Drama Recaps
The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 11
by | February 8, 2012 | 140 Comments

Yay, the fun is back! I love this episode. It’s full of funny pranks, stealthy missions, and some new mystical elements that work nicely to integrate our characters further. Hwon finally starts playing detective and asking some key questions, and I say, IT’S ABOUT TIME.


Yang-myung pulls Wol aside to ask if she recognizes him (this time he means from their recent encounter, not when they were tweens) and she doesn’t have a chance to respond.

The guards tear them apart, but this time Yang-myung pulls royal rank, disclosing his identity. The guards immediately bow. He turns back to Wol, but this time Nok-young intervenes, and just in time. She tells them to take Wol away and stands in Yang-myung’s path to block him.

Meanwhile Hwon sits in his chamber, just after having compared Wol’s letter to Yeon-woo’s. (Eeep!) He wonders to himself over and over, “It can’t be…” She enters the chamber and he looks up, angry.

Outside, Nok-young explains that Wol is just a mystical object, no different from a paper talisman. Yang-myung counters that his life is worth nothing more than a slip of paper too, and continues to charge forward.

Nok-young stops him again, saying that it’s not fated to be. He yells back, wondering who determines such things. Nok-young says she’s simply delivering the message of the gods. Yang-myung: “That is not for God to decide, but me.” Gah, could I love him any more?

She finally draws her last card – that going any closer puts Wol in danger. She tells him that his actions could put her in the middle of a war, and warns that he’s putting her life at risk. She tells him the only way to keep her safe is by backing away.

Inside, Hwon is screaming at Wol, demanding to know where she was born. He interrogates her in rapid-fire – where is her family, was she always an orphan, what happened to them.

She explains that when a shaman is endowed with mystical powers she must cut her ties and her memories of her past life. Interesting. So she thinks her amnesia is not specific to her, but a commonality among all shaman?

Still as frantic as ever, Hwon demands she reopen those memories – who was she in her past life, and does she have any memories of him?

But she cries, pleading with him to stop. “I cannot give you the answer you seek. Because I am not that woman you are looking for. I don’t know how much I look like her. But if you wish to inquire more, please, ask her directly.”

His heart sinks, and he backs off the inquisition. Urg, I wish you people would consider the possibility that she CAN’T remember who she is.

At Seongsucheong, Nok-young rips Jan-shil a new one for her colossal mistake, in front of everyone. She wonders why she even bothered to crawl back in here, and kicks her out.

Jan-shil cries and pleads, and Seol tries to get Nok-young to soften, but she means it this time. She wails that it’s because she felt so bad for oraboni, because the king gets everything while he gets nothing. She wanted him to have just one thing…

Nok-young turns around and shoots her a death glare and Jan-shil freezes, covering her mouth. But it’s a little late to take back mention of the king. Nok-young screams at her to get out and turns her back.

Suddenly Jan-shil gets a vision or is possessed, because she stands up defiantly, calling Nok-young “Mother.” She asks why she’s always living to serve others, and Nok-young looks back in shock.

Yang-myung wanders outside the palace walls, and wonders if even this time, he lost the girl AGAIN, to his brother. He finds his mom praying late into the night at the temple, and asks what she’s doing.

She says that as always, she’s praying for the king. He cuts her off angrily, “Just once, can you not call my name before the king’s?” Oof. She asks how he could say such a disloyal thing.

Yang-myung: “It’s disloyal! Hold back! Give it up! Hide it! Don’t waver! Aren’t you tired of it, Mother? Once, just once – Do as you want. It’s okay to be selfish once – Couldn’t you say those words to me?”

Tears fall, but he fights them back and looks up with determination. “I will no longer live for other people!”

Cut back to Jan-shil, who we see now is channeling Yang-myung having this very conversation with his mother. She finishes his words: “If I want to laugh I’ll laugh. If I want to be angry I’ll be angry. If I want to steal [her] away, I will! I’m going to live that way!”

Nok-young watches her in stunned silence, and then Wol walks in. Jan-shil runs over to her, still channeling Yang-myung. “Let’s run away. Run away with me. If it were me, I would’ve protected you. If it were me, I wouldn’t have left you to become like this.”

Oh wow, I just love this scene, the way it cuts back and forth without spelling it out. You can just tell by what she says that she’s a stand-in for Yang-myung. How can a conversation via medium still break my heart for this guy?

Nok-young steps in to wake her out of the connection, and then has her dragged out of Seongsucheong on the spot. She declares that anyone who lets her back inside the palace walls will be punished the same way.

Wol worries and tries to change Nok-young’s mind, but she won’t budge. Seol is more confident that Jan-shil will return in no time, and that Nok-young will eventually take her back in, as always.

Wol sits down with Nok-young and says that if Jan-shil is out then she’ll go too. She confesses that Nok-young was right about her foolish decision to remain here – that she thought she could help the king.

“But I have discovered that I can do nothing for him.” She realized that she’s only made things worse for him, and thrown him into confusion. She thinks that the best she can do is leave him.

Hwon sits obsessing over the letters through the night and into the next day, as Woon and Hyung-sun plead with him to get some sleep or eat. He doesn’t even hear them, and asks what it means when Yeon-woo says in her last letter that her father will bring her medicine and that she won’t see the king anymore.

Woon guesses that she’s predicting her own death. Hwon agrees, and thinks that’s weird. Finally, you are asking the right questions! Hyung-sun gasps—is he implying that Minister Heo had a hand in killing his own daughter?

Hwon thinks back even further – Yeon-woo was always healthy, so what’s with the sudden illness? They ask what he’s getting at, and he spells it out: the princess’s death was not a simple illness.

He wonders if Yeom might know anything, but Woon confirms that he was sent away, and spent his whole life regretting it, because he couldn’t protect his sister. Hwon agrees that bringing up those memories for him would be cruel anyway, and orders him to look into that mysterious medicine that Yeon-woo was given the day she died.

For good measure Hwon actually orders Yeom to go away on a trip, and he packs to leave. Princess Min-hwa is in hysterics, of course, and he comes in to say goodbye. He promises to return soon, but she’s inconsolable.

She asks if he dislikes her because she’s always crying and throwing tantrums, and then wonders if he hates her because he’s locked away in the house, unable to fulfill his potential.

He reassures her that he doesn’t hate her, and that she saved his family. She’s also the one who brought laughter back into this house, and for that alone, he’s grateful. Aw.

She asks if he won’t leave her, and he smiles, wondering what other proof she needs that he won’t. But that’s enough for her, and she decides that she’s going to trust him—that he won’t ever leave her, and that he’ll return from his trip soon.

He wipes her tears and she beams. They’re so cute.

Meanwhile the Council of Evil meets on their latest plan of attack—to go after Yeom for breaching the rules and going on this trip. The assembly gathers and they present their case to the king, that Yeom is required by law not to act as a civil servant in any capacity because he is married to the princess, essentially meaning he ought to stay put in his house.

They argue that his journey could have political implications, but the king argues that there’s nothing wrong with a man taking a vacation. Well now I’m doubly curious about his destination, ’cause it sure isn’t for sun and surf.

Hwon muses that he can just hear the cries ringing in his ears that he’s nothing but a scarecrow, a puppet king. He leaves the council fuming, and decides to kick up a fuss. He storms into the records room where one of the ministers is in charge of sorting civilian requests to the king.

He tears the room apart while yelling at the minister for the same issue he’s always had—that the people’s problems never actually reach the king’s ears. But the whole thing turns out to be a diversion for Woon to steal into the back room and snatch some record books.

He stealths them into Hyung-sun’s hands while everyone else is focused on the king. Nice. Can we get one of these Mission Impossible things in every episode?

Hwon scans the record books from the time of Yeon-woo’s death, but finds nothing other than the official stance that she fell ill. Well that’s not surprising. Did you expect the baddies to write down: “But it was really a super-secret plot to kill her so that Bo-kyung could continue her clan’s line of power”?

Meanwhile Bo-kyung gets a report from her spy that she overheard the king say to Wol that she looks like someone, and that Wol insisted she wasn’t this other person. Bo-kyung starts to get nervous about her hunch.

She walks past the closed Silver Moon Building, and stops short when she hears an echo of a woman crying. Oh creepy. She’s the only one who hears it though, so she tries to shake it off.

Nok-young tells the queen dowager that it’s time to stop using the talisman that draws out bad energy, since remaining by the king’s side might mix good with bad. She says that it’s time to trade her in for a new talisman made specifically for the marriage consummation.

We know it’s all a crock of bullshit, but the queen dowager laps it up, and tells her to do whatever is necessary. Nok-young smiles, now everything in place to get Wol out.

She runs into Bo-kyung on her way out, who asks directly if Wol resembles Yeon-woo, citing the rumors and the fact that the king is acting out of character. She asks to meet the girl.

Nok-young doesn’t flinch and avoids an answer by going on the offensive: “Since when have you been hearing cries coming from Silver Moon?” Bo-kyung trembles. She assures her that Wol is leaving the palace soon, and that her consummation date has been pulled forward, so everything will go according to her wishes. Bo-kyung smiles, reassured.

Nok-young gives the news to Wol that she’ll leave the palace in the morning, and Wol sighs, disappointed to be leaving the king’s side despite knowing that this is what she asked for.

She gets a letter from Jan-shil that says she’s doing well because of a certain someone. We cut to her writing the letter, with Yang-myung behind her. Aw. I knew he’d take care of her.

She swoons about how awesome he is, and then requests a favor, that Wol pack up some clothes and bring them to her, except without Seol, because she suspects that Seol’s on Nok-young’s side. Heh.

Wol packs up her things as asked, and then finds something in the chest. She unwraps it to find the hairpiece—the moon embracing the sun. She doesn’t react to seeing it though, and wraps it back up among Jan-shil’s things.

Meanwhile Hwon goes over the details of what happened eight years ago, and hits dead end after dead end, figuring that everyone who might know what happened is dead. Suddenly he remembers someone who’s still alive—the king’s servant, ie. his dad’s Hyung-sun.

Hyung-sun comes in to see the king, and he’s carrying… a snowman on a tray? Hee. It’s so cute. He wonders why the king suddenly requested he bring him a snowman. Oh no. Hahahaha. I can already see where this is going…

Hyung-sun enters with his little snowman proudly, and of course, the room is empty. HA. Hyung-sun cries out, and out in town dressed as noblemen, Hwon and Woon laugh.

They go to see the former king’s attendant, and his servant lies that he’s away on a trip, even though his shoes are sitting right there on the stoop. Hwon just says loudly enough for him to hear that the king requests his presence in the palace no later than tomorrow, or else.

Outside he tells Woon that today he just wanted to confirm his suspicions – that Yeon-woo’s death really wasn’t a simple illness, because clearly this man has been told to keep his mouth shut about something, for eight long years.

It also tells him that his father must have known what happened, but had a reason he couldn’t do anything about it. “That reason – don’t you think he left that somewhere?” Yay, treasure hunt?

They walk a while, and right past Yang-myung who laughs as Jan-shil devours a chicken. He tells her to return to Seongsucheong, but she doesn’t want to, scared that she won’t even get to beg and plead, because she’ll be tortured first.

He wonders why she stuck her neck out to help him then, if she was so scared. Jan-shil: “It’s because you were the first. You were the first person who ever put his life on the line to help me.” Aw, I love these two.

He can’t help but smile as she tells him that she doesn’t even remember the faces of her mother and father who abandoned her, but his face, she’s never once forgotten. He sighs that her situation isn’t too different from his own.

She perks up, “Were you abandoned by your parents too, and do you have someone you can’t forget either?” He gives a long sigh, “Well, it’s similar.”

She asks about the person he can’t forget. He says that she’s wise and pretty, and that just looking at her brings him comfort. “She caused me a lot of pain, but she brought me a lot of happiness too.”

Jan-shil sighs, “Then maybe I shouldn’t have called Wol here.” That gets his attention right quick. He asks her to repeat it, and she says that it seemed like he wanted to see her, so she called her here. Who needs fate when you’ve got a mystical munchkin?

Wol walks through the streets on her way to them, but when she passes by the parchment shop she gets another flash of memories of being there with Seol, and then again when she passes by the blacksmiths.

The memories come flooding in, of the festival, the prince wearing his mask, and she starts to get dizzy, and falls.

But someone catches her by the waist before she goes down, and when she opens her eyes, Hwon is holding her. Guess you can’t beat Fate, munchkin.

He’s just as shocked as she is, and they stand frozen like that, looking into each other’s eyes.

They walk for a little while, and Hwon is super awkward, all why are you here, oh yeah, I already asked, and I’m here on business, oh right, I already said. Aw, it’s like he’s a teenager again.

He wonders if it’s okay for her to be wandering about during the day when she’s supposed to be preserving her mystical energy and whatnot, joking that that must be why he feels tired.

She doesn’t get that he’s just pulling her leg, so she looks up with concern, asking after his health. In her defense, it wasn’t a very funny joke. He awkwardly has to explain that he was kidding.

She takes her leave and he starts to call out for her, but then sees one of the palace ministers headed straight for him. Woon says there’s a whole group of them coming this way, so they turn around to get back to the palace before they’re discovered.

But Wol stops when she sees that minister berating a child for running into him and ruining his very expensive clothes, and orders his minion to cart the kid away as a slave. Wol steps in to ask that he forgive the child, but only incenses him further, causing him to turn his slave-intentions toward her instead.

The minion grabs for her, but then Hwon comes out of nowhere and runs off with her, head bowed so no one can see him. They take off running down the street, and happen to zoom right past Minister Yoon.

He doesn’t see them straight-on, but after they pass, it gives him pause and he wonders to himself—could that have been the king? Ruh-roh.

Hwon and Wol manage to get away, and he berates her for being so fearless, and not in a good way. She asks if she sees wrongdoing, is she supposed to just ignore it?

He argues that it’s not wrong to expect recompense for ruining expensive clothes, and she starts to ask how expensive they could possibly be, and looks up at the clothes he’s wearing. She says that the higher up you are, shouldn’t you live more simply?

She quotes a story about a king’s duty to set an example in living humbly, so that his subjects follow suit, and it pretty much shuts him up. He wonders how she always knows the right answer to aggravate him. Heh.

He starts to complain but something grabs her attention and she turns away. He’s about to pitch a fit about not paying attention to the king, but sees what she’s looking at – it’s a puppet show.

A wave of emotion hits him, as they stand there silently watching. A man comes up to sell them the best seats in the house, and ushers them to the front of the crowd. He takes Hwon and then sticks out his hand for payment.

But of course, he’s got no money. He’s the king. He looks down sheepishly and Wol laughs to herself and pays for them. Ha. Not so easy to look cool when you don’t have a penny to your name outside the palace walls, eh?

They sit down and he awkwardly says he’ll repay her, and she holds back a laugh. The puppet show happens to be his tragic love story with Yeon-woo, of all things. Hwon is actually bored since he lived it, but Wol watches, captivated.

He turns to look at her, taken with her expression.

Yang-myung paces back and forth, waiting for Wol. He finally can’t take it anymore and heads out to look for her.

Wol turns to Hwon and asks if he’s met that woman he’s looking for yet. He says no. She wonders why, so he finally tells her, “Because she is no longer in this world.”

Wol asks how. Hwon: “It’s my fault. I wanted to protect her, but I couldn’t. There were so many things I wanted to say to her, but I couldn’t. That’s why I haven’t been able to let her go.”

He asks if a shaman can speak to the dead. She says she can. He asks her to send a message: “That I really, really liked her.”

Aw, it’s so sweet and sincere. She looks at him with tears brimming in her eyes, and then he breaks into a cute little smile.

They sit smiling at each other, which is the way Yang-myung finds them. Oh no. Heart breaaaaaaaak.


Damn, if it’s one thing this show does well, it’s that perfectly tragic love triangle where you’re literally rooting for both brothers, and torn up about it each time one of them loses out to the other. It’s like whiplash, but every five minutes it’s Hwon! No Yang-myung! No Hwon! Aaaaaaagh.

It’s certainly not something you could pull off without such strong leads. Jung Il-woo slays me with his puppy angst more each episode, but his character is very naturally sympathetic anyway. Not that it doesn’t KILL ME every time, mind you, but you’d have to be void of a heart not to feel his pain. It’s actually Kim Soo-hyun who has the harder job of making the king sympathetic despite his character type. Hwon can often times come off quite assy, and bratty in an entitled way (like the small moment when the puppet-watching crowd takes issue with his view-blocking and he blurts, “Do you know WHO I AM?” like a big spoiled brat).

But the glimmer of the old Hwon is in there, and it shows at the seams which is what I love about the portrayal. And the more he’s with Wol, the cute teenage version of him comes out to play. The intensity and strength is a given, but the smiling, that just does me in.

I really love the new turn with Jan-shil and Yang-myung—both their team-up (’cause oh-so-cute) but also the way she channeled him and spoke directly to Wol. I want to see more of that kind of thing, because so far most of the magic has been a big con. I like the con, mind you, especially where Wol is concerned, but I also want to see more mystical interference from Jan-shil or others who really do have a direct line to the other side.

The best thing about this episode was the breath of fresh air it brought by taking everyone outside the palace walls. I love any time we come outside, because those walls feel suffocating to me (in a good narratively-effective way, but it still feels stifling). I love any chance to see Hwon outside his normal protected environment, and I certainly wouldn’t mind if they played hooky more often. Poor Hyung-sun will just have to start a little snowman family.


140 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Fasiris Fay

    Woot, woot! Super excited 😀

    Thanks for the recap 🙂

    • 1.1 Peachy

      Kim Soo-hyun, I adore you! I love this ep cuz it’s so refreshing. I totally don’t mind if the King keeps playing hooky too. lol I’m so addicted with this drama. Looking forward for the next eps.

      Thanks for recaps GF!

  2. lezzy

    woohoo! recap! i’ve been waiting for this all day 🙂

  3. Shamane

    Been waiting for this! Kept refreshing the page to see if it’s updated. Thanks for the update!:D:D:D

  4. teachermok


  5. Evi

    Yay! I like this episode. They bring back the cuteness and romance. The background soundtrack is amazing, can bring out the emotion at the moment. I think Wol’s lost memory makes the King to try to win her heart again. And Kim Soo-hyun succeed in bringing the young King expression back especially at the last scene when he smile to Wol. It makes me remember the cheerful and cute young King once again.

    I can’t wait for the next episode…^-^

  6. guest

    FINALLY omg kept refreshing…off to read, thanks for the great work =D

  7. Serena


    • 7.1 zsa

      Even Hyung Sun is cute…love this drama!!

  8. vicki

    I LOVE THE MOON THAT EMBRACES THE SUN. Thanks for te recap! I’ve been waiting for it all day!

  9. foraredrose

    Hooray, I’ve been looking forward to this all day! Thanks so much! 😀 I wish Yang Myung had more time to interact with Wol, because it seems like he hasn’t had that much time, and it would probably make his emotions appear a bit more realistic.

  10. 10 coffeevamprie

    I love loved this episode. Their second romance or is it a continuation and oh that smile of his at the end. Thank you so much for the recap!

  11. 11 moley

    KSH melts my heart every second of this drama!!

  12. 12 everriell

    Yes! Thank you so much!

  13. 13 Ani

    Aaaaaaaw, that Snowman bit was the cutest! XD

    I’m loving Jan-shil more and more. Her story is heartbreaking. I’m glad the drama is making use of these awesome side characters and making sure to put each one in the spotlight. I look forward to more from Seol’s end.

    This really is a heartbreaking love triangle. I may be rooting for Kim Soo-hyun the actor, but I’m definitely feeling for Hwo and Yangmyung the characters. I hope we get to see more Wol-Janshil-Seol interactions too. Gosh. Just MORE drama, MORE! X)

  14. 14 kbap

    Yay! Renewed love for this drama! (Don’t get me wrong, I always liked it, just I felt the last few episodes weren’t rocking my boat, and that I was just so excited for Flower Boy Band.) Aggghhh I can’t believe literally every few minutes I’m changing ships. I shouldn’t really. What I bad fan I am (Well, I am fans of both JIW and KSH…).

    I really really want Yang-myung and Jang-shil to couple up. They’re so cute, and besides, they really do fit each other well. They understand each other. If they get together, I think they’ll kind of have those…magical type of love. Like. Like. I can’t explain. But like! They fit so well. There. (Don’t you love my rambling? I try to sort my feelings out and actually THINK what before I type, but it doesn’t always work out right. Lol.)

    • 14.1 Adjovie

      I felt the opposite…this episode left me UNDERWHELMED!

      What is it with KDramas anyway?
      First half—excitement, fun, forward momentum, etc., etc.
      Second half—story starts going downhill (almost always leaves me ticked off)

      Anyway, it’s a good thing I’ve only been reading the recaps; otherwise, I’d have been major ticked!!!

      I have a feeling the story won’t make a whole lot of sense from here on… *sigh* …off to find another drama to watch—all recommendations welcome 🙂

  15. 15 stars4u

    I loved the scene where Jan-shil was uttering Yang-myung’s words. I wonder what role the binyeo would play, at first I thought Wol would remember something when she sees that or maybe it could be an additional factor to what triggered her memory later that day.
    I love how Hwon gets his crazy ideas of getting things done, causing a mess to steal records, making things uncomfortable during a bath to escape and getting Hyung-sun to make a snowman on a tray to escape…

    I love Jan-shil and Yang-myung’s interactions it’s so cute!!
    I was telling Yang-myung on the screen not to go look for Wol since he’ll just get hurt… not that it makes any difference though…
    When Hwon told Wol how he liked Yeon-woo very much… my heart was torn with Hwon’s longing for Yeon-woo and Yang-myung watching Wol to have met Hwon before him again.

  16. 16 Soua

    whiplash indeed… my heart aches. 😀

    • 16.1 smiles

      Oh mine too! Kim Soo Hyun you OWN it, & when you were throwing a hissy fit & the minster didn’t know where to look – just so Woon could steal some books, i couldn’t love you more.

      But then when Jung Il Woo turns his big puppy dog eyes on at the screen either filled with hope or tears, my heart CAN NOT TAKE IT – all i keep thinking, is just let him have her, even though Wol is not a thing and its her choice, i still keep thinking this way – he’s such a wonderful character, so sweet, lovely and nice!

      But also soooo pitiful my heart just can’t stand it!

  17. 17 tikaa

    heart breaakkkk. dokko jin style. hahaha.

  18. 18 czak

    when all of them lives happily ever after..
    I wonder what will happedn to Nokyung..?
    will she die or be punished by death for ‘killing’ the crown princess..

    and if she lived, what would yeonwoo do..?
    I mean she considered nokyung her godmother for 8 years but nokyung is also the one who by default only wanted to protect her ended up separating her from her family and hwon.
    cant also get over the fact that she made yeonwoo’s dad ‘kill’ her with medicine and make her believe her father is ‘killing’ or easing her pain by ‘killing’ her…?

    wonder what will happen in that dynamic, cause for me however much kind a person is… what nokyung did is still unforgivable whatever the reason…

    • 18.1 kbap

      I think that Nokyung should be forgiven. True, what she did was atrocious and she deserves to be punished, but I think Wol will forgive her. Though she has been harsh and not a very kind “mother” (or mother-figure) for Wol, she has raised her for nine (or eight?) years, giving her a comfortable-enough life. Plus, what she did could lose her head if she did it out of selfishness, but it was actually the Dowager that made her do it. And plus, her original plans were not to kill the girl, and for her not to even lose her memories. I think the one who really is unforgivable is the Dowager. Woman may have a reason (to retain power), but ripping her grandson’s wife away from him? Ouch.

      • 18.1.1 Luscious

        I agree with you. The head shaman who die in the first ep ask Nokyoung to help protect Woh. So in a way she did save Wol’s life.

      • 18.1.2 Tina

        I think Nokyoung didn’t kill nobody…she just put yeon woo to sleep for a while in coffin to fool everyone else to take it as her death….she didn’t actually kill yeon woo but saved her life cos you never know what else might have happened inside palace walls with queen dowager in charge with or without nokyoung….so, i think yeon woo would understand the fact that nokyoung was just trying to save her from further dangers that lie ahead in her path as a crown princess within palace walls…i mean thats solely my opinion…i could be wrong…=)

        • katkat

          But she hid the truth that YW was not dead and YW’s father died with guilt thinking he killed his daughter. And also, the mom almost went crazy after YW’s death. I believed she should be punished as even Nokyung herself ask forgiveness from God for what she did.

    • 18.2 feverish

      All these discussions about Nok Young make me wonder what will happen to Princess MinHwa who eyewitnessed everything that happened the night Nok Young cast a spell on Yeon Woo. How can she live all this while knowing how painful it has been for both her brothers, her Husband and even her Mother-in-law. What was she thinking & and how come she still keeping it quiet after all these time?

      • 18.2.1 Lee

        I think the princess was scared that her grandma would do the same thing to her, I wouldn’t put it past the dowager to do that.

      • 18.2.2 Brenda

        I agree with you. When we first saw the episode where everyone grew up and it revealed that MinHwa married Yeom, I kind of resented her for marrying him when she knew all along what happened to Yeon Woo and marrying with regardless.
        Also, since she did witness everything, it confused me that she didn’t mature the way everyone else did. Hwon and Yang Myung became more lonely, introverted and bitter while Yeom lost his chance to excel. Yet through all of that, MinHwa was still her cherry, naive self which, for some reason, annoyed me.

      • 18.2.3 roseB

        i totally agree with you. the princess ought to have been a tormented soul! i mean i look at it like this, she was a carefree and naive child, having witnessed or been part of the killing of a girl who was her brother’s first love and her husband’s sister should have calmed her down a whole lot!

        she has no right to still be so cheerful and ‘innocent’ unless she’s got amnesia about the whole thing. wat did the dowager say to keep her quiet? but even if she was threatened, she should be guilt ridden!

        and how come wen her mother-in-law broke down over YW the princess didn’t have some sorta flashback? or at least look guilty over her part in the death!

        imagine if she broke down and told hwon about wat happened! the story would explode cause then he’d develop a real conflict with grams. and i’d love to see him go head to head with the old tiger!

    • 18.3 memyself

      I do think what she did is unforgivable. Cause she might have killed Wol, had it not been for her dead friend asking her to protect her, to save the shaman’s and their Hall or whatever. And the only thing nokyung did for her was keeping her alive. Before Yeon Woo supposedly died, she and her family had to go through a looooot. And even after her fabricated death she just lived, as a person who doesn’t even have a name. Can’t imagine what a life that is.
      My point, I can’t see why she chose to do what she did the way she did it. I mean she messed up Yeon woo’s life, all her family members and the love of her life, made it possible for someoen else to take her place as queen, helped her enemies and the King’s to gain more power than ever.
      And the saddest thing of all for me is she still wants to separate them.

  19. 19 Kiara

    Thank You GF and Kim Seo-honey :). Love this drama for all the wrong reason Lol.

  20. 20 crashbabe

    ooohooooo! i lurrrrve this ep! Why so cute? It brings back smiles from everyone… even YM when he is with JS.

    And NY is so incredibly full of it, it cracks me up. Hahaha

    Thank you gf for the recap. I love your recaps. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s ep.

  21. 21 sora

    awesome episode. Thanks!!!!

  22. 22 jomo

    What a great recap! Thanks!

    Love you last line. I can picture the poor Eunuch running back and forth building them!

  23. 23 sita

    oh love it 🙂

  24. 24 Jennyforthewin

    Thank you! I know everyone is complaining that it’s slow and there are little skinships but I really liked this episode and I thought it was done well. The pace is just where I like it, not too slow nor rushed. I also very much enjoyed all the back stories especially jansil and nok kyung. Of course I like yang myung’s dialogue too.

    The hairpin! Gosh darn it, a part of me was hoping that soon, he would just accidentally grab her again and that bag she was holding would just magically open and out goes the hairpin. Haha, how uncreative, I know. I’m looking forward to the next episodes. 🙂

  25. 25 Dara

    KSH, my man, he was sooooooo good as the stiff bittered king, but then he dared to smile at the end, my love for him just hit the roof and higher!
    Thanks GF

    • 25.1 jcay_lorna

      Mine went to the moon and back! Heh

      • 25.1.1 Luscious

        Hahaha…you said it!

  26. 26 Briggy

    For the first time ever,I’m early to share my thoughts and that’s because this is the first drama I’ve watched simultaneously with the Korean broadcast!!
    For me everything is simple:
    Queen Dowager and Minister Yoon must die,how they are still alive,I don’t know
    Yang-Myung is sad but he should move on with Jan-shil already
    The teenage Yeom was a lot cuter than the adult one
    Princess Min-Hwa’s character has been too insignificant thus far
    Hwon and Woon,hotness central.sometimes,I’m looking at Woon and not the king,sorry your majesty
    Thanks GF for mentioning that duh,maybe she LOST her memory!!
    Anyway,I hope tomorrow’s episode brings more revelation to Hwon and Wol because I’m getting frustrated and everything!!

  27. 27 Yeng

    nice episode,but i really want things to get moving. Maybe finally have him found that hair accessory soon and have her somehow find out the version is her memory so they can get together soon. I do feel bad for yang myung too, but i feel that the king needs her more to become a more kind person.

  28. 28 irene

    OMG…..This drama drive me insane, I keep refresh this page. Thanks a lot. ^^

  29. 29 Gemini

    Thank you for this recap… I was kind of anxious to see this episode… since almost everybody’s complaning that this drama’s plot is slow in terms of story and character developments.. Then I saw GF’s first two sentences… and I smiled like a total idiot and crack addict that I am….

    Off to read… =)

    • 29.1 Gemini

      “Who needs fate when you’ve got a mystical munchkin?”

      “Guess you can’t beat Fate, munchkin.”

      -these lines crack me up… So should we divide the House?

      Team Fate (Hwon) vs. Team Munchkin (Yang mung)…

      hehehehe… I

      • 29.1.1 alexe

        Team Fate , here .

      • 29.1.2 Ani

        I’m on Team Munchkin… but for a whole different reason. I want a Janshil-Yangmyung pairing since we know Hwon-Wol is pretty much written in the stars. XD

  30. 30 Sam

    loved today’s ep.

    that snowman reminds me of the kind you expect to see at the photo op at nami island where all the tourists take a pic with it like bae/choi in winter sonata. i couldn’t stop laughing out loud! my roommates must think i’m crazy??

    best part: “nega mani, aju mani choahaettagu!” and 2 sec later kim soo hyun whips out his one sided smirk with much sincerity!!!!!!!!

    • 30.1 daniela

      I agree with the best part – his smile was so sweet and sincere <3 and the only moment when HGI made me believe her acting – her tears and face expression were perfect at that moment (but sadly just this once).
      JIW starts to play better his role, I just don't get his to modern style of the character, his way of making jokes is too Cha-esc, but when he has to be serious or sad he delivers it well.

      Good idea to get the king out of the palace!

  31. 31 holysmokes

    your recaps are so entertaining, i swear i can read a whole book of your recaps.. you have a way with words, it feels like im watching the episode with subs.. love your work.. so smart n witty. Im so in love with this program.. keep up the fantastic recaps.. looking forward fot the next one.. keep smiling and stay healthy!!!!

  32. 32 ava

    Dramabeans’ site is the best! Thank you for the recaps as always, this is something I make an effort to insert in my busy busy sked as an engineer/mother/wife/blogger life. 🙂

  33. 33 yeisha

    Finally, we’re back some fun in the sun! (pun intended). Those late night scenes at the palace were indeed starting to get suffocating, indeed.

    And yessss…a new ship is born. I’m definitely all for Yang-Shil coupling. Ahhh..what a team they will be! Yang Myung better realize this soon because he’s pining for Yeon Woo/Wol is getting old.

    Also, thank you PD and cameraman for panning out when Hwon was holding Wol by the waist. HGI’s acting has improved but I still find her lacking. She can’t match KSH’s intensity and its especially obvious when you have a close-up of their faces together and she has the same wide-eyed expression yet again. I’m glad that we didn’t get a lot of those close-ups this episode and we got long distance shots of the couple instead, which is lovely to watch.

    Oh, and because I’m still giddy…Yang-Shil! <3

  34. 34 Millie

    Thanks so much for the recap GF.

    I actually was thinking before this weeks episodes(after rewatching the younger kid ones) that the hairpiece was going to make a reappearance soon. Too much attention was given to it initially to have it be ignored or as a last second or quick throw-in storyline. So many questions though, like why Wol doesn’t get memories from seeing it or who/how someone else will first see it.

    • 34.1 Tyme

      I’m surprised that she wasn’t at least startled to see the hairpin. Gold hairpins were only used for members of the royal family, so even if it doesn’t trigger her own memories she should be curious about why Janshil has it in her posession…

      • 34.1.1 Tyme

        Okay, apparently it wasn’t completely exclusive. Regular women were allowed to wear dragon shaped hairpins (the ones the dowager queens have on) on their wedding day exclusively. Still. That fancy of a hairpin should garner some more attention from Wol/Yeonwoo than it did. Where would Janshil get a lump of gold from?

    • 34.2 Anime1234

      I agree the hairpin showing up where it did is strange. Why was it in Jang Shil’s stuff? Did Wol get buried with it in her hair so it was still with her or did Seol take it and keep it for her lady?

  35. 35 Mol

    Thanks a lot for the reacap! av been waiting for it since this mornign!!!! thanks a lot girlfridaaaay ^^

  36. 36 21

    Maybe I dont have a heart but wippy Yang-myung is starting to get a little annoying. I know he loves Yeon-woo/ Wol but she is just a girl he cant have. Gah..i feel very frustrated for him and I don’t want him to be unhappy. Anyway thanks again for your awesome recap!!

  37. 37 Mouri

    I was wondering if the show isnt going too slow considering its already crossed it’s Half-Mark. Today is gonna see the end of the 12th episode, so how are you to manage providing justice to atleast the other leads [such as bo kyung who showed nothing but angry tears this entire time and yang myung who has been doing nothing but seeking out wol which definitely is heart-rending but is not fulfilling of the character’s potential] , if not the supporting characters, AND let Hwon and Wol have an epic romance as a King and a Shaman mutually in love with each other fighting the Norm of the palace, AND save the king from the Plotting ministers and the dowager, AND do justice to Jung Il Woo’s Talents as an actor with a VAST range of skills, AND Let Bo Kyung act Bad for a change!

    For the first time, I hope there is an extension of a week [not more] so that I dont feel like everything hurried at the end.

  38. 38 asianromance

    Thanks for the recap!

    “It’s like whiplash, but every five minutes it’s Hwon! No Yang-myung! No Hwon! Aaaaaaagh.” LOL!!! I feel that way too, except when Yeon-woo is with Yang-myung, I’m like “you bastard, Yang-myung. That’s Hwon’s girl. Give her up!” and when she’s with Hwon, I’m like “Yang-myung’s sad. You’ve had almost everything, Hwon. Just give Yeon-woo to my sad Jung Il Woo…i mean, Yang-myung!”

    I can’t wait for the day when all the young’uns -Yang-myung, Hwon, Wol, Seol, Jan-Shil, Woon, and even Yeom and Minhwa all team up against the baddies! Hopefully there will be such a day! And I can’t wait for more Jan-shil and Yang-myung scenes. I think they’re my favorite couple!

  39. 39 cv

    thank you for the recap! ^^

    Yes… for myung and yangshil! They are good couple. I would like the brother to move on…maybe now he can since he’s actually hanging out with a real shaman who can channel to the other side. I’m hoping that yang shil will actually tell him something about the king and wol—how it’s fate for them–you can’t escape destiny and they are meant to have met, be together. <3 wouldn't that be awsome!? LOL
    We'll just have to keep our fingers cross that they each get their happy ending. It's the middle of the drama and something good better happen in the next episode. hehe

  40. 40 mary

    Thank you for the recaps!

  41. 41 syera

    thank you for the fast recap girlfriday! 🙂

  42. 42 FunnyBunny

    More more more! gaaahh I can’t get enough of this drama! Jung Il-woo why so adorable? Why must you break my heart every scene you’re in?
    I agree more magic please! You can’t have a fantasy fusion show without the fantasy!

  43. 43 Lady Seoul

    Thank-you drama for granting my wish! I wanted for Yeon&Hwon moments and I got loads of it. Cute episode, I LOVE it. ^_^

  44. 44 fangirl98

    Finally!!! I’ve been waiting for that moon/sun hairpin to resurface. I wonder how long it will be before Jan-shil wears it, believing it to be a gift from Wol who “mistakenly” packed it in with Jan-shil’s things. OR someone else (Yang Myung???) finds it and returns it to the king becasue it looks like it would belong to a royal lady???

    That would probably push Hwon over the edge. I mean…what further proof would he need that Wol = Yeon Woo?!

    OMG! I CAN’T WAIT to see where this leads!

  45. 45 sally_b

    oh YAY ! (thanks for the recap – splendid as always ~♥)

    General thoughts:

    *I could watch Kim Soo Hyun ► talk, in close ups, all day long. seriously. That guy is insanely handsome…and the way his mouth curls at the corners, both when he’s smiling or delivering a verbal beat-down is mezmerising.

    *LOVE having more screen time for minor characters. One of the reasons I watch Sageuks is for the ensemble cast — the weaving of life stories ~

    I would be very pleasantly surprised if the writer gave us a Prince Yang Myung/JanShil loveline…but my understanding is that this would completely deviate from the book. So I expect instead, for the writer to torment us with the possibility…forever unrequited.
    hahaha…2nd leads *we* still love you.

    *Kim Min Seo continues to kick-acting-ass while only actually being on screen 1/16th of the show. Props to MS ♥

    *I want my *very own* Hyung Sun. I would have tea with him and tease him just to see him shuffle to the wall. Never thought I would utter the words…”That eunuch is sooo adorable!”.


    • 45.1 roseB

      kim soo hyun’s lips ~ drool
      kim soo hyun talking ~ drool
      kim soo hyun smiling ~ instant drool
      kim soo hyun laughing, breathing…EXISTING ~ meltdown!

      • 45.1.1 SUNSHINE

        you are THE BEST of KIM SOO HYUN ‘fanspot!
        The Best line .

  46. 46 Cinderella

    LOL at “Heart breaaaaaaaak”!

    Now, whenever I see the words heartbreak or heartbreaker, I think of Best Love’s Dokko Jin singing it in a karaoke bar…

  47. 47 Brenda

    I thoroughly enjoyed this episode =)
    –I was wondering where that hairpin went to, although I am kind of disappointed that she didn’t feel anything when she saw it . . . maybe if Hwon ever sees it something might happen . . .

    The one image I can’t get out of my head is the way Wol looked at Hwon when he said he really really liked her. Her expression just about broke my heart.
    Then of course, there was Hwon’s smile. For the first time since he was a teenager, his innocent expression of joy and happiness came back.
    To think that if she were “still alive” we’d see everyone living happily . . . maybe even Yang Myung would have been at peace. . . but then we wouldn’t have a story now would we?

    For some reason, Yang Myung declaring that he was now going to live for himself and the way his eyes looked when he saw them smiling at the end of the episode really scared me. It made me think that perhaps he considered going to any length to have her, which terrifies me. I really do sympathize with his character, and we all know that the more he tries to get her to choose him, the more he’ll get hurt since they weren’t “destined” to be.

  48. 48 sosoxrah

    We need to see more dates between Hwon and Yeon-woo. I loved the little snowman and Hwon’s outburst during the puppet show. But I don’t know how much more of Yang-myung’s is left to break. I hear a little crack and a shatter whenever I see his eager face turn sad in a matter of a second.

  49. 49 Lady

    The moment I saw HyungSun with that snowman..I knew something wasn’t right XD

    aww so that was a Janshil-YangMyung connection. interesting~
    aww at least there’s someone on his side now. He’s starting to rebel so I hope Janshil guides him well and not provoke him further :3

  50. 50 theedie

    Thanks for the wonderful recap yet again GF.

    I’ve been keeping tabs on this drama and it’s pretty much my drama crack of the season, though I’m a bit worried about story development/pacing issues. The teenage years were probably the best intro episodes I’ve ever seen. The story was just so rich and layered and you could tell all of the characters had something to show you. However, in these adult years…it seems as if all the focus is on the love triangle with a sprinkling of Nokyoung/Bokyung/Evil queen thrown in.

    You get some really cute moments between Yeom/Minhwa, but I thought there’d be more depth to Minwha’s character because of what she witnessed when she was a child. I’m sure that’ll come up later, but I figured there’d be more too it by now. Speaking of Minhwa, I find it odd that she has had no interaction at all with Hwon since the time skip. I figured at the very least she’d be used to interact with Bokyoung more, but all we see of Bokyoung is when she’s trying to be with Hwon or sitting with baddie granny queen.

    Then there’s Seol/Yeom/Woon. It’s past the halfway point and Seol has yet to actually come face to face with Yeom. Also with Woon I feel like I’m missing something when it comes to his character. So far he’s just run around with Hwon being the super loyal/scary body guard, but I don’t think he’s gotten any shining moments which I figured he would.

    Don’t get me wrong, I still love this drama to bits since the main pull for me has been Wol/Hwon/Yangmyung and that’s been super. I know there are 9 episodes left, so there’s plenty of time to hash out all the other stuff. I just hope it happens soon and isn’t dragged out til the end as most dramas are wont to do.

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