More Lee Jin-wook oppa and his hijinks — he really adapted very well to island life with the guys. What’s more, he appears to be better at feeding himself — given that he’s a fish magnet.
1. Lunch, continued
Papa Yoo distracts Chajumma for an ice-cream break, leaving the 2 boys (who are quavering under Chajumma’s stern gaze) to finish lunch prep. The sunbaes make their way to Manjae-do’s one and only mini mart…to find the owner absent, again. Luckily, they managed to locate him at the fishery a few metres down the road.
And like all islanders/ villagers, the mini mart owner tells them to juz help themselves to the stuff and leave the requisite $$ on the kitchen counter. You will only find such trust in rural places. Shop owners are comfortable with letting their customers buy on (perpetually endless) credit (like what the cast had done on numerous occasions), allow for barter trades, and don’t mind letting you raid their stores, as they trust that you will pay.
Papa Yoo and Chajumma get their ice-creams from the store’s (or more like kitchen) freezer, left the money next to the sink and settle down in a shady spot to enjoy their ice-creams. A curly haired mutt decides to join them in the shade, but got pissed off with Papa Yoo’s teasing (of its
hair fur) and stalks off.
At home, the boys are hurrying through lunch prep. Jin-wook is busy peeling, chopping (and eating) radish. He claims to be a radish lover (BUNNY!) and true to his words, he uses his “bad slicing skills” as an excuse to chomp down on radish slices that are cut “improperly”. Meanwhile, Ho-joonie is sweating buckets over his mi-yeok guk (seaweed soup), fretting that it isn’t “tasty enough” since it’s meatless (traditionally, pork/beef is added to the pre-fried seaweed). He imagines Chef Baek’s smiling face and that probably increases his stress level. (aww)
Finally though, it’s time to prepare the braised fish. The guys slather the gochujang mixture all over the fish and bury them under a pile of radish. While Jin-wook patiently fans the fire, he insists on getting the crew to take videos — and sound recordings — of the crackling flames and the bubbling fish dish.
While Jin-wook watches over the fish, Ho-joonie busies himself with — cleaning up. Yep, smart boy. Cos Chajumma won’t be happy if he sees a messy (and yes, it’s VERY messy) kitchen, even if the food is good. And omg, San-je has juz decided to chew up Chajumma’s novel in the bedroom!!!
Chajumma and Papa Yoo appear juz as the braised fish is ready. And Chajumma is all praises when he sees the dish — and his spotless kitchen. (Ho-joonie has also spotted San-je’s crime and quickly hides the chewed through book in the shelf)
2. Lunch is served
Thankfully, the mi-yeok guk and the braised fish both turn out to be delicious. And the hoobaes received nothing but compliments from their sunbaes.
3. A tale of two fishermen
After lunch, Chajumma stays back to help in cleaning up the dishes, and Papa Yoo zooms off to…help out in the desalination plant’s repair. (i’m serious) In an interview, Papa Yoo says that although he isn’t Manjae-do’s true blue islander, after staying here for months (including Season 1), he has developed an affinity for the island, and cares as much for the island’s well-being. (so responsible! why isn’t he married?)
Jin-wook later joins Papa Yoo — not to help in the repair, but to fish. (he really has gotten addicted to fishing) The spot where Papa Yoo is labouring over happens to be teeming with fish — brought in by the high tides.
Within a few seconds of dipping his fish bait in the water, Jin-wook hauls up his first needle fish (?). Papa Yoo looks on in envy, and volunteers to help fill the catch bucket with seawater (so as to keep the fish fresh). He scrambles down the slippery rocks…and promptly loses the first fish into the sea. Na PD immediately accuses him (in the LOUDEST voice possible) that he did it on purpose. (poor papa yoo, he looked really embarrassed and sorry. i am sure he din mean to lose the fish on purpose!)
Luckily, Jin-wook being a fishing genius, laughs off the mishap, and proceeds to haul another 5 fish into the bucket. (easy peasy) Papa Yoo wants to try his luck too, and Ho-joonie is sent to deliver his fishing rod to him. But…after HOURS of standing at the SAME spot, all the stuff that Papa Yoo caught are small fish, which he had to throw back into the sea. (aww)
4. Sujebi and grilled fish
Jin-wook happily troops back with his catch, juz as Chajumma and Ho-joonie finish the prep for sujebi (dough flakes noodle soup). Chajumma is pleased with the addition of proteins for dinner, and even more pleased when Jin-wook scales and cleans up the fish without any help. (for the queasier viewers, the fish are scaled and gutted while still alive…so maybe you may want to ffwd that part)
Na PD curiously asks if Jin-wook has done fish cleaning before, and Jin-wook says no. He learnt last night while observing Chajumma. Ho-joonie adds that he has been watching Chajumma for AGES, but hasn’t learnt the art of scaling fish. (why dun we add jin-wook oppa to be a permanent member? he can definitely earn his keep)
Papa Yoo returns home, empty handed. But gets to eat a delicious sujebi dinner, and before that, an appetizer of grilled needle fish. Na PD, the resident hobo, gets to taste the grilled fish too and is all praises for its tender meat.
5. What goes on while you are asleep
We all know cats are nocturnal, and if you stay on a farmhouse (or in this case, a fishing hut), you will get uninvited visitors in the form of neighbourhood strays checking out your home. That’s what happen in the night. A pair of stray cats limber in and start frolicking in the yard.
After they leave, a tom cat appears…and I think he senses Bee in the room. Cos he slinks in through a crack in the door to investigate the corridors. Bee, being a tom cat himself, isn’t going to let his territory be invaded. So even though the door to the bedroom is shut, he puffs and arches himself up into Scary Kitty mode to hiss away the intruder.
6. Water is back!
Thanks to Papa Yoo’s help the day before, the desalination plant is working again. So next morning, the cast’s first job is to shower and shave. Jin-wook sheepishly admits he hasn’t showered in the 3 days he was there. (eee, no wonder he goes around with that cap) Finally he gets to shampoo his hair before his return to Seoul.
Cos of the renewed water supply, Chajumma’s breakfast of spicy gochujang broth and fried eggs are done without much hassle. (you dunno what you have, until you missed it) He even finds a pack of vermicelli to add into the spicy broth, much to the cast’s delight.
7. Sashimi on the way home
On the ferry ride back, the haenyeos present the cast and crew with a gift of fresh, wild abalone. The ferry captain digs out the abalone flesh from its shell, and everyone gets to take a bite of firm, abalone flesh, including Na PD. (well, Koreans do cook their shellfish, and fish still alive on fire and they eat them while the creatures are still struggling)
Next week, the cast turns mutinous. Instead of changing boats to Manjae-do, they drop off at its neighbouring (and bigger) island. Unlike their sparsely populated Manjae-do, this island has more to offer — a bigger supermart, proper stores, and an avenue lined with shop fronts. No wonder Ho-joonie is so delighted.