Drama Recaps
Flower Boy Next Door: Episode 1
by | January 7, 2013 | 146 Comments

Adorable. The next installment of tvN’s Oh Boy series is here with Flower Boy Next Door, and I’m happy to report it’s as zippy and fun as advertised. It’s closest to Flower Boy Ramyun Shop in tone—a wacky comedy with heightened situations and quirky characters.

But more importantly, our Miss Lonelyhearts at the center of it all has depth and heart, and I can’t wait to find out how all these guys will start to disrupt her little bubble, and shake her out of her comfort zone.


“외톨이야 (I’m a Loner)” – CN Blue [ Download ]

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EPISODE 1: “I Steal Peeks at Him Every Day”

We open on details inside our heroine’s apartment. She raises plants. She’s a copywriter. She keeps stacks of takeout coffee cups and rows and rows of water bottles. And her alarm rings in the morning with the message: “His wake-up time.”

She pops up, not in bed, but in the middle of her living room floor, snuggled in a sleeping bag, with warm bottles of water used for heat to keep her expenses down. This is our heroine, GO DOK-MI (Park Shin-hye).

After she gets up, she carefully sticks her hand outside her front door—just a hand—to reach for her carton of milk. It comes with a post-it attached: “A lovely day!” with a drawing of a boy and girl. She adds it to a stack.

She opens up her curtains, which gives her a clear view straight across the alley and into her neighbor’s apartment in a building that’s taller and fancier than hers. She follows along with everything he does, from morning exercise to breakfast to laundry, as if they’re doing them together.

She waves goodbye as he leaves for work, and she puts down her binoculars with a wistful sigh.

Elsewhere, someone has a very different morning, making a giant mess that spills over into the seat next to his on a plane. A flight attendant scowls at the mess… until ENRIQUE GEUM (Yoon Shi-yoon) looks up at her and smiles. She’s a goner.

He gets up and makes his way to the back of the plane, slaying more women with his smile, until he reaches a little boy who’s been crying and screaming. He sticks a moving-through-space screensaver up with his tablet, and presents a paper robot. That’s what you were doing? So. Cute.

I love the running bit with him—he’s so handsome he literally puts smiles on people’s faces everywhere he goes. It’s hilarious.

The man at customs isn’t so easily impressed, assuming he doesn’t understand Korean because of his foreign passport. But Enrique busts out his perfect Korean, blathering on about how his father never let him speak Spanish at home, and how he was once tested as a genius at the age of nine.

And then he takes a look at his assistant’s nametag (it says gyo-yook-saeng = trainee) and calls out cheerily, “Bye Yook-saeng noona!” LOL. So, not so much a genius.

He gets a celebrity’s welcome out of the gate, with reporters scrambling to ask him if he’s been scouted to work elsewhere and if he plans to leave Sola Studio. He doesn’t say.

His attention shifts at the arrival of YOON SEO-YOUNG (Kim Yoon-hye). They smile at each other. Ah, this must be what he meant when he told the customs officer his reason for coming here was cupid’s arrow.

We shift to another introduction—two well-dressed guys turn heads as they music-video-strut their way down the street. This is OH JIN-RAK (Kim Ji-hoon) and YOO DONG-HOON (Go Kyung-pyo), and they enjoy the attention.

Turns out they got all dressed up to hear the verdict on their latest webtoon, Zombie Soccer. The editor tells them it wasn’t picked up, because it plagiarized a video game.

The boys argue that a game and a webtoon are totally different things, and besides, how would they get permission from some Spanish game developer? She points out that said game-maker—Enrique Geum, naturally—just landed in Seoul minutes ago.

They get the brush-off from the editor, and Dong-hoon whines that they can’t throw away all their work like this. Shouldn’t they show her the latest drawings? He flips through Jin-rak’s sketches, and stops at one that doesn’t belong in the zombie soccer lot—a girl.

That sparks an idea, and Jin-rak shows the editor. The story he pitches: a girl, trapped in her apartment and the guys who surround her. The editor deadpans, “And she’s a zombie and he’s a vampire? So overdone.” Ha.

He quickly says this story will be nothing like that. It’ll be a realistic melo, all about the everyday life of this one girl, and all her neighbors… and it’ll be called “Flower Boy Next Door.” Ah, I see, it’ll be a webtoon-within-a-drama. She lights up.

Back to Enrique, who asks if Seo-young really feels nothing even though they haven’t seen each other in a year. She steals his lollipop and says he hasn’t changed one bit—he’s still the cocky and self-absorbed guy from before. She doesn’t say it meanly, but like an old friend.

He does notice that she’s freezing and zips her up in one of his jackets, and then pauses when he’s within kissing distance. He starts to lean in…

…and chomps down on the lollipop in her hand. You big tease.

Dok-mi gets a call from one of her freelance copy-editing jobs, and insists that the drop-off be at the post office rather than her home, and can’t bring herself to ask for payment, even though it’s backed up, and she clearly needs the money.

The neighbors from her building are being organized downstairs in a small protest to get some payment out of the new officetel that was built so tall it ruined their view, and the security guard calls out Dok-mi as “Apartment 402” over the PA system to say that she’ll start being fined if she doesn’t attend the building meetings.

It’s news to Dong-hoon that a young lady lives next door, since he’s been crashing at Jin-rak’s place for a while and he’s never seen her. He takes one look at the apartment fees and complains that she gets charged less for heating and such, because she lives alone.

While that’s going on down in the street, Dok-mi checks on her neighbor across the way, or his dog, really. She’s surprised to see that he stopped by home in the middle of the day. She watches through her binoculars as he answers a hurried phone call and leaves a boiling kettle teetering on the edge of his dining table… right over his sleeping dog. Eeep.

Dok-mi watches in a fright as the kettle teeters and falls, and she lets out a yelp. In a panic, she runs downstairs. She almost catches up to him as he pulls out of the driveway, but Dong-hoon stops her to introduce himself and ask about her heating bill.

Jin-rak notes her presence with curiosity, and the security guard thinks she’s finally heeding his warning to join in the building’s meetings.

But Dok-mi is only focused on the dog, and so she grabs a taxi to follow her mystery man. She sticks her head out the window to get his attention, and finally catches up to him on foot…

But once she’s actually within touching distance, she can’t bring herself to tap him on the shoulder.

She stops there in the street, unable to make contact. She finally screws up her nerve to shout, “Your dog is hurt!” but suddenly another man steps right in her path, startling her. Lee Jong-hyuk? What are you doing here?

Elsewhere, Enrique asks Seo-young if she didn’t miss him, and says, “I missed you. Every single day.” She slaps him upside the head and says she missed him too, but they obviously mean it in two very different ways.

He says he’s planning to play cupid, but has to be careful because cupid’s arrow has a way of making things complicated. “So I’m going to ask. Your love… is it Han Tae-joon?”

And back in the street, a group of guys picks up Dok-mi’s mystery man, calling him Tae-joon. Aha.

Dok-mi is frozen in place, and it turns out Lee Jong-hyuk is a random fortuneteller type, trying to fish for customers in the street. But the funnier thing is that she’s crazier than he is, and starts to unload her problems.

She says it was autumn the last time she was out in the world. She looks up at the sun, which takes her to a flashback, to the moment she first saw Tae-joon in a park on a fall day. She followed him and watched as he picked up a puppy in a box and took him home.

She says in voiceover that she found out what love at first sight meant, and felt as though she had loved a short while and parted with him. She wanted everything to remind her of that fall day, and we watch as she comes home with those yellow binoculars on a whim.

She plays around with them in her apartment, and lands on the window across the way, and in walks Tae-joon with his new puppy. Her jaw drops. She says she thought of it as fate.

Of course it’s only after telling the whole story that it dawns on her she forgot about the dog, and she runs off.

Back to Enrique, who asks it again: “Your love… is Han Tae-joon, right?” Seo-young doesn’t answer, but it’s written all over her face. He laughs it off and says the seriousness doesn’t suit her.

She says she’s sorry, but he doesn’t blame her in the least, and offers to make her his special spaghetti, at Tae-joon’s place. Oh, is he your bestie too? That’s not awkward.

Dok-mi makes her way back, and Jin-rak is surprised to see her run into the building across the way. And he and Dong-hoon are even more shocked when Enrique Geum gets out of a taxi and heads into the same building.

Dok-mi sits at Tae-joon’s door, calling out to the dog and sick with worry. She baby-talks and asks if he’s very hurt, and of course it’s the exact moment that Enrique shows up behind her, “Ajumma, what’re you doing?”

Shocked, she crawls away on her hands and knees in horror.

Jin-rak stalls the elevator, and Dok-mi comes up but stops short when she sees other people inside. Dong-hoon invites her to get in, but she won’t. The doors close and Jin-rak says she can’t anyway—”it’s not in her personality.”

Dong-hoon tries to figure out which apartment Enrique moved into, and Jin-rak pulls him away from the window before he gets himself arrested for peeping.

Enrique settles into Tae-joon’s apartment and peers out at Dok-mi’s building, gaping at how old it is, and that he could probably shout across the way and be heard.

Dok-mi is shocked to see a stranger standing in Tae-joon’s apartment, “Who are you?”

Enrique can sense someone looking at him, and peers back at Dok-mi’s window. She hides, and then peers back, and they go back and forth, trying to see the other person.

Enrique finally turns away… and then whips around to try and catch her, so she ducks down like a crazy person.

Later, she goes down to throw out the trash, and stops to organize the recyclables properly. Jin-rak watches, keeping his distance.

She starts to narrate about unrequited love, as we see her type away at her desk. Aw, is she a writer?

Dok-mi: How timid and frail is unrequited love? A place you entered of your own accord, but you’re trapped inside, unable to find an exit. He doesn’t know a thing, and could one day leave my line of sight, and the love ends passively. A love that does not bloom flowers, and thus cannot dream of bearing fruit. A love like a seed that is forgotten. That is unrequited love.

Tae-joon comes home at the crack of dawn, and smiles to see Enrique passed out on his couch. He goes to tuck him in, when Enrique shouts at him and jumps up with a hug, “Hyuuuuuuung!” Wait, what?

Oh my god, are they brothers? Dude. Tae-joon calls him by his nickname, Kkae-geum, and Enrique starts immediately whining for hyung to buy a bigger tv.

Okay, they can’t be brother-brothers, because they have different last names, but they’re not friends (whereas Jin-rak and Dong-hoon’s hyung-dongsaeng relationship is clearly of the friend variety). Maybe they’re cousins?

Enrique adorably aegyos him into all sorts of changes, but Tae-joon holds his ground and says no. Immediate pouting. Yeah they’re family for sure, right?

Dok-mi wakes up in the morning and goes to the window while brushing her teeth… and is greeted by a strange sight. A guy gets craned up to her window holding a box, and he smiles brightly at the sight of her, freaking her out.

It’s her new neighbor, who’s moving in down the hall.

At the same time, Dong-hoon sees a note wedged into Jin-rak’s door, and it’s from “Apartment 402.”

Dok-mi peers over at Tae-joon with her binoculars and smiles in relief to see that his dog is perfectly fine. When he goes into the bedroom she scans her way back to the living room… where Enrique is glaring Right. At. Her.

What… are you wearing? That’s beside the point though, as he looks her straight in the binoculars, and motions with his fingers, I’m watching you. Hee. Also, oh crap.

She freaks out and closes the blinds in terror. Enrique won’t leave it at that, and runs out in nothing but shorts and a trench coat (Who looks crazy now?) muttering the whole way over that he knew he felt someone watching him last night.

At the same time, the new neighbor starts packing a basket of pastries and practicing his greeting to introduce himself. He heads out…

Jin-rak reads the note and opens his door…

And Enrique storms out of the elevator, counting the doors, until he lands on 402…

He rings the doorbell, and Dok-mi peeks out the peephole and freezes.


Oh dear, so much confrontation for the girl who can’t handle confrontation. The first episode was a lot of introductions, but I think it did a good job of throwing us into a world that feels lived in. We don’t dwell on things and not everything comes with a glaring neon sign, which is nice. But there are key context clues about what kind of person Dok-mi is (a stickler for the rules, a penny-pincher by necessity, a dreamer, a writer, and someone who’s terrified of making a connection), the ways Enrique’s relationships have shifted while he was away, and how Jin-rak might have been watching Dok-mi from afar for a very long time.

I like that Go Dok-mi (whose name means literally “lonely beauty”) actually does feel her loneliness and dream of a love that doesn’t leave her feeling so empty or trapped inside herself. Even if her habits are strange, she’s immediately relatable because she seems self-aware, and she struggles against her nature to assert herself to her boss or take a step outside her apartment.

Enrique is her total opposite, of course, and seems highly sensitive to what other people are about, even though he couches everything in jokes or cute antics. Already he’s a riot, and I’m really glad to have a hero who isn’t some dark broody cloud, because we have enough of those in dramaland. It’s nice to have a bright bubbly hero for once. And how great is it that she’s built her entire safety net around being invisible, and he insists on seeing her?

All in all a great first outing—the characters pop, the humor is there, and the conflicts have lots of potential. It feels zippy because we move in and out of characters’ lives without lots and lots of forced exposition, and we’re left to puzzle things together like how Tae-joon fits into everyone’s lives, or how much Jin-rak knows about Dok-mi. I’m laughing out loud and wanting more, which makes me a happy camper.


146 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. flibbet

    woah, what a fast recap!! so excited for this drama, thanks gf ^^

    • 1.1 pabo ceo reom

      Been meaning to watch this but got busy and caught up with watching School 2013. But seriously, I’m totally digging this new Flower Boy installment! Bring it, Flower Boys!

    • 1.2 lolcoolcat123

      If anyone wants to watch dramas, go on gooddrama.net or dramanice.com! I live in India and unfortunately 🙁 dramafever and viki are not available here! WHY????? So if anyone wants to watch korean dramas and dramafever or viki are not available go on these websites. Again-Gooddrama.net and Dramanice..com ;D

      Btws, just starting watching this drama and so far…..IT ROCKS!! Love it! as we can see there are two “stalkers” and unrequited loves here (one is dok mi and other is jin rak)! So cute. It’s good that I don’t have to wait for like 7 days for new episodes. One advantage of watching dramas after they have ended. One more advantage is that you don’t need to watch the whole drama which turns out to be bad. We already know which dramas we have to avoid thanks to dramabeans and other websites! Have a nice day!! 😀

  2. rainbow

    thanks….will watch the episode first and then come back to read

  3. Sunshine

    lol this is so sweet and cute! i cant wait for the next one!!

  4. jae

    wow.. park shin hye looks so cute in here and of course the boys! please be a good & fun drama ^^

  5. DAEBAK!

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA thank u thank u thank u thank u ^^ jumps up & down*runs to read*

  6. am

    Yeaaaaa! Lookin’ good for a first episode…need the 2nd asap!

    Thank you Girlfriday 🙂

  7. Mari

    Thank you!!! I can’t wait to watch this!!
    Like I said before, panda hats will forever make me laugh. 🙂

  8. Peridot

    Does anyone know where I can watch the first episode with subs? The last time I checked, Viki still does not have the license. Thank you.

    • 8.1 hipployta

      Dramafever seems to have it

      • 8.1.1 Carole McDonnell

        yay! thanks!

      • 8.1.2 Peridot

        Thank you. I actually found the first episode on gooddrama.net.

  9. V

    The license is pending at Vikii. Whyyyyyyyyyyy.

  10. 10 Choco

    Thanks for the recap ^^ This looks interesting, can’t wait to watch it.

  11. 11 Aqee

    Soo far..soo gooodddd 🙂

  12. 12 JW

    LOVE!!! They are all so CUTE!!!

  13. 13 damianna

    oooh!!! thanx gf. hope u r going to keep recapping this. i dare not read the whole thing for i cant take reading before watching. but i take ur word for it (as i’ve always did). but i think with this one, the whole world could diss it for all i care, but i wont turn myself away from this. NEVER.

  14. 14 hallyuholicmom

    already? thanks so much for this super fast recap. i watched it last night but due to my very limited korean knowledge, i can only guess as much. i had so many laughs and open-mouth ohhsss (not meant sexually 🙂 ) because of the flower boys. i’m also satisfied with the just normal neighborhood setting. not so fancy.

  15. 15 Ally

    Thank You!

    Can some reccomand a wed site where I can watch this drama??
    It’s not on viki.

    • 15.1 hallyuholicmom


      • 15.1.1 TammieR

        Uh. Dramacrazy only has them with Japanese/raw. No go on the English that we’re ALL DYING FOR!!!!! *sigh* How I wish I spoke Korean.

        • Gom

          Still no English subs. I’M LITERALLY DYING NOW. T.T

          • Ennayra

            I thought I was missing something when I couldn’t find this with subs yet. Guess I can only read the first little paragraph before the recap starts. I’m so glad that blurb is there! I can be satisfied for now. :-/

    • 15.2 Gom

      @Ennayra Yeah, me too. I thought there was something wrong. But I keep refreshing just in case. I really want to watch it. Like right now. I also didn’t read the recaps yet, though I know for sure it’s going to be amazing (girlfriday fangirl here lol). I want to watch it first. Come on, subbers, you can do it, fighting!

    • 15.3 hipployta

      I believe Dramafever is getting it

    • 15.4 Peridot

      This first episode is available on gooddrama.net (that’s where I watched it). Someone also told me that it is available on dramafever.

  16. 16 Jacky Ubiles

    Thanks for the recap!

    That scene (and screen caption) of Enrique giving the “I’m watching you sign” plus his mean glare (and his crazy outfit) never fails to make me laugh like a loon. Dok-mi’s loneliness really touched my heart (which I usually keep enclosed in a thick layer of ice). Can’t wait for the next episode.

    • 16.1 Jacky Ubiles

      Forgot to mention that I read somewhere else that, Enrique and Tae-joon are cousins.

      • 16.1.1 hallyuholicmom

        i think i’ve read in thetalkingcupboard that they’re indeed cousins. 🙂

  17. 17 Rashell

    This seems like the sweet light rom-com I’ve been waiting for. It already has heart but doesn’t feel heavy. I love our heroine and am pleasantly surprised to already love the hero. I know my heart will break for second lead Jin-Rak who is already being set up as the daddy long legs for our girl. I just can’t wait to watch her being pulled out of her shell by this group of handsome boys barreling into her life. So can’t wait for the next episode.

    • 17.1 Jacky Ubiles

      I thinks that Jin-Rak is the one leaving her the post it notes on the milk cartons. Poor guy 🙁

      • 17.1.1 Mystisith

        I think you’re right. Since he draws for a living, I bet than if you take the pile of post-its and “play” them frame by frame, it will become a story.

        • Rashell

          Yeah, I’m willing to bet money he’s the milkman. But I hadn’t thought about the notes being an anime, but you’re probably right Mystisith. Nice catch.

        • pillowhead

          oh! that’s a very cool thought. 🙂

  18. 18 sam

    Thank you so much; looking forward next episode. already love it ^^

  19. 19 Bu Young

    I watch the first 10 minutes and Yoon Si Yoon is so perfect

    • 19.1 nora

      agree with you!!!!!!!! he’s such a cute,bubbly guy!! i really love his character and it’s really suit on him!!

    • 19.2 ma bb

      look at his ear,,, he has a strange ear ha ha

  20. 20 Mystisith

    A drama where light is everywhere, including at the end of the tunnel (without being a train). Something light but not lacking a good plot or decently written characters. Refreshing and heartwarming. Definitely a good introduction. Can’t wait for ep 2!

  21. 21 crazykel

    I watched episode 1 earlier, and I thought about PSH’s character. I think I’m really going to like this, because, though I’m not as extremely introverted as Go Dok Mi, I am in quite a lot of ways like her (writer, frugal, lives in a place with little heat, etc.), and I want to see how she will grow.

    I love Yoon Shi Yoon already. I agree with the recap; I like that Enrique is upbeat and goofy rather than broody (although I like broody). I can’t wait to see what’ll happen next!

  22. 22 Julia

    I’m ready for a happy place to visit in my weekly KDrama watching. I had high hopes for Full House Take 2, but ended up feeling frustrated with Man-Ok’s lying without consequences. I adored Flower Boy Ramyeon Shop, although I was in love with Pillar instead of the high school student.

    Fingers crossed I can dive right in to this series with my whole heart and not get disappointed like BIG.

  23. 23 Abbie

    Okay, I honestly forgot this show started today. I saw when I came to the sight, and I was liked “Oh yeah! This starts tonight!” So, I’m so happy!

    I think Park Shin-hye is one of the best actresses of her generation, and I think she really embodies Dok-mi well. I’m so happy she’s in this show as the lead.

    Yoon Shi-yoon is relatively unfamiliar to me. I don’t think I’ve seen him in anything (at least not anything I remember outright), so I’m looking forward to seeing him in this. I like his character, but I like Dok-mi more.

    The others I don’t recognize other than Kim Yoon-hye. But, I’m really happy with what we’ve got so far. And how cool was it the Lee Jong-hyuk cameoed?! I LOVE him so much. He’s awesome.

    I’m looking forward to episode 2!

    Thanks for the recap, Girlfriday!

    • 23.1 Rovi

      How can you NOT know Yoon Shi-yoon (aside from the facts that both he and Park Shin-hye were in MAMA’s Red Carpet (and also the subject of a joke that he was peeking at PSH’s decollatege d/t a picture when he fact he was looking way down since girl just got her dress ripped by her heels), and were presentors of the “New Asian Artist Group”, to EXO)???

      He was in
      -“High Kick 2”, where he played Daniel Choi’s nephew when in fact both are ’86-liners along with Yunho and Sungmin…
      -the undeserved (at least in JB’s view) 2010’s national drama “Baker King Kim Tak-goo”, playing who else, Kim Tak-goo,
      -and the fail that was “Me Too, Flower” (if Kim Jae-won wasn’t taken out d/t injury)

      • 23.1.1 Laurita

        Abbie, you’re not alone, hahaha 🙂 I also don’t know any of the guys there (and I didn’t watch any of those three dramas), but I have to say – I like them all already.

  24. 24 xine

    Dear girlfriday – thanks so much! I am really pleased to see this lives up to the hype and the advance marketing was all there was. Also that Park Shin Hye has caught a fun, well crafted drama – I was never so disappointed for her as Heartstrings. And not to mention the flower boys all have acting skills and good looks. The only other great FB was Shut Up Flower Boy Band – FB’s Vegetable Store and Ramyun Shop were awful, I thought, and so this ran the same risk. So will watch!

    • 24.1 xine

      And, correction, it should have said above “and the advance marketing was NOT all there was”

    • 24.2 bernie

      FB vegetable store? do you mean bachelor’s vegetable store?? (if so, that drama isn’t part of the Oh! Boy series &was actually on a different channel entirely, so it seems a little odd [to me] to lump it with the TvN series~)

  25. 25 Gom

    GILFRIDAY! So, so fast! I haven’t even watched it yet and here you are. Thank you so much! I stayed up late last night to wait for English subs but I fell asleep. Will watch first and come back here. ^.^

    • 25.1 Gom

      Just watched it with English subs! Finally.

      It’s strange how 45 minutes felt too short for me. Maybe because I was loving it so I didn’t notice the time pass at all.

      I like how PSH is handling Dok Mi here. I’m already dying to know how Dok Mi got herself into this kind of situation. Her ways are so… odd. And the more she shows another one of her strange antics, the more I get interested!

      Despite her being totally weird, though, I find myself relating to her character even more than the typical K-drama heroine (the usual poor, hardworking, kindhearted, warm, bright-as-the-sunshine). Maybe because in real life, a lot of us actually have this side of Dok Mi. We may not take it to her level (if only we can), but all the same, we put up walls and layers to block off people and with that, feelings. We’re not the happy, sunshiny, always-look-at-the-bright-side K-drama characters. At least not most of the time. There’s a Dok Mi in each of us.

      Drama, I already love you.

      P.S. Yoon Shi Yoon is an adorable panda. No further questions shall be entertained.

      • 25.1.1 jademwong

        Wonderfully said, Gom and I agree about Dok-Mi. I find myself being fond of her and already going through a million possibilities in my head that might had caused her extreme isolation. I’m leaning towards something with family, maybe something happened with her parents when she was young that traumatized her?

        Also, that panda scene. So. Much. Perfection xD. My heart’s breaking for Jin Rak already though sigh

  26. 26 crazedlu

    guuuuuhh. i liiiike. hee.

  27. 27 Yukito

    Thank u for the fast recap! I really need this recap bc there is nobody sub this drama. Keep up the good work!

  28. 28 jaz

    awwww! 1st ep and I’m hooked! Definitely going to watch this! Park Shin Hye is the best! I love the guys too…they’re not the typical boring ones…like the usual cliche drama types…this is the perfect drama to start the new year right! And GF…thanks for recapping super fast…I’m going to be a happy camper too…XD

  29. 29 Enz

    I am one of those who loved FBRS immensely and am enjoying this first episode too. It does have a very similar tone. My only gripe is the background music is a little too loud and a little distracting to me. Now I know what my friend was telling me when he couldn’t get past FBRS because he felt the background music was too distracting.

    It got better later in the episode though. Anyone else feel that dong jun looks a little and sounds a lot like siwon??

    • 29.1 kungfupigeon

      The actor that plays him (go kyung pyo) was on strong heart and brought up the time he pretended to be Siwon when Suju were on SNL Korea. He really did look like Siwon jr.

      • 29.1.1 a_diva

        go kyung pyo looks so much like choi siwon that it distracts me too much whenever i’m watching a drama with GKP. all i do throughout the drama is look at him, then pull up pics of CSW and compare and marvel and compare. it’s quite freaky to me b/c while i’ve seen ppl who look alike and have thought a certain celebrity looks like another, i really really have a hard time telling them apart. i wouldn’t be able to tell them apart if there weren’t credits or something else identifying which person is acting in the drama. i watched this episode not knowing that GKP would be in it and the only reason i knew it was him was b/c i knew CSW was in the king of dramas and wouldn’t be on two dramas at once.

        i’m waiting for the announcement that they’re twins or somehow biologically related b/c there does not seem to be another more logical explanation that two unrelated persons could look SO much alike . . .

      • 29.2.1 Enz

        Ahh thanks! If I closed my eyes, I would have thought it was siwonn’s voice. Then I opened my eyes, it even looks like siwon!!

      • 29.2.2 yammy

        omg. I watched that episode of snl and i didn’t even notice he wasn’t Siwon. omg. /Mindblown/ O.O!

    • 29.3 alua

      I didn’t like FBRS…. but I hope I’ll like this.

      The recap makes sound pretty promising and Enrique seems like a fun character. It’ll mostly depend on what Park Shin Hye’s character is like. If she’s a weak character I’m not going to be able to handle her, especially since she has to reconvene me to like her again after Heartstrings.

      Waiting for subs and will give the first episode a try, fingers crossed that I’ll like it!

    • 29.4 crazykel

      “Anyone else feel that dong jun looks a little and sounds a lot like Siwon?”

      I’m not the only one, thank heavens.

  30. 30 Song Harin

    thank you! ahhhh…..i love it! so cute, funny, and at the same time captivating haha….can’t wait for ep 2! ^_^ love Dok Mi. shin hye plays her character really good! the guys are all hot! ^_^

  31. 31 ms lonely heart

    Thank you for the recap. I love the drama.
    I love Dok Mi’s description of “unrequitted love”. I’m like Dok Mi. I can identify with her character – no life except the 4 corners of my flat.
    Waiting for ep 2 tonight.

  32. 32 Maricel

    I liked this very much….her acting is good and her character represents most of people and how we create barriers that exclude us from the world…

    The second male lead is so cute, the actor and the character, the way he understands Go Dok mi, and how he sees her is adorable. I hope he doesn’t get hurt….that much 🙁

    Enrique is nice and sooo adorable…they are going to be a sweet couple…
    Fw fbnd!!!!

  33. 33 Jumbalaya

    oh my this show is cuter than i thought it would be 🙂 i love Dok-Mi’s character…

  34. 34 creepy mcCreepster

    omg go dok mi is literally me are they romantising stalking now bc if so wow ok like here i was thinking i’m just another creepy af weirdo

  35. 35 Vice Pangit

    Thank you for the fast recap.

    I love this drama.

  36. 36 MeeisLee

    Super excited for this one since all the Oh Boy shows have been a hit with me already :).

  37. 37 Pakykul Gunk

    So cute!
    Thanks for the recap.

  38. 38 rynea

    So fast Girlfriday! Thank you so much!

    I’m loving the melancholic and wacky atmosphere of this drama. I already love Park Shin Hye and I’m so glad that I’m finding the actors likable as well. All in all, a light drama with just the right mix of sadness and wackiness. I bet they’ll dig deeper when they have to reveal the reason why Dok Mi shuts herself on the world. But for now, I’m just enjoying this like a wonderful home-brewed coffee. Just right for my taste.

  39. 39 Nilechoclat

    I want the song pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase 😀
    I love drama I want to know more cute ,funny ,and beautiful <3

    • 39.1 rhienz

      yeah! Great choice of song..
      Again, reading shin hye’s drama recaps while listening to Yong Hwa’s voice…
      OMG, what a pleasant! 🙂

  40. 40 TS

    OMG, too many characters.

  41. 41 yammy

    The minute after I finished watching the episode myself, my mom(the person I was worried getting caught by the whole time I was watching) came in with the episode on her ipod saying she wanted to watch it with me because (in her words) “even after watching only the first 2 minutes, the main girl character is JUST like you.” And I so sat down with her for a second run-through of the episode.

    Things I loved from the first episode:

    1. The fact that jin rok and dong hoon’s snazzy introductory scenes ended with them getting mercilessly shot down by an editor with huge eye bags. lol

    2.Wantanabe (?)’s first scene. he was just too smiley and happy!

    3. dok mi so connectable. Which is awesome since I didn’t feel so much of a connection with her when I read the webtoon that the drama is based on. The drama must be doing something right!

    4. how they explained why Enrique can speak korean so well. I know it was a small detail, and it wasn’t even explained in the original webtoon, but it shows how much effort the writers have put on. I just hope the following episodes are as good as the first one!

    • 41.1 Alvina

      yammy, do you know where I can find the webtoon? Perchance, has it been translated to english?

      • 41.1.1 Gom

        Me too! Is is it in Korean? Is there an English version? I want to read it too!

  42. 42 vipkate

    the girl version of Peeping Tom.. hehehe waiting for the subs..

    this drama looks fun.. (“,)

  43. 43 imanda

    thank you for this recap… ^^

  44. 44 Lulla

    You know what? I’m not that interested in rom-coms, but I like yoon shi yoon and this story sounds unique and interesting. Hmm..maybe I’ll continue to read the recaps before deciding whether to watch this or not.

    Thx for the recaps, girlfriday 🙂

  45. 45 Janice

    thanks GF,

    Oh !! not again !! second lead syndrome — Jin Rak !!!!!

  46. 46 Tsina

    I love this drama. the characters are perfect. flower boys and a younger ahjumma-looking recluse.

  47. 47 Alvina

    tvN is killing me with the stellar second leads. Hell, all of dramaland is killing me with the stellar second leads but never have I felt it so keenly than I have in the recent years 🙁 It’s as if someone has perfected the art.

    I’m already rooting for KJH and how ~real~ his character feel. I mean, his emotions and his expressions are so very true to how a man is in real life that it’s nice and oh so heartbreaking to see because I just.dont.know what’s going to happen to his character.

    • 47.1 akadougal

      It’s the lips isn’t it? haha. But, Alvina, remember Panda Pillar from Ramen Shop?!
      If it’s the same dynamic, we’re going to die.

      • 47.1.1 JoAnne

        Sigh. I miss that boy. I didn’t watch Standby…hopefully he’ll be in something else soon.

      • 47.1.2 DlaZack

        I KNOW. T______T

  48. 48 Almontel

    thanks for the recap…at least I’m happy even if it’s not subbed yet…

    park shin hye definitely embodied, Go DokMi’s character, and it’s only 1 ep…

    i’ve totally fallen for the second male lead, JiHoon definitely is a beautiful flower boy…and i love the fact that he’s ‘silently’ protecting our sweet girl…

    I love all the Flower Boy series, from Ramyun shop to BoyBand, i hope this series will rock even more!!!


  49. 49 h0ns

    Ooh… thank you GF.. and now I get it (I watched no sub.. and totally blank) so thank you…

  50. 50 Olive Soh

    tq GF

    This drama is about characters stalking each other !

    BUT one character obviously stood up !!

    that is — Jin Rak ! jin Rak! jin RAK !!!!!

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