The kiss scene at the end of episode 4 of Flower Boy Next Door was quite charming and quaint. Clearly manufactured but doesn’t come off as fake. That’s actually the vibe I get from the entire drama. You know this was written to tell a specific story but its quite believable and refreshing. Despite Park Shin Hye getting to Yoon Si Yoon‘s lip’s first, Kim Ji Hoon might not have long to wait before sampling the same set of lips. Park Shin Hye volunteered her two handsome co-stars to kiss if the ratings for the drama broke 5 (which is astonishingly good since this a cable drama airing on tvN). The ratings for episode 4 hit 2.34 (with the 10-40 ladies demographic hitting 4.76 at its peak) which has been a steep and fast rise since episode 1 premiered to 0.55 in ratings. tvN is no stranger to its drama breaking cable ratings records, with last year’s cult hit Answer Me 1997 breaking 6 for its final episode. On rival cable network jTBC, family drama Childless Good Fortune is also breaking ratings set by AM1997 all on its own. Which makes the possibility of FBND breaking 5 totally doable, so imma gettingr reading for my sure-to-be-uproarious-man-kiss coming up!
I’m not surprised the viewers are turning in as this drama is building its narrative slowly and surely with a quiet sincerity that is so heartwarming in a time where dramas tend to aim for intensity to make us care rather than showing us how little moments can make us feel. I’m so on the Enrique-Dok Mi ship its not even funny, but conversely I also want Jin Rok to step up and do what he needs to do. Clearly he’s let a crush linger for too long now and even if he doesn’t have a chance with her in the face of Enrique’s natural ability to bring Dok Mi back into the world of people, I still want Jin Rok to show Dok Mi how he feels about her and get closure because I feel like this story is about just that. Dok Mi stopped trying to live a normal life and locked herself away because of her past experiences, but through her connection with all these flower boys around her, she’ll get the opportunity to start trying to live life again. I can’t wait to see her venture out to a world that is no longer dictated and controlled by bullying teenage girls but is filled with the vast wonders of people from all walks of life. Of course she’ll encounter difficulties but hopefully through Enrique she’ll learn new coping mechanisms. The network released a giant batch of stills from episode 4 of the drama when Enrique and Dok Mi went on the beach trip to the filming of the accidental kiss. Park Shin Hye and Yoon Si Yoon have wonderful chemistry, it’s not sizzling but rather fluid and layered.