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Series / Flower Boy Next Door

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The third installment of the "Oh! Boy Project" series from tvN, a South Korean cable network. Based on a webtoon by Yoo Hyun-sook titled "I Steal Peeks At Him Every Day," it's the story of a girl who rarely leaves her apartment, preferring her own company. However, she peeks into the apartment building next door to spy on Han Tae-joon, following his routine through binoculars.

One day, his younger cousin, Enrique, moves in with him. After a series of unfortunate meetings, he and recluse Go Dok Mi develop a relationship. There are also other 'pretty boys' in the complex, including a Japanese culinary student and two webtoon artists, one of which has a secret crush on Dok Mi.


This series contains examples of:

  • But Not Too Foreign: Enrique, a Korean who grew up in Spain, but holds dual-citizenship and speaks fluent Korean despite his foreign-sounding name.
  • The Casanova: Which Dong Hoon pretends to be to cover up that he's actually working multiple jobs
  • Deathbringer the Adorable: Tae-joon's fuzzy dog is named "Hippo."
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone in the building knows that Jin Rak likes Dok Mi.
  • Exposition Beam: Enrique and Dok Mi can understand what each other is thinking.
  • Fist Pump: Jin Rak during the tenant demonstrations, and Enrique on multiple occasions will pump their fist as a sign of encouragment.
  • Freudian Slip: When Dok Mi asks Jin Rak to see the Van Gogh exhibition together, he admits that he likes ... loves ... Van Dok Mi. Um, Van Gogh.
  • Funny Foreigner: Watanabe Ryu.
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  • Genki Guy: Enrique, who is seemingly happy and bubbly almost 24/7. (Shown to be a facade.)
  • Given Name Reveal: Jin Rak's real name is Jae Won.
  • Heat Wave: Inverted. Dok Mi keeps her apartment at slightly above freezing and walks around with a bottle full of hot water.
  • Hot for Teacher: Dok Mi and Do Hwi's back-story involves a (sort of) Love Triangle with their Hot Teacher back in high school.
  • The Insomniac: Jin Rak's and Dong Hoon's webtoon manager has vowed not to sleep more than 4 hours a night until she turns 35. Her reasoning: she doesn't have education or money; time is the only thing she has, so why waste it?
  • Lampshade Hanging: The security guard alludes to the drama's name by calling himself "a butterfly in a field of flowers." (Almost a Title Drop.)
  • Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: Since nearly everyone lives in the same area/apartment, this is basically a description of every romantic relationship in the show, but it's especially true for Jin Rak and Dok Mi.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Dok Mi is interested in Tae Joon and Jin Rak is interested in Dok Mi. Enrique is spending a lot of time with Dok Mi so that he can recover from the knowledge that his first love Seo Young is in love with his cousin Tae Joon. Do Hwi is pursuing Jin Rak, even though Dong Hoon thinks she is more his type of girl. The security guard is pursuing Im Jung and she seems to be interested in Watanabe Ryu, but maybe she is just helping him because his Korean is so bad.
  • Love Epiphany: Enrique gets hit by one.
  • Multiethnic Name: Enrique Geum.
  • Naughty Birdwatching: Dok Mi was just...checking on the neighbor's dog. Yep, that was it.
  • One-Hour Work Week: Subverted.
    • Jin Rok and Dong Hoon are both webtoon artists, so they work from home. They're seen doing some work from time to time. And their job doesn't pay well. Dong Hoon even has a second job. And a third. And a fourth ...
    • Dok Mi, a copy writer, who spends a large part of her day actually working.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Enrique. Seriously, right down to his slippers.
  • The Peeping Tom: Dok Mi
  • Punny Name:
    • 고독 (godok) means loneliness, 미 (mi) means beauty; therefore "Go Dok Mi" can be translated as "lonely beauty."
    • Enrique Geum's Korean nickname is the last two syllables of his name 케금 (kae-geum). And also, Geum means gold in Korean.
  • Race for Your Love: Jin Rak runs after Enrique's car to stop him from driving off with Dok Mi.
  • Shout-Out:
    Dong Hoon: How much ... How much will you give me?
  • Show Within a Show: Jin Rok and Dong Hoon's Flower Boy Next Door.
  • Talking in Your Sleep:
    Dong Hoon: Five hundred ... Five hundred ... Five hundred eighty man (5,800,000). note 
  • You Owe Me: The webtoon manager bails Dong Hoon out of some trouble as his guarantor, when he ends up owing 5,800,000 won (~$5400 USD).
  • Unkempt Beauty: Dok Mi, who tends to be quiet and wear bulky dark clothing


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