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Modern Farmer: Episode 9

Love can be as painful as it can be wonderful, which all four of our boys discover in this episode. It’s not easy to juggle romance with cabbage farming — and it doesn’t help when the object of your affection pretty much thinks you’re a jerk, and she’s right. Turns out that farming isn’t all the guys need to learn out on the farm, they’re also going to need to learn how to be men if they want to come away with more than just cabbage from this venture they’ve undertaken.

EPISODE 9 RECAP

After taking photos, the villagers all sit exclaiming over how pretty Bul-ja turned out to be, while Ki-joon tries in vain to get hold of his emotions. He admits to himself that she’s prettier than he thought, but he’s absolutely positively not interested in her. At all.

He tries to convince himself that his pounding heart is something less serious — like the time when he was in school and used to visit a certain restaurant where a pretty girl worked. He never noticed her when she was in uniform, but one day he saw her walking home in a short skirt, and his heart had pounded. He insists to himself that that’s why it’s pounding for Bul-ja now — it’s only because she looks so different. Aw, that’s so innocent.

Han-chul literally staggers home and collapses on the floor, but he recovers enough to help the guys chase off the elk that night. Sang-eun hears them playing and asks why they never debuted if they’re that good, and Min-ki snarks that it’s because of that oppa she loves so much. She offers to be their manager since she’s an internet DJ, and they agree, since what do they have to lose?

Sang-eun’s dad shows up to “yell” at her, and drags her home. The boys wonder what they did to make him hate them so much, and Min-ki hilariously realizes he’s starting to understand In-ki’s vulgar sign language.

By morning the boys are exhausted and just poking at their instruments when Man-gu comes to check on them. Min-ki whines that they’ve been up all night for days trying to keep the elk away, but Man-gu calls them idiots and says to leave things to him. He rigs up some used water bottles filled with soapy water, saying animals hate the smell, and the boys are grateful for the tip so they can sleep.

As a reward for catching the thieves, Man-gu introduces them to the second most popular country treat — roasted grasshoppers! Yum! Man-gu assures the skeptical guys that grasshoppers are great for exhaustion, and other manly things ~wink wink~, which convinces them to give it a try. Of course they love them, and Man-gu takes them to catch more grasshoppers.

They run into Bul-ja on the way and invite her along, and she sits next to Ki-joon and accidentally touches his hand. He jerks like she burned him, and winces at his suddenly-pounding heart. He justifies it by remembering when that pretty waitress had spilled hot ramyun on his hand, and his heart had pounded then, too, and tells himself that his pounding heart is just embarrassment.

The guys have a great time catching grasshoppers, and Bul-ja offers to help Ki-joon since he hasn’t managed to catch many. She’s fantastic at it, and Ki-joon is even more impressed with her which causes his heart to pound yet again. He’s worried he’s really falling for her, then fishes for another excuse that it’s only the surprise that’s making his heart race, like when he watched the pretty waitress from high school cook a new dish.

Okay, now he’s really stretching, and even Ki-joon knows it. He’s horrified that just watching a girl catch grasshoppers could make him like her, so when Bul-ja approaches him again he can only yell at her to go away, and he runs screaming and yelling about women who catch grasshoppers. Poor guy.

Yoon-hee decides to make spaghetti for the boys as a reward for catching the thieves, remembering that Min-ki had asked for spaghetti several times. She spends the whole day shopping for fresh ingredients and slaving in the kitchen, where Hyuk finds her later.

He remembers that Min-ki asked for spaghetti and muses that Yoon-hee must like him a lot, and laughs at Yoon-hee’s too-vigorous denial. He offers to help but knocks the onions onto the floor, causing Yoon-hee to overreact and holler at him to get out. He manages to sneak by her to taste the sauce, declaring it delicious, and she softens and lets him help.

Despite her denial that the spaghetti isn’t for Min-ki, she refuses to let anyone eat until “everyone” is at the table. Soon Min-ki shows up, but before Yoon-hee can tell him she made a special dinner, he gets a call from Yoo-na and runs off to have dinner with her. Crestfallen, Yoon-hee watches him go, and Hyuk clocks her disappointment.

Later that night Soo-yeon tries to sneak out, but Han-chul is waiting for her again with some roasted grasshoppers. Far from delighted, she screams and refuses to eat them. Han-chul insists and they scuffle, and the grasshoppers get tossed high in the air to fall right down the front of Soo-yeon’s shirt. Cue more screaming. She’s finally had enough — Soo-yeon slaps Han-chul, and yells at him never to come near her again. I don’t really like her, but I can’t say I blame her.

Ki-joon drinks makgeolli and laughs at the absurdity of falling for a girl who catches grasshoppers, where he’s joined by a heartbroken, crying Han-chul. He sobs that Soo-yeon broke up with him over grasshoppers, and Ki-joon laughs that the critters are getting a lot of people in trouble today.

Yoo-na waits for Min-ki by the river, but she gets a call from her company CEO (the same guy Hyuk punched out years ago), who orders her to attend a party or he can’t guarantee her next album. Min-ki runs on the bridge behind her and stops, excited when he spots her below him. She calls him to cancel, claiming an emergency, not realizing that he can see her. Min-ki pretends it’s okay and watches her leave, telling himself that just getting to see her was enough.

Hyuk offers to help Yoon-hee do the dishes, and he asks seriously if she’s so upset because of Min-ki. She denies it and asks why Hyuk cares anyway, and he replies that he cares because he likes her. Yoon-hee waits for the usual laugh and joke, but this time he only looks at her, dead serious. She pops him in the forehead anyway and say he won’t fool her again.

She goes back to the dishes but Hyuk takes her shoulders and turns her to look him in the eyes, assuring her that he’s not joking. They stand that was for a long charged moment, then Yoon-hee pokes him right in those serious eyes and storms off, muttering about jerks who are always joking.

Breakfast is a depressing affair, all four boys plus Yoon-hee having been brutally beaten by love the night before. Hyuk has a stomachache from eating all the spaghetti, and Min-ki grouches to hear there was spaghetti and he missed it. He admits he was stood up the night before, and Yoon-hee can’t help but poke his wound, still hurt that he didn’t eat the special meal she made.

Sang-deuk sleeps in and has a nightmare, calling out that his arm hurts. He looks down at his arm to see Mi-young sleeping there, and she wakes and addresses him as her husband. Sang-deuk slaps himself and concludes he must be dreaming since it doesn’t hurt.

He’s hit in the forehead by an almond, and wakes for real to find Grandpa standing over him eating a candy bar. Ewww. Grandpa says Sang-deuk’s mother went to pray and fast for 100 days for her son to get married, leaving Sang-deuk to wonder why he would dream about Mi-young.

Soo-yeon calls her bar owner friend to find out why she hasn’t send her pay yet. The owner tells her a couple of men were looking for her, and Soo-yeon tells her not to tell them anything if they come back. She hangs up and wonders if “he” woke up already.

We see the thugs and their boss in the hospital standing over a man’s bed, the same man who blabbed about the hidden money to Soo-yeon, and Hyuk’s father tells the thugs that the patient is in a coma. The leader — the assemblyman that the man stole the money from — tells his lackeys to find his money no matter what. They tell him they suspect he may have told a girl from a bar he frequented about the money, and that they’re looking for her.

Man-gu cooks up an amazing meal for his family, and they watch a news story about illegal cosmetic procedures, and Man-gu doesn’t notice that one of the barely-pixilated faces on the news story is his own mother. Man-gu’s mom slinks in, her eyes hidden by giant sunglasses, and he snatches the sunglasses off her face to find that she’s done something horrible to her eyebrows, HA.

Yoon-hee calls a village leader meeting to discuss the opening of the rice market, which could harm local farmers. She proposes they join another town in a “three steps, one bow” protest to the governor, and asks Sang-deuk and Man-gu to represent their village. Man-gu doesn’t want to and says the boys should do it, being young and fit, but Yoon-hee is understandably concerned they might cause trouble.

Man-gu and the boys head to the cabbage field, shocked to find it covered in weeds. Man-gu reminds them that he told them to cover the field in plastic to discourage weeds, and tells them to get to work pulling them out. Min-ki scoffs that there wasn’t any money for plastic and that it’s easy to pull the weeds, they just pop right out. But the next day the weeds have grown back, because they didn’t pull the roots out.

They attack the weeds with wild battle cries, but the next day the weeds are back again. And the next day. Man-gu crows that weeds are like zombies and will always come back. Hyuk suddenly notices that Man-gu is wearing the latest exercise clothes and watch, and Man-gu brags that he’s always on the cusp of the most current technology. He offers to find them some plastic for their fields, to keep the weeds from growing back daily.

Man-gu calls (on his watch!) his contact at the Agriculture General Information Center to ask for help with protecting their field, and the boys cringe to hear the cost of the plastic. They don’t have the money, so Man-gu offers to buy Min-ki’s beloved sports car. Min-ki reluctantly agrees, making a big show over how much this hurts him, but he grins after Man-gu drives away and admits he made money on the deal because he bought the car from a junkyard. HAHA.

They’re still short of the money they need, but Min-ki spots Grandpa and In-ki playing Go-stop, and he gets an idea. He asks if he can play with them but In-ki storms off, leaving Min-ki to face Grandpa alone. Min-ki is a good player but Grandpa is better, and Min-ki ends up owing him more money than they would have spent on the plastic. Thank goodness Grandpa settles for a few bills and bragging rights.

Min-ki finds Yoon-hee making ramyun for lunch again and asks when she’ll make him spaghetti, putting her in a bad mood again. It’s the worst timing ever for him to ask to borrow money, and she gripes at him to go ask Yoo-na if he wants something. Frustrated at her attitude, Min-ki asks why she’s so angry with him lately, but they just end up bickering childishly and vowing not to speak to each other anymore.

Clutching his stomach in pain, Han-chul finds that he’s taken all of his medicine. He gets dressed and heads to Seoul, refusing to tell anyone why he’s going when they say they need to figure out how to pay for the plastic. Yoon-hee calls the guys in for lunch, but Min-ki instead shoots her a glare and walks off without a word.

Another awkward meal has Aunt asking Yoon-hee if she and Min-ki fought again, and Hong-gu tells her to let him know if that jerk bothers her and he’ll take care of him. Hyuk matter-of-factly says he’ll be the one to protect her, since he likes her. Yoon-hee tells him in a fake-sweet voice that if he keeps this up she might stop liking him, and Ki-joon snaps at everyone to just eat.

Soo-yeon buys a bus ticket to Seoul, intent on getting her paycheck even if she has to go get it in person, and decides to go check on “him” while she’s there. She boards the bus to find to her dismay that the only available seat is next to Han-chul. He looks slightly hopeful, but when she sits leaning as far from him as possible, he turns to the window and his face crumples at her rejection.

At the station in Seoul, Soo-yeon turns as if to say something mean to Han-chul, but he just looks at her sadly and leaves, and she looks as if she feels a bit bad. A woman approaches Soo-yeon and at first she’s very respectful, calling the woman Team Leader and seeming sorry when the woman upbraids her for quitting her job unexpectedly.

Until the woman insults Soo-yeon for being uneducated trash, then a hard look enters Soo-yeon’s eyes and she coos that it must have been so hard for her when she left, after stealing Soo-yeon’s design and taking the credit for it.

The woman splutters and denies it, and Soo-yeon tells her that soon she’ll study abroad too, and then she can also enjoy her life copying her underlings. But Soo-yeon didn’t actually say any of those things — it’s her fantasy — and in reality she only apologizes to the horrible woman and watches her sail off haughtily.

The boys are still wondering how they can make more money when Sang-eun comes to excitedly tell them she got them a gig at a birthday party. She promises they can make enough to afford the plastic for their field, and they agree.

Soon they’re wearing sequined outfits and playing folk songs while a horde of older women dance, and they look downright miserable, hee. Taking notice of the cute young things, the women start to grope the guys, but they also shove money in their clothes and Min-ki shoots a look to Hyuk to just put up with it. Poor innocent Ki-joon looks like he’s gone to his Happy Place in his mind just to get through it.

Soo-yeon visits the hospital and nervously looks around, before going into the room of her customer who’s still in a coma. She figures he’ll probably never wake up after such a terrible accident, and wonders who the men were who were looking for her at the bar.

She doesn’t have to wonder long, because as soon as she gets to the hall she sees them coming towards her, and she recognizes them as the same men that she saw harassing the man before he ran into the street and was hit by the car. Soo-yeon tries to hide her face in her hair and walk past them, but they have a picture of her in her wig she wore at the bar, and they try to stop her.

Han-chul is at the same hospital getting his prescription, and thinks of the doctor’s warning that he should probably check into the hospital. He finds Soo-yeon hiding in the pharmacy, where she begs him to help her. He reminds her of her order to never speak to her again and she apologizes, which puts him right back into a giddy mood.

Soo-yeon borrows Han-chul’s jacket and hat, and they nearly get by the thugs, but Han-chul drops something and the thug calls after him. While they’re talking the other thug sees them, and recognizes Soo-yeon through her disguise. Han-chul grapples with both men, holding them back so Soo-yeon can run for freedom.

COMMENTS

Oh, these poor heartbroken boys. It’s so hard to watch everyone bicker and fight and be miserable, though I have hope that at least some of them will end up happy. I’m still mostly worried about Hyuk since I still feel like he’s the most broken inside and the least likely to be capable of bouncing back if he’s truly rejected, but at least he’s finally let Yoon-hee know how he feels without the jokes and the Cheshire cat grins. Now he’s got to deal with the fact that she doesn’t believe him, which is a situation he created when he confessed twice before but chickened out and made them into jokes, so I hope he’s ready to start showing how much he cares for her instead of just saying it. Yoon-hee is the kind of gal who will be swayed by actions rather than words, and words are Hyuk’s forte, so he’s going to have to go way out of his comfort zone if he wants to win her heart.

I haven’t talked about Han-chul and Soo-yeon much, which is mostly because their “romance” has been the most shallow and least interesting to me. But this episode highlighted them quite a bit, so it’s a good time to get my thoughts out there on this potential couple. I’m not convinced that Han-chul actually has genuine feelings for Soo-yeon, considering he knows nothing whatsoever about her, nor has he even tried to find out who she is as a person. I think he’s scared of dying, and she’s the prettiest thing in town in his eyes, and he’s built her up to be this angel that will make his last months on Earth full of happiness and love.

Which is a sweet fantasy, but it’s just that — fantasy. Soo-yeon is not that innocent selfless girl that will tend to a sick man in his dying moments. I don’t think she’s a bad person either, but she’s clearly on her own and has been forced to do whatever it takes to take care of herself, and she’s in the habit of thinking of Number One first and foremost. I don’t blame her for being out off by a guy who follows her around against her will, who constantly interrupts her attempts to find the hidden money and improve her life, and who won’t take a nice No for an answer. He won’t take a harsh No for an answer either, and he’s walking a fine line between devotion and stalking. So I definitely have a hard time seeing these two actually ending up together, unless the writer decides to throw a curveball and one of them changes drastically.

I’m still enjoying how the show continues to move at a good clip, giving the town new challenges and giving the audience new story-lines to keep our interest sharp. Many times when I watch dramas with a large cast, I feel like the show bounces around from character to character too much and I never get enough of my favorites. But what Modern Farmer has going for it is that everyone’s stories are interesting, and I never feel like it focuses on a subplot that’s boring, because I don’t find any of them boring. And I never feel like my emotions are being dragged around, because all of the subplots, while very different, are pretty much at the same stage of development. They all found love interests near the same time, and now they all are hitting the angst phase of their relationships at the same time.

But instead of this making events feel too much the same, all the lovelines are different enough that even though they’re in the same phase, they aren’t all doing the same thing, if that makes sense. Yoon-hee and Min-ki are fighting without even knowing why, Yoon-hee is angry with Hyuk for seemingly playing a big joke on her, Ki-joon is upset over his newfound feelings for Bul-ja, and Han-chul and Soo-yeon are flailing around on different levels. It’s more proof of the deft and intelligent writing that I’m enjoying in the show, that my emotions as the audience are being taken to the same place with each not-yet-couple, while giving me different reasons to feel those emotions. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This show is so much better than I ever expected, and it only makes me eager to see what they come up with next.

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The product placement is very strong in this episode starting from the fridge to the watch/telephone thing xP

I seriously want to know the secret between Hyuk & Yoo Na because it's killing me why Hyuk is the only one taking the blame for the group fail debut when there is actually so much more. On another note, it looks like the live shooting has taken a toll on the cast because most of the have bloodshot red eye already which I notice from ep 8, let's just hope that they get enough rest esepecially Hongki with his ongoing Japanese tour

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OMG! I cannot believe they are doing live-shoot at this point. It is really too early. They should have shot enough episodes to do it at the end if they really have to.

I really liked that they showed more of the boys farming - or learning how to farm. It was funny when they were trying pull out all that grass. In general they are so adorably clueless when they are all together trying to farm.

Also really want to know the secret between hyuk and yoona too. Gosh I can't even image what that is...

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live-shoot kinda sux for the cast. i'm kinda worried for Hongki too. he looks like a zombie walking in the airport flying back and forth from Korea to Japan in wee hours.

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Not just the product placement! A friend and I were just discussing a while ago about how we ended up craving spaghetti from this episode and wondering how those pea puffs from the other episode taste! Although not the grasshoppers-- well, I know how those taste, they're good but I don't want to eat them again. XD

Hongki had a post the other day that he chose the evening flight back to Korea so he could get in a little sleep on the way. Poor baby.

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Heard he only had 6 hours of sleep in three days! Plus needing to do two back to back concerts. It's crazy! It's inhumane!

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Guh, I hope he gets some major R&R after this! :( I understand that he has commitments, but at the same time, whoever's in charge of his schedule should realize that he needs to rest too so he doesn't get sick! Bebe may seem like a ball of energy but there's only so much flesh and blood can take.

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Eros (Love) has a new victim in Ki-joon... ;) . Serves him right for not appreciating Bul-Ja.

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I cried with Han Chul when he cried on the bus scene. I can feel his emotion & feel sorry for him but like LollyPip said we cannot blame Soo Yeon for her reaction towards HanChul. I just Han Chul have happy ending.

Hyuk need to make YoonHee know his true feeling by action & YoonHee need to express her true feeling towards Minki but I don't mind to watch them bickering every episode until Minki realize her feeling. but.... but... I need YoonHee with Hyuk...

I also need Hyuk tell Minki ASAP what really happen to cause them cannot debut.

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I know that was really so sad when Han chul started crying on the bus. I felt really bad for him.

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Honestly it's the first genuine moment I've felt for him. I'm not saying he's a bad actor but his role is mostly slapstick. It was a nice moment but I still really don't want that relationship to work out.

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Same here.

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I wonder if the reason Hyuk can't tell Minki why he punched their CEO has to do with Yoona. Something happened that had to do with Yoona and the CEO, thus Hyuk can't tell Minki why he punched their CEO.

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I'm wondering if Hyuk is actually protecting MinKi from the truth about YooNa. Hyuk definitely knows whatever is between the CEO and YooNa but he doesn't want MinKi to know the truth because MinKi has YooNa on a pedestal.

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You'd have thought Minki learned from the Olympiad not to play games with Grandpa XD *shakes head*

And man, Hanchul still can't get a clue. Although now we've seen a different side to Sooyeon-- she really does have some sort of background in art, doesn't she? And probably couldn't afford to follow it because of lack of money / connections, which is why she was working in the bar, and why she's so determined to look out for number one.

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ManGu ahjusshi is so hi-tech! XD
thank God Sooyeon is not really a bad girl. if not, i will feel really sorry for Hanchul.
YoonHee's auntie foreshadow MinKi and YoonHee love line by saying if "you guys keep bickering like this, you yous will fall in love with each other"teehee...
the scene when those old ladies molested the boys. I.JUST.CAN'T!! look at KiJoon's face!XD

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Actually that was total molestation with them grabbing the butts and all. Lol. If it were the other way around, everyone would be up in arms.

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I was thinking the same.

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I was cringing through that scene. Well, laughing too, but mostly cringing.

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I like that the drama is quieter than before without losing the funny. The 1st 2-3 episodes were really funny but they were so over-the-top, I didn't think it could be maintained for 20 episodes.

It looks like they are starting to build legs of the minki, yoonhee, hyuk triangle and focusing a bit more on minki and yoonhee. This is getting interesting. But sometimes I forget where we were with this triangle with the pairings going on :-) I personally wish that they would focus less on sooyeon, but then again, I love han chul, so I guess I'll have to tolerate shovel girl :-)

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I love love this show right now! Makes me laugh and then tugging at my heart too:)

I'm thinking Hyuk knows what Yoona had to do per the CEO's request of servicing business investors. He'll take the boys hating him versus ratting Yoona out to protect especially Minki.

And I don't know why. I feel this thing about YoonHee and Hyuk being siblings.

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I really want SY and HC to be friends. I think thats what she needs most right now. I know he wants to be in love but he can love someone and it can still be fulfilling even if the love he's receiving isn't of the romantic kind.

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I don't understand Ki Joon. Why is he trying real hard to deny his feeling for Bul Ja? Is it a pride thing since he rejected her before? Or maybe his subconscious doesn't want to make him seem shallow? He's acting like he just realized he has the hots for his cousin or something.

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Much as I have tried, I can't get behind the Hyuk Yoon Hee possible loveline.

His infatuation with her stems from the fact that she reminds him of his Mom and also that she smells like his Mom! So the Mom inference is throwing me off! It feels like he is trying to "atone" for not "protecting" his Mom when she was alive - for whatever reason - and now there's this transference when he interacts with Yoon Hee.

I don't know - further down the line I might feel different - BUT for now......

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Yes, I'm with you there!

Very off-putting if the attraction is because Yoon Hee reminds Hyuk of mom and that attraction is physical.

I'd rather root for a Min Ki- Yoon Hee loveline, no such confusion there! :-D

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Honestly, I can't get behind any pairing of the love triangle. I live them individually, and I feel that individually their emotions really move me, but I don't really feel romantic chemistry between any of them. Friendship, yes. Caring, yes. Romance, eh.

Beyond the chemistry I also don't get the pairings. Hyuk's feeling that she's exactly like his mom definitely bothers me. Those are aome deep issues. I want him more than anyone to have a happy ending bit I think he'll be the one without a love in the end (though I think the group will become the family he's always needed). And then with Min-ki and Yoon-hee I just don't get why she started liking him. A single mom has has had enough in her life that having him buckle her into the car as then get in a fight shouldn't be why makes her see someone as a "man". He still feels like a boy to me, especially for her. I LOVE their bickering, but I don't see the romance in it.

I guess I just don't care about the love triangle. Other things interest me more.

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Yes!! I agree with everything you said

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Wonder if anyone else noticed it, Yoon Hee's starting to look prettier in this episode than previously. She somehow looks more scrubbed, fresh, and Honey Lee's natural beauty is peeping through. The difference is subtle, yet discernable. Is the show prepping her for a Bul Ja like makeover? :-)

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I noticed that Yoon Hee looks prettier - she just parted her hair. Makes a world of difference to her appearance.

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I know I noticed that too, wow hair can really make a difference to one's appearance. I don't think she really needs a makeover tbh, maybe just some different clothes? instead of the whole farming gear that makes her look like an ahjumma..

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Same here! I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. She looked younger and fresher.

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Well, I loved this episode! So hilarious in parts. Esp the dirty ol halmonis and the boys expressions. When hong ki nodded to min woo to accept the monies, it was soooo funny.

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Lol Hong Ki makes some hilarious expressions.. and I love his catchphrase gwaenchanh-ayo, gwaenchanh-ayo and the hand thing he does xD

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Hyuk is a boy who misses his mum. He's only attracted to Yoon Hee because she reminds him of her. He has even said she smells like her. Well, let's just say I see absolutely nothing shippable in this arc.

On the contrary, Min Ki has managed to man up every sigle time Yoon Hee has needed him. Whether it was to carry her (SUCCESSFULLY) to the car or to be a father figure for her child (far from a perfect one, but still just what the kid needed). And most importantly, Yoon Hee is attracted to him. Long story short, I cannot wait for Min Ki and his noona to be endgame.

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So strange all the missing mothers and non-"normal" mothers in this show. The writer seems to have a very sweet feminist streak about portraying woman.

I don't see anything wrong with Hyuk missing his mother and falling for someone like her. That's the age-old issue, isn't it? That boys often marry (women who look like) their mothers.

Min-ki understands Our heroine in the same way because he has seen his own mother's issues as well. If Min-ki marries Yoon hee, he'd not only be marrying someone who was a rejected mother (like his own mother) but he'd be marrying his childhood crush. Which I'm also for.

So, right now...whoever gets the girl. I'm kinda hoping Yoona would come to her senses and stop loving her career more than her man. In many ways, she is the most career-minded woman in the drama. Other women in the story deal with women's issues in their own way. One has a coffee shop career with no man to protect her from assholes who try to hit on her, while she is taking care of a sick father, and an only child. Another is preoccupied with remaining beautiful. Another tries to use her creativity to deal with food issues. And another is a stranger in a strange land. We also have a father who raised his daughter alone and whose daughter wants to marry a guy like him (even though she doesn't know.)

I think the author portrays all these women with such a sweet touch that Hyuk's loving a woman like his mother is a pretty sweet homage to all women.

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I think it's how much he says she's like his mom. It wasn't just someone who reminded him of her or looks a bit like her - it was everything. It was almost like he couldn't see her as her own person. And if you're literally only seeing your mom....eh. That shouldn't be romantic.

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i've got to look at that episode again..to see if i missed anything.

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I am interested in more of Minki's backstory. His mother said she put him through a lot and I wonder what those things were exactly. And what happened to his dad? Is he dead?

Also Yoonhee, I wonder who her husband is exactly and why he left her and Min ho.

Also with Hyuk, why is he taking the fall for something related to Yoonha.

Also I wonder where the money is hidden. I'm thinking it's not in Minki's plot since they though it already...

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I don't think Yoonhee was ever married. I'm not sure he even knows he has a son. I think Yoonha is probably the only woman Hyuk dislikes. He seems geared to always think well of women. Maybe because his dad was always busy at the hospital.

It'll be interesting if some folks are related to other folks...via ya know...liasions...

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Somewhere in the first episode it was mentioned that Minki's biological father passed away and that's why Minki and his mum left the village.

I'm thinking that Minho's father might come back to the village for whatever reason and finds out about Minho. The father could either be a huge jerk (so minki to the rescue!) or a really nice guy and that Yoon Hee didn't want to hold him back with a child so when he finds out about Minho... He becomes a potential threat to snatching YoonHee from Minki xD

Maybe because the truth will ultimately hurt Minki and Hyuk (being the nicest character in the drama) wants to protect Minki even if it means he will be hated on.

At first I thought it would be Minki's plot of land as well! But the guys did so much digging, logically it would've been found by now!

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Gosh this is a cute show.

It is not nearly as stupid as it could be.

I want to know what happens to all the characters.

Why oh why is that quirky farmer the hippest guy ever? what a funny twist.

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I think Modern Farmer is turning out to be so much better than any of the viewers could possibly have anticipated.

It appears Soo-yeon is more than just a literal gold digger, that's good.

I maintain that I don't want any of the perceived couples to actually end up together as I think they're all better off learning from those experiences and then taking those lessons into new relationships.

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yeay, it's okay if they don't end of with each other...but it's also okay if they do

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The MacGyver and Knight Rider homages were pretty awesome for this 80's kid ...

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I don't like guys thinking if they ignore a girl's "no's" enough and stalk her and occasionally do favours for her (that she didn't actually ask for until this episode) that she'll cave in.

So, I would prefer Han Chul, who I like outside of his obsession, to find out the diagnoses was wrong, and to let go of SooYeon. She doesn't have to made into a horrible person - I don't think she's that so much as having to look out for herself - but instead, he understands she's a human being in her own right and not his fantasy woman.

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I've thought from the very first episode when HC was diagnoses, that he would find out it was a mistake (wrong xray, misread, etc.)

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Does it show that we have watched way too much TV that no one believes the diagnoses is correct? Or do we have that little faith in doctors in general? I hope it's wrong as well, but it's pretty funny that we all assume at the outset that it is false when there really hasn't been any clue that it shouldn't be correct.

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maybe we're in denial and don't want the diagnosis to be true?

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It's definitely our knowledge of dramas. I mean, have you ever speculated whether two people you know might be long lost brothers or sisters in real life?

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Most love is obsession so I can deal with Han Chul because he is not consciously stalking. He is confused. He doesn't know anything about romance, though...so just like Ki Joon, he is reasoning away stuff and reasoning wrongly. Added to the fact that sometime when Han Chul decides to drops Soo Yeon, either she does some iffy confusing thing (which keeps him going) or the universe does something to keep them together.

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OOh, something else. I don't think he thinks of her as a fantasy perfect woman. He's seen her stealing from people's yards, he's heard her be foul-mouth. He's seen her be nasty. I think he just has a very wide acceptance range for odd behavior. He's easygoing and a wannabe rockstar. He already accepts whoever he will discover her to be. Whatever that is. True, he was attracted to her by desperation and her beauty. But he's been accepting of most of her faults so far. With friends like Min-ki, he doesn't really seem to idealize.

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Very good point. I think he deserves better, but he seems to like her despite her faults. I wonder if she'll trust him enough to tell him the truth about why she's digging around at night.

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I am so loving the political heart of this drama. Tons of heartfelt passionate stuff sweetened with humor and silliness: plight of the farmers, issues of rural foreign wives and their children, the rice import issue, unwed mothers, acceptance and belonging. They totally nail all this without sounding preachy. Between this and Misaeng, super social issues.

Thanks so much for the recap.

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everyone has faults but so human and likable...i'm not in love with the shovel girl and mi-young but they do have a few seeming merits hehehe

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Our poor rocker non-farmers, will they ever see their cabbages grow?

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hope they get some cabbages to grow, it would be kinda sad if nothing grew but it sounds like a lot of sweat and toil to do it naturally - isn't it supposed to be organic too?

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My guess is no, but I wouldn't be surprised if they dig up the lost fortune instead!

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i think their cabbages will grow
imo, this drama has the most dilates info in how to grow your own cabbage farm. if in the end the cabbages simply destroyed, it would a let down to the audience. yes, we're rooting for their cabbages too! lol.
and they will find the money too.

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[SPOILER DELTED] very creative not that i'd want one hehe

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creative but not edible lol

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spoiler alert! lol

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I thought they were worms instead of ramen when I was watching the episode without subs xD!!!!! Urg this drama is making me think of such gross stuff now LOL

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I don't think Min-ki should end up with Yoo-na because something obviously went down between her, the director, and Hyuk and she consciously let Hyuk take the blame this whole time. It seems like she is being victimized somehow by the manager with his threat about her next album, but I think something happened that she was willingly involved in for it to get to this point.

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...something is shady about yoona...she seems so fragile and innocent on the outside...but hiding something...i still can't tell if she is a victim or part of the conspiracy

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Just finished ep 10 and fully satisfied! I was kinda getting worried for a while as the pace slowed down and subplots were popping up on every corner, but now I have become to enjoy it and I hope they get better at blending different storylines under one theme during an episode or two, it´s still bit wobbly, but ep 10! Really lovely piece of heartfelt humor! KSH haircut I´m telling ya:)

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I love when Yoon Hee and Hyuk are together, they are sweet...hope they end up as a couple.
When she is with Min Ki I only see two old friends and maybe she feels confused since she's been alone for a while. But I will be cheering for Hyuk to stand up and do something to seduce his girl :D

And I also hope that Bul Ja ignores Ki Joon for a looong time, so he has occasion to sort out his feelings ;)

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guys, don't tell spoilers from epi 10. some of the people here haven't watched yet lol

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this drama is more fun to watch than anything else currently airing atm. it has humor and depth. i hope more people watching it.
tbh,popular doesn't mean quality to me lol

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I honestly didn't expect Modern Farmers to be such an amazing drama, but from the first episode it has definitely sucked me in! Props to the writer to being able to give us characters that we care about through their back story and development.

The previous episodes with Han Chul being all 'puppy love', I was starting to think we had forgotten about his own motality. I'm not 100% on board with the Han Chul/Soo Yeon pairing, but I can see their is more to Soo Yeon character than just a shallow money hunter. She had dreams to make it in designs, and circumstances probably made her who she is now. Also if she was to find the hidden money, she wants to use it to study abroad to follow her dreams in design.

Oh my Ki Joon, his facial expressions are always so animated. He reminds me of a young Lee Kwang Soo! I like how her make over made him notice Buja, but her talents (catching grasshoppers) made him even more aware. Like from last week's recap 'Ki Joon is a goner'.

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I so love this show. It's the perfect mix of foolishness, drama and comedy. Love love LOVE it!

Will be sad when it's over as I'm already invested in all the characters. The actors have all done a wonderful job.

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After watching the 9 episodes... I really need Hyuk to do something more than just telling Yoonhee that he likes her and wants to protect her. I think one of the factors that hinders him from helping Yoonhee in facing problems is the way he handles them. He always wants to put on a happy face all the time pretending that he is okay and not in pain. I guess the normal reaction would be to do something funny around someone to please them is his very first procedure. He is focusing on temporary happiness rather than a long-lasting solution.

Minki on the other hand, though such a coward and short-temppered one... he doesn't give up and assures himself that one day he will succeed with his ways. He has been through a lot on his own and I guess it has helped him a lot with the struggle to live with a smile on his face even for a very short moment in a day.

Hyuk's ways in caring for Yoonhee are through words while Minki's are through actions.

Gahh, I guess the truth regarding Hyuk and Yoona's secret will be revealed once Hyuk lets loose on his growing jealousy towards Minki.

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I think my favorite character is the granpa:D But besides that i really cant figure out the love lines. Which can be a good thing because it will keep me intrested but its very unkorean if you know what i mean....

And i still dont understand how minki or hyuk for that matter can be comfortable around each other with a secret that big between them

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For Yoonhee Noona, first love never dies, arrghhh!!!

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what's the title of the song where flashbacks occur on Ki-joon back in his high school days whwnever he is with Hwa-ran? love that song.... :)

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what's the title of the song where flashbacks occur on Ki-joon back in his high school days whenever he is with Hwa-ran? love that song.... :)

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