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Boys Before Flowers: Episode 6

Oooh, things just got good. (Finally!)

Episode 6 got off to a rocky start (I laughed along embarrassedly for the first part), but then they kicked up the angst — and given how this drama fails when attempting cutesy or slapstick humor, this is a much welcome turn. The cast is much better as dramatic actors than comic ones, so that gives us some nice scenes from just about everyone.

SONG OF THE DAY

T-MAX – “Lion Heart.” I’m usually one of those annoying music snobs, but I admit that after trying out some T-MAX lately, I’m digging their songs more than I’d ordinarily like to admit. Lol. I prefer their other stuff to the already-overused-and-bludgeoned-to-death “Paradise” from the Boys Before Flowers OST, though. [ Download ]

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EPISODE 6 RECAP

Jun-pyo undresses. Jan-di nervously tells him to cut it out. Laughing at her reaction, Jun-pyo calls her a dummy and heads toward the water in his swim trunks.

Jan-di gets back at him by telling him there’s a snake by his feet, then laughs as Jun-pyo dashes off fearfully, believing her joke.

There’s a really clumsy transition as everyone lazes on the beach. Ga-eul looks out at the water and senses something amiss; she grows more concerned as she shouts Jan-di’s name, which rouses Jun-pyo from his nap.

Jan-di is struggling to remain afloat (in, like, FOUR FEET of water), suffering a muscle cramp. Jun-pyo tries to go after her, but his feet won’t budge in the shallow water. A brief flashback of a body struggling in the water tells us that there’s something traumatic in Jun-pyo’s past that explains why he can’t swim.

Instead, Ji-hoo darts past and swims out to rescue Jan-di. (Based on how far Ji-hoo swims, I think she’s supposed to be out in deeper waters, but the effect is totally ruined when the camera shows the ocean floor, and Jan-di is clearly tall enough to stand above the waterline.)

Ji-hoo brings Jan-di in, and now that she’s safe, Jun-pyo keeps at a distance, upset with himself for not being able to do anything.

Back in Korea, Jun-pyo’s mother asks Mr. Jung what Jun-pyo is up to. (Her name is Kang Hee-soo, but it seems disrespectful to call a Korean mom by her first name — so I’ll be referring to her as Madam Kang, unless someone has a better suggestion.) Feeling sympathetic toward Jun-pyo, Mr. Jung tells her of the weekend trip with F4, leaving the girls out of it.

Awash in self-loathing, Jun-pyo takes to the hot tub alone, and as he slides underwater, a flashback shows Little Jun-pyo flailing in water and crying out for help.

Woo-bin and Yi-jung explain to Jan-di that when Jun-pyo was six, he’d been kidnapped. The car was chased and went into the river — with Jun-pyo in it. Yeah, I think that would do it for me too.

Perhaps compensating for his inability to save Jan-di, Jun-pyo takes extra care with elaborate dinner preparations. He particularly fusses over Jan-di, saying that her muscles cramped because she’s not eating properly; he fills her plate and instructs her to eat up.

Quieter than usual, Ji-hoo leaves the table without eating. Concerned, Jan-di follows him out to the pier, watching as the flower girl from the village hands him a potted flower and tells him to give it to his girlfriend.

At dinner, Yi-jung teases Ga-eul, under the mistaken impression that she likes Jun-pyo. Confused, Ga-eul tells him that’s ridiculous. Referring to their hilltop conversation, Yi-jung asks why she cares so much whether Jan-di and Jun-pyo get into trouble, then. Ga-eul blurts, “That’s because there’s someone else Jan-di li…”

She cuts herself off, but it’s enough for Yi-jung to guess what she was about to say.

More horrible music (are we even surprised anymore?) as the group enjoys the party, until Jun-pyo draws their attention to his specially planned fireworks display. He sneaks a look at Jan-di, then looks away quickly when she glances at him.

Jan-di smiles in appreciation, her good mood lasting until she comes out of her bathroom later that evening to see Jun-pyo unexpectedly in her room. Immediately nervous, she backs away and remembers the psychic’s prediction that she’ll be losing “something important, as a woman.”

But Jun-pyo surprises her by kneeling at her feet and fastening an anklet on her leg. It’s a cheap trinket from the marketplace, but he warns, “It may be cheap but if you lose it, you’re dead.” His tactics may lack a certain finesse, but Jan-di looks touched at the gesture.

Jan-di heads next door to Ga-eul’s room, but when her knock goes unanswered, she wanders the pier. Spotting Ji-hoo alone on the beach, she heads down to talk to him.

Ji-hoo shows her the flower and explains that it means the recipient will be happy, which is why you’re supposed to give it to someone you love. She wonders what happened with Seo-hyun, and he answers, “I realized how pathetic I was. There was nothing for me to do but wait all day in an empty apartment.” Bitterly, he adds: “Do you know what it’s like being nothing but a burden to the woman you love? You called them pathetic fools who can’t do anything on their own.”

Those are the words she flung at him at the airport; he says she was right, and other than loving one woman (“like a habit”), “I don’t know how to do anything. I’m pathetic.”

Ji-hoo offers the flower to Jan-di. Knowing what that symbolizes, she declines it. She says it’s meant for Seo-hyun, but I think part of her is thinking of Jun-pyo, and she turns to leave.

Ji-hoo grabs her arm and whirls her around in a hug. “It’s so cold, I can’t take it.”

After a moment, Jan-di draws back and walks away, flustered.

She hurries back to her room, outside which Jun-pyo is waiting, worried that something happened to her. As soon as he sees her, he scolds her for going off without notice.

Feeling guilty, Jan-di tells him, “I’m sorry.” Jun-pyo tells her not to swim or go off on walks alone, and leaves Jan-di to brood about her encounter with Ji-hoo.

Back on the beach, Ji-hoo picks up her anklet from the sand (which Jan-di doesn’t realize is missing until morning).

Jun-pyo, however, sees it on Ji-hoo’s wrist at breakfast. He grabs his arm to take a closer look, but covers up his alarm and doesn’t elaborate.

Trying not to jump to conclusions, Jun-pyo notices Jan-di isn’t wearing her anklet and asks where it went. Nervously, Jan-di lies that she left it in her room, since he’d give her hell if she lost it. He doesn’t really believe her but tries to let it go

Later, however, when the guys are having fun in an energetic game of volleyball, Jun-pyo asks Ji-hoo what’s up with the bracelet. Ji-hoo hands it over and tells him, “It’s Jan-di’s. She must have dropped it last night. Return it to her.”

At this proof that Jan-di met Ji-hoo last night — and worse, she lied — Jun-pyo is shaken so badly that he loses all concentration in the game.

Completely distracted as he puts together her lies, Jun-pyo doesn’t react when the ball hurtles toward him. It hits him in the face, bloodying his nose. He mumbles that he’s fine and stumbles away drunkenly, walking into the net before managing to head off to wash up.

(I suppose this is to show us how shocked he is, but come on — he’s heartbroken, not drug-addled.)

As he takes in the situation, Jun-pyo’s dazed reaction turns dark, and he sets off to find Ji-hoo, who is paddling calmly out to sea in a kayak. Jun-pyo grabs another one and paddles madly to catch up.

When he reaches him, for a moment it’s uncertain how he’ll act, but Jun-pyo passes him like this is some kind of heated race with no finish line. Maybe it is. Perhaps Ji-hoo figures it’s better to avoid provoking a confrontation, but I think it’s pretty wimpy for him to turn around silently and head back to shore.

When Jun-pyo turns around to see Ji-hoo paddling away, he throws his paddle in frustration.

I guess all that exertion wears out his anger, because the next thing we know they’re both back on the shore and nobody’s beaten to a pulp. While Jun-pyo sleeps, Jan-di finds Ji-hoo preparing a sailboat to head out for some fishing. He invites her along and (ignoring my repeated exclamations of “DON’T GO YOU IDIOT”) she goes.

Ga-eul is starting to find Yi-jung’s persistent attention aggravating (which I’m sure none of us understands, eh?), so when he finds her on the beach, she hurries away. To a TWO-PERSON BOAT. Good intention, but maybe you oughtta work on unmixing those messages.

Yi-jung hops aboard and brings up Ga-eul’s comment last night, asking about the guy Jan-di likes. He doesn’t seem too worried about it, since he’s fairly certain Jan-di’s type leans toward bad boys: namely, Jun-pyo.

Ga-eul retorts that the guy Jan-di likes might turn out to be her soulmate (then cringes at blurting out more info inadvertently).

Yi-jung doesn’t make an issue of that, though, asking instead whether Ga-eul actually believes in soulmates. She answers, “Of course. Playboys like you can’t understand, but there is such a thing as a true love who stays with you all your life.”

Yi-jung: “Have you met your soulmate?”
Ga-eul: “Not yet. But when he shows up, I won’t let go, because I’d regret losing someone like that for the rest of my life.”

Whatever anger Jun-pyo felt earlier, he seems to work it out, because he takes Jan-di along in a helicopter ride to show her something. In the air, he points out a field that’s shaped like a heart: “I’d decided that when I found a girl I liked, I’d bring her here.”

She registers the meaning of those words as Jun-pyo smiles, asking, “Can you see my heart?” He seems very pleased with everything, but Jan-di looks away uneasily.

That night, Woo-bin and Yi-jung announce a Ji-hoo emergency: They’ve learned that Seo-hyun is engaged.

This explains why Ji-hoo has changed, but Jan-di feels awful: “Ji-hoo’s going to hate me.” By that, Jan-di means her wish that Seo-hyun marry a famous foreign husband, which she’d told Ji-hoo before knowing of their relationship.

She’s lost in her distress when Jun-pyo finds her, and asks if she’s accepted his feelings.

He leans in closer as though to kiss her, but she pulls away. Disappointed, he stops, then tells her, “Don’t make me wait too long.”

Feeling bad for Ji-hoo, Jan-di heads down to the beach to find him. She asks with tears in her eyes if the rumors of Seo-hyun’s engagement are true, and tells him she’s sorry.

He sounds so defeated as he tells her he can’t compare to Seo-hyun’s fiancé that Jan-di insists he’s wrong. Seeing how much his pain affects her, Ji-hoo gathers her in a hug.

She entreats, “Please be happy… because if you’re unhappy, I am too.”

Wondering, “How could I not like a girl like you?,” Ji-hoo leans in and kisses her.

The kiss lasts for a few seconds, but when Ji-hoo pulls back, Jun-pyo stands there. Gulp.

Jun-pyo asks: “Is that what was going on?” He approaches slowly, then suddenly punches Ji-hoo. Jan-di pleads with him, but he turns to her in a cold fury. “I wanted to believe you.” He’d tried his best because he didn’t want to regret not trusting her.

Jun-pyo: “I showed you my true self. But this was your answer?”
Jan-di: “That’s not it. It’s not…”
Jun-pyo: “It’s really over now. Geum Jan-di, don’t act like you know me anymore.”

Ji-hoo tries to call him back. Jun-pyo yells at him to shut up: “If you say one more word, I’ll kill you.”

The next morning, Jun-pyo is gone. The others wonder what could have prompted him to ditch them all, and Woo-bin asks Jan-di if she has any guesses. Uncomfortable, she says nothing.

On the boat later, Ga-eul takes out a bracelet like the one Jan-di lost, which she’d bought it in the marketplace. Apparently it’s supposed to be given to the person you want to spend your life with, and Ga-eul wonders, “Maybe it’s like asking them not to run away.”

At home, Jan-di puts her anklet away in her drawer, which reminds her of the auctioned swimming goggles lying there that Jun-pyo had given her. That sends her down memory lane: she recalls the night they were locked in the cold together, how he saved her from the bullies, how he took her up in the helicopter to tell her he liked her… Sorrowfully, she says, “I’m sorry, Gu Jun-pyo.”

At school, Jan-di apologizes to Ji-hoo for the incident on the beach; she shouldn’t have gone looking for him. Ji-hoo says he should be the one to apologize. She replies, “I’m the one who hurt Jun-pyo.” I’m pretty sure they’re both guilty on that score, but I suppose she has a point.

Picking up a piece of chalk from the ground, Ji-hoo doodles a picture of Jun-pyo on the wall. Jan-di takes over, adding an angrier scowl and curlier hair. She laughs at first, but the smile fades and she fights tears.

During lunchtime, Jun-pyo strolls into the cafeteria with Woo-bin and Yi-jung and rings the bell to command everyone’s attention. He has an official F4 announcement to make: “Yoon Ji-hoo is no longer part of F4.”

Everyone gasps, and even Woo-bin and Yi-jung are shocked. Jun-pyo continues coldly, “In one week, Yoon Ji-hoo and Geum Jan-di will be expelled from this school.”

The mean girls assume this is Jan-di’s doing and blame her for messing everything up — it’s all her fault that F4 has been disrupted and Ji-hoo kicked out of the group. She must take responsibility!

Ji-hoo interrupts: “I’ll take responsibility.” He denounces the girls for ganging up on Jan-di, to which Ginger protests, “If you act like this, we can’t take your side.” He shoots back, “Who asked you to?”

So now both Ji-hoo and Jan-di are in the same persona non grata boat. Jan-di figures that Jun-pyo won’t go through with his threat — she may be expellable, but surely not Ji-hoo. Ji-hoo reminds her whose school this is.

She wonders if there’s a way out of the mess, and he responds, “I’ll have to find one, because now I have a reason not to sit back and concede quietly.”

Ji-hoo says that last bit with a meaningful smile at Jan-di, which she takes to mean that he wants to reconcile with F4. Ji-hoo laughs and calls her dumb, because that’s not what he was referring to: “I don’t care about that.”

I love this next scene: Yi-jung drops by to tell Ji-hoo in a hard tone that he’d always understood what Ji-hoo did, and even thought Jun-pyo was sometimes hard to take. That’s why he never expected to be saying these things now.

Yi-jung: “Why did you do it?”
Ji-hoo: “I just felt like it.”
Yi-jung: “Jun-pyo liked Jan-di—”
Ji-hoo: “—and I knew it.”

That angers Yi-jung: “I can’t tolerate you messing with a friend’s girl.” Ji-hoo says he is sorry to Jun-pyo, but he can’t let him kick Jan-di out of school.

Yi-jung: “So? What are you going to do?”
Ji-hoo: “I have to do something.”
Yi-jung: “You’re not going to have anyone on your side this time.”

Meanwhile, Woo-bin appeals to Jun-pyo, saying he understands his anger but that he’s going too far. He reminds Jun-pyo that Ji-hoo’s not himself right now, and that he’s acting out because of what happened with Seo-hyun.

Jun-pyo answers, “That jerk didn’t do that because he really likes Jan-di. He was just using her because of Seo-hyun. That’s more unforgivable.” When Woo-bin tries again, Jun-pyo snaps, “Don’t defend that jerk anymore. One more word and you’re out too.”

 
TANGENT

You know, Boys Before Flowers kinda reminds me of the whole Twilight phenomenon — which is surprising to me since I like Boys Before Flowers but remain staunchly anti-Twilight.

Both have this compelling story at the core but are obscured by flawed storytelling. The hunky lead males are by all rights not supposed to be hero material and yet are, perhaps largely because they’re just so damn beautiful and charismatic. It doesn’t hurt that they’re devoted to their ladies — to a near-disturbing extent, but which somehow becomes transformed in fiction as appealing. Also, both franchises attract widespread fervor among its core audience — and just as much disdain from those who feel superior to what they regard as trashy stuff.

Yet, you can’t deny that it’s got a mighty pull. For people who hate it, no amount of persuasion will convince them that it’s worthy, while for those who love it, criticism won’t keep them from loving it. In both cases, the material is told in a clunky and clumsy way — if only more skilled artists were telling the story!! — but is still undeniably able to tap into something deeper that stirs up intense emotions. While the target audience may be teenage girls, I think it’s reductive to say that that’s the ONLY audience. (Helloooo, points at self.) It’s part fairy tale, part escapism, and part basic human longing. Even if the first two don’t get ya, the last one just might.

Oh gawd. I think I just wrote a semi-defense of Twilight. Curse you, Boys Before Flowers!

 

 
COMMENTS

I think that what’s been holding back the series in the first five episodes is a borrowed feeling it couldn’t quite shake off entirely. Personally, I think Boys Before Flowers is best when it takes its own spin on things — Jan-di’s entrance to Shinhwa, Jun-pyo’s character — and falters when adapting too literally.

But I felt a shift in this episode, which moved us from comic adaptation into (more of) a thing of its own. It’s starting to feel like its own series, with its own characters and own conflicts. Maybe it’s just me, but this episode was the first time I didn’t think, “Well the other version did it another way…” I hope this is a good indication of the future, and think (hope) that the comparisons may start to die now.

I like this plot turn, because just as Jan-di starts to enjoy all of Jun-pyo’s attention, it gets taken away. She was taking it for granted, and now that it’s gone, she starts to realize how much she likes Jun-pyo. Now the dynamic is all messed up and different and I really, really like that. Jun-pyo gets to be a cold-hearted bastard again (yet understandably so), while maybe Jan-di will have to exert herself a little now — she’s been on the receiving end all this time without giving. It’s not her fault because Jun-pyo has been giving without considering her opinion, so it’s like forced receiving, but the point remains — she’s gotta step it up now.

On the other hand, just as Kim Hyun-joong’s acting improves marginally, they give his character a pretty shitty turn. (Kim isn’t wonderful, but at least he’s not as distractingly bad as he was in the first few episodes.) How is he supposed to be Jun-pyo’s best friend when he seems to be actively undermining Jun-pyo’s relationship with Jan-di? In his (brief) defense, he’s being deliberately self-destructive because he’s so affected by losing Seo-hyun — lashing out at something covers up the hurt of the other thing. Well, he can be as SELF-destructive as he likes but that doesn’t excuse betraying a best friend willfully. Isn’t “bros before hos,” well, sacred male code?

Jan-di still sucks for not pulling away from Ji-hoo’s kiss, and I’m annoyed about that, but her betrayal of Jun-pyo is nothing compared to Ji-hoo’s. I hope this is resolved satisfactorily, because while I do love the angst — it feels real and palpable, for once — I hope they didn’t go too far in making Jan-di and Ji-hoo unlikable.

 
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This episode was MUCH better....
Bc I agree with what you said, Javabeans. They do better when they go their own thing rather than copying. WHen they just follow the plot for sake of following the plot, it seems like the series become "souless".
The essence that is Makino and Doumyoji gets lost when they follow the manga (or the J-Drama) script. It's like they stop thinking about the underlying emotions, and think only of following the manga to the letter.

Like Jan Di for example....she is actually starting to get annoying. And Makino is real annoying at times, but it's her sense of justice and pride that makes you side with her. But Jan Di copies Makino's actions without the sense pride that is at the core of it. So she ends up coming off as a real difficult girl for no reason. It also doesn't help the fact that they made Jan Di middle class instead of DIRT POOR like Makino is supposed to be.

Same thing with Joon Pyo. It was only at the very end of the episode (the fight with Ji Hoon) that we see the anger and meanness within him. And, let me jus say that that was a FABULOUS scene. Perfectly acted by Joon Pyo (what's the actor's name? lol) .

But anyways...this drama was getting shallow (bc they were trying to copy too much from the original plot without giving much thought to the essence of the story) but it is getting better. MUCH MUCH MUCH better. If this episode is a sign of things to come, next week should be AMAZING!!!!

Ooooo. Plus i can't wait to see Joon Pyo's noona! : D

P.S. Does anyone else notice the fact that Asian dramas tend to put some ugly foreigners to come off as good looking? Maybe it's cuz being Asian (and living in an Asian country) might have an effect on the way that you see foreigners.You know how ppl always say "Asian ppl look all the same" (im not trying to be racist or anything.......)? Maybe foreigners are all pretty much the same to them, too.
Like those "models"that F4 took with them. Ga Eul is MUCH MUCH prettier than both those girls. And that "chef" back in episode 2 (i think) was also REALLY UGLY.

I'm really not trying to be mean or racist or anything here. But i've always though bout this. Since Asians probably follow different standards for beauty (because their features are so different), maybe those watching in Korea think that because that Chef had blue eyes (or something, idk) she was pretty. When to us, she was ugly.

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It's weird, but I think Jandi only looks good when she's crying. That's also the only time the actress really emotes.

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OMO am i the 151th person who comment?i'm hana yori dango lover (i mean live action).i like dao ming tse,domyoji,jun pyo character.i dont care about my ajumma's age since i love the story so much.interesting to see cinderella story but with the prince who selfish n cruel rich guy,n the princess is not a lovely one but tough girl who prince so damn head over heels on her.that's why hyd story always be my fav;-)

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thanks for the recap!! : )
i enjoy reading your recaps as much if not more than watching the actual episodes themselves. : ) honestly, the episode became more interesting for me after reading your recap.

kim bum is truly an actor with lots of potential. he is my favorite character so far in this drama. he really made the character so yi-jung come alive, in the sense that yi-jung is no longer just a mere insubstantial supporting character to jun-pyo. in fact, i think yi-jung as a character (and kim bum as the actor) if given a meatier role in the drama may very easily steal the spotlight away.

i really like how kim bum portrayed yi-jung in this particular episode. especially the sequence when he goes and talks to ji-hoo. i think this is where kim bum's acting skills shine through in the drama so far. he can be all nice and suave for one moment and be very serious and commanding in the next moment---pulling off the acting transition very smoothly--making it believable and not awkward.

i am starting to see kim so eun in a new light after watching this episode. i think her acting is pretty good for a relatively young actress. especially, the interactions/chemistry between both kim so eun and kim bum, as well as the characters ga-eul and yi-jung are natural, more believable, and more enjoyable to watch compared to that of jun-pyo and jan-di's interactions (even though lee min-ho and gu hye-sun are strong actor and actress in their own right).

i really hope the writers/producers will give kim bum (yi-jung) and kim so eun (ga-eul) more screen time. in many ways, i'm mainly watching the drama for the two of them.

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one thing that's really starting to annoy me about this drama is the choppy, sometimes awkward transitions between scenes---it really disrupts the flow and the mood.

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spot on tangent, miss sarah... the setting of New Caledonia really lends to--- what i think is the best and simplest reading of the existence of literature so far-- your mention of it being,
"part fairy tale, part escapism, part basic human longing"
no denial, this really is those three, isn't it? if you fall under ANY of the three at all (which we ALL do, let's face it) then you must understand how this explains fanDOMS, the much-critical eye that people take when watching and obsessing over these dramas. this is the capturing, the pseudo-living out of all that we all dream about.

you would know, right? you have whole site dedicated to the three.it would actually be really nice to have a conversation with you. i've followed your writing from way back in the philippines, and i'm living in LA now.. one day, maybe a ridiculously awesome thing will happen in this world of part fairy tale, part escapism and part basic human longing, and i could buy you a coffee (or a gin, lime and tonic :P) while we dissect the things to bits.

always a pressure to read your stuff. :) thanks!

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"While the target audience may be teenage girls, I think it’s reductive to say that that’s the ONLY audience. (Helloooo, points at self.) It’s part fairy tale, part escapism, and part basic human longing."

That's why I'm not a critic. It kills the joy. :D

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i am still not into this drama yet even though i love lee minho's acting and kimbum's cuteness. GHS's over acting is way too much and annoys the heck out of me. she breathes in each word on every single scene and her mouth keeps moving endlessly which distracts the atmosphere.
people saying GHS has to act more comic but it is so wierd that nobody is acting like that in the drama except her.

Kim hyun joong is either no emotion or having late tempo even he has facial expression.

Luckily kimbum and kim so eun are good to watch otherwise i will prefer to surrender and give up watching it..

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T-max's 'Lion Heart' sounds like a remake of japanese song by the same title sang by group SMAP. nice song nonetheless. i really would love instrumental version of this song.

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-As I was watching Jandi with JiHoo, I was saying bad things to them. =( Poor girl is digging a hole for herself. I personally don't find him that attractive, though he has some moments. His appeal is just mysterious and lonesome, and I think that may be what attracts Jandi to him. She just wants to protect his soft gentle heart. You can see how she eases up when she hears JunPyo's sob story also.

-My goodness, Kim Bum is so attractive and charming. He's beginning to shine very brightly.

-JunPyo, you are hot as ever... but reconsider his beach outfits.

-The beach models: not up to par. But I guess it wouldn't be right to add too many beautiful girls to the show.

Thanks Dramabeans. I loved your recap! Can't wait til next week. I was quite surprised about how quickly the show is being English subbed. It took like just one day! It's definitely proving to be a very popular show. -Cheers!

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I'm usually a silent reader, but I had this thought about the fortune telling dream scene.....two men, one a soulmate and the other her future husband.....what if its the same guy but two different personalities. Isn't JP suppose to change and become "more human like"? I mean in the Japanese version Tsukasa changes from this total psycho jerk to a kinder-loving-tolerant person? Wouldn't this be considered to different guys, or at least two different personalities. So the soulmate could be the mean jerk-like JP and the changed JP could be her future husband? Maybe, I'm just nuts and totally off?!?!?!?!?!? Or maybe her soulmate is JH and the future husband is JP?

Thanks so much for the caps, they bring a total twist to how i see each episode. You ROCK!!!!!!! Thanks again.

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@bluelime

i cn't say how much i agree with u.
Kim Bum just got ..ar..not more than 5 mins on screen. but he just steals the hearts of viewers within that short onscreen time. if only he's given more screen time like 3 leads....i think he will overshadow them :D
even now, he's overshadowing Ji Hoo who is one of the main lead.
for Lee Min Ho, it's usual that people fell for him cos he's the main actor.
I've been to so many forums about BOF and so many fans saying they like Yi-Jung/Ga-eul more than Jun Phyo/JanDi :D
me too! i love them wayyyy more than the main couple.
isn't it weired??? side couple is outshining than main couple :)
but who can endure those pouts and scream of JanDi no matter how Hot and sexy JunPyo is X_X

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@ Panda Jun Pyo is already a nice Human. Can't you see it? In this case it doesn't work!!! Indeed Jun Pyo has never been a mean psycho jerk. So explain how he can change? He can improve concerning some flaws but not change!!
That's why I say they made a bad Job portraying Domyoji!! Someone even told "He is perfect".

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And Please Jun Pyo is too cold not scary at all,everyone love him. I search but I don't see any Domyoji in Jun Pyo(maybe he physically looks like the manga character).

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Your recaps have saved my life! I've been trying to find a site where I can download the torrent for HYD (with English subs), but the most convenient ones available only offer videos through streaming. I've tried the usual D-Addicts, clubbox; yet HYD seems to be inexistent nor am I fluent in Korean. If anyone could offer any great sites, I would be forever in your debt!

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@ #159 Anonymous :
This song is korean 'cover' version of SMAP's Lion Heart ....

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@165 Nikita,
you could try to visit http://www.arashi.vox.com, as I downloaded this drama from there.
She's great, doing all the subbing by herself, and really really quick - you can get the video the day after it aired, and i like her choice of words..

Oh this drama makes me have mixed feelings every week. Since I usually hate Mondays, but now, I just can't wait for Mondays!
This is fluff, nice feeling drama, and I don't want to nit pick on it, I just want to enjoy and drool over the cuteness - Kim Bum - and the hotness - Min Hoo..

This is definitely the most gorgeous set of F4!

And finally I like Tsukasa ( or Jun Pyo ). I didn't have favorites in the previous versions, and well I never fancy Oguri Shun ( don't know why ), but this time, I just feel sad for Minhoo. He has vulnerable heart but pretends to be tough strong and stubborn, so when he had to face the 'betrayal' by his first 'love' and best friend, he was really broken apart.

I love Kim Bum and Kim Seo Eun's pairing, they look great together - double cuteness!

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Thanks for the wonderful recap!!! can someone please summarize the preview for episode 7??? it would be greatly appreciated!!

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Did anyone see the preview for episode 7? She doesn't turn him down a second time, or is it because she is forced to or something - did this happen in the previous versions?

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I loved this episode ! Thanks for the recaps !
I'm very annoyed about what did Ji Hoo ! huhu i don't want to see Jan Di with him. Joon Pyo was so adoooorable with her, and she's never been a bit nice with him, i was really sad for him ;__;
BTW i really liked the scenes with Ga Eul and Yi-Jung, they look really cute together.
I cant wait for the next episode !

BOF rox <3

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Hello!
Seriously, somebody needs to sack that musical director and employ the one who did coffee prince and my sweet seoul, even the one in the series we got married is soo better than this one..

The series is starting to become its own , however leaning towards more similar to the anime version, (I wonder if someone like Oribe junpei will appear?, or a match between hanazawa against the f3?)

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I just have been to Official website and seems like so many fans are enraged at the writer and the producers for portraying this drama in strictly JunPyo's point of view instead of Jandi's Point of view. They point out that because the story is too strictly oriented around JunPyo, YiJung and WooBin have become followers of JP instead of best friends and JiHoo have become a vilian who is trying to take his best friend's girlfriend because of his mood swing. Most important of all, our beloved Jandi have become a girl who screams all the time for nothing and sorta acting like a gold digger. Especially, HyunJung's fans are accusing the production for using HyunJung's fame. and I didn't notice it, but seems like there was one scene where it was originally Rui's scene in the manga, but the writer thought the scene was too cool that she just wrote it as Junpyo's scene. I haven't thought about that but as more I think about it, the story really is all about JunPyo instead of everyone on the cast. That's why the relationships are weak among F4s and especially between JiHoo and Jandi. Right now, from what we have seen in the drama so far, It's really hard to understand why JiHoo and Jandi are acting like that in the drama and why they are actually soulmates. I Love this drama so much, but if they are going for love triangle, then the writer better write stories in Jandi's Point of View.

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Ok, saw episode six with no subs....but thanks to Dramabeans, I know what went on =) woohoo.

Three things.

1. I want to slap Jan-di. So, hard.
2. She almost drowned in "FOUR FEET OF WATER" OMG! That scene was ridiculous. All she had to do....was...um....oh....I dunno....STAND UP. Dear lord.
3. Was that even a kiss? They better make this up to me with a real Jandi/JunPyo Kiss (I think I finally picked up their names)!

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@ 130
You are not alone. I've always thought that Ji-hoo was ugly (no offense to his fans). Even when he tries to show emotion in his eyes, all he manages to do is make them bulge. Speaking of his eyes, he also have bad bags.

And I don't know who said this but I also did notice that the caucasian actresses in the drama are not the most attractive. I too have wondered whether Asians perceive them as beautiful. It's interesting to think about as an Asian-American.

BTW JAVABEANS, BECAUSE OF LUNAR YEAR ON MONDAY, DO WE ONLY GET ONE EPISODE NEXT WEEK?

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Interesting points the comments brought up. The manga story itself isn't perfect, even though it is the original, however, it's the story plot itself that was unique and charming back then when shoujo manga plots always revolved around the same old prince meets princess story. So I agree, all the comparisons between each version can be redundant, just let the adaptation tell the story in its own way.

One bone I have to pick on is the preference of Lee Min-ho's interpretation of Domyoji Tsukasa over Matsumoto Jun because it's 'not like a cartoon character'. It's all relative to how much should the drama stick to the original story including plot and characters and how each adaptation balances reality and fiction. I actually thought the original character's charm came from his over the top obliviousness to his own ignorance and arrogance so the comcial outlandish version is my preferred choice. Also, Matsumoto balanced the comical acting well with his intensity and seriousness at appropriate moments. That's not to say Jun Pyo isn't less of a character, but a different one. Jun Pyo's charm came from his appearance and the lonely prince demeanor which makes up for the lack of passion in his emotions. He's just too much of a nice guy. His half-hearted bullying as the F4 leader is less threatening as well, when he's already given into Jan Di (though the male student victim was tormented to the point of suicide at the beginning of the first episode).

Which leads me to the lack of chemistry between Jan Di and Jun Pyo. Yes, we can clearly see how earnest Jun Pyo is about courting Jan Di and it is sweet. At some point the banterings are not just about Jan Di being a strong-willed character anymore, and much more like a brat who couldn't get her way. Even at the classic scene with the trapped 'elevator', the way she acted wasn't even particularly nurturing in the way that began to alter their relationship. I was hoping the feelings from her part will grow to the point where the viewers would care when she's forced to choose between Jun Pyo and Ji Hoo, but not when Jun Pyo is so overwhelmingly appealing and likeable, even though the character Domyoji is suppose to be an arse. It's one character change that damages the love triangle and the dynamics between the lead couple when it's suppose to add to it.

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"172 Cinamoroll - Jan 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm
I just have been to Official website and seems like so many fans are enraged at the writer and the producers for portraying this drama in strictly JunPyo’s point of view instead of Jandi’s Point of view. They point out that because the story is too strictly oriented around JunPyo, YiJung and WooBin have become followers of JP instead of best friends and JiHoo have become a vilian who is trying to take his best friend’s girlfriend because of his mood swing. Most important of all, our beloved Jandi have become a girl who screams all the time for nothing and sorta acting like a gold digger. Especially, HyunJung’s fans are accusing the production for using HyunJung’s fame. and I didn’t notice it, but seems like there was one scene where it was originally Rui’s scene in the manga, but the writer thought the scene was too cool that she just wrote it as Junpyo’s scene. I haven’t thought about that but as more I think about it, the story really is all about JunPyo instead of everyone on the cast. That’s why the relationships are weak among F4s and especially between JiHoo and Jandi. Right now, from what we have seen in the drama so far, It’s really hard to understand why JiHoo and Jandi are acting like that in the drama and why they are actually soulmates. I Love this drama so much, but if they are going for love triangle, then the writer better write stories in Jandi’s Point of View."

Wow very interesting post....Can you point out which scene it was? .And very true, why Jandi's point of views is being ignored? and the arrogant and victimizer YP suddenly turned into a victim?

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@ nikita 165. they put it up on ww.viikii.net every week with eng subs..hope this helps!

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thank you Sarah for the excellent caps and summary. I haven't been watching Boys Before Flowers (ackkk, work gets in the way) but after reading this, I'm definitely going to tune in. =)

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This is so ... not flowing.
Before the caledona trip, Yi-jung's hair was shorter. During the Caledona trip, his hair was longer.
I know the caledona scene was shot first, but come on!, Director, make the thing flow! HAIR CAN'T GROW SO FAST. Except Harry Potter's hair. But that doesn't count, I think, as Harry potter is fictional.
Also, the scenes don't flow. I don't know where to point to highlight the not-so-smooth transition, but... they're just not flowing like water for me. Something's wrong.
And what's up with the weird face on Jihoo? (refer to picture beside the picture of Junpyo paddling his kayak like a Super-Charged Energizer Rabbit (or had he already thrown his paddle? Cannot tell.). OMG Javabeans, why'd you put that picture?! (I hope I didn't offend you. I LOVE your recaps but I just had that one issue with that particular picture. Other than that, everything is perfecty-okayty!)

I know I sound like I'm complaining but I believe in Constructive Criticism. (I'm not criticising you Javabeans. I'm sorry if I sound like I'm always saying sorry but seriously, that's only cos I tend to offend people without meaning to. Such an irritating flaw...)

Still, I like this series. I hope I'm not obsessed with it though. Obsession is bad for the mental health... And my friends are already calling me mental... Must not get any worse...

Have a nice Day!

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@ 162 - chu

i just hope that kim bum will be able to headline a drama soon. his acting skills are too good to be just on screen for a few minutes each in episode.

honestly, i'm now watching BOF solely because of kim bum and kim so eun. i think kim bum and kim so eun both seem to be able to bring out the best in each other as actor and actress when they act in scenes/ sequences together.

my favorite sequence in this episode are: when yi-jung and ga-eul are on the two-people boat & when yi-jung talks to ji-hoo. : )

one thing that really bothered me with the yi-jung vs. ji-hoo scenes--the camera kept moving when it should have remained still to focus on the characters. moreover, to film through the door or window is a nice thought, but the wood framing the glass parts were very distracting.

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Awesome recap I have to say, but the actress who plays jan Di just pisses me off. her comedic expressions are overdone and sometimes her voice gets to me. Also, when she tries to be aggressive it comes off as very irritating. I think this drama would have worked better with a different actress in the lead. ( argh that HAIRCUT!!)

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FYI for those of you wondering about Lunar New Year... the KBS schedule has Episode 7 listed for Monday night as usual.

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They made the character of Goo JunPyo here a lot less violent and less animal-like, as how LMH put it in an interview, I guess that's why it appears incomprehensible for us how come JD doesn't see LMH's charms outright and still sees JH. But they retained the I-don't-know-who-to-choose-between-the- two JD, even if it is apparent in this version that we should be rooting for GJP right from the start.
This version did not really establish the connection of JH and JD, so it becomes off when we get to the parts such in ep6 and we find it hard to understand how come JD is so thickheaded or ambivalent in her feelings. But in JD's defense, JH was the first man who caught his eyes. he saved him from the bullies, he was different from the others.Back when the F4 was wreaking havoc, JH saved her. GJP also knew JD's feelings towards JH. JH's feelings towards JD was also there from the start, seohyun immediately felt it. but i think the drama failed to establish their connection. I don't know whose fault it is, the actors' or the scriptwriters. this is the only version of hanayoridango where it is already evident that audience will like GJP from the start.
In the other version, in my experience, we simultaneously go through what JD's feeling, we're attracted at first to JH but later we will get charmed by GJP, here, we like GJP from the start and JH is non-existent in us, that's why we don't see eye to eye with JD.
I would have wanted to see that transition, because that was what I felt especially in the TW version which is lacking here.

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I completely agree with the reactions of some fans that Cinamoroll posted

that is why the tension in this version seemed forced because in the first place they did not lay the foundation of the relationship of JH and JD well. In the TW and JP version I understand why sanchai/makino was attracted at first to lei/rui and they're soulmates. in this version we don't see that.

JD here isn't as feisty as I want her to be, she was also almost raped , it's understandable why she won't immediately gush over JP. Isn't it JD should should gradually warm up to JP not like him outright? here, even when they're (supposed to be) showing that JD likes JH and JH has feelings for JD as well, we get the feeling that JD really like JP. no consistency.

and the f4 here lacks the bonding that they should have. to me, they don''t look like friends since kindergarten. I don't even see the friendship of GYP and JH.

but acting wise, LMH is really tailor made for his role, and they give the other members of F4 (whose doing a great job) time to shine which I appreciate, you kinda see they try to give more lines to kimbum.

but this version is still so addicting, we have to thank LMH for that. I can't wait for mondays to come.

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AAAaaaaahhhhhaaaaa!!!!!!
That's totally wonderful that the series will still be shown this coming monday!!!
Now, I have two things to look forward for on monday!!!

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@ Robin
You said the truth. That's why most of important and supposed touching scenes between Jan-di and Jun Pyo fell flat.

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I know a lot of people will hate me for saying it but: I LOVE JANDI AND JIHOO TOGETHER. In a way I knew that JH would be coming back into JD's life somehow. Everyone keeps saying that JH is only doing the things he's doing because he's heartbroken over SH and that might be a little true but if you really watch, his actions from the very beginning have always been so sincere towards JD. SH even commented that JH never steps in to help anyone but yet he was always there stepping in to help JD, albeit a little awkard at times like the whole "pancake" deal. Also, he's the only one that JD calls "sunbae". In the end as all typical kdramas go, most likely JD and JP will end up together but for now I am enjoying all the JD&JH scenes I can get.

Jan Di & Ji Hoo AZA AZA FIGHTING!

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Yey I found another fellow JiDi fan here at the end. I think JanDi's character is one of a strong woman, and that is why she and (I'm gonna say Minho, i just like that name better) Minho are disagreeing so much. She tried weakly to fight off his advances, but then again it's not like she doesn't like his I think she considered herself dating while Minho considered her as the chosen one. Many times she said that she wasn't sure what to do, this forceful guy was pushing all of his affections on her while at the same time she was awestruck by his best friend.

And I think that Minho was the one who butted in first, he saw how JanDi felt about JiHoon but he still pursued her. But he can't understand why she has feelings for JiHoon I doubt that. I think JanDi got stuck in her relationship with Minho, because he was always there and her family was just so overjoyed about it. I think she was starting to warm up to him, but at the same time JiHoon was around, and he looks like he needs support from JanDi and she looks like a supporter to me.

I think Hyun Joong's acting is spot on, hes needy with a lot lack of experience interacting with people. I even would go so far as to say this is his first time in love just like Minho. I want to see Crown J's old single in this drama, because I am loving it right now (and I think it would improve the musical quality) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjrV6WZzKSQ

Sorry for the long post

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I am glad we get to see Jun Pyo's angry/hateful side in the next episode, because we didn't really get much of it at the beginning, since he turned all softy for Jan-Di really fast. I was also disturbed at Jandi for not pulling away from the kiss, but i just think she is confused, and Ji hoo is her prince charming, or so she thinks. What i find unforgivable is Ji Hoo, no matter of the girl, i can't believe he'd throw away a lifelong friendship for a girl he isn't even sure he likes!! i mean its obvious she's the rebound girl, and i just don't understand why Jandi doesn't see it. I hope she recovers quickly from the Ji hoo fever, because i can't stand that guy.

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I really like the shift in Hyun Joong's acting of Ji hoo.

The first few episodes were all devoted to how he is so caught up in this young love that he believes is everything, loving this one girl that he believes to be his all. We see him not really functioning as Ji hoo but rather a guy who is living without this said one girl. HJ's acting was detched, awkward and "not there".

But when he returns, we see him acting as "Ji hoo trying to get over the girl" and not "Ji hoo in love with the girl". And how does "Ji hoo trying to get over the girl" acts? Quite the goody-bad boy, it turned out. Still so indenial, but coming out. Being playful with Jandi but really still just trying to let go. We still see him attached, so his acting is a little bit on the other side of the scale. Not quiet anymore, not passive anymore, but actually causing conflict. Flirting and then kissing your bestfriend's girl is really the way to go, eh?

I'm curious how Ji hoo will be now, now that he has officially let go of the girl, now that Jan di is officially someone worth fighting for, living for. How does "Ji hoo totally detached from the girl" acts? Because I bet that's the real "Ji hoo".

And now I am just so curious to see how HJ will portray the real "Ji hoo".

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""""omgshin - Jan 23, 2009 at 4:59 pm
I really like the shift in Hyun Joong’s acting of Ji hoo.

The first few episodes were all devoted to how he is so caught up in this young love that he believes is everything, loving this one girl that he believes to be his all. We see him not really functioning as Ji hoo but rather a guy who is living without this said one girl. HJ’s acting was detched, awkward and “not there”.

But when he returns, we see him acting as “Ji hoo trying to get over the girl” and not “Ji hoo in love with the girl”. And how does “Ji hoo trying to get over the girl” acts? Quite the goody-bad boy, it turned out. Still so indenial, but coming out. Being playful with Jandi but really still just trying to let go. We still see him attached, so his acting is a little bit on the other side of the scale. Not quiet anymore, not passive anymore, but actually causing conflict. Flirting and then kissing your bestfriend’s girl is really the way to go, eh?

I’m curious how Ji hoo will be now, now that he has officially let go of the girl, now that Jan di is officially someone worth fighting for, living for. How does “Ji hoo totally detached from the girl” acts? Because I bet that’s the real “Ji hoo”.

And now I am just so curious to see how HJ will portray the real “Ji hoo”."""

I like the comments you made, from that perspective, it's rather interesting to see if KHJ will be able to carry his role more convincingly.....I can't stop giggling thinkin KHJ being flirtacious, a villian, a manipulator, "a bad boy"...lol lol..cuz he's such a sweet heart, honest and blunt in real life...I would love to see that twisted side and maybe Jihoo will become a character that people both love+hate, which used to be viewers' reactions to YP in the other adaptations....

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Yp,fighting

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@191 Niceeeeee
I'm really curious if HJ will be able to pull it off and convince us of his character's feelings to justify the actions. But so far, I like his acting. First showing awkward, then showing a little bit too over the top.
I like how Jihoo isn't entirely the "Prince" we are all bound to fall in love with. He's actions are based on his past so far, so I'm curious to see his actions now that they will be based on his future.

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Yeah, I also like the fact that Jihoo isn't the perfect guy that everyone falls for. I mean isn't he supposed to have symptoms of autism? Which means he shouldn't be so smooth with girls as Rui did in the original and be slightly awkward (though I actually think that wasn't intentional lol =P).

Junpyo's character in this drama seems more REALISTIC to me than the one in Hana Yori Dango where he was more like a character (but still loved it =D). Minho doesn't exaggerate as much as Matsumoto which gives Junpyo a different persona yet still keeping the elements of Domyoji.

And I love how there is more of a relationship b/w Gaeul and Yijung ^.^

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Jun Pyo looks like Prince of Goong that's why you love him.

The only actor who played Domyoji like he is (and he did a great Job), it's Matsumoto Jun. Plus with him you can see a perverted Domyoji (especially with his violence) who lost his humanity (he find it back thank to Makino) but who is funny because of his bakaness and I suppose it's really difficult to play such a character, isn't it eye candy Lee Min Ho?

So stop putting down Jun work. He is the only one expressed the spirit of Domyoji since Epi 1.

And the two last BOF's episodes were trash, worse than the previous ones (and a lot of fans agree with that) no offence. I mean what are thinking?So bad!!

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I am sooo agree with Worlds Within and LDJ. Jandi and Jihoo have crush for each other from the beginning. It's natural that they fall for each other at time like this. I really like how the drama goes. Can't wait for next ep.

We should look at BBF, and its cast member as themselves, not comparing with the Japanese or Tawainese versions.

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The beginning part of Jandi being saved was so bad, she is suppose to a great swimmer! and yeah, it was shallow water. sighs

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I am still praying that somehow the writer will miraculously make the F4 really F4, not just four guys who act as if they know each other and hang out.

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Epi. 6 has some scenes that are too rediculous that it deserves serious bashing...Like how Jandi, on the same day, one after the other, got into the helicopter to tour the island with YP, right after she freakin went fishing and had a one-on-one good laughing time with the romantic guy Jihoo...I mean, come on now, we know Jandi is not this cheap....but they are making her like someone trying to steal attention from both guys and making them fight over her. And fan girls have been saying, poor Jun Pyo for not able to be the guy to save Jandi from drowning....Uh I say, JunPyo values his life and interests and totally disregard others'...Shouldn't it be, you saw "the love of your life" drowning; even though you're scared and having multiple fash backs...You still jump in without having second thoughts and eventually, have no more fear of being drown in the water...I know it's lame, but it's only right to have that kind of strong instinct when your love one is in danger.

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I'm not going to make a comment over this because we all know what's gonna happen, who she ends up with, and how it's pretty much going to develop. Instead of wmaking my brain hurt I'll sit back, laugh at the cheesy antics, aww on cue, and continue enjoying my Hana Yori Dango fandom because at thee dn of the day it's what it's all about. :)

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