Shut Upwards: Flower Boy Band: Episode four
Love is in the air, or at least a whole lot of crushing, equally lovelines come flying left and right, and end upwardly crossing one over the other like i big web of malaise to come. Nosotros see some other side to our hero and our villain as well, for a squeamish change of footstep, and the boys ready for the first big battle over do turf, with the odds stacked confronting them.
EPISODE iv RECAP
Ji-hyuk kneels in front end of Seung-hoon, blowing everyone’s minds, including mine. He grits his teeth and asks him to make information technology so that they can remain at schoolhouse. Exercise-il holds the other guys dorsum from jumping in.
Seung-hoon takes Ji-hyuk aside to talk it out, and asks why he’s and then dead assail going to school hither. Ji-hyuk merely says information technology’s because they accept to, and tells him to brand it happen. Seung-hoon reminds him that it’s Pyo-joo he should exist talking to, not him.
Just Ji-hyuk knows to go direct to the leader, and besides, Seung-hoon knows exactly what happened to Byung-hee that dark. “You saw it happen. You could’ve stopped it.” He tells Seung-hoon to reveal the truth nearly Pyo-joo’s involvement that night. Seung-hoon asks how, and Ji-hyuk just breezes, “You lot’re the smart one. Figure information technology out,” and stalks away.
Su-ah gathers her things in the art room, and Deo-mi happily reports on the glorious mean solar day when “our side” won, and Ji-hyuk bowed to Seung-hoon. Su-ah tells her she doesn’t know what “our side” and “their side” ways anyway, and pretends not to comprehend her. I like her, this girl.
Deo-mi wonders what she’s doing, and she says she’s not going to waste expensive art supplies on a talent she doesn’t actually accept, and plans to drop art class. Not realizing that it really is about the money, Deo-mi guesses that Su-ah’s begetter required her to drop her frivolous classes for more than business organization-related ones so she can gear up to inherit the visitor. Su-ah doesn’t have the guts to correct her.
Eye Candy angsts information technology out in the schoolyard, near how unfair it is that some people tin can only toss envelopes of money at people to get away with their crimes, while others have to you-know-what only to remain in school.
Just they vow to do right by Byung-hee and stay here, and win that stone festival for him. Now it’s simply up to Seung-hoon to evangelize on that promise, whether information technology’s out of guilt, self-preservation, or both. Past the terminate of the school solar day, he tells the primary.
Maro informs Ha-jin and Kyung-jong that the battle for the practice studio is back on since the charges take been dropped, and they happily call Ji-hyuk with the good news. To each other, they gush about how a man kneeling is putting his life on the line, and that their leader is actually something. Aw.
Ji-hyuk lets out a triumphant shout just as Seung-hoon drives past in his fancy towncar, and though they don’t show it to each other, they each smile to themselves.
Su-ah starts work at the restaurant, and tells Dad over the phone that she’s okay and no one’s come looking for her yet, and besides, it’south non like she knows where Dad’s hiding out anyway, and then in that location’due south cipher to tell.
Simply that dark Ji-hyuk comes home to notice two scary thugs knocking on the door to Su-ah’s downstairs neighbors, looking for her. He speedily runs up to his roof and throws something at Su-ah’s window, trying to become her attention without calling out to her.
He alerts her to the thugs and she cowers in fear, but he directs her to the other side, where he helps her get down via ladder. She slips on her manner down and he catches her in his arms, startling both of them.
I love that it’s the eye contact that does them in. They await away awkwardly, which is even funnier because he’s still belongings her. Ha.
They manage to sneak up to his rooftop room undetected. As soon as they become inside, her stomach growls, and he snickers that she could exist hungry at a time like this, and says she must be stronger than she looks.
He makes her a pot of ramyun and asks if she got herself into some trouble, and she says no. But he doesn’t make her explicate: “Princess, rooftop room, gangsters. I pretty much go the picture.” Heh. Sentry a lot of dramas, practice you lot?
She sees a guitar nearby and asks if it’due south his, and he pauses earlier saying that it’s Byung-hee’s. She grows silent, and he tells her again that it’s not her mistake, and to end blaming herself.
By the fourth dimension he’s washed with dishes she’s already asleep, huddled in the corner. When she wakes up in the morning, she’s in his bed all cozy, and Ji-hyuk is curled upwardly on the floor beneath.
She gently puts the pillow nether his head and covers him with the blanket earlier giving a footling moving ridge and a smiling. Then beautiful. He waits till she sneaks out before opening his eyes.
Seung-hoon’s sister drops him off at school and wonders why he’s suddenly so interested in school again, even turning down Dad’s offer to become written report away. He just says that things have of a sudden become really interesting.
She asks how things are with Su-ah, and he wonders why she keeps asking about her. She says that at that place’s been a lot of churr almost her father’s company lately, that it’southward in some problem, but doesn’t say anything more.
The principal assigns their former teacher with the task of keeping the boys in line, and Teach of course wants to resort to fists first. Only the chief says that’south not how they do things around here, and gives him his new weapon: the point system.
He goes on a binge post-obit the Eye Candy boys around, deducting points left and right for being tardy, for eating candy, for having too strong an accent (ha), for having rock n gyre hair, for being daughter-crazy.
He happens to grab Ha-jin horsing around and trying to give Exercise-il a kiss for getting rid of those gangsters last time, and Teacher interrupts them, “What kind of relationship do y’all have?” Minus points.
What they realize is that the signal organisation isn’t just an annoyance, merely a danger – one time they get up to 60 negative points, information technology’s expulsion. They wonder how long they’ll go far, and Ji-hyuk just says they have to last till the festival.
Seung-hoon summons him to discuss the battle for the practise room, and Ji-hyuk saunters in. Pyo-joo is as tightly wound as e’er, but Ji-hyuk treats him like a child, putting his arm around casually every bit if to say,
you lot are the opposite of scary.
They flip a coin to decide the order (rich boys kickoff) and make up one’s mind that an audience vote is the fairest manner to choice the winner. Both sides agree to the terms. Pyo-joo tin can’t help but become a dig in, that he should give up now unless he wants to get on his knees once again in front of the whole school.
Ji-hyuk pushes his face away, so grabs a guitar pick off the table, and sends it flying into the dartboard that Pyo-joo was playing with when he came in. Badass. Maro and Pyo-joo gape at it subsequently, in awe.
The boys wonder where they’ll do for now, since they have to win the battle to win the studio, and Hyun-soo mentions that Woo-kyung’due south been calling Practise-il looking for Ji-hyuk because he doesn’t answer his telephone. Ha-jin wonders why it’s always Practise-il she calls when she can’t find Ji-hyuk, and something virtually the way Do-il looks downwardly says it bugs him for a different reason.
Merely and so Woo-kyung comes running in with big news, saying that she got Ji-hyuk a nowadays considering he’south been so down lately, and she’s his muse later all. She takes all the boys to a building on the verge of beingness torn down.
There’southward a basement space there with an old set of drums, and she tells them that they can use the space until information technology gets demolished. They ask when that is, and she says, “Well I’thousand sure it’due south not tomorrow!” They do not look reassured at that.
Ji-hyuk thanks her and promises to buy her dinner, simply that’s not the thank you she had in mind. She puckers up her lips. Kyung-jong goes gaga and Ha-jin shields his eyes, while Do-il watches with a sad await. Oh noes, he actually does accept a crush.
Ji-hyuk stares blankly, and so she grabs his face with her hands and pulls him in for a osculation. Nice. I like your way. The boys go crazy while Ji-hyuk stands there awkwardly, and Do-il sighs to himself. Aw.
Kyung-jong didn’t go to come across it happen, so he gestures at Ha-jin, pointing at his own natural language. Pfft, are yous asking if there was natural language? Hee.
A few of the boys gather for practice the next twenty-four hour period, and wonder where Ji-hyuk ran off to. Practise-il says he picked up a part-time gig for his uncle again, which seems like a common occurrence.
It turns out that he’due south recording a song, equally a session musician. (He’s singing the guide version of the vocal as a placeholder.) He begins to sing the soft ballad and then Seung-hoon’due south sister comes in to cheque on the recording. She calls her brother to ask if he can brand it, calling him the songwriter.
Ooooh, interesting connection. Ji-hyuk’s standing in that location singing Seung-hoon’s song. Meanwhile his sister watches, wondering who this kid is, and tells the producer to get his contact info.
The reason Seung-hoon blows off the recording session is to follow Su-ah after school. He follows her all the way to her part-time task at the restaurant, and puts together the pieces, from what his sister said.
Belatedly that night, Su-ah walks dwelling and senses someone coming upward behind her. She braces herself, grabs her haversack, and whirls effectually with information technology with her eyes airtight, and spins right into Ji-hyuk’s arms.
She stammers, “Oh it was you lot?” and he laughs that she should larn how to swing properly if she wants to use that matter equally a weapon, otherwise it just looks similar she did it on purpose to get a hug. HA.
He suggests she not come home so belatedly if she’s so scared and she pretends not to be, merely looks upwardly at her rooftop, clearly scared to go up in that location. Then Ji-hyuk goes first to make sure there aren’t any thugs tonight, and gives her the all-clear.
Upwardly on her roof he asks for her telephone and stores his number, for her to phone call if they bear witness upward once more. She thanks him and he goes back down and upwardly to his own roof.
What they don’t meet is that Seung-hoon has followed her all the way here, and has seen the whole thing.
The next morning at school Ji-hyuk and Ha-jin head upward the stairs, and turn correct dorsum effectually when they meet Grumpypants Teacher standing baby-sit outside the door, waiting to dock points for every little affair.
They speedily tuck in their shirts and straighten their ties, as Ji-hyuk sighs that it’s high school, not Miss Korea. Teach sees them coming up and practically rubs his hands in glee, only they arrive perfectly dressed, bow, and salute him. Heh. Thwarted at your ain game.
Seung-hoon gives Su-ah the recording of his new song, which is hilarious because he has no idea that Ji-hyuk’s the one singing it. She looks up in surprise equally soon every bit she hears the voice, but doesn’t let on if she knows who it is.
Seung-hoon tries to requite her a bunch of gift certificates to a mall, only she turns it down, maxim that it might non be very much to him, just information technology’southward also much money for her to accept betwixt friends. She walks abroad and he berates himself for the misstep.
Ji-hyuk sits exterior with Do-il and Kyung-jong, and Instructor comes out from backside them, ready to go all Wyatt Earp on their asses. He scrambles their surroundings and finds the perfect smoking gun: a cigarette butt.
They swear information technology’s not theirs, but of course their protests don’t affair. Kyung-jong asks for a DNA test, ha. Ji-hyuk says he should merely beat them instead, quoting what he used to say to them every time he hit them before, nearly how they’d end up street thugs if they didn’t get their human action together.
He scoffs, “How tin can someone who calls himself a teacher run effectually trying to get students expelled?” Well I’thousand glad someone said information technology. Teach stews for a while, but it niggles at him all day, and somewhen he scratches out the demerits in his notebook with a sigh. Aw. And then he has a heart after all?
That dark they practice in their basement studio, though Hyun-soo has been conspicuously absent for a few days straight. Woo-kyung arrives with snacks, calling Ji-hyuk “jagi,” which makes him cringe.
Suddenly sirens bellow and they hear noise exterior, and Woo-kyung goes to check it out. Some neighborhood ajummas take complained about the noise, swearing that it’s an abandoned edifice but they heard something.
Thinking quickly, Woo-kyung plays drunk and distracts the cops long enough for the boys to sneak away… merely Kyung-jong drops a cymbal on his way out, leading to a chase.
They divide, and Ji-hyuk and Do-il end up in his pool hall, lying on a tabular array and wondering why their lives are e’er this way. They have a good chuckle over it. Ji-hyuk sits up for a infinitesimal, “I recollect this is the beginning fourth dimension in my life I’ve ever worked then difficult. I want to bustle upward and show them.”
Do-il gives him a pat on the shoulder to say he gets it, and Ji-hyuk pushes him abroad to cut the mushiness.
Su-ah leaves work that night to discover Seung-hoon sitting outside the restaurant. He’s clearly waiting for her but they both prevarication that they happened to exist there, and he takes out a crimson scarf for her, proverb that it’s an apology for earlier. Aw.
He asks if that’due south okay as a present and she smiles, and so he wraps it effectually her, and so plants a piddling kiss on her forehead. They walk hand-in-paw to the jitney cease, and he sends her off with a moving ridge.
On the bus, she sighs as she touches her forehead, while in the street, Seung-hoon smiles similar a goof looking at his hand. I’m glad we get to see this side of him, considering upwardly until now he hasn’t been the most sympathetic or layered character.
Meanwhile, Ji-hyuk sits within a convenience shop, staring out the window. He passes the time with ramyun, snacks, and so jumps up with a kickoff and smoothes his hair before running out when he sees Su-ah pass by. Are you waiting there for her? Why then cute?
He silently walks backside her and then notices that she’southward passed her own house without realizing it. The manner he gets her attention? He chucks a lollipop at the back of her head. Ha.
She yells “Ow” with a kickoff and turns around, glaring. She picks up the lolli and says if it were gum like the last time, she’d take his caput shaved, and rips the wrapper off.
His confront turns to horror when she makes a move to eat information technology, screaming, “THAT’South MY Final ONE!” Hahaha. Well perhaps you should’ve idea of that earlier chucking it at people’due south heads, buddy.
She scoffs at his nerve and says fine, she’ll requite him the candy if he apologizes. He pauses, and then agrees, “Yeah, that’s apple flavour [amends and apple are homonyms in Korean],” and snatches it out of her hand and pops it in his oral fissure. Derisive.
He wakes upwardly the next morning and finds a yogurt sitting outside his door.
At schoolhouse the students are abuzz with bets on which band will win the do room battle. Deo-mi asks Su-ah which side she’s rooting for, and gasps when she implies that maybe it’s not for the side she thinks. Merely Su-ah just says that they tin enjoy a adept concert either manner.
They start setting upward for the boxing, and throw insults back and forth at each other near their instruments, and Ha-jin goes to take out his bass… which he finds stringless. Whoops. He realizes that he lost his strings in that panic when the cops crashed their practice space.
Eye Candy asks to push the time back, but Maro insists the rules must exist kept, and instead tosses his motorcycle keys to Ji-hyuk. They proceed as planned, as Ji-hyuk races to go the strings before their turn.
Seung-hoon’s ring plays a jazzy piece every bit Ji-hyuk finds the strings and rushes back. But as Eye Candy sets upward and waits, a news story pops up and starts circulating on everyone’s phones.
It’southward news that Su-ah’southward father’s company has gone under, and that he’s being prosecuted. She stands in the oversupply, frozen, not knowing what to do.
Ji-hyuk finally arrives merely and then sees the aforementioned thugs from the other night standing exterior the school, asking later Su-ah. He runs inside, and his bandmates enquire for the bass strings. The other band announces that they have a minute to start, otherwise they forfeit…
Ji-hyuk turns around, grabs Su-ah’s hand, and they go the hell out of dodge.
I didn’t actually expect the relationship between Ji-hyuk and Su-ah to develop so rapidly, just I really like their growing friendship. I love their piffling moments of chemistry, like awkwardly doing the doorway trip the light fantastic toe just to become past each other, or every time they get close. It doesn’t experience strange because Ji-hyuk was the one who had a connection with her even when Byung-hee was effectually, and Byung-hee’s muse-crush on her was then one-sided and crazy.
I’chiliad glad that Seung-hoon isn’t being written as a full sociopath or something, because I was concerned that he was going to end up a one-dimensional villain type, while everyone else got interesting backstories. But he’s shaping up to be more than just the bad guy, so I like that there’due south the possibility of something other than just the expected rivalry between the two bands.
Merely I’k the biggest fan of Ji-hyuk’s character, who continues to surprise me at every turn. You call back he’s a punk kid, but then he schools the teacher on right and wrong, and it turns out he listens to everything he’s told even while being beaten. He seems like a reckless prideful leader, merely puts that on the line when they need to stay in school. And then again, when the battle is on the line, he puts Su-ah’south safety start. I can’t wait to see where else nosotros go with his graphic symbol.
I think what resonates with me the about is this world, the way information technology conveys the teenage malaise and feeling of being lost. It’s not really a depressing world to me because they struggle with a version of the same things every immature person fights against – feeling powerless, lacking purpose, wanting everything and having cipher. Tonally it strikes the perfect balance to say that this is what they experience, but that they can also accept a sense of hope and pure joy in something that might seem insignificant: a piece of music, the perfect performance, a connection with one other person who might get information technology. And that simply gets me in the middle.
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