Drama Recaps
Flower Boy Next Door: Episode 5
by | January 21, 2013 | 130 Comments

I really enjoy how small this story is. When you have a collection of characters this quirky, you don’t need high drama to make your story interesting—every little interaction is peppered with laughs, surprises, and depth. All we really do is follow the daily ins and outs of characters in and around this apartment complex, but I find that the time passes so quickly I’m always left wanting more. I feel a little like the crazy neighbor, pounding on the door for Show to come out and play just a little longer.

 
EPISODE 5: “I Make A Hundred Reasons to Run Into You By Chance”

Thanks to faulty electricity and ghost stories, Dok-mi and Enrique open their eyes from their freak collision to find that they’ve accidentally gotten to first base. They sure do take their time to un-lock their lips though. Just sayin’.

Enrique backs off and huddles in the corner like HE’s the one who just had a traumatic experience. He starts rambling that it was just an accident, and then realizes that Dok-mi hasn’t moved.

He waves his hand over her face to try and get her to snap out of it, and when she darts up, he crosses his arms over his chest and scrunches in fear—are you scared she’s going to hit you, or kiss you?

But Dok-mi runs outside, leaving Enrique wondering aloud, “What did I just do?”

She stands there, stunned for a while, until a flashback makes her smile. It’s Do-hwi, who says that she’ll break up with the first boy she kisses, to leave it as a pristine memory. She plans to kiss their teacher on the day they graduate, and never see him again.

Dok-mi says that’s ridiculous, and the girls giggle behind their books. Oh wow, this changes everything—they were friends? They were best friends, from the looks of things too.

And then Dok-mi says she’s going to be with her first kiss forever.

She comes back, and Enrique launches into this prepared defense about how he didn’t do anything wrong, really, really… only to have Dok-mi say without any reaction that it’s time to go if he sobered up enough to drive.

Back in the city, Dong-hoon continues to complain about Jin-rak’s taste in women, which blows up into another heated argument. This time Jin-rak asks for liquor, and for whatever reason, Dong-hoon’s eyes turn to saucers and he flips out.

He refuses to let Jin-rak drink, and literally shoves him out the door before he can argue. Hm, is he a mean drunk or an embarrassing one?

Dok-mi and Enrique get ready to leave, but then he darts back out at the last minute to bolster his sandcastle’s defenses against the waves. I don’t know why, but that wrings my heart, that futile hopeful exercise.

He does it with tears swirling in his eyes, as he thinks back to Dok-mi’s last passage that she wrote on her phone. He found it in the room and read it—the one about choosing to hide behind a bright smile and lies to cover her truth. I’m sure he knows a thing or two about that.

Jin-rak gets to drink after all, and about two bottles of soju in, he starts waxing poetic about how he likes Dok-mi as a human being, in a pure, untainted, soulmatey way.

Dong-hoon just nods, muttering to himself that he’s already exhibiting his drunk behavior—spouting random bits of English. Ha. Jin-rak says even his first meeting with Dok-mi was Fated to Be.

Flashback to the day he moved in… the same day that Dok-mi did. Their stuff got mixed up, and she came over to say that the box he was holding was hers, marked with a little smiley sun face. He was smitten right away.

Dong-hoon asks the obvious question—then why didn’t he get her number that day? Jin-rak scoffs at the idea of using such low, common tactics with his Dok-mi-sshi. I love that throughout the course of the night, she’s become “our Dok-mi-sshi.”

He insists that you can’t do that with a person like her. You have to maintain the proper distance! She has to be protected! Dude, you have some seriously Victorian fantasies. He finishes his speech in slurred English: “Y’know whatI’msayin’?” LOL.

Enrique pulls the car over for a few minutes with the excuse that he’s sleepy, and presents Dok-mi with a video on his phone, of a talking elephant. He says that this elephant was famous for speaking Korean, having learned it at the zoo where he grew up, all alone.

“He was so lonely, and wanted to communicate so badly that he learned the language of the zookeeper.” He suggests that Dok-mi try and learn a way to communicate with people too, instead of asking them to pretend they don’t know each other.

Dok-mi starts to cry, and he promises that the elephant got a happy ending—he got an elephant girlfriend, and no longer speaks Korean, because he can speak Elephant with her now. How cute.

Dong-hoon manages to get Jin-rak a few steps away from home, only he can’t seem to get him off the pile of recyclables sitting outside. Jin-rak keeps rifling through them, muttering to himself like a crazy person.

Dong-hoon decides now might be a good time to sate his curiosity, so he asks Jin-rak why he changed his name. Suddenly he answers in a completely sane-sounding tone, “I told you not to ask me about that” …and then lies down for a nap on the pile of trash.

He wakes up early the next morning, suspiciously at the same time that the milk delivery comes by. And this time, we see him in the act of sticking a post-it on Dok-mi’s milk carton.

He decides against it, and takes out a blank one and starts writing something different…

And then down in the street, Dok-mi and Enrique arrive after driving all night. Enrique tells her, “The sandcastle I built will be washed away by the waves soon, without a trace. Then our one-sided love and first love will be washed clean.”

She says thanks and sorry for last night, and makes her way toward the door. He sighs that she’s never once asked how long he’ll be in Korea, musing that she’s not interested in him. “Seo-young was the same. She was never interested in me, who lived next door, but only in my hyung who lived in Seoul.”

She tells him to enjoy the rest of his time here and go back safely, sticking to her guns about this being their last encounter. Suddenly he quotes her words, asking if she really thinks it’s true that lies are better than showing the truth.

She whirls around angrily, asking how he could read someone’s private diary-like thoughts. He says it was the first thing on the screen and he couldn’t help it, but he’s not going to lie about not reading it either.

He argues that even if he experienced the worst possible thing in life, the truth would be better. Dok-mi: “Have you ever experienced it? Lies that are like truth. That are so like truth that they become it. Please, forget me and forget what I wrote.”

He calls out to her that there’s no such thing as lies that become the truth. He tells her to look inside herself to figure out what went wrong. She doesn’t answer.

Inside, Jin-rak has just finished his new note: “Even if you’re far away, I know you. –This is Apt 401, Oh Jin-rak.” Finally, a confession.

He puts it down and turns around with a start… Dok-mi is standing there looking straight at him. Omo!

He scrambles up, looking like a crazy bedhead neighbor who might’ve been sleeping in the hall. He says he heard she might stay out all night from her friend, which isn’t making him seem any less crazy right now.

But it gives him a chance to take the post-it back as he hands her the milk carton. She doesn’t think much of it… until she sees him walk away with the post-it stuck to his ass. HA.

She goes inside and looks at her stack of milk notes. The little cartoons drawn on them are a little flipbook story of a boy who falls for a girl at first sight and proposes in the park with a bouquet of flowers. How adorable. She realizes now it was her next-door neighbor.

Jin-rak goes back and takes it out on Dong-hoon, of course, asking why he didn’t stop him. Dong-hoon wakes up groggily, wondering what the big deal is—what, did he confess his feelings to 402 while he was sleeping?

Jin-rak gapes, “How did you know?” Dong-hoon finds the incriminating post-it on Jin-rak’s backside, and they both scream, “OOOOOOH MYYYYYY GOOOOOOOD!”

Seo-young comes by to check on Enrique, complaining that Tae-joon is worried that he’s being avoidy. He makes her feel better by saying that means Tae-joon likes her. I don’t dislike Seo-young, but I wish she’d get a girlfriend for these kinds of conversations.

She marvels at how well she can see the next building from the window, and asks what that phrase is, written on rearview mirrors. Enrique smiles, realizing he had said the same thing to himself the first day he arrived and looked out the very same window.

“Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” He adds now: “They’re not actually as close as they appear.”

Do-hwi arrives in the neighborhood with her posse in tow, and goes from evil dictator to damsel in distress as soon as she sees Jin-rak and the boys on their way out.

As usual, she fails to get the attention of the one man she’s interested in, but quickly thinks of a way to keep seeing them. She offers Dong-hoon and Ryu jobs as models for her online shopping mall.

Her minions wonder what they’re supposed to do with male models when they only sell women’s clothing, and she says they’ll just have to expand. Dong-hoon tells Jin-rak that he’ll still draw webtoons when he becomes a famous Hallyu star, and boasts that 402′s friend hired him as a model.

Jin-rak stops in his tracks, “They’re really friends?” and turns right around, to go be polite and welcome her to the neighborhood. Ha, ulterior motives all around. He says that Dok-mi came in at the crack of dawn, “So it doesn’t count as staying out all night,” and she should wait till later in the day to see her.

But days pass and Jin-rak practically haunts the hall, but the door to 402 never opens once.

Inside, Dok-mi opens up her work in progress, called “That Woman.”

When she goes out into the world, that woman often becomes invisible. When she gets pushed aside by shoulders, stepped on by feet, and stuck in between the lines, she feels like she’s not visible to the world. So she hid in her room. The small room was soft and comfortable, like a nest to a bird that’s injured its wing. In that space, that woman can breathe freely. She never once missed the outside world or dreamt of it.

At least until now…
At least until now…
At least until now…
At least until now…

Her doorbell rings. As if on cue, Enrique calls out from the other side of her door, “Ajumma! *cough, cough* I caught a cold!” She rolls her eyes.

“I’m bleeeeding!” HA. When that doesn’t work, he comes back the next day with a shiny new pin in his hair.

“You left a hairpin in my car!” This is so cute I can’t stand it. Open the door!

The next day he comes back saying he can’t sleep because she owes him money. Thinking she’s sly, she texts him for his account number, but he doesn’t have one and refuses to give up Tae-joon’s. He warns her that he’ll be back.

Every day that he comes by, Jin-rak pokes his head out to do the whole grumpy old man fist-shake, all, Git offa my lawn! But really, he doesn’t say or do anything. That is, until one day when he’s finally had enough.

He puts on his coat and follows Enrique out. He calls out, “HEY!” Enrique turns around, and the music builds as Jin-rak walks up to him…

…And promptly starts coughing in embarrassment. Oh no. I’m laughing and cringing. He manages to eke out Enrique’s name, and Enrique perks up immediately, “Do you know me?” He jumps in delight to find a potential friend, wailing that he was so lonely.

Before Jin-rak has a chance to get a word in, suddenly Enrique is asking for his phone number (Interestingly he gives his real name Oh Jae-won instead.) and clinging to his arm like they’re going to be best pals.

He calls him hyung and finds out (from his shirt) that they’re soccer-fan rivals, “Who knew I’d meet a rival here?” Heh. Jin-rak finally finds a moment to ask why he’s here every single day pounding on 402′s door, and gets carried away with the yelling as he tells him to cut it out.

There’s an awkward silence… before Enrique apologizes for making so much noise, and drags his new bestie away to go play a round of Zombie Soccer. Hahahahaha. This is the best reversal ever.

Enrique’s sweetness is just more fuel to the fire, as Jin-rak becomes more and more incensed, thinking about him manhandling Dok-mi all the time.

He burns with fiery cartoony rage as they play. Because nothing says battle of manly honor like a video game, naturally. Enrique still beats him, and with a smile.

By morning, both Dong-hoon and Tae-joon are looking around for their respective bunkmates, who have spent the entire night camped out in the PC room becoming fast friends.

Enrique looks up at Jin-rak with this adoring puppy look, totally impressed that Hyung went to army and Hyung is all grown up and manly. Jin-rak says pointedly that he was special forces, and pretty much a trained killer. HA. I love these one-sided conversations where he thinks he’s saying So stay away from Dok-mi, only he’s not saying it at all.

Enrique says he’s good at running, so Jin-rak doesn’t pass up an opportunity for another competition. They race home, laughing and smiling.

Meanwhile, Dok-mi has finally run out of toothpaste and toilet paper, and is forced to venture outside for supplies. The boys happen to run past her, and Jin-rak thinks quickly, ending the race so he can go wait outside the door for her to come back home.

But Enrique saw her too, and he does the faster thing and walks right up to her on the street.

She ignores him, trying to will the food stand ajumma to pack up her lunch faster. Enrique just talks aloud anyway, “So you’re really going to pretend like you don’t know me, huh?”

He starts talking to the street vendor, pointedly calling her “Ajumma!” every time, making Dok-mi jump. Hee. She scurries away as soon as she has the chance.

Jin-rak waits by the door, writing something down and checking his hair every ten seconds. He doesn’t notice Do-hwi going into the building with a stack of rice cakes in her hands.

Dok-mi finally arrives, and he jumps into her path with a terrible rendition of: “Oh! What a coincidence! How weird to run into you like this!” He hands her the money she lent him to pay his rent.

She takes it and heads in without a word, so he tries to keep the conversation going, and finally manages to bring up the incident with the milk carton the other day. He starts and then has to pause, suddenly asking for a moment as he turns away to check his notes. Aw, for talking points? That is so cute.

He starts in on this really stilted and prepared speech, about how he lives close to her but doesn’t know her at all, the opposite of what he had written on the milk carton. He finally stops speechifying and admits that he’s really curious—if she’s eating well, if she’s happy in that room.

He says that writing little notes for a happy day was his own little happy secret, a game he played by himself. That suddenly reminds Dok-mi of what she called her own unrequited love—a secret game that started and ended with her.

He awkwardly sort of trails off and gives her an out, instead of sticking it through. He sighs at himself and follows her inside, not knowing what else to do.

And then in the distance, there’s Enrique, watching them with a curious expression. He sighs, “I must really be here to shoot Cupid’s arrow. There’s another couple right here.” He pouts, and then scampers off brightly.

Jin-rak follows Dok-mi into the elevator with this hangdog expression, apologizing if he’s burdensome in any way. He says he’ll stop the notes if she wants. “Don’t close your door any tighter because of it.”

He says he won’t even step onto her side of the hallway anymore, and she stammers “No… I like saving the pictures and flipping through them. Thank you.” He breaks out into the dorkiest smile ever, rambling on about how he drew them to be seen that way, like a flipbook.

Upstairs, Do-hwi arrives at Jin-rak’s door, where Dong-hoon opens the door nagging at hyung for staying out all night, only to realize it isn’t him.

She fixates on the staying out all night part… when Dok-mi and Jin-rak walk out of the elevator together. “Go Dok-mi…”

 
COMMENTS

What a great unexpected turn to have Enrique latch onto Jin-rak as a new friend. I can’t wait to watch more of their interactions, with all of Jin-rak’s stewing subtext and Enrique’s adorable hero worship. I hope he’s not going to take playing Cupid too far though, because that’ll just end in tears for everyone involved. But the petty rivalry in the form of video game wars? That I could watch all day.

I can’t say I find our antagonist Do-hwi very interesting as a character (she certainly serves her purpose in the story, but she isn’t very layered), though I do like that she and Dok-mi have a more complicated past with a real friendship behind it. I think we’ve seen enough hints at Dok-mi’s traumatic adolescence that I don’t necessarily want them to recover their friendship, as much as I’d like to see Dok-mi confront her to get past her pain. As much as Do-hwi’s presence will grate on her nerves, I hope it forces her to stop being outwardly nice.

In this episode we saw the first change in Dok-mi’s attitude about her four walls—before they were always her comfort, her safe little haven. But in today’s passage she describes being invisible in a negative way, being stomped on, passed up, and unseen. The very invisibility and transparency that Jin-rak thinks is her most winning trait is perhaps the one she dislikes the most about herself, and another way that she’s exactly the opposite of what she seems. I find her frustration with that to be so relatable—the idea that people won’t stop seeing you as one thing when the real you is the very opposite.

The fact that she likens herself to a bird that’s injured instead of happy, and finally admits to longing for a life outside felt like a signficant shift. I love this gradual development, because it’s not a happy or welcome change for her. I’m sure she’d rather be content to stay in there forever. But she’s changing against her own wishes, which means scary and unpredictable things for her, and great things for the story. Who knows, maybe she’ll give tongue-tied Romeo the milkman a chance (though if that makes him any less geeky, it would crush me), or she’ll finally open that door and learn to speak Elephant.

 
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130 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. grace

    oooh been waiting for this! off to read :)

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  2. Maricel

    Yay, i stopped lurking into other blogs, it is not worthy….just here…thank you!

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  3. UJ

    Just what I needed after studying all night! Thanks for the recap^^

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    • 3.1 UJ

      oh i like Enrique but i am so for the second lead here!
      plus looking at how Enrique actually sensed something b/w them, it shows that maybe he will try to hook them up too….i dunno if Enrique will end up with Dok Mi….or perhaps he is in the story to change Dok Mi and Jin Rak….Making Dok Mi more open to the people around her…and giving Jin Rak just the push he needs to confess to Dok Mi….
      plus i have though of it to be really fishy that Kim Ji Hoon gets cast in a drama and he doesnt get the girl….may be this drama is different from the others…may be here the first lead will actually create a love line between the leading lady and the dorky yet adorable second lead….
      This set up reminds me of Baker King Kim Tak Gu….where YSY actually lost his leading lady to Joo Won….so may be something like this again…..or may be i am being too hopeful…
      dont get me wrong i love our resident energizer bunny…but Jin Rak seems more romantic to me…and his milk notes/flip book should not go to waste….he put in a whole lotta dedication into it… what do you guys think?

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      • 3.1.1 rainaraina

        same here , I’m for the second lead all the way , it’s good to be full of energy but the I luv romantic people more , the guy was in luv with her since 3 years so I wish he will get her at the end :)

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        • 3.1.1.1 Mystisith

          I don’t want to rain on your parade but being first doesn’t mean anything: They have to mutually love each other & be compatible. Once Enrique will realize his feelings he will catch up quickly: The fact than “personal space” is an unknown notion to him will surely helps tremendously. ^^

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          • 3.1.1.1.1 JoAnne

            I do remember being completely surprised when I realized that Eugene was going to end up with Joo Won and not Yoon Shi Yoon – and I had that same moment of ‘ohhhh, look at this’ when Enrique noticed them as a couple. On reflection though….I still think it ends up Enrique/Dok Mi.

            Because it’s gonna be JoAnne/Jin Rak. Of course.

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          • 3.1.1.1.2 Amber

            I agree with you completely! I don’t see the second lead as being any more romantic than Enrique. It makes me sympathize for him slightly that he’s been admiring her from afar for so long (I won’t say love because his grasp of her personality is really off-base, so I don’t see how there can really be a basis for love without some understanding.)

            I love Enrique because even though he seems like her opposite he *gets* her, and is trying to actively help her.

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          • 3.1.1.1.3 UJ

            Ah but we are not talking abt anyone being anyone’s first here.. If we talk abt first then technically Dok Mi is fated to be with Enrique, considering how he is her first kiss (?).. Or if we talk abt first then Dok Mi’s first love is Tae Joon… But we know they are obviously not going to be paired up together…
            I was just saying that maybe this drama will go on a different trajectory then the other k dramas… They might give us an unexpected or unorthodox ending… Or maybe I am waaay deep into the 2nd lead loving syndrome ^^
            Plus we really don’t know how romantic Enrique is..Who knows he might turn into a big romantic energizer bunny :p plus he has a mature side to him, like how he gave up on his first love because he knew she loved someone else….. The drama clues tell me that he will get Dok Mi because he had a heart ache right at the beginning of the drama…. But who knows… I want this drama to surprise me :D
            As for Jin Rak…. He is a mysterious character…. If he doesn’t get the leading lady then I hope he has an amazing back story (with the whole pseudonym thing).. What if he himself is like a chaebol son… Something that he accuses his sidekick to be off…. Ufffff…….

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      • 3.1.2 JO

        Judging this drama from the promo pictures, it already tells us that Enrique will get the girl….although I want JinRak too..:(

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      • 3.1.3 camille

        yea, for once, a great twist at the end .rooting for jae won or jin rak for go dok mi!! c’mon, any girl in a real life would fall for jae won, nomatter how cute YSY is, he scares me ..

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  4. red

    another cute story! i love this drama. thanks for the recap! :)

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  5. Wishful thinking

    Thanks for the recap girlfriday!!! I watched it unsubbed but I can understand only a handful of korean phrases. I laughed when Jin Rak and Enrique were running back to Jin Rak’s apartment. They looked so happy, like best friends. lol. I am waiting for them to be actual rivals though.

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  6. snow_white

    thanks…..

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  7. pn

    “or she’ll finally open that door and learn to speak Elephant.” awwwwwwwww hope so

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    • 7.1 Mystisith

      I think she’ll need to use milk man’s jargon to talk to her new friend and some flame Energizer bunny speech to talk to her boyfriend.

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  8. Maris

    Loved your recap. Waiting for the subs and tomorrows episode.

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  9. Ally

    Thanks!!!

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  10. 10 dduk

    thank you for the recap!!
    and if anyone was wondering…. the video of the elephant who could talk is true….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLUz7E5gU2c

    here ya go!

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    • 10.1 watashiwachiaki

      whoa.. thanks… I was about to google it but then I realized that it’s probably not true..

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    • 10.2 Carole McDonnell

      There is also a video of a dolphin who learned to speak English. All the lonely animals out there.

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  11. 11 autleaf

    I love reading and breathing through recaps here on DB. So much thought being poured through in every recap that it is such a daily joy to peruse. Many times they make the dramas more beautiful, I’m shaking my head. Two thumbs aloft to GF, JB and the gang!

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    • 11.1 birdscout

      I agree! Dramabeans’ recaps are THE best! Ever since I read Girlfriday’s recaps of TWWSWTM, I’ve been a huge fan. The recaps for FBND are so insightful and fun, and get better with each episode! Thank you!

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  12. 12 Iskra

    I’m really enjoying YSY’s character, he’s all cute and bubbly, but at the same time he’s really noble and likeable, this drama is really warm and sweet.

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  13. 13 Jacqueline

    I normally hate guys who talk too much but Enrique is so insanely cute <3 Him with the hairpin

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    • 13.1 pogo

      Enrique with everything is just too cute.

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  14. 14 oozzeee

    ,thanks for the recaps..

    ,btw, anybody here listened to the all male DF podcast concerning FBND? I just can’t help laughing out loud like a loony while listening to it.. :)

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  15. 15 Mari

    Seriously where does one find their own Enrique? He is just adorable! Thank you soo much for the recap. I saw this episode raw, and in my limited Korean I understood about 15%.

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  16. 16 saranga

    thank you for the recap!

    i’ve been meaning to watch this series, mainly due to the positive reviews on this site, but for some reason… it’s just hard to get into? i had this same exact experience with shut up flower boy band and ramen shop (by the way, they were all filmed in winter! why! cold!). i started all three dramas, got through the first chunks, but then inexplicably i stopped and just read the recaps. i’ve been trying to figure out why.

    this is gonna sound so stupid. i don’t really… like the camera or filter or whatever they’re using for the flower boy series. something about the almost sepia-ish, subdued tone makes me kind of… sleepy. it’s pretty to look at, but i feel like i need a jog of color and sharpness to wake me up now and then. plus, maybe the fact that all three were filmed in winter and watching the actors bundled up in their knits makes me feel sluggish.

    it’s been bugging me! because i love the recaps and i’ve resolved repeatedly to actually finish and watch the shows (SUFBB and ramen), but once i start my eyes inexplicably start to glaze. it’s the darndest thing.

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    • 16.1 Mari

      I still can’t get myself to finish SUFBB, so Im there with you, but Ramen shop I love. At first I was like “Wtfrak” is going on in this show? Then I just decided not to take it too seriously and just laugh. I almost quit halfway because I was shipping the second lead, and knew he was going to get his cute lil heart broken.. Sigh. Still enjoy it.

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    • 16.2 Gom

      I felt the exact same way for SUFBB. I have watched Ramyun Shop and loved it. But SUFBB, I may have attempted to watch like 5 or 6 times now.

      Just last week, I was trying to watch the 4th episode, but the uploaded versions on different sites are in probably 480p, and because the drama is so dark in the first place, I just felt like I can’t see anything. So I gave up again. >.<

      I don't have a problem with the color, but I agree with on the sharpness. It has this like fog. Maybe if I have completed downloading the 720p versions, I'll get to watch it.

      Now, with FBND, I'm trying to ignore all the subdued colors because the characters are adorable.

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      • 16.2.1 saranga

        yes, exactly! SUFBB was very dark, visually. i like to torrent for 720p files (hey, if there was a legal way to buy/stream quality files, i’d be first to pay for it). but for this it was so hard to find good torrents, small or large. some would be good, but some would have garbled audio or none at all. even the 720p wasn’t very sharp. tudou links weren’t very satisfying (never are). i have super fast internet, but i like watching files because it allows me to pause or stop much more freely.

        i think i also had the same quality issue with reply 1997. i started watching about halfway and couldn’t find a good files, or some would be mislabeled. so i gave up. but after it finished, i was able to download HQ

        always find a good file so i gave up. but after it finished airing i was able to download high quality files (well organized to boot) and ended up loving it.

        still, even with reply 1997, i didn’t like the sepia thing they had going on. the drama was good enough that i was able to move past it, but at first when i was trying to put the story together, it really made me foggy/glazed-y. is it a tvn thing?

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        • 16.2.1.1 saranga

          sorry, i accidentally did a gesture on my trackpad and it submitted the comment before i was finished…

          but yes, basically what i’m saying is that personally, i find that availability of high quality files/videos make a huge difference whether i enjoy a show. the sepia thing making me sleepy must just be a personal preference thing, but some of these tvn dramas are terribly foggy for me. and i’m a young person! haha :)

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    • 16.3 Jazz

      Ramen was cute and light so it was something I can finish, I am always up for something comical or light and easy to digest and just enjoy! But as for SUFBB, I had a really hard time watching it too! I dont know how many time I walked away my computer or just read recaps to make up the lost portions. I have to admit I read recaps and forward to a lot of the scenes I just wanted to see. I’ve been meaning to watch FBND but I dont know it has not grasp my attention just yet…but it was the same with me too flower so I guess might give it a chance once a few episodes been out or depending if the recaps catches my attention then.

      lol at the thought of the filter – interesting I think I have to go back and check it out now!

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  17. 17 bea

    Jin-rak – Real Madrid vs. Enrique – Barça.
    Enrique’s T-shirt is normal, but JR’s? Anyway, go Barçaaaaa!!!!! ^^

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  18. 18 Ace

    So sad that Tae-joon isn’t the post-it guy…That would’ve made him a more interesting character.

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  19. 19 crazedlu

    Please just become BFFs, everyone. Hee.

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  20. 20 jollyroger

    SO. ADORABLE. THE FLIPBOOK STORY? I DIE.

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  21. 21 Abbie

    This went by way too fast. I’ve been looking forward to this episode all week! And I was not disappointed. This show is so good! I can’t get enough of it!

    I loved that Jin-rak finally started taking steps to talk to Dok-mi for an extended amount of time, and I loved that he took notes! The fact that Enrique latched onto him so quickly is just adorable! I loved it!

    I don’t really care for Do-hwi as a character, either. She’ll serve her purpose in the story, but every time she’s on screen I get pissed. I am not sure why, exactly. Maybe it’s the actress I don’t like. Maybe.

    Seo-young is annoying too. She does need some girlfriends to talk to. I’m very afraid that she and Do-hwi will become friends. That would be the worst possible thing.

    It seems like Enrique is already gaining some feelings for Dok-mi, and if that’s true, I hope he realizes that, and acts on it, instead of dithering around for three years like Jin-rak.

    This show is so cute, and I already want more!

    Thanks for the recap, Girlfriday!

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  22. 22 foodluver88

    THANK YOU!!! I felt like this was almost an episode of the burgeoning love story between Jin-rak and Enrique (especially during the running montage accompanied by instrumental music). I love the relationship between Enrique and Dok-mi, but my favorite thing so far has to be Jin-rak + any male companion. Kim Ji-hoon is a hoot and I always crack up during his scenes!

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  23. 23 Didi

    I’m starting to hate Jin-rak. He just doesn’t understand Dok-mi and thinks that he has the first dib because he saw her first. Even Enrique knows this.

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  24. 24 dubokki

    omigod Enriques laugh(when Jin-rak goes to confront him) is so adorable.

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    • 24.1 ladida

      Sooo cuuuuute! And the little dance he does with it? DEAD.

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  25. 25 nicolekimchi

    Dok Mi seems to be inspired by Emily Dickinson

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  26. 26 pinkblush

    What a great recap! Thank you!

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  27. 27 noonajumma

    I could die from cuteness. Kyooooooooooot! Aaaaack!

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  28. 28 chichiri

    Can someone please, PLEASE, for the love of all that’s holy, post a video link or gif of Kim Ji hoon’s inebriated “Y’know whatI’msayin’?” moment?

    That man just gives me tingles in a silly place.

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  29. 29 jambo42

    Thanks for the recap. It’s as hilarious as the show!

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  30. 30 AbyGaJJ

    oh your highlights are really good, I always wait to read them, and I do not understand almost nothing of Korean xd,
    I liked the scene Jin-rak and Enrique, it was really funny, they really were to become friends? LOL ..
    On Chapter of today, I liked it appeared longer Jin-rak, finally confessed to nearly Dok-Mi.
    but in particular I love Enrique and want the once and realizes he likes and feels something for her and not wait so long to confess his love.
      a former friend of Dok-Mi is really annoying, but key to the drama, which will also see him in the friend of Enrique , perhaps it is not reciprocated by Tae-joon, then realizes that Enrique maybe someone special, then this drama if it gets really competitive xd .. ! So I would like that Dok-Mi made ​​the effort to compete for the love of Enrique xd. obvious when leaving the 402. !!! ^^

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  31. 31 ladida

    Omg, Jin Rak is such an adorable loser, and Enrique is so effortlessly and adorably beating him, and it just frustrates him so much, I love it! I can’t wait for all these people to start solidifying their little city family, where they can be honest and be themselves and have their petty fights all while loving each other.

    Thanks for the recap!

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  32. 32 Naomi

    tq GF,

    Should had screencap jin rak’s hair standing-up (it looks funny !) which the film kept on rolling – focus on his hair !

    when he was changing the message he wrote earlier on.

    Dok mi’s first subtle smile to jin rak in the lift , I was smiling too !.

    So, jin-rak is a real madrid fan and enrique is barca’s ! wow rivals ?…..

    Although jin rak look shabbily dress but oozz sexiness in him !

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    • 32.1 kakashi

      Hi Naomi, I made a gif of his bad hair day last night. http://goo.gl/j8Jv2

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      • 32.1.1 Naomi

        Hi kakashi,

        I laugh so much ! today there is more laughter to come !

        We can laugh together !

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    • 32.2 Stardust

      yeah Jin rak is so scruffy but sooooo huggable… oh maaaan…. I am LOVING this darling drama to bits!! Thank you girlfriday and javabeans for recapping!! ♥♥♥

      The way he smiled sooooo adorkably at the end? *MELTS*

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  33. 33 momosa

    ….and they both scream, “OOOOOOH MYYYYYY GOOOOOOOD!”

    OMG! I can’t wait to watch the subbed episode!

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  34. 34 watashiwachiaki

    thanks for this recap!

    yay for a bit longer screen time of Watanabe ^________^

    and there’s something wrong with Do-hwi’s face…. it seems to me like she did lots of plastic surgeries….or prolly just too much makeup? hehe dunno.

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    • 34.1 lol

      err no PSH is one of a few raw and natural beauties in Kpop
      In fact her face looks the same when she was a child…
      Most Knetizens know this and have been praising her for her beauty…

      What are you seeing? A lot? you must be new to kpop and kdramas. Am I right? lol Google her name… Park Shin Hye and see :)

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      • 34.1.1 biankoy

        ERR.. I don’t think she’s referring to Park Shin-ye up there, It’s Do-hwi’s face that she’s wondering about, not Dok-mi’s. Although, I have to agree that Shin-ye’s really an au naturel beauty, having been able to see her transition from younger version roles (Stairway to Heaven) to lead roles. She clearly is getting more and more beautiful.

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    • 34.2 lol

      And no she barely wears any makeup in this show…
      Seriously what is wrong with your eyes? LOL

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      • 34.2.1 jabberwocky

        i dont know… but i think it’s your eyes. it’s do hwi watashiwachiaki is talking about, not dok-mi. :P

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    • 34.3 dayoldbagel

      @ lol…PSH’s character is Dok-mi not Do-hwi…

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      • 34.3.1 lol

        opps my bad lol sorry :P

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    • 34.4 kakashi

      yes, her face is really creepy that way. I’m also guessing she did a little too much/the wrong plastic surgery … the poor woman.

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      • 34.4.1 Sam

        She don’t look too bad here. I thought she looked horrible in MGIAG, mostly attributed to that unflattering straight bob. She looked a little better here with the curly hair. On another topic, I think I’m the only one who find her character entertaining in this show. She is way less annoying than SY, she has this weird endearing quality about her. She is a superficial bimbo while SY has brains, so I”m counting on her to be this harmless pest while SY sabotages what is in store for dokmi. I wish she has more depths as a character, and am still chewing on the flashback where she was still friends with Dokmi, because I can’t really imagine how she turned from a pretty normal person into this airhead…

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  35. 35 goldeng

    Wooow so grumpy pants and happy virus are bffs now??! Hahahahahha loved it!! It reminded me of protect the boss where na yoon and no eun sol ended up being bffs instead of fighting over boys xD ihope enLique doesnt outdo the cupid thing either… I sense he would play cupid and then end up realizing he like dok mi and thing would get crazier… Bu i dont wanna think about that since im so happy those two are friends!!! :))

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  36. 36 KDrama Fan

    Thanks GF.
    So enjoying this drama. It’s such an easy watch.
    Wouldn’t mind E being a cheeky Cupid.

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    • 36.1 Mystisith

      Me neither: Can we see him plotting things to send them in each other arms? Then of course it will have to backfire on him… Hint: Elevators are so whimsical in those old buildings. :)

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      • 36.1.1 KDrama Fan

        Hi Mystisith.

        E reminds me of the not so grim reaper in 49 Days.

        Elevators hmm…who would you put with who?

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        • 36.1.1.1 Mystisith

          If E was trying to get DM & JR stuck together but by a twist of fate would end up locked with her instead, it would be fine with me…

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          • 36.1.1.1.1 KDrama Fan

            I could totally see that happening:)

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  37. 37 altair

    OMG!!! I LOVE Enrique more and more with each episode. I got addicted to this drama. I can’t wait for Mondays and Tuesdays. I check dramacrazy.com every 10 minutes. And finally…Yay! It’s here. Unfortunatelly without subs. And then…. then….your recap is here! In good ol’ English. Thank you! I enjoyed it very much!

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  38. 38 yohan lei

    Thanks gf for the recap. I’ve been waiting for this all morning right after watching the ep raw. I really, really love this drama that after watching an episode, I want to see more. OMG…hahaha next episode please!

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  39. 39 rynea

    I hope they bring back Tae Joon into the story. It would be such a waste if they just abandon Dok Mi’s interest in him like that. I mean, Dok Mi literally wakes up every day just to sneak up at him and now, what, she just all of a sudden changed her ways without no further ado?

    Or maybe she feels like she’s intruding into someone’s privacy because she already knows the person she’s peeking on? But still, I don’t want to just guess and imagine that. i want them to show it!

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    • 39.1 Stardust

      I feel that Tae Joon is her one sided crush whom she is not really into, but took to watching so she didn’t feel so alone… his is unfortunately a small character I think… Who has time for other guys when Tae Joon has a loud talkative brother who bangs on her door so often, and the hot scruffily adorable chaebol-son/artist type trying to get her attention? hehehehe

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      • 39.1.1 Carole McDonnell

        There are so many one-sided crushes in this drama. So far, Dong Hoon is the only one who doesn’t really have one…although he does think Dol Hwi is cute. And Watanabe doesn’t seem to have a crush either. I want them to bring him more into the story. It just seems that among other things, this drama is about one-sidedness and stepping up to know your supposed love instead of the fantasy. So, I’ll see how it all works out.

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        • 39.1.1.1 rynea

          Ah, so its Do Hwi > Jin Rak > Dok Mi >/= Enrique? > Seo Young >/=? Tae Joon. Oh it meets in the middle. That’s a lot of one-sided love, though the middle of it is not yet happening.

          Guess I read/observed the webtoon too much. I got to focus and remind myself that the love line changed even before the show started.

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          • 39.1.1.1.1 Carole McDonnell

            Ooh, love your short hand. Yeah, one never knows until the end just what we’re gonna end up with.

            Mr Security Guard > our stand-in Ajumma > Watanabe Ryu.

            Dong Hoon ??>?? Dol Hwi.

            Looks like Tae Joon — Mr Doctor who is gorgeous yet utterly clueless– is the object of two loves, but I don’t think either Dok Mi or Seo Young will get him.

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  40. 40 jinrakfan

    i always read the recaps, and no comment. but, now i feel like i have to! OMG…Oh Jin Rak, I’m with you~~~~~

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    • 40.1 kakashi

      hahaha, I like your alias … jinrakfan … after episode 4, I was ready to admit that Enrique was the man for Dok-mi. But after 5, my second lead syndrome is back with a vengeance!! Seriously, why should the loud, pushy ones always get the girl??! When he finally talks to her, I seriously melted like ice cream in the desert. Come on, show, give him a real chance! He deserves it …

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      • 40.1.1 jinrakfan

        Yeahh, he deserves it, maybe there will be a chance for him on the next 3-5 episodes ….yeahhh…. who knows…i love his character, even if I’m a fan of Barcelona, LOL.

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      • 40.1.2 ys

        Plus his drunken Engrish is hi-larious, made even funnier by Doon-hoon’s embarrassment. I love their scenes together. These two might be the ultimate pairing for me!

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        • 40.1.2.1 jinrakfan

          that’s the first place! i mean Doo Hoon – Jin Rak they’re great couple buddies, i still remember that the wrong or failed high-five memories..LOL. but Jin Rak – Enrique they should be more to be buddies…i think i’m going crazy, ><; just waiting the next recaps to read, that i never did before…argh!! please more Jin Rak scene……

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  41. 41 ally

    Actually this is a first for me to root for both the male leads!!!!! I give props to YSY though! First I was caught with the second lead syndrome but now I love them both evenly.. And I kind of have this feeling that I will end up loving Enrique more than Jin Rak T_T This drama is definitely one that I remember the most this year!

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  42. 42 Cez Prieto

    Yay!I am also waiting for this recap! Thanks GF! Looking forward for the subbed episodes.

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  43. 43 onyxx

    lol! ok i give up, i’m stuck with this drama for better or worse. the thing that keeps me coming back for more is the laughter that spills out of my mouth at any odd moment whenever i remember something from these past episodes.

    reading these recaps is the highlight of my week, because for some reason it makes me feel less disconnected.

    man, i’m done for — hook, line and sinker *snickers*

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  44. 44 Dionne

    thanks gf,

    Oh jin rak ! even when you didn’t shave

    you still look sexy !!

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  45. 45 Cafe du Monde

    I like the turn of event, Jin Rak and Enrique. No wonder Park Shin Hye said that if viewership rating is 5% Jin Rak and Enrique will kiss.

    This Jin Rak and Enrique BFF is so unexpected. and I love both. they played their roles to perfection. no one can act enrique except yoon shi yoon. he’s so good.

    the script is simple and relatable to those who watch it. i love this drama.

    and i love park shin hye in every episode. gee…i will buy tickets for her fan meetings. i love her facial expressions. and her skin is so clean.

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  46. 46 sally_b

    Behind the Scenes : adorableness

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VYqrgWug8A&NR=1

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    • 46.1 Sabah

      Thank you!

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  47. 47 biankoy

    I almost forgot how Kim Jihoon can transform grumpy and cranky into insanely hot and smexy!! His shabbiness and grunginess makes Jin-rak even more adorable compared to his “suits” type characters before.

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  48. 48 Sampirexx

    Thanks DB u just made my day

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  49. 49 browncoat_78

    I have a theory! Great ep as always, but some of the info in this ep (and the last one) prompted me to develop a theory about Dok Mi and I’m curious to see if anyone agrees. I think that the lie that becomes the truth that Dok Mi wrote about makes her an unreliable narrator, such that every time we see one of her flashbacks to high school I don’t think we can believe her anymore.

    I think the truth is that Dok Mi was one of the bullies, not the one being bullied and that we see her being bullied in her memories because that is her lie to cover up her guilt. I think what really happened is that Dok Mi and Do Hwi and the others bullied a girl until she killed herself (“the incident”) and that Dok Mi’s guilt has lead her to hide herself away like this. And her lie that she has convinced herself of to hide her guilt is that she was the one that was bullied because that is easier to face than the truth.

    What do you all think?

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    • 49.1 Mystisith

      Hum. I think it’s a bit far fetched because we saw some of her flash-backs when she was under hypnosis with her psychiatrist. Normally you’re not supposed to invent things in that state. You could say than it’s dramaland & everything’s possible (or maybe i’m in denial^^).
      1 and only psychotic character in Cheongdamdong Alice is enough for me, thank you very much.
      My gut feeling is than “the incident” is related to a love interest & to betrayal from Pink Chicken (or more probably a misunderstood situation). We’ll see. :)

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      • 49.1.1 Jina

        That is a brilliant theory. But I also agree that is very unlikely. There is one minor gripe I had with the psychiatrist scene though. I thought people don’t really close their eyes anymore when it comes to these meetings. Don’t you sit on a comfortable couch and talk? Also, isn’t it supposed to be a psychologist instead of psychiatrist? As I remember psychiatrists are the one giving medication and psychologists talk with the patients…? Some psychiatrists do have talk therapy with their patients though, nvm.

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    • 49.2 me2

      that would be a nice twist. let’s hope the writers read this.

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    • 49.3 Carole McDonnell

      Wow, we’re on the same path..kinda. I’m not sure if she was one of the bullies but I think there is some guilt back in the day. It might be as you say something involving death. OR it might be something small like a crush on a boy. But yeah, i don’t think we should dislike Dol Hwi so quickly…or at least we shouldn’t make Dok Mi such a noble victim yet.

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    • 49.4 rynea

      What a dark theory.. That can be a concept for a movie. :)

      A lie can be seen as the truth if you really don’t know that it’s a lie. What I think is that Do Hwi and her friends spread a fake story throughout school and their lie was believed as the truth by their school mates. And maybe Dok Mi tried to appear cheerful at home to hide from her family that she’s being bullied at home. Which rise another question, where the heck are the families of these characters?

      I want to think that Dok Mi cried during the elephant story because she can relate with the elephant. Maybe she also left home and then find herself in a situation where she can’t communicate with anyone. Like the elephant, she was also locked into her world and was so lonely because no one understands her. Maybe Dok Mi can become like the elephant, who coped by learning how to communicate again albeit in a different language. And like the elephant, she can again communicate, maybe not like her old self because that was tainted now, but maybe in a new mature way now that she has met Enrique.

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      • 49.4.1 jademwong

        I thought I was the only one wondering about their families!

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  50. 50 ck1Oz

    Thank you for the recap. I started from ep 1 a few hours ago and it was so good I caught up and there’s no subs.
    So thank you.
    This show made me laugh and smile. It’s great feeling that way.

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