Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy: Episode 1

I don’t know if it’s something in the air, or something I ate in May, but here I go again, completely charmed by a show within two minutes of its opening!

Thank you, drama gods, for a wish come true. My favorite Gong Hyo-jin role reinvented for the small screen, and with her as female lead this time! A high school setting, just like in Conduct Zero (2002). But instead of 99 minutes (the movie’s running time), I get sixteen hours of our actress at her kickass best.

No wonder I have jaw ache by the time I finish Episode 1 of Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy (2005). It’s all that grinning and giggling. Because that first episode? It’s the stuff of dreams.

The year is 2005. Eleven students huddle in a conspiratorial circle, transfixed by a tall tale that one of them is spinning, said tale growing taller by the second. Once upon a time in their high school, or in 1999 to be exact, a most momentous event did take place, one that shook the school to its foundations. A girl single-handedly caused a bunch of bullies from a neighboring school to crap their pants in fright. Who was she? None other than legendary Na Bo-ri.

One swish of her magic umbrella and Bo-ri was airborne. She could fly!

She could also kick some butts and kick them hard. The bullies fell like bowling pins, their faces kissing the mud. Holy smoke, gasps everyone in the circle as they try to imagine this mythical creature that they have never seen. Each is secretly envious and also secretly relieved. To have missed all that excitement, damn! And to have been spared all that excitement (and muddy close encounters), phew!

As punishment for her thuggish behavior, Bo-ri was given 300 lashes but still she kept mum, refusing to explain to the school what had made her ballistic.

But then the lashings and goading got too much and Bo-ri became majorly pissed.

So she summoned the spirits of the wind and rearranged in one fell swoop the furniture in the teacher’s lounge and the noses of the teachers. Well, just one nose, specifically.

And then, as the other students stared in awe at this larger-than-life figure who could command even the forces of nature, she swaggered out of the school and into notoriety.

You go, Na Bo-ri! Go far away and do not deign to step foot ever again on the grounds of a school that expelled you simply for being awesomesauce. We, your fellow students of Jung Suk High, will always remember you!

The year is still 2005. A woman on her way home from the public bathhouse spies a group of schoolboys bullying another student. So she calls them over and gives them a taste of The Na Bo-ri Special. Think tender bums (or lips) meeting not-so-tender gravel (or mud) and you get the picture. A passing policeman smiles in bemusement. Every town should have a Na Bo-ri to help keep law and order!

The boys sent packing, our heroine goes on her way. First, a stop to greet three adorable pups. Next, a hair makeover. Because today’s like no other day. Today is the day that she has waited six long years for!

As she gazes at the sky, her happiness so full she can scarcely contain it, a plane flies overhead. Little does she know that on that very plane sits a guy who will shatter her long-cherished hopes and also piece them back for her, the latter against his will.

Ah, this guy. This guy looks simultaneously five years old and twenty-five. Everything about him spells T.R.O.U.B.L.E. Thank goodness he’s too old to be in school because God have mercy on his teachers. As it is he can’t be left alone, thus explaining the presence of the guy sitting next to him.

(Not only is this shaping up to be my most favorite Gong Hyo-jin role ever, it might turn out to be my favorite Gong Yoo role as well. Just look at that impish smile!)

Recalled home (from America) on his parents’ orders, Park Tae-in knows there’s nothing like a little excitement to raise his father’s blood pressure. A simple diversion is all it takes. So, as soon as his plane touches down, our escape artist gives his guard the slip and leaps into an old flame’s waiting convertible.

Right around the same time, Bo-ri arrives at an intersection and looks up at a billboard. Wearing a borrowed dress and with her hair and face all prettied, she imagines herself up there in that advertisement. She and her groom, on their happiest of days.

But who should come careening down the road at that moment, forcing a delivery rider to swerve abruptly and sending bowls of noodles flying into the air…

…and onto Bo-ri’s borrowed dress and pretty hair?

You jerk! May every stoplight that you approach turn red and may you get a flat tire one mile from here! How am I going to go for The Interview with noodles and sauce in my hair, you stupid jerk! I slogged through university, I turned down offers from thirty-three schools, I waited six years for today! A pox on you and that bimbo beside you, you first-class jerk!

Well, she doesn’t exactly yell those words, but the expression on her face says it all. But Bo-ri being Bo-ri, and today being today, she doesn’t stay mad for long. She skips into Jung Suk High, finds some water to clean herself, and promptly meets two teachers whose shudders upon seeing their old student can be felt two school blocks away.

“You don’t remember me? I’m Na Bo-ri! The one who got expelled! Don’t you remember how you came after me with a broom? And beat me shitless because I fell asleep in class? All of us called you Crazy Teacher! Oh, I’m so happy to see you again!”

Why is she back?

For revenge, perchance?

No way!

Why not? A student in Japan who was expelled returned and killed his teacher.

Fear not, teachers. Bo-ri’s mission is not murder but torture. She’s coming back as your colleague, bwahaha!

But first there’s a slight problem. Her soiled dress. Not the best thing to wear to Most Important Job Interview. Well, nothing that Bo-ri can’t resolve in a jiffy. Sorry, fellow interviewee.

It’s Bo-ri’s turn to be interviewed. The head teacher—the one, as legend has it, whose nose got flattened from a wayward picture frame six years ago when the teacher’s lounge went suddenly berserk and all manner of things went flying—can’t believe his eyes.

She’s the one! The only student to ever assault a teacher in the history of Jung Suk High! And that teacher had to be me! I caned her and she hit me back with the frame and broke my nose! I’ve spent a fortune on three rounds of corrective surgery and my nose is still flat! I’ll never have Lee Min-ho’s aquiline features, waaahhh!

Hell hath no insecurity like a man with Lee Min-ho envy. Thus Bo-ri is thrown out, for a second time.

So what if she says she wants to return to the school as a teacher, in order to repay the one who inspired her? So what if she pleads for a second chance to prove that she’s no longer troublemaker Na Bo-ri but a reformed soul whose goal in life is to teach the young? Her words are no match for Mr. Flat Nose’s GET OUT!!

As she walks away, downcast and tearful, the flowers in the school remind her of a day of yore. An art lesson outdoors. He standing close, his voice gentle and encouraging. Should such a day call for a diary entry (and should Bo-ri be enamored of cheesy wordplay like some people), said entry might be titled thus:

Brushes and Blushes

Or maybe “The day I fell in love with my teacher” would be a more befitting title.

Because Bo-ri was half-fibbing when she claimed at the interview that she wanted to teach in order to repay a debt of inspiration. It was really more than that. For six years this was what she remembered and longed for:

His face. Her feelings. Their future.

That future now in tatters because of a jerk who drove like he owned the road! If that whole incident with him hadn’t happened, she would have gotten the job at Jung Suk High for sure. That jerk was sheer bad luck!

That jerk, incidentally, is sitting outside a departmental store’s changing room, still tousled-haired and sleepy-eyed (and also still cute as a button).

The woman who had rescued him at the airport earlier is now a live mannequin, modeling dress after dress for him. Such a sweetie, this Park Tae-in. Giving her a surprise present without it being a surprise. Allowing himself to feast on her gorgeous figure without making it too apparent that he’s feasting. What a guy!

This guy, incidentally, is about to get the shock of his life.

As Tae-in and Noh Jem-ma (Choi Yeo-jin) step out of the store, he is pounced upon by a group of black-suited men. No, this is not the shock I mentioned earlier. This is nothing in comparison, just wait and see.

Turns out the men are underlings of his dad, Dr. Park Joong-seop. Because obviously it’s just wrong that a veritable hospital chief should be repeatedly embarrassed by his son’s antics.

Outnumbered and pinned down, Tae-in is dismayed to see the dress that he bought now lying on the ground. (And I wonder: Who is that dress for? Since it’s not for Jem-ma, then who?)

At the entrance to his dad’s hospital, Tae-in is stopped by someone yelling at him: “Hey, YOU! You are going to be so dead when I’m done with you!”

“You talking to me, ajumma?”

Oh, the chemistry between these two is so crackling I’m salivating just thinking of fifteen more episodes with them. Bring it on!

Why are the two outside the hospital at the same time? Because she’s just finished receiving medical treatment from her sister (a trainee doctor) for the multiple bruises she sustained (having noodles rain upon her and being unceremoniously bundled out of her old school). He’s there to get treatment for something that isn’t quite clear yet. Maybe chronic Escapinitis.

He doesn’t remember her right away, but at the mention of “the accident this morning,” the cogs in his head click into place and his face lights up.

“Ah! The noodles! Ajumma, why do you eat noodles with your face and not your mouth?”

Uh oh, way to make a lady madder. You are so going to regret this, Park Tae-in. That smile? Hang on to it while you can because you won’t be smiling when you receive the Na Bo-ri Special repackaged just for you.

She demands that he pay her for two dresses, one which he ruined and one more for good measure because of the emotional trauma she suffered. Sensing yet another opportune moment, he tells the men to release their hold on him so that he can take out his wallet and repay her. Then, before the men can even blink, he walks toward Bo-ri and abruptly grabs her in a chokehold.

Oh boy, Tae-in. No one cuts off Bo-ri’s oxygen supply and lives to tell the tale.

She didn’t even soar that high in 1999. Which means… someone is going to be in deep shit when it’s all said and done. If you can find his remains, that is.

Take that, you jerk. You bearer of ill wind and crusher of dreams.

Provocateur and assailant are hurled off to the police station. There she learns that being taken hostage by him matters not one iota. He’s a high school student whereas she’s an adult who should know better.

What? There’s no way you’re nineteen!

Come here and give Oppa a kiss.

You really want to die, don’t you?

Oh, Show, you’re killing me with your awesomeness. Bicker some more, don’t ever stop!

Tae-in’s mother arrives. Who’s really his stepmother. Who also happens to be Principal Ji Young-he of Jung Suk High, one of the three people who interviewed Bo-ri that eventful morning.

In a swift exchange that reveals a different Tae-in from the cheeky chipmunk that we’ve seen so far, we learn that stepmom and stepson don’t exactly like each other. And that maybe she’s one of the reasons he keeps running away.

Principal Ji retrieves Tae-in and the two leave. As Bo-ri runs after the older woman and begs to be released, in walks the principal’s brother.

A stunned Ji Hyun-woo (Kim Da-hyun) stares at Bo-ri and she stares back, the usually loquacious one managing only a weak “Teacher” this time, a greeting he does not acknowledge. After a few awkward moments of silence, he walks off, leaving her still in handcuffs.

Don’t cry for him, Bo-ri! Wait till you see what he has been drawing in the quiet of his house. To think you thought he was a great teacher and artist!

I mean, I can’t draw to save my life, but even I know a bad drawing when I see one. Is that supposed to be a likeness of you, Na Bo-ri? By a long stretch, maybe. And why has he been secretly drawing you, six years after he last saw you? It’s all rather creepy mysterious.

Miles away from the lockup where Bo-ri is spending the night, an agitated Dr. Park learns that his son, who’s supposed to be confined to his hospital room, has escaped yet again.

What follows is one of the most exhilarating scenes I’ve watched in months. The fire alarm has gone off, no doubt Tae-in’s doing, activating all the ceiling sprinklers. It is pouring inside the hospital. In the midst of that confusion, one man is dancing atop a reception counter. Oh, how he dances.

That kind of joyous abandon. Let’s bottle it up and sell it, shall we? Bet you it’ll be all sold out within the hour.

Have I told you how much I love this episode? Love, LOVE.

A desperate situation calls for desperate measures.

Remembering her brother’s bread-and-charcoal analogy (Bo-ri as bread and Tae-in as charcoal, the former being the only thing that can absorb or remove dust from a charcoal drawing), Principal Ji reluctantly agrees to accept Bo-ri into Jung Suk High as a new teacher. On several conditions, however (and we’re not told in Episode 1 what these conditions might be).

And so our Bo-ri finally realizes her dream. Yippee!!

Meanwhile, Hyun-woo has persuaded his sister to let Tae-in move into his house. Make yourself comfy, says the boyish-looking uncle to his step-nephew, but don’t touch that painting over there. I’ll be back to collect it.

Must I live here?

You have two options. Live in my house and go back to school. Or no house and no school but go back to the hospital. Freedom or confinement. You choose.

To celebrate her new job, Bo-ri and her friends go out for drinks. Sufficiently inebriated and emboldened, she tells them that for years she has wanted to do something. Before the night is over, she must do this one thing. Do it, they chorused. And so the five of them stagger to Teacher Ji’s house.

Taking a deep breath, Bo-ri shouts:

Teacher! I’m also a teacher now. I can stand next to you now. I’ve really worked hard these six years so that I can stand next to you. Teacher…

The lights inside the teacher’s house come on and the front door flings open.


Dear show, you are too good to be true. Pinch me, someone!

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43 thoughts on “Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy: Episode 1

  1. Woah, this recap was totally unexpected… and such a treat! This was my favorite GY role ever, and the two had such amazing chemistry together. Thank you for this, Thundie! Muah!

  2. I loved this series. The chemistry between these two was off the charts. I loved watching them together on the small screen.

    I hope you enjoy the remaining 15 hours of crackling Gong Yoo and Gong Hyo Jin chemistry.

  3. This is one of the first K-dramas that I got to see way back several years ago and I can say that it is one of the reasons why I got hooked on it. I’ve watched this I don’t know how many times.


  4. SIGH MY love for this drama spills over into EVERYTHING, so great is my love that if anyone ask me for a Drama recommendation I simple don’t suggest this one, cause then I would have to share its awesomeness. I would have to have watercooler conversations about WHY dammit why they have such great chemistry, and then be forced to pick a favourite scene an inside I will die.

    Thanks Thundie *sneeks off to ebay the boxset*😛

  5. I had considered watching this one because it had good ratings from bloggers. Now I will have to make a point to watch it. Just the first third of your review has convinced me, and I won’t read the rest until I can form my own opinions. Thank you for a push to make up my mind on what to watch next.

  6. i watched this drama lalst year after Coffee Prince… and it’s the best Gong Yoo role so far!!!He’s just amazing. How great to read your recap… it’s like enjoying the drama again:)

  7. Your awesome recap finally brought me out of lurking.

    Oh, how I adore this drama. There is nothing about it I do not love. And it only gets better! And the chemistry! You are in for a treat:)

  8. Ha ha ha. Biscuit Candy is even more enjoyable with your recaps.

    I may have to pull out my copy and rewatch it soon.

  9. Oh Thundie, dear Thundie. You are in for so much giddiness and squealing, I’m telling you now. Their chemistry only gets better with each episode and I devoured this drama in mere days. I watched it for the first time years ago and I think it might even be safe to say that I’ve probably rewatched this drama more times than any other. I hope you continue to post your thoughts because I would love to relive the feelings I experienced during my first watch vicariously through you. ^^

  10. Eeeek, I’m posting here again! This drama really didn’t get as much love as it deserved. I blame the “silly” title. I was shocked to find out how few pages it had on its Soompi thread as well. I’m loving it that your recap is bringing out all the secret “Biscuiters” out of their lurking!

    I sooo want to watch this series again, but I have this fear when it comes to dramas that I enjoyed that I may have been wrong the first time around and I’d hate it on my re-watch and even ruin the good memories I had of it.

    In 2005, we still watched dramas from renting the videos from the video rental store, and someone *ahem* may have just forgotten to return the tape for the last episode.

    • Fear not Blue, I have watched three times and even in between, watched MV’s till my hearts content. This drama is 101 in good actors who scream chemistry. I love Gong Hyo-jin in Best Love, her and Cha Seung-won knocked my socks off with their great acting BUT that’s just it, they sent my pulses racing with good dialogue and awesome meta from the Hong sister. Gong Yoo drove me batty in this with his awesome impishness, Gong Hyo-jin with her kick-ass sassy attitude, this deserve repeat viewing just because we need more couples like them in K-dramas.

      I’m sorry, I just love your review so much Thundie AGAIN thanks.

    • lols blue… Biscuiteers, love that!

      fear not… watch this again and you would never regret! One of the awesomatical(borrowed word from a friend) drama i had ever seen.

  11. Strangest drama title eva!

    I remember marathoning this one in like 2 or 3 days. It’s a really fast and easy watch. Nothing exciting but it was a’ight. I had just watched Coffee Prince and was wanting another Gong Yoo fix as I recall. Gong Hyo-jin was definitely delightful as always but I did find the teacher/student thing a little icky even though he was 19 or whatever. The art teacher was even more icky though!

    • Hey Kristal,

      We are often on the same page about dramas. I really wanted to like this one but 6 episodes in I’m ready for the heave-ho. The violence and meanness from father to son, and all the beating and hitting in general, is hard for me to stomach. Also, I agree that the premise with the art teacher is definitely icky (lusting after a student for 6 years, especially since I think he said he only taught her for a month, is borderline crazy). As for Bo Ri and Tae-In, maybe it’s because I’m from the US but it seems bizarre and just not right. Also, by episode 5 or 6, there were so many things that were just plain ridiculous going on, I think I spent a lot of the time going WTH? (why would Bo Ri come to class, say study hard, and then leave? And normally editing doesn’t bother me much, but I can’t figure out why it’s night when the school day is over some days and not others. But then again, the kids just seem to come and go whenever. Many more things, but don’t want to use any spoilers. )

      I hope Thundie doesn’t ban me from her site for too many negative comments! I’d be interested to hear both your thoughts, though. This is the first time I’ve ever downloaded the last episode and will watch it before making my decision to watch the rest. And I love Gong Yoo, but he seems too old for the role and it’s painful to see him get the crap beat out of him all the time!

  12. Whoa. Could hardly recognized Choi Yeo Jin. And Lee Yoon Ji. O_O

    Terrific recap, as always, Thundie!
    But…I’d hate to burst your bubble…
    ‘Tis true that Gong Hyo Jin kicks ass (so well!) when she plays an ass-kicking character, and she & Gong Yoo did have great chemistry…But…
    I remember being so annoyed with her character as the drama wore on. If you loved her character in Thank You (whom I deemed Doormat version 1.2), then you’ll have no problems with Doormat v.1.1 here.😛
    You have been warned (‘cos that’s what chingus do).😉

    ~And I watched this drama back in my (way more tolerant) early drama-watching days, when two actors, and them alone, could keep me thoroughly entertained…long, long, loooong before I joined the Church of 1%.😀

    • Sigh. Don’t know if I was ever in the Church of 1%, but even if I was, I bet I got ex-communicated somewhere between You’re Beautiful and Sungkyunkwan Scandal. I totally love my trendy dramas now. Moar, moar!😆

      I don’t like watching Gong Hyo-jin the doormat. Which is why I love her in Biscuit Teacher. She’s so kickass! But I’m only up to ep 2.

  13. Dear Ms. Thundie:

    Are you . . . psychic? I was just about to go stalking your recap index to see if someone finally did this drama and HERE IT IS. I’m getting goosebumps, seriously.

    P.S. The reason I’ve been searching for the recaps every now and then was to find out why Na Bo Ri’s nickname is “Biscuit” and whether or not the action scenes were exaggerated, as the epilogue always points out. These are questions I’ve had for about 5 years so I was really hoping it would finally get answered. So, all my gratitude and thanks for doing this drama!

  14. I was totally hooked on this show for the first 5 episodes, and then it kind of died on me. I hope you continue recapping, because I’m curious about the rest of the plot, although I just can’t seem to finish the series. Thanks!

  15. Love Love Love this drama. One of the best pairing of OTP out there. Gong Yoo was so cute and was my official noona killer. Thanks for the recaps.

  16. Thank you for pimping this rom-com. Looks fun and light hearted ….which is what I need just now. So yeah, you got me, and will definitely watch it.

    On another note, I just finished CH, and I am still hurting. Gaaaahhhh, love the show and hate it at the same time! I can’t stop crying. Thundie, you are one of my favourite writers, and I was just wondering if we can perhaps read from you about your final thoughts on City Hunter. Together, let us recover from this angst… pretty ppllleezz??

    • LOL, you’re so persuasive, wits. I’ll rewatch City Hunter episodes 19-20 and post my thoughts in a few days. Must warn you that it won’t be profound or even remotely “deep”; I’m not capable of writing anything coherent on the drama at this stage.

      And thank you for always being so supportive. Muah!

  17. Thank you so much for the comments, everyone! This being an old drama that rarely gets talked (or blogged) about, I was expecting just 1-2 comments. Am delighted that so many of you love the drama and still remember it fondly!

    Ep 2 is so cute. I’m only midway through the episode and have already taken about 400 screencaps, help! Definitely recapping it. Stay tuned!

  18. Thundie… a many thanks for recapping this drama. Dunno but I have this crack for reading and re-reading anything that relates to a drama I really, really like. Awesomatical recap… feels like i’m watching it all over again!

    Love Gong Hyo-jin here, and Gong Yoo is just so cute! Their chemistry is sooo good.

    Oh Thundie, your recap just makes me wanna watch this all over again…(*slaps right hand* *put that back*)

  19. Gong Yoo’s smile kills me… anytime he does the grin, I just die a little more. So funny, this weekend I randomly rewatched parts of Coffee Prince and now your recap – ah, what a wonderful treat!

  20. I’ve wanted to watch this drama forever! I must find it! Thanks for writing such a wonderful recap of the first episode.

  21. Hey Thundie, how goes it with this drama? If you’ve made it past episode 6 yet I’m curious what your thoughts are. Somehow it went too far into stupid land for me (see my reply to Kristal, above.) Don’t know if it’s because I’m too Americanized or too old, but I’m so disappointed with it. (And I loved You’re Beautiful, so don’t mind the teenage aspect.) Hopefully I’m not getting jaded towards Kdramas, ’cause then I’ll have to find a new hobby!

    • Hi Korazy Lady, I’m working on my ep 2 recap and can’t watch a new episode until that recap is done; otherwise I’ll get everything mixed up in my head!😀

      • Well, I did watch the last episode (something that goes against all rules in my book) and based on that I may reconsider watching the rest of it. Or maybe I’ll just wait for your fabulous recaps!

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