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Modern Farmer: Episode 16

Winter is the time to bundle up for warmth, and it seems the entire town of Hadurok-ri has donned their grumpypants. The tension is reaching it’s breaking point, and it’s time for people to get honest with each other and stop hiding their feelings and secrets. One small person makes a decision to take action that will change everything, and all I can say is, thank goodness for the wisdom of children.

EPISODE 16 RECAP

A slick car pulls into Hadurok-ri, carrying the town’s very first family here to experience the “Country Life Village Experience.” Yoon-hee sets them up in the town meeting room, now fixed up to look more homey. Their first experience will be to help Man-gu pick strawberries (really, we’re going to expose them to Man-gu right out of the gate?). Yoon-hee warns the villagers to be very careful and not make any mistakes around the visitors.

Man-gu and his mom Soon-boon wonder where little sis Yi-ji is, since nobody’s seen her since her strawberry-eating coffee-shop hissy fit. Man-gu still refuses to buy her the shop, but Soon-boon tells him to just do it since he can afford it (and because it’s good to reward childish behavior?). She catches In-ki throwing her a little smile, and she flashes back to their intimate moment in the freezer.

Yoon-hee checks in with Sang-deuk to see if he’s prepared for his part of the experience, teaching the family to make kimchi, and he barely gets a chance to answer before Bok-nyun comes out of nowhere and latches on. She’s here to help, which upsets Sang-deuk so much that he stomps off to drink.

Yoo-na is bothered by the conversation she heard between Min-ki and Yoon-hee in the barn, where they’d fought over why Min-ki worries about Yoon-hee so much. She’s distracted by a music video on TV and turns it off, not wanting any reminders of her life back in Seoul.

The boys are watching a drama (ha, it’s Birth of a Beauty) and Hyuk wonders if Yoon-hee might be tired with the visitors to show around, but Min-ki snaps that this was her idea and she can do it herself. Han-chul’s whatever-it-is he ordered arrives and he takes off, and the other boys head out to the field. Yoo-na wants to go with them but Min-ki points out that the city people might recognize her, offering instead to take her for a walk later.

Yoon-hee reminds the guys that they’re in charge of Jwibulnori later, a winter game where you light a fire in a can and twirl it on a string, and puts Min-ki in charge since he’s played the country game before. He takes a nasty tone and refuses, reminding her that she told him not to worry about her anymore. Wow, if looks could kill. Yoon-hee denies to Hyuk that she and Min-ki fought, and he promises to take over the games later. No fool, Yoon-hee instead puts Ki-joon in charge, and orders him not to even listen to Hyuk. Hee.

The family starts their Country Experience at Man-gu’s strawberry greenhouse, where he brags about his use of the latest organic technology and high sales every year. But when they enter the greenhouse, they’re greeted by row after row of empty strawberry plants, and Yi-ji looking more than a little ill and wild-eyed as she chomps on the fruit.

Man-gu keeps his composure and directs the family to his other greenhouse, but Yi-ji is already there polishing off the last of the strawberries. Whoa, she wasn’t kidding, she’s eaten every last one. Man-gu loses it and drags her out by her hair, where the father of the family begs him not to hurt his “daughter.” Man-gu freaks even harder at this, and when his mom arrives and the wife begs him to listen to his “wife,” he goes completely ’round the bend.

Yoon-hee manages to smooth the family’s ruffled feathers later, and takes them to start learning kimchi-making at Sang-deuk’s house. Bok-nyun is there with Grandpa and the family notes her snort-laughter, as Grandpa introduces Bok-nyun as his future granddaughter-in-law. Sang-deuk wobbles out of his room drunk as a lord, and literally lays down inside the refrigerator, making a fabulous impression.

Han-chul finds Soo-yeon and Mi-ja discussing their lack of treasure, and he invites Soo-yeon to meet with him the next day. He’s as excited as a kid, but she’s depressed and says she’s not in the mood. It’s Han-chul’s turn to lay on the aegyo — it actually works, and Soo-yeon agrees to meet him at the bus stop in the morning. Mi-ja teases that Soo-yeon likes Han-chul, but she vehemently insists she just feels sorry for him.

Yoon-hee checks on the Jwibulnori preparations, griping at the size of the cans and in general being a grouchy pill. You can tell Min-ki really wants to step in and help, but he’s stymied when Yoo-na comes to claim the walk he promised. Min-ki doesn’t look happy about it, and neither does Yoon-hee as she watches them go.

Yoon-hee catches Min-ho looking through her room, though he tells her he was just looking for an eraser. She invites him to come play but he says he’s got too much homework, which for some reason doesn’t ping her radar and she leaves. Min-ho finds the concert tickets and looks the artist up on the internet, and we see his name is Lee Hyun-suk.

Yoon-hee, the guys, and the family all meet in the fields after dark to twirl the lit cans, and Yoon-hee explains that the game started when the farmers would burn the fields in January to kill pests and prepare the land. They all throw their lit cans high in the air and Yoon-hee tells them to make a wish, which isn’t part of the celebration, but she tells Hyuk she’s hoping to have her wish come true anyway. Everyone silently makes their wishes except Han-chul, who wishes aloud for a long life.

As the visiting family eat roasted sweet potatoes, Hyuk notices Yoon-hee watching them with a wistful expression. She admits she envies them, and Hyuk asks what she wished for. She tells him that she wished for Min-ho to grow up well, and Hyuk says that his wish was for Yoon-hee’s happiness. Aww, sweet.

Yoon-hee puts on her brave face and says she’s happy enough, but Hyuk is serious, and tells her that it’s okay to depend on him sometimes. In the face of her jokes, he reminds her that she can’t do everything alone. Hyuk cryptically says he understands her since he’s in a similar situation, and tells her it’s obvious when she lies. He teases that her lies show right under her nose, touching her face to make a point, and leaving a mustache-smear of soot on her lip.

Hyuk says her eyebrows wrinkle too, and he leaves another smear on her forehead. He can’t keep his serious expression and laughs at Yoon-hee’s soot-smudged face, and she realizes what he’s done and chases him all over the field, back to their usual comfortable bickering.

Yoo-na tries to make small talk as she and Min-ki walk, but he’s not paying attention again, and she has to say his name several times. He truthfully tells her that he’s worried about Yoon-hee — he doesn’t understand why she’s so mad at him lately, and why his being nice to Min-ho would make her angry. Bothered, Yoo-na asks Min-ki not to talk about Yoon-hee to her anymore, confusing the poor guy even further.

Yi-ji has had enough and leaves home, with her mother chasing right behind her. She says she understands why Man-gu doesn’t trust her and won’t buy her the coffee shop, since she’s always lived irresponsibly. She plans to go be on her own, and sleep at Mi-young’s shop.

Soon-boon screeches after her, but quickly calms down when she runs into In-ki on the road. He asks why she’s been avoiding him, and she tells him to forget what happened in the freezer because it didn’t mean anything. His face falls as he tells her he had hoped she felt the same way he does, because he can’t stop thinking about her.

He turns to go but she stops him, and blurts out that she does feel the same way but she was embarrassed to admit it. He sweetly takes her hands and they gaze into each others’ eyes, but Sang-eun breaks up their romantic interlude. He scoots her out of there before she can get too suspicious, but turns back to give Soon-boon a tiny wink. Too cute.

The guys are horrified the next day when they check the internet, to find that the price of cabbage keeps dropping. Min-ki finds a bit of his old optimism and reminds them that prices usually drop, then go back up. Han-chul goes out with a huge package, telling them he’s busy today and to go to the field without him.

Yoon-hee walks with Sang-deuk and comments on his increased drinking lately, but he says there’s nothing wrong. They run into Mi-young, frantically looking for her father who’s been missing since morning. Sang-deuk helps her look, while Yoon-hee goes to continue to teach the visiting family to make kimchi.

Min-ho, having insisted that he can walk himself to school, and doesn’t need his mom to take him, instead gets on a bus to Seoul. Awww, he looks so tiny on that bus to the big city all by himself.

Soo-yeon waits for Han-chul, pep-talking herself that this is the last time she lets him sway her. He meets her, carrying the huge box and some weird contraptions, but just tells her it’s all a secret.

Sang-deuk and Mi-young search all over town for her father, finally finding him up a tree where he’s chased a kite. They’re not close enough to save him, and he reaches for the kite and falls out of the tree.

On their way to the field, the guys run into Bul-ja who tells them she’s going herb-picking to raise money for her mother’s hospital bill. Min-ki goads Ki-joon to help her, and Hyuk smacks him and tells him to stop being so rude to Yoon-hee. Min-ki complains that Yoon-hee only sees his worry as pity, and Hyuk wonders why he hasn’t figured out why it bothers her but guesses it’s better if he hasn’t. Still cryptic, he says he hopes Min-ki never figures it out so he’ll have a chance with her.

Even though he griped that Han-chul played hooky, Ki-joon goes to help Bul-ja pick herbs, saying he’s just curious about Korean herbs and it’s not because he likes her. He’s still going to be saying “It’s not because I like you” at their fiftieth wedding anniversary, isn’t he?

In Seoul, Han-chul sets up his contraption in front of a fountain and says they’re here on business, instructing Soo-yeon to open the mysterious package. Inside she finds her portfolio, and all of her designs made into actual clothing. Okay, that is the sweetest thing ever. The contraption is a clothing stand, and Soo-yeon beams at Han-chul as together they set up all of her clothing for sale.

Mi-young and a banged-up Sang-deuk watch over her father in the hospital, where Sang-deuk admits that he’s thankful to her father because at least he got to see and talk to her. He bluntly tells Mi-young that he likes her, asking for an honest answer to whether she likes him or not. She says she does, and he cuts off her “but…” and tells her to come with him.

At Sang-deuk’s house, the visiting family is making kimchi with Sang-deuk’s mom and Bok-nyun, who’s busier kissing up to Mom than anything else. Sang-deuk slams into the room with Mi-young in tow, and announces that he loves Mi-young, and wants to marry her. Mom passes out, and this final bit of drama is enough to send the visiting family scurrying home.

Han-chul and Soo-yeon sell all but one coat, and when a customer comes to buy that too, Han-chul tells her it’s already sold. He buys it himself then gives it to Soo-yeon as a gift, adding sadly that now, she’ll never forget him as her first customer. He asks her to wear it one time for him, and compliments her on it all the way home.

Soo-yeon sincerely thanks Han-chul for doing all this for her, and he asks her to grant him one wish. He whispers his wish to her then immediately takes it back and runs off, but she stops him. She gives him a kiss on the cheek, warns him that it’s only to grant his wish, and leaves him to collapse in the road with happiness.

Depressed over the failure of the “Country Life Village Experience,” Yoon-hee decides they shouldn’t bother trying it again, but she’s distracted by a call from Min-ho’s school saying he never showed up that morning. His phone is turned off, which triggers panic and everyone jumps up to go search for him. Meanwhile Min-ho makes it to Seoul, and a kind ajusshi tells him how to get to the theater.

Failing at finding Min-ho in the village, Yoon-hee runs to her room to contact their friends in the neighboring towns and notices that the concert tickets are missing. She connects the dots and figures out where Min-ho is, but she’s in no condition to drive so Hyuk offers. Min-ki tries to go with them, but Yoo-na stops him with a quiet deathgrip on his arm.

As the family waits for Yoon-hee and Hyuk to find Min-ho, Min-ki asks Yoo-na why she stopped him from going to Seoul with them. She plays it off like she was worried he was too upset to drive, but he presses her for an explanation to her behavior, and she tells him she thinks he feels more than sympathy towards Yoon-hee. Min-ki denies that he likes Yoon-hee that way, but Yoo-na points out that he’s awfully upset for someone who doesn’t really like her.

Min-ho finds his way to the piano recital and sees his father’s face for the first time, on a poster outside the theater. He’s missed the show but his tickets get him in the theater anyway, just missing his mother and Hyuk as they frantically run into the theater calling for him.

Hyun-suk retires to his waiting room after the show, which is where little Min-ho finds him. Min-ho blurts out, “Are you my dad?” but Hyun-suk doesn’t have time to process this before Yoon-hee bursts into the room. Hyun-suk asks if this is her son, confused since she said she was unmarried, and Yoon-hee realizes her secret is out.

Yoon-hee and Hyun-suk talk privately, and she finally tells him that he has a son. He’s justifiably angry that she never told him, but she can only repeat that she’s sorry. They’re interrupted by a pretty woman who seems very familiar with Hyun-suk, and Yoon-hee explains herself away as simply a fan. Hyun-suk lets the pretty woman lead him away, still in shock over the news that he’s a father.

When they get home, Yoon-hee takes Min-ho straight to their rooms and to bed. Min-ho apologizes, saying that he only wanted to see his father’s face and know what kind of man he is, but that he’s sorry to have upset his mother. He says he’s okay now, and only needs his mom. Awww, sweet peanut.

Yoon-hee holds her tears in only long enough for Min-ho to fall asleep, and takes herself to the barn to have a good cry. This time it’s Hyuk who finds her there, and he gently chides her for crying alone when he told her she could lean on him. He reaches up to touch her face, but backs off and adjusts her coat collar, then pats his shoulder. Yoon-hee gives in and cries as Hyuk holds her, and he cries to see her in such pain. Too late this time, it’s Min-ki’s turn to watch as another man comforts Yoon-hee.

COMMENTS

I’m really loving this turn of events, because I’ve been saying for weeks and weeks (and weeks!) that Hyuk needs to step up and do something for Yoon-hee, actually be there for her, if he wants to truly have a chance with her. This show keeps me on my toes regarding the main love square, and even as we enter the final stretch I really have no idea who Yoon-hee will end up with, if anyone at all. So I’m happy that Hyuk is making himself a contender for her, in a real and tangible way, by being there when she really needs someone to support her. It gives the question of “Who will end up with whom?” some real weight, because unlike with many dramas we don’t know the endgame before the show even starts, or even now when there’s only a few episodes left. I’m so used to knowing which guy will get the girl and which won’t, practically from the very beginning, and once again Modern Farmer is a breath of fresh air in that there’s still no obvious One True Pairing. (Though I know many of you will disagree, I truly do feel that there’s been no blatant pointing out of “this is who belongs together.”)

Speaking of being there for the person you care about, I’m gratified to see that Han-chul has also made strides in this arena with Soo-yeon. She’s not just a pretty face to him anymore, but he actually took the time to learn what was important to her, and do something meaningful for her. Having her designs made into actual clothing was no small thing to do, and it’s what finally got through to her that this person is more than just a guy who follows her around because she’s attractive. Honestly, their love line is the one that’s interested me least until now, because Han-chul never seems to really be interested in Soo-yeon as a person and only as someone to “fall in love with” before he dies. But suddenly now that he’s making the effort to get to know her, and do things for her that mean something, I’m finding myself getting a little invested in their story, too. Just goes to show what a little genuine interest can do.

Min-ki on the other hand, is driving me nuts with his oblivious response to… well, everything. He’s so wound up in worrying about Yoon-hee that he quite literally can’t think of anything else without someone snapping him out of it, yet he hasn’t figured it out yet? It’s not like he’s never had feelings for a woman and he’s never had trouble admitting it — in fact he usually makes a pest out of himself when he’s liked a girl (carving her name all over the school?). I guess I can see how he’d be reluctant this time, given that his tendency is to put the woman he loves on a goddess-pedestal and worship her, so possibly it’s just that this is his first time loving a woman for who she is, rather than who he’s decided she is. It’s also his first time caring for a woman who wasn’t someone he could hold up to others like, “look at this amazing woman, and she’s mine,” because for once he likes a woman who is just a real person with real faults, instead of an object of beauty. Still, I pose the same question to Min-ki that I posed to Ki-joon a few episodes ago — is it so terrible that the woman you like is an earthy, country woman rather than a polished city girl? There are worse things than a beautiful, smart, capable woman who can work her own farm and take care of herself and doesn’t need a man to take care of her. In fact, I’d think those things would make her even more attractive.

We’re rounding the curve and coming into the backstretch, and we have a lot of things still left unaddressed, and I have a feeling that these will be a jam-packed last few episodes. We still have to find out what secret Yoo-na has been carrying that Hyuk has been keeping for her, and what part that had to play in Excellent Souls’ failed debut. Why does Min-ki still blame Hyuk for the breakup, and why has Hyuk been willing to take that blame for all these years? Will Soo-yeon ever find the hidden money, or will the Minions get to her first? Will Han-chul actually die of cancer or will it be a false diagnosis after all? Will Ki-joon ever tell Bul-ja that he likes her, even though she totally knows it already? And will Hyuk be able to win the lady’s heart, will Min-ki realize he likes her too and she’ll fall into his arms, or will Yoon-hee tell them both to stuff it and carry on with her fantastic single-mother self?

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I was about to write why the show hasn't given us answer to the question & yet you already wrote down what I wanted to write ^^

I know that Yoon Hee wanted to Min Honansecret because she doesn't want to ruin the guy's future but it seems like the guy feels that Yoon Hee should've told him to at least help with financial things. I actually wanted Hyuk to get the girl because he's just too pitiful & it's a shame if he didn't get the girl while Min Ki is still a jerk who doesn't even realize his own feeling

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I do understand where she's coming from but still not telling the guy was plain wrong. And, it was also selfish. She even says as much when she admits she didn't tell him because she didn't want to "hold onto him" because of their child. But come on, doesn't a man have a right to know he has a child?! I'd be absolutely livid if I were Min-ho's father. She has effectively robbed him 8 years of his child's life all because SHE didn't want to hold onto him.

It's not right. It just isn't.

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i can't believe it's taking soo long to address all of the things you mentioned and what about selling the cabbages and making an album? i can't believe they plan to resolve all of that in the last 4 episodes when they really could have done it earlier...

also minki is just unlikable.... it's unfortunate...i mean isn't he supposed to be the lead?

i stopped watching and will just stick to the recaps because i want to know how they resolve things

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Has anyone noticed that that picture of Yoonhee's mom and Hyuks mom pictures look similar? im 80% sure they are half siblings! lol so that's them out of the end game haha

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Right?! What episode was it!? I need to go back!

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Thank you LollyPip for your great recap as always!

Little MinHo's father was self centered back then and still is. Such a coward of a man. YoonHee deserves an award for choosing to raise HongGoo and MinHo.

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I agree about him being self-centered back then. Definitely. But I don't think we have enough information about now. He did go off (with his girlfriend?) after the concert, but to be fair, he was probably in shock and needed time to think.

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Agree completely!

If he had said to the other woman "I'll be just a moment, you go on ahead" I could have rooted for him. But what he did says everything we need to know, to cheerfully bid him adieu.

Bad baby daddy aside, what a fun episode. Thanks for the great recap!

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I loved this episode. We get even more progression and I'm so glad they didn't decide to leave Min-Ho's dad's reaction to being told he was a father as an episode cliffhanger.

There are many different kinds of love and relationships shown in this drama and it's so great. Familial love (the entire Hadurok-Ri as one big extended family), non-traditional familial love (Yoon-Hee and Min-Ho as a family unit), crushes that turn into deeper feelings, reuniting with old loves, the kind of love when you put that person on a pedestal and love her for what you want her to be and not who she is, and on the other hand, loving a person for who she is... and so much more.

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Thanks LollyPip for the recap. This episode was a mover of plot lines. Lots of things happening and if Min-ki keeps moping around the other guy is going to get the girl.

When Min-ho was all alone in Seoul looking for his father, all i coiuld think was - ah he makes a cute/good version of a Korean 'Home Alone' show.

Slightly off topic here - had meant to write about this many times but keep forgetting about it: I noticed that the subbing team over at viki for Modern Farmer calls themselves 'the green acres' team. My question - wonder who in the subbing team remembers one of my fav TV show from 45 hears ago - The Green Acres starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor?

The Country Village Life - dude ranch experiment was interesting - must be traumatic for the kids to be exposed to the weird villagers!

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Dahling, I love you, but give me Park Avenue.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umS3XM3xAPk

:-)

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LOL

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Thank u @revlow! That theme song sure brings back good memories - they were such a cute couple - can still hear Eva Gabor's voice calling 'oliver'!

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@ dfwkimchi
Good question.

@ revlow
Thank you dahling for the link. I hate to admit that I've never watched an episode of Green Acres. I've always been meaning to...just never got around to it. But, I know the words to the opening theme song and I have hummed it and even sung the lyrics a few times over the years.

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Getting so close to the end!! I do actually think the final couple game plan was fairly obvious from the start, but who knows, maybe these last few episodes will prove me wrong!

I think Hanchul was genuinely sweet this episode and I have a feeling they'll be together in the end, but I still think the couple makes absolutely no sense. Just because someone is nice or spends time thinking of you does not mean you'd make a good couple.

I actually think Yoona got a bit weird this episode. She got weirdly possessive when this whole time she's honestly been holding back and not making a move. I can't tell if it's the actress or the script but Yoona really just....doesn't feel real to me. She feels like an image for people to project upon but I have absolutely no sense of who she is as an individual.

I'm very confused about the dad having a girlfriend. Why did he show up on the farm with tickets and asking if she was married? Talk about mixed signals.

I don't know. This episode was fine but it was not my favorite. It felt more like a 'necessary' episode for plot points but it really didn't get any of my emotions going.

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Yeah, Yoona has been kind of a blank slate. Which kind of worked in earlier episodes, in a way, because it somehow made her seem like the kind of person Minki would like, weirdly enough; because he can project his desires and ideals onto her. But it's a little odd to see her being jealous now when she's been relatively passive about their relationship otherwise. It feels contrived.

Re Min Ho's dad, I don't think he really meant to send mixed messages. When I realized that he had given her a pair of tickets, I began to think maybe his invitation was a more innocuous than it seemed at first. I think he was genuinely just trying to catch up with Yoon Hee in an "old friends" kind of way, rather than trying to start something up with her again.

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When the City Slickers showed up and the village reps were there to greet them, grandpa included, I was worried that he was gonna bring up 2 tubs of almonds for the kids to enjoy! IDW, that's truly cringe-worthy; is this such a good way for California Almond's to have its PPL? Ha ha ha.

I wish wish wish that little boy's meeting with his father could last longer, a lot longer, before his mom ran in and scooped him up in her arms. He did go thru a lot of trouble to get there! Would it hurt to let him have a 2 min. conversation w his dad?

I never understand when KDs depict hero after hero for not knowing their own feelings. Are guys really like that? Doesn't loving sb make your heart beat faster, such that it's difficult to ignore, even if u try? Are K guys like that? Or is it only K guys in KDs? Min Ki has a lot of growing up to do before he is ready for sb as mature ad Yoon Hee, unless she is to get this additional baby to take care of.

If I was Yoon Hee, to get my interest, Hyuk needs to do more than just say, Here is my shoulder; Cry on it. But I'm really rooting for the pianist to come back and beg on his knees. Whether she'll accept or not is another matter.

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The fire-bucket-swinging looked truly dangerous. It just looked like an accident waiting to happen.

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Is it wrong that I want to shake Minki by his throat... Lol but I can't because w/ his blonde hair I'm like awwwww poor Jeremy .... For once I hope the second lead gets the girl I really want Hyuk to get her (Him & his Adorable dimples

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Yoon Hee will end with Minho's father....

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That wouldn't be so bad, right?
I can get behind the idea if they still love each other, which I suspect they do. They were only forced apart by circumstance. Now her little brother is all grown up, and her guy has returned to Korea to live, she can relocate to Seoul, and have a happy little family.
I want the best for Yoon Hee and her darling little boy.

How does SK come up w a seemingly unlimited supply of cute and wonderful little actors and actresses?

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Isn't he married already, though? Didn't the girl on his arm call his mom Ommonie?

I think there is such a thing as moving on. And if Yoon hee is not gonna move on, why regress way past Minho's dad --whom she obviously deeply loved-- to Min-ki?

All these great might-have-beens, great once-wases, and great should've beens!

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Gosh all these possibilities about who Yoon Hee ends up with are driving me nuts.
Show, just please let the second lead have the girl this one time and I'll make my peace with the unfair love laws of kdramaverse.

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Here here!

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Actually, if the second lead could get the girl once, I'm afraid I'd get greedy and just keep asking for it... I don't know, unless the main lead is a sweetheart or has a noble soul, I generally am not a fan (the kdramaverse love laws are just confusing - am I REALLY supposed to love the guy that treats my girl like a possession? REALLY?). Not that I don't love Min-ki, but more in a 'he's great and I can't wait to see what kind of man he'll grow to be' kind of way.

Which feels a little ridiculous, since in this drama he's older than me...

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Actually, the expression is Hear, hear.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hear,_hear

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I'll say it right now that... Bok Nyun is VERY annoying. So is SangDeuk's mom. How can they claim to be related by marriage (or going to be) when the guy who's connecting them by marriage is so vehemently against it? Why does SangDeuk even need to get married anyway?

Also, YiJi is the most stubborn and childish person I have ever met, ha. How does she even eat TWO greenhouses full of strawberries? *Is Amazed* And, lol, poor ManGu. There goes his months of hard work.

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Little Kang Min-Ho (played by Hwang Jae-Won) is just the cutest. He gets me everytime with his eyes, the way he looks at others, and from his facial expressions.

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I cried when Min-ho said that his mom is enough.
I can't wait to see them harvest the cabbages and release an album.

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the mother and son scene crushed my heart :(

hope the ending will be:
yoonHe-min hoo's dad
min ki-yoo na
kin ji- bul ga
hyuk- MEH :D :D :D

lolz!!! >.< :D

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So many dimples in this episode! Yoon Hee, Hyuk, Yoon Hee's ex... it was a dimples-extravaganza!

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Min-ho, that sweetheart. This episode needed him badly, because the adults were being idiots. It's nice to be reminded that some things can be very clear to children, and growing up really does complicate our worldview. I think if everything works out for Min-ho, I will be satisfied with this drama's ending. I'm at the limit of my patience with everyone else.

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Lollypip, your recap was a pleasure to read, Thank you!

Min-ho's dad has the same dimples as Hyuk, too cute fyi.

I love the actress who plays Sang-deuk's marriage date. She was in Let's Eat too.

There are a truck-load of questions yet to be answered before the end. I think Han-cheol's illness will be cured because of his change of life. The image of him walking down the road eating raw cabbage is what made me think this. He is no longer stressed by work, he is now getting fresh air and regular exercise and he has a love interest (releasing endorphins)[did I spell that right?] So, thank goodness, I do not think he is terminal any longer.

Min-ki is so thoroughly clueless. He was thinking really hard this episode so maybe he will get a clue soon.

Yoo-na just realized she may lose her adoring protector, Min-ki. She had taken his devotion for granted and now, faced with the possibility of losing him, she is becoming possessive.

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If he has cancer it can't be cured just by a new lifestyle.

I mean, I still think he doesn't really have cancer.

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Oh Lollypip, you're so hopeful. I'm with you on the hope front re: Hyuk. But dang! I just see the writers pushing Minki and Yoon-hee together. So upsetting.Am really rooting for Hyuk. But it often happens in drama that if the woman likes a character, she gets him. Am not anticipating Yoon-hee suddenly turning her affections toward Hyuk. But keeping fingers crossed.

Re: cancer diagnosis. It BETTER be wrong cause I can only handle one charascter a season dying from cancer. And I'm already anticipating Daddy Cha's death in What's wrong with this Family. Just so much one can take.

Thanks for the recap.

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I think it's pretty obvious that Min-Ki just doesn't have the maturity to be Yoon-Hee's "go-to" man. I know this is a comedy, but this pairing just doesn't make any sense.

What she needs is someone dependable and reliable to help with the village and raising her son. Not another older child she'd have to take care of.

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LOL, interesting... then who do you think from all the male characters in this drama is mature enough and good for YoonHee?

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I think the answer is none of them!

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I am sorry to say this, but the only sensible young man in this series is Sang-deuk. He can flare up given the circumstances but he is reliable, honest and always gives the benefit of doubt.

Min Ki is just a slave of both his bad temper and bad decisions, but in the long term he is far more helpful and reliable than Hyuk (who only thinks of himself and his needs).

Min Ki is honest (but clueless in his innocense), Hyuk is a façade we don't know very much about (except that like Genji, his quest for romantic love is tainted by his longing for his mother).

On the issue of Min Ho's father being easily carried away by the other lady, I excuse him since his shock is so big that reality hasn't settled up yet. In that kind of state you can be pretty vulnerable.

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If some foreign viewers are still blinded or just have never watched k-drama before or are just too unexperienced in life to undrestand, then i keep on hoping that there is any possibility Yoonhee and Hyuk to end up together! LOL. Sorry to disappoint you but there is NO chance for Hyuk and Yoonhee.
But what i really can't understand is how the recaper could be so blinded! Are you really? Wow! Never expected that. I thought the recapers have lots of experience in watching and commenting k-dramas but you still believe there is any chance for Hyuk!!!???
Hyuk is not only the second lead (i can even say he is a supporting charater as we see about him even less than ManGu and SangDeuk) but also Yoonhee has no interest in him AT ALL!

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Did we ever seen a single scene of Yoonhee thinking, remembering of Hyuk? No! All the things (successful or disaster) that he did about her was all in vain just because she didn't notice them at all. Now if she is crying on his shoulder it does matter absolutely nothing! After she stops crying she will forget that Hyuk was there because he is just nothing for her. And it's so obvious that this scene was added only to make Minki to realize faster his true feelings, to make him jealous and to bring Yoonhee and Minki together! And, by the way, this scene is similar but at the same time so different from the scene with Minki comforting Yoonhee. Minki and Yoonhee hugged tighly each other while Yoonhee only put her forehead on Hyuk's shoulder but she didn't hug him, no real skinship at all. That was so ovbvious! The last 2-3 episodes are made only to make the change in Minki's heart more natural.

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Exactly! I've watched enough dramas to notice that the second lead or the guy who doesn't get the girl will not have close physical contact. They may almost kiss but never. And with Hyuk he wanted to caress her face but stopped and offered a friendly shoulder instead.

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About the 2nd lead and the kiss... there was a 2nd lead guy (played by Kim Jae Wook) who did kiss the main lead girl (Moon Geun Young) in Marry Me Mary / Mary Stayed Out All Night. But is is true, this is rare.

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Sometimes people who wish an alternate pairing keeps on wishing and shipping even if we know our wish won't happen. We are just supporting the pair that we love!!!! What is gonna happen in the end has little importance there. I love Hyuk and Yoon Hee pairing and wish that they end up togther even if it's not gonna happen in the end. Lol.

In this drama, the lead pairing was a little ambiguous to me though. It seemed like the writer was going back and forth; also it took this long to establish a romance when the drama has only 20 episodes. Usually the leads realize a lot earlier that they are in love; and then some outside force comes in between them and keeps them apart; that's how many dramas flow.

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Now, it's more than clear who is Yoonhee's choice, the only doubt was who will be Minki's choice Yuna or Yoonhee but things lead more and more towards Yoonhee not Yuna (and that was the most natural for k-drama) Then what exactly you still think is not clear? I really can't get it!
The only person that could change the end could be Minho's father if he decide to come back to Yoonhee kneeling and begging her to forgive him and if she choose him because of their son. Only this is what korean viewers could accept instead of Minki (i don't beleive it will happen but at least it could be any possible). But there is not way korean viewers to accpet Yoonhee to choose Hyuk over Minki! So that's another reason why the end of this drama is so much obvious! Actually is much more obvious than in lots of other k-dramas. I even hoped there to be more thrill about this matter but never mind.

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true... i think it will be minki and yoonhee but they seem kind of unsuitable...maturity level, values, not to mention looks...she just seems like a grown woman, and he's a boy

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Woah. Calm down. Attacking Lollypip does nothing for your credibility in an argument. I, too, agree with the Lollypip that I prefer Hyuk with Yoon Hee. (I find Minki rather shallow and immature personally. I think he's a good guy, but he needs to grow up more.) Those of us who support that ship aren't "blinded" though. We have our reasons as well as to why that ship is justifiable.

There's no need for you to say things like "I thought the recapers have lots of experience in watching and commenting k-dramas but you still believe there is any chance for Hyuk!!!???" That's really ungrateful of you. Just because a recapper has a different opinion to you, that person worked hard to put the recap together. They are allowed to have their ships as well and are allowed to express that, whether or not it will be endgame or not.

As for me, I like all of the characters (except maybe Bok Nyun--though I love the actress who plays her), but I can't see Yoon Hee and Minki working out. (I've tried, believe me.) I don't hate Minki; I think he's a good character. That's also why I can't understand you shading Hyuk by saying he isn't even a lead. He is most definitely a lead character, whether you like that fact or not.

Anyway, I think you should watch how you word your comments the next time. Try to understand that there are other people who think differently than you.

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kijoon-bulja/inki-sangboon/sangdeuk-miyoung are the possible end CPs..and mybe hanchul-sooyeon too,if the cancer proven to be misdiagnosed

as for the love quadrangles, atm i kinda don't want any of the to end up together..too complicated..just stay as friends...but lets see what gonna happen next
and for god sake,please let the secrets out already~!!

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i know Hyuk will not end up with Yoonhee the moment he pokes Minho in the cheek instead of talking him when they found him. he can't be the father figure to Minho. no matter how childish Minki may act, his relationship with Minho seems more real.plus, his mother likes Minki.

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i know Hyuk will not end up with Yoonhee the moment he pokes Minho in the cheek instead of talking him when they found him. he can't be the father figure to Minho. no matter how childish Minki may act, his relationship with Minho seems more real.plus, his mother likes Minki.

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I'm already 99% sure the end game is Minki - Yoonhee. XD Heh Youtube.

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I just realized that if Yoonhee had married Minho's dad the kid's name would be Lee Minho. /shot

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Min Ki and Yoon Hee all the way!! Sure, it's been a painfully slow love story, but this is their story. Yoona and Hyuk are just detours in the road.

The only reason Hyuk is involved is because he is always inserting himself. Yoon Hee never seeks him out. The reviewer who mentioned that Yoon Hee resembles Hyuk's deceased mom is spot on. Sweet..and creepy. He's cute - he'll find true love elsewhere. (We have to create our own happy endings for all those poor dreamy second lead guys!)

I hope the angst episodes are over. Time to turn on the Min Ki charm and FINALLY ignite some sparks! Please someone load Yoona on a bus back to Seoul or wherever!

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if Hyuk will not end up with Yoon Hee i hope he has his own ending. and it must be the happy one

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though I'm not thoroughly convinced of the MinkixYoonhee pair romantically, I like their interactions whether they are bickering or just having a normal conversation. I'm very convinced that their characters are childhood friends whose bonds still are strong after all the years that they were separated from each other.
this formula of one guy liking the other upon knowing them and another childhood friend having realized or not his real feelings towards the girl is a usual setup but most of the time the childhood friend will always be friendzoned and the girl ends up with the guy she met later than her early years in life. I like how they do small twists to things in this drama. Kijoon-Bulja's scenes are really something to anticipate on.. their chemistry is good!

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For me, it doesn't matter who Yoon Hee ends up with at this point. I just want to know WHO it's gonna be, if it's gonna be anybody. Except Hyuk, because I really don't want her with him. I just don't see it happening. Even if she didn't end up with Min Ki, that'd be completely fine with me. I'm just worried over the heartbreak that she has to go through. I'd take her and Min Ho's dad getting back together over her with Hyuk. It's not that I don't like Hyuk, it's just that I don't feel like he's the right guy for Yoon Hee. And in regards to Min Ki and Yoon Hee, even if it's not romantic, I just love their interactions together. So I need them to make up! I thought Min Ki was definitely going to end up with Yoo Na, but it's all crazy right now. Everybody just needs to be honest with their feelings. It'd make life easier. Or maybe no one should end up together.....I think I'd actually be okay with that.

At least Ki Joon and Bul Ja are working out! :D

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But yeah, I'd much prefer Min Ki and Yoon Hee as friends then nothing at all

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does anyone know the song that breaks the moment between Soon-boon and (forgot the other character's name) pls someone tell me

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