allkpop TV Guide: Shut Up Flower Boy Band Ep. 14
Official Synopsis: 'Shut Up Flower Boy Band' is centered around a high school band known as "Eye Candy", whose members are comprised of good looking delinquents who face varying personal problems. The drama depicts their friendships, love, and youthful passion — all tied together by the unifying force, music.
Recap of Ep. 14: With Hyun Soo (INFINITE's L) enjoying success with his solo career, beginning with promotions for his duet track with Yerim, Ha Jin (Yoo Min Kyu) looks on jealously, while the other band members watch sorrowfully. The relationships between the band members and the unity begin to crack when Kyung Jong's mother begs her son to return home, to Busan, and scolds him for hanging around with 'thugs'. However, Kyung Jong (Kim Min Sook) replies firmly that he'll die staying next to the band, breaking his mother down and emboldening the other band members.
Meanwhile, Ji Hyuk (Sung Joon) and Su Ah (Im Bo Ah) both agree on breaking up, as it will help protect Su Ah from the reporters and allow Ji Hyuk to continue on his music path. Deciding to ignore each other as if they were strangers, Ji Hyuk gives his necklace to her as Su Ah begins to sob to herself in the bus, leaving Ji Hyuk.
The company releases the second single, "Wake Up", and it receives much success and love. However, the same cannot be said with the status of the band. With scandals erupting for the band, including a fight with Do Il (Lee Hyun Jae) that had occurred awhile ago, and the band members' parents wanting to take their kids out of the band, Eye Candy and HR Entertainment decide to announce the band break up. When Hyun Soo learns of the break up, he paces up and down his room, wanting to call Ji Hyuk. The other Eye Candy members pack their bags and leave their dorms, their home together, remembering all the fun times they had together.
When Ji Hyuk finally returns home, he takes his guitar, the one he had used before Byung Hee's death, and burns it.
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Although this episode, once again, shattered my heart with the relationship fissures and ultimate disbandment, its genuine shining moment was the argument between the band members in the practice room. It weaved in the themes of leadership, friendship, and dreams. What the drama had always hinted at was the boys' dreams and their envisioned image of Eye Candy. Although the boys enjoyed the pure entertainment aspect of music, the opportunity of bringing the music to the stage, to the screaming audience sheds light on their true desires. Up until now, Byung Hee was the one who set the goals, to perform in front of a screaming crowd, to get the recognition. But now, it's the boys' turn. What are their dreams and ambitions?
The loveline between Hyun Soo-Yerim is an itch, that just keeps deteriorating, not helped with rumors of a kiss between the couple (Inspirits, I'm joining you with my picket signs). I don't really see a purpose in Yerim's role, other than a nice eye candy. Ha Jin and Hyun Soo never had any fights over Yerim because the rivalry between the two was ultimately over Hyun Soo leaving the band. In addition, Hyun Soo becomes 'distracted' with Yerim. No, not saying he's distracted from his music career and that I'm against celebrity relationships. But, if Hyun Soo was without Yerim, and had to face building his music career alone, without his friends' encouragement or playful banter, that would only highlight the value of his friends to Hyun Soo more. How much his friends played a role in creating the musician, person, he is now.
And the most forlorn moment in the episode was Ji Hyuk, sitting alone in his basement with a hoodie, clutching his guitar. Although the burning-the-guitar moment was beautifully heartbreaking, that moment of vulnerability really emphasizes the ending of the episode. That he's all alone now and the only thing he can hold onto is his music. Sung Joon truly portrayed the 'little boy' loneliness well, as Ji Hyuk is burdened by the role of leadership being forced onto him and he doesn't know how to piece the broken parts of the band together.
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