Drama Recaps
Flower Boy Next Door: Episode 5
by | January 21, 2013 | 131 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…”


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.


131 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. 51 Zanziba

    This show bores me to tears

    • 51.1 Jina

      Oh. 🙁 Well, there’s no show that pleases everyone, right? I’ve got a few shows myself that I really couldn’t get into but everyone else seems to love it to death.

    • 51.2 rynea

      yeah, everyone is entitled to their own drama liking and addiction. I hope you find your own drama addiction too! 🙂

  2. 52 Carole McDonnell

    I love Enrique so much. My big fear is that the screenwriter will do silly machinations — as in Alice– and the heart and truth of the story will be covered up in plotting and game-playing. IF Enrique wants to play cupid, I hope he is insightful enough to realize that Jin Rak doesn’t understand Dok Mi and getting them together would be super detrimental to Dok Mi.

    If Enrique doesn’t realize how dangerous — and stifling– Jin Rak’s ideation of Dok Mi would be, then I’ll be screaming at the screenwriter for suddenly making her protag lose his insight into people. Jin Rak is sweet but how will he react in discovering the real Dok Mi? And would Dok Mi — for the sake of challenging her insularity and hermit behavior– take Jin Rak “because he likes her.” That would be a different kind of self-stifling altogether. Nothing worse than a witty woman (even if she’s a hermit) stuck with an old-fashioned guy who doesn’t really know her spirit. It can sap a woman’s spark.

    About Dol Hwi, iT feels to me that although we have seen views of Dok Mi being hurt by Dol Hwi, that Dok Mi was probably the one who hurt Dol Hwi in the first place. Maybe something about a boy. Some small teenage hurt that Dol Hwi got all vengeful and self-righteous about. Kinda like Heung-soo and Namsoon. And part of the reason Dok Mi stays inside is not only fear of being hurt but a kind of guilt. Not sure how Dok Mi is gonna feel when she realizes she is in a position of hurting Dol Hwi again.

    That all said, I’m shipping Enrique and Dok Mi. He is so good for her. Of course he’s not in love with her yet. But hey… there’s time. They’re both just getting over unrequited love. I know this will end happily cause the Flower Boy series are HEA of the highest order.

    • 52.1 sashssi


      Enrique x Dok Mi for lyf! lol

    • 52.2 Peridot

      You’re right. Enrique is a very insightful character and I hope that he does pick up on Jin-rak’s faulty, skewed view of Dok-mi. I hope that this show does not use the usual trope of noble-idiocy towards the latter episodes and that it doesn’t use purposeless conflict as plot-filler.

      • 52.2.1 Carole McDonnell

        Fingers crossed. I’m trusting the writers right now. And i soooooooo hate noble idiocy.

  3. 53 dany

    This is so simple and fresh and lovely. Thank you for recapping it.

  4. 54 sashssi

    Am I the only one rooting for Enrique x Dok Mi? They bring the unrevealed out of one another and I love love love that.

  5. 55 Musewb

    If Enrique plays Cupid actively to Jin Rak and Dok Mi, I’ll just….. That simply can’t happen at all. Enrique needs to own up to his own feelings soon. Although he might simply confuse their connection as sharing the one-sided and unrequited first love. I love that instead of keeping to his promise of pretending to not know Dok Mi, he chose to keep his first promise; to make sure Dok Mi gets to see the world before his return to Spain. His persistence may come off as annoying to some, but much more, I find it so endearing that he’s always the active one to set things going. He knew he doesnt own Seo Young, so he tries to set things straight for him, her and his hyung. He finds Dok Mi, our modern day Rapunzel, and he vows to show her the world she has stayed out of for too long. He sees Jin Rak and though he is seen as a rival – even down to the soccer team they root for – he turns it into a common thing they share and calls him his hero (of some sort).

    I also loved loved loved how they begin to reveal Dok Mi and Do Hwi’s relationship. I have this tiny, nudgy feeling that tells me Do Hwi might just be more than the normal foil to Dok Mi’s withdrawal from society and people in general. And I also believe, the counsellor/psych doctor who asked Dok Mi if everything started because of “that incident”, is actually something else other than the bullying itself. Something must have triggered the hatred.

    This drama is so good that, as mentioned, it’s not something big or too dramatic. The plot centers of people who have issues everyone else has. Everyone has a past that they wish they could erase. Everyone has that truth they hope to turn away from. Everyone is like Dok Mi, Enrique and Jin Rak in a way or another. Dok Mi’s fear of people is also a lot of people’s fear; albeit, a 50x enlarged one. Enrique’s act is the very mask most people to get through everyday. Jin Rak’s change of identity is also one that shows how people always have a past they want to get away from.

    Now I can’t wait for them to show us Dong Hoon’s story (what’s that clubbing nights and helping out a drunken lady??) somehow I feel like he leads a double life of some sort. Hah!

    And what with Do Hwi’s face at the end of this episode? Kinda scary, no? She’s like giving the face which reminds of high school where she had some favourite thing taken away by someone else.

  6. 56 nheony

    I’m falling in love with all the characters in this drama, with the exception of Do Hwi but I’m really looking forward to more revelation of what really went down between her and Dok Mi.

    OMG! Can Jin Rak and Enrique be any cuter? Can we have a bromance develop here? Please??? pretty pretty please with a cherry on top.

  7. 57 kumi

    A flipbook romance… I have seen it in some Japanese movie.

  8. 58 browncoat_78

    Thanks for all the nice responses to my theory! 🙂 After reading them I thought that maybe I was too dark. Maybe it was more like Dok Mi wasn’t a bully but maybe she watched her friends bully another girl and didn’t do anything to protect her or stop it — she didn’t do the bullying but she didn’t stop it either. Maybe it’s all too twisted for such a light show, but there is definitely a secret there that is being covered up and is more than having been bullied. Can’t wait to find out!!!!!!!!

  9. 59 owl

    Just when I think Enrique is leaning too goofball to make it work for me, he comes up with the best Kdrama psychology 101 line, “There are no instances where the lie becomes the truth.” And I’m back rooting for him and Dok Mi.

    But Jin rak’s confession (I’m afar yet I know you, I’m close and yet I know you not) is both “Huhwhat? and “Awww, that’s deep” at the same time. And I’m back rooting for him and Dok Mi.

    So love-a this drama!

  10. 60 Peridot

    I really appreciate the many layers of this show and its exploration of the various ways that people are misunderstood, ignored, retreat from confrontation, and construct lies about themselves and others. We are starting to see the cracks in the world that Dok-mi has created for herself. I think that showing her not being immediately happy with this incipient change is realistic. It cannot be expected that she would jump for joy and suddenly emerge from her shelter. Hopefully the changes that occur will happen at the right pace…despite Enrique’s method of trying to push Dok-mi out into the world in one go.

    Oh goodness, the show is making me love Jin-rak and all of his awkwardness with each episode! This episode, however, made me think that there might be similarities between the second lead and Dok-mi. In many ways, Jin-rak has retreated from the world he used to know and like Dok-mi, he is paralyzed by an inability to say what he truly feels (at least when in front of Dok-mi). So I think that it is safe to say that Enrique is not the only one with things in common with the heroine (even though, as I mentioned in an earlier post, he has a vastly different way of coping with his fears and insecurities: his outlandish, seemingly happy-go-lucky personality). This ties in with my observation of the show’s layered explorations of the above-mentioned themes. I am hoping that, as this episode suggests, Jin-rak will also emerge from his own little world and begin to assert himself. And I hope that his pure vision of Dok-mi will begin to disappear as he gets to know the real Dok-mi.

    I am one of the few viewers who is actually entertained by the character of Do-hwi (I know I would dislike her if she weren’t so darn comical and ridiculous). I am hoping, however, that the backstory between her and Dok-mi will be fully explored. What happened between the two and how did Do-hwi end up such a vain and silly person? I wonder why the show has written her to be one dimensional if the flashbacks hint at something else.

  11. 61 jinrakfan

    this drama just making me insane …why i just cant wait for the next recaps??… ahh, girlfriday help me… T_T post it soon, lol.

  12. 62 Sirena

    Did anyone else think ‘bromance’ when they watched the running scene? I thought that it was sooooo adorable ^_^ I have mixed feelings with regards to Do-hwi. Yes, she is manipulative and self-centered, but she is also rather pathetic. I am wondering if her relationship with Dok Mi sowered because of an incident realting to the teacher that Do-hwi liked? After watching that moment when they were together in class, smiling and laughing, it got me thinking. Any thoughts?

    • 62.1 Sirena

      I meant soured 🙂

  13. 63 itunscrewstheotherway

    Hahahaha, that dork smile made my day! That screenshot is going to be my desktop now!

  14. 64 annelee6

    i’ve never been torn between who i would want the heroine to be with in any drama ive watched before…
    then this came…<3<3
    idk i reaallly like Milkman, liking Dok mi in a pure way.. i like him to get the girl he's been waiting on for so long
    but i also like Enrique to end up with someone he likes (will it be dok mi?) i'd probably cry if any of these two squishy characters get their heart broken in the end…:(

    oh and btw ive been a silent reader for a some time but i posted this comment just to let you know how i loove everything about your blog!!
    you're so good of a writer i'm hoping you're secretly an already published author or a scriptwriter or one in the works?lol

  15. 65 sweetspring

    i luff this show. forever.
    its got all the elements the average K-drama junkie such as myself can get hooked on, i.e.:-
    1) a good-looking, adorable, sometimes adorkable but in the end lovable leading man. in this case i count 2 of them so great bonus.
    2) a not irritating, clingy, one-dimensional female lead. Dok Mi is both cute (but importantly not in a try-hard way) and relatable with her quirks
    3) an assortment of interesting side characters that don’t take too much screen time from the main story
    4) a complicated love knot involving various characters that viewers just can’t wait to untangle and see who ends up with who
    5) a mystery behind a mystery- who really is the cutie with 2 names; why is the resident hermit in her self-imposed seclusion; what happy drugs is Enrique taking exactly?!?!
    can’t wait to the next episode. this drama makes it to the top of my 2013 list already. 7th grade civil servant & Gu family book got some work cut out if it wants to dethrone this on my list !!!

  16. 66 Mak

    Was it just me or is the lit teacher Oh Jae Won?

  17. 67 Laurita

    “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”

    Oh those two elephants, Dok-Mi and Enrique… They had been misunderstood by people and lived their closed lives until they met and understand each other from one blink.

  18. 68 Ennayra

    Thanks for the recap! I loved the unexpected bromance. And for the first time, I could see Jin-rak as a serious contender to get the girl :-).

  19. 69 Tastiger

    After watching this episode I am so torn about who to root for to end up with Dok-Mi. Enrique & Jin Rak are so ADORABLE individually but Super adorable together!

    Enrique keeps calling himself the “cupid” and I think he’s going to help the Dok-Mi/Jin Rak relationship along until it hits him that HE likes Dok-Mi too. He obviously doesn’t think of her that way now but does realize they have an almost telepathic connection.

    Loved the Bromance, something that was totally unexpected but super satisfying. Jin Rak getting caught with his post-it notes and the dorky smile on his face after Dok-Mi thanked him was priceless.

    LOVE this Show!!!!! Monday & Tuesday can’t come fast enough!

    LOVE your Recaps!!!!!! Thank you!

  20. 70 Lilian

    Wow! I so love the character Enrique. He can get overly dramatic at times but I love his optimistic outlook. So much hope. and his smile totally melts my heart XD

    I am watching this coz of him, and also because it is interesting to see how Dok Mi changes, because of their interaction!

  21. 71 jademwong

    Fantastic recap girlfriday, thanks! ^_^

    I want Jin-Rak to date Dok-Mi for a while so he can see how wrong he is about her personality and have them break it off after that instead of him just getting his heart broken because she goes to Enrique or something. Come on, writers, Jin-Rak deserves a decent chance to get to know the real Dok-Mi >_<

    Best part of this episode though? That hilarious "OHHH MYYY GODDDDD"! I cracked up like crazy xD

    On a different note I hope the writers start using Ryu more. He can do soooo much more than just standing there repeating other people's lines -_-

  22. 72 lemonade candy

    although jin rak is a potential good guy for her.. i just cant get my eyes off enrique! haha. video game war is so adorable!

  23. 73 FredKD

    it’s already ep 17 and this drama quality is totally flat . mu guess would be that the story itself doesn’t gave much peak even though there are many good actors and actresses act in it. my only two thumbs up goes to enrique.

  24. 74 April

    Do you know the title of the instrumental song played when Jin Rak was reading the notes he wrote on his phone to tell to Dok Mi? I’ve been searching for it for decades. HELP ME. I AM DESPERATE.

  25. 75 Brittni

    I was actually really excited to see Kim Ji-Hoon playing the struggling artist, because I’d only previously seen him in Stars Falling from the Sky and Love Marriage. I enjoyed him in both roles as the very grown up and controlled characters, but those moments when his mask of rigidity slipped were my favorite parts. Now, in this role, I am loving his exasperated, inner-lovestruck teen. It’s like getting to see an entirely new facet of him and I dig the petty, but not vicious jealousy he has towards Enrique.
    I’m still pulling for Enrique, though. I get the feeling he’s going to need Go Duk Mi to rescue him emotionally as he’s been trying to do with her, and I’m waiting anxiously to see exactly when that cheerful veneer cracks and he runs out of energy to escape his pain through humor.

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