Once Upon a Small Town: Episodes 4-6

While our peach farmer from the local area can stand his ground while our vet from out of town is suffering a lot — and our friendly police officer is stuck on the side of the battle. But, when emotions are raging, and the situation worsens, everyone learns what scrapes are best treated and when it’s time to let them go. Plus, puppies! Enjoy this drama on doramasflix in Spanish subtitles. I am browsing it daily and enjoying free Korean and Asian dramas.


It’s been a short season, and Huidong and Ja-young have managed to control this wild canine (all wholly healed) and would like to take him in as a pet. Ji-tool can see how she treats the dog and cannot resist accepting the offer, and we can see his heart warm towards her just a little. Ja-young is her new pet’s name. Guruji (the term for rice that gets brown and becomes hard in the bottom of a cooker) is a lovely title for the dog whose heart is beaten to death.

If you thought we lacked animal metaphors, a Peach farmer from our farm is here to provide them. After last week’s battle with the truck, Sang-Hyun’s still in the mix for a scuffle between juveniles and jealousies. If he encounters Ji-yool and J-young together, he informs Ji-yool (all out in front of him) that it’s the time of year for peach moths which is the time of year when it is his custom to disrupt moths’ mating rituals, so they don’t ruin the crop. In this instance, it’s hard not to sympathise with how it feels to see someone else hinder their love affair. LOL. Are you having fun and clapping each time they’re on screen together?

To give us further sequences of Ja-young’s and Ji-yool’s development of feelings. Nurungji disappears. Our guides hunt to locate Nurungji and find Nurungji in the woods, taking care of his puppies. The mother dog is more adventurous than he is and jumps on Ji-yool whenever she is near her pups. Ji-yool is thrown off and loses contact lenses, and Ja-young has all sorts of excuses for touching him (just washing dirt off? I’m sure you’re playing Ja-young). This also gives us a reason to look at Ji-Yool wearing glasses, and I’m not complaining!

Their next adventure will involve helping a newborn cow enter the world. 

Then, Ja-young will be an endless source of praise, and I could feel Ji-yool’s self-esteem rise, and he raises his feet from the floor. The two are on their farm to eat dinner to thank them for bringing the baby calf to life, and Ji-yool, and Sang-Hyun, are back at it. Ji-tool isn’t a meat eater, so Sang-Hyun consumes more to demonstrate his masculinity. Both drink; however, they prefer to drink glass-for-glass with some of their home-brewed high-proof brews. The alcohol creeps through as Ja-young entertains the diners, and suddenly, our dog is in awe. To be clear, the vet tries to stay clear of her.

Ja-young has a hard time avoiding and follows Ji-yool around when he goes out to leave the celebration. Sang-Hyun can catch them, telling them he’s concerned about Ja-young’s decision to leave with a suspect. Ji-yool is determined to leave on her own and utters an insufferable reply to Sang-Hyun (“If there’s no evidence that you’re different from other bad guys, I’ll see this as him leaving an ex-girlfriend”). The incident causes Sang-Hyun to tell Ja-young that she likes Ja-young (in the presence of Ji-yool) and causes an uncontrollable squeeing from my side.

Although Ja-young can’t give him a straight answer, She’s not able to like Sang-Hyun’s way of thinking. Sang-Hyun is aware. The following day, he reminds her that regardless of what, they’re close friends and that the awkward moment between them will quickly pass.

Since discovering the pups in the woods, Ja-young has been begging to bring them to the town. She’s alone in the afternoon, but Ji-yool comes to her to make sure she’s not on her own. He arrives but is unfriendly towards her and contemplates the confession of Sang-Hyun. Ji-yool explains that he’ll be returning to Seoul shortly and, in addition, Ja-young’s friendly to everyone in the town, so he might not have understood her signals when she appeared so fascinated by him. In this way, she wraps her injured hand and takes her off to go.

Then, Ja-young injures her leg in a bicycle accident. Ji-yool finds out that Ja-young repaired his bike using a component of her own, which put her bike in danger of being ridden. Sang-Hyun is furious at Ji-yool and tells her that Ja-young’s personality is similar to hers. She is a lover of everything in their village, just like she is in love with herself. He says he doesn’t like Ji-yool for being present in the village and making her care about her. Even worse, Ji-yool’s departure is shortly, and Sang-Hyun does not want to see Ja-young secluded again. He warns Ji-yool not to let her get the wrong impression.

Ji-yool walks off to meet Ja-young waiting for her appointment with an acupuncturist in which she’s having her leg treated and helping the acupuncturist in her work. Then, Ji-yool becomes angry, transferring all the information he took from Sang-Hyun to her. He asks her why she’s constantly looking to prove her worth by helping others: “Do you need people to thank you for that badly?” (Youch. It hurts.) He claims he’s angry because she repaired his bike but was injured. He didn’t ask for help to fix it, and now he’s in debt.

Then, Ji-Yool is upset and feels he should’ve been grateful instead of getting angry. He makes a phone call to apologise and sees Ja-young and her colleague in a collision. Ji-yool arrives at the scene and smashes the car window to get Ja-young free. It isn’t a good plan to me, given that there’s not much damage to the vehicle, and the blood isn’t dripping — the last thing anyone needs to worry about is broken glass scattered all over. However, we quickly realise why Ji-yool’s anxiety. He lost his parents during a car crash and was in the vehicle but did not die. (Hello, Memory loss. It’s nice to be here.)

The most exciting thing about the flashback of surviving the car crash and then experiencing the shock state is that it was because Ja-young was on the scene. She’s with the guy who finds Ji-Yool and takes him from the car. Also, she is aware of his parents ‘ death. So why wouldn’t she be aware of his shock as well? In any event, breaking the car’s windows is an excellent way to reveal Ji-Yool’s memories.

After Ja-young has been safe and is leaving the hospital, Ji-yool thinks about his parents and sends flowers to their graves. The show then has a beautiful meditation on death through the following blending sequence. A retired farmer calls Ji-yool to put his bull to rest. The animal has been with him for 30 years, but it has been refusing to consume food over the last month. He doesn’t want his bull to suffer more and seeks Ji-Yool’s assistance. Ji-yool is conflicted but continues with the process.

In a moving sequence, the farmer stands right next to the animal when it dies and asks the animal to see him next. He also recalls Ji-yool’s parents’ deaths and is astonished at Ji-yool, who attempts to be friendly but claims that he can’t remember who the man was. 

The man responds that Ji-tool isn’t surprised that he has forgotten. He’d love to forget the day that his beloved bull also died. Connecting the deaths in this manner visually with Ji-yool in his attire while taking down the bull makes them appear more weighty since it’s about the pain of those who carry in the present. As Ji-yool departs the scene, an old gentleman reminds him that he and Ja-young were good friends when they were children, which surprises Ji-Yool.

Ji-tool can locate Ja-young, sitting there thinking about her time with Ji-yool as children. She’s had a terrible afternoon of fighting between the women’s groups of the two adjacent towns (a part that’s getting old). One woman kept talking about the fact that Jayoung’s mother had left her, and I couldn’t imagine that a significant reason why Ji-yool is so enthralled with her is that he, too, left her (like her mother did), but now he’s returned. Finally, the week is over when Ji-yool and Ja-young look at each other, and Ji-yool’s past seems to come back.

We’re halfway to the end of our story; therefore, it’s understandable that we’ve gone from being cute and cuddly to sad and slow in such a short time. However, I would like the show to do the things it excels at and let us relax in those high-squeeze moments for a bit longer. A forgotten connection to childhood is dragging down the plot, as is the screaming of aunties, and I’d love to revisit the small-scale disagreements among our farmer’s peach and vet. However, with a show packed with baby faces from the infant animals to the new cast, I’m not going to go too much before the next week’s date.