[Recap: Flower Boys Next Door] Episode 4 – There are No Such Things as White Lies and Good Lies?
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Jin Rak runs with all his might, but because he’s only human and can’t outrun a car, he stops, huffing and puffing.
Then in the loudest voice he can, Jin Rak yells for the car to stop.
Too bad it’s not for Jin Rak, but for a kid who burst into the street with his bicycle. Enrique steps on the brakes and pulls his arm to stop Dok Mi from jerking forward.
Jin Rak continues to yell, but he chokes at the lack of air from all the running and starts coughing away.
Enrique glares at the bicycle kid while Dok Mi directs her glare at Enrique and then to his arms - which are right above her chest. Enrique quickly pulls away, shrugs off the awkwardness and drives off leaving poor Jin Rak behind.
Jin Rak watches the car go as Dong Hoon arrives to find Jin Rak coughing his lungs out. He encourages Jin Rak that their webtoon will be a success and everything will be okay.
Out of nowhere, Jin Rak shouts, “I was first. I saw her first. Who the hell is he! Why is it so easy for him!”
Dong Hoon steps away quietly.
Back in the apartment, Dong Hoon asks why Jin Rak got so upset. He asks if it has something do with Enrique, and Jin Rak growls for Dong Hoon not to link him with Enrique.
Not getting the hint, Dong Hoon excitedly gossips about the potential relationship between Enrique and Dok Mi. Jin Rak shouts at him to shut up, leaving poor Dong Hoon totally confused over what he did wrong.
Irked that she’s actually sitting in a car with Enrique to pay her grandmother a fake visit, Dok Mi pipes up, saying that Enrique shouldn’t take her to her grandma’s and asks to be dropped off at a terminal. But Enrique insists he drives, you know, since it’s urgent.
Dok Mi doesn’t remember saying it’s urgent, but Enrique says with elderly people, you never know. “Time doesn’t wait, you know.”
Dok Mi pats down her jacket, acting like she just realized she only brought her cellphone with her and must return to retrieve her wallet. Enrique brushes it off, saying Grandma is more urgent. She can just use his money.
Dok Mi shakes her head in disbelief that this is actually happening.
Dong Hoon fidgets in front of Jin Rak, asking if he was really mad at him. He tries to soothe the situation by talking, but one glare from Jin Rak sends Dong Hoon quietly slipping away.
On the first floor of the apartment, Do Hui and her trio dig through other people’s mail.
One of the girls yell, “Oh Jae Won?!” making Do Hui shush her up. As she flips through the mail, she finds one of Dok Mi’s, realizing that Dok Mi doesn’t live in the luxury apartment complex.
The elevator bell dings, and out comes Dong Hoon. Do Hui notices immediately and puts her aegyo on, trying to play cute to Dong Hoon. It causes her friends and us to want to barf, but Dong Hoon eats it up like Homer Simpson on a donut.
He asks why Do Hui is there, and thinking fast on her feet, she answers that her friend lives in room 402. Dong Hoon reveals he lives right next door. “You and I are fate?”
*Giggle giggle, BARF*
Do Hui realizes that she doesn’t know Dong Hoon’s or his roommate’s name. She introduces herself, putting a strong emphasis on Hui. Dong Hoon does the same with the Hoon. Then silence fills the air as Do Hui sends him hints.
Catching them, Dong Hoon says his roommate’s name is Oh Jin Rak.
“Oh Jin Rak?” Do Hui repeats as her face falls.
Soo Chul enters the building, wearing a nice black suit. Dong Hoon asks what’s up, and noticing the beautiful girls in the vicinity, Soon Chul replies that he’s the butterfly in the flower garden. Everyone wants to vomit. Us included.
At a rest stop, Dok Mi explains that she called her grandmother who is miraculously okay now and they can just go home.
As expected, she’s just talking to herself.
She sighs pathetically, unable to lie.
Just then, a girl walks up next to her. She talks loudly to her boyfriend, explaining that she’s at the library studying, but he shouldn’t come or she’ll get distracted. Dok Mi watches with interest.
The girl receives another call, this time addressing the caller as her honey. She lies that she’s on a trip with her parents.
She hangs up the phone quickly, as another man runs up to her. When he gets suspicious, the girl reassures her third boyfriend saying she would do anything for her.
Dok Mi turns around speechless, reminding herself that lying is bad.
Enrique pops up behind her, excited about all the food at the rest stop. Suddenly, he stares at her and says he has a confession to make.
Dok Mi beats him to the punch. She shuts her eyes tightly and confesses that she lied about her grandmother because she didn’t want to go on a trip with him. “The lies kept growing after I started. I’m sorry.”
She tells Enrique to be mad at her and apologizes again, but Enrique brushes it off, saying they can just go home. Then he makes his own confession.
He rushed out at her lying text and forgot his wallet. “I’m hungry, and the car is hungry.”
Dok Mi apologizes once again, blaming herself, and Enrique says if she says sorry one more time, he might actually become mad.
“Now, let’s figure out this problem!”
He walks through the rest stop, flirting with a group of girls and showing his aegyo to adults, earning money here and there.
Dok Mi watches from afar, slightly embarrassed by Enrique’s antics, but as she continues to watch, her stiff expression melts away and she actually smiles at him.
Just then, a student runs into Dok Mi, rudely putting the blame on our heroine. Suddenly, a large group of school girls in uniform pass by Dok Mi, each student chewing her out on the way.
Bad memories of her past come flowing in, as a group of girls bully Dok Mi with Do Hui as the leader.
Dok Mi dashes out of the building.
Enrique finds her sitting outside, alone in the cold.
Without making eye contact, Dok Mi says she’s fine and gets up to go home. Enrique notices her cold body and suggests they get something warm to eat, but Dok Mi blows up in a tearful voice that she wants to go home right this instant.
That wipes the smile off Enrique′s face.
Dong Hoon works on his webtoon at Ryu’s restaurant. He texts Jin Rak, asking if the background that he drew is good enough. Jin Rak snarls at Dong Hoon to draw it again, pushing Dong Hoon further along the irritation bar.
But after hanging up the phone, Jin Rak looks through Dong Hoon’s drawings.
“How does this punk always play all night but still draw so well?” Jin Rak pulls himself away from the computer, annoyed about what happened earlier, when his eyes land on Dok Mi’s note on lowering maintenance bills.
He smiles. “Her handwriting is just like her.”
Already regretful that she pulled Enrique away from eating, Dok Mi apologizes again. Losing his cool for once, Enrique asks her to stop saying sorry.
He leans over to fasten her seatbelt, putting Dok Mi in a really uncomfortable place. Then he leans over a second time to lower her seat back. He tells her to rest comfortably as he takes her back home.
Dok Mi falls asleep, still tightly clutching her hands nervously. Enrique looks over, realizing that something must have happened to her to make her turn out that way. Making a last-minute decision, Enrique swerves to an exit.
A door bell rings.
Just as Jin Rak opens the door, we can see Do Hui literally transforming.
She turns to the door and puts on a fake surprised act as she sees Jin Rak staring back at her. She apologizes for hitting up the wrong door, and complete disinterested, Jin Rak immediately goes to close to the door, when Do Hui sticks her foot in. Hrm. Desperate.
Jin Rak opens the door, apologizing, when Do Hui suddenly remembers that Jin Rak was the one who saved her the other night. Jin Rak stares with a blank face until he finally remembers, but even then, he’s not excited about it.
Do Hui apologizes again, saying she was supposed to ring for room 402. She starts to walk away when a light bulb turns on and Jin Rak pulls her back.
She twirls like a ballerina, falling straight into Jin Rak’s arms in a Gone With Wind pose.
Do Hui closes her eyes and puckers up, making Jin Rak’s face crinkle is absolute disgust. He sends her flying to the wall, eyes still closed and lips still pursed.
Jin Rak asks if Do Hui is here for room 402.
Embarrassed, Do Hui confirms.
Dok Mi wakes up in the car, to find herself not at home.
She turns to Enrique, who has the brightest smile on his face - that is before he realizes Dok Mi is staring at him in confusion.
He apologizes, saying it’s the GPS’ fault.
They’re definitely not at home all right as a beautiful ocean pans out in front of them.
At the sight of the roaring ocean, Dok Mi starts to tear up. Silently, she gets out of the car and walks towards it, with Enrique following curiously.
He wonders why Dok Mi looks like she’s seeing an ocean for the first time in 500 years.
Staring out into the ocean, Dok Mi close her eyes and breathes in the sear air, feeling a bit at peace.
Enrique, equipped with some tools left on the beach gets to work. Before you know it, a quiet impressive sandcastle is built and Dok Mi stares at it with interest.
Enrique excitedly tells Dok Mi to pose as he starts backing up to get a better shot. Despite Dok Mi’s quiet warnings, Enrique ends up backing into the waves and getting thoroughly wet.
Do Hui hangs up the phone, saying Dok Mi isn’t answering, but Jin Rak bickers that Do Hui hung up too soon. Slightly ticked off, Do Hui shines her real face, snapping back at him. She realizes her mistake and immediately pouts cutely, wondering why Dok Mi isn’t answering.
Back at the beach, Dok Mi and Enrique stop by a small store. Enrique asks the grandfather there if there’s a large supermarket around the area. Dok Mi worries more for Enrique’s wet shoes.
He grins, asking the grandfather for a hairdryer, but the grandfather doesn’t say anything.
As Enrique continues to blabber on, Dok Mi studies the ‘grandfather’ closely. She nudges Enrique.
“Grandmother. She’s a grandmother.”
Enrique laughs awkwardly, finally addressing the storeowner as a lady.
In a snap, the grandmother becomes super helpful, saying she has everything he needs, including dinner.
With the neighborhood ajummas gleefully laughing, Enrique flaunts his temporary granny pants while his are drying. Dok Mi quietly laughs as Enrique points it out.
Enrique carefully watches Dok Mi snacking on sweet potatoes with kimchi (literally the best thing in the world) and follows her without hesitation.
As the juicy flavors touch his mouth, Enrique falls into a trance experiencing the wonderfulness of the sweet potato and kimchi combo.
He opens up a bottle of mageolli as Dok Mi stops him, saying he has to drive.
Enrique spots something in the distance and Dok Mi looks over, just as he pours the drinks into a bowl. She steals the bottle away as Enrique’s face falls.
Feeling bad, Dok Mi hands it back to him.
“The way you’re looking at me seems like you’re pitying me a lot.” Enrique mutters that it’s not really what he wants and Dok Mi looks away.
But putting on his trademark smile, Enrique pours himself another bowl of mageolli and drinks it up to the last drop.
Chomping on some jeon (Korean pancakes), Enrique tells Dok Mi that although Tae Jun appears charming, he has his weaknesses. “Your crush isn’t all that perfect. He’s just a human being.”
Dok Mi firmly says that she wants Enrique to stop referring to Tae Jun as her crush.
“I thought of it as a game for me to start alone and end alone,” retorts Dok Mi. “A secret game that no one can know about.”
Stuffing his face, Enrique says she’s been caught.
“Because it was the same. The way I look Seo Young and the way you look at Tae Jun,” replied Enrique. “It’s not something you can try to hide.”
Returning to the apartment, Jin Rak questions Do Hui if she really is close friends with Dok Mi. Do Hui replies that she knew Dok Mi from elementary, middle, and high school.
But Jin Rak is still suspicious since he’s never seen her in the three years he’s lived there. He asks if they kept in touch via texts. “And not like a group chat, or anything.”
Do Hui starts to stutter, saying she was abroad and was busy with work. She admits that she finally met Dok Mi just yesterday.
She turns the questions back to Jin Rak, asking if it’s his third year living there. Jin Rak unenthusiastically mutters a yes.
Literally sucking the last drop of the bottle, Enrique giggles drunkenly that his camera is working and his clothes are all dry. Dok Mi suggests they take a walk on the beach to help him wake up from his tipsiness.
Enrique asks if it’s because she wants to go home and Dok Mi doesn’t reply.
Curious, Enrique starts spitting out questions, asking why Dok Mi loves staying at home. Isn’t it suffocating? After all, a human being exists to wake up in the morning and venture out here and there.
“But are you afraid of going outside?....or maybe you don’t want to wash your face.”
Enrique giggles as Dok Mi lets out a sigh. It’s not suffocating.
“I like it. My little room is peaceful.”
Surrounded by shelves and shelves of comic books, Do Hui asks about Jin Rak’s career – drawing webtoons is just a hobby right? Jin Rak looks up with a blank face, and Do Hui bites her tongue.
She changes the topic, saying they should go out and get dinner, but Jin Rak asks her to call Dok Mi again.
Irritated, Do Hui decides to leave, when Jin Rak pulls her back. Does she want tea while calling Dok Mi again? But Do Hui doesn’t see Jin Rak’s real plans and happily stays for the cup of tea.
Enrique prances around the sand, dancing around his castle like the drunk little kid he is.
He points to Dok Mi, canceling what he said about love being broken. “You just have to leave everything the way it is. It’ll all find its way to where it’s supposed to be.”
He runs around the sand castle, when Dok Mi gets a phone call.
Enrique tells her to get it, since it’s been ringing all day.
Faking another sighting, Enrique answers the call when Dok Mi is distracted.
We hear Do Hui’s voice on the other line and Dok Mi unwillingly takes the call.
Do Hui puts on the fake best friend voice as Jin Rak sits next to her attentively.
Dok Mi says Do Hui doesn’t know where she lives, but Dok Mi stands corrected.
Jin Rak then whispers to Do Hui saying she should stay at his apartment until Dok Mi comes back.
Do Hui relays the message, saying she’ll wait until Dok Mi comes, but Dok Mi tells her not to wait and hangs up. “Let’s just live not knowing each other.”
Do Hui is frozen in shock, getting hung up on Dok Mi again.
She sees Jin Rak waiting for a response and Do Hui says Dok Mi is in a far away place.
Jin Rak gets all worked up, knowing she left with Enrique.
“I’ve looked over her for a few years now, and she’s definitely not someone who would sleep somewhere else!”
Do Hui lets out an exasperated sigh, commenting that as Dok Mi’s friend, she likes it better that Dok Mi is sleeping somewhere other than her house - which is immediately met by Jin Rak′s cursing.
Jin Rak quickly apologizes for his sudden burst and starts worrying if something happened to Dok Mi.
Asking for tea, Do Hui starts to ‘sexily’ twist and turn, pretending that she’s a bit feverish.
Instead of tea, Jin Rak asks if Do Hui plans on still staying since Dok Mi’s not going to come.
Meanwhile, Dong Hoon and a delivery man stand outside room 401.
The delivery man says he has something from the courthouse and Dong Hoon freaks out, wondering if they’re getting sued for plagiarism.
Guarding the letter with his life, the delivery man says only Oh Jae Won can read it. Dong Hoon replies that there is no Oh Jae Won living in the house when Jin Rak and Do Hui come out.
Dong Hoon starts to get all excited, seeing the two together.
He conjures up a story about how Jin Rak made Dong Hoon leave the house for this purpose. “But I came home too early, that’s what it is, right?”
Jin Rak tells him to shut up as he bids Do Hui good bye.
The delivery man asks if Jin Rak is Oh Jae Won and Do Hui halts in surprise.
As Dong Hoon reminds the delivery man that there’s no such person, Jin Rak replies that Oh Jae Won is he.
Whaaaaaat? We’re as shocked as Dong Hoon is.
He even has his ID card to prove it. (And let′s pause for a moment - Jin Rak is only 24? This boggles the mind).
Repeatedly pushing the open button, Do Hui impatiently waits in the elevator as the delivery man slips in.
She barks at the poor delivery man if Jin Rak really is Oh Jae Won and if he checked ID. The delivery man is caught off guard by the rudeness, but manages to nod his head in confirmation.
As Jin Rak opens the envelope, Dong Hoon glares. Pen names are fine, but Jin Rak should have at least bothered to tell Dong Hoon his real name.
Jin Rak says Oh Jin Rak is his real name now. The government says so. He tosses the letter to Dong Hoon, documenting Jin Rak’s name change.
Jin Rak warns Dong Hoon not to ask any more questions about the name change.
As she locks up her store, the grandma says Dok Mi and Enrique should just rent a room. Breakfast will be included in the morning. Wethinks Grandma is the real cupid here.
Enrique agrees, because he’s a person that shouldn’t get caught drinking and driving. He still has five hours before the alcohol’s out of his system and the grandma stresses that she has empty rooms.
Dok Mi sighs in defeat.
Back at the apartment, another rally is done, but Jin Rak lingers behind, staring at something as Dong Hoon bickers about it. It turns out Dong Hoon left the lights on and Jin Rak reminds him of Dok Mi’s rules on how to save on maintenance feels.
Dong Hoon giggles, remembering what she said about flushing the toilet and Jin Rak kicks him for only remembering that and forgetting all the other important one.
Poor Dong Hoon, suffering from all of Jin Rak’s mood swings.
Dok Mi and Enrique end up renting a room and the grandma says a lot of people have been coming. Enrique wonders why, since it’s a hard place to come on purpose.
“It’s because the ghost is luring you this way,” says the grandma, scaring Dok Mi immediately.
At Ryu’s restaurant, Jin Rak searches for the reason why women would stay out at night. The answers vary from “She’s running away from loan sharks” to “she just doesn’t like you,” which just end up frustrating Jin Rak at the lack of intelligent and innocent answers.
Putting a spoon in Jin Rak’s hand to eat, Dong Hoon suggests that Jin Rak just date. “You haven’t even kissed anyone yet.”
Jin Rak freezes and gets all defensive about it.
“I was suspicious about it, but it′s definitely right,” says Dong Hoon, nodding his head. He suggest Do Hui, whose eyes sparkle at Jin Rak. According to Dong Hoon, her taste in men is pretty low.
But Jin Rak doesn’t want to, and Dong Hoon attempts to find out about Jin Rak’s ideal style of girls.
Sitting by the fire, Enrique asks if Dok Mi doesn’t like being called ‘Ajumma,’ but Dok Mi really hasn’t thought about it.
Enrique asks what Dok Mi does, and surprisingly, she tells him that she’s a book editor without hesitation. He marvels at her talents for knowing hard words, which Dok Mi humbly replies that she just looks them up in the dictionary.
“I’m good at talking, but not so much in writing,” says Enrique.
Slowly, Dok Mi pipes up, apologizing that her lie has led them here.
Enrique says he also lied. So a lie for a lie.
Dok Mi asks what his lie is, but instead, Enrique asks why Dok Mi was sitting by herself on the bench earlier in the day.
“Are you that afraid of people that you would rather freeze to death?”
Dok Mi doesn’t reply.
Enrique sighs, explaining that while she was sleeping in the car, he just didn’t want to take her home. “Because you’ll most likely stay hidden in your house.”
He suggests that if she’s afraid of people, she should be friends with the world first, then become friends with people. He plans on dragging her everywhere, showing her the world before he leaves for Spain.
Still not looking at Enrique’s eyes, Dok Mi asks for a favor.
“When we get back to Seoul, can you act like you don′t know me?”
Enrique is taken aback at the surprising a favor.
He’s a bit saddened since Dok Mi knows he doesn’t have many friends, and besides, they know a lot of each other’s secrets now.
“That’s why I’m uncomfortable,” replies Dok Mi, slowly wiping the smile off of Enrique’s face. “That’s why I don’t like it.”
She coldly says he doesn’t know anything about her so she would appreciate it if he just acted like he didn’t know her.
Enrique pouts, wondering if he should be uncomfortable too since she knows his secrets. But in the end, Enrique agrees.
He gets up to take a walk, leaving Dok Mi by herself.
A woman who willingly gives up first.
A woman who says sorry first.
A woman who is not greedy at all.
Dong Hoon blinks, slightly nods his head, slightly disinterested, but Jin Rak is all into naming the criteria for his ideal woman.
“And a woman who is honest even when no one is watching.”
Dong Hoon asks what Jin Rak is talking about. Does he want to date a Nobel Peace Prize candidate?
Jin Rak lets out an exasperated sigh saying Dong Hoon doesn’t understand.
Dong Hoon gets defensive, saying he does know. “You mean someone like the girl in room 402.”
Carefully, Dong Hoon asks if Jin Rak really likes Dok Mi.
Jin Rak looks up from his food, but doesn’t say anything.
Enrique sits in the car alone, smiling while looking at pictures of Dok Mi from earlier that day.
Sitting in an empty room, Dok Mi jots down something in her phone.
“What is your truth? Answer honestly.
If someone asked a question like this,
The girl closed her mouth.
The truth isn’t like sweet candy and chocolate that presents itself when you take off the wrapper of lies.
Just like how the skin is needed to protect the blood and flesh, she needed lies to cover her truth.
More than exposing her pain and being honest, brightly smiling while telling a lie was much safer for the girl.”
She sets the phone on the ground with the lights start to flicker wildly.
Dok Mi gets up, beginning to panic, when she remembers what the grandma said about the ghost. Dok Mi screams, waking Enrique up in the car.
Realizing what’s happening, Enrique jumps out of the car and springs to the house.
He bursts into the dark room, asking what’s wrong when he runs into the something and falls.
Just then, the lights flicker back on....to reveal.... Enrique on top of Dok Mi with their lips locked.
They both slowly open their eyes and find themselves staring right at each other.
Haha, that ghost knew what it was doing.
AH! Four episodes in and we already get our first kiss. As if you didn’t know already, we LOVE this drama so much.
We feel bad for Jin Rak already.
As the second lead, it’s pretty much predestined that Jin Rak will not get the girl, but this episode kind of confirmed it.
The way he described his ideal girl is describes Dok Mi as he sees her, but we know as the audience that Dok Mi isn’t everything that Jin Rak dreams of. In fact, that’s what he’s making Dok Mi out to be - a dream girl, based on what little he′s seen of her in the past three years.
We know by now that there’s are two personalities of Dok Mi - Dok Mi on the outside and Dok Mi in the inside. All Jin Rak has really seen is the quiet Dok Mi, who bashfully hangs her head as she addresses people if she does.
By watching her every move when she’s outside of the house, Jin Rak is convinced that he knows everything about her and is the only one who truly understands her, despite the harsh fact that he doesn’t.
But we get it - it′s easy to believe that you know someone when you don′t actually talk to them.
Also, even if he did know everything about her, the other reason why we’re inclined to believe he’ll never get Dok Mi is that he’s only been watching her for the past three years, and he probably would have continued to watch her for years to come.
That’s why Enrique creates such a problem for Jin Rak because Enrique is doing everything that Jin Rak hasn’t done. Or maybe, couldn′t?
Aside from that, we′re finding out that there′s more to Oh Jin Rak than the concerned webtoon neighbor. Why did he change his name and why is Do Hui determined to find this Oh Jae Won? Maybe, instead of Dong Hoon, he′s the conglomerate′s son.
Seeing that Dok Mi is slowly bringing out what is on her mind, it shows that perhaps what Enrique is doing is what Dok Mi has unconsciously been wanting while being cooped up in her apartment.
It’s just that she doesn’t realize it yet and merely sees Enrique as a prick in her side that constantly pokes at her until she gives in. We also personally think it’s what Dok Mi desperately needs.
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