Episode 4 – How Is It Living in the Countryside? – February 24, 2017
It’s pets galore for today’s opening. Ku Hye-sun is behind the cameras and is filming her cats and dogs. Then, she turns the cameras to her husband who’s sleeping and says she’s going to use the footage as blackmail since Ahn Jae-hyun drools while he sleeps.
She also films him doing mundane stuff like rolling pet fur off his clothes and yawning while leaning up against a wall. The shaky footage reminds me of home videos from the 1990s.
Then a caption on the screen reads, “Q: How is it living in the countryside?”
Ahn Jae-hyun replies, “It takes a lot of effort, more than the city. It’s so cold and I never realized that firewood burns so quickly.”
Ku Hye-sun says she’s the type to set up eight alarms, but still has trouble waking up. It’s beautiful living there, but also a bit scary.
Ku Hye-sun tells her husband they have to go to Shinhan Bank. The newlyweds call 411 to find the closest location. This clip was also played in the beginning of episode one. There isn’t a Shinhan Bank in Inje Country, so they have to go all the way to Chuncheon.
It’s snowing again, and Ku Hye-sun wants to play in the snow, but Ahn Jae-hyun says they have to head to the bank right away since it’s 90 km away.
On the drive there, Ahn Jae-hyun asks about how to use the rear window wipers. He figures it out himself, and Ku Hye-sun calls him a genius because she’s never used them before.
Ku Hye-sun then falls asleep. At first, she tries to wake herself up because she feels bad making him drive by himself, but Ahn Jae-hyun says it’s okay.
They keep driving, until we can see lots of tall buildings and busy intersections. It’s definitely not in the countryside anymore.
Ku Hye-sun exclaims, “Wow it’s a city! Just like Seoul.”
The newlyweds arrive at the bank and take care of their business. Mission completed. They also stop by a convenience store and a pharmacy for some digestion medicine. Since it takes such a long time to drive out here, they stop to get everything they need.
They also decide to eat out and have some Korean BBQ for lunch. Ku Hye-sun of course mainly eats the vegetarian side dishes. She says that it’s more exciting eating out since they don’t get to do it as often while living in the countryside.
Ku Hye-sun notices a table of five older ahjummas with their ahjummas perms. She laments that she’ll have to do that one day. Ahn Jae-hyun tells her not to worry, “You’ll look good.”
They drive back and enjoy the scenery. Ku Hye-sun says, “Today is the most beautiful day in the past 10 years.” Driving through the mountains really is beautiful.
Ku Hye-sun says she wants to live in Gangwon Province which is a rural part of Korea known for it’s mountainsides. Ahn Jae-hyun replies, “Let’s just go there to visit.”
Cut to an interview in a cafe with Ahn Jae-hyun. He says the reason he wanted to do this show was he didn’t think they’d get another chance to work on TV together again. This would be their final memory of being on TV together, so he wanted Ku Hye-sun to be able to show herself as a warm person. Ahn Jae-hyun adds that even if he comes off bad on TV, he people to see how amazing Ku Hye-sun is.
Once they arrive back home, they’re greeted by their antsy dogs. They needed a bathroom break. Ku Hye-sun lets them outside. The two then notice that the house is a mess. Someone knocked a vase over. There’s a blanket in the doorway, and some plants have been knocked over too. Something’s strange. Just then, Ahn Jae-hyun sees Mango the cat knock over a cup. Ah! so he was the culprit.
It starts to get dark, and Ahn Jae-hyun notes that all they did was go to the bank, and the day is already over. Time sure goes by quickly.
Ku Hye-sun is sleepy and puts her down on her husbands lap. Meanwhile, Gunbam the dog and Mango the cat chase each other behind the two humans who are too busy looking at their cellphones to notice. Ahn Jae-hyun then notices the commotion and kicks Mango out of the kitchen. Poor Mango getting all the blame. In the living room, Mango plots his revenge on Gunbam.
Ku Hye-sun just wants to eat something simple for dinner. They decide to have some ramen with radish kimchi. Ahn Jae-hyun gets busy with the slicing. He adds some scallions too. The two note that the ramen tastes really good, especially because it’s so cold.
Ku Hye-sun chides her husband, “You’re dressed too lightly. I’m wearing a red cardigan, red turtleneck, another turtleneck, white long underwear, and two pairs of socks.” It must be super cold there. I’ll have to rethink what I said about wanting to live there. I hate being cold.
While Ku Hyu-sun cleans up, she breaks a coaster. Ahn Jae-hyun just compliments her though saying it looks better that way. Uh . . . no it doesn’t. It just looks broken, like a piece fell off. You silly newlyweds.
Ku Hye-sun says she caught a bug that was biting her foot. She’s holding it cupped inside her hands. Ahn Jae-hyun says she’s bluffing and can tell because her nostrils are flaring. Ku Hye-sun says she’s not and tells him to close his eyes and touch it. Ahn Jae-hyun says he’ll close his eyes and guess what it really is. He put his hands out, but the thing moves around, and he drops it in fright. It really was a bug. Ku Hye-sun picks it up again tells him to hold it again. He runs away.
It’s gotten humid, so they work on the fireplace. Ahn Jae-hyun figured out a way to light it more efficiently.
Ahn Jae-hyun comments that he has to go somewhere for a few days. Ku Hye-sun says she felt empty even when he was gone for two hours to buy groceries. It’s going to be much tougher being alone this time. She does have the camera crew there though, and her pets.
Ahn Jae-hyun goes back to heat up the kitchen and clean up.
Ku Hye-sun’s hungry again. She wants some red bean porridge as a late night snack. They had harvested red beans in the fall, and so Ahn Jae-hyun boils until they get soft. An hour passes, and they’re still hard. Ahn Jae-hyun says he’s “disappointed” at the porridge for being so difficult to make. Finally, it’s soft and he breaks up the beans with a ladle.
Ku Hye-sun says they should use some of the beans with some sugar along with some sandwich bread to make “red bean bread.” She takes a bite and calls it crazy good, claiming that it tastes like the real thing. That’s another win for the creative chef.
Meanwhile, Ahn Jae-hyun add rice cakes, grain syrup, and walnuts to his porridge. After two hours, the red bean porridge is finally done.
Ahn Jae-hyun narrates, “It’s slow and takes a long time to make, but it’s worth trying, just like countryside living.”
It’s morning again. Snow falls off the rooftop.
It’s time to buy some groceries because today’s the day the local market is open.
They’re excited to go out. Ku Hye-sun wants to wear a hat because she got a pimple on her forehead.
Ku Hye-sun says in a silly voice, “I’ll love you if you get me some blotting paper.” She then puts on some work gloves. Ahn Jae-hyun looks at her like, “Um. No.” Ku Hye-sun pouts, “Then buy me some real gloves.” Ahn Jae-hyun, “Okay.”
On the way out, they take out the trash and recycling. Ahn Jae-hyun gets his hands dirty, so he goes back inside to wash them.
Meanwhile, Ku Hye-sun climbs up the rock wall surrounding their house while some creepy music plays in the background. Ku Hye-sun says she saw a house up there yesterday, but there’s nothing there now. It’s just a grave site.
She insists she looked out the window and saw a house, thinking that must be where the camera crew was staying, but Ahn Jae-hyun notes that she wouldn’t have been able to see up that high from the window. She repeats herself, and he tells her to stop because she’s being scary. There’s a hilarious pan to Ahnju the white cat staring creepily into the camera.
Ku Hye-sun then says the same thing in an interview, “I saw a house and some stairs there.” A staff member replies that they’re the last house on the street. There wouldn’t be any other houses there. Hm . . .
The two then head out to the market by car . . . the mystery goes unsolved.
However, a few days later, a production crew member realizes that a camera with a rain cover on it looks like a house from a distance. Ah! So that must have been it.
We get a time lapse of the camera team setting up cameras outside the house.
Back to the drive to the market. Ku Hye-sun says they need to live somewhere with a few more people around, otherwise it’s too scary. However, if they want a good view they have to live somewhere isolated. Yeah, I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too.
They arrive at the market.
Ku Hye-sun wants to zip up her jacket, but needs help because she says she’s too fat?!? Puhahaha. You’re so funny Ku Hye-sun.
First, they buy some gloves. They’re just 3,000 won (~3 USD), so they buy one each. They get some fur shoes too. Ku Hye-sun had only bought one pair of shoes, so that’s definitely a good purchase. At the shoe stall, the vendor notes they must not be from around here. They look like babies.
Ahn Jae-hyun buys some anchovies for making broth. Ku Hye-sun says her husband always compares items and asks vendors lots of questions, so he gets good deals. They also buy some pants.
That’s it for the market trip. Ku Hye-sun says she had a lot of fun and the place was really big, but Ahn Jae-hyun says it was smaller than he expected. He was expecting to buy some noodles and rice cakes.
Ahn Jae-hyun narrates that they’re still taking time to adjust to each other, and still taking time to adjust to countryside living.
They return home, and it looks like most of the snow has melted now. Ku Hye-sun seems to really love her new gloves and shoes. Shes wearing them indoors.
Ahn Jae-hyun tries on his pants, but they’re too short. Ku Hye-sun says they look cute that way. He’ll just wear them with some long black socks.
For dinner, they decide to have some Shabu Shabu. Ahn Jae-hyun does the prep work, while Ku Hye-sun does some painting.
Ahn Jae-hyun had gone to a workshop and picked out a wooden board that Ku Hye-sun paints on. She draws themselves and adds some red yarn. She hangs it outside with their dried radish greens.
There’s a montage of all the handiwork Ku Hye-sun has done to decorate the house. She’s made some origami and even painted some rocks outside.
Meanwhile, Ahn Jae-hyun makes the broth and slices some vegetables. It looks delicious. Ku Hye-sun says it’s more delicious than the Shabu Shabu that they had at a restaurant.
Ku Hye-sun does the dishes that night. That’s a good way to keep the peace. I was always told that if one person makes dinner, then it’s someone else’s job to do the dishes.
Ku Hye-sun does the dishes really fast because she’s tired and wants to go to sleep.
The lights go out and the two tell each other “I love you” before they go to bed.
It’s morning time. It’s -11 degrees Celsius outside.
Ku Hye-sun gets busy making breakfast. She cooks some beef, eggs, canned tuna. Basically she just cooks a bunch of random ingredients again and adds rice.
Ku Hye-sun says she made a bit of everything. There’re influences from Korean food, Chinese food, and Western food.
Ahn Jae-hyun asks what this is. She says to just pick a sauce and mix it with the rice.
Even though it’s weird, Ahn Jae-hyun compliments her cooking again.
They wonder what time it is. The sun is up, so Ku Hye-sun guesses that it’s 10 AM. It’s actually 10:07 AM, so that’s a really good guess.
Ahn Jae-hyun says when they were in Seoul, they knew the time by what was on TV, but here, he tells time by looking at the sun. It’s a completely different way of living.
Ahnju stares out the window. It’s too cold to go outside though.
Ku Hye-sun decides to boil their silverware.
She also wants to move their piano to the kitchen, so she can look outside while she plays.
Suddenly, there are some crying sounds. It’s Ku Hye-sun who’s upset that she burnt their gloves when she put them on the burner to dry and forgot to take them off. She had really liked them. What a shame.
They then move the piano together, and since they’re there, they decide to play the duet the practiced together. It’s chopsticks. LOL.
The next task of the day is to give the pets a hair cut. They start with Gamja’s ears. What a calm dog. He just sits there. Ahn Jae-hyun says she’s like a teacher. In Korea, there are strict rules for hair length, so some mean teachers will take scissors and cut off their students’ hair if it isn’t up to standards.
The hair cut is all done, and Ahn Jae-hyun plays some fetch with Gamja.
Ku Hye-sun notes that the place is so pretty when the sun is up, but it’s scary when it’s dark.
Ahn Jae-hyun says living here worked out better than expected.
He narrates, “We decided we need to live here a bit longer to decide if we want to keep living here, because we just got married.”
They then take some furniture to some other house? Oh! It’s Ku Hye-sun’s parents’ house. Ku Hye-sun asks why they’re inside, and it looks like they’re a bit camera shy. Ahn Jae-hyun gives his father-in-law some whisky that was made by David Beckham. Apparently it’s a limited edition. They also gift the parents some gloves, pots, a mobile, and a hot pack.
Ahn Jae-hyun wants to go harvest some food. The two prance around while walking outside. So cute! But then the camera awkwardly pans out and we see that Ku Hye-sun’s dad is watching them from a distance.
I’m really looking forward to the next episode. It’ll be interesting to see how the seemingly perfect husband interacts with the in laws.
Next Week: Countryside living with the the in-laws and Ku Hye-sun is home alone.
*Note: There are just two more episodes left! Episode five will air on March 3rd, and that’s the final official episode of Newlyweds Diary. Then on March 10th, there will be a director’s cut special episode .