Drama Recaps
The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 9
by | February 1, 2012 | 105 Comments

Wol finds out just how much danger lies inside the palace walls, and the king struggles to keep his curiosity, and his heart, locked away. It’s a crucial episode for Wol’s character, who hits rock bottom in more ways than one.

Ratings hit another high today at 34.5%, which is kind of insane. I thought low thirties would be the ceiling on this thing, but I guess there’s no slowing this train. Captain followed at 7.8% and Wild Romance at 4.4%.


Hwon stirs awake in the dark room and pins Wol to the ground, demanding to know who she is. Woon stands in the corner but doesn’t interject, because I guess you can’t exactly tell the king to take a chill pill.

He yells for Hyung-sun to have every candle lit in the room. They light the candles… and he’s still got her pinned? While they lit every single candle? Well that’s an excuse to cop a feel if I’ve ever seen one.

He finally recognizes her in the light and his eyes widen. He trembles as he asks what she’s doing here, and whom she works for. He works up to a furor, and the professor who brought her here in the first place comes running in to explain that she’s not a person, but a talisman.

The king screams back that this non-person talisman took a hand to him while he was sleeping. How is anyone to know if she intended to strangle him, or seduce him, or take a knife to his throat?

But Wol boldly speaks up and asks for a chance to explain herself. She quotes passages from texts she’s read, and says that a king who carries the weight of a nation on his shoulders needs to lay down that burden and rest properly.

He doesn’t think that explains why she touched him, and asks how she could possibly know his burdens. She haltingly says that the woman’s name he whispered in his fitful sleep conveyed enough, and that she knows it was wrong, but she wanted to give him comfort in some small way.

It’s enough to fire up his suspicions again that she reminds him of Yeon-woo. As she talks, we switch to his inner thoughts, as he tries to convince himself that this isn’t her. “No, she’s not Yeon-woo. If she were Yeon-woo, she wouldn’t pretend not to know her own name.”

She calls out to him, as he repeats to himself that it’s a mistake, and that he has to let it go. He gets up abruptly, and orders her to be kicked out of the palace at once. He trembles as he does it, as if kicking a drug habit he knows is bad for him. It’s the letting go of the illusion or hope that she might be Yeon-woo that pains him. He ignores her cries as she gets dragged from his room.

Nok-young tries to intervene by saying that Seongsucheong will punish her by supernatural law, but the professor refuses to hand her over, and locks her up in jail with a warning to the guards to keep it a secret.

She panics to be locked in a wooden box all over again, and pounds on the door screaming for help. Hwon sits up, now haunted by the memory of Wol’s hand on his head as he slept. Wol in turn cries as she remembers Hwon’s words that a thing that isn’t even a person dared to touch the king.

Yang-myung heads toward the palace, after doing a little sherlocking to figure out who’s responsible for kidnapping Wol (though he has yet to find out her name or confirm his suspicions that she’s Yeon-woo).

He enters the palace and goes straight for the guilty professor who gulps in fear. Well if you weren’t already the prime suspect, that would have given you away. Yang-myung presents his story of valiant rescue and shows his head wound, all pouty, “It looks like it hurts, doesn’t it?” Pfft. He’s totally enjoying this.

The upshot is, Yang-myung knows he took the girl. So where is she? He sputters and lies that they kicked her to the curb, and he doesn’t know where. Yang-myung heads out, dejected to hit another dead end.

He runs into queens grandmother and… er, stepmother, I guess, (queen dowager and queen mother) and bows respectfully, wondering if something’s amiss. Grandma is especially spiteful and implies that Yang-myung has come to the palace knowing that the king has been threatened.

Queen mother actually defends Yang-myung, saying that surely he’s here to comfort his brother, but Grandma’s having none of that, and warns Yang-myung to heed his orders to stay away from the palace entirely. Assuming he’s just waiting in the wings to take the throne, she pretty much says over my dead body.

They start to walk away but he stops them, musing that what Grandma’s really worried about is the fact that the king has no heir to succeed him. Her jaw hits the floor. He guesses that in order to see that happen, she’ll have to live to be a hundred, so it’s likely that he’ll outlive her. Damn. He says he’ll be praying for her to live a long, long life, and turns to go with a giant self-satisfied smile. Ha. But when his back is turned, the smile fades and his face hardens.

The queens meet with Hwon to make sure he’s okay, but Grandma’s still worked up over Yang-myung’s visit and tells Hwon that he needs to hurry up and make an heir, and secure his line of power, and keep his distance from Yang-myung. Yeesh. She says with foreboding, “His very existence is a threat to you…”

Yang-myung heads to a temple where a woman dressed in a monk’s clothing is praying. She greets him by name, and he smiles, “Mother.” Oh thank goodness. I swear, if anyone else was going to be mean to him today, I might’ve cried.

He sweetly tells her that even without all those fancy jewels and headdresses, her hair is still the fairest. Aw. She sweeps her hand over her hair shyly, and tells him that she hasn’t been able to take that final step yet as a priestess/monk, and says she’ll shave it all soon.

He tells her not to, because you never know – something might happen to Hwon and then she might end up the queen dowager, after all. She looks up at him worriedly, asking how he could say such a dangerous thing. He assures her that he’s taken her words to heart his entire life.

She repeats the metaphor we heard him use as a teen – that a tree might want to stay still, but the winds will eventually move and sway it. (Though he used it differently, to motivate his wanderer’s life by moving where the wind takes him.) She tells him not to be swayed, because that’s the only way he’ll survive. Basically: don’t rock the boat or you’ll die.

He asks if she believes in the transmigration of souls (reincarnation). He says he’s emptied his mind, and has no ambition for anything, not even the throne, “But… for one person…”

“If there’s such a thing, then there’s just one person I want to meet again.” With tears in his eyes, he continues, “That she might not recognize me… that she might choose another over me yet again… that I may have already met her, and will lose her again… that’s my only worry.”

He wanders back to the place where he lost her, and wonders to himself where he can go to find her again.

That night Hwon asks what Woon thinks about Yang-myung, since he should know his hyung better than anyone. Woon asks if he suspects Yang-myung’s motives, but Hwon says no, he’s just worried that before he bends, he’ll snap. Has everyone in the universe conferred and agreed that Yang-myung = tree? Because what’s with the over-extended metaphor, people?

Hwon: “Don’t you think it’s funny, the seat of the king? I have to treat my brother who shares my blood as an enemy. I find this seat especially tiresome today.”

It reminds him of Wol’s explanation the night before, about wanting to ease a little of his tiredness, and suddenly asks Woon to check on her.

Wol sleeps slumped over in her cell and stirs from a nightmare, or a vision, as someone calls out “Yeon-woo-ya!” over and over. It turns out to be real – her mother wakes up from another nightmare where she tries to save her daughter.

Only when she wakes up, young Yeon-woo is there by her bedside. Mom hugs her tight, breathing a sigh of relief that she’s alive after all. She asks heartbreakingly if dying wasn’t painful, or cold, or frightening.

Yeon-woo just wipes the tears from her eyes, and tells her to be strong. She wakes up to an empty room. Wol stirs in her sleep, crying, “Mother, mother.”

Meanwhile Seol is chomping at the bit to break Wol out, and rails at Nok-young for not doing anything to save her. She screams that it’s because of her that Wol can’t breathe in confined spaces.

She suggests they just tell the king everything – that Wol is Yeon-woo, so that he can save her. Nok-young shuts her up angrily, warning her not to speak those words ever again. She’s gathering her thoughts for a plan, and insists on quiet.

Yeom finds himself wandering back to his old house, flooded with memories of Yeon-woo. He’s surprised to hear sounds coming from inside, and finds his mother hunched over Yeon-woo’s things and crying.

He asks why she came back here when she was doing so well by staying away, and she cries that Yeon-woo came to see her tonight, and it felt like she had something to say. He cries to see her still so distraught, and brings her back home. He leaves Mom in Princess Min-hwa’s care and heads back to lock up their old house for good.

Apparently Wol’s making the rounds to visit everyone’s dreams tonight, because next she shows up in Bo-kyung’s dreams, making her wake with a start. She panics, wondering why that dead girl is showing up in her thoughts.

Hwon tosses and turns, unable to shake Wol’s presence from his mind. He passes by the cooks the next morning and they bow expectantly, having prepared the same meal he praised them for when he was in a good mood.

This time he snarks that they must plan to feed him the exact same thing until the day he dies, totally back to the cold and bitter Hwon. They sigh to themselves and swoon over the memory of once seeing his smile. Heh.

Bo-kyung catches them swooning over her husband and they prepare for her wrath, but she slaps on a fake smile and pretends to be fine with it. She goes to see the queen mother and cries that there are rumors circulating about the king keeping a woman close.

Mother assures her that’s not the case, but Bo-kyung pleads with her, to allow her to be by the king’s side freely, insisting it’s the only way to calm the rumors. But the queen mother says that Seongsucheong has declared they must remain apart until the day of their consummation, and forbids it. She adds that the queen dowager has brought a human talisman to aid in the king’s recovery, and it’s working well.

The king meets with his assembly, who wait on pins and needles for him to blow the lid on their palace construction project, aka their front to launder money for their nefarious private militia.

He totally toys with them, purposely giving a few false starts and putting them at ease before launching the real question, about the progress on the building’s construction. Minister Yoon offers up that if he’s concerned he ought to take a look for himself. The king responds that it seems a little late for that.

The council of evil gathers to gripe about the king messing with them, because he clearly knows something, but isn’t striking. Why? One of them guesses the meaning behind his statement that it’s too late – he knows that even if he were to overturn the construction project, it’s too late to stop their plan.

They figure that he’s waiting for the right moment, and Minister Yoon muses that the king is waiting for the chance to do a clean sweep all at once – to clear up the corruption from the roots, and not just injure one arm of the plan. Well that’s what a smart person would do.

Bo-kyung tells her father about the human talisman and worries that despite being considered an object, it is still a woman that they’re keeping close to the king, and she can’t abide it. She asks him to request the queen dowager to remove her at once. He chastises her for being so childish as to be threatened by a shaman, a nobody, and leaves her fuming.

He goes to see the queen dowager, who greets him snidely that he must be coming up in the world since he’s been by so infrequently. They laugh and smile but they each gripe to themselves that he’s gotten cocky and forgotten who gave him that position, and that she still thinks herself a powerful player. It’s great when the villains turn on each other. Makes the hero’s job easy.

He takes issue with her bringing Nok-young back as the head of Seongsucheong, because of course the interim shaman in charge was loyal to him. But the queen dowager won’t budge on this matter, trusting in Nok-young’s power even if it frightens them. Above all, she says, “The dead no longer speak,” meaning she’s proven her worth in the clearest way.

The day has come for Wol’s punishment, as guards come to drag her out of her cell. She gets strapped to a torture chair as Nok-young, Seol and Jan-shil watch in horror, but they can’t do anything to save her. A guard takes a branding iron out of the fire and raises it to her face…

Meanwhile Hwon is outside, getting in some archery practice? Dude, someone’s face is about to be marred for touching you, and you’re playing with arrows? Woon comes up and actually takes Wol’s side, which Hwon notes with surprise.

He sighs, “I know, she’s not the dangerous one. The dangerous one is me.”

Nok-young watches the branding iron get closer and closer to Wol. She asks Ah-ri what to do – if she reveals Wol’s identity it’ll save her from this, but then she’ll surely be killed anyway. She begs Ah-ri for an answer.

The iron gets inches from her face and Jan-shil screams… as someone calls out for them to stop. Ohthankgod.

It’s Hyung-sun, here with orders from the king, that Wol be pardoned to return to Seongsucheong and fulfill her duty. Tears of relief come like a wave, as she trembles.

Hwon turns to Woon and says that he knows he should push her away. “But I can’t.”

Wol sits stone-faced in her bed, not having touched her food. She asks Nok-young to be allowed to go outside the palace just once. Nok-young begins to refuse her, but she says tearfully that she has something she needs to do.

She says with a painfully broken spirit that she knows now fully what she is, and what lines she cannot cross. Oof, the way she says that she learned her lesson kills me, when you think of how bold and idealistic she was as a child.

But she says that she at least wants to break the prejudice against her for being an orphan, and asks for permission just this once: “It is my first and last request.”

So she heads out of the palace walls and walks through town, just mere feet away from her mother and Princess Min-hwa. She heads to the paper store and rifles through the colorful parchment. The shopkeeper asks what she’s choosing the paper for, and she says it’s for an apology, the same kind of admission of fault she wrote to Prince Hwon when she was young. Oh, is she going to write the king the same way? I’m already excited.

Something about being there triggers her memory, and she hears voices as if they’re in the room – young Seol and Yeon-woo talking about what sort of parchment is appropriate for this sort of thing.

She runs out, flooded with these thoughts, and realizes that she never saw that man that saved her, and never thanked him. She heads back to the last place she saw Yang-myung that day and sighs, thinking there’s no reason he’d still be here, days and days later.

But when she turns around, there he is, staring right back at her. Eeee! They meet again! He looks at her full of shock and emotion, while she smiles at him, only seeing him as the nice man who helped her that day.

They go back to the parchment store and she thanks him for helping her that day, and apologizes for not keeping her promise to return there. He laughs it off and says it’s no big deal, since it’s not like he successfully saved her anyway.

She wonders why he’s dressed as a nobleman today, and he hurriedly clears up the misunderstanding that he’s not a monk, no-siree. He says that he’s a free bird, and offers to take her away to anyplace that she wants.

She says that she’s in a safe place now and that she’s fine, but it triggers another memory – of young Yang-myung offering to throw away his identity to run away with her. Aw, even just the flashback to that moment breaks my heart all over again.

She asks if maybe he’s related to the king. Yang-myung smiles, wondering how she knew, maybe hoping that it means something more. But she says that it’s her shaman powers – she saw a glimpse of his past. No, it’s your past! Ack!

He deflates. She asks if she can give him a word of advice: “It’s time that you let go of the one you keep in your heart.” He stops cold. She tells him to empty that space in his heart for someone new.

“Don’t struggle to cover the truth with laughter anymore. Isn’t it too painful a thing to live your life in disguise while lying to your heart?” It stirs him, but then he smiles to cover it up, as if on reflex.

He asks her name, and she starts to say that she doesn’t have one, but remembers the name the king gave her. She tells him that it’s Wol. She thanks him again for his help and says that she’ll pray for him to meet someone new. He’s so lost in thought that he doesn’t realize she’s walked out.

Mom and Princess Min-hwa are headed to the same store, and Wol bumps right into her mother on her way out. But her face remains covered as she bows an apology, and Mom tells her it’s okay.

Yang-myung comes running out belatedly, and his sister grabs him in surprise, wondering what he’s doing here. He barely registers them, scanning the crowd for Wol. Min-hwa guesses that he’s got a new girlfriend, and he just agrees with her to get her off his back, and runs into the street, but she’s gone.

Back in the palace, she uses her new parchment to write her admission of fault.

Nightfall. Wol gets led to the king’s chambers, back on talisman duty. She enters the inner chamber alone and finds the king standing there, waiting for her. He says in his cold and bitter tone that he skipped the sleepytime tea tonight, and will do so each night from here on out.

He repeats her words that he needs to lay down his burdens and treat his weariness, and approaches her, saying he’s extremely tired. Whoa, is this going where I think it’s going?

He tells her that she’ll have to make him forget his troubles and lay his burdens to rest, and asks if that’s something she can do, as if challenging her. But she surprises him by saying that if he’ll let her, she’ll do whatever she can to fulfill her duty to the king. She’s basically now fully been stripped of the illusion that she’s a person. Augh that just breaks my heart.

Meanwhile Bo-kyung stews in her room, unable to shake the thought that something else is going on. She storms over to the king’s chambers against everyone’s pleas, and gets past Hyung-sun to the inner room.

She hears the king’s voice asking Wol to lift her face. Bo-kyung braces herself and cracks open the door…

She gets a glimpse of Wol from the side and scrunches her face in surprise. She looks up to see the king standing just a few feet away from her, looking into her eyes.


So far I actually like the arc that we’re getting for Yeon-woo/Wol because we meet her as a headstrong idealistic girl and find that she’s maintained the same spunk as an adult, so that when she goes through this transformation, her spirit broken and her worth reduced to nothing, it’s certainly more heartbreaking to know who she really is on the inside.

It’s not so much the loss of status – going from princess bride to object – that gets me in the heart, but the loss of her personal self-worth that resonates with me. When she finally gives in to what the world is telling her, it’s the first time I feel that pang of true sympathy for the character.

So far she’s had some lovely moments with both Hwon and Yang-myung, and the tragic love triangle seems to be as strong as ever. There’s obviously a hefty amount of suspension of disbelief that has to go on with both brothers just believing that she’s someone else who has Yeon-woo’s face (or perhaps that she’s been reincarnated in this way), but then on the other hand, them holding out hope that she’s not dead would be just as weird.

I do like that her flashbacks are explained away by her delusion of shaman powers – she thinks she’s seeing into other people’s pasts, without realizing that the link is her, which I actually like. It feels logical to me, whereas I would have liked to see Yang-myung be a little more dogged in his disbelief, because he seemed to immediately recognize her as Yeon-woo when he saw her last week. But methinks it’s not a bone he’s about to let go so easily, and I’m sure Hwon will do his share of interrogating in due time. Hwon’s got his share of darkness so he’s set up for a good arc, but Yang-myung feels like the same person from beginning till now, just more heartbroken. It works of course because he’s an obviously sympathetic character, but I hope there’s a bigger journey in store for him.


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105 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kbap

    Thank you for the recap! :)

    • 1.1 Kiara

      Thank you GF :)

  2. sora

    thank u thank u thank u. I almost died from waiting lol

    • 2.1 qldgal

      ikr? I think this is the most crazy that I’ve been from waiting.

  3. mykdramaself


  4. Dangerousgoods

    Thankyou! I’ve been refreshing like crazy to see your recap :) the story is heating up! Can’t wait for tonight’s broadcast 😉

  5. ThePrettyCoral

    thanks 😀

  6. 21

    I find it really amusing that Wol thinks she has magical power when she gets her old flashback!! I love this show so much! Thanks for the recap!!

  7. amber

    I’m really impressed with Han Ga-In acting. I think she is really getting into her character.

  8. Czak

    Aahhhhh…. Thanks…

  9. teachermok

    thanks! i’ve been waiting for this! :)

  10. 10 MeeisLee

    I wonder if this is going to hit the 40% mark. I’m a little surprised by it’s early popularity but it’s deserved.

    I’ve been refreshing because I’m about to ditch all my hw so I can watch ep 9 and I needed the recap to back me up on my decision :). Thanks :D.

  11. 11 Jenny

    Thank you!!

    • 11.1 charmel

      thank you! I love this movie… It’s great!

      • 11.1.1 Nishi

        You mean drama? Huh?

  12. 12 asarako

    Thank you 1000x…

  13. 13 Jenn C

    OMG I love this drama so much!!!

  14. 14 Evi

    Yay, almost first! Thanks very much for the recap :)
    But I kind of disappoint about this episode, I don’t really like the King now because of his cold act. I still confuse though, is the King order to put the iron on Wol face? How Wol got the scar? (I’ve seen the raw but there’s no explanation).
    As for Wol – I don’t like her condition where she become soo…helpless. I used to think she is a bright, clever and cheerful girl that can find a way to solve a problem. Now she has to be put under King mercy. I really like ep 1-7, but looking this ep, it look like to be melodrama mood ahead.
    I just wish they can put back a little bit of cheerful, cute and innocent like that ep 1-7 bring before.

  15. 15 benniecutie

    Interesting development. I wonder what will happen next. :)

    • 15.1 Luscious

      They will make cute babies…:-)

      • 15.1.1 benniecutie

        LOL. i know right.. only if it was true.

        • gyugu

          Please.. please… please.. let they have little Hwon and Wol.

  16. 16 Fasiris Fay

    Really looking forward to watching this episode…thanks for the recaps JB and GF! 😀

  17. 17 M

    Sometimes, a drama just becomes popular with the audience, yeah?

    I feel sad for the other shows, since everyone must work really hard, but I’m glad there are still people who follow them.

    Anyway, I really want to watch this so I won’t read much. However, I must say I read a few other recaps, since they come out earlier for the same show, but I find Dramabeans’ and Girlfriday’s writings much easier to read.

    I think it’s just the styles of the writers.

    I’ll write more after I finish watching.

  18. 18 charyun

    Aahh!!! If only the king knows that she is Yeon Woo! Can’t wait til tomorrow’s episode!!!!!!

  19. 19 girl

    thank youuu! can’t wait for tomorrow’s episode ! hopefully he’ll recognize her handwriting?? maybe?? sigh.

  20. 20 yooney

    <3 thank you for the recap

  21. 21 Alain

    Looking forward to watching this show, not on Dramafever yet. The show reminds me of Dong Yi, oh wait, little Dong Yi is in it!

    Enjoy the soundtrack.


  22. 22 kdrama fan

    I cant wait for eng subs!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. 23 Ani

    I watched this episode raw and Jung Il-woo as Yang-myung actually won me over in this episode, or at least made me feel for him a bit more. It had to do with the hope he had that maybe Wol was Yeon-woo afterall. It was sad when he talked to his mother about how he was afraid that even in a next life Yeon-woo would still look over him for another. It’s heartbreaking to think that everytime you’re reincarnated you’re fated to never be loved by the one soul that your soul yearns for.

    Hwon is definitely in a dark place right now, and it’s just said for me remembering who he was as a child as opposed to the man he is know. It’s like the light went out in his heart and it’s not coming on anytime soon.

    I was surprised Wol broke so easily, but her fear of small spaces was traumatizing and it helped push her to the breaking point.

    All around, the love triangle is killing me with sadness, and I can only hope for some reprieve in the next episode.

    P.S. The ratings drop in Wild Romance is no surprise. Aside from Moon/Sun sweeping it up, episode 9 for WR this week was lame and it just pisses me off to no end.
    P.P.S. Please tell me the producers or whoever gave up on thinking of extending Moon/Sun, because that would suck if they run out of material and the drama just turns it’s wheels without going anywhere. X/

    • 23.1 zsa

      Now we all know where the rest of Wild Romance viewers have gone to :-\

    • 23.2 M.D.

      What I am really happy, besides all the other good things about this drama that were mentioned already is that finally Cha Ci Soo is finally gone and we can enjoy Yang-myung. It took a little while, but now it shines completely as itself, not as a shadow of what we should see.

  24. 24 hibiki

    Haha I really love your summaries. Although ive already seen the raw video. I still come back here to read.

    I was wondering the same thing. He’s got her pinned that whole time? XD oh you hotblooded king :p

    It can only be expected that the queen mother is from queen dowager’s clan right? Im happy that she’s at least nice to Yangmyeung. What’s up with this grandma. Hmp!!! You’re not going to live forever bi*ch!

  25. 25 Joo

    Thank you for the recap!

    There may be minor flaws here and there and the plot may seem a little too simplistic but I’m truly loving this drama! Kim Soo-hyun totally shines <3 <3

  26. 26 cv

    Thank you for the recap! I just can’t wait for them to find out that Wol is yeon woon. 😀

  27. 27 stars4u

    My heart got torn up into pieces watching Yang-myung!!!

  28. 28 Raitei

    The part wherein she implies giving herself up is probably the saddest part.. :(

    Immediately followed by Yang Myung’s flashback and Mom’s depression after being visited by young Yeon Woo in her dream…

  29. 29 CAnjell

    Thank you.
    I watch it raw while waiting for your recap.
    Love both the show and recap.

  30. 30 Joy

    Thanks Girl Friday! I needed to read this before I can go to bed soundly. I think I will start watching the drama again once I can get over the life suck onscreen that is Han Ga In. I really hope she will improve over the course of this drama.

  31. 31 78446

    Hmm. I predict Yang Myung will try to take the throne for himself if he thinks it’s the only way to protect Wol/Yeon Woo. The plot’s a bit too simplistic so the way they’re positioning Yang Myung’s character seems predictable enough (“he a threat to the throne!”). HOWEVER, this drama has a surprising way of shaking things up so they don’t become too predictable. Either way, more smackdowns with him and evil Grandma please!

  32. 32 ika

    I quite disappointed with this episode. The relationship between Hwon and Wol/YeonWoo moving at very slow pace. In fact there is not much of them in the episode

    1. the first scene
    2. then when Hwon was doing achery
    3. the night when she resumed her duty

    and i know what to expect in the next episode. I like the way they done the story with the younger casts. What’s up with all the details people around them. I know it’s necessary but can’t them tone it down a little bit and put more scene for the main characters bokyung/yangmyung/yeonwoo/hwon/minhwa/yeom/seol?

    I think this story will only start moving at next week episode. I hope so.

    • 32.1 Evi

      I agree with Ika, there’s not much of Hwon and Wol in this episode, and I don’t like many scenes in here that don’t involve them, too many palace plot and intrique. I skip a lot in this episode. Bring back the romance please…:)

      • 32.1.1 ika

        if this story based on real history like The Three Kingdoms maybe we can appreciate all the details on people around them. But this is not. This is fictional based on Joseon dynasty right? 😀 ”

        “Bring back the romance”

  33. 33 Dara

    My first time annoying with the wife finding out her hubby having another girl. Ga-in impressed me in this episode, when she cried, she cried heartbrokenly.
    Thanks for the recap ^^

  34. 34 Brenda

    I’ve become so obsessed. I’ve been counting down the hours to when someone would post up this video online.

    I’m wondering whether she’ll discover who she is soon since we’re already half way through. Hmm, it should be interesting.
    In the preview it showed Yeom discovering the letter that Yeon Woo used her last strength to write . . . I hope that Yeom delivers it directly to Hwon so we can see something happen!! *EEEk, CAN”T WAIT!!

    I feel like Bo Kyung has no character development. I thought she was suppose to be an important part of the story but she seems like just a minor character now. . . maybe she’ll become more dangerous than her father when she see that Yeon Woo has come back . . .

    • 34.1 caryatid

      i like your idea..maybe it’ll be the last straw that will tip her over the edge of darkness… not that she is less of an evil character now but knowing that yeon woo is back then all hell will break loose for her even more and of course also her daddy dearest and evil granny! cant’t wait for that one:D

  35. 35 DB5K

    I think this was the episode where Han Ga In’s weaknesses as an actor shone the most. Hopefully, once she’s fully in character, she’ll be better~~ I still love her as Wol, of course, I just wished that she could have carried the scene a little more realistically at some points.

    And nope, I’m not feeling YangWol (Yang Myung + Wol)~~

    And yesss…..I think that Hwon and Wol will….eventually sleep with each other since….you know, Nokyoung prophesied to the Dowager Queen that her grandson will have an heir….only it won’t be from Bokyung….which leads us to Wol, obviously~~ I expect the ratings for that episode to reach 40%, LOL.

    • 35.1 raycken

      I definite agree with this…. and besides, Yeon Woo/Wol is actually the rightful queen, as dictated by the heavens, right? I mean, she’s actually the moon-metaphor thing, and Bo Kyung is thick-faced if she can’t really swallow that. She [BK] doesn’t have the right to be bitter.

  36. 36 petals isabella

    I think episode 9 is not slow… i just gives other character to develop and shine a bit… this drama is not solely about hwon-wol…
    I love this drama because although it’s segeuk, but not too much politic is included… I really don’t segeuk because it’s all about politic but MoonSun is different… it focus on love and family… i really love that…
    didn’t watch it yet so can’t gives comment about their acting but I think they r good…
    and Thanks for the recap!!!!

  37. 37 Dangerousgoods

    Thankyou! I’ve been refreshing like crazy to see your recap :) the story is heating up! Can’t wait for tonight’s broadcast ;)Thankyou! I’ve been refreshing like crazy to see your recap :) the story is heating up! Can’t wait for tonight’s broadcast 😉

  38. 38 almontel

    thanks a lot for the recaps!!!

    it sure is getting better and better!!!

    i feel so sad for all the leads, i feel their angst so bad…
    even the heartfelt scene of YW’s mom, after all these years, she still can’t get over losing her daughter…

    can’t wait for tomorrow’s next ep!!!

  39. 39 ALLEN

    I think this is ever the first saeguk drama i ever LOVE!
    actually i am hook it had been a long time since there’s a drama that get me so hook !
    i hv been checking on the live n downloaded it first hand

    i’m so impress by han ga in acting especially her eyes…
    how beautiful is it! the wonder of beautiful big eyes! we can actually see story from it!

    actually there’s an article about the actresses… there’r some complaint about HGI taking this role as she;s much older than the leads etc~~~ but they mention something about she fitting in the roles as well as we can’t really find female rookies with this goddess look nowadays …
    the prettiest actresses that are widely known and i can think of are all in their 30’s now~~ Han Ga In, Song hye gyo, Kim Tae Hee, Kim Hee sun, Song Yejin

  40. 40 DMKO

    Thank you gf. Love your comments and recaps.

  41. 41 Marie

    Thanks girlfriday. Due to my eagerness, I watch the raw video even though I don’t understand Korean language… Hahaha. With your recap, you just make my day! Thank you so much and keep up the good work. Have a great day and awaiting your next episode… Yyay

  42. 42 Lady Seoul

    Thank-you I’m always checking for Moon/Sun recaps! Man, the story is getting very interesting. Can’t wait for tonight’s episode! I feel so sorry for WOL, I hope Hwon will realize her worth soon & they get more cute moments!

  43. 43 Carinne

    Tonight’s episode is a tearjerker. The mother-daughter kindred spirit between YW and her mother tugs my heavy heart. Yesh, I shed some tears every time YW’s mother aches for her lost child, and then after Yeom cries, oh gawd, this show didn’t AK47 me but tossed a chain of grenades at my crystal clear heart.

    Ack, whoever is juggling MoonSun and WildRom got a double shot of tear dribbles. Freaking great night for drama!

  44. 44 RoSe

    KSH certainly knows how to make viewers swoon. One stare from the king and we all go crazy for him. Haha! I certainly hope for more moments between him and Wol/YW.

    And who hated the grandma even more with this episode? Sheeshhh… no wonder her grandkids avoid her like the plague. Hwon has no choice but to face her since they’re both in the palace. But YM and Princess MH? It comes as no surprise why they prefer the company of the Heo family instead. Hehe!

  45. 45 Caitlyn

    I wasn’t going to read the recap before watching the episode but I couldn’t help myself. I hope Hwon and Wol really do sleep together, as is hinted. Maybe not that night because the wife might not allow it, lol, but another night maybe. But can the child of a shaman even be acknowledged, even if it’s also the King’s child? A King having an illegitimate child with a concubine is fair enough. But with a shaman? No way.

  46. 46 Lululu

    Yes Seol! Protect your missy! Hwon, I want some remorse from you when you realize the one you’re trying to brand is our Yeon Woo.

  47. 47 bjharm

    I do not think Han Ga In has ever despite how long she been acting every been considered an actors actor, or if you like an actor to been taken seriuously to be more blunt. I am guessing it her modeling background that lends to this, however unfairly. But it Seems with Bad Guy and now Moon-Sun that she finally got past this taint, it no doubt helps also that this seems to be heading to mega ratings.
    Also can anyone tell me what this is all about?

  48. 48 Stephanie

    I would worry if there is a bigger journey in store for Yang Myung…. You know how dramas like to take the one thing the character wants from him and drives him beserk. He does have to potential to wreck havoc and win over the throne… I just pray he doesn’t go there.

  49. 49 Dorotka

    I understand why Hwon ordered Wol to be thrown out of the palace. With all the conspiracy around him, no surprise he is very suspicious. You can’t be a softy as a king, or you die. The normal practice was if there is somebody threatening me, I kill him and all males in his family/clan. I’m actually surprised that Yang Myung is still alive.
    The second reason, of course, is the emotional threat Wol brings, the memories of Yeon Woo, the attraction Hwon feels.

    I liked that this episode showed how Hwon doesn’t like this side of being the king – that he has to be suspicious of everyone and trust none. Even his half-brother. And then we see it from Yang Myung’s view. I found his scene with the mean granny heartbreaking (finally some good acting from Jung Il Woo), showing his pain of being wrongly accused… and his strike back.

    But that was the only scene I liked JIW acting, I’m still feeling uncomfortable with his way too happy face…. where is the Goo Yong Ha feel???
    I’m actually still missing the SKKS vibe here, that drama managed to suck me in pretty soon. Here… I’m still more of an observer.

    And it doesn’t help that Wol is a bit too blend right now, I’m missing some sparks and more intelligent talks and behaviour.

    And where is the bromance???

  50. 50 Nica

    Can someone explain why Queen Grandma hates Yang-myung so much? Isn’t he her grandson as well?

    • 50.1 Ace

      A grandson, yes. But Yang-myung’s mother is not the queen mother. Grandma, like Voldemort, believes in stuff like pureblood. She also killed off the former king’s stepbrother in ep.1 because she doesn’t want any threat to her and her clan’s position.

      • 50.1.1 Jules

        Grandma, like Voldemort, believes in stuff like pureblood.


  51. 51 k-soup

    i’m so craving for the nest episode.. can’t wait!!!!!

  52. 52 Ace

    Kim Soo-hyun, you’re the best! I don’t feel HGI and JIW’s characters yet (the children are still better), but the two Kims are doing great, better than their childhood counterparts. I may not like KMS’ character Bo-kyung but her acting’s really good.

    I love that Yeon-woo’s haunting everyone’s dreams and hope for more haunting for Bo-kyung. 😉

    Anyway, I do think there’s gonna be an heir soon. ^^ Yeah, Bo-kyung’s not gonna like that. =P

    I’m not quite sure yet, but will they also go with the love square in the novel as subtly hinted in this episode with Woon taking Wol’s side?

    • 52.1 Kiara

      As far as acting, I love Kim Soo-hyun and Kim Min Seo. Still on the fence with JIW and it doesnt help that his character is doomed from the beginning.

  53. 53 Jaykah

    THANK YOU!! Far out I am so darn addicted to this drama. All day at work I full just think about what might happen next lol I’m still not a huge Han Ga In fan but she isn’t doing too bad of a job, she is very pretty and does remind me of lil Yeon Woo.

    Please give me more Seol!!

  54. 54 obsession

    i think this episode is great… i read the novel (up to Chapter 6), so i can predict the storyline a lil bit tho novel’s storyline is quite a big different from the drama version.

  55. 55 Jules

    After this episode – and Hwon’s contribution to breaking Wol’s spirit – my feelings towards Hwon are… uncharitable, at best. And if he tries bringing sex into the mix at this point in the story, I think I’ll outright hate him.

    • 55.1 Mose

      Its going in unusual way but I think its just how the story is going but It kinda makes sense in a way….you know

  56. 56 Mose

    HAHAHAHa….Still no disappointment yet fron this drama! Il love it. Still cant believe the main actress actually looks the age in the Drama! Shes so beautiful! (Can I marry you) hahaha Kidding your already married

  57. 57 Minsun

    I haven’t been so crazy over a drama since skks and sg and 49 days. Thank u for the recaps which keep me going till I get to watch ep 9!!

  58. 58 shl

    Thank you for the recaps! I can’t watch the show, so you’re the closest thing I can get to it and I’m really loving your recaps! They amazingly bring the drama to life, and I can’t wait to ‘watch’ the next episode.

  59. 59 memyself

    I hate Hwon for being the calm, collected, heartless jerk that he is right now. And feel utterly sad for Wol getting crushed thus. Not fair you guys. Not FAIR. Then again when was the world ever?!

  60. 60 lulu

    maybe an unpopular opinion but I wonder how this episode got a high ratings despite it’s a little boring. I watch the stream half-subbed and just went straight here to read the recap instead. I didn’t miss much I guess.

    also, I am not that convinced about Han Ga-in’s acting. for the most part, it seems like she’s just reading from a script.

    • 60.1 topper

      Well viewers will only know the episode is not as good after they have finished watching? Ratings are more due to the previous episodes.

    • 60.2 paj

      I agree with you. I guess many who are new to Saeguk thinks this is a good one. . .but to me I am still aghast how it reached the 30 percentile. Maybe it is due to the eye candy here and not the acting itself? I still can’t get into their roles. I personally thought the kids acting were better.

      • 60.2.1 lulu

        yeah, OT but, Yeo Jin Goo is the only reason I am trying to finish 60-episode Giant and maybe his other dramas. His acting is just so good.

  61. 61 kaye

    Woah at the ratings. Excited for this week’s installment.

  62. 62 kikoprincess

    Thanks for the recap. Helps those of us waiting for english subs on the other side of the world. This drama is sooooo good!

  63. 63 LC

    Thank you for the recap! This drama is crazy addictive! It’s high ratings are well-deserved!
    Can’t wait for Hwon to find out that Wol is Yeon Woo and for Yeon Woo to realise those memories are actually hers

  64. 64 shuerei

    i love your reviews…a heartbreaking episode
    Lokking forward to ep. 10 review from him
    Thanks for your wonderful insights and thoughts :-)

  65. 65 JOY

    thanks for the summary….i woke up @ 3am just to check this. love this drama!!!

  66. 66 rjyuggy

    this is the first time that i’m not rooting for the main couple in a drama. reason for that is Im just afraid of the evil plans that Queen Dowagger have in store for Wol/Yeon Woo. Shes so fragile. Im actually rooting for Yang Myung and Wol Tandem.

  67. 67 somewhereweknow

    JUNG IL WOO ;~; that is all. Have finally caught up with all the previous episodes (watching them rather than just reading the recaps) and I have to say that I am impressed by Kim Soo-Hyun. He’s full of surprises and manages to keep the spunk in Hwon without losing the element of adulthood in his acting.

  68. 68 Blondie

    thank you GF,

    Right now the king has not much power to rule the

    country, but will he have the “power” to make babies

    with the shaman considering his fragile health ?.

    like the story 40 days and 40 nights ?.

  69. 69 moon&sun lover

    is it just me but they just know how to end an episode? it’s such a cliffhanger that make you so curious on what the next episode gonna be.. make you so inpatient…ughhhh… i love that they end it so good.. but i hate that i have to wait for the next episode….

  70. 70 Garrdan75

    Thanks very much, girlfriday, for your very thorough and most enjoyable recaps! It’s well appreciated by those of us who do not understand Korean.

    Your writing style is engaging, thoughtful, quirky and funny. I wait impatiently for the English translations after each episode’s posted….yes indeed! I’m quite the kdrama fan and having your recaps pop up promptly after an episode is wonderful! Allows me to sleep better the same night! :)

    Best regards

  71. 71 CUA

    THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! i seriously CANNOT wait for the next few episodes!!!!! AHHHHHHH.. <3 it breaks my heart for the brother…. i'll take you!!! =P

  72. 72 Lizzie

    I think this episode showed how HGI’s acting is the weakest – aside the guy who does Woon.

    When she was being dragged the way she screamed was so fake and not beliable. When she was having a panic attack because she was jailed, she didn’t seem that desperate… and all she can do is cry with one or 2 tears…….

    She has the same face when she is worried, shocked, surprised, curious and all….

    I wish she could act with her entire face and body – not just open her eyes and stay still.

    • 72.1 Lizzie

      I meant ”believable”

    • 72.2 Birdie

      Acting in sageuks will show your acting skills ,if your acting is weak because it is all in the facial expressions. For example HHJ in Dongyi has the same few wide-eyed expressions, which I never noticed in Shining Legacy. Yeah not everyone can do sageuks well.

      • 72.2.1 lulu

        Han Ga-In received the same acting criticism when she did Witch Yoo-Hee before and although it’s not a sageuk and her character is portrayed as cold (and maybe too cold in my taste) but I don’t blame the script, she doesn’t really strike to me as that good. I haven’t watched Bad Guy though where she also acted.

  73. 73 Lilian

    I liked that we see Yang Myung fighting back (with words) against his grandma! That scene is awesome. If she starts to harm Wol, he will choose to throw everything away to protect her….maybe, choosing to become king too!

  74. 74 WvR

    Thanks for the recap!

    Yang-myung is either faking happiness or pouring out his sad feelings to others in his scenes. I hope he gets more of a role than just clinging onto a past love.

    I feel like the bodyguard, Woon, is going to figure out something about Wol/Yeon-woo first but have to either keep it to himself or somehow get someone to realize it indirectly.

  75. 75 NuDaFu

    Wol: I’m really impressed with HGI’s acting. At moments of personal trauma, she’s amazing. The slight tremors she gives off right after the branding iron takes a U-turn from her face: priceless. I’ve been a personal witness to a cycling/car accident – post-traumatic individuals do look like that. HGI enunciates her words with a cadence that is very pleasant to the ear. There is a dreamy quality to it (in a dignified and wise way) that adds a unique layer to her role as a shaman. I see her ‘giving up’ as a defense mechanism – kidnapped, locked in a small space to trigger ‘buried alive’ feelings, angering a king (who can command life or death on a whim), nearly being branded by a hot iron…I’m surprised she appears so strong – even in a passive state – with so many tangible threats to her safety and well being. I want her calligraphy set!

    Hwon: Yes, he isn’t being the perfect hero or lover at the moment. Slipping into his shoes, one understands why. With the Dowager Queen’s Party scheming left right and centre, waking up to find ANY hand on one’s forehead would be tantamount to waking into a nightmare. His suspicions of Wol’s intent were very valid. She did wrong – regardless of her good will. Although, at this point, I wondered why Hwon didn’t wonder at why Woon permitted all this. He blamed Wol for an offense that was really Woon and his attendants’ responsibility. I guess shouting at one person rather than many is more breath efficient; or, that he’s just being plain unjust. Way to go kingo! As much as this paints Hwon as a black sheepie, I think it adds a dash of realism to his role as a ruler and a human. With the pressures and loneliness he faces, sinking into autocratic cruelty once in a while wakes us up to the fact that, despite his general good guy manner and strive for justice (i.e. nice to little girl), Hwon undeniably wears the mantle of a king; with the good and BAD accessories that go with it. I like that. Somewhat un-idealistic, even morbid of me, but I still do.

  76. 76 Roxy

    I can’t wait till ep. 11!!!!!!

  77. 77 Briggy

    That bell/gong at nighttime is music to my ears because that means I get to see the king and his “Wol”.if I had to serve a king like him by comforting him to sleep at night……..that would be the best job in the world.I’ll do anything for his Majesty.anyway,this story has tragedy written all over it.Poor girl.I cry sometimes.Hope granny dies soon.why is she still alive?she and Bo Kyung’s dad!!!#frustrated!!

  78. 78 JC

    I really appreciate the time and effort you put into writing a recap after each episode. I love coming here to read over bits I didn’t pick up and everyone’s opinions on certain parts or characters in an episode. So thank you very much. I look forward to reading more!

  79. 79 Kim Yoonmi

    I think Jan Shil is A-ri. I said it first.


    – A-ri swore she’d look over the “Moon” Jan shill was young when she was discovered–younger than Yeon Woo.

    – Jan Shil has really good Spiritual powers.

    – The juxtaposition of “Ah-ri save us” and Jan shil’s scream.

    – When Wol is in trouble Jan shil over look over her and protects her from the worst.

    Not that anyone will see this… but I’m willing to bet on it.

  80. 80 Okasan

    Im just saying…that woon is hot.

    That said, I also wish that the child YW is allowed to act as the older one. The adult Wol is always having a surprised expression….the younger one managed to have so many subtle expressions on her very pretty face….Come to think of it, the younger Yeom was pretty ok too..

  81. 81 Lisy noble

    Wow. Awsome!!!♥

  82. 82 angel

    thank you….so bless that a website like this was created……….

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