Sang Hyun and Maybee visits an Oriental Medicine Clinic for a health check. While Sang Hyun has an issue with a loss of leg strength, Maybee complains of chronic fatigue and pain from the tail bone.
The serious look on physician Kim’s face as she examines Maybee seems to indicate that something is amiss.
As this is their first thermal scan, physician Kim explains that the body’s heat distribution is represented by the different colours …. green for normal, red-pink shades indicates heat while those in blue indicates coldness.
Maybee’s thermal scan shows an extreme difference between her upper and lower body.
On the right is how the scan would look like if the body is normal.
Maybee’s whole upper body appears an unhealthy pink which is an alarming 8 levels above the norm.
Her upper body is highly stressed out and stiff, causing backaches. The extreme coldness of her lower body has an adverse effect on the uterus. If she over-exerts herself before fully recovering from childbirth, the build-up of toxins in the uterus causes fatigue and easy bruising.
Maybee is advised to drink warm water to protect the uterus but since she can only drink it cold, an alternative is a herbal brew made up of angelica root, cinnamon and worm wood which they can prepare at home.
Sang Hyun’s thermal scan shows a distinct cold spot in the abdominal area which physician Kim diagnosed as kidney Yang deficiency. This condition causes fatigue, frequent stomach upsets and even tinnitus. It would be beneficial for him to consume Lingzhi mushrooms.
Sang Hyun has a Yang constitution and the abundant energy in his body makes him prone to losing his temper easily. He is unlikely to be affected by stress build-up since those feelings are released. Not so for Maybee unfortunately since she tends to keep her feelings in. As her scan clearly shows, she has a lot of accumulated stress in her upper body.
The couple’s different disposition have led to frequent quarrels during the early days of their marriage.
Sang Hyun was often frustrated because Maybee would not tell him what she was feeling. Physician Kim gently advises her to be more open with him. Now that she is aware of the ill effects of such repressed emotion, hopefully she will do so.
As the couple has always focused on the children, it would be good to set aside a little time daily for each other. Even a simple massage on the partner’s ear lobes would be beneficial as it is relaxing and gives a sense of intimacy.
After the checkup, the couple drops by Gyeongdong market to get the recommended herbs.
Gyeongdong market located in Dongdaemun district is the country’s largest herbal medicine and ginseng market.
Angelica root, wormwood & cinnamon … to be boiled together for more than 30 mins
Ingredients for the black herbal tea recommended for restoring blood and energy.
Sang Hyun is curious about the Chinese Bushclover herb which is touted as a natural Viagra.
As he had always been curious about its efficacy, he decides to get some.
The shop keeper quips that if they consume a lot of it, they might have a fourth child …..
Their next stop is at a popular shop selling spicy chicken legs, a food recommended by physician Kim as good for the skin, joints and cartilage since it is rich in collagen. Also good for stamina, being rich in zinc as well.
While Maybee loves the spicy chicken legs and eats it with gusto, Sang Hyun finds it too spicy.
Fortunately the dish is available without the spicy seasoning.
Sang Hyun feels sorry that his temper had been a source of stress for Maybee. He tells her that he will try not to give her stress or say hurtful words in future.
But the next moment, they started arguing over something which happened 5 years ago when they had gone to Hawaii for their wedding photo shoot. Her snoring had kept him awake but she denied that she snores in her sleep. He had no idea that she took sleeping pills for insomnia. His recording of her snores had made her embarrassed and because he did not get enough sleep, they ended up being angry with each other for the duration of the trip.
It’s things like this that he finds frustrating, not knowing what is on her mind or what she is going through. He would have understood if she had let him know she needed to take sleeping pills for insomnia.
A still from their trip to Hawaii which shows Sang Hyun dozing off due to lack of sleep.
Expectations from the coming episode …. getting back some sweet couple time
Setting up a vegetable garden beside their house. Sang Hyun shows Maybee the proper way to loosen the earth. He had helped his parents on their farm while growing up in Paju so it’s familiar work to him.
Maybee’s close friend Jin Young drops in for a visit and joins them in the vegetable garden.
The ladies have known each other since the time Maybee was working as a DJ.
After the earth has been loosened and watered, the patch is covered up to keep it moist. The sheet is anchored at intervals with scoops of soil before the vegetables are planted through holes made in the sheet.
As the ladies reminisces about the past, Jin Young remarks on how much Maybee has changed. Maybee used to be a dainty eater who hardly eats anything except bagels and did not like being exposed to the sun. But here she is heartily enjoying a rice meal and working under the hot sun.
Sang Hyun seems a bit disconcerted by Jin Young’s remark that Maybee used to be quite popular with the males. But everything is alright again when she adds that Maybee had preferred to hang out with her instead of going on dates.
With the planting completed, Sang Hyun suggests that the ladies spend some time catching up with each other while he clears up the place.
Jin Young is surprised that Maybee now loves to eat tripe, something she would not have eaten in the past. Maybee too had not been very strong so Jin Young is amazed that she has been blessed with 3 kids.
Having heard that husbands tend to lose their appeal after 3 years of married life, Jin Young is curious if Maybee still finds Sang Hyun attractive. It seems Jin Young is deliberately being mischievous here but Sang Hyun is obviously interested to know how Maybee would respond.
Showing a picture she had taken of Sang Hyun, Maybee relates how there were times she had looked at him and thought him really good looking. The delight on Sang Hyun’s face on hearing that …. priceless.
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Finally after some more prodding, Maybee reveals some of his flaws …. thinking he’s right even when he has details of things mixed up and being gullible.
Another point is the clothes he had bought for her. As was shown in an earlier episode, the blue and yellow check dress had rather puffy sleeves. Though she had found it rather over the top, she did not have the heart to tell him that and had worn it because he is happy to see her in it.
Poor Sang Hyun …. it’s okay as the intention is good. This is something for you to discover.