Drama Recaps
Shut Up: Flower Boy Band: Episode 14
by | March 13, 2012 | 158 Comments

Brace for impact. It’s an awesome episode, but you’ll need your airbags and your first-aid kit handy. And perhaps a defibrillator charged up, on standby. Just when you think you’ve seen rock bottom, you find there’s a basement hiding underneath those floorboards. These boys really know how to put a heart through the wringer. Why does it hurt so much to love you?


Hyun-soo debuts solo as the boys watch on tv, half of them sad, half of them seething. It’s Ha-jin who refuses to turn away from the television, wanting to clock The Betrayer’s every move.

Ji-hyuk defends Hyun-soo’s decision, which just gets Ha-jin riled up even more, asking how he can take that guy’s side when he clearly cut and ran to save himself. Do-il looks over at Ji-hyuk, wanting to say something, but Ji-hyuk shakes his head no.

Do-il just sighs and tells Ha-jin: “Watch what you say. You’ll regret it later.” They ask Ji-hyuk what Hae-ri said about the band, and he doesn’t convey the entire conversation. The parts he leaves out: the noble sacrifice for Hyun-soo, and Hae-ri’s orders to end things with Su-ah.

All he tells them is that they’re supposed to focus on their music, and wait for the opportunity to start slow, perhaps play in little clubs here and there. So I’m guessing the breakup with Su-ah was her “do anything” condition with Ji-hyuk, though when he argues, she does point out that it’s only a matter of time before Su-ah gets hurt in all this.

Do-il, Ha-jin, and Kyung-jong go to school, the strut totally gone from their walk down the halls. Su-ah passes by and gets squarely ignored, but she stops Do-il to ask where Ji-hyuk is. She gets a cold reply: “You do know who’s hurting the most right now, right? Do us a favor and get lost.” Ouch.

That night they get a surprise visit: Kyung-jong’s mom suddenly bursts in, hysterical about her son packing up and leaving this instant. Oh no. The boys come out to see what the commotion is about, just in time to hear her scream at her son that she didn’t send him up to Seoul for this – to be friends with girlfriend-cohabitating, son-of-gangster, fisticuffs-happy punks.

Oof. The looks on the boys faces. It’s one thing to be called that by some random person, but their buddy’s mom? She tells Kyung-jong that he can’t stay here any longer, or else they’ll be a bad influence and ruin him.

But Kyung-jong breaks free of Mom’s grasp and shouts back:

Kyung-jong: I’m not going! You don’t know anything about my friends, so don’t talk about them that way! No matter what anyone says, they’re really good guys. Even if I die, I’m gonna die with them, so you can go back down by yourself, or do what you want! I love playing music with my band. If I go too, what will the band do? Even if you beat me till I die, I won’t go. I’m sorry Mom.

Awwww, kitty. It just about wrings your heart dry. The boys watch stunned, tears brimming in their eyes.

Hae-ri goes to see Su-ah at work, and tells her she can stay in the apartment as long as she needs. But Ji-hyuk is another matter. Gah, I knew she’d do something like this. She tells Su-ah that Ji-hyuk is holding onto her when it might cost him the band and their future, and asks Su-ah to let him go.

Back in the dorm, Ha-jin sidles up to Kyung-jong, moved by his bestie’s show of loyalty. But it’s not over, because Mom’s called for backup, and if he doesn’t go down with her tomorrow, Dad’s coming up to haul his ass back to Busan. This time it’s Ha-jin’s turn to remind him that they’re going to play music together till they die, so it’ll be okay.

Ji-hyuk sits alone in the basement studio, hugging Byung-hee’s guitar for dear life. I just love that visual gesture. The words swirl around in his head – Hae-ri’s question of what he’ll do to protect the band, and Kyung-jong’s declaration to defend them. Out loud, he says, “I have to protect it.”

The next morning Teacher Kim makes the boys breakfast wearing an apron like an adorable little den mother, clucking at them to eat and get some life back into them. How cute are you?

He swears by his rock-drumming past that he will get them gigs in every club in town, and tells them to go to school and practice like normal. They’re clearly dispirited, but Teach’s pep talk gets Ji-hyuk onboard, and he agrees that they’ll go to school and practice.

At school they run into Hyun-soo for the first time, and the air is downright hostile with Ha-jin, who tells him things are AWESOME now that the cold winds of Siberia aren’t blowing through the dorm. Don’t be mean to Hyun-soo! You’re killing me!

Kyung-jong is much nicer, asking Hyun-soo how he’s been, and suggesting that he visit the dorm. Ha-jin makes it clear he’s not welcome there and stalks off.

Hyun-soo just looks over at Ji-hyuk, and already my heart can’t take it. Ji-hyuk just barely manages to meet his eyes for a second, and then walks away without a word. Do-il hangs back to ask how he’s doing, and tells him not to be so disappointed in Ji-hyuk.

Hyun-soo lies that he isn’t, and just puts up his usual bristly wall of defense, saying that life is just lived alone, and it was pathetic of him to put his trust in Ji-hyuk as a leader. Do-il tells him not to say things he’ll regret later.

But that gives Hyun-soo pause, and he asks what that means. Tell him! Tell him! Aaargh, of course you’re not going to tell. Do-il sighs and says nevermind, and gives him a little pat on the shoulder, saying that it’s good that things are going well for him.

Ji-hyuk can only watch Su-ah from a distance, and texts her that he’s been staring at the back of her head for days, wondering when he can see her face. So she relocates outside with Deo-mi, and Ji-hyuk picks a balcony vantage point so they can look at each other, even if they’re not in the same space.

I just love all their little ways to be together while apart. He texts her to meet him by the river tonight. No! Not the river!

Hyun-soo gets a call from Mom to say that Little Sis made it out of surgery okay, and he can rest easy now. Phew. Ye-rim overhears the conversation and asks if she can go with him to the hospital to see her, and he pretends to be put out by her eavesdropping, but he’s totally smiling.

She takes his hand again, startling him, and this time she puts a little container of hand lotion in his palm, saying that maybe it’s because he’s a guitarist, but she was shocked at how rough his hand was when she grabbed it the last time. He’s like, I’m not a girl… but again, he’s smiling.

Ji-hyuk finds Seung-hoon at school and tells him that he’s going to stop seeing her. Seung-hoon wonders why he’s being told, and Ji-hyuk says he’s just going to trust one thing – Seung-hoon’s warning to him not to make Su-ah lonely. As in, same back to you.

Ugh. I hate it when guys do this in dramas. She’s not a possession, and she’s not an imbecile. She doesn’t need to be protected by ANYONE, and least of all does she need two guys to hand off Su-ah Duty, without her say. YOU HAVEN’T EVEN BROKEN UP WITH HER YET.

Meanwhile, Hyun-soo and Ye-rim go into the studio for an interview, which Ha-jin and Kyung-jong catch on tv. Hyun-soo gets asked if Eye Candy is over, and he gives a smooth answer that they’re each working their hardest right now, and doesn’t say anything definite.

The interviewer asks who their ideal type is, and Ye-rim very quickly answers that it’s Hyun-soo. He answers the same, “but just as a duet partner,” but the MC pushes the coupling, of course.

As their duet begins to play, it all finally sinks in and Ha-jin starts to cry. I’m not even sure if he’s crying about Ye-rim or about Hyun-soo. Kyung-jong doesn’t know what to do, and very awkwardly pats him on the back. I know I’m not supposed to be laughing, but I am. It’s so cute.

Ji-hyuk and Su-ah meet on their bench by the river and he asks if there’s anything she wants to do. She asks for the necklace he always wears and he hands it over, saying they’re even for the sneakers then.

She thinks of something else she’s always wanted to do, and he wonders how she’s kept it all in for so long. Su-ah: “Well we only have today, so we have to do it all.” He says nothing, realizing that she knows this is the end too.

Flashback to when she saw the boys lighting fireworks in honor of Byung-hee. She and Ji-hyuk light their own now.

Once the fireworks go out, Su-ah is the first to say it: “Let’s stop seeing each other.” Ji-hyuk looks over at her, surprised, but can say nothing to argue. Well if they’re both going to be noble idiots about it, I much prefer a breakup like this, with both of them knowing why, as opposed to one party being dumped “for their own good.”

They sit in silence as they wait for the bus. It comes and she gets up, but Ji-hyuk grabs her hand, not ready to let her go yet. She sits back down. And they wait for the next bus. Aw.

Ji-hyuk asks if she’s not going to ask why or let him ask, but she says she knows. Ji-hyuk: “I’m not going to call you. And I’m going to pretend not to know you at school. I’m not going to be curious, and I’m not going to miss you. I’m just going to return to the time when I never knew you.”

She says it’s okay, over and over, to each of his statements. He finally turns to her: “Is that really okay?” With tears brimming in her eyes, she barely ekes out a yes with a smile, and gets up at the arrival of the next bus.

He holds onto her hand for as long as possible, and she finally pulls away. Without turning back, she says, “Bye,” and gets on the bus. Only then does she let herself cry.

Hyun-soo goes to the hospital to see Little Sis, who whines for Ji-hyuk oppa over and over. Aw. Hyun-soo gives a reassuring smile and promises that if she eats well, he’ll call Ji-hyuk. Don’t lie to your sister! Waaaah.

Reeling from the breakup, Ji-hyuk bursts into the dorm like a crazed man on a mission, and calls the boys out of their rooms, suddenly declaring that they have to practice, right now. “We can’t let it die like this.”

They sigh and follow him into the studio to practice, but no one’s got their heart in it, and everyone’s clearly feeling the loss of a guitarist. At one mention of Hyun-soo though, Ha-jin flips and walks out. Kyung-jong follows.

Ji-hyuk sighs and says they have to power through it, and Do-il wonders, “Since when is music work that we have to force ourselves to do? If we don’t enjoy it, shouldn’t we be quitting?”

But that’s exactly the wrong thing to say to Ji-hyuk right now, fresh off his heartbreak to protect the band. His anger flares. “What? Is that really something to say to me right now, when I’m doing my damnedest to try and do something here?”

Do-il: “You’re the leader, but no one asked you to be responsible for our lives!” And he storms out too. No! If you two fight, then EVERYONE is fighting! *whimper*

Teacher Kim sees the aftermath and calls Rock Kim for help, but there’s no answer. He goes to see Hae-ri to ask if she’s really just going to stand by and watch them fall, and do nothing to help.

He argues that the rumors about Ji-hyuk aren’t true, and it’s not like Do-il can get new parents, but she has the power to help them. She says it’s their problem, and that not dropping them entirely IS the best she can do. But Teacher calls bullshit.

“These kids are barely eighteen years old. They’re at an age where they can collide and fall, and then get back up and run.” My fist is in the air.

He pleads with her to give them another shot. I love Teach so much right now. But literally two seconds after the words come out of his mouth, another story hits, this time about Do-il starting a fight with that asshole a few episodes back. Goddamn, can’t catch a break.

And then another surprise visit at the dorm: this time it’s two thugs, here to haul Do-il away. Really, Mobster Daddy? You couldn’t just call? Ji-hyuk tries to stop them and gets shoved for his trouble, and they warn that they’ll all get hurt if he doesn’t comply.

Ji-hyuk asks if he’ll be okay, and Do-il says it’ll be fine, and goes with the minions.

That leaves Ji-hyuk alone in a room with two empty beds. He just sits there, looking at the place where Hyun-soo and Do-il should be, clicking the lights on and off, on and off.

Woo-kyung sees lights on in the pool hall and stops in, and finds Do-il lying on the couch, face covered in bruises. Stop making me cry!

She freaks out, guessing that no one would have the guts to mess him up except his own father, and she kind of adorably flies off the handle, which is so not helpful, wondering if he should do a paternity test.

She pulls back his hair to look at the bruises on his face, getting a little handsy as she checks the rest of him for broken bones, chattering a mile a minute. But he shuts her up pretty handily with a kiss.

It startles her and he sort of starts to mouth “sorry,” but the words don’t come out. She gets up awkwardly to break the tension and wonders if his father hit him in the head too, and heads out to get him medicine for his cuts. On her way out, she touches her lips, still reeling from the kiss. Don’t blame ya.

Su-ah smiles just to hear other girls talk about Eye Candy, and clasps Ji-hyuk’s necklace. Their songs are her only connection to Ji-hyuk now, and she listens to them over and over, though she sighs to see his seat empty again in class.

Do-il comes back to the dorm with his bruised face, and I don’t know what’s worse—that Ji-hyuk knows right away that it was Dad, or that he says “again.” Do-il says that he must really be his son, since he let him live, though it was under the condition that he quit the band.

Oh. Crap. And then Kyung-jong comes in to say that Mom called in Dad for reinforcements, so it looks like he’ll have to go to Busan for a little while, just to clear things up with the family.

Ji-hyuk can’t believe what’s happening, “So what, it’s over?” Ha-jin says he doesn’t know anymore—about them, about himself. Nooooo! You can’t break up!

Ji-hyuk’s voice starts to shake, as he asks if they’re really going to quit, but you can see it on his face—the panic is really in the un-asked question, Are you really going to leave me?

Kyung-jong says it’s just for a short time so he can calm his parents down, and maybe the rumors will die down so they can regain their popularity. Ji-hyuk bristles against that, wondering if they all joined Eye Candy for the popularity.

Ha-jin says that’s how it works, while Do-il confesses that it’s not music he’s tired of; it’s the life of a celebrity he can’t deal with. Ji-hyuk: “Since when are WE celebrities? What are we even talking about?!”

Kyung-jong says that’s how the world sees them. Ji-hyuk freaks out, lashing back at them now, asking if this is really the end. The thing is, the three of them are all saying no, that’s not what they’re saying, but Ji-hyuk is beyond reason and goes on the offensive:

“Fine. Let’s quit. Eye Candy? Is that anything great? Let’s quit.” Fuuuuuuuuck.

He storms out, and the boys sigh. Do-il tries calling him, but he ignores the call with a scream. Each of the boys, including Hyun-soo, sits alone, completely lost.

Ji-hyuk sits on his bench by the river, asking Byung-hee if he saw that this day would come, cursing him for his dreams of Eye Candy standing on that stage. You’re even fighting with Byung-hee? GAH.

Hyun-soo plucks at his guitar blankly with a heavy sigh. Ji-hyuk’s eyes fill with tears. “Are we supposed to quit, Byung-hee-ya? It’s tough, and I’m lonely. I’m lonely, Byung-hee-ya.”

With Do-il and Kyung-jong’s parents wanting their kids out of their contracts, Hae-ri’s hands are pretty much tied. But she calls them into her office to ask their thoughts. Do-il is the first to concede that it might be his father’s doing, but he doesn’t have the desire to live as a celebrity.

She mentions Ha-jin wanting to be an actor and offers to train him in that, and tells Ji-hyuk that he’s the last one standing, and says that she’s disappointed, after all his promises that they’d be together till the end.

She says the company will make the official announcement that Eye Candy has broken up. Kyung-jong cries through the meeting, while the others sit stone-faced.

Hae-ri tells Hyun-soo that his solo album will be produced by Seung-hoon, who gleefully rubs in the Eye Candy disbandment. The news hits Hyun-soo hard, and he paces back and forth in his room, clutching his phone. Awww, please let Hyun-soo be the one to bring them back together! Please! He almost dials Ji-hyuk’s number a million times, but stops short every time.

The boys pack up their stuff and head out, and Kyung-jong stops to collect the chicken coupons he’d saved. Ha-jin sighs that if they’d ordered one more, it would’ve been free. Kyung-jong: “The chicken we ate here… was really good…”

Collective flashback to all the boys sitting around, goofing off and playing rock-paper-scissors for the last chicken leg, and making each other smell their feet, and landing in a big dogpile. Guh, the happy memories are breaking my heaaaart!

They each smile as they remember, and then one by one, they turn to go.

Ji-hyuk arrives back home in his rooftop room, and goes straight for his old guitar, the one he used to play back when Eye Candy was just Eye Candy. He grabs it angrily and drags it outside.

He pours gasoline all over it and lights it on fire, as he watches it burn.


Damn, that’s a good ending. Dramatically, we’re in the perfect place for the last two episodes. Emotionally, I’m gutted. I have no more tears left to give. I cried the most when Ji-hyuk and Hyun-soo had their huge knockdown-drag-out fight, all quivery lip and manly tears, but then to hit us while we’re down, with the Su-ah breakup and then fight after fight until the whole band spontaneously combusts? That’s just mean. It’s awesome, but cruel.

The one thing Ji-hyuk fears the most has happened—he’s all alone. But it’s also something that he did to himself, like a horrible defensive self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s like when people do the breaking up because their true fear is in being dumped. We’ve seen time and again that Ji-hyuk sees the band as family, not just as a clichéd lip service sentiment, but in a you-are-all-I-have-in-this-world way. And while the same is actually true for all the guys, I don’t think they KNOW that about each other. It seems stupid, but also totally logical—each of them thinks that he’s the only one who really needs the others. It’s like being in a relationship where you think you’re the only one who’s madly in love. Multiply times five and you get a whole lot of crossed wires and self-protecting pride.

And this is where the drama’s strength lies – in that the central love story is really the band and the boys’ friendship. It’s not about the girl, even though I really like the Ji-hyuk/Su-ah love story, and find it refreshingly open. But the breakup that rips my heart out isn’t theirs; it’s the Hyun-soo/Ji-hyuk fight, and then the rolling avalanche of fights between the boys until the band breaks up. It only makes sense that Hyun-soo leaving is just the beginning, and that they wouldn’t be able to hold together a group that’s already fractured. What killed me was when Hyun-soo found out about the breakup and reacted as if he were still in the band. It both tore my heart out and gave me hope. You can walk away, but you can never really leave your family.


158 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Sienna


  2. Maymay

    Yay! Been waiting for recap. Thank you!

    • 2.1 harukikara

      It’s going to KILL me waiting for next week. Especially without a preview. ;_; I knew that more blows were coming but I didn’t expect to be smacked to the ground with the breakup both bromance and romance wise. I have no idea how the plot is going to wrap itself up in 2 episodes, but I look forward to a happy ending. and least, I’m expecting that. Please? Bring back the bromance and have Hyunsoo bring everyone together and clear up all the misunderstandings!

      • 2.1.1 harukikara

        sorry, I meant to comment a little bit lower. yeah.. 😀

  3. kbap

    THANK YOU! 😀

    • 3.1 kbap

      *cries to no end. Damn that was GOOD, but so sad! I think…I also have no more tears left. *sob*

      • 3.1.1 kbap

        I think it hurts the most when you see Ji-hyuk totally in insane-mode, and you could tell he’s so afraid of losing his bandmates. *sob*
        I am NOT crying. What are you talking about? *tosses tissue away*

  4. Jinny

    I'm dying here…The noble idiocy part of every drama kills me…But strangely, I'm pretty satisfied with how it played out here.

  5. harukikara

    I had my refresh button on repeat! Thank you so much for the recap!!

  6. kewbie

    Thanks for the recap! Off to read. 🙂

    • 6.1 kewbie

      Oh man what an episode. So many epic things happening, I thought my head was going to explode. First things first, though…thank you, thank you, thank you, drama gods for not waiting for the next to last or last episode for Do-il to kiss Woo-kyung! Well, it was more of an almost-kiss, in my mind, but it’s better than nothing. He has always been a man of few words and more action, of course.

      Everything else…Eye Candy breakup…sad sad. Kyung-jong going back home. Ha-jin crying and hating on Hyun-soo. Hyun-soo’s sister getting better, but he’s all alone now. Do-il being cold to Su-ah. Do-il admitting that he might not be cut out for “celebrity” life. Ji-hyuk and Su-ah breaking up. Always the Han River! Sheesh…I know about the noble idiocy thing, but you guys did what you had to do. Please, please, guys, don’t hate each other much longer.

      I, like others, am pretty satisfied with how this episode turned out. This is definitely rock bottom for them. It will get better from here on. Not easier, but definitely better.

      • 6.1.1 kewbie

        Oh yeah…Kyung-jong having words with his mom. Holy crap. I love that guy. And the scene at the end with the chicken…oh shiiyet. Heart-wrenching. I can’t believe this show is ending next week!

        • iyra

          totally love kyu jong…i find him to be the kindest and the most understanding among all,he is also very loyal and ofcourse cute!!

          • Maymay

            KJ is the sweetest of them all. 🙂

          • kbap

            I love Kyung-jong too…I love everybody, but sometimes he’s the one I sort of want to give a hug to the most (with an exception of Ji-hyuk). It must hurt not doing anything wrong, being the middle man, and still watch your band (family) break apart in front of your eyes, and you couldn’t do anything to help make it better…Oh, crying again. Wow I’m such a crybaby.

        • sally_b

          I remember watching a behind the scenes vid —Kyung-jong (actor Kim Min Sook) says,”I don’t have a love-line in this show”
          …and his adorable face was all ….saaaaad.

          Here’s hoping his next role includes a kiss…even if it’s an awkward wax-lip one. (っ˘з(˘⌣˘ ) ♥

          • Ariel

            Yeah I love KJ that adorable guy, did you see the interview where the host pointed out that he was lacking in height and he said that his height was okay with him because at least you don’t bump into things.
            Yay for Ye-rim and Hyun-soo loveline. I like Ye-rim since she’s always honest with her feelings, it’s just that our noona loving Han-jin could not accept the truth while KJ figured that Ye-rim likes Hyun-soo pretty quickly.
            Anyway Ha-jin will always have KJ and how much more awesome is that?

  7. panshel

    T.T Why do they have to be apart? One, Eye Candy and two, Ji Hyuk and Su Ah.

    Do Il is right, “Since when is music work that we have to force ourselves to do?” The band used to play for the sake of loving music. How has it come to this?

    Many thanks for the recap, girlfriday!

  8. soserious

    ohmygad. jang do-il why so cute. the way he just muttered “sorry” after the kiss. i saw it coming but goodness i squealed. lsjfl;kasjlkfjskdjf… i’m still not over it.

    sigh is Eye Candy finally going to have to disband ;A; ?? And hyun-su! why are you hesitating to call them!!! arg…seriously. it’s nice and loving that you’re opening up to ye-rim and all but i’m sure we can all agree that we love you with the boys much moar. yes i’m talking about bromance, and i expect lots, next week (omg only TWO episodes left……..imma cry when it ends)…. that reminds me, did anyone else notice kyung-jong’s side glance/discomfort when he was patting ha-jin on the back when he cried? lol.

    on another note, i noticed before but i’m going to mention it now because he did it again. i love that thing ji-hyuk does with the lights in his room. he turns it on and off and on and off… it’s like he’s in his own little world. or he’s worried and just thinking in his head… that being said, so sad how he broke up with su-ah. and i like how the last moments they spent together was with fireworks. reminds me of byung-hee.

    seems like right now all the hopes and dreams are lost for all, if not, most of the boys. but i hope in their detachment, they realize that they really need each other and music in their lives…. i want a happy ending for this drama.

    • 8.1 Pepper Fish

      The way Do-il looked at Woo-kyung right before he kissed her… Oh My Gosh!! Love it.

      • 8.1.1 Joy

        I agree! I was like “Kiss her! Kiss her!” FINALLY he shows his true feelings!!!!

      • 8.1.2 Czmych

        yeah… this stare of him just killed me

  9. Ti

    thank you soooo much for the recap…been waiting for it all day!
    personally i don’t think su ah and ji hyuk needed to break up. i know everybody in eye candy blames her…but i think the fame finally got to their heads as opposed to the problem being a girl. sad to see eye candy go and su ah and ji hyuk gone </3

  10. 10 Maymay

    Wow! What Do-il said to Su-ah “You do know who’s hurting the most right now, right? Do us a favor and get lost.”

    Eee! Just like Hyun-soo did once. I did not expect coldness from Do-il so that was surprising. Poor Su-ah. 🙁

  11. 11 crazedlu

    agghhhh. so gooood. teeeaarrrs.

  12. 12 kirara

    Wow.. what a recap and an episode…. again.. so much happened in one episode.. eye candy is a band no more, su ah and ji hyuk are done and now he’s all alone calling out to Byung Hee for help.. Let’s hope that maybe Byung Hee will give him some great luck and that things WILL GET better.. Till then we need to wait another week..

    Thanks for your WONDERFUL recap as always.. 😀

  13. 13 leaves45

    Thanks for the recap.It seems like I won’t be able to watch anymore heartbreak so will save this episode until next week’s come out………..and then no more eye Candy:((((

  14. 14 coraxd

    aww , please patch up :/

  15. 15 trixicopper

    I thought yesterday was bad. Today was even worse. Gah!!
    This all better be fixed next week ! I want HAPPY scruffy puppies!

    Thanks GF.

  16. 16 hanie

    Thanks for your recap GF.
    I restrained myself from watching last night episode since I will have to watch episode 13 with sub and I’m pretty sure I’ll cry again. But couldn’t resist the temptation to read your recap. I need to know what happened to Jihyuk & Hyunsoo….gahhh… Guess I might as well watch it now and watch this week episodes again with sub.

  17. 17 cv

    Thank you so much for the recap. It’s so sad that the band has broken up. I hope the last two episodes bring them together again. 🙂

  18. 18 4D_16

    Ahhhh…I swear that I was tearing up for these 2 episodes. It’s so heartbreaking to see them split up like that.

    On a happier Do Il finally makes his move on Woo Kyung. I was smiling from ear to ear reading about it. You go dude =)

  19. 19 laurenc

    I decide not to watch this show until the happy moments come again.
    Yeah, I’m that coward.
    just reading your recap made my heart shattered *sobs*, not sure what will happen to me if I watch this back-to-back downfall

    • 19.1 nova611

      the same goes here….got teary eyes just from reading this. GF is a good story teller…

    • 19.2 NewKDramaAddict

      Oh no, I am going to watch it twice!! Cry some more! *tears*

  20. 20 ainos_d2

    Thanx a lot!
    Really can’t wait for the next week!
    Fingers crossed for an epic finale!

  21. 21 MiMi

    This makes me sad since there’s only next week and then what? I have decided to go on a search to find my own Ji Hyuk. Yep. That’s what I’ll do on Mondays and Tuesdays from now on! 😀

    • 21.1 FlexibleSamurai

      You go girl 🙂 That’s the spirit. And if you find him, ask him if he has a brother;)

      • 21.1.1 DramaticTeacher

        Me too! ask if he has 2 brothers! (or friends like Do-il or Hyun-soo… or even the rest)

  22. 22 Yoshi

    I don’t think I’ve cried this much since the before last episode in City Hunter (don’t want to spoil too much). The only way out of this hole they’ve all dug themselves into is a time jump – and I usually hate time jumps. Just hope the next two episodes restore the bromance b/w ji-hyuk and Hyun-Soo – and give some inkling of hope for the romance b/w ji-huyk and Su-ah. Anything to mend this broken heart of mine. 🙁

  23. 23 hpn88

    I knew this week was going to be bad, but man they really threw everything and the kitchen sink at the boys.
    If there’s a place below rock bottom, this is it, but hey nowhere to go up right???? RIGHT WRITER? RIGHT PD?

    But Do-il/Woo-kyung FINALLY and Hyun-soo opening himself up to the fantastically awesome Yerim were the parts that saved me from being a total mess.

  24. 24 Cruelsummer

    Thanks for the recap. I’m not sure I can bear to watch. So much heartbreak. I’m literally flinching while reading the recaps, like my body is suffering from blows. The last two episodes better be filled with ooey gooey goodness because my shriveled up heart can’t take any more abuse.

  25. 25 Noelle

    Shit it happened! I cried. I never cried before. Damn this show for making me cry. I don’t want Ji Hyuk to be alone.

  26. 26 79%

    The last 2 episodes just killed me… I can’t wait for the resolution next week!

  27. 27 lidy

    damn, now i really wanna see next week’s preview. don’t care if its raw

  28. 28 Charlotte



  29. 29 alua

    Okay, I am not sure I get it. Why everyone and everything needs to be broken up. The boys as a band. The boys without Hyun-soo. Kyong-jong from the rest of the boys. Su-ah and Ji-hyuk. Etc. And Haeri getting a say in all this.

    Why can’t they simply quit Haeri and play music together? And JH/SA be in a relationship?

    Okay, it’s a little bit more complicated than that (certainly the Hyun-soon part), but I just feel that Haeri gets way too much say in this, and she is such an irrelevant person really. Yes she has the money and power to help them make famous, but in the end she’s just an annoying person who doesn’t care about them and doesn’t matter… so why don’t they just do without her? Why don’t they protect what’s dear to them, fight it out between themselves (because some wrangling is needed to sort out the discordances) but forget Haeri forever? I don’t know, she just gets on my nerves. I find her quite flat as a character, but a lot of things now seem to be because Haeri has this condition (Ji-hyuk must break up with Su-ah), or that condition (Su-ah must break up with Ji-hyuk) or WHATEVER!

    :-/ I suppose it will all work out next week but I just don’t want to see that woman anymore and her have anything to do with our flower boys’ musical lives, personal lives, success and everything else.

    As for Do-il’s kiss with WK: that was a LAME kiss. Very k-dramaish of course, but honestly, can’t we get a real kiss? It doesn’t have be anything much but something more than these “posing lips” kisses (not sure how to describe it – oh I remember. Raine called it a “drive-by kiss”).

    • 29.1 mchall

      I liked the kiss, I know it wasn’t much of a real kiss but I let it pass just for those lips (and I mean HIS lips of course)… hot!!!

    • 29.2 kbap

      Well I think the breaking off the rest of the members, like Kyung-jong, Ha-jin, and Do-il is what Ji-hyuk decided (? not sure about this) when he was a little crazy. He reminded me of a kid lashing out because it hurts inside. I’m not too sure but I think that the others just want a break, but Ji-hyuk, so driven by anger and loneliness/sadness whatever over-thought it and took it to the level of quitting. Ji-hyuk’s also overwhelmed, I’m thinking, from everyone practically calling him every moment to solve a problem. “But you’re the leader!” He must have finally snapped…
      And also, though the boys are really close friends, some stuff they say aren’t exactly sugar-coated and nice. When they’re angry at each other (Ha-jin, I’m talking to you) they’re not nice at all. I actually think Ha-jin’s also being mean to hide his hurt/disappointment. But, um…That’s just my two cents.

      • 29.2.1 alua

        You are right of course, I know (and there are also plenty of drama-plot reasons for them to break apart), I just want Hae-Ri out of the whole equation at this point….

        Yeah, the boys aren’t always nice to each other, I have noticed that.

        *sigh* We’ll have to keep hurting till next week! And then we get to cry that SUFBB is over!

        • kbap

          Yeah, Hae-ri is really annoying me…How could she go like “I’m so disappointed in you” when they’re all miserable over the break up? Talk about putting salt in their wounds. I have a very important final to take next Tuesday…*dies* Drama or test? 🙁 My brain tells me test, but my body (eyes) says drama…

          • alua

            And don’t forget that she was all like “Bands always break up” at the beginning! (She so totally doesn’t make sense. And she doesn’t care. Which is exactly why I don’t like her: she doesn’t understand these boys and their relationship with one another and the role that music plays in that too. Well, she probably never had such an awesome friendship as our flower boys.)

            Sorry about your final clashing with SUFBB! You should transport yourself to another timezone —- in my timezone, by the time the drama is aired and online (and recapped) it’s night, in fact, most of the time I end up going to bad and reading the recaps the next morning because it’s too late for me to wait up.

          • NewKDramaAddict

            It will be Rock Kim to the RESCUE!!

    • 29.3 kewbie

      Re: the kiss — Considering that Do-il has been shy for a long time about telling Woo-kyung about his feelings, I’m not surprised that the kiss turned out the way it did. He hadn’t said a word, and when it got right down to it it sorta looked like he cut himself short in the middle. I am really hoping that Woo-kyung will realize that she really does care about Do-il enough in that way to want to kiss him back. Today I think he just wanted to kiss her because after getting beaten by his dad, and all that touching that Woo-kyung did, and the fact that she was worried about him — he was feeling very vulnerable. I have to say, I loved the screenshot of his face after the kiss, though. So dreamy. I thought the whole thing was kinda sweet even though it was severely abbreviated. 🙂

    • 29.4 nova611

      rememner ji-hyuk/su ah kiss? that one is one hot kiss afterall for me…

      • 29.4.1 kewbie

        Definitely hot. The Ji-hyuk snd Su-ah kiss was between two people who felt the same for each other/had mutual feelings. The Do-il and Woo-kyung was clearly one-sided.

        • kewbie

          Oops I meant that the DI/WK kiss was one-sided.

        • alua

          You can have a one-sided kiss but you can still actually plant your lips on that person’s face! It just too much looked like the k-drama drive-by kiss.

          I’ll only forgive it if we get a better one in the final episodes. From DI/WK (plus a make-up kisses for JH/SA). As for the other pairings… no way they’d give us that many kisses!

          • kewbie

            Yeah, that’s why I consider it an almost-kiss, and not a real one. Like I said earlier, he cut his kiss short in the middle. (BTW, I read an article that said they had to do that scene 5 times!) I hope the writer and PD are good to the fans next week. *crossing fingers*

          • kbap

            Wait, I was also hoping for a Ha-jin Kyun-jong kiss…
            *runs away to hide in a corner*
            Aww, I forgot to ask Santa for that for Christmas. Darnit.

    • 29.5 Czmych

      I don´t agree it was a lame kiss. It just wasn´t suppose to be a real kiss, he knows that she has a crush on Ji-huyk, he couldn´t just jump on her like that. I had been out of character for Do-il anyway

  30. 30 iyra

    can’t believe that eye candy broke up…i mean all this while i thought that maybe they will get tired of all the glamour and then quit being celebrities and go back to normal life,this was totally unexpected…..i never ever thought that they would disband…..

    • 30.1 alua

      Yeah, me neither.

  31. 31 nuri

    wow. great drama. everything is here. this thing makes me laugh, fell for them, fell harder till i don’t want to let them go and breaks my heart just like that…

    oh. is it weird if this episode just make me love Shut Up! even more? its rare for a drama to not get caught in a lull and become boring before two last episodes and Shut Up is getting even better.

    This is a rollercoaster ride. i was all laughing and the next episodes crying and screaming till my eyes dry.

    Would it be nice if Seung Hoon somehow become their rescuer and they live happily ever after?

    • 31.1 Mystisith

      Seung Hoon to the rescue. I could give anything to see that.

      • 31.1.1 kewbie

        That would be interesting, although my only problem with Seung-hoon helping them is that he might be like, now you guys owe me, and I really don’t want that to happen.

      • 31.1.2 Maymay

        It will be very ironic if Seung Hoon is the one who bring Eye Candy back together. He is the one out to destroy them in the first place. 🙂

      • 31.1.3 nuri

        @Kewbie : not really, i think Seung-hoon needs some growing up to do. he just needs some motivation and eyecandy is the trigger.

        everybody else already got their time to grow up, seung-hoon hasn’t. so maybe, its his time!

        • kewbie

          I agree he needs to grow up, but I don’t want him to do it by saving Eye Candy. They got enough problems of their own without their enemy saving their asses.

  32. 32 Stardust

    Thanks so much for the recap!!♥ I been living on these recaps…. Wanted to watch it all in one shot haha…

  33. 33 adette

    aww poop. after reading this, i’m definitely not emotionally stable enough to finish my paper… better go watch really cute puppies on youtube or something for awhile, then i’kk be ok. tears for all of them ;___;

  34. 34 Maymay

    Where is Rock Kim when we need him? Rock Kim, come back! The boys need your help.

    • 34.1 Ani

      I bet he’ll be around to help prod the boys into putting things back into place for the last two episodes.

    • 34.2 kewbie

      Seriously! I want Rock Kim to come back for the last 2 episodes and start a new indie record company so he can help the Eye Candy boys. Anything to get away from Hae-ri and Seung-hoon!

      • 34.2.1 alua

        Yes! I second that! Rock Kim at least gets what makes the boys so awesome!

        • kewbie

          Just saw the preview for episode 15. Rock Kim is back!!!!


          • Maymay

            Yay! Three cheers for the return of Rock Kim!!!

  35. 35 cg96

    This episode is so sad that I had to run to the bathroom and bawl my eyes out after reading the recap.
    I want happy tears for next week’s episode please.

  36. 36 shl

    Thank you, Girlfriday! This is an awesome series, and you write awesome recaps!

    I can’t believe how the writer(s) managed to keep the story going, and so coherently, for the entire series, without having to resort to over-dramatics and improbable plot devices. I love the characters and the way they are developed (with the exception perhaps of Pyo-joo and Doe-mi, who are pretty one-dimensional). Who’d have thought that angst, identity crisis, friendship, young love, passion, could be so compellingly written and acted!

    I’m scared, though – it’s all going to be ok, right? This isn’t going to be one of those dramas with ‘realistic’ endings, where the boys move to different cities, drift apart, never see each other again (except at High School reunions 20 years down the road) and never play music together again? Can it all be wrapped up in 2 episodes? Argh!

    btw, do you know if the writer(s) has/ have done anything else? After watching this drama, I’d love to see what else he/ she/ they has/ have written. Good stuff. Great stuff!

    • 36.1 skelly

      Soompi lists the PD/writers as follows:

      Director: Lee Kwon
      Screenwriter: Seo Yoon-hee

      I did a search, but I can’t find anything else by that writer. If they are just starting out, that is good news for us – this is a fabulous ‘maiden voyage’ then, and no doubt this writer will be offered more jobs in the future.

      • 36.1.1 shl

        Hi Skelly, thanks for the information! Definitely going to watch out for more shows by the writer 😎

  37. 37 Ani

    How can feel I ecstatic, all around happy about an episode (Do-il kissed her! Do-il kissed her! HE KISSED HER!) and be awfully sad about the going ons? Wow, now I want Monday here asap! And I hate MONDAYS! *knocks self straight into Monday* XD

    • 37.1 Ani

      P.S. Anyone here have an idea of what the ratings have been for SUFBB? I’ve been looking everywhere (yeah, even allkpop) but no numbers. Anyone with better googling skills out there?

      • 37.1.1 kewbie

        Sometimes they list them on Soompi forums. On Koreandrama.org, the ratings go only to 2/14/12, for some reason. I think there’s another page but I have to search a bit more…

      • 37.1.2 girlfriday

        Very well for cable. Started out high 1%, reached high 2%, lately hovering in mid-2s, around 2.39% or so. It’s regularly first place in its timeslot.

        • Ani

          Oh thank goodness. People have been saying it’s not getting enough attention, and I can understand after the ratings high for a cable show from the Ramyun Shop boys how 2% might not be enough. But 1% really is still the aim for cable right now. Phew! One worry off my mind. Thank you for sharing.

  38. 38 AnnaSoWhat

    I. Can’t. Take. This. This episode….waaaaaay to emotionally traumatic.

  39. 39 miharu

    just when i thought i’ve had it the worst with jihyuk/hyunsoo fight yesterday, the show just had to come up with flashback of the band’s happy moments and that was it; i burst into tears right there and then, because it just hurt so much ;__;

    and hyunsoo, oh hyunsoo. why you no call jihyuk right after you heard about the band? why hyunsoo. WHY.

  40. 40 ___


    I love this drama. <3 Gah. It's so good.

  41. 41 Mystisith

    Thanks for the recap!
    You know, i think i will wait for the last 4 eps to be subbed next week, then i’ll marathon them. This way i won’t stay one week with a knot on my stomach. And panda eyes are ugly on me… Seriously, do they want to kill all of us?

    • 41.1 sally_b

      Hey Mystisith…I had promised myself that I’d wait for the subs for the last 4 episodes….with no success.

      I read the recaps here….then I’m doomed. (gotta watch the raws)

      random p.s. …am totally hooked on Do-il. Thought early-on he’d be a shampoo-commercial-boy who just stood around looking silky…but I’m smitten now.

    • 41.2 skelly

      Mystisith, once again we are on the same wavelength. I saw this coming, and stopped watching at episode 10. I’ll read the recaps but I am not going to watch until it is all over and subbed. That way I can get through the angsty parts quickly, like ripping off a Bandaid, and if there is a sad ending Dramabeans will have prepared me.

      • 41.2.1 Mystisith

        Exactly. Don’t want to see those characters suffer so much. I just can’t handle it. I feel like it’s completely unfair and i could end punching my PC if i watch this now. And i would regret it after, cause i couldn’t stalk DB anymore. Plus it’s my life line for dramas. Definitely a bad idea.

  42. 42 Geneva

    Self made families are both a real life love of mine and one of my absolute favorite things to watch, and this drama does it so well. Now they just need to get the fam back together so I CAN STOP CRYING. But I know the angst is the actually relevant kind most dramas only dream about, so I’ll embrace it. With salty salty tears.

    But really, fame or romance aside, it’s the THEM of it all I really care about. Don’t fail me now, show!

  43. 43 Anvesha

    Well, at least the break-up was understandable… they both knew the reason and why they had to do it.

    Awwww the bromance is just awesome.. this drama is one of the best bromance stories! I just hope, the whole noble idiocy is sorted out soon.. Ji Hyuk is doing it so Hyun Soo won’t feel guilty, but, when he finds out about the truth since he broke up with Su-ah, he will be more guilty!

    Well, you need to have some drama, so, I’m fine with it.

    I’m waiting for the reunion.. it better be epic. I want some awesome Ji-hyuk/Hyun-soo scenes!!!

  44. 44 Ashley

    Tears are rolling down my face as I am typing these words, I cannot believe this is how they are going to leave us with only two episodes to go. Do-il a beat-up mess, Kyung-jong Busan bound, and Ji-hyuk’s guitar turning into firewood. The writers are badass, and I LOVE THEM! As everyone has been saying, they have done such a good job avoiding overused cliches and have kept this show fresh.

    That being said, I am afraid the last two episodes might be the ruin of this show for me. There is no way to restore the friendships, the band, and the Ji-hyuk/Su-ah relationship in such a short time without being unrealistic (or using time leaps which are usually cheesy). As much as I liked Ji-hyuk and Su-ah together, all I want is a restored bromance, THE END. They are still in high school, so its not like they were going to get married. Bro’s over ho’s! Also giving them a record deal by the end seems like to much of a sugar coating for me.

    A realistic vibe is the direction the writers wanted to take the show, and I fluffy bunny love it!!!! I am hoping they have the balls to stick with their decision and not give us a happily ever after ending.

  45. 45 FunnyBunny

    “Ji-hyuk’s voice starts to shake, as he asks if they’re really going to quit, but you can see it on his face—the panic is really in the un-asked question, Are you really going to leave me?”
    I don’t know why, but that’s the line that broke me and I just started bawling.
    At first what I liked about this show was that there was really no clear cut direction like in rom coms-plot point A to plot point B to plot point point C the end-but now I kind of missing that safe predictability. I knew the fights and Hyun-soo leaving was a given, but I didn’t expect a knock down drag out fight that shattered the band into pieces with everybody miserable and Ji-huyk teetering on the brink of insanity. I mean, he freaking BURNED his guitar. I get it, it’s the symbol of the band and the family it brought him, but still that’s pretty freaking destructive for angst.
    We have one week left with the boys of Eye Candy and as silly as it sounds I wish we had more like 20 more weeks with them. I mean there’s so much more you could do with this concept.

    P.S. WTF dramagods?Did I not pray hard enough? Should I have lit more candles? I asked for lots of happy and instead you ripped out my heart, stomped on it with cleats, beat it with a sludge hammer and then put it in a blender. Not cool.

  46. 46 Jennyforthewin

    Is this show good or is this show good?

    Hold on, let me answer that myself. My gawd, this is a roller coaster they got going here and though im not on the verge of tears, it still hurts! Can’t we all just be a happy family. Oh so delusional. Gosh their relationship is so screwed up and I know it’ll work itself out in the end but I want it to happy like RIGHT Freakin’ NOW! I can’t take it haha. Do il, can he just marry me? But I cannot believe the only levelheaded one is becoming unleveled, can I just say how jealous I was of that kiss? Even more than the on with jihyuk though his jaw line was amazing. Anyway, thanks for the recap 🙂

  47. 47 stars4u

    I want my bromance back!

  48. 48 almontel

    i hope this is the last part i’d cry on this drama…

    yup you said it…how low can you go? isn’t this rock bottom already?

    i’m sure that the silver lining will somehow re-appear next week and we’d see the whole bromances again!

    i love the chicken story..i just wish it was longer…

  49. 49 almontel

    i just wanted to say Happy Bday to Hyun Soo’s ‘L’….

    happy to see his ‘real’ bandmates join him and the flower boys in celebrating his special day!!!

  50. 50 Hanna

    That chicken flashback completely killed me ughh I spent most of this episode in or near tears :'(

    What an episode to air on L’s birthday..

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