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Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency: Episode 1

Who’s ready for the next Joseon F4? I know I am! Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency starts off bright and engaging, with endearing characters and the cute premise of a matchmaking agency unexpectedly run by men. I was quickly drawn in by the quirky, yet somehow comfortably familiar, ambiance of the show, so that even when we were fed our requisite dose of dark political maneuvering, I didn’t even mind. From its fun premiere, I think we’re in for a show that can go the distance when it comes to both silly entertainment and engaging romance.

NOTE: This is just a first-episode recap.

 
EPISODE 1: “A divine match”

On a rainy night, the king of Joseon (cameo by Jo Sung-ha) lies dying. He calls weakly for the crown prince, who has been held hostage by the Qing dynasty for the past ten years. MINISTER MA (Park Ho-san) tells the king that the crown prince has just arrived at the dock, begging him to hang on just a while longer.

The crown prince (cameo by Go Soo) barely steps off his boat before archers spring up from the water and attempt to assassinate him, missing by mere inches. His guards surround him but are taken out by an assassin, so the prince picks up a sword to defend himself.

He fights his way free and escapes into the woods. The archers pursue them, picking off the guards one by one until only the crown prince is left. An assassin swings at him, but he slams the assassin to the ground and snaps his neck.

A few more guards catch up and they follow the crown prince to a clearing, where a horse waits to carry him to the capital. But more arrows dispatch the last of the guards, and the prince looks up to see the assassin taking aim at him. The assassin’s arrow finds its mark, and the crown prince falls dead.

In the palace, the dying king croaks, “Crown prince… no…” as he dies. His queen wails her grief, but there’s a glint of triumph in Minister Ma’s eyes.

A short time later, a young nobleman named In-sung hunts in the forest — the chyrons tell us that he’s nineteen, and that he believes in Fate and is against matchmaking. In-sung is watched from a distance by a mysterious young man, and elsewhere, several young ladies play together, observed by a different man. He’s particularly interested in Eun-young, who also prefers fate to matchmakers.

The two mystery men continue to follow their targets until they wander near each other in the marketplace. The first man addresses the camera and says in a silky voice: “One can only catch a star when one has a moment to look up at the sky.” He pulls out two flags and strikes a semaphore-like pose, which is the signal for his partner to act.

The partner asks Eun-young’s friends for assistance, charming them with his beauty and leaving Eun-young alone. The first man signals a third conspirator to release several barrels from their cart and send them, well, barreling straight towards Eun-young.

Just in the nick of time, a hand pulls Eun-young out of a flying barrel’s path. She spins around and lands in In-sung’s arms, and when their eyes meet, it’s all over. Mission accomplished.

The three mystery men even attend the happy couple’s wedding. They indulge in a celebratory chant: “Lady Luck is on our side, so everything is rosy, and we’re the best matchmakers! We’re the best!

The three matchmakers are pretty famous in the city. Their reputations and good looks cause a stir wherever they go, and a young peasant asks a peddler what all the commotion is about. The peddler says that they’re the Flower Crew, and that they’re “practically deities of marriage.”

He describes the three male matchmakers: There’s YOUNG-SOO (Park Ji-hoon), the “cute one” (cue trademark wink) whose every clothing choice sparks a new trend. Next is DO-JOON (Byun Woo-seok), a devastatingly handsome minstrel and incorrigible flirt who never goes anywhere without a female entourage.

Then there’s the leader, MA-HOON (Kim Min-jae), who “can see through anyone.” He’s quiet but very smart, and the peddler warns the peasant never to mess with him. The young peasant is suitably impressed, though he finds the idea of male matchmakers unusual, but the peddler assures him that marriages arranged by the Flower Crew never break up.

The peasant, whose name is KIM SOO (Seo Ji-hoon), polishes his blacksmithing tools under the window of a school for noblemen’s young sons, listening to the lessons and repeating them to himself. His father drags him away by the ear, admonishing him for always sneaking off to listen to lessons when he should be working.

Changing the subject, Soo asks his father for permission to marry his sweetheart. He says he’s even found the perfect matchmaker, but he admits that he hasn’t actually asked her yet.

A doctor teaches several students how to treat a migraine with acupuncture, but his subject demands more money when he says the patient could die. He pays up, grumbling that she must be saving up to get married, but she says she’s too busy for such things.

She’s GAE-DDONG (Gong Seung-yeon), Soo’s beloved, though she’d probably be surprised to hear it. The doctor offers her more money to drink a new drug concocted from dried boiled flies and centipede poison, and Gae-ddong negotiates a higher compensation rate before gulping down the entire bowl (~hurk~).

As she’s leaving — after being used as a pincushion — a friend says she has a lead on another well-paying job. Gae-ddong says she’ll do any job so long as she’s paid upfront, and her friend says all she has to do is sit still for two hours.

Hoon and Young-soo peek over a wall, having been summoned to meet a nobleman’s daughter. Young-soo is concerned, since the daughter is notoriously unattractive, but Hoon sternly recites Flower Crew’s number one rule: “Seeing is believing. Before discussing a marriage, the matchmaker must meet the couple involved in the said marriage.”

Whining that they need to hire a female matchmaker, Young-soo mutters that Lady Oh isn’t even Master Lee’s type (the prospective husband). Hoon asks how he knows without meeting her, and Do-joon pops out of nowhere to say that Master Lee’s type is a pretty, kind, and innocent girl, in that order.

Hoon and Young-soo are greeted in the empty courtyard by a woman wearing a mask. She apologizes and says she has a cold, and Hoon finds it strange that Lord Oh left after summoning them. They’re taken to meet Lady Oh, and when her face is revealed… it’s Gae-ddong. HAHA.

Hoon insists on getting a closer look, having noticed that the “lady” keeps glancing at the masked servant as if checking with her about something. Gae-ddong invites him to look as close as he wants, so Hoon leans very, very close to inspect her. He correctly guesses that she’s recently drunk an herbal concoction, then says that he doesn’t recommend this marriage, and it’s the servant who pipes up, “No!”

She covers by saying that Lady Oh just likes Master Lee so much, and Gae-ddong asks for an explanation. Hoon says that the medicine she took is for treatment of a heart condition, and if she’s that sick she’s in no position to get married. He asks how long she intends to try and fool him, then looks the “servant” right in the eye.

As he guessed, she’s the real Lady Oh, and her mask falls away to reveal her plain features. Gae-ddong tries to convince them that she’s really Lady Oh, but Hoon points out that liars talk too much like she’s doing now, plus she’s sitting like she’s prepared to jump up and run in case she’s caught.

His intelligence offended, Hoon stands to leave, telling Lady Oh that he’s calling off the marriage match. Gae-ddong follows him out, dressed in her own simple clothing again. She calls Hoon a condescending so-and-so, looking ready to rip into him like a tiny tornado, so Young-soo beats a hasty retreat and leaves Hoon to face Gae-ddong alone.

She orders him to apologize to Lady Oh, but he defends that he’s the one who was scammed. Gae-ddong says Lady Oh is just desperate because she loves Master Lee, but Hoon scoffs to call her behavior love. He recites Flower Crew’s second rule: “When matching a couple for marriage, only believe that the eye can see.”

He says that since love can’t be seen, it can’t be trusted. Gae-ddong yells that all he cares about is looks, and that as a matchmaker whose business is love, he should be ashamed. Hoon steps closer to loom over Gae-ddong as he growls that he’s no ordinary matchmaker, and that he looks for people, not love.

He says that she’s incapable of understanding because she doesn’t see what’s in front of her and believes in things she can’t see. Gae-ddong responds with an eloquent head-butt, knocking Hoon right on his pretentious ass. She tells him that was for Lady Oh then sails off, leaving Hoon writhing in the dirt. Good girl!

The royal court is in an uproar with both the king and his heir dead. They argue over what to do first until Minister Ma silences them. MINISTER KANG (Jung Jae-sung) entreats the bereaved queen to announce the death of the crown prince so his killers can be brought to justice. Minister Ma vehemently disagrees, arguing that the people should be allowed to grieve the king before learning that his heir was assassinated.

He proposes a compromise of letting it be known that the crown prince is dead, but postponing the details until the people are emotionally recovered. The queen approves this plan, but in private, she frets that Minister Kang will use this extra time to summon Prince Yeonwoo from Qing.

Minister Ma says they just need to “finish things” before that happens, reassuring the queen (his niece) that he has a plan. He says they just need to find the commander of the Royal Guard who disappeared twenty years ago, because there’s something he needs from him.

The people are devastated when the notices go up that not only has the king died, but the crown prince as well, on the very same day. Soo’s father looks particularly disturbed, for some reason. Nearby, Gae-ddong gives most of her hard-earned money to a man who promises to find the brother she lost touch with years ago (though he looks awfully shady to me).

Hoon is still muttering to himself about “Stone Head” when Soo finds him. He tells Soo that no matter how often he comes to be set up with Gae-ddong, he’s booked for the next year. He rings for his next client, who turns out to be Soo, and the next, which is again Soo (the third client in line is, in a shocking plot twist, also Soo, hee).

Finally, Hoon tells Soo to just ask Gae-ddong himself. He even offers to help Soo if he’ll agree to marry absolutely anyone else besides Gae-ddong, but Soo is insistent. He finally leaves with a cheerful, “I’ll come back tomorrow!” LOL, poor Hoon.

That evening, Soo’s dad tells him that the whole village knows that the matchmaker turned him down again. Soo just says a real man doesn’t give up easily, and when his dad asks why he insists on using a matchmaker, Soo says it’s because of his mother.

He confesses that he overheard everything his dad said to his mother on her deathbed about the man she missed all her life. He asks Dad why he didn’t resent his mother for loving another man, but Dad just says it’s all in the past. Soo says that his mother’s last words to him were to treat the woman he loves with all the respect she deserves. That’s why he’s hiring a matchmaker, because he wants to marry Gae-ddong exactly the way the nobles do it. Okay, awwww.

A thunderstorm blows in, and Soo’s first thought is for Gae-ddong. She’s huddled in the middle of the road, hands clapped tight over her ears, trying and failing to stave off a traumatic memory of hiding under a rock outcropping as a child, while men search above her.

A slave hunter grabs Gae-ddong, but Soo shows up in time to wrench the man’s hand away and gently help her to her feet. He sounds very authoritative as he tells the slave hunter that Gae-ddong is his wife and not to dare treat her like a slave. Soo leads Gae-ddong away, and when the rain stops, he notices that she’s injured and insists on piggybacking her.

He explains that the slave hunters are looking for a runaway, but he says that Gae-ddong is much prettier than her. Gae-ddong snuggles into his neck and says that only her family cares for her. Soo pouts that they’re not family, then shyly adds that they will be soon.

Soo continues, “Gae-ddong-ah, I don’t care if you’re a beggar or a slave. I’ll be happy as long as you’re with me. So why don’t we stop being like family, and become a real family?” She doesn’t respond because she’s fallen asleep, and Soo sighs that it’s hard to hear her answer.

He takes her home (she lives with him and his father) and tucks her into bed, then goes to his own room and unwraps a bundle containing a hairpin made of gold and jade. It triggers his memory of his mother’s deathbed, when she’d given Soo the hairpin and asked him to use it to win the heart of the woman he loves.

Minister Ma secretly meets with the assassin who killed the crown prince, who reports that he’s found “him” (the missing commander?) in a village outside the capital. When Minister Ma tells the queen, she wants “him” brought to the palace immediately, but Minister Ma says that Minister Kang’s people may attack. She’s scared that Prince Yeonwoo will get to the palace first, but Minister Ma warns her against acting too rashly.

She asks if it’s true that Hoon has become a “lowly matchmaker” after what happened to his older brother. She tells Minister Ma to manage his family better, but he asks her coldly if she attained her position on her own. He tells her that there are many women who could replace her, and to sit still if she wants to help him.

Later, Hoon stumbles drunkenly into Minister Ma’s home and demands to see his father. Minister Ma greets his wayward son with a scroll upside the head and scoffs that he expected better of Hoon than to drink on the anniversary of his hyung’s death. He tells Hoon to move back home, and Hoon asks, “If I do, will you kill me like you killed Hyung?”

Minister Ma slaps Hoon and snaps that he’s the family’s only remaining son, and the only person who will have Joseon under his control. He bellows furiously for Hoon to give up matchmaking and move home, but Hoon says that he’s still more worried about the family name even after his son died. He snarls, “Consider your second son dead as well,” and he leaves, ignoring the tears welling in Minister Ma’s eyes.

On his way out, Hoon stops to remember his older brother, Joon, who taught him how to tie a special knot that symbolizes two hearts becoming like one. Hoon still carries that knot, but now he mutters bitterly that you can’t tie up a person’s heart, because hearts are cunning.

Hoon is startled to find Soo waiting for him in the Flower Crew doorway, clutching his precious bundle. Still mostly drunk, Hoon asks Soo, “Why me? I told you no several times, but why does it have to be me?” Soo says that he heard Hoon’s matches never break, making Hoon scoff that Soo only came to him because he’s scared his love won’t last.

Hoon says that if Soo’s heart is so weak that he believes a rumor, then his love won’t last even if he helps him. He sneers that love changes when it’s cornered, but Soo fires back, “Once cornered, love also becomes strong.” Hoon almost looks like he might change his mind, but then he hiccups loudly and tells Soo to stop coming here. Soo declares that he’ll never change his mind, but Hoon just slams the doors in his face.

The next day, Gae-ddong is in the forest collecting discarded hunting arrows to sell. She notices that one arrow has a black tip, but it doesn’t seem significant to her. She hears through gossip that Master Lee hired a matchmaker to find him a different match, and she demands to know where he lives.

Back in the village, she gives taffy to the village children in exchange for their help spreading a rumor. Soon the whole town is calling the Flower Crew lying swindlers, HAHA. A frantic Young-soo shrieks to hungover Hoon and Do-joon that there’s a rumor that Lady Oh failed to get married because they let it be known that Lady Oh is ugly to deliberately ruin the marriage. LOL, I officially love Gae-ddong.

Spotting Gae-ddong looking very pleased with herself, Hoon guesses who started the rumor, and she doesn’t bother to deny it when he confronts her. He snaps that someone’s life may have changed because of her thoughtless words, and we flash back to his private conversation with Lady Oh.

He’d asked Lady Oh why she had Gae-ddong pose as herself, assuming that she has something precious to hide, and even guessing what it is — Lady Oh is pregnant. She’d told Hoon that she was promised to marry a man who didn’t survive the war, and that her family will kill her baby if they learn of its existence.

Something had shimmered in Hoon’s eyes as he’d said it’s no sin to conceive a child with someone you love. But he’d warned Lady Oh to make a wise choice, because her future depends on what she does next.

Now Hoon tells Gae-ddong that when she wants to help someone, she should make sure she knows enough about the situation to do so. He storms off, and it’s Young-soo who informs Gae-ddong that Lady Oh was desperate to get married because she’s pregnant with another man’s child.

Young-soo runs into Soo on his way back to the agency. Soo says that he’s not supposed to talk to Hoon, but he asks Young-soo to give Hoon his bundle and a note. Young-soo gasps when he sees the gold hairpin, and he personally vows to make sure Soo marries his lady, no matter what.

Hoon finds the gold and jade hairpin later, which he recognizes as something only queens are allowed to own. Soo’s note says, “This is the most valuable thing I own. Will it not be enough?”

Hoon is still against taking Soo’s case, but Young-soo whines that they need the money now that their clients have all canceled. Do-joon proposes a vote and Hoon is outnumbered, so he reluctantly agrees. He meets with Soo and tells him that Flower Crew’s third rule is that their fees are paid after the wedding, returning Soo’s gold hairpin.

Next Hoon heads out to meet with Gae-ddong, who Soo tells him works for a fish vendor on the first day of the month. Soo describes Gae-ddong as delicate, sweet, and ladylike — as we see her viciously chopping a fish into chunks with an expression reminiscent of a warrior taking down his enemies.

Gae-ddong and Hoon spot each other at the same time, and Hoon snorts that this is supposed to be “the most beautiful face in Joseon.” Gae-ddong tosses fish and salt at Hoon to distract him, then makes a run for it. Hoon manages to keep up, and he stops to marvel at her when she tries to scale a wall.

Growing worried that she’ll fall, Hoon offers to help her down, saying that he didn’t go to the marketplace to catch her. Gae-ddong doesn’t trust him, so he tells her, “I’m here with a marriage proposal.” The way he phrases it sounds like he’s the one asking, and Gae-ddong is so startled that she slips and falls.

Hoon catches Gae-ddong in his arms, and they collapse to the ground, nose-to-nose.

 
COMMENTS

Count me in! I thoroughly enjoyed this first episode of Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency, which mostly presents itself as a light, airy sort of show, but with dark currents churning underneath that hint at angst to come. Having just finished watching Rookie Historian Gu Hye-ryung, this show looks like it could provide the same type of “feel” — fun, sweet, even a little bit silly, but also grounded when it needs to be. I love the bright colors and lighthearted humor, and I’ll never be mad at a story with a group of good-looking men at its center (and let’s face it, I’ve used this excuse to power though worse ~side-eyes Hwarang~).

I like the plot of Flower Crew so far, which feels a bit like The Crowned Clown and 100 Days My Prince had a love child, with a twist. It will probably play out in Episode 2, but we know from the promos that Soo will end up on the throne — likely through his mother, who appeared to be royal based on her hairpin — and that he will hire Hoon and the Flower Agency to mold the rough-edged Gae-ddong into an acceptable queen. But Soo doesn’t seem to be the only one with a secret past… Gae-ddong hallucinated of being chased as a child, which makes me wonder where she came from and how she ended up living with Soo and his father. And Hoon definitely has a painful and mysterious history, between his brother’s suspicious death and his father’s possible status as a prince-killer.

I can already tell that I’m going to get a bad case of Second Lead Syndrome watching this drama. Right now it appears that Hoon and Gae-ddong are being set up as the endgame, but I’m not looking forward to seeing sweet innocent Soo get his heart broken. Not to mention the fact that something about Seo Ji-hoon just triggers every maternal “hurt my baby and I’ll destroy you and everything you love” instinct I have. But I think that Kim Min-jae and Gong Seung-yeon are showing some decent – if not sizzling – chemistry so far, and I do love a good enemies-to-lovers tale, so it should be fun to watch them argue their way to an epic romance.

The show looks like it has some pretty intense drama to deliver as well, and against my own expectations, I’m pretty interested. Normally I don’t care for too much business or politics in my dramas, but I was hooked when I learned that Hoon is Minister Ma’s estranged son, that there was an older son who died, and that Hoon blames his father. As an added bonus, I appreciate that Hoon’s disillusionment with love doesn’t involve the trope of a past where he was betrayed by a girl he loved, but because of his tragically broken family. My interest was cinched when Hoon left Minister Ma in tears — politics isn’t my thing, but complex villains most definitely are. If a show can make me feel sympathy for the man who (presumably, based on his contact with the assassin) arranged for the crown prince’s assassination in the very first episode, then Show, kudos to you and I hope you continue to deliver. I’m sorry I won’t be there to recap it, but I’ll definitely be watching.

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Huh. This almost makes me want to complete watching the 1st episode. But no, I dropped it after ep 2, andwae, I can't.

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Same, except the first episode was so full of tired old tropes that I kept finding other things to watch, and so decided to drop this after watching the first episode. It’s now 2 months later, and I have zero interest in ever giving it another try.

I actually got pretty bummed reading a list and brief synopsis of all the upcoming Kdramas for 2020. They all sound like dramas I’ve already seen - some many times - just with new names and different actors. And I just discovered Kdramas 2 and a half years ago.

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I'm with you on that. I also started watching dramas in late 2017 (more properly in 2018) & even I feel the same.

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Sorry Kim Min-jae. I might be back after MY COUNTRY.

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i thought when watching this drama its about marriage agency and the wittyness and quirk around that and different premises. but it just another story with the same plot. they even dont let us enjoyed several episodes of the silliness. it jump from ep 1 the angsts and the predictable plots.

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Oh, I dunno, I immediately fell for Seo Ji hoon - and you say he's only 2nd lead? I'm now very hesitant. I'll give it a short go (as I'm still a bit obsessed with Untamed but it's winding down slightly) so now I'm willing to at least try something new.

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We need a Seo Jihoon spin-off :(

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+1 for the spin-off

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I just watched the first episode and I'm like, seriously, Seo Ji hoon is NOT the first lead, but that boring guy is??

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Before it aired, I was just looking forward to Kim Minjae. But now they’ve introduced Soo as such a sweet and good guy, I can’t bear to watch him unhappy!!!

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First time watching Kim Min Jae, though he appeared briefly and memorably in Goblin. This guy is talented. Worth watching the show.

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I love Soo! But I also like Kim Min Jae's deep voice. Seo Ji hoon seems to have chemistry with everyone, but Kim Min Jae seems to be forced. Maybe it's the role he's playing right now. I really don't like the two leads as end game. But it's still (ep 2 so far) intriguing.

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I've already added a couple of his dramas on my to watch list.

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The episodes are getting better...

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I love this show.
Kim Min Jae is delivering some serious charismatic acting. His looks reminds me a bit of Yeo Jin Goo...
I haven't warm up to the lead actress Gong Seung Yeon but I will wait and see how she transforms ...
Seo Ji Hoon is good here too. Whether he gets the girl or not, he would end up as a good king.
Please continue to recap...the show will get more interesting

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Um, but I don't like Yeo Jin Goo. However, Kim Min Jae as it turns out, is a Scorpio and I always give Scorpios a big chance. Now I'm conflicted.

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Wait.
Do you pick actors based on their signs?

Are there signs you dont like?

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No, only signs I do like...
I also tend to pick actors for other shallow reasons.

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Hahaha please continue watching Kim Min Jae... he is good..
I wasn't a big fan of Yeo Jin Goo until Hotel Del Luna...

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On the other hand, I couldn't even watch Hotel del Luna because of Yeo Jin Goo. But as it turned out for me, that was a good thing because I got obsessed with the c-drama Untamed instead. And that's become my favorite drama - ever, ever.

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I liked that they revealed Hoon's back story and the reason for his jaded views on love fairly early and in its entirety instead of bits and pieces of info scattered throughout the show (ahem, I Wanna Hear Your Song!!).

I also liked that the show focus on the love stories of the characters with palace intrigue at the lowest end of the scale. I mean the country could be invaded and in strife but what's important here is how the King needs to find love. It's old school and tropey but it's exactly what I want.

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I agree with you. I think it's refreshing for them to start off Hoon as an outsider to the childhood couple and probably ended up as the OTP. There should be a lot of angst to the relationship as one navigates true love versus arranged marriage.

I also like the idea that love can creep in slowly versus the typical fall in love at first sight. It gives a depth and dimension to the love story that one can build love from the basis of appreciation and respect between the couple.

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I like the leads, I like the teasers, and this show is PRETTY but plot-wise and editing-wise? This show gave me headaches. The cuts and the camera angles made me even more sick as I had fever while watching the first two episodes.

Despite all of that, I'm staying and not dropping this show (yet. So many Beanies told me to drop it and keep my sanity). Why? For Soo. My sweet child Soo deserves all the love and happiness in this world and if that doesn't happen then...

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I like it, but it was the 4th episode that hooked me. I'm all in!!!

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Yes yes the 4th episode is good

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After the first episode, I'll just say this: I don't care who gets the girl, I want bromance - the two lead males have much more chemistry.

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thanks for the recap...i like this show so far, though watching without subs, so this recap totally helps..i'm not totally 100% sure which is the main male lead LOL

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Kim Min Jae (Hoon, the matchmaking leader) is supposed to be the lead.. or at least the two guys are leads... it's not so obvious unlike other sageuk dramas that usually pairs off the lead actress with the prince or childhood friend/sweetheart.

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I don't care for the plot ...neither for the two supporting pretty guys ( The handsome one and the cute one ..not to mention that their makeup makes me cringe so much ,I skip their parts )...And I fell for Soo, too (And I like KMJ too ),but he is not the MAIN reason I'm watching it..The only reason I'm keeping up with this drama is Gae ttong ... The cute little baby girl who runs around jumping up and down and keeps laughing and smiling all the time with that tanned skin and torn clothes ...I realized that she makes me happy and what I need these days so much is happiness ....

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Despite starting three dramas next week (Tale of Nokdu, Extraordinary You, My Country), I love Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency, so I'll have to keep watching. Hoon figuring out Soo is the king by recognizing his father among the guards gave me goosebumps. I wondered how the Flower Crew had not known who became the king when Joon find outs everything and how Soo had not known where Gae-ddong is when the king can find anyone.

I don't have Second Lead Syndrome, but I'm conflicted. Kim Min-jae and Gong Seung-yeon's chemistry is insane, and I love enemies-turned-lovers romances with their endless bickering, but Soo is so earnest and so in love with Gae-ddong, my heart breaks for him already. Hoon and Gae-ddong's cohabitation will be the death of me. I swooned when he tied her hair with his ribbon. This OST is perfect: Soo and Gae-ddong's sad ballad (Jeong Se-woon) and Hoon and Gae-ddong's sweet ballad (🎵Always be with you🎵) with cherry blossoms falling.

I admit my eyes glaze over every time the show shifts to politics, and the writing and editing could be tighter: Soo went to the Flower Agency four times; where were the first three times? Soo accepted and adapted to being king easily, and Hoon fell for Gae-ddong fast. I assumed Gae-ddong's orabeoni was Minister Ma's assassin like 100 Days My Prince. I'm waiting for Hoon to tell Gae-ddong he'll find her orabeoni for her.

Thanks a ton for the first-episode recap, @LollyPip!

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im so agree with you. the chemistry between Hoon and Gaeddong is insane. afterall this is a light fusion sageuk drama and thats why i enjoy this so much because i cant stand the real sageuk dramas.

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I agree with you too... The uptight x d astocratic Hoon and unrefined GD seem totally unsuited for each other. Yet there's something about her that tipped him over the edge. Whether he is actually flabbergasted at her crudeness or shaken by her lack of dectorum, he is definitely not unaffected by her...

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🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ Came and stayed for Kim Soo! 💕 looks like a standard romcom fluff piece so I’m not complaining. Looking forward to light viewing with this one.

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Thank you, @lollypip, for recapping the first episode of FLOWER CREW: JOSEON MARRIAGE AGENCY. I'm enjoying the show so far.

@sincerelytod, your Joseon-era great-great-grandpa, Barrel O'Doom, put in an appearance that was a lot more compelling than nearly anything I've ever seen by Ox Cart Of Doom. If I'm not mistaken, @yyishere did that bounding action cameo -- I'd recognize her work anywhere.

Between flapping chickens and squealing pigs trying to escape being squashed by the bouncing casks, I cracked up at the carefully choreographed mayhem. I especially appreciated Kim Min-jae's flick of the wrist when he crisply snapped his signal flags to set the whole shebang in motion. ;-)

Um, is the leading lady really named "dog poop," or am I misunderstanding something?! I know she's supposed to be a lowly commoner, but this is ridiculous. Say it ain't so. It's really a homonym, right? Right?

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I’m not watching (yet?) but I’ve been surprised since I saw the promos that her name is “dog-poop”. It’s probably a fake name to cover her real identity.

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Thank you, @wishfultoki! I needed a reality check, since I recognized it as the name of Jang Na-ra's unborn baby in FATED TO LOVE YOU, and the
dog part from various slave/peasant names (e.g., Dongrokgae in NOKDU FLOWER). I guess I just wasn't expecting it to be a name used by women. Silly (and sexist) me! Gae-ddong works, however, for a low-class tomboy, which may also have started out as protective coloration, and turned into her survival strategy: handyperson who's not too proud to take on some of the worst and dirtiest jobs. She's the Joseon female equivalent of of Mike Rowe. LOL! (https://mikerowe.com/about-mike/bio/) And since she really is a fishwife at least one day a month, no one expects her to be polite or soft-spoken.

I think you're right about it's being an alias, and suspect that she had actually been born into a yangban or scholarly family that had been framed for treason (based on her silk hanbok when she was in hiding at night in the woods as a little kid). Shades of 100 DAYS MY PRINCE. -- More on that elsewhere. ;-)

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What's your verdict so far @pakalanapikake? I just finished ROOKIE HISTORIAN, a light fusion sageuk but which paradoxically touched on some interesting historical issues like smallpox and Catholicism in 19th century Joseon. I think you might enjoy it even though the female historian angle is fictitious. It's beautifully filmed too. *shameless plug*

Anyway, I had FLOWER CREW on my to-watch list but it seems to have turned serious pretty quickly! I wanted to see something hilarious like Jo Bo A's drama special "Let us Meet", which is about a matchmaking agency finding a husband for a country bumpkin during Japanese occupation.

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I've already dropped flower, and quite disappointed to do so.
Picked up Tale of Nokdu, which I am loving! A much better drama in every aspect, imo. Or maybe it's just that I like boys who look like girls...(and yes, he is prettier than her).
Just the right mix of danger and humor and good acting.

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@wishfultoki,
Many thanks for your considered opinion and "shameless plug" for ROOKIE HISTORIAN. Since it passes the "Toki Test," I'm inclined to give it a shot, especially in light of the historical topics you mentioned.

NOKDU FLOWER touched on Catholicism in late Joseon ever so tangentially. I'd actually read up on it while watching MAWANG because the church where one of the characters volunteered has a large portrait of martyred French missionaries and their Korean flock. The history of Catholicism in Korea is fascinating. King Injo's Seja Sohyeon, who was held hostage in Qing, met a German Jesuit missionary & astronomer in Beijing through whom he became acquainted with the religion and Western culture and science, and brought them back to Korea in 1645. His father was not amused. To make a long story short, Donghak arose as a reaction against this "Western learning." [end of tangent]

I'm liking FLOWER CREW, especially the three leads. Yes, it has turned serious, but that's okay. I'm not sure where it's headed, so it's keeping me guessing.

For goofiness and hilarity I've been tuning in to PEGASUS MARKET and WHEN THE CAMELLIA BLOOMS. In the latter, Kang Ha-neul is terrific as the most dorktastically sincere protagonist I've seen in a long spell. Highly recommended, with the caution that there's a serial killer skulking about. Police Officer Yong-sik and his little buddy Pil-gu are terrific, as is Go Du-shim, who plays KHN's widowed mom. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake I would be interested to hear what you make of ROOKIE HISTORIAN's blend of history and fiction. It's a surprisingly thoughtful show packaged as a light sageuk. I think you would enjoy the guest appearances too.

I will try FLOWER CREW when a few more episodes are out. Same goes for PEGASUS MARKET. I'm just not good at waiting for episodes every week, unless they are shows with a decidedly episodic structure, like SPECIAL LABOR INSPECTOR JO. I loved live-watching that one because every week brought little victories for the Jang Poong team.

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@wishfultoki October 1, 2019 at 8:29 AM

It will be a while before I get to ROOKIE HISTORIAN as my plate is already full. Your comments in particular have increased its appeal to me. Maybe I can think of it as an alternate-universe Joseon that allows women to become scholars. How radical.

I've just let VAGABOND slide because of MY COUNTRY's imminent premiere. I need all my mental bandwidth for a serious sageuk.

You'd asked earlier about FLOWER CREW, and after watching this week's episodes, I can truly say that I'm enjoying it. It's not a spoiler to note that each episode has a flower associated with it. Ep. 6's was Persian silk tree (often called "mimosa" here in the USA; my Mom planted one in our yard years ago). Show has an episodic element to it as far as the match-making is concerned. But skullduggery at the palace is afoot, and heating up. It's the right amount of intrigue without actual historical politics, as far as I can tell. Just my speed.

Kim Min-jae is doing well as the leader of the agency. He first caught my eye in ROMANTIC DOCTOR TEACHER KIM -- and I was tickled to learn that he's returning to season 2, along with many of the ER & OR crews. I wasn't all that keen to watch, but now that I know a bunch of my favorite secondary characters and their actors will be back, I want to tune in, and hopefully get more of the back stories.

I also enjoyed KMJ's turn in THE BEST HIT as the idol trainee son of a time-traveling Hallyu star (Yoon Si-yoon) who's only a few years older than the offspring he didn't know he had. Junior is more mature than his biological dad, and is earnest and hard-working. The show started out strong but got a bit angsty because of the ensuing love triangle, but it still had some very touching thoughts on the nature of family and friends. And it had great music, including an impassioned rap that KMJ did for the OST.

KMJ's kingly showdown with Gong Yoo as Goryeo general Kim Shin at the start of GOBLIN was intense. I'm glad to see him in another sageuk, even if it's a fusion one.

Leading lady Gong Seung-yeon is doing a great job as the feisty Gae-ddong. And I really enjoy Seo Ji-hoon's "royal blacksmith."

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To watch or not to watch ?
I powered through Fairy Woodcutter for Seo Ji Hoon, and I don't want to watch him as Second Lead :(

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Do continue watching. Look out for Kim Min Jae too....

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I'm doing that too! Watching Fairy just for SJH, esp once I discovered his scenes in Flower are minimal. So disappointed, and I'm not crazy about Kim Min Jae, though I'm in the minority for sure.

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Yeah, not a fan of KMJ. I will pass.
Tales of Nokdu is more interesting, YJD is such a hoot.

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I had no intention of watching this show, but I recognized the actress and I decided to check the first episode. And I am so happy , I really like both male leads, they are gorgeous, aren't they?!

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Following this drama mainly for my girl Gong Seungyeon. Didn't have high expections but I'm actually enjoying the episodes. But it isn't the type where I'll be dying to see the next episodes. I'm just enjoying it as I watch it.

I'm a bit bothered with the directing though. I feel awkward whenever they stage skinship for GaeDdong and Ma Hoon. It feels forced to me at times. It's not because I'm not rooting for Ma Hoon though. I actually like both Hoon and Soo.

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Yeah... she is gonna have a hard time choosing between both

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You're not the only one that thinks the GaeDdong and Ma Hoon scenes feel forced. Plus they're putting them together in way too many scenes: okay, we get it already, you want them to be the OTP, stop forcing it down our throats, you're really trying too hard. I want more Soo scenes. He's the best actor by far.

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It would've been better if they developed their relationship more naturally instead of constantly getting them into "accidents." I was watching the making videos and they're much more adorable in there than in the drama lol

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I watch it for the 3 main actors. I'm curious to see GD's transformation and it's always pretty fun to watch the ML becoming softer in contact with the FL.

But they shouldn't forget that it a sageuk in the first place.

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No, every since Solomon's Perjury SJJ has this effect on me where I adore him. Ugh, I knew from teasers I would have SLS and I was right. KMJ I like ya, but can you please fall back.

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This drama has every potential to be an epic drama that manages to attract 1st time kdrama watchers into the never ending rabbit hole. But how odd is that our impression of a drama can be heavily altered by our preconceived notions about what the drama should be based on the genre or the bits and pieces provided by the teasers.

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Wisely commented. This drama deserves a chance... I find a few of the parts as bit draggy but somehow I like the interactions between Hoon and GD.

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The drama has a chance (which they're already blowing it) but potential to be epic? Hmm, I don't think so. So far they haven't done anything that hasn't been done before, nor is it present in any new or clever way.

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Ok... so just triple checking here--was there any sort of indication the male lead is actually our matchmaker? Because HOLY COW their chemistry. But our king-to-be is so sweet to her, and the premise... I don't know what to doooo anymore!!

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Haha .... The king to be is a real puppy... So earnest and sincere whereas the matchmaker Hoon is the exact opposite with baggages but when he is next to her, he drops everything, his cool and guarded facade ...

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I was really underwhelmed by this. I've watched the first 4 episodes so far and my opinion didn't change.
All the characters are written "by numbers". We have seen them all gazillions of times. The spunky, hard-working, poor female. The aristocratic, cold but inwardly sensitive male. The elegant Joseon dandy. The villains. The funnies. And the story. And the fluff. YAWWWWN. This promises to be a second Hwarang (and no, that's not a compliment). My excuse for watching it so far is that I was down with the flu, and I needed something light-hearted.

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At least Seo Ji-hoon can act and I love his Kim Soo, but he was best as the blacksmith. He doesn't have much to do as King.

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You made it 3 episodes longer than me. I realized, when it took me 3 days to get through the first episode, this drama wasn’t going to interest me. What a contrast to The Tale of Nokdu (and also Rookie Historian), which immediately caught my interest and made me anxiously await the next episode.

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I'm done watching Flower Crew so far until ep 15. Another one ep to go.

To me, Kim Min Jae such a good actor. This is his first to be male lead in the drama. So not expecting too much. And just knew he's actually good. He has his own character. And he did a good job.

I feel his emotions. It's hard to pretending you're not believed in what you cant see when you're actually feel it.

As you know, everyone has their own charms. Same goes to the actor and actress. Wish them luck. And I really want to see more Kim Min Jae's acting. Same goes to others. Looking forward to their next project.

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Tale of Nokdu was excellent in every way. The female lead was so-so (I had liked her much more in modern dramas), but all in all everything was satisfactory.

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After watching the 5th episode I am officially in love with this drama.... and with Kim Min Jae

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I really hope lollypip will continue to recap this drama

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This looks/sounds absolutely charming, and for some reason it kind of reminds me of Rookie Historian, in part because of Teh Pretty, and in part because it sounds like the kind of lighthearted, romcom-ish premise that ends up delivering some interesting twists and a healthy dose of angst. (And I love the politics in sageuks, too).

I am far from opposed from being amused and entertained by a drama in which the primary attraction is the handsome actors (as the recapper noted, Hwarang!!) but it can't be too boring or I'll drop it. This is definitely a look-see. I'm much more attracted to it than I am to the new JCW drama, which I can't seem to force myself (and that's pretty much what it would be) to start watching.

OTOH, I am excited about Secret Boutique, but waiting for a chunk of episodes before I start it. (I find myself really being frustrated by the on-air dramas, and having to wait for episodes, and then wait even longer - sometimes 4 or 5 days - for subs). And I LOVE Graceful Family! The totally tongue-in-cheek makjang-iness of this drama is absolutely fabulous fun!! I just hate waiting for new episodes and subs.

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I really don't care about the "too common" plot. I just miss Park Jihoon: our ParkWinkie and Wannable's beloved "Jeojang" cutie (which he showed in Episode 1). Then the "Nayana" on Episode 2. As long as I will get a glimpse of his idol days, I'm good... too good! ♥

And oh, Kim Minjae as lead!♥ I've been waiting for him to take a lead role. I've seen him in Tempted and My First Time only for supporting roles but he never failed to catch my attention since then... now is the time to shine, babyyyy!☺

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More of kim min Jae please .. I don't normally warm up to an actor this fast. But there's something about him thats very unassuming and charming. There's also something very intense about him when he is serious or contemplating...

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Watch the drama Tempted and My First Time.
His role is being that "bestfriend" and did not really get much of the spotlight but still really really charming.♥ I bet you will like him more. His deep voice is a big plus ++++

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I say skip Tempted and watch The Best Hit for him instead.

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oooh yeaaa. I forgot The Best Hit!! I noticed just now that I've been watching all his drama. I maybe his fan and just realized it now. :)))) He's really cute with that shy dimples.♥

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Thank you jinglebelle..finally he gets to be the lead... I look forward to his role ... From a matchmaker to a maker of his own heart's desire

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I knoooow.♥ We will have a new episode again later. I can't wait.

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@jinglebelle
I wish to see more interactions between the leads ... I think Kim Min Jae is leading the show well...

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I don’t know why, but this drama is strangely addictive.

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It is. I don't know why either.

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Yes me too.. I even watched the non subs

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I'm at epi 12 and sorry to say that as much as I love Kim Min Jae, I think his acting and interpretation of the character could go a bit further. His face and Seo Ji Hoon's facial expressions need to go beyond worried/constipated (seriously unattractive tsundere look by the way), and trying not to smile because some girl made them happy.

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