It appears that there really isn’t going to be any guests on this season’s of Three. Even Chajumma is complaining, since the amount of labour seems to have increased, and he whines that they need to invite a 12-member boy band at least. And he’s isn’t joking. Three (Gochang) puts the cast on to back breaking work, making Manjae-do look like a holiday retreat.

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Ep5 splits the cast into 2 teams — the indoors (kitchen) crew, and the outdoor (farming) crew. No prizes for guessing who are the team captains. Chajumma heads the kitchen crew, with Ho-joonie as his right hand man. And Papa Yoo leads the farming crew, with maknae Joo-hyuk as his team mate.

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At the onset, it is apparent which team has it easier, since the farming crew’s duty of the day is harvesting watermelons. To give you an idea on how difficult and menial the task is: each watermelon weighs about 10kg (btw, Na PD kindly helps out and also informs cast and us that watermelons are Gochang’s specialty), the fruit has to be cut individually from its parent plant (which is a entangled bunch of leaves and vines waiting to trip you up), and then carried to a rickety wheelbarrow which gets stuck every 5 mins in the muddy fields, then transferred again to a lorry (and you have to carry them up one-by-one, in case the melons crush each other). Plus, the weather condition is a sweltering 33 deg C. (phew)

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No wonder Papa Yoo and Joo-hyuk are sweating buckets after half an hour. I really pity them, they are artistes, not farmers. In contrast, Chajumma and Ho-joonie have it real easy. Their task is to prepare the kimchi so that it can mellow for a month after this ep’s shoot. The entire process also takes about half an hour — under shade, and with nice frequent breaks where Chajumma and Ho-joonie drink a glass of chilled makgeolli each. Finishing the kimchi, they decide to prep the cockles harvested by Chajumma previously. Half of them go into the soup for lunch, and the other half are seasoned with gochujang. And… that’s it.

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Needless to say, the farming crew are treated to a scrumptious meal (it’d better be) after their hard work.

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A few weeks later, the cast returns to the farm, to find their ducklings have overgrown. Well, they are still cute. But no longer the puffy yellow ball of chirpy things we recognize. They have also decided to upsize their attitude. Now it is hardly an easy task to gather the ducklings ducks in a flock and pack them on their makeshift home to work the rice fields. Joo-hyuk and Ho-joonie spent hours trying to herd them to their rice paddy, only to have the ducks balk at waddling under the heat. All of them dash into the tall grass patch of their neighbouring rice paddy, and refuse to budge. When the humans finally gathered them into the correct rice paddy, the ducks decide not to return.

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And so Ho-joonie and Joo-hyuk decide to get their own lunch and leave the ducks to their happy splish-splashing around the rice field.

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