Sinopsis Frozen Flower Episode 1
javabeans: It actually turns out better than expected, because they get to use the six-person room and it has its own bathroom, and it’s only six dollars per person. In interview, Yeon-seok says that he’s quite pleased with the trip so far and he loves his teammates, and it feels like he’s just backpacking with his buddies. The PD prods, “Even though you’re doing everything on your own? Even though Ho-joon isn’t doing anything at all?” Yeon-seok has to pause and laugh-swears in response.
javabeans: Wait, is that text exchange for real? Baro uploads a pic of himself in the room, and Kim Sung-kyun (Samcheonpo) texts back, “Are you in the hospital?” Jung Woo (Garbage) jokes, “Are you in prison?” and Go Ara adds, “The prison at the hospital.”
girlfriday: Jung Woo: “I’m a little jealous.” Awww, I wish they could’ve all come along. Baro interviews that he’s just so happy to be here and it’s only now starting to sink in a little. The PD asks if the hyungs seem okay and if they aren’t going to fight, and he nods: “I think they’re going to, pretty soon.”
This time, the four main characters are at work interrogating a man. Lee Sun Jae provides wit when he turned red finding out that the man has 100TB of 'porn' at home creating a silly scenario among the other cast Byun Hee Bong, Jang Gwang, and Super Junior Heechul. Seems like their 'teamwork' is really good.
Are you excited to watch this drama? Flower Grandpas Investigation Unit' premieres on May 2 at 9:50PM KST. Watch the preview below for the mean time:
Hilariously this episodes attempt at trying to redeem Guan Jun failed miserably and only made me loathe him more with his me-first attitude towards everything. Hes like an 8-year old boy in the body of a 32-year old, and how that even qualifies as a hero worth rooting for might just be the greatest mystery of the 2013 TW-drama season so far. Terry continues to have so much screen time random people checking out an episode would think he was the leading man without a doubt, and root for him to speak his mind to Guan Jun and Da Hua. Shes also starting to grate on me with her dimness, which was cute initially because I thought her extravagant adventure would smarten her up. So far shes shown no mental growth and the lack of office politics at Sheng Da is really dragging down this drama. What happened to Terrys career on the line over the botched land auction? What happened to Da Hua learning Liang Yens job and maybe acquiring skills beyond selling items at a corner market and cleaning up Lin Guan Juns mess? This episode showed that the writer is probably at a loss for how to proceed since the drama has turned out very differently then it was initially marketed as, so the questions remainsstay true to the course or walk a different path to see what the journey holds?
Terry sits in his office brooding. His face lights up the moment he hears Da Hua knocking on his door. Chris Wus acting is just magnificent in how quickly that smile is contained as he adjusts his relief and happiness at seeing her after the cat is now out of the bag with her family.
Guan Jun apparently took intelligence and maturity pills from the last episode to this one, having suddenly become a savvy businessman and great negotiator for complex real estate transactions. He also seems to have cut it with the intense antagonism towards Terry, though he still sneers too much for me to handle. Da Hua is less bumbling or clueless, and her heart is in the right place but still her actions end up accidentally undermining Terry. Ive discovered that Terry really is a true gentleman and a real decent human being. He never talks badly about Guan Jun to Da Hua, and he always looks at the situation and not the person. I have mad love and respect for him, and honestly the drama offing Liang Yen is a travesty unless its going to replace her with Da Hua. I dont even care that shes the heroine and gets to pick her manshe picks Terry or else shes dead to me. Yup, Im done with being considerate and patient, this girl needs to wise up and see the man who stares at her with so much affection in his eyes I just want to yank her out of that screen and crawl in there myself and soak up all those stares. Mmmm, delicious.
The Jin ladies find out that their no-good family patriarch gambled again and this time lost an even bigger sum of money. Even selling their little store isnt enough to repay the debt.
Do Hwi really upsets me so much I actually lose my appetite watching her. She is cruel and mean in the ways that actually exist in this world – a sneaky bully who uses words and falsehoods to tear another person down. Compare her to the over-the-top villains of K-dramas, she is far scarier to me and so much more loathsome. I loved how Jin Rok just cannot hide his disdain for her, and the forced kiss only worked because of his horrified reaction afterwards. I’m sure she’s after him because she knows his other identity as Oh Jae Won and I’m happy that Jin Rok has cottoned on to that as well. I feel so sad that he’s repeatedly disappointed to see Enrique and Dok Mi grow ever closer, especially when he’s finally trying to engage her but always the opportunity slips through his fingers. But when I see Dok Mi and Enrique, my heart seriously swells five sizes and I feel this hope and expectation rising inside me knowing they continue to push-and-pull each other towards a place that will hopefully be an epiphany for both of them. Dok Mi realizes that she hasn’t completely shut out the world and Enrique discovers there is someone who sees the real thoughtful him inside the chatty shell.
Im very conflicted about this episode ender. On one hand, it was indeed dramatic in that good way, where viscerally it just hits me right where it hurts and now Im worried for my beloved OTP. On the other hand, I feel like it doesnt matter because Enrique couldnt possibly believe that Dok Mi likes Jin Rok over him, especially after all theyve been through. Im ambivalent on the Enrique goes back to Spain dilemma because I think its realistic hell be torn between his career and staying in Korea for Dok Mi since initially he didnt plan to stay in Korea and shes a new addition to his life. I love that hes so clear about what he wants, which is Dok Mi over his animation dreams if he had to choose, but Im not sure so he need to choose between the two. Perhaps their burgeoning relationship is so new and tentative being apart cant sustain it, or even that being apart will be too difficult when one is fresh in the throes of a heady new romance. Im annoyed that the crazy fangirl and even the rest of Enriques fans think they have any right to pressure him to return to Spain. I love watching this story be true to its own tempo and Enrique needs to be left alone by everyone to make his own decisions. Dok Mi can tell its not an easy choice for him, but why does she need to get involved as well to steer him in one direction? Im not going to parse to death what happened here at the end of the episode and wait to see what the drama does with the oddball characters of this little apartment building in the final two episodes. So far FBND has been the most endearing of drama rides and I have faith itll get to where it ought to go.
Im not angry at this episode of M2F (or the entire latter half in general), Im just disappointed that a drama with such potential and powerhouse acting performances once again devolved into a series of forced plot turns to generate momentum. And to think the drama plans to tie everything together next week in just one episode, with episode 15 being the final one scheduled by that douchy MBC. I can hope for a miracle, but am geared for just a series of deux et machinas to wrap everything up, and maybe get some fan service happy scenes for Bong Sun and Jae Hee. Since episode 9, this drama has really failed to take me on the journey of Bong Sun and Jae Hee IN a relationship, which was ripe with so much interesting issues to explore. Instead it wasted time with the Hwa Young and Dal shenanigans, which was unnecessary plus no one cared about it. Why couldnt I watch Bong Sun and Jae Hee fighting and making up over their social differences, their hidden traumas and scars, their sometimes fire and ice personalities. And dont even get me started on Bong Sun going on that pointless matseon date, which served no greater purpose other than to pour more angst on Jae Hee.
Bong Sun and her brush with death to realize the importance of Jae Hee is just ridiculous. For a woman who is afraid of being abandoned, Jae Hees love and desire for her was always such a strong pull, how could she just shut him down time and again and need some stupidly manufactured roof top freezing-to-death moment to realize what truly mattered to her? Bong Sun stupid story also made no sense, because if you cant figure out why you broke up, then that is not a valid reason. It basically boils down to I just know in my gut it wont work. I thought the writer wrote this OTP as flawed and broken, but realistically adult characters. Suddenly Bong Sun as the EQ of a teenager. I get her hesitation to date Jae Hee, but what happened to lets just take it one step at a time and see where it leads. The worlds not going to end if they date again and somehow it doesnt work out in the future and they break up. Bong Suns characterization totally went haywire in this second half, while Jae Hee has remained the consistent one in dealing with all the situations that has arisen.
Its funny how Bong Sun and Jae Hee, who are suffering in different ways from their childhood traumas, never hurt anyone purposefully. They go out of their way to treat people right. They are good people who deserve happiness, which is why Hwa Youngs actions tear me to pieces. I cant believe she would argue that she would sue Bong Sun over spreading false rumors, despite the fact that she perpetrated the fraud in the first place. Her logic escapes me, and Im glad Jae Hee is starting to see her for what she has become. He cant possibly continue to make excuses for her anymore. It frustrates me that Jae Hee wont just step forward and announce and take responsibility for the bag theft and absolve Bong Sun of any guilt. Who cares whether Hwa Young agrees or not. Hes also part owner of the company, and shes gone behind his back and done plenty of things without his approval. But that would require their partnership and friendship to be irrevocably damaged, and he might not be ready to do so yet.
I said before that the plot devices in M2F hold no interest for me, and the Great Bag Theft of 2011 is like the undead plot device that just wont go away. Im fascinated watching Bong Sun react to one bombshell revelation after another, and seeing Jae Hee man up to protect his woman. This drama has the good kind of angst, one that may be dramatic but flows true from the personality of the characters and makes me care about what might happen to them if the situation is not resolved. I firmly believe that Jae Hee and Bong Sun can solve any and all misunderstandings with more kissy kissy and less talky talky. Bring back the kissy, writer-nim, and stop making Bong Sun cry and Jae Hee all stressed out.