Episode 2 – Marriage is Reality – February 10, 2017
Today’s episode starts with a storybook that tells the fairy tale version of our newlywed couple. It reads, “A long, long time ago, there was a prince and a princess. The prince rescued the sleeping princess who was trapped in a castle, and the two quickly fell in love.”
Then we go to interviews where Ahn Jae-hyun says they began talking about marriage just three months after they started dating. Ku Hye-sun was the one who brought it up first. Ahn Jae-hyun told her he wasn’t sure about it because he didn’t have any experience with marriages, but Ku Hye-sun was like, “Well me neither, duh!”
Then Ahn Jae-hyun thought about it some more and realized that he couldn’t live without her.
Back to the storybook that reads, “Thus, the prince and princess got married, and they lived happily ever after . . . Or did they?”
That’s followed by a preview of the couple fighting. Ku Hye-sun is asked if she thought the marriage was the worst? She says it was really difficult? Uh Oh.
We skip back in time to the couple happily playing badminton. It’s the same match that we saw them playing at the end of episode one. Ku Hye-sun wins, but Ahn Jae-hyun is feeling frustrated, so he begs for one more round. Ahn Jae-hyun wins this time. Ku Hye-sun then of course wants to play another round, just for fun. Ahn Jae-hyun says that they can’t play for fun. They have to put something on the line and decides to bet 50,000 won, doing the dishes twice, cleaning up kitty litter once, and cleaning up their room once. That’s a lot on the line. Ahn Jae-hyun wins!
Ku Hye-sun is suddenly in a bad mood. She says it’s because she won originally, but then Ahn Jae-hyun kept adding extra rounds. She pouts that she was going to help clean up anyways and didn’t need the money either. Ku Hye-sun cries a bit at his “dirty playing” and worries that her makeup is smudged. Ahn Jae-hyun says he hurt his hand playing badminton, but it doesn’t matter as long as his wife didn’t get hurt. Ku Hye-sun says, “Don’t give me that bs.” Ooh! I don’t understand how she can say such angry words with such a calm, pretty voice.
They go back indoors, and Ku Hye-sun “hurts” her hand while closing the door saying she can’t do the dishes now. Ahn Jae-hyun replies, “Stop acting.” Ku Hye-sun pouts some more until she finds a rejection ticket on the dining table, “I’m going to use my rejection coupon!” For Christmas last year, Ahn Jae-hyun gave her 6 rejection coupons and 2 housework coupons. It seems like she wasn’t too happy about them originally, but she sure is excited now. She cries out ecstatically that she doesn’t have to do the dishes.
Ahn Jae-hyun then starts making zucchini pancakes while Ku Hye-sun paints a wall. It looks yummy even without the eggs. Ku Hye-sun likes it, so Ahn Jae-hyun makes another one. For dinner, Ku Hye-sun wants to eat some bibimbap too. Ahn Jae-hyun is hesitant because she always just mixes whatever is leftover in the fridge, whereas he (and most everyone else) thinks about the actual combination of ingredients instead of adding a hodgepodge of random ingredients.
Ku Hye-sun adds a mish mash of stuff to her bibimbap including kimchi, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and seaweed. It’s not a bad combo, but no protein? I prefer my bibimbap with some beef or pork, or at the very least some eggs.
We then get another farting scene. Ku Hye-sun says it’s a big issue. Ku Hye-sun worries, “I can’t fart on air?” Ahn Jae-hyun replies, “You can.” Ku Hye-sun asks, “Can we pretend that it’s you who farted? Only you can hear my farts.”
It’s time to do the dishes again. Whose turn is it this time? Ku Hye-sun walks away from the kitchen saying she has to go fart. Ahn Jae-hyun tries to walk away too, but she starts chasing him around, so that when she farts, she can pretend that it was him. How cute.
Now, it’s time to clean the house. Ku Hye-sun gets busy with the lint roller. With all those pets, there must be a lot of fur everywhere. It’s a good thing she has one of those lint rollers with the long handle, because she’ll be using it a lot.
They then go to snuggle in their sleeping bags. No proper beds? Hm . . . now that I think of it, it would be awkward to have cameras pointed at the two in bed together, so it’s a pretty smart move by Na PD to put them in separate sleeping bags. It makes it look like an innocent childhood sleepover. Good night~
The next day, it’s a beautiful morning in the mountains. The scenery makes me want to go camping. The air in Seoul is so bad theses days that I’m really envious of their countryside house.
Ku Hye-sun wakes up first again. In her interview, she says the hot water only lasts about ten minutes at a time, so she gets up early so her husband can wash up with hot water later too. Ahn Jae-hyun says he’s really thankful for that. Ku Hye-sun turns on the heaters, takes the dogs out to pee, gets the firewood, and returns home to see the bedroom door open. Ahn Jae-hyun has gotten up, and is in the bathroom getting ready.
He’s actually pretty tired because he had gotten up at 3:30 AM to refill the fireplace with some more wood. He was worried that Ku Hye-sun would get too cold.
Ku Hye-sun makes some soup while Ahn Jae-hyun makes some other foods for breakfast. Today’s soups are radish soup and radish kimchi soybean paste stew??? It looks awful. Meanwhile, Ahn Jae-hyun boils some dried radish greens that Ku Hye-sun had blanched and dried during their fall preparations. He then stir fries the radish greens with some seasonings and mixes it with some rice. At least one of the two knows how to make normal food.
Both agree that the radish green rice is delicious.
Ahn Jae-hyun then tries the soup and says some things. It’s hard to tell exactly what he says because his voice is sped up like a chipmunk voice, with the editing only slowing down on the parts where he praises the soup. LOL.
Ku Hye-sun smears some food on her teeth to look silly. Ahn Jae-hyun is like, “Of course you’d do that.” He has some food stuck in his teeth too, but his is unintentional, so he tries to go to the bathroom to brush his teeth. Ku Hye-sun won’t let him go though and blocks his path. She doesn’t want to brush her teeth either. She’s like a little kid. Ahn Jae-hyun eventually convinces her to brush her teeth. Hooray for dental hygiene!
Afterwards, they consider going out, but Ku Hye-sun is tired, so they decide to just rest at home. They listen to some music on their phone. The first song is Kim Kook-hwan’s “Tatata.” The lyrics go, “I don’t even know myself, so how could I know you. I don’t know a thing. If I knew everything it would be boring.”
Ku Hye-sun says that’s exactly what she wanted to say. They laugh at how apt the song is to their lives.
Next, Ahn Jae-hyun wants to listen to Twice’s “TT,” but Ku Hye-sun makes fun of him for being a Twice fan.
Meanwhile, two of the cats, Mango and Ahnju, fight over territory, is this a sign of things to come?
At this point, we find out that Ku Hye-sun is tired and cranky since she had woken up at 4 AM. She got up and washed her hair because her husband complained of the smell. She then had to let the dogs out to pee.
In more individual interviews, a writer asks Ku Hye-sun what she does when she rests. Ku Hye-sun says that when she’s alone, she just does some things. She works on projects to mix work and play.
After listening to music on their phone, Ku Hye-sun plays the piano. Ahn Jae-hyun sits next to her. Ku Hye-sun seems to want to focus on the piano, but Ahn Jae-hyun keeps trying to talk to her. Ku Hye-sun asks, “Aren’t you appreciating the music?” Ahn Jae-hyun replies, “I am. I’m listening. Am I bothering you? You want to be alone? Are you mad that I woke you up?” He starts massaging her shoulders and neck which normally is sweet, but I would be pretty annoyed if someone did that while I was trying to play the piano.
Ahn Jae-hyun goes to the bathroom, and Ku Hye-sun finally gets to play the piano in peace, but then the dogs start barking.
Ahn Jae-hyun comes back, “Are you still tired?”
Ku Hye-sun replies, “I’m not tired.”
Ahn Jae-hyun asks, “What? Did I do something wrong?”
Ku Hye-sun says, “It’s okay. I’ll be fine.”
Ahn Jae-hyun asks, “What? Who are you mad at?”
Ku Hye-sun says, “It’s just me.”
Ahn Jae-hyun asks Gamja the dog, “What’s wrong with mom? Is mom in a bad mood?”
Ahn Jae-hyun keeps following Ku Hye-su around, but she keeps walking away and says they’ll talk about it later.
After trying being turned down multiple times, Ahn Jae-hyun starts to get angry too.
In another set of interviews, Ahn Jae-hyun says his wife’s anger goes away after sleeping it off, and she likes to have some time to herself. It’s a bit masculine of her. Meanwhile, he says the he prefers to resolve problems right away. When things get too serious, they take some time away from each other before talking it out.
Ku Hye-sun says she’s more rational and needs some time alone to clear her thoughts, but that ends up hurting her husband’s feelings.
The two then work on a second shopping list for the things they couldn’t buy the day before. Ahn Jae-hyun says he’ll be back before sundown. Ku Hye-sun says she’ll make some music while he’s away. She says she wants to play music, but the pets are barking too much. Ahn Jae-hyun notes, “Oh! So that’s why you were in a bad mood.” Ku Hye-sun replies, “No, I was mad at myself for being frustrated with them.” She adds, “You are a hindrance.”
Ahn Jae-hyun says, “Why are you so good at saying hurtful things?”
Ku Hye-sun retorts, “It’s not hurtful. I’m just honest.” 🙁
Ahn Jae-hyun replies, “You’re mean. I’ll be back.”
Ku Hye-sun says, “Let’s take some time away from each other, so that we’ll look forward to being back together.”
Ahn Jae-hyun goes to fill up some gas, and even gets some kerosene for their heaters. At the supermarket, he gets some rice cakes, beef, lettuce, potatoes, etc. Ahn Jae-hyun is a busy, busy bee. He must have brought more money this time, since he even has enough to get some hotteok.
Meanwhile, Ku Hye-sun plays the piano, singing, “I bragged, the days I bragged about, I hugged and was hugged, watching quietly, quietly sleeping, sleeping next to each other quietly, one day. Look at me before her, look at me, confess, I don’t want to be without you. I love you . . . A small wave.” 😯 Um . . . I can see why she hasn’t had a successful career as a lyricist.
Ahn Jae-hyun returns home and gives his wife the hotteok and an apple saying, “I’m sorry.” (Apple and sorry are homonyms in Korean.)
The truce doesn’t last long though. Ahn Jae-hyun then looks at the kitchen sink full of messy dishes and says in frustration, “You haven’t done anything.” Ku Hye-sun protests that she was really busy. She wrote a song and then says, “Lets talk.” Ahn Jae-hyun doesn’t want to talk. He instead goes to fill up the heater. He then wants to clean up the kitchen, but Ku Hye-sun brings him to the dining table to talk.
Ku Hye-sun says, “We have to talk. It’s important. We have to talk right now.”
Ku Hye-sun adds,” I think the stress you have now is from all the housework.”
Ahn Jae-hyun, “No, I’m not stressed, just shocked. I did all the dishes in November and December,”
Ahn Jae-hyun says that in the beginning of their marriage, she did the housework well, so he thought she was always like that.
Meanwhile, Ku Hye-sun complains that Ahn Jae-hyun didn’t do the housework in the beginning, so she had no choice but to pick up the slack. They even had an emergency meeting about the household chores, and she realized that the household chores were
- Organization → 100% Ku Hye-sun
- Cleaning → 100% Ku Hye-sun
- Organizing Blankets → 100% Ku Hye-sun
- Trash → 80% Ku Hye-sun while 20% Ahn Jae-hyun when Ku Hye-sun’s mad
Her conclusion after coming up with that list was was,”Why do I have to live with you?!?” She says Ahn Jae-hyun does help with the housework, but always complains after he does it.
They fight over who does the dishes more. Ku Hye-sun says when Na PD came to discuss the show, she did all the dishes for 6 water cups, 6 coffee cups, 6 bowls, and 6 plates.
Ahn Jae-hyun retorts, “Well, I’m talking about every day dishes. I do the dishes all the time.”
Ku Hye-sun says he uses new cups and multiple frying pans and measuring cups, and creates too many unnecessary dirty dishes.” Ahn Jae-hyun says, “We don’t live that hard, but you saying it’s hard is flustering.”
Ku Hye-sun yells, “It was hard!”
Ahn Jae-hyun asks, “Was it the worst?”
Ku Hye-sun says, “If you ask, was it the worst what am I supposed to say? . . . I can say it wasn’t the worst. Of course there were good moments. You are changing.”
Ahn Jae-hyun says it’s getting too cold and asks if he can go fill up the heater.
They then work together to fill up the heater with kerosene. That get’s the ball rolling on their truce.
Ku Hye-sun offers to do the dishes as an apology. Ahn Jae-hyun offers to play rocks-paper- scissors to decide. Ku Hye-sun loses anyways and does the dishes.
Ahn Jae-hyun gets the grill ready to cook some pork belly for dinner.
Ku Hye-sun adds to the reconciliation, “I was so sad earlier when you were gone.”
They makes some scallion salad and wash some lettuce. Ahn Jae-hyun grills the pork on the grill in front of them. Now this looks like a real meal. They also have some cassia bark liquor they made back in the fall.
While eating, Ku Hye-sun comments on their appearance. She says when they’re really alone at home, they don’t wash up for days and look like beggars, but they wash up a bit more often now that they’re on camera.
Ahn Jae-hyun, “But your no makeup face is prettier.”
Ku Hye-sun, “Really? It’s not prettier.”
Ahn Jae-hyun, “Yes, it’s the prettiest.”
Ku Hye-sun asks, “You were shocked when you first saw me without makeup. You thought I looked like a different woman and asked, “Did you get tired of me? Why did you show me your no makeup face so early?””
Ahn Jae-hyun, “I was just a little shocked.” Psh. You’re not supposed to say that. He quickly stuffs his mouth with some food to end the conversation before it starts to get even more dangerous.
After dinner, Ahn Jae-hyun plays with the dogs and plays the piano. The kitty dances along.
The couple then brushes their teeth together and goes to sleep. Just before bed, Ahn Jae-hyun says, “I love you honey.” Ku Hye-sun tells him to close his eyes and kisses him with her hand. She asks,”What did I use?” Ahn Jae-hyun guess, “Your feet.” Ku Hye-sun jokes, “How did you know?” It seems like they’re both in a good mood now.
In the darkness, everyone is sleeping, but suddenly the TV turns on. One of the cats turned on the TV, and is sneaking around the house trying to find an escape. Silly cat. Ku Hye-sun gets up at the sound and notices that it’s snowing outside. She calls out for her husband to look.
It snowed a lot last night, and now everything is covered in snow. All the pets stare out the window, wanting to go play in the snow. Ku Hye-sun finally lets them out.
The newlywed couple goes out for a walk in the winter wonderland. Ku Hye-sun makes a heart on their patio, and they take some selfies. They walk around some more, and Ku Hye-sun even picks at her husband’s nose. They continue walking and joke that they’re dressed like a Buddhist monk and the pigeon lady from <Home Alone.>
They then come across a river and try skipping rocks. Ku Hye-sun doesn’t know how to do it, but Ahn Jae-hyun isn’t that mush better either. He just gets two skips. Psh.
It’s another camera interview time.
Ahn Jae-hyun asks, “Don’t couples have to be the same?”
Ku Hye-sun says that when she told Ahn Jae-hyun her complaints about their marriage, he replied, “I’ll keep trying harder because I love you.”
They hold hands as they walk together in the snow and learn to adjust to each other’s steps.
I really like how authentic this show is. I used to watch a lot of American reality shows on Bravo, where the cast members create fake drama to make the show interesting. It’s obvious that it’s not the case with <Newlyweds Diary>. The things they fight about and the way they fight seems so relateable and realistic.
I’m glad that Na PD found this gem of a couple, and that they let us have a glimpse into their lives. Each episode makes me reflect on my own relationships and how precious time spent with loved ones is.
Next Week: Winter Sonata and video games