[Recap: Flower Boys Next Door] Episode 13 – Does It Mean I Should Dream New Dreams?
So, episode 13 begins…with a giant panda.
Enrique has taken his panda concept to another level, stuffing the costume with pillows or something because that butt is so big.
He does the happy dance until he faces Dok Mi’s window with a glare.
So this was the special event he planned, except it failed miserably because she never looked.
His anger is quickly forgotten when he gets a call from Manuel in Spain.
Manuel’s in charge of making Enrique’s new animation because Enrique’s not going back since he’s found something more important.
In 401, Dong Hoon sighs, unable to read the new storyline of the webtoon because it’s so sad that he could cry. He tells Jin Rak that he left Dok Mi a post-it note to read the webtoon and Jin Rak flips out.
But Dong Hoon tells his roomie to go for it because A) Enrique’s not really going to leave everything behind and B) Dok Mi can’t even go to English Town in Korea, let alone, Spain. Therefore, Jin Rak still has a chance. Jin Rak tells him to leave and Dong Hoon reminds him that it was Jin Rak who held him back from doing so.
After hanging up on Manuel, Enrique heads his way to Dok Mi’s to complain, when he and the rest of the puppies see that horrid red ‘Die’ on Dok Mi’s door.
As freaky as it is, it’s perfect timing because a possible resident comes to see Dok Mi’s door. She immediately decides she’s not going to live there. (but…you didn’t even look at the flower boy neighbors!!)
Both Soon Chul and Dong Hoon are slightly suspicious that Jin Rak and Enrique might have done it on purpose, especially since they’ve been cuckoo for awhile now.
The next step is to find the criminal, but unfortunately, the CCTV cameras are only there for show, so they decide to key into Dok Mi’s room.
It’s completely empty and Enrique starts to fear the worst, especially when he realizes that Dok Mi’s been reading the webtoon.
Jin Rak stays outside of the apartment, disappointed that he doesn’t know anything about Dok Mi that he can’t even find her if she disappears. Dong Hoon’s frustrated by his lack of confidence, when Do Hui arrives to deliver brunch and Dong Hoon’s paycheck.
Do Hui hurries to leave, when Jin Rak calls her back, much to Do Hui’s pleasant surprise.Then Jin Rak does the wrong thing and accuses Do Hui of writing the ‘Die’ on the door. Come on…we don’t like her too, but that’s rough.
As Enrique exits the room, Do Hui defends herself, saying although she’s kept a lot of things secret, she was hurt too over Dok Mi.
“Did it hurt a lot?” jumps in Enrique. “Then you could have thought about how hurt your friend was. You feel it’s unfair and angry? Then you can think about how hard it was for your friend for a long time!”
Do Hui…just go home before you get more hurt. No one’s on your side here.
Obedient, she dashes out. Well, except Dong Hoon, who leaves telling Jin Rak that if his love is important, so is Do Hui’s.
Dong Hoon chases after Do Hui, when he runs into crazy stalker girl…and finds her red-handed. Like literally red-handed from the red spray paint.
Dong Hoon calls Jin Rak to apologize to Do Hui since the real culprit has been found.
The stalker fan confidently admits it right to Enrique’s face, and she doesn’t care what Enrique says. The only important thing is that Enrique needs to go back to Spain to work on the animation, which was actually his childhood dream.
Enrique argues that he’s not giving up and just postponing it. Crying, the stalker fan asks if Dok Mi is so important. She stomps off saying she hates Dok Mi.
Enrique turns, and of course, Dok Mi is there. Did she hear the conversation? We don’t know, but Enrique’s just relieved that Dok Mi’s still around. He apologizes for the door, and Dok Mi’s calm about it, since she’s experienced it so much during high school. She even knows how to clean it.
Enrique is extremely upset that the ‘Die’ on her door isn’t even bothering her.
Dok Mi becomes startled, telling him she doesn’t want her gloominess to affect Enrique.
Although still pouting, Enrique links arms with her and tells her nothing, including her gloominess, can change him. He sends her off to Tae Jun’s apartment, not wanting her to see the red words again.
When Enrique gets there, Jin Rak’s already busy painting over the door, perhaps, also not wanting Dok Mi see it again.
Instead of a greeting, Jin Rak pushes Enrique against the door and blames him for doing this to Dok Mi. Just then, Dok Mi runs over, pulling Jin Rak away from Enrique and asking if he’s okay.
An awkward silence fills the air as poor Jin Rak’s heart is getting shredded into
Same thing is happening over at Do Hui’s, where Do Hui is crying her heart out. Her friends are upset and end up telling Dong Hoon that Do Hui’s liked Jin Rak even before the name change. Do Hui tries to shut them up, but her friends are fed up and start spilling the details.
Enrique paints Dok Mi’s door yellow while singing Kim Dong Yul’s Like a
Child (Love this song!)…which somehow turns into the 1988 Olympic
song. Hahaha. Soon Chul takes this time to leave a bouquet at Jung Im’s door.
He goes to Jin Rak’s closed door and sticks his ear by it. He smirks, wondering if Jin Rak did the same thing. “Jealousy is a pretty tiring emotion.” You got that right.
Jin Rak hands Dok Mi a cup of tea, apologizing since he forgot Enrique hurt his hand.
He tells Dok Mi not to worry about the webtoon, since the story will change. More importantly, he hopes that she doesn’t think she’s Rapunzel.
Dok Mi nods, saying she’s not Rapunzel. “I’m the witch that locked her in there.”
She’s not as pure and innocent as Rapunzel, but rather the opposite – gloomy and unloving of herself, which is why she locked herself in.
Jin Rak understands, since he was the same way, especially when he locked himself in during his parents’ fights.
“I tried for a long time to learn how to love myself….and I’m still trying.”
As soon as Dok Mi exits out of the apartment, Enrique says Jin Rak’s not the one? –wait what?
Oh, Enrique means Jin Rak’s not the one who left the webtoon note.
Dok Mi knows and she smiles as Enrique holds the wet paint door for her.
When Enrique worryingly washes his hands, Dok Mi comes across articles about Enrique not confirmed for the animation project.
Then we flash back to the stalker fan’s rant and Dok Mi did hear everything. She shakes her head, telling her not to think about it and rather act with her heart.
With his suitcase in Spain, Enrique wants to go shopping with Dok Mi.
Dok Mi skips over all that and asks why Enrique is feeling complicated all over.
Avoiding the question, Enrique squeals that he loves Dok Mi asking questions about his feelings. Dok Mi sees right through it and repeats her question.
It takes him a little, but Enrique finally spills.
He says there was a time when he declared he would be the trainer to Dok Mi’s elephant. But he takes back his statement, since a person isn’t something that can be trained.
O..K…not sure if he answered the question fully, but he’s so distracting that Dok Mi gets all invested in his next question: When was the last time you went to a zoo?
On the bus to the zoo, Enrique tells Dok Mi that he’s filming and studying the world so he can fill his games with it. He suggests Dok Mi do it too, to get closer to the world. And Dok Mi agrees, taking out her phone and filming the outside.
While Jin Rak goes further down in the dumps, when he realizes Dong Hoon is packing his stuff.
Dong Hoon angrily addresses Jin Rak as ‘Oh Jae Won,’ and asks if he’s the son of a conglomerate who ran away from home to fulfill his dreams. Oops. Secret’s out.
Dong Hoon explains that he feels betrayed because he thought he was on the same financial status as Jin Rak. He heard everything from Do Hui. Jin Rak tries to explain that he was going to tell Dong Hoon, but Dong Hoon doesn’t let him. There were plenty of opportunities to explain since the beginning and Jin Rak didn’t.
Cat’s got Jin Rak’s tongue as Dong Hoon heads out of the apartment with an apartment. Jin Rak physically stops Dong Hoon, explaining whether or not Dong Hoon wants to listen.
Jin Rak explains that his family isn’t part of some big company. He doesn’t know what his family is doing is now. During rare family gatherings, things always end with police cars and ambulances and when he grew up, Jin Rak was always alone, reading comic books.
He decide to abandon his family when he went to study abroad, and after his father passed away, his brothers wanted him to sign a contract, saying Jin Rak will legally give up his part of the inheritance, so that he can really cut ties with his family.
“So I even changed my name. I’m completely alone. I have nothing,” says Jin Rak. “Now am I worthy of being your roommate?”
Dong Hoon’s still not convinced, saying Jin Rak still has a place to run to. When Jin Rak yells that he can’t, Dong Hoon growls at Jin Rak to not yell at him anymore.
As Dong Hoon steps to the door, Jin Rak say it’ll be the end for both of them if Dong Hoon leaves. “Even though I’ve lost my hyungs, I don’t want to lose my dongseng.”
As Dong Hoon starts to weep, Jin Rak confesses that he’s jealous of Dong Hoon for getting calls from his family, asking if he’s eaten something and Dong Hoon getting annoyed. Jin Rak’s even envious of his artistic skills and the fact that Dong Hoon doesn’t have a one-side love.
Dong Hoon drops his bag and turns back.
“You’re jealous that I don’t have a one-sided love? Then you give up too.”
If Jin Rak’s given everything up for work, then a more realistic woman is better for him.
“Can Room 401 sign a bond for you?”
That catches Jin Rak off guard and he asks about it, making Dong Hoon start panicking. Jin Rak notes that even family doesn’t sign bonds for each other and Jin Rak wouldn’t either for Dong Hoon.
And yet the editor did.
The panda couple arrives at the zoo, only to find out that elephants don’t come out during the winter. Poop.
It doesn’t ruin the day though, as Enrique excitedly takes Dok Mi around the zoo to show the animals that are most active during the winter.
At one point, Enrique shares that he made his first game after visiting the zoo, because he was hurt when a grandma yelled for the monkeys to return to their own country. His usually talkative mom couldn’t say anything until she later struggled to explain that the grandma was just a person in pain.
Enrique explained that he’s experienced and worried about racism since he was young. “But if I meet more, more, more people, wouldn’t I find the solution?”
Dok Mi realizes then that Enrique brought her to the zoo to tell her that story. Enrique admits that it’s his first time telling anyone that story, and sometimes he feels like Dok Mi is training him.
Dok Mi confesses that growing up, she thought bad things happened because of her. “I never liked myself ever.”
Enrique tells her he first liked her because he felt her giving everything she sees a piece of her heart. “So how can you not like yourself?”
Dok Mi replies it’s because she doesn’t know how to love because she’s never received it. Enrique smiles at her. “Then just receive what I give you. Start with that.”
A lost kid begins to cry and Enrique starts to cheer her up until the parents come rushing. Dok Mi snaps a picture in secret.
She starts to write on her phone, “That girl…” when she erases it.
“The wind and the waves break down a sand castle.
That man can even love the wind and the waves.
That man says that the sand castle isn’t breaking down, but just being soaked away.
That man knows the way to recover.”
Dok Mi reveals that she went to the publishing company in the morning and realized that she was hiding if she writes in her room. She tells Enrique that she wants to start working at the company building so that she can learn the world.
Enrique’s surprised that she’s taking a leap and puts on a sad smile that Jin Rak’s webtoon was more effective than he ever was.
“It’s because I find out that I was locking myself in that I’m letting myself out,” replies Dok Mi. Enrique pulls her in for a hug and compliments her, before saying she used to hate zoos but he’s glad he came with her.
The couple celebrates by going to a shop and trying on the most ridiculous outfits ever (Enrique, of course). Dok Mi shyly presents her outfits, but slowly, she starts to pose, making Enrique just melt into a giant pile of goo.
When Enrique is busy picking out clothes, he receives a phone alert that Dok Mi sees. It’s Sola Studio, who called 20 times and left a text, asking Enrique to call. Dok Mi gets worried.
Dong Hoon’s at the club, waiting for potential customers, when his phone rings. He laughs, knowing that she would call, but when it checks, it’s not the person he was expecting.
Instead, the editor is at work, studying over the notes she took. She’s purposely holding out, waiting for Dong Hoon to call. She starts casting a spell for him to call…when ‘5,800,000 Won’ miraculously calls. The editor smiles in satisfaction.
With crazy stalker fan chasing after them, Enrique and Dok Mi enter the movie theaters, where Enrique sadly stares at a poster for an animation movie. Dok Mi tells Enrique to watch an animation that he created and urges him to go to Spain to make it, especially since he doesn’t have anything in Korea, even his suitcase.
“But I have you,” says Enrique.
Dok Mi adds that she tried ignoring it, but she knows way too much about him to ignore his dreams. “I can’t smile knowing that you’re not leaving because of me.”
When Enrique says Dok Mi’s just lying, she yells that he sincerely wants to make the animation, causing Enrique’s face to fall.
Enrique asks Dok Mi to think about what she wants for a change. He asks if she can handle him going away, when it hurt her so much the first time around.
He grabs her arm, asking if she doesn’t want to see him in pain. Dok Mi pushes him away, telling him to stop.
Just then, Enrique pulls her into a hug.
“Go to Spain with me.”
Please, Dok Mi, just go to Spain with him.
We know it’s a huge step for you, but you know deep down inside, you really want to. It’s the perfect solution. Enrique gets to work on his animation; Dok Mi gets to travel and write.
So please. Just go.
Don’t let this drama drag into a smothering love story of noble idiots.
Anyhoo, Jin Rak’s secret it out, and we can’t say we didn’t expect it, especially since Jin Rak’s been dropping hints here and there (although, we secretly hoped Dong Hoon would have been the rich son just for a twist).
It’s sad that that’s the reason why Do Hui hired someone to find him, moved across the street from him, and then used her ex-best friend to get close to him. Really pathetic and gives us all the reason in the world to continue disliking her, but for the first time in the entire series, we actually felt sorry for her when Jin Rak accused of her of being the red paint culprit.
We don’t know if Do Hui’s feelings were completely genuine or not, but she did have feelings for Jin Rak, and to have the person you like accuse you of something you didn’t do, it must have torn her heart into pieces.
We’re not justifying her actions with one sympathetic moment, and even we’re surprised that we’re standing up for her right now, but Jin Rak’s starting to get really frustrating.
He knows how much it hurts to be rejected by the person he likes, but he’s so blind and cold when he’s the one hurting somebody else.
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