So I had more thoughts about the last scene in episode 14 of Flower Boy Next Door, completely and totally shaped by the comment section in the recap post on Dramabeans. (It starts at comment 3.1 by “Wishful Thinking” and continues on down.)
Spoilers for episode 14, both below and through the link above.
I’d taken the scene as it was given. Dok-mi tells Do-hwi that she likes Jin-rak just as Enrique, Jin-rak and Dong-hoon come in. Dok-mi is stunned to have her confession overheard:
Enrique is heartbroken:
Jin-rak steps forward to do the heroic wrist-grab, sweeping Dok-mi right out of there:
I questioned the whole thing a little. Because I know Dok-mi has no romantic interest in Jin-rak whatsoever. And I know he knows that, too. And I also know Dok-mi is pretty madly in love with Enrique. (And I also know Jin-rak knows that, too.) Because, come on. No way a woman looks at a guy like this:
while he’s drooling into a pillow without being madly in love. So my theory (nudged along by the episode’s flashback to Dok-mi asking Jin-rak to help her convince Enrique to return to Spain), was that Dok-mi set this whole thing up.
But the conversation on Dramabeans has led me to conclude my little theory is wrong. The timing was too perfect and too narrow. And Dok-mi’s never shown herself to be a good actress. The emotions she shows are true. Her defense is to show no emotions at all. (Or, to just not be there to be seen.)
It’s interesting to me that I didn’t question the whole set up to begin with. FBND has made a habit of setting up what you think will be one type of scene, only to open up the next episode totally turning those expectations on their head. So it’s kind of embarrassing I wasn’t watching with more alertness. (Though, I do tend to go with a story’s flow while I’m in the middle of it. Part of that is defensive. If I develop too many pet theories I get too involved in those theories being right than in enjoying the story. And part of it is pure laziness, I’ll admit.)
But also, for some reason, the noble-idiot trope doesn’t automatically annoy me. It can be annoying, sure. But I don’t find the trope, in and of itself, a bug. So I wasn’t emotionally interested in the set-up not being true. If it was, fine. If it wasn’t, cool reversal!
That’s the benefit of watching live and with a community (though, I’m kind of lurking on the fringes with this drama). Sometimes it’s the way others watch the show that gets you thinking. Which is awesome.