I can’t believe Flower Boy Next Door is nearing its end. It started right at the beginning of 2013 and once again time has gotten away from me and it’s already mid-February. When can someone invent a time freezing device? Watching Dok Mi choose a solitary life of routine and writing makes me wonder if one can slow down and appreciate the moments more when there is less distraction? I’m not sure I’m feeling this new panda hat fangirl storyline, not because it can’t happen to Enrique, but because it feels rather extreme to introduce into Dok Mi’s world when the girl used to crack open her door an inch just to get her morning milk. It’s like telling a baby to run before it can crawl. Do Hwi’s conflict with Dok Mi remains the most compelling bit of conflict in this initially uneventful drama, which seems to want to inject extra doses of tension to make up for the tension seeping out of the OTP relationship now that they’ve confirmed their feelings for each other.
What feels disjointed is how the events are unfolding outside of the normal ordinariness that this drama initially conveyed, and now it’s death scrawls and near-fatal accidents. I actually want Dok Mi to decide on her own life and future outside of Enrique. She should move because she wants to, regardless of being near him. I think she’s lived in statis for so long, it’s time she stepped up as Go Dok Mi and evaluated her own life without any consideration for the events happening around her. Does she want to stay and write her book? Move and write her book? Stay and edit and date Enrique? Have weekly cooking classes with the apartment denizens? Enrique and Jin Rok have their own goals in life, I want Dok Mi to find herself before she even dives into a relationship fully with Enrique to become part of a duo, however cute and healthy that new coupling is.
Written preview for episode 13:
Can a new dream begin? Seeing the threatening words written on Dok Mi’s door, everyone is thrown into a state of stunned shock. Enrique goes in search of Dok Mi, who he is afraid will disappear if she gets hurt. On the other hand, Jin Rok’s real identity wasn’t revealed by Dong Hoon, but…. Enrique is very worried that Dok Mi might have gotten hurt because of him.
Preview for episode 13:
Jin Rok: Do you have any idea what this is?
Do Hwi: Even I don’t stoop that low.
Dong Hoon: I wrote on 402’s door for her to read the webtoon.
Jin Rok: What?
Dok Mi: Go Dok Mi, stop thinking about it!
Panda hat fangirl: Oppa needs to return to Spain to work on the matter he’s prepared for a long time.
Dok Mi: I don’t love myself, and I don’t love others.
Enrique: Ahjumma, can you please stop running away!