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Modern Farmer: Episode 11

Get your tissues, because this episode is a tear-jerker several times over. Feelings are hurt and mended and hurt again, jealousies start to rear their ugly heads, and at least one character learns some sad truths about their past. But just when we start to think that these people are becoming a family that can weather the storms together, a newcomer arrives in town that could change everything.

EPISODE 11 RECAP

Hyuk intercepts Yoon-hee, who’s still looking down after her discovery of Min-ho’s worry over her, on her way to rent tents for the village marketplace. He offers to go with her to help, not taking no for an answer. The other three boys hunt grasshoppers and wonder where Hyuk went, since he’s not answering his phone.

Sang-eun comes squealing up to tell them that their appearance on her video blog was a hit — the video of her father fish-slapping them is going viral on the internet. They’re embarrassed, though she points out that it’s still promotion for their band. It’s interesting that Min-ki doesn’t seem that interested in band promotion, and is more concerned with getting enough grasshoppers for their market booth.

Snake surprises Min-ki by grabbing a grasshopper before he gets to it, and HAHAHA, he’s dressed in country farmer clothing. He tells Min-ki that he’s not here to pressure him for money — he and his lackeys have decided to farm on the weekends, because they like the fresh healthy air.

In fact, they’ve already planted some lettuce, but they need Min-ki’s advice because the elk are eating it. This is so fantastic. Suddenly Min-ki is the farming expert, and he deigns to tell Snake the trick about leaving containers of soap around the field. But he gets a little too full of himself, and Snake reminds him to speak respectfully. There’s an interesting moment when In-ki passes by the field, and he and Snake exchange a Do I know you? Nah… look.

Man-gu’s mom catches Ki-joon sneakily looking for Bul-ja, though he swears he’s only here to get some more bottles to hold grasshoppers. She tells him to go get them from the shed, where he accidentally discovers Bul-ja’s room. He hears her coming and panics, hides in her closet, and gets a not-so-reluctant eyeful of Bul-ja changing clothes. Judging by his face, those baggy clothes are hiding even more pretty underneath, RAWR.

Hyuk loads up the truck with tents, and aegyos a still-crabby Yoon-hee into letting him drive. That was both awkward and totally adorable. He drives with his usual panicked expression and refuses to change lanes, freaking out and missing their turn towards home. I gotta say in his defense, driving with high-strung Yoon-hee as a teacher would freak me out, too.

Poor Sang-deuk is just about overdosed on Americanos, having been buying them from Mi-young for days to help her shop. He gets the idea to add makgeolli to the iced coffee, which sounds pretty gross, but he’s pleased with the result. Mi-young’s daughter Eun-woo runs over to beg the use of his phone, and secretly calls her father to invite him to the school’s father participation day. She swears Sang-deuk to secrecy, asking him not to tell her mother.

Yoon-hee and Hyuk end up at a beautiful beach, and Hyuk seems so pleased with himself that I’m suddenly suspicious of his motive for wanting to drive. Yoon-hee can’t help but smile at the sight, and Hyuk drags her down to frolic in the water. Yoon-hee smiles when she thinks how long it’s been since she saw the ocean, and Hyuk jubilantly takes credit for her revived mood.

Min-ki and Han-chul skulk around In-ki’s house, determined to get their instruments back, and sneak in when they determine that he’s not home. They find their stuff stashed in a corner, but before they can grab them and go, In-ki comes home brandishing an eel this time. He snaps it like a whip, and delivers another smackdown to the guys.

Yoon-hee is ready to head home after spending a while at the beach, but her rumbling stomach and another aegyo explosion from Hyuk convince her to go for sashimi first. Once they’re eating he whines for soju, and Yoon-hee agrees to just one glass. He manages to wheedle her into one more, and one more, and soon they’re throwing caution to the wind and ordering another bottle.

Min-ki and Han-chul come home with eel-marked faces, but at least they got out with their instruments. Everyone wonders where Yoon-hee and Hyuk went to, and nobody’s seen Ki-joon lately either. The latter isn’t far — he’s on the roof slugging makgeolli and screaming that there’s no way he could like Bul-ja. The poor boy is so in love.

Hyuk tipsily tells Yoon-hee that he’s glad to see her more relaxed, because he’d been worried about her all day, watching her brood over Min-ho. He asks if she’s proud of him for cheering her up, and begs for a head-pat like she gave Min-ki before.

Yoon-hee asks him if his parents are upset that he gave up medical school to come farming, and Hyuk slaps on his trademark Cheshire cat grin and informs her that his mother passed away and he doesn’t get along with his father. His smile falters when he says that in his family, you’re not respected unless you’re a doctor, so his father is ashamed of him.

The smile disappears completely when Yoon-hee asks about his mother’s death, and Hyuk tells her that she was depressed and that she overdosed eight years ago. He says that he didn’t even know she was depressed, because she’d always pretended to be strong, like Yoon-hee. Sadly, he says that he was the only one who could protect his mother, and he failed. Oh, you poor puppy.

Hyuk vows that he’ll never make that mistake again and tells Yoon-hee that she can depend on him, but she’s pretty drunk by now and she’s fallen asleep. Hyuk just smiles, and lays his head on the table to watch her sleep.

In the morning, Yoon-hee’s family worry because she and Hyuk never came home last night and her phone is off. It’s the day of the father participation class, and Min-ki wonders what Yoon-hee could be thinking to risk missing it.

Yoon-hee wakes in the truck to find Hyuk sleeping contentedly on her shoulder, panicking and smacking him awake when she realizes the time. She worries that she’ll miss Min-ho’s class because she’s too hungover to drive, but Hyuk just belts her in and peels out. HAHA, I knew he could drive! Sneaky boy.

Little Man-gook warns his father not to embarrass him at school, and even forbids his mom to come to the class. She promises, and Man-gu gives her the sweetest worried look before he leaves with their son. She assures him that she’s fine, but it’s sad to see her left at home.

Man-gu is set to teach the first class, and of course the first thing the kids say is that he looks like a grandpa. It’s hard to say who looks more nervous, Man-gu or Man-gook. Man-gu tells the kids he’s here to teach them to farm strawberries and gets a chorus of groans in return, but he presses on.

Suddenly he catches a glimpse of his wife, who couldn’t help herself and watches through the window, even through she was forbidden to come. He gets an idea and asks the teacher if he can change the subject, and surprises everyone by saying “hello” in Uzbek. Man-gook looks worried, but the kids think the new language is fun, so Man-gu asks them if they’d like to meet a native Uzbek speaker.

Man-gu brings his wife into the classroom, introduces her as Man-gook’s mom and tells the class that she’s from Uzbekistan. She looks nervous but Man-gu is adorably encouraging, and soon they have the whole class excitedly learning new words in Uzbek. Buoyed by his peers’ approval, Man-gook looks proud of his parents again, and even shoots his mom a cute little hand-heart. ~sniffle~

Sang-deuk (having hilariously named his new drink invention “makgeo-latte”) gets a call from a stranger who says he’s Eun-woo’s father, who tells him that he can’t come to her school and asking Sang-deuk to apologize to his daughter.

He runs to her school to deliver the message to her teacher, and offers himself instead since he’s like her uncle. Unfortunately the only thing he has to teach the kids is how to open a bottle of makgeolli without spilling it, and Eun-woo is unimpressed to say the least.

It’s Min-ho’s parent’s turn, but the poor little guy can only mutter that his mom couldn’t come because she’s busy. But just before the teacher can conclude the parent day, Min-ki comes sliding into the classroom with his guitar. He throws Min-ho a wink and jumps up on the teacher’s desk, yells “Rock and Roll!” and gives an impromptu rock concert.

Hyuk screeches to a stop in the school parking lot and shakes a stunned Yoon-hee out of her shock at his insane driving, and they run to the class in time to see Min-ki and the kids having a blast. Yoon-hee can only smile at how much fun her son is having with his “uncle.”

Min-ki is a bit standoffish after school when he hears that Yoon-hee and Hyuk spent the night drunk at the beach, but Min-ho is thrilled at Min-ki’s appearance and asks if he can come to the class picnic tomorrow. They leave and Hyuk, jealous that all his hard work at the beach was wiped away, calls Min-ki a sly jerk and stalks off.

Before he can wonder what that was all about, Min-ki gets a call from Yoo-na, who seems to envy him when he gets excited about his cabbage. She sadly asks if she should quit singing and come farm with him, saying she’s getting tired of it. Min-ki reminds her that he’s growing the cabbage to make an album and come back to music, and tells her to wait for him.

After her photo shoot Yoo-na is intercepted by her manager’s lackey, but she reminds him that she refuses to go to “that kind” of party. She says she’s tired of being shown around like a toy and being exposed to people who are on drugs, but the man begs her to come with him. To be fair, he seems like he hates this as much as she does.

Eun-woo cries her heart out to Sang-deuk over her father’s no-show, and Mi-young overhears them talking and gets angry that Eun-woo called her father. Eun-woo hides behind Sang-deuk, who takes all the blame and says that he called her father after hearing about the class. That is too sweet.

Yoon-hee finds Min-ki alone to thank him for saving the day at Min-ho’s school, and says she hasn’t seen her son smile like that in a long time. Min-ki points out that he hasn’t seen her smile like that in a long time, either. She says she’s grateful for how Min-ki has taken care of her son, and asks him what his intentions are. The hopeful look in her eyes just kills me.

Min-ki says that when she frowns, he’s sad, and when she smiles, he’s happy. He jokes that he owes her something as his first love, and he leaves with her beaming after him.

Sang-deuk sits home drinking, and Mi-young finds him to apologize for yelling at him earlier. They make up and he offers her a drink, and soon they’re both drunk and depressed. Mi-young tells Sang-deuk that her ex-husband had lots of other women during their entire marriage, and that all they did was fight.

She says her ex didn’t even argue when she asked for the divorce, just signed the papers like it was nothing, and moans that she considers her horrible marriage to be her punishment for how she betrayed Sang-deuk. Sang-deuk is willing to put it all in the past, but Mi-young is inconsolable and works herself up into sobbing tears.

Sang-deuk wakes in the morning when an arm smacks him in the face, and he finds Mi-young naked in bed with him. HAHAHAwhoops. They both panic and scream, and hide behind a screen when Man-gu’s mother enters the room to clean up another of Sang-deuk’s drunken evenings.

The boys are helping Yoon-hee make kimbap for Min-ho’s school picnic (if by “helping” you mean “eating”) when a news story comes on the television. Apparently Yoo-na was forced to go to that party after all, and the police busted everyone there for smoking marijuana. She tested clean, but this is enough to ruin her singing career, and Min-ki rushes out after tossing a quick apology to Yoon-hee that he won’t be able to go to the picnic.

Things are pretty bad at Yoo-na’s agency — they’re already fending off the press, canceling her events, and being threatened with lawsuits for breach of contract. Her manager actually has the gall to fuss at her for getting involved in a scandal… uh, did you forget that you threatened her into going to those parties? Yoo-na wordlessly excuses herself to the restroom, but Min-ki is in the hall and grabs her arm, urging her to follow him.

Back in the village, the boys wonder if Min-ki went to find Yoo-na, and Yoon-hee’s aunt asks if they know that singer. Ki-joon tells her they were trainees together, but Han-chul just says their band failed. He asks Hong-gu about the package he’s wrapping and teases him when he says it’s for Sang-eun’s birthday, earning himself a frosty glare. I knew the kid liked her.

Yoon-hee and Min-ho come home from the picnic, Min-ho wearing a long face because Min-ki didn’t come like he promised. He wilts when he hears that Min-ki still hasn’t come home.

Snake and his sidekicks work on removing rocks from their field, and he sees In-ki walking past again. This time he follows him, seeming genuinely upset when In-ki seems to pretend not to know him. He grabs In-ki and says they have a lot to talk about, only just figuring out that something is wrong when In-ki only shakes his head and grunts.

They go back to In-ki’s house, where In-ki writes a simple “I’m sorry” on a sheet of paper. Upset, Snake yells that sorry isn’t good enough, and tells him how his and a couple of their friends’ lives went downhill when In-ki left them. He demands to know why In-ki disappeared on them without a word, sending In-ki into a painful memory.

In-ki, Snake, and a couple of their friends had been in a band in their youth, and were preparing to perform for a record label CEO in the hopes of making a debut. Snake is confident they’ll do well as long as they have In-ki, who swears he’ll play his heart out and get them out of their crappy lives.

But just before their performance In-ki gets a disturbing call, and he drops his guitar to leave. In-ki says that his wife Sook-kyung has collapsed and he has to go, and Snake tries to stop him by saying this is their last chance, but In-ki only growls “I’m sorry,” and leaves them.

At the hospital, Sook-kyung has just successfully delivered a baby girl, though she’s weak and pale when In-ki comes in the room. Sook-kyung starts to bleed heavily and the doctor forces him out of the room, but not before he hears her flatline.

Back in the present, In-ki writes that his wife died because of him. Snake yells that she died in childbirth so how could that he his fault? Outside the room, Sang-eun drops her schoolbag in shock, having heard for the first time that her mother died giving birth to her. She flees, and her father follows her.

Soo-yeon checks her maps again, complaining about how tired she is, and takes a call from her bar owner friend. She complains that the thugs that are looking for Soo-yeon follow her everywhere, but Soo-yeon still won’t tell her where she is. Her friend hangs up, but we see that she kept the line open long enough for a man to trace the call and secure Soo-yeon’s location.

In-ki finds his daughter crying in the barn, but she says that she understands why he never told her about her mother or celebrated her birthday, because it’s also her mom’s memorial day. She blames herself for killing her mother and sobs that she’s sorry, but her father grabs her and shakes his head vehemently.

She runs anyway, too upset to talk, and In-ki falls as he chases her. He calls after her and suddenly, his incoherent calls turn to words as he cries that it’s not her fault. He takes her home and shows her pictures of him and her mother on their wedding day, and Sang-eun sees her mother’s face for the first time.

In-ki remembers the morning of his big break, when he promises his very pregnant wife that if this doesn’t work out, he’ll quit music for good. She urges him to never give up, and sends him off. She’d gone back to work at her restaurant job, where she’d told the owner she would only be working a short time more until her husband got his big break. But she’d gotten dizzy and collapsed, and only lived long enough to give birth.

Deep in guilt, In-ki wails that he’d been so focused on music that he hadn’t been there when his wife needed him, and he blames music for keeping him from her and causing her death. Sang-eun hugs him and cries with him, telling him that it’s not his fault.

The boys prepare for the market, and Min-ho asks his mom to call Min-ki and ask when he’ll be home. She tells him to wait, but Min-ki arrives home. Everyone looks on as he gets out of the truck, and he opens the passenger door to reveal that he’s brought Yoo-na to Hadurok-ri.

COMMENTS

What a rough episode… but I’m glad that a lot of things are getting aired out, so that people can face their demons, heal, and move on. I was especially touched by In-ki’s story — not that it was so unexpected, but because it’s clearly been something that’s kept him and his daughter from truly being close all these years. He seems to be simultaneously caring yet distant with Sang-eun, which is understandable given the circumstances of her birth. Even if you don’t blame your child for her mother’s death in childbirth, it must be difficult to get over the fact that every birthday, you’re reminded that she’s here and her mother is gone. I’ll admit that I don’t understand why In-ki blames himself, and by extension all music, for his wife’s death. If she had been ill and he hadn’t been able to afford a doctor or something, it would make more sense. But just to blame himself because she gave birth when he was at a gig? I must be missing something.

I love how the show is handling so many social issues surrounding children, and dealing with those issues so well. Of the three kids in the show, one faces discrimination because he has a foreign parent, one has divorced parents and an absent father, and one has no father at all to speak of. It warms my heart to see all three of these children being supported and loved by the adults in their lives, whether it be their parents, their parent’s friend, or simply a caring neighbor. I’m not in a position to comment on the social climate in Korea, but these are issues that have caused a lot of heartache for a lot of people, and it’s great to see a show giving humanity and dignity to problems that plague children all over the world.

As for the adults, I’m ready to see a bit of advancement in nearly all of the romantic pairings. It seems like they’ve all been circling around each other for a while now, without really doing anything. Ki-joon has been whining about Bul-ja being pretty for three episodes now… okay, you’re upset, we got it, now do something about it! Either ask her out or shake it off, buddy, but stop moping around. I don’t really understand why he’s so resistant to liking her, because there’s nothing at all objectionable about her. She’s pretty, but she’s also smart, extremely capable, a hard worker, and seems to be a very sweet person. So get over yourself and just ask her out!

The primary love square also needs to start to head in a direction, any direction, or I’m about to get frustrated. While I admit I have my own personal ‘ship (I love Yoon-hee and Hyuk together, if there was any doubt), I’m not against seeing another pairing happen if it means that something gets moving amongst the four lovebirds. I was happy to see Hyuk make an effort to spend some time with Yoon-hee, and though I side-eye his method of lying to her about his driving to get her to the beach, I appreciate that he was concerned about her and wanted to take her somewhere nice to forget her troubles for a day. And it’s telling that he opened up to her about his mother, and his family, since his overwhelming tendency is to say everything is fine and smile. So it was nice that they got to get to know each other a little.

And yet, Min-ki is still the one doing things to actually fix Yoon-hee’s worries about her son being unhappy. He’s stepping in and spending time with the kid — and he’s not even doing it to earn brownie points with Yoon-hee, but because he’s a good guy who identifies with Min-ho’s situation and genuinely likes the kid. But I still feel like that’s the only reason he’s doing it, and that Yoon-hee is reading something more romantic into it than he intends. The truth is that when it came time to choose between Yoon-hee/Min-ho and Yoo-na, he didn’t even hesitate and went running to Yoo-na. Hopefully Yoo-na’s arrival in Hadurok-ri will be the catalyst that’s needed to get some of these underlying feelings out in the open, and we’ll start to get some romance up in this farm.

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Loving this drama! It's funny that I didn't appreciate it in the beginning. I thought it was a lot of screaming and crazy antics. However, the character development has been fantastic, and considering how many characters we have in this drama that is no easy feat. The only character I'm not crazy about is Yoo-Na. She seems so...bland. This role definitely needed a more experienced actress.

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Thanks for the recap!

When Hyuk took Yoonhee to the beach at first I was happy for him getting to spend some time with her, and then I realized... it's the ocean! He might just have doomed himself. Doesn't he watch K-dramas? XD

Also, he might have had good intentions, but in the end he caused Yoonhee to be late to Minho's school and it was Minki who stepped up to the plate. There was also something he said, about her being upset because of Minho and he wanted to cheer her up--- maybe it was just the way it was translated but it came across to me as if he was kinda blaming the kid. I did realize that later on he was having a bit of transference about Yoonhee, about his guilt at not being able to prevent his mom's death-- if he sees Minho in his own shoes-- I hope I'm wrong and he's not going to irrationally project his own feelings of guilt on the kid later on. (Don't know if I've explained that well, I'm still trying to sort out that idea, myself.)

Everyone seems to be converging on Hadurok-ri! Snake's been there for a while (and we have his real name, Seung-chul)-- now Yoona's arrived-- and it seems the thugs who are after Sooyeon are headed that way too. Uh-oh.

About Inki, what I feel is that he really blames himself because he was the one chasing down his dreams of music while his wife was the one working trying to support him, and because she was exhausted doing this, she died in childbirth. Also, to be practical, I guess he also realized he couldn't still go on being in the band and raise a baby properly on his own-- he'd need a more stable income for that. He's the Minki-counterpart in their old band, isn't he? The one with the star power, the crowd-drawer, like Snake said.

About Minki-- I guess he's still really fixated on Yoona as this perfect princess and he's the knight who always comes charging to her rescue. So Yoona arriving in the village is actually a good thing because then he'll have to sort himself out. He himself just said that Yoonhee's happiness affects him, too-- so maybe he's just like Kijoon, rationalizing his feelings as "it's because you were my first love!" and the reason he just doesn't realize it yet is that he thinks he's committed himself to Yoona.

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I guess if Min-Ki is still seeing Yoo-Na romantically. Let me explain: for a man a very powerful instinct is to protect his loved ones, it doesn't matter if they are family members or close friends. Also, the blandness Ms. Sue (comment Nº 1) perceives in her can be seen as the result of a long and extenuating suffering, so Min-Ki feels it is his duty to help Yoo-Na. I see them more as old friends, where Yoo-Na is an innocent and basically malleable person trapped by her own succes, and Min-Ki is the older brother that always worries and looks after her.

A lot of things can be imagined in this show, since its characters are so layered, natural and interrelated that the viewers can easily assume a sense of deepness and a full story behind anyone of them. To be real honest, that is no small achievement by the actors, the Production Team and especially the writers. Kudos for all of them and hope they can deliver a work of art as deep and beautiful as "Flowers for my Life", who just became better in every episode and is still is my Nº 1.

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... sorry for my funny English... I am more used to read the language than to write it or speak it... ^_^U .

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Oh no no it's not funny at all, your command of English is quite good ;)

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"I guess if Min-Ki is still seeing Yoo-Na romantically."
Minki's message on the wall in Ep. 1, something about coming back with a ring? :D If he's changed by now, he still hasn't realized it yet. He even told her to stay a star because she's the reason he's trying to rebuild his music career, to catch up with her. Of course, I would much rather prefer Minki want to become a successful musician because of his love of music and not because of Yoona, but right now that's the way he sees it.

I agree with you, there could be multiple interpretations, though :D And I'm filing this drama in my "comfort dramas" category as well.

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This show gets better after every iteration. If this continues, we can have another Kdrama classic. BTW, guilt can be really irrational and gripping, so In-Ki's reaction to his wife's death could have been triggered by so many hidden buttons... hope he and his daughter can heal that wound.

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I know Min-Ki is the first lead and should then get the girl in the end, but I agree he has no romantic feeling for Yoon-Hee. If they end up together just because that's the regular drama formula, it will be so unbelievable. I can't take this story too seriously though cause it's so over the top crazy sometimes. But it's a lot of fun. :)

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I bet one Yoon Hee makeover would change his mind real quick. lol

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She's already improving.

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I like the drama a lot no matter who ends up with who...but I agree with you. I wonder where the writers are going with their leads and 2nd leads. At this point, I can't see Minki having romantic feelings for Yoonhee,....unless something else changes. We are already more than halfway through the drama. If they are going to end up together, by now shouldn't we see signs that he has at least some slight feelings for her? :-/

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Well, may be for now Minki is not in love with Yoonhee but he definitely has very special feelings for her and her son. So we can expect that even if Minki is not clear about his feelings at this moment, at least in future he could realize that these feelings are love.
But who Yoonhee loves? Only Minki! She definitely has no feelings at all for Hyuk. He is just one of the boys, one of Minki's friends and that's the only reason why she is kind with him. But feelings - No! Could she change her heart? No way if Hyuk keeps on ignoring her son! So there is no chance at all for this pairing.
Even if at the end Minki stay with Yuna it doesn't mean that Yoonhee will go to Hyuk! She will just keep living as a single mother and that's pretty enough for her. She is not desperate for man to jump on the first tall guy with dimples despite he don't care of her son and her son don't like him!

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I think the reason In-ki blames music is that if he wasn't pursuing his music, he would have had a "real" job and his wife would not have had to work as hard to the point of collapse. It could have happened even if she wasn't working, but he'll always have those what-ifs stuck in his head.

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Who teared up when Man Gu and his wife had the class cheering and they lit up at the sight of their son doing the same?! The actress paying his wife could have just been another prop, but they've done such a great job with her!

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Definitely a feel good moment!

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... it was beautiful indeed. Gorgeous wife could have been just a pretty face in lesser hands, but in this show her character glows with her happines of having a family. That is why it is so poignant when she faces discrimination by her own son, and when she cries over the intimate pain of being mistreated and rejected by the little person who is your happiness in life.

Kudos for the writers and congratulations to the whole team. Thanks also Ms. LollyPip for this recap.

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Well I am guessing that his pregnant wife supported them both while he was off pursuing his music. He blames himself for putting her body through all that hard work which could have lead to her death via childbirth. It was a shocking realization for him which could also explain why he psychologically went mute.

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Even though Hyuk is a good candidate to ship with Yoon Hee, I don't like how he hides things all the time. Plus, I think it's a bit irresponsible for him to wisk her away somewhere when she explicitly to him that she needed to be at her child's school the next day. I guess he just doesn't know how to capture a single mom's heart.

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Agreed! I'm on board the Yoon-Hee/Hyuk ship but boy, bringing her to the beach won't solve her problems! It will make her feel better but Yoon-Hee has someone who depends on her. It's different from someone who doesn't have children and would love being swept off her feet by romantic gestures like an impromptu trip to the beach. Yoon-Hee is moved by gestures that are more practical and that would show that someone is thinking about helping her with things she really needs help with.

But Min-Ki was at the right place at the right time to swoop in and help Yoon-Hee by being at Min-Ho's class.

Come on, Hyuk! You can do it!

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"Min-Ki was at the right place at the right time to swoop in..."

Love is a matter of timing - so said Kwon Shi Kyung in Surplus Princess - and Min Ki has always had that fortune in respect of Min Ho, and Yoon Hee too. Remember the hug at the end of ep 10? Min Ki is also more open and honest in his actions, he acts because he cares. He wants Min Ho to hold his head high and Yoon Hee to be happy. That's why I'm on the Min Ki - Yoon Hee ship.

Hyuk on the other hand is secretive and sly. A bagful of tricks. After 11 episodes, you know he's basically a nice guy, it's just the way he does things and the why that puts me off. Like how he tricked Yoon Hee into going to the beach, pretending to be a poor driver. Or acting cute, ESPECIALLY acting cute, to get her to drink. His trickery has so far caused more problems for Yoon Hee, missing Min Ho's class this ep or having to pay for a replacement driver a few episodes back.

So, Min Ki - Yoon Hee, hwaiting! :-)

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Actually Minki was not on the right place at the right time by chance! He knew about this class because he care for Minho, he went there on purpose to make Minho happy and proud, and he didn't even think how many points he will gain in Yoonhee's heart!!!
What Hyuk could do! Yoonhee's heart already belongs to Minki, Minki already is the friend and father that Minho needs, so what Hyuk could do for 8 episodes till end?
And not to forget he is just the second lead, so there is no any chance at all!

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Ahhh, be patient guys! Hyuk can be perfect for Yoon Hee, he is just suffering and hiding under childish behavior...but I see his potential and hope he will step his game up and win her heart. They would make awesome dimple babies :D
It is nice that Min Ki is close friends with the child, but I would prefer he keeps being just a good friend. Apart from other things, I find Honey Lee physically too big for Hongki, who looks like a child compared to her, am I the only one? I also had the same feeling when I watched Titanic...like Kate Winslet was too much woman for little DiCaprio, haha!! No, I don't see them together...even if I am watching this show because I am a big fan of Hongki :D

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We'll see Hyuk's potential is some other story but not in this one. I wish this tall, cute guy to get the lead role in some drama in the future and to romance with the leading lady a lot.

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haha "too much woman" haha

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You described it right - Lee Honey is a bit too much woman for Lee Hongki and not just physically - YoonHee seems more world weary than Minki.

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I really enjoyed this episode esp where minki went to minho's school and made what could have been a very sad day, a happy one :-) and he got beaten with an eel to get back his guitar...

I really like Inki's back story and the acting was really good between him and the daughter. I can see why he went mute, just so much psychological guilt - unspeakable guilt - and it really took his daughter blaming herself for him to overcome it to explain to her it wasn't her fault, but that he felt that it was his...

My only complaint with the drama is that, I wonder if Minki and Yoonhee are really the leads in the drama because their storyline isn't more prominent than the other characters. I wonder if the writer decided to make this more of a Harduroki village story instead.

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In regards to your last paragraph, I agree, although I don't think it is a bad thing. For all we know, Hong ki and Honey Lee were just promoted as the "leads" for publicity sake. The writers seem really good at spreading the love, which I think is great. I'm semi-sick of all the second leads and background players only being their to move the main leads' plotline forward. It's nice to see characters mutually interact and support each other.
Also, that is why I don't quite scoff at the people shipping Hyuk/Yoonhee. I'm all for Minki, but I think the story has given fair opportunities for both sides to make their move and neither is completely so far ahead to disqualify the other yet.

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Hahaha, your last paragraph really made me laugh.
No matther how innovative the writer wants to be, no matter if the story ends with happy-ending love story or not Lee HongKi and Honey Lee ARE THE MAIN LEADS!
From the very beginning of the drama we are watching Minki's life. Minki who is the leader of ExSo, Minki who had money problem, Minki who's grandmother died and he inherited her land in this village, Minki who got the idea of growing cabbage, Minki who convinced the other 2 boys to come with him to the village, they stayed at Minki's house, Yoonhee is Minki's first love, Minki is the one what captured Yoonhee's heart, Minki is the one who always finds solution to every problem... Do i need to continue? Hongki is at the front of all the posters, Hongki is the star of the drama that will sell it oversea.
The good for this drama is that it gives good screen time and opportunities to the supporting cast, too, and has more colourful story line.

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If the village itself was the main in this drama, then 1st ep would start with the village and some story related to the comunity life there. And our four heroes would just came to the village and will incorporate in it's life.

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"She’s pretty, but she’s also smart, extremely capable, a hard worker, and seems to be a very sweet person. So get over yourself and just ask her out!"

Uh isn't she an illegal foreign worker/immigrant? Pretty big reason to being resistant to liking her.

Personally I'm happy with everyone just circling one another instead of romance, as like I've said and probably will say again I don't want any of these people to be together. I think they'll all be better off taking the lessons they learn and going into relationships with knew hitherto unseen people at the end.

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The last pic with Kijoon!! I cried laughed so hard with that bit!!

I started to deslike Hyuk simply cause he's a threat to my ship (MinKi/YoonHee). But he doesn't help himself at all either. Esp in this ep, i got so annoyed when he called MinKi a sly jerk when it was HIM who was being like that throughout the episode. Using that cheap trick of pretending not to be able to drive and acting like a cute little boy towards his noona in order to get what he wanted!! Sure, he wanted to make her feel better, but it doesn't feel right when he has to force it out of her.

On the contrary, MinKi stepped up and helped the child solely cause he cares about them both. He wants them to be happy. HOW CAN I NOT SHIP THIS? And did you notice how YoonHee placed her hand around his arm as they were leaving the school? So shippy!!

My opinion is that MinKi is in denial about his feeling for YoonHee. His style is that of wanting to protect the person he loves. And that's precisely what he's been doing all along. And it works every time. He's the one person that can put a smile on their faces (YoonHee, MinHo). Not to mention the whole "when you're sad, I'm sad, when you're happy, I'm happy too", thing!! It has to be love!!! #hopeful

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I'm with your ship since from the very beginning. Let's sail together smoothly till the end.

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Onboard the ship too! :D

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Hear! Hear! for the Minki - Yoon Hee ship! :-D

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I'm on board this ship as well! Even though MinKi shows no signs of romantic feelings, he just doesn't know it yet. Looking forward to seeing how the writer will incorporate this aspect. MinKi naturally does the good deed without even trying to get brownie points. Whereas, Hyuk tries too hard and he's being the sly one.

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I'm in this ship, too. But don't worry about Hyuk at all, he is not a threat. Actually i started to think that this character is planned to be the negative one, but we'll see how it will develop in future, for now i only have my doubts.
And Hyuk is not a threat just because he has no chance at all with Yoonhee, no matter how "cool romantic" he acts. This character is included in the square just to all some spicy taste, just for colour, not that he has any real chance.
The actual threat is Yuna, as Minki is still obsessed with her and we need more time for this idiot to realize his real feelings for Yoonhee.
And i wish more Yoonhee-Hyuk moments to make Minki jealous, lol. He needs someone to slap him to open his eyes.

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Thanks for recap LollyPip.

In-ki's story was sad but glad his old friend Snake is there at the village. Those rocker hair and make-up just kills me! When In-ki's wife 'fixed' his hair when he was about to go to the audition, i chuckled!

Hadurok-i is having a population boom!

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this drama has all. full of heart, family, friendship, love, comedy, kids, humor, and etc. this is the first drama that I just enjoyed through the episodes and doesn't have any headache to think or expect anything. even the minor casts got their own interesting story. 8 more episodes to go. :)

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... And full of social comments!. It is really fun to watch, but also gives a lot to think. It is way better than the classical drama: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl again formula. Characters feels textured, deep and alive. You can almost feel they have a past and are not merely constructs.

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All the characters are understandable. No real evil characters. I just cried my eyes out with InKi's character. It's really great how the writer is touching upon these serious social issues. And it seems they're all coming to the country for healing!

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I AM LOVING THIS! The writers and actors are really nailing this Drama.

The guy who plays Man-gu does such a great job at over acting. I actually look forward to his scenes.

The loan shark thug with a heart of gold cracks me up - he is almost good looking.

I find it odd that they used the same actor to play both young and older In-ki

I find even more odd that Min-ki is playing an electric guitar not plugged in and In-ki was playing it in the woods!

But over all this show just keeps getting better.

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Or the whole band playing in the field to keep the elks(deer?) away.

But these anomalies do not detract from my enjoyment of this show! Ha ha... :-D

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Actually I thought the flashback with all the ahjussis in flowing manes and rocker duds was absolutely hilarious! I'm pretty sure the weird constrast was meant to be funny.

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do electric guitars ever run on battery? just wondering...

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In the scenes where the guitars were working they were hooked up to guitar amps... so maybe it could be one that is battery powered and portable.

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As a single mother, Yoon-hee would want someone who is reliable, who can truly help when times are tough. Min-ki has proven to be that man. Hyuk, while kind and handsome, shirks responsibility and chooses the immature route when dealing with problems. He is a nice enough fella but not ready for a fully grown woman with fully grown responsibilities.

The bar hostess friend from Seoul, this is the most boring story arc. I am so bored with it I cannot think of anything else to write about it.

Sang-deuk and the drunken sex with the ex; hahahahahahaha. They could make a nice family unit. I really do wish he would stop drinking.

The use of foreigners in this show is just a bit groundbreaking, from my limited and far removed perspective. It is long believed that if you can laugh at something that socially unacceptable: gays, interracial marriage, foreigner mothers, that is the beginning of acceptance. (not sure if I illuminated the point effectively) At any rate, this show is inserting foreigners into the storyline and surrounding them with laughter. Also, the show is revealing the plight of half Korean children and their foreign mothers with a light hand. The show is not preaching to us, just giving us a glimpse.

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agree, don't like the bar hostess either

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While I adore this show, it really bugs me when little kids are allowed to be rude to their elders and parents. (like in Manny). American shows do this and it is considered funny. I hate it.

Even Snake corrected Min-ki - 2 adults. I am guessing it wouldn't happen in real life Korea. But maybe traditions are softening.

I love sweetie Min-ho

Besides that - I love the Farmers!

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I totally get what you are saying. Bratty kids are not funny; however, I think in this case, the kid really was going through something difficult and as a kid, he didn't know how else to deal with it than to be "bratty." He's not being bratty just to get some toy or to get out of eating vegetables, but because the only solution he can think of a kid is to tell his mom not to come. Hopefully, he learned that he shouldn't be ashamed of his parents and that the love of his parents is more important than trying to win favor at school.

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Ohh..so much emotions..so many stories..it feela like everyone in the village ia the main characters^^and with everyone start coming to Hadurokri i wonder how the story will progress
about the love square,i'm on minki/yoonhee ship but i won't be surprised if yoonhee dont end up
end up with either minki or hyuk

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i agree...either way...wonder if they (yoonhee/minki) end up together; no progress and 8 ep left

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I hope more people will get to know about this drama and watch it..cause seriously,they are missing something great

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i love this drama so much that i can't keep stop smile each time i watch it....=_=

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There should have been some screenshots of Hyuk's winking aegyo! I don't even like Hyuk nor even the actor's overall performance in this show, but he almost won me over with those winks and his noona noona noona begging. A-dorable.

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winks are cute *_-

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I kinda have love hate relationship with Hyuk. He started to show his jealousy and trying hard to please YoonHee but not in a good way. But when Hyuk covered minho's ear when YoonHee was explaining to MinKi what made her can't go to school on time just make me realize that Hyuk's character is a lil bit complicated. He's caring in one side but he slowly show his annoying side. I hope he don't turn into bad guy in the end.

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I cried watching Inki's backstory :( Am happy to see things will change for the better for him and his daughter now. They are probably the ones who will help Excellent Souls find their way to being the rock stars they should have been.

As far as the love square goes, at the moment i am leaning towards everybody staying as friends in the end. Although Hyuk seems to be showing his not so nice side now, something tells me when the truth about Yoona and CEO comes out, he will be forgiven.

It's obvious Yoona is hiding a dirty secret from Minki and when the truth is out, Minki will be very hurt. But i still feel that she isn't a bad character and does truly love Minki. She was probably forced into doing whatever she did.

Love the drama, love the characters. My favourite pairing is Minki/Minho! Too adorable

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Hey ! Does anyone know the song at the end of the episode (which, btw, we heard in some other episodes !), just before the preview ?
Is it K.Will or something ?

Help me please X_X

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Finally found the answer to my question after hours of research :p
It seems to be Jung Joon Young with 같은 자리 (The Same Place) but it may be not released yet.
Probably soon to be release on OST Part 3 as it often comes during the preview !

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Oh thanks. Jung Joon Young is singing more and more OSTs.

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really... nobody noticed so called "uzbek" language issue?
Such a lame mistake (ignorance?) Ewww...

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