mad at Hyun-soo but aren’t saying anything), but in ep 3 for example, he’s really riled up because of Byung-hee’s death and is ready to give Pyo-joo the beat-down. I agree, though, I think they need his kind of personality in the group — kind of a devil’s advocate. I was disappointed in Ha-jin today mainly because of the scene with the girl on the steps. Even Kyung-jong is disappointed with him, and he usually doesn’t call him out on stuff like that.

        I agree with you about SH’s sister. Having grown up rich like SH, she’s probably used to getting what she wants by throwing money at it. So, when Ji-hyuk rejects her offer, I can just kinda see a glint in her eyes that she’s going to keep pushing buttons until she hits the right one. She likes the challenge.

        • mrmz

          I think both SH and his sister are enjoying this challenge. It is true that SH wants to win at everything, but somehow winning against Eye Candy and Ji Hyuk makes it more worth the effort. Facing ppl like the Eye Candy band is something new and interesting for both siblings and an interesting foil to them and vice versa

          What I like about this Drama is that even if its not reinventing something, it just does everything right and oh I love the music especially the soundtrack at the end of this episode!!!

    • 27.2 xylophonic

      I had the impression that she was testing them, somehow, she just seemed a bit too candid when offering them the contract (though that could just be rich powerful people acting ‘cool’). Anyway she’s not just going to let them go just like that, I’m almost certain.

      • 27.2.1 78446

        Ditto on the noona testing them. Why else would she use The Beatles and Oasis as examples? She does know those band churned out massive selling, critically acclaimed albums (that I still listen to and love) and are considered to be two of the greatest bands ever before they broke up, right? As in: their claim to fame was the MUSIC, not the BREAK-UP. I would like to believe she was testing their determination to make it and their loyalty to one another and not just stirring the conflict plot unnecessarily. Otherwise, what a bitch.

        • ldsaf

          That does make sense.. I hope its true!!!

        • xylophonic

          Plus, didn’t her expression seem strangely satisfied, considering how he ripped up the contract (and pretty audaciously, at that) in front of her face? No trace of shock at all.

          • crazymouse

            yeah,she actually had that lil smile on a face

  28. 28 cg96

    Javabeans, you’re super fast in recapping this episode and I thank you for that.
    I hope you’ll be this fast tomorrow too.

    I read somewhere that the leader of the other gang is the brother of Taeyang of Big Bang.

  29. 29 Caitlyn

    What i found sad was that Ji Hyuk kinda dumped Hyun Soo when he found Byung Hee. Poor Hyun Soo had to go and find Ji Hyuk just to spend time with him, and then realised he’d been replaced. That’s heartbreaking!

    • 29.1 kewbie

      I think that was mentioned in the character descriptions as well, but it was so sad to hear the story form Hyun-soo’s mouth. L really did a good job with that scene!

  30. 30 Momo-jun

    This Show=My crack!

    I was afraid the ‘Oh boy’ Series would be all pretty man candy and no story but boy was i wrong!

    It keeps getting better! First Ramyun Shop and now this! I hope this turns into tons of cracktastic shows because if they all follow this kind of execution plus the man pretty??? I’m ALL IN! 0_o

    • 30.1 Caitlyn

      I know, both shows are/were so much better than I expected. I’m already looking forward to the next show, and FBB hasn’t even finished yet.

  31. 31 Venus

    JB thank you for such great recaps..now I can go to bed feeling happy 😀

    I agree with you that yes the drama is not reinventing the wheel, but the way its been executed is what makes it shine. The small moments between the characters are gold and heartfelt. I mean who would have though that the gang showing up to HS house was going to the biggest highlight in this episode? I sure didn’t and yet when I saw it I was in puddle of love. BROMACE in full displayed.

    The romance at this point is just a nice side dish, but the main course is and I repeat the BROMANCE!!!! I just love it.

  32. 32 78446

    Heart and grit. And angst done right. Yup. That about sums it up. Thanks for the great (and quick!) recap, JB!

    This show is starting to have the strangest effect on me. You know how when you’re watching something awesome, it makes every other drama look like crap? SUFBB isn’t like that. I’d be watching some other drama, and just when I start getting annoyed at the stupid turn the plot’s taking, I suddenly hear “Jaywalking” in my head, and then… all is right with the world again.The drama ends and I think “Oh, that episode was nice.” O_o That’s weird. In the 10 years I’ve been watching kdramas, that’s never happened before. People keep asking me why I seem to be in a perpetual good mood lately. Seriously you guys, this show is like bacon*. It just makes everything taste better.

    *(I would say chocolate, but chocolate won’t make roast beef taste better. On the other hand, if you’ve ever had a maple bacon doughnut or bacon cheeseburger, you’ll know what I’m talking about 😉 )

    • 32.1 missyu_who

      YES! I was nodding my head in agreement — this show is like my B.A.C.O.N. I was watching an episode surreptiously at work the other day and I finally realized how true the sentiment about tv being a form of escapism was–it caught me up in their world and it totally made me forget I was sitting in a cubicle (I didn’t, however, forget to the point where I forgot to muffle my squeals of gushing/awws whenever there was any skinship though).

  33. 33 Jambo42

    Awesome! Thanks for the recap!

  34. 34 tarianantatoer

    “He unzips his jacket to wipe her dirty hands on his shirt” *thunk*

    Who needs a guy with fancy car, right?

  35. 35 mysterious

    Oh dang Ji Hyuk looked so hot when he was tearing up the contract. He even had a little smirk. Oh he is so hot. And Hyun Soo, I just wanted to hold him and maybe do some others things with/to him as well. Yum!

    • 35.1 jingyi

      lol that made me laugh. cause i think im feeling the same ahaha. :>

  36. 36 Marxie

    I decided to read this first before watching the actual episode. lol so thank you very much for the recap.

    anyway, I think Hyunsoo would accept the offer.. because of his parents. ._.

  37. 37 myra

    Do-il/Woo-kyung <3333333

    • 37.1 kewbie

      Oh thank you for mentioning them! I thought I was the only Do-il/Woo-kyung shipper. 🙂

      • 37.1.1 Alvina

        nope, not the only one. They are THE classic manga style second lead pair.

  38. 38 cv

    Thank you for the fast recap! ^^
    This show really does have hearts and make you want to root for all of them cuties.

  39. 39 musings

    I want to climb Jihyuk.

    … oops, did I just say that out loud?

  40. 40 rsmchirps

    This show has made holding hands the sexiest thing ever…..and wiping windows! *swoons*
    But, much as I love the romance between Su-ah and Ji-Hyuk, it’s the chemistry between the band members which has me choking up. The way they pull Hyun soo back from his funk, the way they look out for each other, the fact that they’re not afraid to tell each other some home truths; it all adds up to magic! Which shows in their stage performances! I love the wonderful, raw quality to their music, which is way more appealing than the boring Strawberry Fields.
    The drama uses standard dramas and cliches but in a way that they never jarr or irritate! Can’t wait for tonites episode, and then next week, and the week after that, and…..


    In other news, reading JB/GF recaps adds a whole new layer to my love and appreciation for this drama. Thanks so much for a super fast, amazing recap! (as usual)

    • 40.1 xylophonic

      This drama is definitely my Dream High (the first, I mean. Haven’t even touched the second) of the year (and woah, almost exactly one year after DH aired!), just rockier and grittier. Despite big differences in plot and characters the drama really is about pursuing music and friendship and helping others along the way, not just cutting down competition. And that kind of story has so much heart and you can’t help but be drawn deep into it emotionally.

      And yeah, like you, I’m already dreading the finale. I was so emotionally invested in Dream High a year ago I was pretty much devastated when it ended and I have the feeling it’ll be as bad, if not worse, for FBB.

      Screw plot, can’t we just watch the boys bicker and jam for ever and ever (andeverandever)??

  41. 41 ldsaf

    MONDAY!!!! never looked forward for Mondays so much!!! I totally love this show and u… Now i am gonna relax and wait for the subs to come out! I have to say teacher Kim rocks!!!
    side note i have been singing “tonight.. tonight” ( just theses two words) the whole day!

    • 41.1 crazymouse

      cldnt argree more,i normally dread mondays but since i started watching this show,i’m lookin forward to my mondays.

  42. 42 Alvina

    Man, SeungHoon’s sister, for a music exec, sure doesn’t know her music history. There are PLENTY of bands that have stuck together since their birth.

    But seriously, this show rocks. It was there from the get-go that this series had all the elements. However, seeing it week by week, the way it takes me back to my feelings when I was in high school, and how I wish I was different makes watching this drama really bittersweet 🙁

  43. 43 LadyIgraine

    best episode so far. the bromance and making up of hajin and kyungjong was hilarious. love the scene with hyunsoo and sis because we get to hear a little back story about the start of jihyuk, his, and byunghee’s friendship.

    about suah’s reaction after seeing wookyung clinging onto jihyuk; i had the same reaction, lol. and i think jihyuk caught on that pretty quickly because he removed her arms off of him. and i knew he’d ran after her. but the scene that sold me the most was the trash digging part. suah really needed to hear that song in order to calm herself down after reading her dad’s letter. and jihyuk couldn’t stand seeing her that way so he had to just do something to compensate. love that drama moment!

    i had a feeling that the ceo was testing the kids whether they’ll actually sign the contract w/o the others or will they turn it down. and knowing jihyuk, obviously he’d be loyal to his friends/bandmates…something the ceo was trying to prove. btw: i don’t know about you all, but i have this feeling that she seems interested in jihyuk (hope not).

    • 43.1 thekors

      That was my favourite scene in this ep. too, the other one being when the boys went to Hyun Soo’s house. But the latter was more heartwarming, with the bromance and all. But this scene of the OTP gives me chills despite the subtlety. So glad that all was cleared between them in that one short moment. Goosebumps.

  44. 44 angela

    I’m getting the strangest feeling that Hyungsoo might end up taking the offer.
    Bad vibes, I’m telling ya.
    The past couple of episodes I’ve just been waiting for something in Hyunsoo to explode and create problems for everyone else. He’s been doing just that, albeit minor-scale, but now I think it’s time for the BIG leagues. I’m talking full-blown drama here!
    His character just screams trouble…

    And I LOVE it!

    • 44.1 Yubin

      Somebody thinking the same ! Especially when I saw the preview for today’s episode… but I won’t spoil.
      Yay for some Hyun-soo-centered angst tonight !!!

      • 44.1.1 crazymouse

        i thought sth of that nature cld happen and i hope i’m wrong …pls pls Hyun-soo dont cause any more trouble i’m begging u

    • 44.2 Anvesha

      I agree, he seems like the type to actually seriously consider the offer and may be even take it. And, I won’t fault him for that.. if it happens in the future. He makes the drama a lot more interesting.

      I was never interested in L before this drama, but I’m now. I am loving his character here!

  45. 45 Indie


    Now, I shall watch. Nao!

  46. 46 leesan

    Thank you so much for awesome recap, your writing is so great and conveys so much emotions..especialy describing Hyun-soo’s painful abadonment. Tears in my eyes, pain in my throat, sinking feel in my heart…i even haven’t seen a single episode yet.

  47. 47 FunnyBunny

    Yay bromance! I cannot say it enough ^_^
    In other news, who else thought that it was adorable that they broke the tension by TICKLING EACH OTHER, oh Eye Candy boys why so cute?

  48. 48 jyyjc

    I am loving this show so much right now. Could this be my crack of the year? But it’s only february!

  49. 49 iyra

    i felt so bad for hyun soo,cried buckets of tears when he was having the conversation with his sister,but in the end i am happy!!!!!!!thank you very much for the recaps!!!:-)

  50. 50 79%

    Wow. When dramas tend to slip, this one just keeps getting stronger. I’m hooked!

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