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Modern Farmer: Episode 19

It’s time for our boys to face some hard truths, about both the past and the present, and the truth is every bit as bad as I feared (actually, it’s worse). But when you’re down, there’s only one way to go and that’s up, and sometimes the best things in life happen when you don’t get what you thought you wanted. Whether it’s in music, love, or cabbage, I know our boys will find a way to bounce back better than ever.

Just FYI, the finale that was originally scheduled to be aired today was pre-empted (boo hiss) by SBS’s end-of-year-music festival. Instead, the finale will air next Saturday (hooray!).

EPISODE 19 RECAP

Ki-joon rescues Bul-ja from the clutches of the drunk noraebang customer, but the man and his friend follow them outside and continue the fight. When he knocks Bul-ja to the ground, Ki-joon snaps and starts throwing punches, drawing the police. When a policeman asks to see Bul-ja’s ID, Ki-joon distracts them and yells for Bul-ja to run.

She does, but doesn’t get far in her high-heeled boots, and she trips and falls. A pair of shoes stop in front of her, and she looks up with an expression of abject terror on her face.

Ki-joon is taken to the station, but he’s more concerned with Bul-ja than himself. The cop tells him that she was caught and taken to the Immigration Office, and that she’ll be held a few days then deported.

Soo-yeon and Mi-ja have taken the thief back to their room, where they demand he tells them where the money is hidden. Finally Soo-yeon’s threat to call the assemblyman works, and he says he’ll tell them but immediately takes an impromptu nap, blaming his head injury. In the morning he’s gone, and Soo-yeon furiously swears to track him down.

Yi-ji’s new coffee shop is part of a chain, and she takes their class in how to be a barista, seeming to really take it seriously. Her mother, brother, and Mi-young all come to see her on opening day, declaring the place very nice and impressive. Man-gu is a great brother; he really bought Yi-ji a good shop.

Soon-boon sneaks out before even having any coffee, though she’s suspiciously vague about her “other plans.” Man-gu figures out where she’s going, and runs outside to see her and In-ki walking hand-in-hand, and he gives chase while they flee.

Back in the village, the boys (well, Min-ki and Han-chul) are too nervous to eat while waiting for the CEO to call them with a decision about their album. When he does call, Min-ki listens and looks increasingly distraught, but he’s only shocked by the good news. They’re being summoned to sign papers right now — they’re going to make an album!

Min-ki and Han-chul are thrilled, but Hyuk only looks thoughtful and a bit worried. Yoon-hee congratulates them, but only Hyuk notices that her face falls once Min-ki leaves the room.

In their attic, Min-ki finally notices that Hyuk isn’t celebrating with them, and Hyuk admits that he feels a bit uneasy. Min-ki worries what will happen to the cabbages, not wanting to just forget about them after all the hard work they put in. He convinces the others to go with him to cover them before they leave so the cabbages won’t freeze.

When they get to the field, they interrupt the thief as he’s tossing cabbage all over, trying to get to his hidden stash underneath. They chase him off, hilariously assuming he was stealing their cabbage. Min-ki asks Sang-deuk to guard the spot while they go to Seoul, promising him a bottle of whiskey in exchange for cabbage-sitting.

In escaping the guys, the thief runs smack into Soo-yeon and Mi-ja, who grab him and threaten again to call the assemblyman if he doesn’t tell them where the money is. He admits defeat, and says he’ll tell them.

Yoo-na is going back to Seoul with the guys, for good, and Yoon-hee’s family gathers to say goodbye. Yoo-na thanks them for all their help, and after they’re gone it occurs to Uncle that the boys will probably be leaving soon, too. Yoon-hee looks saddened at the thought.

Soo-yeon and Mi-ja frog-march the thief to his hidden stash, dismayed to discover that it’s been in Han-chul’s field the whole time. The thief tells them it’s under the cabbage, but before they can start moving produce, they see Sang-deuk guarding the pile. He’s bored and starts acting out elaborate fight scenes with imaginary thieves, while the actual thieves hide in a nearby abandoned greenhouse.

The guys sign the contract, and neither Min-ki nor Han-chul notice the CEO’s expressions of annoyance and boredom at their enthusiasm. Yoo-na asks them to go so she can talk to the CEO privately, and they loudly celebrate in the hallway. Min-ki again notices that Hyuk is awfully quiet, but he swears he’s happy. (HAHA, Min-ki and Han-chul see a poster of FT Island, Lee Hong-ki’s real-life band, on the wall and declare themselves better than those guys.)

Hyuk goes back to the CEO’s office for his cell phone, and hears him and Yoo-na talking about the deal they made for him to make the boys an album in return for her coming back to Seoul. He quickly figures out that Yoo-na basically sold herself to get them a contract and that the CEO doesn’t really think they’re any good. Hyuk bursts into the office saying he knew something was up, and rips up their contract.

Yoo-na chases Hyuk into the hall and begs him to listen, but he’s too furious. He knows she did this to get Min-ki away from Yoon-hee, and coldly accuses Yoo-na of being every bit as greedy today as she was seven years ago.

We see a flashback to the events of that day, when Hyuk had snuck onto the CEO’s office looking for hidden liquor. He’d accidentally witnessed the CEO pawing Yoo-na and ordering her to have drinks with him later, telling her she has no choice if she wants to make her album. ~SHUDDER~ Hyuk had punched the CEO, beating him repeatedly out into the hallway, where Min-ki and his bandmates had seen the final knockout.

Back in the present, Hyuk says that even after they were kicked out of the agency, Yoo-na never said a word in their defense. She starts to beg Hyuk to keep this a secret from Min-ki also, but it’s too late — Min-ki heard their entire conversation.

Min-ki demands an explanation from Yoo-na, but she doesn’t say a word. He sees on Hyuk’s face that it’s all true, and asks Hyuk why he never said anything even after Min-ki blamed him. Yoo-na finds her voice and admits that she asked Hyuk not to tell him, because she was afraid of getting kicked out, too.

Furious, Min-ki bursts into the CEO’s office and starts throwing punches, and Han-chul has to drag him off the CEO. The CEO yells that it was Yoo-na who approached him first, offering herself in return for her debut. Not only that, but she’d blackmailed him by saying she’d only make sure the story about the guys never got out, if he made her famous.

Wow, that is so much sleazier than I ever expected. Yoo-na doesn’t even try to deny it, and even Hyuk looks horrified at the depths she’d go to for her ambition. The worst part is the look of shock, hurt, and betrayal on Min-ki’s face when he realizes that everything from the confrontation, to their losing their chance at fame, was all her fault. And to make matters worse, if that’s even possible, she willingly sold herself for all of it.

Back home Min-ho is sad too, and tells his mom to ask his hyungs not to go back to Seoul. She says they have to let them go nicely, but promises they’ll visit as often as they can. Min-ki comes home and goes straight to his attic, smashing a few crates before screaming his anger at Yoo-na, and at losing his dream all over again.

Ki-joon visits Bul-ja at the immigration office, and she bravely tells him she’s fine and not to worry, and that it isn’t his fault she got caught. She thanks him for everything, telling him that she’ll always remember him. Noooo, that sounds too much like goodbye!

She asks why he’s in Seoul in the first place, and he confesses that he gave up, that cabbage farming to make an album was just a silly dream. Bul-ja gets angry and tells him that a man should see things through no matter what, not accepting his pathetic excuses. She gets mad at him for coming here and leaving her with a memory of him as a coward.

Crying now, Bul-ja tells Ki-joon that he was always immature and reckless, but he always had spirit. She says she’s disappointed in him and asks him to leave. She gets up to go back to her holding cell but Ki-joon stops her, saying he has something to tell her. He apologizes for showing his weak side, and grumpily says he won’t give up. She asks what he wanted to say, and he hems and haws until she gets annoyed again, so he blurts out, “I love you! I love you, Hwa-ran.” Awww, he finally said it.

He promises to be successful and come for her, and asks her to wait for him. She only nods with tear-filled eyes, and their time is up. As she goes back to her cell Ki-joon calls after her to wait for him, swearing he’ll come for her, repeating himself over and over. She nods at him one last time, smiling sadly, then she’s gone. ~sniffle~

The mood is bleak in the attic room as Min-ki apologizes to his friends, feeling bad for blaming Hyuk for everything that happened. Hyuk gently lets him off the hook, and Min-ki says it’s time for them to stop all this and give up. Suddenly Ki-joon bursts into the room with his suitcase in tow, announces that he’s here to sell cabbages and make an album, and says there will be no quitting. Our Happy Virus is back!

Yoon-hee gets the boys to come talk, and shows them her Salted Cabbage Business Plan. Given how badly her plans have gone in the past it’s not surprising the guys are skeptical, but it’s not a bad plan. She points out that the price of raw cabbage went down, but the price of salted cabbage (the first step in making kimchi) is fine, so they should make all their crop into salted cabbage and sell it that way.

The villagers have even offered to help so they don’t have to hire anyone, and they can use the government’s free website to sell them. Slowly, the guys start to look hopeful, and Ki-joon steps up and rallies them. Min-ki takes a bit to convince, but he figures they may as well try. He thanks Yoon-hee for helping them, and she puts them right to work and tells them to thank her later.

Sang-deuk is still guarding the cabbage, and his one-man fight scenes have gotten more and more elaborate as the three thieves watch on in disbelief. He gets a call just as the guys show up to start hauling the cabbage, and they leave Ki-joon behind to guard the rest.

They get a pretty good cabbage-salting system set up, with many villagers pitching in, and Min-ki starts to perk up and thanks everyone sincerely. Soon-boon tries to sneak out but Man-gu catches her and says he knows where she’s going. HA, she just makes a run for it. Yoon-hee catches Min-ki staring at her with a half-goofy expression on his face, and she just grins and tells him to get back to work.

Guarding cabbage must be boring work, because it’s not long before Ki-joon is staging shadow-fights with imaginary opponents just like Sang-deuk. His hidden audience wonder why they’re going to such lengths to protect cabbage, of all things, scoffing at the irony that there’s actually hundreds of thousand of dollars buried under that cabbage.

I don’t know how Yoon-hee’s tummy isn’t going all melty from all the adorable, grateful looks Min-ki is shooting her way. But his good mood is shattered by a call from Yoo-na, and he heads outside where Yoo-na is waiting to talk to him.

Again, all she has to say is she’s sorry, which Min-ki doesn’t want to hear. Not only did she lie, but she hid it and even ruined his friendship with Hyuk, and she used their failure to further her own career. His voice is chilly when he says that what upsets him the most is that all this time, his feelings meant nothing to her.

Yoo-na finally cries out that she was scared that he’d go to Yoon-hee after only seeing her for so many years. Again he tries to deny it but Yoo-na says if it was only sympathy or pity that he felt for Yoon-hee, she wouldn’t have done this. She tells him she only came to apologize and say goodbye, as she’s going to the States to start over on her own.

Min-ki sits looking at the stars that night, where he’s joined by Yoon-hee. He tells her he hadn’t wanted to see Yoo-na again but once he heard she was leaving, he felt bad. He looks at Yoon-hee to say something else but when they make eye contact, he seems to forget what he was going to say, and they share an emotionally charged moment. Instead of talking, he just lays his head on her shoulder, sending Yoon-hee’s feelings spinning. Neither of them notices Hyuk poke his head out the door and see them sitting there.

Han-chul takes the night shift watching the cabbage and continues the trend of imagining elaborate fight scenes. HA, his even ends with a passionate kiss with a dying head-of-cabbage ladylove. Exhausted and freezing, the thief wonders if there’s anyone normal in this town (Mi-ja: “Nope.”) and Soo-yeon notes blearily that Han-chul is kind of cute.

At breakfast the next morning, Hyuk passive-aggressively grabs every bite of food Min-ki reaches for and shoves it in his mouth. He petulantly declares that everything belongs to him, so Min-ki should just give it to him. Yoon-hee hands over a choice bite from her own bowl to Min-ki, and Min-ki looks touched while Hyuk seethes.

In Seoul, the assemblyman’s putting practice is interrupted by his minions, who have found Soo-yeon. They were in the background of a news clip about the fallen meteor, and the minions figure if she’s there then that must be where the money is hidden.

Just when the three lurking thieves decide to give up and go home, the rest of the guys join Han-chul at the cabbage pile. Sang-eun comes to beg them to make another video with a new camera, claiming they only got three views on the last one because of bad video quality. As they set up in the field, the thief finally cracks and goes to his car for his gun.

The guys begin a loud pounding rock song (the same one they played in the first episode) but they’re interrupted by the thief pointing his gun at them. Han-chul recognizes him and they wonder why he’s so anxious to steal the cabbages, but he screams at them to move the cabbage and dig.

They start to unearth bag after bag full of cash and dang, no wonder everyone was so eager to find this money, there’s tons of it. Mi-ja and Soo-yeon start to rejoice at their riches, but the thief turns the gun on them and orders them to go stand with the guys. Did they really think he was going to let them have some of it?

The thief has about ten seconds to thrill that he’s got his money back, before the assemblyman shows up with a whole posse of minions. The thief whines that he always did all the dirty work while the assemblyman raked in the cash, but the assemblyman just laughs that that’s all he’s good for.

The thief pulls the gun which prompts Scary Minion to step forward, grab the gun and hold it to his eye, and taunt the man to shoot him. Of course he’s too cowardly to do it, and Scary Minion takes his gun and punches the thief out. The assemblyman directs his men to pack up his money and “take care of” the witnesses.

Everyone is trussed up and loaded in vans, but the cars are stopped before they can leave town by a stubborn Man-gu and his tractor. He wants to argue about right-of-way and puts up a brave show in the face of Scary Minion’s scary tactics, but ends up in the van with the rest of the group.

Again they’re stopped leaving town, this time by Sang-deuk once again drunk in the road. This time Dumb Minion gets out to handle it, knocking Sang-deuk unconscious. Grandpa shows up to ask what’s going on, and Dumb Minion makes the mistake of knocking his candy bar out of his hand. Oh, now it’s ON.

Grandpa singlehandedly (single-footedly?) takes out all of the minions in a series of incredibly cool martial arts moves, and all of the baddies are carted off by the police, including the assemblyman. That was so awesome.

Han-chul is subdued, and approached Soo-yeon to ask her about her involvement in all this. They talk privately and she tells him everything, and Han-chul is dismayed to realize that everything he knew about her was a lie. She’s genuinely sorry, but swears that what she felt for him wasn’t a lie. He doesn’t believe her and walks away.

Soo-yeon yells to his back that she only wanted to find the money and study abroad, and stop pouring drinks for a living. Han-chul doesn’t stop walking, but then without warning, he collapses in the road. Soo-yeon runs to him but she can’t wake him, and she kneels in the dirt crying his name.

COMMENTS

So you’re just going to leave us like that, Show? For a whole week? That’s just mean, right there. I still don’t know if there’s something actually wrong with Han-chul’s health or if they’ll say it was just exhaustion, but either way, that’s a cruel cliffhanger. At least one good thing came out of his finding out the truth — that he also discovered that Soo-yeon does care for him. The problem is that now he’ll doubt his own feelings, since the girl he fell for doesn’t exist. There’s not a whole lot of time left for them to resolve their issues, but I find myself caring more than I did about them for most of the show, so I hope they get a happy ending one way or another.

So, now we know Yoo-na’s little secret. I’ll admit I was surprised, because even though the nature of her indiscretion was pretty much exactly what I expected, I was not prepared for the revelation that the whole thing was instigated by Yoo-na herself. Dramaland has me so conditioned that even when an aspiring actress or idol is forced to take a sponsor, it’s usually a sweet innocent girl given no choice but to bow to the beastly desires of some disgusting man. To have the show (once again) turn a trope on it’s ear and give us a twist like that, and have it be Yoo-na who approached the CEO and offer herself in exchange for fame, was quite a shocker.

It was an effective move for the show, because I was starting to worry that if there was going to be an OTP at all — we had two episodes to go and Min-ki was still all about Yoo-na. To have him realize that not only was she not the sweet innocent girl he thought, but that she actually sold herself for an album — and that to make matters worse, she then turned around and sold him for an album, was an effective and believable way to sever his emotional tie to her. I think he was drifting from her already… but he’s such a loyal person, he would have stood by her well past the point where his feelings had changed before he even realized he didn’t love her anymore. This way he gets to make amends with Hyuk, be completely free of Yoo-na’s hold on him, and have a chance to discover what feelings he may have for Yoon-hee, without any lingering loyalty to Yoo-na holding him back.

I’m still unsure where the love story is going, though I’m assuming at this point that my ‘ship has sailed. There was a brief point in the show where I had real hope that the trope-twisting tendency of the show might get Hyuk the girl, but that’s pretty much over now. Yoon-hee has drawn that line pretty firmly with Hyuk and I just hope he’s able to accept it with maturity, because I don’t want to see all the hard work he’s done re-establishing his friendship with Min-ki to be blown away by simple jealousy. I have hope for the bromance at least, because it was never Hyuk who pushed Min-ki away over their failed music careers, and he was always willing to be friends again. I hope that doesn’t change just because of a woman.

The little glances Min-ki was tossing at Yoon-hee during the cabbage-salting were so cute, and their moment under the stars made my tummy flutter, much less Yoon-hee’s. I just can’t tell if Min-ki is feeling love, or just gratitude and affection for Yoon-hee. I do like them together as friends and could see them together romantically, though the show is going to have some work to do to make me believe it with just one episode left to establish an entire love line out of what, for now, is mostly a crush and a good friendship. I think it can do it, but I can just as easily see them part as good friends. And as much as I’ve loved everything about Modern Farmer, I know that no matter how it ends, it will be sweet and satisfying, just like everything else about the show.

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I was expecting the Yoona reveal to be bad but not that bad

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Hyuk was a noble person and had a good backbone after all (A man that suffers in silence the misunderstanding of his friends in their behalf... that was great).

Yoo Na was only a very scared child, and did a lot to protect her cocoon. I am sad for her, not mad.

Hope Han Chul doesn't die, or at least if he has to go, to have some happiness before.

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only one more episode..i will miss the villegeres so much!!

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I'm kind of sad that there's only one episode this week :(

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Most underrated drama of 2014 ? best kdrama in a while.

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I think they waited too long to work out the yoonhee-hyuk-minki-yoona storyline...some people esp koreans jumped ship because the leads weren't given a solid story and seem more like...well, like supporting cast...

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Aaah those crazy villagers had me LOL again! Those boys and their imagination while guarding the cabbage - and all 3 said that they sould haveen actors - that was just too funny!

And when Haraboeji took down all those baddies - that was awesome!

Wah - Yoona reveal was a crushing blow!
BTW - i just marathoned all 16 episodes of Bride of the Century this weekend and saw the actress playing Yoona in the first 10 minutes of Ep 16 as the brunette sultry celebrity who just finished a photoshoot at the mall and was flirting with Kang Ju (she really looked good as a brunette) and there were other familiar faces besides Park Jin Joo who plays the adorable Sang Eun here in MF, Miss Goh from What's happening to my family' as Kang Ju's mother and female Senior Manager Sun in Misaeng as Yi Kyung's crazed mother.

Ki-Joon finally manned up to Bulja - and I hope the best for Han Chul. Hyuk - he got his friend Min-ki back finally. Minki and Yoon Hee - we will have to wait for next week!

Am really going to miss this bunch of funny characters who provided many LOL moments these past 2 months!

Thanks LollyPip for taking up the recapping duties for this series! U did good!

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This episode had so many things going on, but it wasn´t overwhelming, I actually felt a liiiittle bored. Two of the major story lines (the Secret and the Buried Money) got their resolve in a very paced manner. One of the romances also got a nice bow to it, awful lot of tears, but I liked how Bul-ja dared Ki-joon to keep up with his dream. That´s something this show just won´t let go of. There´s no way you can ever give up on your dream, even if your dad gives you regular beatings or you end up eating allll the strawberries of your brother´s (?) greenhouse. Not to mention our boys, who are simply not allowed to give up, otherwise there´s no show. Though I really like this simple concept, I sometimes wish they´d stop and think instead of mindlessly fulfilling their dreams, perhaps they´ve changed over the years or during the time spent with villagers?

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agree! i kinda had that the last two episode will be a lil bit boring because there are lot of things unresolved and they need to answer it in the last two episode. now there's only one episode left.

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means that i need to wait for another week!!!!oh no!!!!!!

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when Minki and Hanchul mocking FT, i was rolf! and almost die!
if you follow Hongki on ig, you can see the spoiler for the final epi lol

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I liked that touch as well.

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I'm sorry but as cute as the Min-ki and Yoon-hee interactions were, I just can't get pass seeing them as moe siblings than lovers....

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Thanks Lollypip for the recap!

One thing I know about Hyuk is that he is a cool customer and pretty quick on the uptake. He's beat and he knows it so I don't think he'll get all angst on us. I am worried about the show only having 1 episode left to wrap everything up. We did get a lot of answers this episode but we still have so much stuff to cover like:

Sang Deuk and Mi Young ending
Sang Eun's dream of being an idol
In Ki and Man Goo's mom resolving their dating issues
Min Ki still owing money to the loan shark
Han Chul and Soo Yeon ending
Ki Joon and Bul Ja ending (I want to see him get her back, don't care if they do a time jump)
Hot actress cameo as a consolation prize for Hyuk. lol
Hyuk and Min Ki's family issues (that one's a stretch)
Min Ki, Yoon Hee and Hyuk ending
Will the ahjumma learn how to cook edible food? lol

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well and the truth that Hyuk's mom is Yoonhee's idol

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When you put it that way, it seems like we'll have to settle for a few unanswered problems @[email protected]

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Also, you know Show is going somewhere with the Modern Farmer music videos they keep filming. I feel like that last one they were filming is going to get a lot of hits!

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I also wanted Hong Gu and Sang Eun to get together. I just don't think there's time for it in the last episode.

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I wouldn't exactly mind if all the ties are not finished off. They've made the characters so well that I can imagine them continuing to live their life after the show is finished and they'll figure out it all on their own time.

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I didn't love this episode, to be honest, and I didn't quite get the whole thing with Yoo Na. I get the part with the "arrangement" with the sleazy CEO, and I get the part where Yoo Na was the one who instigated it. But I'm not sure I get the part where she blackmailed him. Is it that she told him that if he didn't help her make an album, she would go public with the story of him propositioning her, and use the incident with Hyuk to support her side of the story? Do I have that right?

I think I was confused by the subs saying something about Yoo Na blackmailing the CEO with the story about the guys in the band, because what she was holding over his head wasn't really about the ExSo boys at all, it was mainly about his "sponsorship" of her.

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Dear Ms. Because of Reasons, how are you?.

As far as I understand the issue: Yoo-Na was being sexually abused (?) by the CEO, because she offered herself to him in order to make her famous (so he had sexual benefits for making her famous). Hyuk discovered it, and since he didn't understand the part where she was the one who offered herself and since he only saw a woman (the woman of his friend!) being harassed, he did the only honorable thing to do: to punch the CEO for him to learn to respect a lady (and to protect his friend's girlfriend).

So the fall of this is that they lost their chance to become famous, since it was all public and the CEO couldn't save face if he didn't kick them (other three reasons: a. it is not healthy to have an enemy lurking near you, b. it sets a precedent that you can punch him again and still don't get punished, and c. if unpunished, people would ask if they weren't right to punch him in the first place). Since being sexually abused is a stigma to almost all females I have spoken to, it became a private matter between the CEO and Yoo-Na (the CEO was warned that by messing with Yoo-Na he will get some unpleasant consequences). Hyuk didn't have a choice but keep quiet about it all, since that was a request from Yoo-Na and therefore a private matter.

All of this is very sad, but the matter gets worse: since Hyuk was a witness, she could easily harm the CEO by exposing him, so she decided to force him to make her famous to keep her quiet. But Hyuk was punished by not getting a contract and the rest of the guys with him.

So for me Yoo-Na is a pitiful character, since she had to sell herself to become succesful. Not only that, she became an inverted image of wathever Min-Ki thought of her... but she was still interested in him, that still saw her as she would like to think of herself.

Dear Ms. LollyPip, since this is kind of a strong post, please feel free to delete it if you think necessary.

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I think you covered all bases, FGB4877. I'll just add a bit to your...

All of this is very sad, but the matter gets worse: since Hyuk was a witness, she could easily harm the CEO by exposing him, so she decided to force him to make her famous to keep her quiet. But Hyuk was punished by not getting a contract and the rest of the guys with him.

Just to emphasize: She could have easily harmed the CEO by going public saying that he "forced" her... the pretty, young, helpless girl. In order to keep her debut rolling along she told the CEO: A) I won't go public and destroy you, if you release my album; and B) I'll shut the guys up, you won't have to worry about any loose ends.

And just how did she shut the guys up? She:

1. Deceived Hyuk by letting him think what he just saw was the truth... her being pawed and used by the creepy CEO was all that there was to the situation. She lied by omission.

2. Told him that this is a private matter. Please, please, please... don't say anything. I don't want to lose my chance to release an album.

3. Manipulated Hyuk by using his friendship for Min-ki. She knew he wouldn't want to cause his friend pain.

4. Allowed the guys to think that they were the cause of their own failure, or more specifically Hyuk was the reason they had failed.

5. And lastly, allowed Hyuk to fall on the sword for everything. She manipulated his good nature and honor. She did not care in the least that he was blamed, and this ruined his friendship with Min-ki.

Hyuk's use of the word "greed" was dead-on-balls accurate.

I don't feel a lot of sympathy for her. Sure, we don't know her back story. But being scared? Doing despicable things just for success? Knowing right from wrong and acting accordingly should be a given, no matter what the reason. And now being jealous of Min-ki's friendship/ potential relationship with Yoon Hee, and that she wants to keep up this charade so she doesn't "lose" Min-ki (whom she's always kept at bay, worshiping her innocence)? That is just plain selfish. Certainly not thinking at all about Min-ki's feelings.

Yes, greed says it best. And her behavior was not some sort of transgression. She'd kept this up for years. A "fresh start" won't be enough to keep her from doing harm to others. She needs some serious therapy if she is going to tackle that narcissism.

I won't miss her. I'm glad ALL the boys get to move past that ugly chapter in their lives.

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Thanks for your comments above @revlow.

Now i understand Hyuk's disdain for Yoona whenever he sees Min-ki with her and now I get the goofy smile Hyuk had on his face when he saw Min-ki finding comfort on Yoon-hee's shoulder - like Hyuk was telling Min-ki silently "Now u got the right girl to be next to you."

I really hope like someone said above that the last episode will connect a GREAT girl for Hyuk!

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I don't think it was easy to grasp the tangled threads of what took place years ago at the agency, what really happened with Yoo-Na and Hyuk, and so forth. I had to watch it a few times, then spend time thinking it through. But once I did, it was clear.

Another thing about the fight scenes in the CEO's office: I think they did a great job of choreographing it. The punches looked real, which is often not the case.

I hope there's a girl for Hyuk, too! I have such a soft spot for him... I think he's been the quiet heart of this drama, and now we know the moral compass, as well. He's just a big sweetie. I wish we'd gotten more of his back story, but that's true of all of them. It's also one of the strengths of MF... we got to know the villagers' back stories, too. There was no stinginess by focusing only on the leads. The community itself was like another character.

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Dear revlow, thanks for expanding what I had written, you explained it much better than me.

One of the things that I loved about this show is the sense of depth... you feel that all and everyone of the characters have a past, a place they come from that makes them what they are, even treachgerous dysthimic Yoo-Na. Since they have that past they confront their present (sometimes suffers, as poor Sang-Deok and his social climber sweetheart, that had to have her fair share of dissapointments to understand that the drunken fram boy was constant and loyal).

Usually in dramas you get an OTP and everything revolves around them, and other characters doesn't grow, make decisions or have a life outside their relations with said OTP.

This drama, up to this point, has been a total pleasure... to carry on all those parallel storylines, the tight plotting where seeds planted 10 episodes back blossoms in full later (as the loan shark seeing Min-Ki's guitar in episode one and deciding to give him time). There is also a thing this show does exceptionally: it suggests. We kno that something happened between the CEO and Hyuk from episode 2 (?). When Min-Ki starts to talk about Yoo-Na and Hyuk smirks we know something happened... but our curiosity was only placated in this episode, and it was worst than I tought (Yoo-Na's situation).

It has been a pleasure. I hope that last episode keeps up with the rest of the series.

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@FGB4877

treachgerous dysthimic Yoo-Na. That's a great one!

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I had a chance to go to a movie screening followed by a party with the director and actors on Christmas Eve. The main role is played by the actor who plays Inki (the former guitar playing farmer). It's to be expected that some of his cast members would be there. Imagine: I had a chance to rub shoulders with THE villagers, at least some of them. But, I had made plans with friends before, and even though I'd been told I could bring them, my friends don't want to go because the movie is too violent and they don't want to watch it on Xmas eve. Well, a fair point, and friends are more important than the villagers, but still, what a pity.

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What are you talking about??

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"I have hope for the bromance at least, because it was never Hyuk who pushed Min-ki away over their failed music careers, and he was always willing to be friends again. I hope that doesn’t change just because of a woman."

That's what I'M sayin'! But it can't be too bad, with only one episode left . . . right?

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A lot can happen at the last minute... I hope not. Do you remember an old movie, Se7en? (an US movie about a serial killer using the seven capital sins as his inspiration with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman as the cops). Everything was great until THAT ending. I will not spoil it for you if you want to see that, but the ending is incongruent with the whole development.

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Way to go...To the rescue...Haraboji (Grandpa)

Modern Farmer = Laughter Therapy

☑ Full of heart
☑ Funny characters
☑ Hearty chuckles
☑ LOL moments

The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow. — Socrates

A sense of humor... is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life. ― Hugh Sidey

A good laugh recharges your battery. — Author Unknown

From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere. — Dr. Seuss

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane.” ― Robert Frost

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