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Modern Farmer: Episode 5

It’s County Olympiad time! The Hadurok-ri team goes up against Sangdurok-ri for the trophy and permanent bragging rights, but even more important things hang on this victory. Will Yoon-hee get to keep her position as village head? Will the EXO boys be allowed to stay in town? Will any cabbage ever get planted?

EPISODE 5 RECAP

After the impromptu town celebration, the boys all fall asleep around the table leaving Yoon-hee and Sang-deuk to talk about what lightweight drinkers they are. Sang-deuk, a bit toasted himself, says how nice it was for Min-ki to help all the villagers today and convince them to come to practice, and Yoon-hee has to admit it was a pretty good thing for him to do.

She heads out, late feeding the cows, and on the way she hears beautiful piano music. She finds Hyuk in the barn, playing an old piano with a blissful expression on his face. Yoon-hee compliments his playing and he says he learned it from his girlfriend, but sobers up as he tells her that she died eight years ago.

Hyuk tells Yoon-hee that his girlfriend looked a lot like her, and that when he sees Yoon-hee he thinks of his old love. He’s very serious as he tells Yoon-hee, “I’m starting to like you more. What should I do?” There’s a long silent moment as Yoon-hee processes this, but then Hyuk breaks out in a huge grin and, “Gotcha!” A bit shaken but going along with it, Yoon-hee teases that she’s disappointed because she thought she’d be able to have a young energetic man. I don’t know, something tells me he wasn’t joking.

Hyuk asks why she doesn’t play the piano, but Yoon-hee says it makes her think of someone she had loved with her whole life. Min-ho’s father, maybe? Her chin wobbles as she says that he went far away, to a place where she can never see him again. But it’s her turn to fake Hyuk out, giving as good as she got, and she wipes her crocodile tears and tells him he’ll never beat her.

Soon it’s the day of the Olympiad, and four counties show up to compete for the trophy. The boys take note of the Sangdurok-ri team looking fierce in their matching yellow shirts, but Min-ki says they’re just country farmers, nothing to worry about.

Han-chul is in a bad mood because he’s still thinking of his humiliation in front of Soo-yeon. He hides behind Min-ki when he sees her across the field, having been dragged here against her will by Sang-deuk’s mother. Han-chul moans that she’s seen him in embarrassing situations twice now, so Min-ki has to smack him to tell him to keep his head in the game — they’re here to compete.

The guys see a couple of girls in cheerleader outfits doing a cheer routine — it’s Man-gu’s sister Yi-ji and a very pretty blonde foreign girl. Ki-joon is impressed by her, uh, chest, and when he looks to Man-gu for confirmation of the foreigner’s hotness, Man-gu agrees that his wife’s boobs are pretty big. Wait, WIFE?!

Before Man-gu can throttle all four of them for ogling his wife, he’s approached by an adorable little boy who yells at his daddy not to fight. He assures his son that he’s not fighting, and he takes his little family off. The guys are left shocked, trying to reconcile the idea of weaselly little Man-gu somehow landing a gorgeous wife and kid.

It’s go time, and the Hadurok-ri team huddles for a pep talk from Yoon-hee. She tells them that for nine years she’s dreamed of taking the trophy back from Sangdurok-ri, and they all do a team chant and head to battle. They face off against the Sangdurok-ri team, both teams making a little smack talk before the events start.

Min-ki notices that Han-chul is spacing out, and hits him in the chest to wake him up. Han-chul hollers in pain, his nipple still swollen from where the puppy bit him. Why do I have a feeling this is going to cause some issues?

The competitions begin with the rubber-shoe-kick, and Man-gu’s mom wins it for Hadurok-ri by a landslide. Next up is Sang-deuk’s mom in the hula-hoop competition, and although the ajumma from Sangdurok-ri gives her a good fight, she also wins.

It’s Grandpa’s turn, and he plays Yut (a board game played by throwing marked sticks) in the finals against the best player of the Sangdurok-ri team. Grandpa freaks out his own team by making some risky moves, but he throws a perfect game like the badass that he is. For his last move he throws the yut-sticks and walks away without even looking (the Yut version of a mic-drop, ha), winning the game handily. That was awesome.

The team breaks for lunch in great spirits, though realist Yoon-hee reminds them that the games with the big points are played in the second half of the day. Yoon-hee’s aunt shows up with kimbap that she made, making everyone cringe in anticipation.

Ki-joon unwraps his kimbap and recoils, having made eye contact with something. Eye contact with kimbap? Hyuk opens his to find a whole eel inside, looking right at him. HAHA, and ewwww. Min-ki squeals that his kimbap moved, scared to open it, but he steels himself and finds… a live octopus. Oh gag. GAG. Gamely, he eats it anyway, as everyone around him tries not to lose their own lunch.

After lunch it’s time for wrestling, which is Sang-deuk and Man-gu’s event. Sang-deuk gets into position with the Sangdurok-ri contestant and makes threatening comments to shake him, but the guy doesn’t say a word, and the EXO boys wonder where they’ve seen him before. Turns out, it’s actual Olympic wrestling gold medalist Shim Kwon-ho. This is going to be ugly, isn’t it?

He literally just tosses Sang-deuk over his head, then does the same to Man-gu. Han-chul is up against him next, and he gets slung around a bit before getting smashed to the ground, and he looks up to see Soo-yeon shaking her head at him. Poor guy.

Hadurok-ri’s winning streak is broken and they continue to lose at the afternoon events, being especially humiliated when they play a game of tug-o-war against Sangdurok-ri, and a tiny tug sends the entire Hadurok-ri team to the ground. By the time the final event rolls around, Sangdurok-ri is ahead by 110 points.

Yoon-hee groans that the championship is lost, but Min-ki tells her not to give up. She reminds him that even if they win the eleven-legged race, as it’s only worth 100 points and they still lose. But Min-ki is still confident in their chances at the talent show, because he’s prepared a secret weapon. Please let it be Min-ho!

The talent show is hilarious, with people performing silly dances and showing off bodybuilding muscles. They’re all pretty good, but Min-ki is still confident that his secret weapon will blow them all away. Finally it’s Min-ho’s turn, and he comes out with a guitar as big as he is, dressed head-to-toe in leather and gold.

Yoon-hee immediately knows Min-ki had something to do with this, but he tells her to calm down and just watch. Min-ho performs a hysterical punk-rock version of “Gangnam Style,” and he’s pretty much the cutest thing ever. Hyuk muses that the kid is pretty good but “Gangnam Style” is old, and Min-ki tells him to hang in there for the surprise ending.

Min-ho gets to the chorus and the music stops, and he freezes for a moment. He thinks in Min-ki’s direction, “Ajusshi I’m scared, will I be okay?” Min-ki nods to him, so he takes off the guitar and strikes a pose we don’t see, while Ki-joon comments that surely he’s not going to do “that.”

Apparently he is, because the music starts up again and Min-ho starts to do rapid hip-thrusts to the music. Min-ki cheers, and Yoon-hee has a total freakout at what her baby is doing onstage. But the audience loves it, and Min-ho becomes a clear favorite to win.

The final contestant comes onstage from one of the other counties, and it’s a man so elderly that he needs a wheelchair and a fleet of medical assistants (this is Park Ki-joon, who actually is 102 years old, wow). The man recites the times tables as his talent, which is hysterical and awesome all at once. Min-ho comes in second place after the elder, and Sangdurok-ri didn’t win any points, which means that Hadurok-ri can still win the Olympiad if they win the eleven-legged race.

Min-ki gives a little speech at the starting line, and they’re off like a herd of turtles, chanting “One-two! One-two!” Slowly but steadily Hadurok-ri pulls ahead, until the leader of the Sangdurok-ri team cheats and trips In-ki, sending the whole Hadurok-ri team tumbling to the ground. They call for the referee, but he’s from Sangdurok-ri and pretends not to see them, which doesn’t seem fair.

Min-ki rallies his defeated team, leading them with a new chant to replace their one-two mantra. So everyone jumps up and starts off again, marching to the count of “Bull-shit! Bull-shit!” HA. They creep up until they’re neck-and-neck with Sangdurok-ri, and both teams cross the finish line at the same time and celebrate, each assuming they won. The Sangdurok-ri leader and Man-gu argue, and even the referee can only say they crossed at the same time.

Fortunately there’s a photo of the finish line and as it turns out, Han-chul’s swollen nipple crossed first, giving Hadurok-ri the win and the Olympiad trophy. HAHAHAHA. Everyone declares Han-chul a hero, cheering that his nipple saved the village. This is so great. He even gets a smile from Soo-yeon, which makes him happier than anything else.

Hadurok-ri is named winner of the Olympiad, and Yoon-hee is presented with the trophy. But before they can really celebrate, the Sangdurok-ri leader has an objection, claiming that Hadurok-ri had illegal players and pointing right at the EXO boys. Yoon-hee swears they really do live in the village, and they really did file a move-in report. Right, Min-ki?

Min-ki did not, thinking himself and his friends only temporary to the village, and Yoon-hee flies at him in a rage. To be fair, Min-ki didn’t know this would disqualify them — but disqualify them it does, and Sangdurok-ri wins the Olympiad. This also means Yoon-hee loses her village head position, and the boys lose their chance to stay in the village.

The next morning Yoon-hee loudly wakes the guys, hollering that the sun is up and they should have been up ages ago. Min-ki groans that they were just going to pack up, but Yoon-hee tells them to pack later, and come out since it’s Monday. Ooo-kay?

They stumble out of the house sleepily, to find all the village elders waiting for them. Sang-deuk gripes at them for making the elders wait, and Yoon-hee tells them the village always exercises together on Monday mornings and not to be late anymore.

She says she tried really hard to get them kicked out, but the elders all decided to forgive them in light of everything they’ve done for the village. It’s only until they harvest their cabbages, but they can stay! The boys all bow and promise to work hard, but Min-ki stops to ask Yoon-hee about her village head position. She tells him that she promised to step down if they lost, so she did — but she was then immediately re-elected. Hee.

Later the guys head to the cabbage field in good spirits, crowing that they get to stay in the village and the field is almost done being plowed, and their hard work is almost over. Aw, it’s so cute that they think that. Bul-ja approaches shyly (ha, Hyuk calls her “sister-in-law”) to present Ki-joon with some wild honey that she collected, but Ki-joon angrily shoves it back at her.

He says in a mean tone that she’s making him uncomfortable, but she claims she’s only thankful for his saving her. He says that he gets it, and she doesn’t need to be thankful anymore. He’s unnecessarily cruel when he gets in her face and tells her not to come see him, think of him, or talk to him ever again. Damn dude, that was not okay.

Bul-ja admirably stands her ground, and when he’s done talking she bows and leaves. The guys tell Ki-joon that he was way too harsh, and that Bul-ja was only being nice. Ki-joon just bristles that he had to do it to make her stop. I guess just asking wasn’t an option?

They get to their field to find their cabbage seeds have been delivered, and ask the delivery man what they should do with them. He tells them, somehow managing to be extremely vague using as many words as possible, giving instructions to use “not too much, not too little, just the right amount” of everything. He goes on and on as the guys grow dark circles under their eyes and when he leaves, Min-ki wonders if he was speaking Korean. HA.

They drag back to the house to ask Yoon-hee if she knows how to grow cabbages, admitting they couldn’t understand a word that guy said. She tells them, basically, that it all depends, and that they need to figure it out before they plant the seeds or they could ruin everything. She tells them about a villager who can grow anything in any conditions, and advises them to talk to him.

And of course it’s Man-gu, who pretty much says they can go suck eggs, because he’s not teaching them anything. The guys swear to do anything he asks if he’ll help them, and find themselves shoveling dung in his barn. Ki-joon is on the roof working on the electrical wiring, so when Yi-ji comes to get the guys to have some watermelon and they run out and knock over the ladder, he gets left behind.

Man-gu’s pretty blonde wife serves the watermelon and the guys (minus Ki-joon) notice how nice his home is. Han-chul asks when he’ll teach them to plant cabbage, but Man-gu says they have to do a lot more first. They all joke about how Man-gu has always looked old, including his mother, which makes his wife fawn over him.

Ki-joon is still alternately screaming and crying on the barn roof, but soon he has to use the bathroom and starts to look for a way down. He starts to climb down a pole but loses his footing, and falls a short distance until he’s caught by the back of his pants on another pole.

He’s lucky because someone comes by pretty quickly, but unlucky in that, of course, it’s Bul-ja. She gives him a dirty look and he’s forced to beg her to help him, only to be reminded that he told her not to see him or talk to him. I knew that was going to come back to bite him in the butt; I just didn’t think it would be so literal.

She relents and climbs up to loosen his pants, only to have him crash down on top of her with his pants half-off. His luck isn’t improving, because his friends and Man-gu’s mom choose that moment to show up and assume the worst. Bul-ja runs away in embarrassment while Man-gu’s mom and the guys giggle at Ki-joon, and Mom runs off cackling, presumably to tell the whole town that Ki-joon and Bul-ja are dating.

On their walk home Hyuk asks Han-chul if he plans to confess to Soo-yeon now, teasing that she’s so pretty she probably already has a boyfriend. Han-chul runs off and Ki-joon gripes at Hyuk and Min-ki for teasing their friends, which makes them run off giggling. So silly.

Han-chul finds Soo-yeon working on a mural and yawning from her after-dark digging activities, and he comes up with a plan to see if she’s wearing a couple ring. He can’t tell from this distance, so when she takes a short nap, he sneaks up on her to get a closer look.

He still can’t see her hands so he gets really close, so close that he’s inches from her face when Soo-yeon opens her eyes. He pretends to just be admiring her painting and gets her to give him two high-fives, confirming that she’s not wearing a ring. He’s so happy that he runs off laughing and hooting like a loon, leaving Soo-yeon to whine that she’s always getting hassled.

A happy Han-chul tells his friends that she wasn’t wearing a ring, but Hyuk and Min-ki say that nobody wears couple rings anymore so that doesn’t mean anything. They’re so mean! Yoon-hee’s aunt and uncle come back from the hospital (Uncle was hit in the eye by a cow tail) and it seems they’ve already heard the Ki-joon and Bul-ja dating rumor. Hong-gu comes home a few seconds later, having heard that Ki-joon got Bul-ja pregnant. HAHA. I love how nobody is shocked or upset, just all, “Hey, good for you, congrats.”

Min-ho comes home and Min-ki notices his bookbag strap is broken, but Hyuk doesn’t believe his story that he fell. Ki-joon sees that the strap was obviously cut, and Min-ki asks what bully did it, but Min-ho hotly denies it. Yoon-hee takes the bag and tells Min-ho to go wash up. Min-ki tells Yoon-hee that Min-ho is obviously being bullied, but she tells Min-ki to mind his own business.

Sang-eun rushes past, claiming to be late for her part-time job. In her room, she changes into a hot pink wig and logs onto the internet, where she has a live webcast. Judging by the comments flying by on the screen, it’s a pretty popular one, too. She sings for her viewers and she’s actually not bad, but her dad In-ki barges in, snatches the wig off her head, and cuts a huge section of it off.

She runs to her family’s barn, not noticing Hyuk is there already, and he nearly scares the rest of the hair off her head. It’s cute that the thing she worries about most is that when she’s an idol, pictures of her hair like this might get out. Hyuk asks why she wants to be an idol, and she tells him it’s her only way out of this country life.

Sang-eun says that the only thing she’s good at is dancing and singing, but her father is opposed to it, though she understands why because of her looks. Hyuk says that when he said she’d need plastic surgery to be an idol, he was only joking, and that if she can sing that’s all that matters. Aw, I love Hyuk so much when he’s in Good Friend Mode. He goes, leaving a brand-new crush in his wake.

Yoon-hee sits on her porch repairing Min-ho’s bookbag, and starts to cry as she thinks of her little boy being bullied. Eventually she nods off, which is how Hyuk finds her, and he correctly assesses that she must be upset. He gently takes the needle and bag, and finishes repairing it while she sleeps.

COMMENTS

Every time I think I can’t love this show any more than I do, it goes and ups the ante. I’m starting to notice, now that we’re a few weeks in, how it never bogs down in one storyline and keeps things moving at a brisk pace, while still giving all the emotional beats the time they deserve. I really expected the whole Olympiad subplot to last a few more episodes, given that it had such high stakes involved, but the show managed to handle it and move on while not making me feel rushed in any way. This makes me anticipate even more good things, considering that we have fifteen more episodes to go and lots more time to fill. I really hope that all the villagers get some screen time and a chance to have their own little mini-arcs in the plot, seeing as how we have enough time for that, and such rich and interesting characters to mine.

It’s interesting how the show seems to move from character to character among the four main guys, focusing on one or two at a time while the others sort of fade back for a while. In the first week we focused mostly on Min-ki and Han-chul, then in the second week Ki-joon got some time in the spotlight, then Hyuk started to come forward. Min-ki is clearly the lead character, but in this episode he was practically sidelined (not in a bad way!) in favor of Han-chul and Ki-joon. The ebb and flow of the guys’ stories is a nice touch, keeping me interested without making me feel like any one of them gets the lion’s share of the attention. I really like that, because I find that I care about all four of them in different ways, and want to see each of them get to tell their story.

I have to mention how impressed I am by Honey Lee and her performance here. I’ll admit my exposure to her is limited to a handful of episodes of Pasta and hearsay, and I’m aware that she’s not generally considered to be a particularly gifted actress, but she is positively running away with this show. She gives Yoon-hee so much humor and depth, and I really believe that she cares about this town and her family more than anything. When she was sewing her son’s bag and got that mouth-wibble like she was trying so hard not to cry, I was wibbling right along with her. I’m incredibly impressed with how downright funny she is as Yoon-hee, but also how she can make me feel her mother’s sorrow for her child so keenly. I don’t know if it’s the character or the script or that she’s just maturing as an actress, but I just love her.

And really, I gotta give credit to the entire cast of the show, because everyone is doing such a fantastic job. For a show that could so easily have gone off the rails as a forgettable slapstick weekend drama, Modern Farmer is just getting better week after week in giving us characters and situations we can truly care about. A large percentage of that is the writing and directing, but it wouldn’t be anything without the actors. Honey Lee and Park Min-woo are the early standouts, but the entire cast is just so solid and wonderful and I fully expect to see more great acting as we get to know each of the characters better. I love being surprised, and the best thing in the world is when I go into a show thinking I’ll like it, and end up absolutely loving it. Who would have thought a show about rockers going to the country to farm cabbage could make me feel so much?

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This is certainly one of those shows where all I'm expecting is funny ... and it comes in spades. The surprises are those little tender moments. It's nice that this show knows what it is, and doesn't try to be anything else.

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can i also say that this show gets better...i think it's finally settled down and is less loud than the 1st 2 episodes and the characters and storyline are really solid...

i just love love love yoon hee and i think lee honey is just knocking it out of the park...she is just sooo likeable that i can really watch the show just for her...and actually i started because you got not just 1 or 2 cute guys but 5-6 including the drunk guy when he get dressed up and yoon hee's step brother

i just like how it's really an ensemble cast and not all about the leads...the villagers are really well-characterized and fleshed out in their cute quirky way

There isn't a character I don't like except maybe the shovel girl ....hehe and she's not that bad ^^

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thank you so much lollpip for the recaps - can't wait to watch the 6th episode

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Yes, I definitely think that it's the ensemble cast that makes this show. Everyone seems spot on and their interactions are what propels everything. So good, so fun!

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yeah the interactions are good

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apparently the swollen nipple is very useful..LOL

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haha...that was hilarious...

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I hope people give this drama a chance. It's has really over the top humour at first, but also has a really good storyline as well.

I also like that the village olympiad wasn't drawn out and the band really seems like they are close. I love all of the love-lines. It's sooo cute.

I think Sion who plays Han Chul is an excellent young actor. For me, him and Yoon hee are really great. Minwoo is good too, and Hongki just has that larger-than-life charisma which is perfect for the role. I honestly can't think of any actor who could play the fiery Minki, who is supposed to be really loud and a trouble-maker. Hongk has such a cute playful face that he is able to pull it off.

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Not to mention hongki really does have a larger than life personality and is a trouble maker in real life so it makes it even more believable lol. I love him in it. Also I really like Kwak Dong-Yeon as Ki Joon, I was excited to see he would also be in Modern farmer since I have liked him since You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly and the little two-four episode drama specials he was in too. He has a way of like slowly getting you to notice him that isnt overtly obvious lol, and i cant wait till he gets to debut with his (still trainee) band :D

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I love that kid especially in Inspiring Generation. If there is one thing that I can credit that show is for making him the young KHJ that made it so believable.

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Well I must thank the dramabeans podcast for their recommendation, because I doubt I would have given this show chance otherwise. Oh my I am so glad I did! Besides being a perfect palete cleanser to the wonderful but emotionally draining Misaeng.

The writer is spot on with the large, lovely cast. If Min-Ki was the lead lead he would be too much, but I love this shows focus on the community, which see appro. for a show based on small town/agriculture.

They somehow manage to keep adding characters AND making me interested in all of them and their backstories. This episode was the white mom with her "tom cruise" like child of perfection.

Anyways completely agree that all, should give this a chance, hilarity with heart!

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Aw, Hyuk was like the little elf in the Shoemaker story, stitching away while Yoon-hee fell asleep. When Min-ki said, "Isn't there something wrong with this picture?" I thought that should really be the title of this kdrama. It is so off the charts whacky funny - who even thought of this anyhoot?

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this is one drama that i actually rewatch and notice something diferent the 2nd time around, or something that was funny that i missed...and i never rewatch anything

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I love the silliness of this drama. It reminds me of the Broken Lizard guys who did Super Troopers and Beerfest. It's just all fun.. no makjang and no melo. Honey Lee is awesome in her complete transformation into a countryside ahjumma. I love all the side stories and all the supporting characters. I also like how they don't drag any of the scenes/gags for too long. It's like watching one small skit after the other.

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and i also like that the funny parts come organically from the character...lee honey has also played sophisticated beauties...i believe she was the 2nd lead in pasta and is also a sexpot in Tazza..i can't believe it's her but she's just so wonderful in this

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Thank you Modern Farmer for the laughter and smiles you bring me each episode.

The piano - my first reaction to it located outside like that and exposed to the elements was - I'm surprised it still works and sounds as good as it did.

The Olympiad - competition between Hadurok-ri & Sangdurok-ri - what fun!

Anyone know the name of the songs playing at the 30 minute mark which is when the Hadurok-ri team wins the Olympiad trophy and are all cheering? The next song in question is at the 52 minute mark after Han-chul high-fives Soo-yeon @ the mural. I've heard both songs before but I can't place from which drama(s). It sounded like Lee Hong-Ki was singing one but I'm not sure?

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I'm in New YOtk and every year for a couple months (weeks?) they put pianos in the parks. They're exposed to the elements. I'm sure someone comes by to tune them but they're amazingly resilient.

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not sure...will take another look ^^

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3rd week in and I am still loving the show ?

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this show is GOLD! i hope more people will watch it. like seriously!!

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Seriously love Hong-ki. Someone should collect these screenshots though and make a book of all the faces he pulls. I'm loving them. I'm only able to read the recaps at the moment, but I'm sure these faces are awesome in action. lol

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Thanks for the great recap, as always, LollyPip. I am still loving this show, and it's still making me laugh as hard as ever. I find that I do a lot of pause and rewind, because when something weird happens when the four guys are together, each of them has a different funny reaction (which the camera doesn't necessarily linger on) that reflects their personalities, and I like to be able to go back and notice (and laugh at) each individual response.

I was tickled by the villagers' matter of fact response to Ki Joon's supposed relationship and all his "kissing and rolling around" with Bul Ja, not to mention the "pregnancy". And Hyuk teasing Ki Joon with the repeated references to his "little sister-in-law" were sweet and funny. (I'd never seen Park Min Woo act before—my only previous exposure to him was on Roommate—and I'm really enjoying him in this show.)

I also like the brisk pacing of the show; like LollyPip, I expected that the villages sports would be dragged out for a couple more episodes, so I was pleasantly surprised that they wrapped it up and moved on to the next plot points. Can't wait for next week!

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Why does Hyuk (MinWoo) look so good in those flower pants - it's so wrong but really works for him...this is such a fun show!

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I was thinking the exact same thing. How does he manage to look good even in flower pants?

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Me too! - he is rocking those flower pants. Might set off a new fashion trend!

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it must be his gazelle-like long legs -but honestly, i'm really liking this 'village fashion' a lot , it just makes u feel comfortable

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nothing beats comfy flower pants hahahaha

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Hyuk is so freaking tall, everything looks goon on him. he basically the male model of Harduroki lol!
as Hongki's fan, do you how happy i am when looking at these boys in those flower pants?i was like, for once! he look normal! XD
Hongki is a"fashionista" irl. the crazy one. this is his pic from yesterday coming back from Japan. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1g_2PECEAA-opJ.jpg yeah, that gray robed figure with an expensive YSL bag lol

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Thanks LollyPip for the recap! When I read about this show at first I liked how interesting it sounded and I'm so glad I watched it. Thank you for recapping it! I feel like there are so many little funny moments in the show, and I too pause and rewind just to watch them again haha.. Real impressed with Honey Lee! I only ever saw her act in Pasta and she was a typical 2nd female lead there to me. Here, she's in farming flower pants, her face speckled with mud. Not bad for a former Miss Korea!!

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this drama is amazing .... it makes me happy and when a drama makes you happy then it's a good one ^_^

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This drama really catch my interest..love it so much..

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I am loving the whole cast in this show and they all have such great chemistry with each other! I'm very interested in the character development we'll see from the four boys because there's so much depth to their characters already. On a side note, I really love seeing Kwak Dong Yeon as Ki-Joon. His facial expressions & reactions are priceless!

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Thank you for choosing to recap this show :)

- So happy that they addressed the whole plastic-surgery-to-be-an-idol comment from earlier. It really rubbed me the wrong way. Not only was she told that it's the singing that matters but he also was sincere in asking what was so wrong with her face? Hyun likes to tease people mercilessly but he backtracks pretty hard when he sees that it's hurting people. He's got a good heart and I can't wait for his backstory to come out. It is definitely hard to tell what's real and what's not with him.

- I had a feeling they were going to lose but that the villagers would let them stay. I'm glad to see the bonds being formed so quickly.

- Hong-ki had outtakes from that octopus kimbap scene on his Instagram a couple weeks ago. It was hilarious and I'm glad it finally aired. The outtakes were longer and so funny - recommend for everyone to check out.

- The Bul-ja/Ki-Joon storyline made me sad. I know it's impossible for kdramas to have even one smooth romantic storyline but.....that was mean and unnecessary. Based on his reaction to her and the two bullying scenes though (and being asked if he'd been an outsider growing up), I think he's got some bullying stories from his past. I don't think he likes attention being drawn to him or being singled out in any way. Whether he was reacting to protect himself, her, or both of them is debatable I think.

- I thought in the beginning that Hanchul would be the most sincere storyline but he's the most ridiculous. It's not my type if humor but I know it's popular.

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I totally agree about HanChul being the most ridiculous storyline - I can imagine the actor asking the writer, "You mean I'm dying of cancer, take a poo in front of a girl, AND breast feed a dog in the same week?...Where do I sign-on for this drama!"

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I just love this drama so much. Now instead of daydreaming of a rich chaebol, i'm daydreaming of living in a Korean farm village. This reminds me of High School Savvy in that it really is a hang-out drama and all i want to do is live in this village and hang out with everyone.

I never knew one had to file reports when one moved to a new village though. Interesting.

I keep anticipating the moment the wind blows the hair from Bul ja's face and Ki-joon sees how beautiful she is -- after he's reected her. Payback will be sweet as he tries to woo her.

Thanks for the recap.

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Yea.. make me wanna consider farming only I'm no green thumb... imagine an aloe vera plant died on my care...
Haha!

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The god of farming could definitely help us!

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Rural/country-side Korea is sure pretty!

This drama started just about the same time as 2days-1night episodes that just concluded of the 6 guys being 'Son/Grandson for a day to 6 farming hulmonis' -

I was getting a good dose of the farming community these past few weeks. The 2days1night episodes were very touching - you can really get the sense of community amongst the villagers and also the 6 guys - a fact that is becoming crystal clear with our 'villagers from the Twilight zone' in Modern Farmers.

Bummer! our favorite villagers of Hadurok-ri lost the long-coverted trophy due to an adminstrative TECHNICALITY!!

Am so enjoying this drama - lots of LOL moments - the kimbap scene was hilarious - and the story lines are all interesting.

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Yes, me too! I really wanna hang out with the boys and the villagers. It would be so much rowdy fun!!!

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if you take all the chaebols in Kdramas, i bet they can circle the earth 3 times XD. Hongki included because he was a chaebol in bride of the century XD

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this show is so cute and it has life-like characters, no obsessed chaebol dads or crazy mothers, no conniving second leads
at the same time it has the necessary quirk and twist so it feels fable enough to just enjoy the ride.

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i love this show - all of the villagers are cute, all of the guys are cute hehehehehe

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^^Agree, this show gets better and better over time. Hilarious, but it has heart.

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and basically no makjang elements... love

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Thank you for your always wonderful recaps! This drama is great and keeps getting better. Honey Lee is amazing! I can't think of anyone else playing this role. She is funny and believable. And Kwak Dong Yeon is an amazing young actor. He was brilliant in Inspiring Generations. You can see him, Hongki, Mina, and Jaehyun in FNC's reality show Cheongdamdong 111. All the actors are doing their roles so well and now that their stories are slowly coming out, it's becoming endearing as well.

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I'm wondering who this person Yoonhee is referring to which made her not to play the piano anymore... it could be Minho's father but it can also be Minki,right? Did you all notice how she can't have a good conversation with him? They always end up having arguments.
I like how trusting Minho is to Minki when he was performing on stage and the reason why he wanted to perform so that his mom will still be a village head is so heartwarming that even Minki was swayed to help him.

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Yes the thought did cross my mind that there might be a possibility that she stopped playing the piano because of Minki. And YoonHee seemed to be "bothered" when she saw the photo of Minki and YooNa. At this point they just bicker and so I feel like she's always scolding a child but if they are to have a believable shipping loveline, then credit will go to the script writer and the actors to bring this about.

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I apologize for mentioning a spoiler in above comment. I will be more careful.

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The thought crossed my mind that Minki and Minho's names are pretty similar. XD

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a lot of the scenes and dialogues in drama will make me burst lol when i suddenly remember it like ManGoo's son looking like a miniature Tom Cruise XD, Hanchul's swollen nipple saved the village honor rolf!

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I know I have mentioned this in another thread...but I'm watching 2 dramas which are like night and day but entertaining nonetheless. This is the happy drama in my week. ^^

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I was so happy to get such sweet scenes between Yoon Hee and Hyuk. I am totally shipping them, and I can't wait to see where their relationship goes next. I really, truly hope that Min Ki keeps his relationship with Yoon Hee as friends instead of going the "first love wins all" route. I can count on one hand the times when the first love did NOT win out, and I would love to have another show to add to that list. Plus I just love Yoon Hee and Hyuk together. They are both in a lot more pain than everyone realizes and I think they could find peace in each other.

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I feel the same way. Yoon-Hee and Hyuk look great together. I usually don't ship the 2nd lead actor with the main actress, but this time I'm so hoping they'll end up together. Min-Ki seems like a fun guy but I've seen no romantic interest between him and Yoon-Hee so far. Hyuk is mysterious, but he seems genuinely interested in Yoon-Hee. Can't wait to see what happens next.

To be honest, Lee Hong-Ki is a good actor in comedic roles. He has a variety of facial expressions that make me laugh. But I still haven't seen a believable performance of him having romantic chemistry with an actress on screen. Just my opinion.

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I love love this show soooo much. Every week it gets funnier. I don't think HanChul is sick. The doctor whom tools him that news just seems strange somehow.

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Yes, for someone who has little time left to live he can still have the strength to dig up a field while only living on ramen. So I also hope that it's a misdiagnosis.

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OMG!!! I have been away for far too long that I havent noticed Modern Farmer is being recapped om my favorite kdrama blog. Major squeee!!!

Looks like everyone is having a real blast around, I am jealous for not watching the show right away even if I am a big primadonna here. Though I am not the one to wait on episodes week over week, I think a good laugh regularly will keep my sanity intact. Can't wait to start it this weekend!

Thanks Lollypip! I will enjoy the show and your recap too. These two will always a combo for my kdrama consumption. Thanks DB!

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Can anyone please tell me the real name of the girl who plays bul-ja? I really really love their loveline.

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Her name is Han Joo-Hyun

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This Show is Fun & has a plot something shows don't do anymore

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where is the recap for episode 6? ;A;

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okay, random comment as it may seem! WHAT IS PUNJABI MUSIC DOING IN A KOREAN DRAMA??? I'm from the Pakistani end of the province of Punjab and the language is more rural than urban but I find the mere use of a song with Punjabi lyrics absolutely hilarious! and the fact that they had Indians speaking Hindi (which I could completely understand)! Thank you, Modern Farmer, for including something close to my home!

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Hey can you tell me Then of The PUNJABI MUSIC in the drama....I've heard the song but can't remember the name..PLZ help me out!!!

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I would just like to ask what was the first song played on Matilda's program???? I have heard it before from a different drama I think. And it's really bothering me right now and I really want to download that song for a long time already but I just forgot the title of the song. I really would appreciate it if you could tell me ?

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