Drama Recaps
Sungkyunkwan Scandal: Episode 7
by | September 27, 2010 | 200 Comments

Excuse me, I’ve got a serious problem. Very serious indeed. I have a severe case of dry mouth. Do you know why, dear reader? Oh I think you know…I’m sure you have it too. It’s because I can’t seem to close my mouth during the whole hour this godforsaken drama enraptures me!!! I’m too busy squealing, smiling, drooling, gaping at the awesomeness that is Sungkyunkwan Scandal (and the beauty of the Joseon F-4. Yeah, that includes Yoon-hee. Love her!) Sorry I don’t mean to be unprofessional, but I’m worried for my health—I’ve probably swallowed a million fruit flies without even knowing it in these past several weeks. Plus my hands are raw from clapping like a fat kid saw cake! I swear this drama is a health hazard…Sigh…

Interesting tidbit: Did you know Song Joong-ki actually attended Sungkyunkwan University? He was the school promotional model for 3 years! Cool beans!

Alright, enough of my psychobabble and onto the recap!!!

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Professor Jung announces Yoon-hee and Sun-joon’s disqualification just as Guh-ro is being man-handled by Minister Ha’s subordinates. With a knife to the neck, things are looking bleak for him when Yong-ha comes to the rescue, in his know-it-all way of course. (Did anyone else squeal when he went from smiley to threatening? Argh!)

He reminds them that palace guards aren’t allowed behind Sungkyunkwan borders—and he’s not the only who’s seen them. At that precise moment, Headmaster Choi comes running with his minions in search of Guh-ro and left with no choice, the guards let him go.

In-soo is busy flaunting to Sun-joon and Yoon-hee that he was right about the harmony of the factions being impossible—but Guh-ro approaches saying, “Who said it’s impossible? Hey Daemul, I’m here to fill my spot.” All three share smiles, and I die. Poor Yong-ha is left not smiling because Headmaster Choi is busy bombarding his bum with uncomfortable patting as a sign of his appreciation.

In-soo goes on to express his surprise at Guh-ro sharing Sun-joon’s sentiments, but Guh-ro replies, “I don’t agree with him. In fact, I agree with you—because I don’t believe in the King’s plans for harmony either. If I were him, I wouldn’t join hands with the Noron who killed my bloodline.” (Referring back to the Sado incident).

Just as Byung-choon begins to protest, Guh-ro continues, “Dae-mul! Are you ready?” She nods adorably. “Hey Noron. I’m only doing it today… harmony or whatever.” Sun-joon smiles and announces that they’re ready. They smile again, this time including Yong-ha, and I die a second death.

The competition finally begins with King Jeong-jo’s first arrow and as the three roommates walk to the grounds, they’re joined by Yong-ha—and the Jal-geum Quartet are born. Jal-geum, meaning trickling, is the tag that the admiring gisaengs give them to describe the pee-in-your-pants reaction to their combined beauty. Gross, but completely relatable.

As the Jal-geum Quartet pick their bows, Yoon-hee comments on Yong-ha’s fancy bow but when Sun-joon notices that he has no matching arrows, Yong-ha sheepishly replies that the foolish trader gambled it away. Guh-ro tells him that he should get a new bow then but Yong-ha is all about appearances and replies, “Color-matching…don’t you know?” with a smack at Guh-ro’s injured side. Guh-ro flinches at the pain which Yong-ha notices, slightly concerned.

He’s right to be concerned because Minister Ha is on the Red Messenger’s tail. He instructs his subordinates that the Red Messenger is injured so it should be obvious when he shoots multiple arrows throughout the competition. Plus, he has a very distinctive method of archery which will be hard to miss. The Red Messenger is to be found without error and most importantly, in secret. He cannot be taken in by the King’s forces.

Minister Ha later assures Minister Lee that things are going according to plan. King Jeong-jo suddenly inquires about both minister’s sons and muses, “Then who shall I cheer for?”

Professor Jung begins giving instructions to the participants, “Every competitor gets three arrows. The bulls-eye counts as 10 points and the scores get lower as you go farther out. The competition will progress from quarterfinals, semifinals, then to the finals where the winner—the jang-won, will be decided. The jang-won team will receive a cup of wine from his Highness himself and extra credit.”

With the ringing of the bell (and broadcast preparations complete), the competition begins. For every competition there is a betting pool and bookseller Hwang is ready to take them. Hyo-eun walks in confidently declaring her bets on Sun-joon’s room and the competitor introductions begin. This leaves most of the betting party doubtful about their team, but Hyo-eun sticks to her bets on Sun-joon.

Yoon-hee is up first and all eyes are on her. She shoots her first arrow and to the delight of her teammates (and Cho-sun), she manages to get a 9. She gets an 8 for her second shot which is more than a decent score compared to the rest of the round’s competitors and manages to win the whole round with a score of 26 (to Go-bong’s horror. Literally laughed out loud!).

Yoon-hee’s delighted, and so is Cho-sun, but Sun-joon’s approval is what Yoon-hee wants most. Sun-joon, however, throws her off her glory horse and tells her, “Wake up. You’ve only shot one round of arrows out of the 12 you’ll have to shoot the whole competition. Do you think we’ve already won?”

She apologizes and seeing her dejected face, Sun-joon asks, “Are you sick somewhere? You’re suddenly so obedient. Look—your face is flushed,” as he reaches out to touch her face. Yoon-hee quickly pushes it away and tells him not to worry… she’ll focus and do her best. Sun-joon looks at his rejected hand as she walks off. Oh brother, a big fat DUH~ to the both of you.

Sun-joon’s up and performs perfectly with 10’s on all three tries, as does Guh-ro, who’s being closely watched by Minister Ha’s subordinate. Cho-sun is closely watching Yoon-hee while In-soo is staring daggers into her smiling face. Yong-ha watches In-soo watch Cho-sun, slightly worried for Yoon-hee. A staring contest within an archery contest, hm?

To no one’s surprise, In-soo and Kang-moo also get perfect scores as the news of both In-soo’s and Sun-joon’s team spread through the city like wildfire. Both teams make it to the finals, as Yoon-hee’s mother watches the scores nervously from Hwang’s shop.

The two teams, and everyone around, take a short break before moving onto the final round. Yong-ha visits the gisaeng’s tent almost immediately, not to simply loiter, which he still does, but to give Cho-sun warning. “Just for today, maybe you should try hiding your emotions?” Cho-sun fails to understand so Yong-ha explains, “He got the nickname Daemul because of you…and he even almost died because of you…the only scholar that comes into your field of vision, Kim Yoon-shik. I’m saying this for his sake so it’d be good if you took this warning to heart.”

Why is he so worried? Because knowing In-soo, he’ll do anything to beat the brat that stole Cho-sun’s heart away—which is exactly what he does. In-soo puts his “trust” in Byung-choon to bring him victory…no matter the method.

Yoon-hee hands Guh-ro a water canteen as he rests and he compliments her that she’s done better than he expected. Yoon-hee replies, “It’s because you had me worried all night. I’m competing with fire in my veins.” Laughing, Guh-ro begins playfully harassing her, only to have Sun-joon find them. He thinks back to how she quickly pushed his hand away and smiles bitterly, “That’s no good… How can a scholar who is so inconsistent strive to do great works?” Sun-joon looks down at the two water canteen in his hands and walks off.

During their adorable bout, Yoon-hee unknowingly drops her bow and runs off with Guh-ro chasing after—leaving Byung-choon to pick it up. Uh-oh.

Yoon-hee runs into In-soo but even before he can really say anything of substance, Cho-sun approaches with a crowd of admiring scholars. She apologizes for her rudeness the last time In-soo was at Moran-gak. He forgives her and Cho-sun says, “You told me to wait and see whose power was greater, mine or yours. I’ve come to give you my answer.”

She walks over to Yoon-hee amidst the scholars’ cheers, Guh-ro and Sun-joon looking on. Yoon-hee greets her and Cho-sun tells her, “I’ve come to return what you left with me,” wrapping Yoon-hee’s ripped up hand with a scarf, “I give the affection you left with me that night back to you. I hear that you have suffered greatly because of me. I don’t wish my affections to be a burden to you…so I return it back to you. Like this scarf, my heart will always be tied to you. You are the man that I, Cho-sun, chose. So, can I trust that you won’t kneel to anyone, for anything?” She kneels at Yoon-hee’s feet to the cheers of the scholars—and to In-soo’s rage.

The finals begin with the king wishing all 6 men good luck—he’ll be cheering for the winning team.

Professor Jung instructs them that the finals will be a 1:1 competition, each picking their opponent from color-coded sticks in a cup. Sun-joon is matched with Byung-choon, Jae-shin(Guh-ro) is matched with Kang-moo, and what do you know—Yoon-hee is matched with In-soo.

Sun-joon wins his round by a margin of 2 points, but Guh-ro struggles and—despite his Yoon-hee and Sun-joon flashbacks, and hiccup inducing cheer from Yoon-hee—the pain of his injuries get the best of him. Lucky for Guh-ro, his poor performance leads Minister Ha and his subordinates off his trail—surely the Red Messenger can’t suck so badly at archery.

It’s finally Yoon-hee’s turn as Guh-ro walks down in shame. He begins walking past her when Yoon-hee says, “ You’ve messed up all my plans. My skills are top secret but thanks to you I’m about to unveil it in front of all these people.” Guh-ro turns to look at her and she continues, “I guess it can’t be helped…” she flashes a smile, “I’ll just have to use my secret weapon.” Displaying her skills with an adorable wink, she finishes, “The thrill of anticipation.”

Guh-ro walks away, not knowing how to feel, “It’s a talent… driving people nuts.”

The air is so tense that you could probably cut it with a knife as everyone awaits the final round to begin. Even the king is almost sure that the outcome is as good as decided but Headmaster Choi points out that Yoon-hee couldn’t even hold a bow straight only days before. “Perhaps he at least has his father’s fighting spirit,” the king ponders, his subjects around him puzzled at the reference.

All eyes are on Yoon-hee and In-soo—even Minister Ha, who seems to begin recognizing her face…or, not. He supposes that Yoon-hee might be the Red Messenger. The final round begins and Yoon-hee shoots an 8 while In-soo shoots the bulls-eye. Her second arrow also hits the 8 point ring and In-soo shoots another 10, assuring his followers that they’ve won.

It’s the final arrow and In-soo looses focus as he looks around him, especially at Cho-sun. He shocks everyone, including himself, by shooting a 5—a single angry tear escapes. This puts Yoon-hee in a better position—if she can just hit the bulls-eye, her team wins.

Yoon-hee nervously begins her shot when the bow string snaps. She hurriedly runs down to grab another and fortunately for Byung-choon, she grabs the bow he planted. Yoon-hee pauses to gain reassurance from Sun-joon, “Honestly, do you think I can get jang-won? Since you can’t speak empty words.”

Sure enough, he speaks frankly, “No. Your shoulder holding out the bow is still weak, your arm pulling the string has no strength, and your breathing is uneven. So, you don’t have to use all your strength to become jang-won.” Yoon-hee looks down, discouraged, but he takes her hand and continues, “However… I at least admire these hands. You lived as a jang-won while you practiced…so even if you don’t pass, even if you lose…to me, Kim Yoon-shik, you’re already the jang-won.” He pats her shoulder with a smile, “Daemul, go show them the skills of a jang-won.” Yoon-hee’s heart soars.

Remembering all her practice, Yoon-hee stands firm and pulls back the bowstring—but she realizes something’s wrong as the string cuts deep into her hands. Professor Jung comes to see what’s wrong but even with her bloody hands Yoon-hee assures him she can do it. Yoon-hee pulls back again, ignoring the pain in her right hand, and releases. 10 points! They’ve won and everyone’s celebrating (minus In-soo’s crowd).

Yoon-hee immediately looks for Sun-joon and is relieved when she spots his smiling face. “Jang-won!! We’re the jang-won!” He notices her bloody hands and, proud that she persevered, gives her a pat.

Guh-ro also noticed her bloody hand and he’s about to bust someone’s nuts after he inspects her bow, but thankfully Yong-ha stops him. “Even if you don’t get involved, they’ll get their share of scolding.”

Both of them look towards a furious In-soo—his stooges tremble in fear as they run away. Byung-choon is in disbelief that Yoon-hee won with her hands cut up.

As promised, the king pours the winning trio a bowl of wine as he tells them that their “harmony” makes them better accomplished than he. “Lee Sun-joon, Moon Jae-shin, Kim Yoon-shik… I shall put my hope in you. It’d even be better if you could share the secrets on how to achieve harmony from political divide. Don’t you agree, Left State Minister?”

Minister Lee replies, “How can one call himself a grown man without the idealistic hope he dreams in his youth?”

“In youth?” Jeong-jo muses. “It is said that the state and the father are one…so it seems that you, Minister Moon, and Left Minister Lee, share your sons with me. Aren’t you curious which father these sons will grow to resemble?”

Minister Ha and his subordinates still haven’t been able to pinpoint the Red Messenger’s identity on any particular scholar, but our hero Guh-ro sits in his room with his injury, chuckling quietly at the day’s incredible events.

Professor Jung treats Yoon-hee’s shredded hand, discouraging her further that, “You may be able to stay at Sungkyunkwan, but you’ll never be able to become a Sungkyunkwan scholar as a girl. That’s just how scary the world’s principles are. No matter how much you try, it’s impossible for you. So…”

Yoon-hee cuts him off and tells him, “You won’t convince me just by telling me it’s impossible. From the moment I decided to learn despite my being a girl, I have never heard the world ‘possible.’”

The scholars are out celebrating and everyone’s pouring Sun-joon celebratory drinks—but he learned his lesson the last time. He cleverly acts like he’s drinking and when no one’s looking, he pours the alcohol in the jar he brought along. This works out just swell for him—until Yong-ha finds the jar and demands he drink it all.

At that moment, Hyo-eun walks into the room and claims that he’s kept his promise—since he’s in a place where she could be with him, he’s actually the one who came to her. Still stuck in her delusions, this one.

She offers him a gift, telling him she embroidered it thinking of him. Her petty lies are soon exposed when Yong-ha recognizes the waist-band to look just like the rare work of a famous designer, but of course she insists that she worked hard on it to make it look so. Yong-ha changes the subject as he wonders where Dae-mul could be.

Daemul…er, I mean… Yoon-hee is outside the tavern, practicing words of thanks to say to Sun-joon. Taking a deep breath, she enters the room which is filled with the chanting of her peers, “Garang! Garang! Garang!” Do-hyun pulls Yoon-hee to her seat, but all she can is the image of Hyo-eun with her arms around Sun-joon.
When Sun-joon and Yoon-hee finally make eye contact, she looks away, downs her drinks, and leaves.

Of course, Yoon-hee’s got the wrong idea—Hyo-eun was just tying the waist-band she made around Sun-joon—but the damage is done as she looks at her reflection and realizes how foolish she was being. After all, she is a ‘he’ to Sun-joon. When she sees Sun-joon’s reflection in another mirror, she turns to leave but stops when he asks her why she’s out her.

“Is your hand okay?” he asks, grabbing her hand.

She replies coldly, “What is it to you?” and walks away.

The rain begins to pour, both literally and figuratively, but when Yoon-hee arrives back near school an inebriated Byung-choon picks a fight.

Byung-choon: “Spiteful punk. I should have known that poor people like you are unflinching compared to people like us. How could you endure that pain? Even when that glass powder is ripping through your skin? Do you wanna succeed that badly?”

Yoon-hee: “Was that your doing?”

Byung-choon: “Yeah! I did it! What are you going to do about it?”

He pushes her to the ground but Yoon-hee gets right back up and punches him, “Cheap bastard.” Byung-choon freaks out at his bloody nose but Yoon-hee continues, “You didn’t lose to me. You lost to your cheap self!”

Byung-choon punches her back and the two engage in a muddy fist fight. (Wow, can I just say, Yoon-hee is one bad ass girl!)

Later, Yoon-hee attempts to clean herself off at the well where Yong-ha volunteers his help—we all know he just wants to strip her though. She quickly refuses.

“What’s the big deal? We’re both men. I’ll throw you a nice bucket full of water,” Yong-ha offers.

When she refuses again, Yong-ha asks her why, to which Yoon-hee has no answer.

“Tell me…with no hesitation.”

Yoon-hee hurriedly makes an excuse that she has a huge scar that she doesn’t like to show anyone. Yong-ha finally gives in, telling her that there’s a place where she can bathe in private—no one will go near the place because it’s supposedly haunted by the ghost of a woman who loved a Sungkyunkwan scholar.

Taking the suggestion, she readies a tub of hot water after carefully observing that she’s alone, and finally bathes. Meanwhile, Sun-joon is on the search for her and Yong-ha is convincing himself that what he wants to see is not a maiden’s body—he’s merely a scholar seeking truth. Okay~ Yong-ha. Whatever makes you sleep at night.

Yoon-hee is enjoying her bath in the privacy of the haunted building when Guh-ro peeks in to see why the lights are on in his secret hideout.

And to his shock, he sees Yoon-hee’s fair maiden body bathing by candlelight. Hiccup!


(How cool are these animations?)

First, I’d like to apologize for all my fangirl moments throughout the recap—but I’m sure all of you will agree when I say that this drama puts you in a state of mind where you’re not quite yourself.

Dun, dun, dun. Guh-ro’s the first to find out Yoon-hee’s secret (albeit Yong-ha has a pretty good idea). I’m thinking he’s going to be her guardian angel—a set up for millions of girls’ heartbreak. Oh the woes of the girl who falls for the second lead.


I’m relieved that the Jal-geum Quartet have finally started coming together—I dont think I could’ve waited much longer. Not that I’m complaining. I’m glad that we the viewers get to see how their friendships bud and progress. I think it’s interesting that Yoon-hee seems to have this power to draw people to her, thus becoming the common denominator in the quartet (well, minus the Yong-ha+Guh-ro bromance). It’s also interesting that Yoon-hee almost looks up to Sun-joon like a father figure—she’s constantly looking for his reassurance and approval.

I’ve thought this from Episode 1, but I really enjoy the scenes where Yoon-hee looks at her reflection as she self reflects. Episode 1, she looked at her reflection as she considered her circumstances, and then again when she was guilt ridden about her cheating ways. This episode, she looks at her reflection again, realizing how foolish she was to forget that she’s living as Kim Yoon-shik right now…not Yoon-hee.

I’ll be interested to see how this story unfolds—what’s behind Yong-ha’s smiling facade, will Sun-joon stick to his guns about harmony, will the Jal-geum Quartet all get involved with the work of the Red Messenger? I’m dying to find out.

Btw, how cute is this intro cartoon?


200 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Annie

    omg I have the same problem as you

    • 1.1 Annie

      Can’t believe I am the first to comment. But I have been stalking dramabeans every single min for SS recaps 🙂

      • 1.1.1 dorispngPinas

        yap….been doing that too…..stalking dramabeans for a new SS recaps and finally we have a new one!….have already seen till ep9 but still, wanna read the recaps for the little details I might have missed and of course to drool all over again on those pretty guys!

        • Annie

          same here, SS is so addictive. I am watching raw now too

      • 1.1.2 Nory Ellis

        You are not the only one…hehehe

      • 1.1.3 Anaepi

        OMG i’m like that too!!! I hope dramabeans would post the recaps. i watched the episodes 8 & 9 and i can’t wait for the episode 10… OMG! OMG! OMG!

  2. moomooye

    absolute epic episode. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Thanks for the recap!

  3. ella

    i love this episode!!!!

    especially that shot with the 4 of them walking. just add non-blinking bad guy and the scene would have been perfect! such a good looking cast!

  4. dannaluk

    i LOVED this episode!!…i was waiting for the recap just so i can say that….nw im going to bed…and no you’re not the only one that finds it a health hazard

  5. girlfriday

    My God. Yoo Ah-in makes me squeal like a piglet.

    This episode was the best. EVER.

    • 5.1 1611lau

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Your comment made me laugh so hard. 😛 But I can totally relate.

    • 5.2 piggierabbit.

      HOLY. @#$@*&. I know.
      I was doing the exact same thing.

      How can it be possible for someone to be so…

      FREAKING adorable and awesome. (and sexy).

    • 5.3 brookeeve

      Moony Faction FTW!

    • 5.4 Anonymous

      Hi,Girlfriday.. Wait a minute !!.Are you cheating on Lee Seung-Gi with Yoo Ah-In? You are greedy~~

    • 5.5 SKKSfan

      yeah this episode is the best … yet. even if i watched ep8, i still find this ep perfect 🙂 but ep8 is the funniest!

    • 5.6 djinni

      for real tho! the ending was purrrrrrfect! i watched that ending sequence over and over and squeeled the whole time!

    • 5.7 Ashley

      So as much as I was enjoying this show, I had absolutely no preference for which guy she was going to end up with until episodes 7 and 8. I am totally rooting for Moony. I will not be getting my way, but Yoo Ah-in is ADORABLE and his character is just so much less condescending… I love him and I’m rooting for him to at least get some skinship before she runs off into the sunset with Mr. Pontificating.


    • 5.8 budsdiana

      “My God. Yoo Ah-in makes me squeal like a piglet.”

      LMAO!!!!!!!! This is soooooo so hilarious!!!!!

      I first was introduced to YAI in the kdrama Strongest ChilWoo…. I didn’t even like this drama but I persevered due to YAI’s character.

      I am just I little bit peeved, due to his new nose it kinda bothered me a little…… OK let me rephrase A LOT!

      But of course his acting is still so so good. I just wish he had the same nose as before….oh well, still a fan though. LOVE HIM!!!!

      • 5.8.1 lilly

        New nose ? Oh puleaaaaaaaaaaase stop it. That’s weird but I watched SCW too- not until the end I can’t stand GHS- and Shim family and I don’t see where his nose changed. He shed some weight as one can see on his slimer face but nosejob ?

    • 5.9 nycgrl

      Count me in as being officially addicted. Love Ep 7 but love 8 even more.

  6. soiia

    Good thing I’m not the only one to giggle and go nuts throughout this episode !! XD Can I just say that this drama only gets better??? XD thanks so much for the recaps! it was so fun to read 🙂

  7. Annie

    Ok finish reading the recaps. I just love this episode, I think I watched it at least 20+ times

    Loving the part where Yoon-hee starts to fall for Sun-joon <3 and Guh-ro's hiccups are so adorable

    And what did In-soo's tears mean?

    • 7.1 cassie.opeia

      I think they were tears of rage and disappointment. Sometimes when I get uncontrollably angry, I cry because I literally think my body is trying to biologically emit some of that anger out, or I’ll collapse. HAHA

      • 7.1.1 sissi

        Here what I found on dangermousie.livejournal, and I just totally agree with her :

        ” And that also leads me to In So missing that final shot. In Soo and Jae Shin are basically the best archers in school with Lee Sun Joon the close second (though seeing LSJ was that good when shooting with his left hand due to injury, maybe he’s better than them.

        But with In Soo – he kept hitting bullseye after bullseye and than that last shot which will give his team the victory – he looks over at Choson and shoots only a five which gives Yoon Hee the opening to win.

        I suppose one could think he shot badly because he was so upset Choson likes Yoon Hee but I doubt it – if that was the case he’d be hitting ones and twos the whole match. Pretty clearly it’s deliberate and ties to Choson’s earlier words to him that she is going to wait for him to show generosity and virtue. Especially since the score he hits – i.e. a five – is perfectly calculated to give Yoon Hee an opening to win, but only if she hits bullseye herself. ”


        • Anonymous

          I totally agree. That was absolutely deliberate.

        • Ace

          Agree with this. Seemed deliberate to me and he was tearing up because that’s a whole lot of pride to swallow.

        • kimkim

          I agree. If In Soo had hit any other score, I would have thought it was a mistake made in a fit of jealousy. But the fact that he scored a 5 indicates that his score was an intentional one.

          I think his tears symbolized his own sadness and anger at himself for not doing what he had to do to win, but instead behaving in a manner to display generosity and virtue of a Student President asked of him by Cho Sun.

        • beauty0fparting

          It’s definitely deliberate. There’s a reason why they keep emphasizing his skills all throughout the episode. It’s plausible that it was because he was trying to become a better person but although more realistic, it’s not as fun in these kind of dramas. The way I see it, the miss is a symbol of his surrender and an acknowledgment that he lost Chosun to Yoonhee. Thus, the tears. He also probably was vowing to himself that never again will he lose to him aka Yoonhee would be in heaps more trouble than before.

          Besides, his character doesn’t seem to love Chosun anyway. His tears looked like they were out of anger instead of the sorrows of unrequited love. (LOL so much cheese!) Whatever he has for Chosun feels more like desire because she’s something he can’t have that easily.

          But that’s just my speculation. = ) Oh this drama is so fun.

        • beauty0fparting

          It’s definitely deliberate. There’s a reason why they keep emphasizing his skills all throughout the episode. It’s plausible that it was because he was trying to become a better person but although more realistic, it’s not as fun in these kind of dramas. The way I see it, the miss is a symbol of his surrender and an acknowledgment that he lost Chosun to Yoonhee. Thus, the tears. He also probably was vowing to himself that never again will he lose to him aka Yoonhee would be in heaps more trouble than before.

          Besides, his character doesn’t seem to love Chosun anyway. His tears looked like they were out of anger instead of the sorrows of unrequited love. (LOL so much cheese!) Whatever he has for Chosun feels more like desire because she’s something he can’t have that easily.

          But that’s just my speculation. = ) btw, this drama is so fun, even the spoiled brats in it can be adorable and smexy in their own little selfish ways.

        • misa

          very well said..i like her interpretation of in soo’s failure and why he chose to hit 5 as his score..and i say he won me over on that very moment (for i think 5 seconds?heehee) im sure it’s a tough decision for him to make..

          thanks for sharing!

        • Annie

          man I thought his tears was for Chosun. I don’t get the feeling InSoo has toward Chosun…

        • krix

          My first reaction was -> he shot badly because he was distracted by Chosun (supporting Yoon Shik)

          But after a little more thought I agree with you adn dangermousie and that he made the choice to look better in Chosun’s eyes.

          Or it could be wishful thinking -> I soooo felt bad for him when I saw that single tear [:-( ]

      • 7.1.2 eclipse

        Yeah i have the same problem, it`s not look good when i wanna people to know that i`m angry, instead of crying…

        Anyway,Yoo Ah In is hooottt!!

    • 7.2 muzik130

      I think he’s crying because Cho-sun his crush doesn’t like him back… (it’s heartbreak) =D I hope that helped!

    • 7.3 ~Autumn~

      tears of failure, tears of embarrassment, tears of rejection, tears of heartbreak…? i mean, InSoo was and had the best of everything, ppl feared, obeyed and respected him. but when he missed that target in the final shot, the illusion that he’s unbeatable is shattered, and it left him feeling vulnerable and humilated.

  8. bbm

    OMG, after JS saw YS and the hiccup, i never squeeled so damn hard in a long time…. LOL
    thanks cassie…
    time to lurked more JS videos on YT 😛

  9. vancouver2010

    this drama has just been a load of thrills and fun…can’t wait for the next episodes to see how this all unfolds! Thanks for your hard work!

  10. 10 hee-jung

    okay off to read.. 😀

  11. 11 Kandy

    you are an awesome person!!!.
    thanks a million for the recap:)

    I’m really enjoying this drama 🙂

  12. 12 vancouver2010

    I have a question…during the competition why was JS the only one wearing maroon when the rest of his group were wearing light purple?

    • 12.1 Amg1

      The only reason I can come up with is that he still bleeding from the arrow that pierce his side the night before, and the maroon color will disguise the blood in the event that he bleeds a lot!!

      • 12.1.1 vancouver2010

        yeah…that’s possible..and he’s always been a non-conformer so nobody really raised it as an issue, I guess?

      • 12.1.2 kimkim

        Yes, I think all the reasons mentioned by Amg1 and vancouver2010 are true. In addition, because JS was late, he probably never had a chance to switch into his tournament uniform.

  13. 13 Francesca

    Seriously, this drama is a TOXIC!! I’ve got panda eyes thanks to you, SKKS!

  14. 14 opal

    By K-drama rule, isn’t the one who sees the lead female topless or whatever suppose to be the OTP?.

    Well, I hope so though looks like YH will end with SJ

    • 14.1 Lee

      Nope, You are beautiful broke that, the 2nd one to find out is probably gonna be the OTP rule now.

      • 14.1.1 Kiwi

        but i think sj is the last one to find out

  15. 15 Anonymous


    He is beautiful.

  16. 16 houstontwin

    Thank you for your delicious recap. I got to relive the pleasure of the episode. This drama is better than chocolate!

  17. 17 asianromance

    thank you for the recap!! I LOVED this episode, especially the part when Yoon-hee pulled back that string with her hands dripping with blood. In your face, Insoo and co.! She can shoot a 10 with glass digging into her hand. And then she gets into a fistfight too. She is definitely bad-ass and is probably my favorite kdrama heroine of all time.

    I love the animation-posters. I nearly spit out my drink when they showed the one of Guh-ro! Crazy horse!

    I’m a bit curious abt the part where Insoo shot a 5. the way i interpreted it was that he decided to give Yoon-hee a fighting chance for Chosun’s sake and that the tear was for the pride he was sacrificing. maybe i’m just attributing good points to In-soo because i want him to be a good guy and to stop glaring so much.

    • 17.1 cassie.opeia

      Interesting! I hadn’t thought of it that way, simply because he was shooting daggers with his eyes at Byung-choon after the games… but perhaps!!

    • 17.2 Nory Ellis

      Not to me. He is emotionally disturbed at that time. Wanting to win so much, the jealousy he felt when he saw Chosun smile at YS, wanting to upped YS in front of Chosun…I guess he can’t handle it. Archery or any sport for that matter need a certain level of calmness or clearheadedness for you to win. He just lost it at the time when he needed it most. Not because he’s giving YS a fighting chance.
      That is why the tears came out spontaneously when he missed the target. It’s not because he wanted to cry. It’s his body automatic reaction to release all the pent up emotion inside him. He can’t even stop the tears from flowing if he wanted to.

  18. 18 valmalove

    thanks! love the recap… always look forward to them because it helps the missing pieces here and there that I would miss… I sure was fangirling too!!! Lurve lurve the J4!

  19. 19 alert


    this episode alone was a record-breaker in all my kdrama-watching history. I spent almost 4 hours watching it the first time around – cant help it! i kept on rewinding the first 20 minutes over and over and over again. and giggle like a high-school fangirl. Haha! so my dear cassie.opeia, I totally understand your so-called unprofessionalism (love it!) haha – this drama is truly hazardous to our health!

    I always wanted to write something about the drama, like I always do for other dramas that I watched, but I can’t help it that I ended up squeeling, bashing, giggling and fangirling the whole time. So I gave up, and thought I should concentrate reading what others said instead. 😛


  20. 20 Aparna

    Amazing episode and awesome recap.. I could feel the energy in your narration.. Btw, am I the only one who really felt pity when Insoo let out that single angry tear? He is not a bad guy just arrogant..

    Yongha is one naughty fellow.. Despite suspecting strongly, that she s a girl, he s still persistently getting her into trouble.. And OMG next episode beginning was amazing!! When Yongha and Jae shin were rolling on the ground 😉

    • 20.1 Severine

      Right there with you. I do think he’s kind of bad and not just arrogant, though. He’s willing to use any means to get what he wants. Glass in bow’s string, anyone?

      Yet, his being bad completely explains why I wanted to jump through my computer screen and comfort all the bad out of him when he cried. I always fall for the bad guy. *sigh* But, I still love Moony more! This drama is so good, and I think I may have to get an IV drip due to excessive drooling by the time it’s over.

      • 20.1.1 Aparna

        Omo!! You love bad guys too.. Insoo is a fascinating character. And somehow my heart went out to him in that scene..
        But you are right, Moony is my fav.. And for the first time in the history of my watching korean dramas, I am going to fall for the second lead.. It has never happened to me before. I will pity the second leads but will root for the main hero. But Moony he is going to have a major heartbreak and that is going to tear my heart into pieces..
        I love Yoochun’s integrity but there is something too good about Moony trying to protect Yoonhee.. Yummy!! And not to forget the cute songjoonki.. There are too many good looking guys in this show.. It is like my dreamland!!

        • Severine

          There’s a first time for everything, right? I too am anticipating Moony’s heartbreak and the anticipation alone is starting to shred my heart into pieces. T_T

          However, I do love Sun-joon as a character, and I think his and Yoon-hee’s personalities are more evenly matched. I just wish Moony didn’t have to hurt because of it. I feel like he’s going to sacrifice a lot to protect her secret and he’ll suffer in silence, allowing Yoon-hee to obliviously romance the equally oblivious Sun-joon. Oh, the second lead dilemma! At least he still has Yong-ha, and if Korean awards shows had a category for “Best Bromance”, they would win hands down.

        • CrazzyUnnie

          I love bad guys too. haha. His eyebrows are a bother, though. Maybe I’m the only one who thinks this, but Moony looks sooo much like Kibum from Super Junior! ^^

  21. 21 zaha

    “…but I’m sure all of you will agree when I say that this drama puts you in a state of mind where you’re not quite yourself.”


  22. 22 cheanne

    wow….super wow…..

  23. 23 koreansdramasrock

    Omona.. I love this drama! Kumawo for recapping it!

  24. 24 Kristy

    You are not alone Cassie.opeia with the severe dry mouth condition. I had he bad case of dry mouth, jaw lock and uncontrollable giggle & squealing. Yong-Ah can’t be just pretty playboy with the ability in figure things out from observing. Can’t be just that. You are right, I’m definitely looking forward to the side relationship that he has with JaeShin and possibly the red messenger.

    This drama is getting better and better !! So addicted to it.

    AND….. Moon JaeShin (Yoo Ah-In) are totally hot hot hot hot hot. My god that smile of his.

  25. 25 SKKSfan

    off to the terrible hiccups! hee hee
    how i love the show and the Jal-geum quartet
    (now i know the meaning, it makes me laugh 🙂 )

  26. 26 lyn

    I pity In soo when he actually cries for cho sun:(

    • 26.1 brookeeve

      Team Mwuhaha! Fighting!

    • 26.2 houstontwin

      What will In Soo do when he finds out that his actual rival for Chosun is his own father!?!

  27. 27 bjharm

    Actually I am pretty sure In-soo threw the contest for the sake of Cho-sun. When you think about it she is his only weakness or if you like his only redeeming feature, that may lead him out of the dark side, it is to be seen.

  28. 28 aae

    I depend on these recaps because I can’t seem to find a site that will let me watch SKK scandal with subtitles 🙁 I spend an hour (or two) of my day just watching it raw & attempt to get the general idea of what’s going on just by observing their facial expressions. Can’t complain too much though since they’re all so cute to watch.


    • 28.1 vancouver2010

      you can go to “viikii”
      choose “video” in the first box then
      type in “scandal” in the next box
      you can see episodes 7 and 8 still there

      Happy viewing!

      • 28.1.1 aae

        Perhaps I wasn’t looking hard enough! I gave up on viikii when I couldn’t find a channel for it.

        Thank you very much 🙂

        • Phoebe

          you can also download the raw files from aja-aja.com and subtitles from d-addicts forum, then watch it using vlc player or any kind of media player that support viewing subtitles..
          It’s a lifesaver when you want to re-watch the episodes again and again. 😀

        • vancouver2010

          no worries! happy to share the joy! lol

    • 28.2 krix

      dramacrazy.com usually has the RAW up the same airing day and the translation (looks to be coming from tudou.com) is up by mid afternoon (US EST) the next day.

      So, when I come home from work, usually between 4-6 pm EST I can watch the RAW on Monday and translation of the same episode Tuesday and then watch Tuesday’s RAW episode and finally watch the translation of Tuesday’s episode on Weds.

      • 28.2.1 krix

        correction – dramacrazy.net

  29. 29 Jenn

    I am not a second lead type of girl. I usually hate those second leads. But why OH WHY does JaeShin have to be so hot and adorable at the same time? I die a little bit every time he hiccups. If Yoon Hee won’t take him, I will.

  30. 30 jenjen

    thanks for the recap cassie ^^
    oh i just love this drama soo effing much!!!
    and yes, this episode was real epic!! nearly died when it ended the way it did! i recall waiting for ep 8 to be as torturous as hell XD

    does anyone know how last night’s ep went rating wise?

    • 30.1 lyn

      Rating for episode 9:
      NmS: 9.8% & AGB 9.2%

  31. 31 what is

    alright, this drama totally reverts me to a 14 year old girl, looking at pretty boys for the first time in my life. but OH MY GOD, how cute are they?!?!?

    I love them all!
    The hiccups! I looooove Guh-roh. Soooo adorable! I love him I love him I love him!

    I’m already sad that yoon hee is obviously falling for sun joon. sigh. ;_;

  32. 32 Rika

    Does anyone know where I can watch EP 7 with English subs?

    Something is going on with viikii, but I don’t have time to find out ans search for the vids. Any tips welcomed… I’ve been dying to watch ep7 & ep 8 since last week.

    Thanks in advance…..

    • 32.1 vancouver2010

      see comment #28.1


  33. 33 Noypi

    I truly enjoy your writing style, side comments etc.. As if I’m reading JB herself!! =)

    Thank You for the recap, although i’ve seen each episode multiple times, i Love reading recaps to refresh my memory even more. lol..

  34. 34 Lemon

    Yayeeeee! Love SKKS!

    Honestly, this was really THE BEST episode. No joke. I watched it 3 times- 2 times w/o subs one 1 with subs, and I still felt tense whenever i watched the scene of yoonhee against insoo in the finals of the dae sa rae. This was the first time I felt for Insoo. You can tell he’s totally smitten by Chosun. When she apologized to him, he forgave her straightaway, and (omg) that was the first time I saw him smiling properly. Then you could tell he was really hurt and angry when he was shooting his final arrow and she wasn’t even looking at him–that single tear that fell from his eye. Agh angsttt.

    Also, I wanted to point out that it wasn’t because of Jaeshin’s injuries that he didn’t shoot his arrows in the finals properly. Its because he weighed his options- helping Yoonhee win the competition or saving his ass from Minister Ha- and chose the latter. I mean, he would have died if he shot his arrows properly. I was like, ooh thank goodness you weren’t some noble idiot who wanted to live up to Yoonhee’s expectations! (:

    Love lOve love pervy Yongha! He’s my favourite character besides Yoonhee cos he’s so eggciting to watch pwahaha.

    Jalgeum Quartet fighting! And thank you Cassie for this recap!<3

    • 34.1 Nory Ellis

      “Also, I wanted to point out that it wasn’t because of Jaeshin’s injuries that he didn’t shoot his arrows in the finals properly. Its because he weighed his options- helping Yoonhee win the competition or saving his ass from Minister Ha- and chose the latter. I mean, he would have died if he shot his arrows properly.”

      This is my observation also. In the earlier rounds, he shoot perfect 10 because there are lots of people shooting at the same time. He shoots his arrows when he noticed that the officer looking for Red Messenger is looking at other archer. But in the Finals he cannot do so. It’s one archer after another. He knows that the officer will be examining his stance and style so he changed it. Thus the arrow missed it’s target.

      • 34.1.1 swui

        I agree too…he was obviously weighing his options…the flashback of SJ and YH making him torn between performing well and getting caught…in the end he decided not to and was feeling guilty he has let them down…

    • 34.2 Quynh

      Can you please show me where you watched it WITH eng subs?
      The videos for viikii and dramacrazy videos won’t work/load.

  35. 35 pipao

    moony & yonny ♥♥♥ 4life!!!!

    can stop squealing like a a teenage girl… hahahahha

    tnx for the recap cassie been waiting for days.. 🙂

  36. 36 gominam

    thanks cassie…love your recaps and I’m dying as well just by reading and watching the episodes…

  37. 37 stars4u

    Song Joong-ki was what in where?

    just heard that now… this would be a filler while waiting for ep 10!!!

  38. 38 snuffles

    Thanks loads for the recaps. =)

    I totally agree, am not myself at all watching this drama. Fangirling at its highest level. GAH.

    And yes I definitely find it interesting that there’s something about Yoon-hee that draws people to her. I think it might be the fact that she seems physically weaker than all the rest (duh, cos she’s a girl), and yet she has this almost indomitable spirit that people admire. Maybe that’s what Jae-Shin, bless his soul, noticed in the first place, leading to him taking care of her in his not-so-subtle-as-he-would-like way. I guess it’s the same for Yong-Ha (you know how he’s mildly concerned about her wrt the Cho Sun incident) and Sun Joon, who probably sees this strength in her and his principles don’t really allow him to let her back down when there’s hope.

    Actually I am not too sure about Yoon-Hee seeing Sun-Joon as a father figure. That thought did occur to me but I think it may also be because he’s the first person who acknowledged her (Episode 1) and also the first person who helped push her limits so she could achieve the impossible (the bull’s eye). Maybe that’s why she needs his approval. And I guess the fact that he always speaks his mind (and he’s usually right) also plays a part here. Feel free to disagree though, just speculating. ><

    Thanks again though! It's always nice to read recaps whilst fervently waiting for the newest episodes to come out. Haha.

  39. 39 bbm

    one quick question, i know GOESS (sorry if i spelled it incorrectly) is the subbing team for SKKS, but is there are other subbing team for SKKS??

    • 39.1 Anonymous

      SCANDALOUS TEAM are subbing this for viikii right now. But you can also get subs fro GOESS on d-addicts, although they are a bit slow. They’ve only subbed 4 episodes so far.

    • 39.2 sansukini

      SCANDALOUS TEAM are subbing this for viikii right now. But you can also get subs fro GOESS on d-addicts, although they are a bit slow. They’ve only subbed 4 episodes so far.

      • 39.2.1 bbm

        yeah i saw that on viikii… but how do i get viikii softsubs?? is it available or i just have to watched it from viikii??

        • bjharm

          you can not, think about it. if vikkii starts to supply soft subs they open up a nasty can of worms. I may be mistaken but I think viikkii server is korean based so that would make it even more unlikely. They walking a tight robe even doing what they are now.

        • jubilantia

          If you are still looking at this- mehanata has viikii softsubs. I just found out.

  40. 40 dramafan88

    omg Yong Ha is just so delicious! Hahaa – cant help it.

    And I love Guh Ro/Jae Shin! Im shipping for him right now – hiccupppp!

  41. 41 ~Autumn~

    ep 7 was really the episode that had me all riled up. the excitement, the suspence, the angst! it was a good thing that i watched it after ep8 came out, or else i’d be suffocating from early-withdrawal symtoms.

    ok, i don’t care anymore, i am rooting for MJS eventhough i know he will not be getting the girl. bring on the heartbreak SSKS!!!

    thanks for the recap btw

  42. 42 Dara

    Garang! Garang! all the way.
    Thanks for your recap.

  43. 43 djes

    I was watching this at dawn, and when it came to the ending, I just have to close my face with pillow ( fortunately I held one while watching ) because I started screaming!
    Best ending ever.

    I love this serial so much, I even don’t want to watch any drama else right now..

    Thanks for the recap,and anticipating for the 8th episode!
    ( it’s awesome! )

  44. 44 dimpul

    i love Garang, period

  45. 45 xh.

    imma JS shipper alright!! *hic!*

  46. 46 Nory Ellis

    I love SSKS. Thank you Cassie.oipea for an awesome recap. Love you too.

    There are many scenes I like. Some of it…

    1. When the four of them start walking together…HOTNESS OVERLOAD…You said it all.

    2.When Jae Shin and YS were playing around (and SunJoon watched from distance). How cute the two of them were.

    3.Before YS shoots her last arrow and she turned to SJ asking for his opinion if she can do it. It shows that no matter how they fight with each other, YS highly regarded SJ opinion because he tells it like it is. After his “No” and ended with…like Cassie wrote “to me, Kim Yoon-shik, you’re already the jang-won.” He pats her shoulder with a smile, “Daemul, go show them the skills of a jang-won.” …My heart soars with YS.

    4. When Yong Ha tried to stop Chosun from showing her heart on her sleeves. Because it would be bad for YS. Then Chosun ignored YH advice and openly supporting YS, I was so afraid that something bad will happen to YS. But i guess that incident makes In Soo self combust…the straw that breaks In Soo in the finals. So it ends well… at the moment.

    5. How badass was YS? She can street fight!

    6. And the live telecast…Joseon style…AWESOME.

    • 46.1 Lemon

      haha yea i dont know why, but for some strange reason the “live telecast- joseon style” got me very excited and happy. I felt like i was one of those people sitting down and making bets, and getting excited while seeing the paper drawings of the yoonhee/sunjoon/jaeshin.

      sucks that we didnt get to see yongha shoot. it would’ve been awesomee

      • 46.1.1 watashiwachiaki

        i was actually waiting for yong-ha to shoot with his color matching bow ahihihihihi….
        just for laughs ^^

  47. 47 shu

    oh mans. totally loved the recap. haha. i just watched ep 9. ep 9’s ending had me sqeualing over and over again replaying it n times. cassie please do justice to ep 9’s ending. that said, i am so supah excited about ep 10.

    i thought the way they showed the ‘live’ braodcast was really funny. i dont think the ropes work as a clear medium for sound. but they were creative. it was quite funny.

    each ep just gets better and better, i am so going to get the dvd set for this drama.

    anyone loves the ost for this drama. i heart the songs. especially the one by junsu. xD

  48. 48 GomenApple

    waaaaaa THANK YOUUU Casie ! Your introduction is just L.O.V.E <3<3<3<3heeeee ahahahaahaha… you're voicing out what SS does to millions of fans around this globe :D:D:D:D:D
    I like the phrase "playfully harassing" you're using to describe Jaeshin's<3<3<3 reaction to Cutie YoonHee, and YESSHH, her adorableness does "drive others nuts"… hehehe… I was looking for the right word to describe Yoonhee's personality/character that made Jaeshin like that, in Indonesia I believe one word that could describe Yoonhee is "meng-gemas-kan" for Jaeshin, even though he haven't discovered yet. So it's more like a little-brotherly or friendshiply "gemas" hehehe. Thanks again, and gomen for my rant.. heeeeeeeeeee

  49. 49 sansukini

    SCANDALOUS TEAM are subbing this for viikii right now. But you can also get subs fro GOESS on d-addicts, although they are a bit slow. They’ve only subbed 4 episodes so far.

    First, I’d like to apologize for all my fangirl moments throughout the recap—but I’m sure all of you will agree when I say that this drama puts you in a state of mind where you’re not quite yourself.

    The truth is I’ve watched quite a lot of kdrama but I’ve never watched one where I had to squeal in delight with every episode, and giggle like a teenager every scene. This episode is awesome (in fact, every episode is awesome and fun, and engaging, and exciting… I just might run out of adjectives), my favorite scene is when the bookstore guy was emcee-ing and showed the animations, and when JS discovered YS is a girl. Love it when he hiccupped.

  50. 50 aisuzieya

    cant wait 4 ep 8 recaps! thx 4 recapping! love SKKS! nvr tot i’d be totally hooked up and now is a loyal fan of SJK & YAI!

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