I’d like to repeat my request: When can I move in?
A bit more than the basics
Jin-rak opens the note found tucked into his doorjamb, and it’s a comprehensive list detailing how to save on the utilities bill. LOL. As I said yesterday, the greenest environmentalist would have a hard time keeping up with our Dok-mi. The postscript at the end of her note asks Jin-rak to take over her duties as Protest Leader today. Hahaaha it was a bribe?! Girlfriend, you are the master of passive aggressiveness.
Over in unit 402, Dok-mi takes up position at the window for her daily Peeping Tommy duties… only to get caught red-handed – or should I say yellow-binoculared? – by Enrique. This scene still cracks me up like no other. He races over to her apartment, only bothering to shrug on a coat over his boxers, and starts buzzing her doorbell like it’s nobody’s business. All the banging and shouting at her door, however, send Dok-mi spinning back in time to schooldays (judging from her uniform) and a hypnosis session. The sound of knocking at the door, of a phone ringing, of the interphone, of her name being called: she dreads these because it means she has to meet someone, to interact with some person. The reason behind her trauma, however, is left for another day.
Back in the present, Dok-mi cowers at her door while an enraged Enrique goes at it, and he threatens to call the police. She imagines, horrified, being carted away for being a pervy Peeper. Uh, so you do know you’re creeps. All the ruckus sends Jin-rak, Dong-hoon, and Watanabe (who was visiting his new neighbors, bearing maybe not so yummy treats) on their own peeping mission out into the hallway, and Dong-hoon quickly recognizes Enrique. A hilarious sequence ensues where Enrique’s wild gesticulating and lack of pronouns (totes a hallmark of the Korean language) lead the security guard to think Enrique’s the creeper peeper, and it doesn’t help that he’s dressed like a “Bah-bah-ree Man”. Koreans and their hilarious use of Konglish. The word “bah-bah-ree” is synonymous with a trench coat or overcoat, and it comes from the famous Burberry coats. Some perv decided to wear nothing but a trench coat and flash the poor citizens of Korea, and thus the term “Bah-bah-ree Man” was coined: a creeper in his birthday suit underneath a coat, waiting to prey on poor girls like Dok-mi. I’m not even sure when the word was first created.
But back to Enrique and his new status as Bah-bah-ree Man. It takes two tries, but Dok-mi finally screws up what little courage she’s got and opens the door, rapid-fire telling a stunned crowd that she – and not Enrique – was the creeper peeper. Dang, that rhyming phrase sure is fun to say. Jin-rak comes to her rescue, pushing her back inside and promising to take care of things. He adds, opening the door, that he’ll fill in as Protest Leader for her today. And then promptly shuts the door again. Hehehe and awwww.
Everything gets ‘settled’ and a still piqued Enrique sets up shop in front of the window. His turn to play creeper peeper. Dok-mi opens her curtains for a breather and gasps when she sees Enrique happily creeper peepering – creeper peeping just doesn’t sound as good – on her. He even left her a message: Ah Weel Be Bbaeck Ssoon. LOLOL!!
Dok-mi sighs back at her desk, wishing she could stay inside forevs… and Jin-rak takes over in an interesting narration-type thingymajiggerbobbers, describing his webtoon heroine to our hilarious editor. He describes the woman who’s happiest when she’s alone in her room. One fateful day, she steps out into the world with the help of her neighbor. Eeee! And the editor screams, “No, no, that’s too simple! She steps out into the world because of love! Power of love!! Love of miracle!!!” Haahahahahaaaa. Result: Jin-rak and Dong-hoon get the green light for their webtoon.
The apartment residents hold their meeting on the rooftop, and Dok-mi continues her mission of bravery by gracing the plastic tent with her presence. Jin-rak volunteers to be the Protest Leader for the day (as promised), and once everyone files out he awkwardly approaches Dok-mi. It’s seriously So. Funny. Their stilted conversation truly is reminiscent of a courtier or knight addressing a lady or princess. Rapunzel indeed, though I fear this poor knight’s heart will be trampled. Along with mine.
Jin-rak leaves, and who should be waiting to greet Dok-mi but Enrique. He recognized her as the stranger in front of Tae-joon’s door yesterday, and he ultimately got a hold of her 911 call for the poor puppy. This kid’s on a whole ’nother level. While Dok-mi remains resolutely silent (seriously, not a peep from her), Enrique chatters on about figuring out she was creeper peepering on the dog, not him, and he came to apologize for the fun times banging on her door this morning. He finally gets a response from her, though it’s only a shaking of her head, but she makes it count: shake shake shake shake shake. Enrique reaches out and stops her motion, suddenly turning serious and saying, “It’s okay. You only need to shake your head once.” The moment quickly becomes charged…
And he promptly goes back to his zany self. You little tease. Dok-mi runs away but Enrique quickly catches up and gives a random quiz on which player on a soccer team is allowed to use his hands. It’s the goalie, he answers, and he reflects that though the goalie position might seem the best, you’re isolated in the penalty box. It’s lonely and difficult. “Ahjumma, looks like you’re a goalkeeper. Just know that it’s difficult. Be strong!” he says, before lighting out. Deep stuff goin’ on there. But quick backtrack to the rooftop: What’s so funny is that Dok-mi responds to all his questions/remarks, though only in her head, but he seems to read her mind and respond in kind. It creeps her out and amuses me to no end, and he muses to himself afterwards, “Why do I feel like I had a conversation?”
The rest of Enrique’s day is spent giving interviews and being stalked by fans, and we see another more serious moment when he wonders, “What kind of Enrique is the Enrique these people talk about?” Is that zany wackiness just an alter ego? He gets a text from Seo-young asking for his trademark seafood spaghetti (she invites Tae-joon as well… to his own home) so he goes grocery shopping, where Dok-mi is stocking up on supplies herself. Turns out there’s another creeper peeper: Cha Do-hwi (Park Soo-jin), who not only watches Dok-mi from afar but had a PI find her. We learn it’s been about three years since Dok-mi moved into her current apartment.
The apartment residents hold their protest, with Jin-rak urging them on, and he gets his own encouragement from Dok-mi, who awkwardly stands at the back and reluctantly participates. Do-hwi goes in search of her quarry’s apartment and comes upon the residents’ protest – and falls head over heels for Jin-rak. Love at first sight for the lady in an outrageous pink fur vest. Quite fitting. She spots Dok-mi and acts(?) surprised to see her long-lost friend, but said friend don’t look too happy. Make that terrified and traumatized. Do-hwi was a bleep of the first order during their schooldays…
Enrique comes upon the pair and he chatters away with Do-hwi while Dok-mi starts to shake and tremble. Do-hwi prances off and Enrique tries to follow, but he suddenly stops – Dok-mi is holding his sleeve, though the hold is tenuous at best. Her eyes fill up with tears and she stutters, “I… I…” (A more accurate though not grammatically correct translation would be “Me… for me…”. She’s asking him to do something for her.) And then, suddenly, she faints.
An interesting sequence ensues where Dok-mi types away (she was working on this in Episode 1 as well), writing about a woman who can never speak up when she needs to, a woman who thinks of all the right words after the fact. We see a montage of the day’s events as well as a page from her schooldays, when she was being bullied. She wakes up in Tae-joon’s apartment, though things are still in a dreamy state, and she ‘sees’ Tae-joon doing everyday things throughout the apartment. She wanders over to the window and sees her own apartment right across the ways.
The hazy fog quickly clears when Enrique’s voice breaks in, noting she’s finally awake. He suggests she get a consult from Tae-joon, who’s a doctor. That sets Dok-mi in motion, and she tries to race out but Enrique stands in front of her, criticizing her lack of manners. She quickly thanks him then tries to escape, but he grabs her sleeve. Eeee! In a further mirroring of the earlier situation, he quietly says, “I… I…” then brightly finishes, “Ahjumma, help me out a bit!” Why do I feel like those words you said so easily were what she has struggled to say for years?
whitecarrot: Belated belated update. Ok Episdoe 2 was wayyy better! Loved it! Enrique Geum is SOOOO ADDICTING! The hypothetical convo between Enrique and Dok-mi was adorbs! Enrique’s smile and his motor-mouth are just infectious! I need to stop using exclamation marks. I loved Yoo Shi-yoon in Baker Kim Tak-gu so this character just adds to my obsession.
However, Jin-rak is really cute too. He is really growing on me. Trying to be gruff, and totally understanding Dok-mi’s situation. I don’t know which OTP to ship! Dilemma of the week.
These Flower Boy are really getting to me. Great cast!
pinkblossom: Now this is what I’m talking about. If I was firmly planted on the fence after Episode 1, I’m pretty much holding on by a measly pinky right now. Episode 2 was just so lovable and adorkable and all around awesome, I know not where to begin.
For a show that is bouncing with zaniness and chock full of laughter, there’s a surprising amount of depth and plenty of food for thought – not to mention loads of things for viewers to discuss. I started off the recap intending to highlight the main points, but then more and more details started cramming themselves in… and it turned out the way it is. No surprise, considering my penchant for long-windedness. But as a result of my endeavor to keep things short(er), I left out nearly all of Jin-rak’s amazing lines today. Seriously, he had some wonderful stuff today, and I pinky promise it’s not just because I wub him. But before I get to Jin-rak, I need to mention Dong-hoon before I forget him: he may seem nothing more than a flighty sidekick, but that boy’s got some serious observation skills. I love that he’s here for us viewers, essentially providing a roadmap to the less visible undercurrents and unspoken emotions running through this show. Okees, back to Jin-rak: When I first saw in Episode 1 the picture of his soon-to-be webtoon heroine, I thought it a clever coincidence she looked like Dok-mi. After today’s episode, I fear it ain’t no coincidence. Jin-rak told the editor (hilaaarious character, btdubs) that he’s been working on his Rapunzel since moving into his current place aka for about three years. That falls in perfectly with Dok-mi’s own arrival at the Flower Boy Apartment.
Jin-rak seems to really see Dok-mi, she whom others just glance over or ignore altogether. She tries so hard to be invisible, but he not only sees her, he understands who she is. Before she can say anything, he understands and acts to protect and shield her, to champion her as does a knight in shining armor. His conversation with the editor about confessions really hit home: A man chooses not to confess his love in order to protect the woman. Unfortunately, that leaves her wide open for a vocal man to claim.
And who is more chatty than Enrique? Though Jin-rak longs to help Dok-mi come out of her tower, his first choice is to keep her safe in the tower. When Dok-mi admitted that she was the creeper peeper, Jin-rak gently pushed her back inside and settled things out with the security guard. I wubbed him for it, but it so starkly contrasts Enrique’s constant endeavors to drag Dok-mi out of her self-imposed prison, even if she’s kicking and screaming (prolly silently, in her head) the whole way.
Where Jin-rak sees the kindness and lack of artifice in Dok-mi, Enrique sees a hurting, lonely soul secretly longing for friendship. The not quite one-sided conversation Enrique and Dok-mi shared on the rooftop was a shining example. She doesn’t need to voice her thoughts aloud – he hears her loud and clear. The goalkeeper analogy gave me the goose bumps, but that final scene in Tae-joon’s apartment was something special. He might turn the charm on and off like a switch, but there’s a lot going on in that gaming genius brain of his. I can’t wait to see just how much depth he’ll reveal to us over the course of this journey.
What did you think of Flower’s second outing? We’d love to hear your thoughts!