There is a saying in Chinese “One smile covers three imperfections” (一笑遮三醜), which is really a way to encourage folks who are less than naturally blessed with good looks to use their learned talents such as a great personality to compensate for shortcomings one has no control over. Smile more and it’ll go a ways to enhancing one’s attractiveness. When I watch Flower Boy Next Door, this saying randomly popped into my head in the context of whether sticking a coterie of goodlooking men into one drama will cover up its imperfections, i.e. will the sheer breadth of attractiveness make it easier to overlook flaws in the narrative? I think this question is probably moot now that the drama is 6-episodes into its run and really easing into its meaty momentum. It started off with an oddball mellowness but the characters and the story has really grown on me. With that said, I would be very very happy if three of the five flower boys were cut from the drama and the remaining time spent on the two left. Tae Joon, Dong Hoon, and Watanabe are collectively useless exposition devices and/or an extra body to populate a scene. I’m so in love with both Enrique and Jin Rok that I am willing to forgo the free pretty faces in exchange for delving deeper into the motivations and feelings of the perceptive Chipmunk and the epic fail Romeo. Or better yet, draw out their hilarious bromance/rivalry because Yoon Si Yoon and Kim Ji Hoon are totally in sync in terms of chemistry and hilarity. It seems like Korea is also taken with all the Flower Boys because Vogue Girl got a jump start on the drama and photographed the guys already for their February edition. Can I say the two male leads are looking mighty fine indeed with the whole Outsiders vibe going on. Love it!