Drama Recaps
The King 2 Hearts: Episode 11
by | April 25, 2012 | 379 Comments

The king takes his first step toward reconciliation, but considering the miles and political landmines that stand between them, that first step is long long way to go. Man, the things a monarch’s gotta do to get some face time with his girl.


Jae-shin sees assassin girl through the ambulance window, and it triggers a panic attack. Creepy assassin just takes her sweet time, enjoying a chocolate, and then smearing her gooey chocolate fingers all over the window. Well that’s just unsanitary. Also, can we get fingerprints from that?

Jae-shin gasps for air and then her cute parrot friend calls for Eun Shi-kyung, but his little parrot voice is too tiny to be heard. Unable to scream, she finally struggles to reach for the car horn, now in full-blown panic.

But thank ye gods Shi-kyung senses something and goes to check on her, and finds her on the car floor struggling and panicked. He holds her up and pleads with her to recognize him, and she ekes out the syllables of his name.

He holds her close (awww) as she trembles in terror.

Meanwhile Hang-ah wakes up in the hospital and her eyes widen, “Baby…?” Dad has filled her in on the miscarriage and the fact that it’s not a secret, and tries to downplay the situation, as if that’ll make her feel better. It’s sweet in intent, Dad, but you’re just confusing her.

She asks to be alone and puts a hand on her stomach, sighing, What the hell? Seriously. It does seem like the universe is just not on your side.

Jae-ha gets briefed by Secretary Eun that the palace’s official stance will be “No comment,” and that it’ll all blow over as rumor in about a week. I think that’s optimistic, but okay. But Jae-ha just looks up at him numbly, “I slept with her. I slept with her. I slept with Hang-ah.”

Secretary Eun snaps back, asking if he’s proud, because this is a blight on the entire monarchy, what he’s done. Jae-ha: “I know it’s my fault. So I’m going to take responsibility…”

He cuts him off again, “You are the king!” He asks if he’s going to pass on his misdeeds on to the people, but Jae-ha sees it very differently: “I take responsibility for my own actions. – I am not a king fit for Korea. I’m sorry. Kick me out. — I’ll say that to the people, and I’ll let them throw stones!”

He looks up with pleading eyes, “The baby… Hang-ah… they’re broken.” He admits he hasn’t slept since he sent Hang-ah away. But Secretary Eun pulls out the ace in his pocket: Hang-ah told him that she was the one who asked Jae-ha to stay that night (in effect taking responsibility, like she seduced him).

Jae-ha says no—that’s not what happened. But Secretary Eun threatens to counter any of his statements with her admission. He lays it out plain and simple: Jae-ha needs to abandon Hang-ah to save the monarchy.

Jae-ha: “No, I can’t do that, ever. I’LL die.” Secretary Eun urges him to be stronger. He shouts back, “Is killing the woman you love and living through it becoming stronger?!” His eyes fill with tears, and when he’s alone, they finally fall.

Shi-kyung gets word on Jae-ha’s situation, but he’s still busy tending to the other emergency. Jae-shin throws up (an interesting pattern, since her last panic attack was mild and triggered nausea—a clue?) and asks him not to tell her mother about what happened today.

He innocently asks if she wants to be moved to her bed, only to realize that would mean a whole lot of touching, and he stands there frozen. She calls him out on being all huggy this afternoon, and he stammers a line from the royal guard handbook (you just know Boyscout memorizes those things) about how it’s his job to protect her and stuff. You know, and stuff.

She tells him to go ahead and move her, so he circles her chair like a finicky cat about ten thousand times. (I love the detail in the performance, like he doesn’t know what to do with his hands.)

She finally has to yank him closer and tell him where to put his arms, and he lifts her up. He gets to the bed and then realizes how close they are, and looks away. She asks playfully, “Why can’t you look at me? Are you thinking naughty thoughts?” Rawr.

That’s waaay too much hotness for Shi-kyung to handle, and he literally drops her on the bed like a hot potato. HA.

He tries to bolt from sheer awkwardness, but Jae-shin asks him to stay until she falls asleep. Aw. So then he tucks her in, and then stands at attention by her bedside like a guard dog. It’s adorable.

Mom tortures herself by watching a North Korean news broadcast. These things get hilariously more over-the-top each time, and in this one the anchor wails as the voice of the baby, “Daddy! Daddy! I’m dying!” Jeepers. What the hell, lady?

As expected, both Hang-ah and Jae-ha get ripped apart in the press, along with North-South relations. It’s worse than anything that came before, because now it’s attacks on their character, and Jae-ha just sits there, unable to stop them from calling Hang-ah a promiscuous opportunist. It’s bad.

Finally he gets up and calls for Shi-kyung. I really want him to get a separate phone for calling Shi-kyung, like a batphone.

Over drinks, Shi-kyung looks up at him, You want me to do WHAT? Jae-ha says this is the only way, and asks if he’ll help. Shi-kyung smiles back, and he actually looks a little proud of his king. I hope your mission is what I think it is.

Hang-ah gets back to her regular life, ever the resilient girl. She even attends a friend’s child’s birthday party, which is crazy brave of her. She almost makes it out alive, but for her friend’s mother, who tells her that she’ll get pregnant again in no time. Cringe, cringe.

She walks down the street and gets stopped by two officers, and then a general arrives to greet her. She salutes him immediately. He takes her down to his office where he shows her the South Korean news—interviews of people on the street saying that they don’t believe Hang-ah’s lies.

She asks why he’s showing her this, and then he orders the camera crew inside. Oh no. He says that the people need to know the truth, so she’s going to tell them. Hang-ah nods resolutely.

The cameras roll, and Hang-ah addresses the South Korean people warmly, telling them not to worry about her, and that she was in some pain, but that she’s exercising and living her daily life.

The general tells her this isn’t a social call, and to tell them the truth, which finally makes her snap. She says into the camera that they keep showing her the news and forcing her to say something, asking what they’re doing to a sick person.

She snaps at the general, but calms down, saying through tears that she’s already worn out, and pleads with him not to sap her faith in her country on top of it all. Augh, so heartbreaking. She walks out with a bow.

Dad catches up with her in the hall, and to his dismay all she does is ask if there’s no word from the palace.

There isn’t because Jae-ha is busy… mixing cosmetics? I used to do that with all my mom’s stuff when I was little. It was not amusing for her. Secretary Eun tries to brief him on the situation but Jae-ha just rambles on about what he made, without a care in the world.

Workers come into the office, and Jae-ha explains that he’s decided to do some redecorating with all the free time on his hands, and Secretary Eun buys it and leaves. Nice. I love that he knows how to play the frivolous angle to his advantage.

As soon as they’re alone, Jae-ha tells them to get started. He sits down at his desk, and out come lights and cameras. I love Stealth Action King!

Later he sits with Mom and proposes something that makes her say no—not that, anything but that. She brings out bundles of food she’s prepared for Hang-ah, and says that she’s made arrangements to send them secretly, and at least they can show their hearts this way.

But Jae-ha tells her that’s not enough to move Hang-ah’s heart. She lays into him for being so stupid and immature, and that starts her on a yelling rampage, about how stupid they both were, and why Hang-ah didn’t take care of herself up there and lost the baby…

Jae-ha hugs Mom as she cries, heartbroken over losing the baby, worrying about how hard it must be for Hang-ah. He just hugs her tight. It’s the sweetest thing ever.

He kneels down next to her, holding her hand, as he says this isn’t out of duty or responsibility—she should know that he’s not that kind of person. Ha. Well, no argument there.

But he does say that neither of them could live with themselves if they turned their backs on Hang-ah now. Dude, are you playing your Mom right now? It’s totally working too, because her resolve is already breaking, even as she insists that no—she can do it—she just has to close her eyes just once.

He takes both her hands and tells her that it’s tomorrow at 10 o’clock. She shakes her head and insists she won’t help.

The next morning he gets dressed for a public appearance, and then makes one last phone call to ask someone on staff for a favor at 10…

Mom checks the time, and then calls Secretary Eun into her office. She feigns ignorance on an issue that she has to speak about later that day, and asks him to personally sit down and explain it to her. So. Awesome. I love that Mom is participating in The Plan.

Batman readies his team and his gun, only to be called away by Jae-shin at the last minute. Aaaargh. Princess, if you screw up this plan, I will stuff that bird where the sun don’t shine.

She tells him that she wants to go to the hospital quietly this time, and he says he’ll alert the staff. She demands that he come along, but he tells her that he will be accompanying the king today.

She throws a hissyfit, wondering if he’s grown tired of her, and Shi-kyung has no time to worry after her feelings: “Think whatever you want.” She lashes out at him, and I just want him to scream It’s not always about you!

But he doesn’t, and just stoically tells her to do as she pleases. She says she won’t go to the hospital because of him, and so he just says fine, he’s not going to raise her up when she has no intention of standing up on her own. Oh snap.

He runs to the car where Jae-ha is waiting, and they almost get away when Secretary Eun’s lackey comes running up to ride along. Thinking quickly, Jae-ha pushes him out and tells him to ride in a different car, and they depart.

Secretary Eun gets word that the king has escaped, but Mom calmly checks the time—two minutes till 10:00, so they’re right on schedule. The recording gets passed along and gets broadcast on the palace’s network, where it quickly gets picked up by the local stations.

Jae-ha address the public and confirms the truth—that Hang-ah was pregnant with his child and lost the baby. “And that pain cannot be fixed with flowery words.” And as we watch his entourage cross the border, he says in the broadcast that he’s going to see her.

He says that this isn’t a king going to North Korea in a political capacity, “But a man, going to see the woman who suffered a miscarriage with his child.”

Both North and South scramble, and the Northern leaders have an emergency meeting to figure out how to respond. General Asshat throws a fit, Hang-ah’s father tries to reason with them, while the prime minister just takes it all in.

Jae-ha reaches the border and waits for official sanction to gain access to the North, but isn’t granted any. Secretary Eun texts Shi-kyung to bring the king back at once, but he slams his phone shut and ignores him.

Finally Jae-ha prepares to cross into the DMZ without permission, before the opportunity disappears. The American soldiers warn him of the danger, but he tells them that this is his destiny. Apparently Americans are just a bunch of romantics in this world, because they’re all, awwww, okay. Ha.

As he walks along the dirt road that connects North and South, we hear the rest of his broadcast, where he says that they have every right to oust him from the palace. “But I want to take responsibility for the woman I love.” Swoon.

He reaches the line. The Northern general declares that they have to respond in kind. Guns are drawn. Oh crap. Hang-ah’s father tries to reason that shooting the king is an act of war. Yeah, you think?

Jae-ha sees the guns and proceeds anyway. The soldier at the border warns him that they might shoot. Jae-ha just tells him and his secret service agents to flee if they do.

He turns to Shi-kyung: “If you even try to protect me, just to get a medal of honor…” Hahaha. He threatens a demotion. Shi-kyung just grins to himself.

And then… they just barrel on through. Damn, balls of steel when it counts.

The Northern soldiers freeze in shock, asking the prime minister what they’re supposed to do. They run down to meet him, asking if he’s got a death wish, but Jae-ha just greets them with a smile, and asks to be shown the way.

The prime minister hangs up and tells the council that the king has come on his own two feet—it’ll be of use to them somehow, and he heads out to meet him. Whew. At least the immediate danger has passed.

Hang-ah finds out that Jae-ha is here to see her, and Dad tells her not to give in so easily. But she quickly says she’ll see him. Dad sighs. She assures him that she’s not an idiot—after everything she’s endured, she is not the Kim Hang-ah of yore.

Jae-ha arrives and Dad is outside waiting. He walks up and puts out his hand, but Dad squarely ignores him. Did you really think he was going to shake your friggin’ hand? You should really be on your knees, buddy.

He walks into the room timidly, and Hang-ah reacts coolly as if it’s no big deal, as she tells him to sit and makes him coffee. He just sits there staring at her like a five-year old in trouble. Where’d those border-crossing balls-of-steel disappear to?

She looks at her watch and says she has to meet a friend at three, so he’s got half an hour. Nice. She side-eyes him and says to go ahead with whatever speech he’s prepared. I love that she’s giving him a hard time.

He says he did prepare something, and Shi-kyung enters with the present. He smiles at Hang-ah but the air is icy, and he looks back and forth between them worriedly before exiting. Jae-ha tells her to open it and she finds it full of skincare products, and he hilariously swears they’re all full this time.

He starts to say that there’s a lot more waiting for her in the South and that there’s something underneath in the box… but she sarcastically coos that he must’ve gone to so much trouble. Did he think that the poor girl from the North would swoon at expensive face cream?

He says that she has every right to hate him, but she corrects him: “I don’t hate you. You have to have feelings for someone to hate.” Ouch. She continues, “The person I hate… is me. Why did I wring my heart over a person like this? Why did I keep trusting him even as I was fooled twice, three times?”

He listens to her with tears in his eyes, as she starts to well up as she asks why she so foolishly went through all of that for someone like him—how she didn’t even know that she was pregnant, spoke at that hearing, waited and waited for him to call.

She says that at one month, a fetus is about a centimeter. She sticks out her finger. “It’s about this big, right?” She starts to shake with tears. “But… they say it has a heart. It beats, koong-kang, koong-kang. That tiny heart… I made it burst.”

With tears streaming down her face, she says she was so stupid and oblivious that she thought the pain was nothing, that it would go away, “I killed it.” Oof. Jae-ha doesn’t know what to do, and inches closer to put his hand on hers.

But she snaps his hand away and tamps down her tears. “Leave.” She tells him she only dated him because who else would step in his dirty personality (talking about it like it’s a pile of crap you step in). She adds firmly, “My heart will never change.”

She asks if he has to be dragged out by security to understand and tells him to go back, as one last tear falls. She trembles as she forces the tears to stop and raises her head high. Wow, so lovely and strong.

Jae-ha walks out and Shi-kyung’s phone rings with a call from Dad. Jae-ha knows the call is for him and takes it. Secretary Eun tells him to return this instant, now that he’s embarrassed his country enough.

Jae-ha says calmly, “Ajusshi, these words are not from a king to his secretary, but from a young boy to an uncle who watched him grow since he was a baby: Can’t you trust me, just once?”

He shows his vulnerability, saying that he’s putting up a brave front, but it shakes his confidence, so can’t ajusshi help him out and have a little faith? “I know I’m trash, but can’t you trust me this once? I’ll do well.” Aw. Say you trust him! Even if you’re evil!

Bong-gu’s lackeys warn him that his next plan to scare the king is too dangerous right now, but he won’t be derailed—Jae-ha is his original target, and he’s going to strike now. And then he guillotines a carrot for effect. It mostly makes him look like a deranged Elmer Fudd. I do enjoy his megalomania though – it’s a weakness that Jae-ha has learned to play on.

Jae-ha meets with the North Korean prime minister and the air is tense. He asks the North to admit they don’t have EP technology, while the prime minister counters that he sure is confident for a guy who might return home to find that he’s been dethroned.

Jae-ha leans in to ask if that’s a threat, and the prime minister postures that it’s just a friendly concern. Jae-ha makes it clear that he’s sorry to Hang-ah, but not to her country, and makes his position on North Korea abundantly clear with an evil little grin—that he thinks of them like a neighbor you inherit and would do anything to get rid of, like a scab.

And then he turns on a dime, going back to his friendly demeanor. He apologizes for speaking so harshly, explaining that he’s just that kind of person, famous in his own country for flying off the handle and going so crazy that no one can stop him.

“Will you be okay? With me as an enemy?” Badass.

Next thing you know, the story comes out in a North Korean newspaper… albeit a tiny blurb buried under other news. Secretary Eun chuckles to see it, and then tells the (South Korean) prime minister that they can lead with the story in their news.

The prime minister doesn’t like losing face since the North hardly made the announcement known at all, but Secretary Eun is quick to offer an alternative—the palace could write up a little blurb, about how the South Korean prime minister knew about this all along but did nothing. How ’bout that? Okay, fine, in this one instance, I kind of like you.

Hang-ah watches the announcement on the South Korean news at her desk. She sees a picture of Jae-ha at a North Korean chicken farm in the newspaper (the picture is hilarious), surprised to see that he’s still there.

Well besides the fact that he hasn’t won you over yet, he has to fulfill his cultural itinerary to save both countries’ faces, in light of his border-crossing stunt.

Jae-shin catches two palace aides swooning over Jae-ha and Shi-kyung in the picture, and she snatches it away, thinking they’re making fun of her. It’s then that she realizes where Shi-kyung went.

She calls him, yelling into her phone that he could have just told her he was going with oppa, and here I am screaming HE DID, but she sort of does that half-apology, half-yelling thing where she was the idiot, but it’s all his fault. Ha.

She calls him stiff, frustrating and no fun, and Shi-kyung’s voice shakes on the other end of the phone, “You don’t have to say it like that. I already know I’m no fun.” Hee. So cute.

She tells him to do whatever it takes to bring Hang-ah back with them, “Or else… I’m not going to the hospital!” Pfft. She hangs up. He grins like a fool.

The North Korean war room is clearly divided, with most of the generals blaming the prime minister for being too accommodating to the king, and siding with the outspoken general who argued against this the whole time.

Hang-ah’s father sits through the whole council with his head in his hands, and then makes a mysterious call once he’s outside, to have an agent at the ready, target to be confirmed later.

Bong-gu sets up a camera crew and begins to record a message directed at Jae-ha… for after his terrifying kidnapping and torture while in North Korea. Oh noes. He smiles at the camera as he guesses he must be terrified, laughing in fake concern.

At lunch, one of the Northern agents on Jae-ha’s security detail finds out that his daughter got into college, and the whole room cheers. Jae-ha guesses it must have the same importance here as it does at home, and buys everyone a drink.

On a train, the Northern general who’s leading the dissenters meets with a member of Club M—the “friend” who gave Secretary Eun the Beatles album. He asks if preparations are in place, and the man asks who the target is. “The king of South Korea. Lee. Jae. Ha.”

Thankfully Hang-ah’s father has an agent tracking the general, because he calls with the news that the general is going after Jae-ha.

Bong-gu says right into the camera that he’s the one responsible for orchestrating the whole thing. He breezes that he said not to kill him, but you never know with North Koreans. “What’ll you do if you die like this? Huh? Jae-ha-ya…”

Hang-ah comes to the door and overhears her father in the next room, and her eyes widen when she hears the target’s name.

Woot woot, Comrade Hang-ah to the rescue?


Is it wrong if I can’t wait till Jae-ha’s in danger so Hang-ah can swoop in and save him? You know, just a little kidnapping and torture. That’s not wrong, is it? I miss that dynamic from their days in training, though she’s saved his political ass on more than one occasion already. But you know me—I like my life and death stuff.

Although Jae-ha’s DMZ stunt is way too ridiculously easy (they just step aside?) I’d rather sacrifice some suspension of disbelief for the fact that he goes to see her himself. I expected he’d send Shi-kyung on his behalf or something like that, which just would not have satisfied my need for him to go apologize and win her back in person, no matter what the cost. I don’t think I would’ve bought the gesture any other way. And it’s certainly his turn to put it all on the line to prove his love.

It sort of drove me crazy when he finally went through all that to get to the north and then just sat there, saying nothing. But I loved Hang-ah’s reception of him—distant, attempting to prove that she feels nothing, breaking down despite herself, but not willing to let him in. I appreciate that their reconciliation is not earned easily. I could’ve done with more groveling on his end (or any words for that matter) but there’s still a whole lot of ground to cover if they’re actually going to meet halfway.

I do love how well the North-South divide gives the romance such massive stakes—not just as a metaphor, but taken literally as a narrative device to keep everything at DEFCON 1. Here love really is war. It’s a good thing our heroine’s a fighter, and that our king’s got Batman on his side. It looks like he’s gonna need ’em…


379 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. sita

    thanks thanks thanks! 🙂

  2. MJ

    Thank you so much. Been waiting for this…

  3. yellow buttercup

    GF…. I love you~ thank youuu!*off to read*

    • 3.1 yellow buttercup

      oh my, our king..hahaha.. can’t wait to see HA back on her soldier mode and save JH *as how those spoiler pictures showed us HA kicking some butt*

      but Earnest Bot! Boy, you’re totally my new hero! All those sweet interactions between him and the princess? Even right now as I’m typing this I’m smiling from ear to ear!

      “….and Shi-kyung’s voice shakes on the other end of the phone, “You don’t have to say it like that. I already know I’m no fun.”..”——> this is exactly why I heart you~

      • 3.1.1 slfowie

        Correct me if i am wrong, but didn’t the spoilers from the last episode showed Bong gu in North Korean army uniform?
        It seems that more and more people are falling for Earnest Bot and it helps that he is not the traditional second lead – the third person in the triangle; making you choose between the main guy and the second lead.
        I am really looking forward for Hang Ha kicking some butt!! But I loved how strong she was, and also how Hang Ha allowed Hang Ah to air all her grievances and just take it all. Yes he could say the right things, but listening to Hang Ah, i don’t think he has done that before.
        His expression in the chicken farm – priceless. If i was Hang Ah I would totally frame that picture and show it to the future children and grandchildren.. In fact the times the gets all arrogant all embarrassing pictures would come out!

        • ilikemangos

          LOL @ the chicken farm pic, too.
          She should definitely frame that. sounds like a good idea. And black mail him with it.
          Although we don’t know if Jae Ha will overreact like he did with the whole ” you’re trash “.
          Can you just imagine Jae Ha throwing a fit everytime Hang Ah blackmails him with that photo!?
          Hang Ah : Don’t make me bring out THAT photo.
          Jae Ha: WOMAN, GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM — North Korea.

          *face palms

          • slfowie

            It could be a whole circle.. him telling her to go back, her going back ( like a wife going back to mom’s place after a fight with hubby), and then him going to North Korea to bring her back but having to do pose for other embarrassing pictures….

        • yellow buttercup

          if I’m not mistaken, I saw HA was kicking somebody… someone here post that link on ep. 10 recap’s comment *can’t remember who though*

          ah well, whatever that is, I just can’t wait to see her back to her soldier mode 😀

        • yellow buttercup

          LOL. I just read ur comment about the chicken picture!

        • emmy

          I do love the fact that the second leads aren’t the stereotypical romantic enemy sorts.

          The second leads in JaeShin and ShiKyung are so much more useful in contributing to the storyline than what I’m used to in most K-dramas.

        • Divyrus

          I so hope the picture comes back again!!!!!!!! :DDD

          I loved both their expressions!!

        • MumuBun

          Loved chicken farm boy picture hahaha~

          I completely agree that I’m falling more in love with Earnest Bot too; sometimes more than Jae Ha (oops? lol). I see him more of a 2nd protagonist now rather than a side kick.

          I find his adorkable character so cute and loving. Ahhh this man is just oozing with sincerity and I am falling head over heels with his acting and him, period.

          Can’t wait for Hang Ah’s badassery~ ’bout time she kicked butt ^^

        • Kim Yoonmi

          I doubt she’s thinking “Ah, I still want to marry him.” We may know that, but she doesn’t. Rather, she’d be thinking it would be good blackmail in the future in espionage.

      • 3.1.2 Alvina

        Indeed. I think I’m more invested in the Princess and her Guard cliche than I am in the King/Enemy queen cliche 😛

        • slfowie

          Their moments are so sweet, but the king and the queen to be is spicier, and i adore both.. 😉

  4. vcdragoon

    Just finished watching the episode myself.

    Man, HA really cut JH down to size. In a multitude of ways.

    Can’t wait for tomorrow. The rebirth of the bada$$ HA!

  5. Eevies

    Yay!! Been waiting all night for this, watching raw is driving me crazy!!

  6. ilikemangos

    LMAO seunggi “ It is my destiny “ how cheesy. His English was actually not that bad compared to most others. Actually, it was kinda cute.
    I’m glad that jae ha’s taking things into his own hands, and when he called shi kyung for help… Ahh, the effects of bromance.
    The epic moment when jae ha and his entourage walks into North Korean territory.
    It was dramatic but still — goosebumps.
    It just makes me proud that Jae Ha is doing this not for political reasons, but simply because he is a man that wants to make amends with the woman he loves. I love how both her and jae ha aren’t being sucked into their political higher ups manipulating them to do/say lies. If there’s anything I hate, it’s dragged out misunderstandings. If there’s one thing I like about this drama, it’s definitely the quick pace, and I’m seriously on edge.
    I really just wish cruella de eun would, as jae ha asked him, believe in him. As reckless and ignorant as he was growing up, there was a side of him Eun never saw, as Shi Kyung pointed out – Jae Ha at the WOC training camp. His determination and will was unshaken – god Eun needs to give him credit for that. I hope that man comes to realize that Jae Ha does have the potential to be king, instead of seeing him as a worthless king. If there’s anything our King needs in order to become the best that he can be, it’s faith. Which is exactly why the writers gave us earnest bot, THANK GOD.
    I guess we’ll just have to wait for the epic moment where Jae Ha proves him wrong, and possibly, oh I dunno, cruella de eun goes ends up sacrificing his life for the greater good, saving the nation, and redeeming himself. Like city hunter’s daddio, yeah?
    I am LOVING hang ah back in her North Korean uniform. Brings back those nice memories from the good ol episodes. On the upside, I believe the next episode will have our Hang Ah doing some crazy action with her dapper uniform.
    I love dad going all detective on that rather stubborn and relentless North Korean officer which, surprise, surprise, is with club m. I knew he smelled fishy.
    It’s good we’ve got some character development for Jae Ha – he’s manning up, taking things into his own hands, and learning to take responsibility for his actions. It also puts our King into the North Korean territory, and I am loving the aspect of it. This means that he’ll just have to work harder to redeem himself, all the while learning from his experiences – even if it’s the hard way. How else to officially deem him king, not just literally but figuratively? Put him in his place.
    *It’s funny how just because Jae ha’s the king doesn’t mean he’s treated like a king while in North korea (that restaurant scene), puaha.

    The ending scene – GAME ON
    AND THE PREVIEWS – wow, don’t even get me started but it looks like it’s packed with a TRUCK LOAD of fun that gets me in all the right places. I want our hang ah to do some major ass kicking with her North Korean uniform. The second half of K2H looks like it’s off to a promising start, and I am welcoming it with open arms.
    Is it Thursday yet?

    • 6.1 ilikemangos

      “He just sits there staring at her like a five-year old in trouble. Where’d those border-crossing balls-of-steel disappear to?”

      LOL i love you gf.

      • 6.1.1 em

        It’s the first time for him to listen and not open his big mouth that always cause trouble.

        • slfowie

          totally agree with you. This time he just needed to listen to her. It was about HER not him, it was her guilt of not being able to save their child that she needed to air out. Him not talking allowed for it. But i think that he should have hugged her or even held her hand, just to show that he understood her pain or even to say that it was not her fault .

          • Summer

            He did. JH did put his hand on HA’s hand, but she brushed it off.. i would love to see JH giving HA a tight hug, but she brushed off his hand, do you think she will allow him to hug her? She may kicked him away,lol….

          • Saima

            @ Summer: my thoughts exactly! At first I went, “aww, he should hug her!” then she brushes his hand away and I go, “or NOT….yet!!”

          • slfowie

            Did not see that will have to watch it again.. But ya guess if she brushed off his hands then he would not hug her… but the scene even without the sub.. it killed me! Her eyes!

          • Arishia

            He said that this wasn’t something that could be healed with flowery words. I loved that he sat there and took it while she let him have it as much as she needed to, and that he didn’t try to hide his feelings from her. And, that he stayed up North and attended to the work of healing North South relations, or in other words, the work of creating a world for them to live in together. That’s taking responsibility like a man, in my book. I’m excited for tomorrow!

          • slfowie

            Me to.. well its Thursday morning here already. But the whole day i was counting hours until the recap or the subs were up… its gonna be the same today!

          • gemala

            he will hug her!! >.<

          • slfowie

            But she is just standing there and not hugging him!!!

    • 6.2 babes

      “I love how both her and jae ha aren’t being sucked into their political higher ups manipulating them to do/say lies. If there’s anything I hate, it’s dragged out misunderstandings.”

      You’re so right! Another piece of excellent writing for their first scene together after HA’s return to NK. Very realistic on HA’s part and kudos to JH for keeping his mouth shut and taking it all in without trying to redeem himself too quickly.

      Very happy to see plot moving along nicely. I’ll join in in welcoming the second half with open arms. Can the next 4 weeks just fly by already????

      Am already anticipating major hole in my heart when TK2H ends. 🙁

  7. Allie

    Thank you GF!!!

  8. Noelle

    Woot! Thank You off to read!

    • 8.1 Noelle

      Okay Shi Kyung is forever my hero.

      I’m so happy with the Hang Ah/miscarriage turnout. I believed it. Her guilt and blame is all believable. The writers sure are awesome. I can’t wait for more.

    • 8.2 Allie

      My funniest scenes are : the North Korean announcer lady who cried “Daddy, Daddy..” LOL and the chicken farm photo, it’s just bwahahaaa…

      • 8.2.1 Divyrus

        Right there with you!!

        and mom’s no nonsense expression while hearing it, I swear if the pot plant can talk it would cry with all the hurt its endured while mom vents her anger out on it!!

        • Janet

          Wouldn’t it be funny if it was actually a “pot” plant….

  9. Noemi

    Thanks for the recap 😀 Can’t wait for tomorrow’s episode!!!

  10. 10 sootyxsnowpetal

    Awesome recap! I love how this drama isn’t so much of a drama as a sort of evened out blend of romance, comedy, adventure, and good old action. The stakes are definitely higher here than in any regular drama that airs, and it’s definitely making this more interesting!

    Also, I don’t think they’re Americans. Their accents definitely don’t sound like it… correct me if I’m wrong.

    • 10.1 ailin

      I think they are UN officers. Can’t be Americans, cos NK hates them.

      • 10.1.1 topper

        UN peace keepers are usually not Americans but those from more neutral countries.

        • Allie

          There was a yellow and blue Swedish flag.

    • 10.2 Arhazivory

      I agree. They didn’t sound American to me.

    • 10.3 spjork

      They were supposed to be Swiss and/or Swedish. You can tell by the flags and placard hanging up in the waiting room of the U.N. camp’s office. As I recall, the U.N. dude that ended up speaking the most sounded Australian and the other one very Russian. Korean dramas often make this mistake of not recognizing that not all English or the accents with which they are spoken is the same (basically, that all English is American English)! An example would be the second female lead in My name is Kim Sam Soon who was supposed to be from America while she clearly has an Australian accent.

      • 10.3.1 YDAU

        Ha, you are spot on. I was the Swiss colonel (born in new Zealand but lived in Australia for a long time) and the Swedish guy was actually from Belarus.
        The problem Korean dramas have is finding people with the suitable image (age, nationality, etc.) who want to ‘act’ and who are legally able to work and available when they want to shoot. So finding one middle-aged Swiss guy and one middle-aged Swedish guy to come out to Kyonggi-do on a Tuesday when this was filmed is not easy and, utimately, not that important a detail, as you mention, because the vast majority of the audience don’t notice any difference.

        • JoAnne

          Well thank you for your part in this wonderful show!

        • Saima

          omigoshhh! :O you follow dramabeans?!!!! daebakkk!! If you have future scenes in the drama please tell the cast & crew that the int’l fans are totally lapping up this drama!! TK2H FIGHTING!! <3

        • ilikemangos

          So true. always wondered why the “american” actors they find never sounded american, and had the worst acting ever.

        • reglest

          Arara….thanks to be part of this party!
          I’m sure you wondering does anyone noticed? hehe, thank you though^^

        • ilikemangos

          Holy crap — this is amazing.
          You were part of a cameo in this episode!?
          I feel like im speaking to a celeb. LOL

        • topper

          This is so amazing! Thank you for being part of such an awesome show.

  11. 11 Ace

    As always, thank you GF!
    K2H, I lub you!

  12. 12 teachermok

    thanks! 😀 off to read now

  13. 13 JoAnne

    Way too much awesome for my heart.

    Shi Kyung with a gun? Cop show now, please. Bad ass crime solver by day, goofy guy looking for love by night. Please?

    • 13.1 ilikemangos

      i swear — when he was loading that gun I was like HAWWWT.
      He’s so adorably awkward with jae shin but so badass when time calls for it.
      I love it.

      • 13.1.1 sally_b

        re: “i swear — when he was loading that gun I was like HAWWWT.”

        …and here I was, thinking I was pervy for feeling that too.

        The moment he put that case on the desk, popped it open and starting loading….I was like….◎_◎*

        (RAWR) Shi Kyung *can get it in* ~ ♥

        • spjork

          I like the NC-17, nearly NSFW bent of your thinking!

        • ilikemangos

          LMAAO. sally.

    • 13.2 Saima

      I like how he acknowledges his King’s jokes and *gasp* responds with a ‘lil smile!! Remember the episode when JH wanted to play the SNSD joke on that NK’ean comrade and SK was such a party pooper!! haha

      • 13.2.1 ilikemangos

        Totally! I love how he knows Jae Ha so well — like his bro intuition kicks in.
        His grins when he knows Jae Ha is being so outwardly cool and heroic.

    • 13.3 Arhazivory

      lol….it really was hot. I want to see him fire that gun, even if its at a tree.

    • 13.4 Saima

      Another thing: was it only me who noticed that he was disappointed to be coldly received by HA? haha, his face definitely fell…

      • 13.4.1 ailin

        He is a great actor – the little expressions say it all. The princess too – the terror she felt at the beginning of the episode was so well executed and Shikyung’s teary eyes were so well done. In fact, all of them are great. Seunggi has outdone himself – he can now seriously say he’s an actor, not just an idol turned actor. And of course, Ha Jiwon is daebak, so’s everyone else!!!! That’s why this drama is sooooo GREAT!!!!! And worth watching!

      • 13.4.2 lena

        @saima, I saw that too! He was smiling shyly and then he looked crushed.

        Jo Jung Suk is just so wonderfully expressive I can read see every nuance in his eyes, facial expressions, his voice…. Even during that scene at the van with Jae Shin when he was forcing her to recognize him, his face was all red and his voice was trembling….gahhh…gotta love this man!

        • ilikemangos

          I swear! it probably wasn’t even in the script but earnest bot probably just added in that disappointment for an added effect.
          I love this actor. In fact.. all the actors in this drama, as Ailin says, is just so friggin’ great, which makes the drama that much more addicting.

        • yellow buttercup

          do you guys notice that when it comes to Jae Shin, Shi Kyung’s voice tends to be trembling? Gosh, and those eyes! love his every reaction when it comes to the princess

          • ilikemangos

            sometimes, i feel like he’s going to break from innocence and sincerity.
            he’s so vulnerable i just don’t want anyone to take advantage of him.
            and just when you think they will, he doesn’t let them.
            He’s such a strong and faithful human being.

            (“She says she won’t go to the hospital because of him, and so he just says fine, he’s not going to raise her up when she has no intention of standing up on her own. ” )

      • 13.4.3 Divyrus

        I felt so bad for him, I get why Hang-Ah couldn’t smile, but his was ever so earnest!!!!!!!!!!

        Dont worry sweetie, she will be back in palace in no time!!!

  14. 14 King2h

    Daebakkkkk! Thank you :)!!!!

  15. 15 slfowie

    i love this show.. Now i am just waiting for the subs… thanks a lot for the recap! I can’t believe that the king actually crossed the boarder. And what was he playing with with all the chemistry equipment? .. Plus does anyone’s brain work normally when that dimple gets flashed?

    • 15.1 ilikemangos

      He was actually hand-making the lotions/creams for Hang Ah ( which was what was found in the suitcase he brought for her as a present )

      Hahaha i’m with you on the dimples — it always gets me.

      • 15.1.1 ilikemangos

        Or perhaps it was just a distraction for cruella de eun and he actually just bought the lotions/creams lol.

      • 15.1.2 slfowie

        WAIT.. he made those stuff himself.. ok.. I love that gesture, making a gift for the one you love is great, and he did claim that his I.Q was 187…. But its Jae Ha…. can she and should she trust him and wear that stuff ???
        or maybe he bought those unscented lotions and added the sent?

        • Saima

          Initially when he presents her with the care package I was like, “W.T.F, JH?! SERIOUSLY” In hindsight realized that’s what our majesty was doing when Eun stumbled into his office which pacified me immensely!

          • slfowie

            hmm.. ok tell me something, would you wear the lotion that a guy like JH gave you and told you that he made it. You knew that he was a great joker before and he has not really shown that he knows how to make lotions.

        • lena

          I think the all that facial stuff was just a cover. There is definitely something else more SPECIAL in that box. We shall see next episode. I believe the preview showed Hang Ah sitting on her bed with the box and looking at a facial lotion…I have a feeling she will find something else and because of that she will risk her life and rescue Jae Ha.

          • reglest

            Tell me about it…
            I was in the bus and burst out laughing seeing it, until now I need to bite my lips to hold the laughter

            Oh Jae Ha-ya~ It’s priceless expression!! *plus Shi Kyung, you can use it to blackmailed your king from now! Yunno, in case he disagree with you and the princess relationship, just saying

          • Summer

            GF did recap that JH told HA to look underneath the box.. so there is definitely something else….. i’m really curious to know what it is…

          • reglest

            And here comes my phone betraying me again, I’m sorry gurls, my comment above supposed to reply of comment #24
            *palm face

          • emmy

            Yes! I’m dying to find out what’s lying underneath. Can’t wait till tomorrow!!!

          • spjork

            There might be something else underneath it all but I definitely caught glimpse of “Saranghae” printed on one of the jars.

    • 15.2 Saima

      True say about the dimple!! Who knew that a subtle yet potent dimple would completely distract me. I’ve had on multiple occasions rewond scenes to read the subs again! oopss!

      • 15.2.1 slfowie

        does not help i am a sucker for dimples!

      • 15.2.2 Osi

        Did anyone notice his eyelashes? Loooooooooooooong and beautifuuuuuuuuuulllllllllllllllllllll.

    • 15.3 Osi

      Plus does anyone’s brain work normally when that dimple gets flashed?
      Not my brain. ^^

    • 15.4 JenJen

      Yeah, ordinarily LSG isn’t really my kind of hot, but I have to admit he has a totally killer smile

    • 15.5 yellow buttercup

      gahh…right! that dimple! *guess my brain just stop working right now, hahahh*

    • 15.6 leelee

      lol, I always turn incoherent and and end up rewinding to look at the subtitles when he’s flashing that dimple

  16. 16 lena

    Can I also have my own Earnest Bot on speed dial?
    Gahh…he is so awkwardly adorable, I can’t even…

  17. 17 saranghae_12

    Love, love, love it!thanks for the recap.and for someone who didn’t grow up in an English-speaking country, seunggi’s accent is pretty good.

    Excited for the action-packed ep 12.

  18. 18 Saima

    Am I the only one who can’t see Jae-ha in tears? What can I say, am just a sucker for Seunggi!! I was all, ‘aww!!’ when he was pleading with Eun to allow him to take responsibility. Whoever would’ve thought that a goddamn secretary wielded more power than the King!! Like you, GF, I too wanted him to grovel and plead more but we’re talking about HA who knows him so well. Right off the bat she cut him down to size and the going definitely got tougher…she would’ve thrown those love words right back at him. At the back of my mind I was just thinking, “Just return to S.K. asap guys so that I can breathe a sigh of relief!!”

    Can I say how much I love the ladies of the royal fam?….so strong and loving! HA will fit right in with them….when the mom broke down for the pain HA was going thru and JH hugged her I totally got teary-eyed!! Yes, that ‘my destiny’ bit was giggle-worthy and giggle I did! And, that pic was epic!! SK’s actually the cooler one in that one!

    Still loving the show! As much as I want more OTP scenes for my fangirling purposes I like that the writer/PD are trying to cohesively present the story to the best of their ability!! Seung-gi <3

    • 18.1 ilikemangos

      Totally. i was like, the heck? Seems like Jae Ha loses to cruella de eun even though he’s king. They had to go through so much just to thwart his plans.

      I completely love the ladies of the royal palace.
      It’s a breath of fresh air to actually have supportive and understanding in laws. Thank god for deviating away that typical cliche in dramaland.

  19. 19 shl

    Thanks for the recap!

    Every time I read your recaps, or watch a subbed episode, I keep trying to figure out exactly why I like this show so much. It just pulls me in. Great acting, check. Great interaction between characters, check. Great pace, check. Plot – jury still out. But there’s something else about it I can’t put my finger on . . .

    Mind you, did Jae-ha seriously believe giving Hang-ah a box of skin care products was going to get him back into her good books? I mean, seriously? The man has no clue. He deserves to grovel some more!

    • 19.1 ilikemangos

      Puahhaha — i was totally onboard with Hang Ah when she said those flowery products wasn’t gonna win her back.

      He might’ve walked pass that border with his balls of steel but when it came to Hang Ah he is the defeated 5 year old.

      • 19.1.1 Saima

        I think JH braved walking into N.K. but forgot that this is HA the person who knows him too well! Didn’t she say that he’s fooled her on multiple occasions etc…..so him repeating those sweet words that he told Eun and in the voice over would be ignored and thrown back in his face! Come to think of it I really don’t know what it is he should’ve said/done so that he would receive a more positive reception….

        • Arhazivory

          “Come to think of it I really don’t know what it is he should’ve said/done so that he would receive a more positive reception….”

          …take out his heart and show her maybe? lol. I agree, in this case more than words are needed. Its not a light thing that he did. Its like he threw her away. Tut tut tut.

          • ilikemangos

            i think actions should really redeem him.
            Which makes me head scratch because in the previews, it seems our heroine will be doing the saving,which i totally have no complaints about!

        • JenJen

          Yeah, what you’ve said rings true to me, practically anything he could have done would have been inadequate!

          • MsB

            Yes. I said it would take something to remind HA how much she loved JH! Him in danger would do that in a hot minute!

    • 19.2 babes

      Nah…I don’t think our King here is so silly. I haven’t watched the subbed ep but GF here says he said that there was something else underneath inside the box. That must be the real olive branch. Dying to know what that is….

      • 19.2.1 MsB

        A ring with a diamond in the shape of a heart with a note professing his undying love and wish to marry her. A picture of him holding the ring on his knees surrounded by trash would also work. That dimpled smile would get me. Have not watched this epi yet so I am only having wishful thoughts. <3

  20. 20 kumon

    Hang Ah is soooo COOL! I love her character!

  21. 21 reglest

    Ow..ow..the cutesy is back!!

    And I love it very much!!
    Yaiy for our 2nd lead pairing!!
    Not watching it yet, but hell yea, tonight episode will be interisting with badass Hang Ah back. I miss her action^^

  22. 22 Yeni Ulloa

    OMO!!!! Thanks for the recaps!!!
    I can’t wait for tomorrow’s episode!♥

  23. 23 mk

    i have a feeling there was something else in the box that jae-ha presented to HA…
    thanks for the recap! show is epicly good

    • 23.1 Yeni Ulloa

      Let’s see:
      A love letter?
      A ring?
      A USB (with a video of him apologizing?)
      Donuts XDDDD

      • 23.1.1 Raine

        LOL at the donuts XDDD

      • 23.1.2 ilikemangos

        OH yes, those donuts. AHHAHA.
        can’t forget about those.

      • 23.1.3 Arhazivory

        Donuts~!! They’ll be all squashed out but still so delicious. ^^

        • Allie

          LOL suddenly the donuts vanished from the show!

    • 23.2 ilikemangos

      Yeah, i’m actually very curious as to what’s underneath those lotions.

      • 23.2.1 reglest

        LOL, girls…let me digest this first…

        Have you seen the label of the skin care? Here it is:

        Cr: http://www.lsgairenint.tumblr.com
        Saranghae (I love you), OMG Cheesy Jae Ha!!!


        • ilikemangos

          OMG that is so cute.

          “The Korea cake had the words, ‘Today’s best actress Ha Ji Won!! I’m so happy I can be with you. Korea fighting!’ ”

          seunggi, you are adorbs. i am loving the whole staff. they all seem so friendly.
          Cake for birthday i understand, but cake for missing a ha ji won movie and cheering her on? Love.

    • 23.3 Osi

      In the preview for ep 12, it’s written ‘saranghae’ in the lotion hold by HA. Could it move HA’s heart?

      @ Yeni Ulloa
      And donuts underneath the lotions? Heart-shaped donuts, I may add. LOL

      • 23.3.1 epr7

        Cute JH..making us think again what could be underneath that box ! Maybe it’s a love letter, telling how much he loves HA…how regretful he had been…gosh.. wish it’s 9:55pm now KST…lol

  24. 24 Cruelsummer

    I could look at that chicken photo forever. The poor chicken plant worker is getting the Louis Bullock side eye of death from the King.

    This show is so over the top that I can’t even focus on the fact that in real life the King would have been forcibly detained before he even made it that far to the border. It says a lot about the performance of the actors. I’m so wrapped up in this unbelievable World, that I am pretty much buying whatever they are selling. Awesome. Awesome Show.

    • 24.1 Rashell

      That pic is epic! The expressions from both of our boys slay me. Seriously a laugh out loud moment from just a picture.

    • 24.2 em

      That picture is hilarious.I cannot stop laughing looking at the king’s expression.And maybe this is one of the reasons why I’m so addicted to this drama.I don’t want to watch other dramas.Hopefully when it’s over I could.

      • 24.2.1 ailin

        Seunggi’s a master at facial expressions. Looks like JJS is one too. That’s why thy such wonderful actors!

        • maria

          I am so glad that both our boys are not flower boys …. at all 😀

  25. 25 Osi

    As much as I’m glad HA didn’t accept JH right away, I want them to get together as soon as possible. Hopefully they get along well in in ep 12 and fill my screen with their overload chemistry. Hang Ah ya, it’s your destiny to be Jae Ha’s wife and the queen of SK. Please be strong. And with crazy BG and Sec Eun, it won’t be easy.

    Thank you for the recap GF.

    • 25.1 Saima

      haha, that’s soo like me. I was like, “just get back together and return to S.K. people before I go cray cray”. Sure, he deserves to be given a hard time but gahhhh you’re killing me!!

      • 25.1.1 Osi

        Yeah, if there’s no reconciliation between the two of them in ep 12, I’ll be like a crazy girl waiting for another week. But, based on the spoilers, we’ll see beautiful things tonight. Hopefully it’s true. Ep 12 better come faster. I can’t concentrate doing anything now. Sigh.

  26. 26 Raine

    “It’s my destiny” That line’s definitely cheesy haha I was laughing when he said that line (I was like, did he really just say that? haha)

    I also like how strong Hang-ah is emotionally. I always adore heroine with inner strength, so I’m glad that Hang-ah is making it hard for him hehe. Props to Ha Jiwon, that scene was great, it’s like you can feel all these conflicting emotions from her in that scene. AND! I sooooo CANNOT wait for tonight’s episode, Hang-ah kicking-ass!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!

    • 26.1 ilikemangos

      I was watching the scene of Hang Ah crying RAW and boy, did it really help. I was focused entirely in her facial features, her emotions, her tears.
      Yup, definitely kudos.

      • 26.1.1 Raine

        Cool same here 😀 And I agree, watching it raw is definitely another experience. If there’s subtitle my focus become divided (between reading text & watching drama). So watching it raw lets me pay attention to just the acting. And I could feel all those conflicting emotions through her acting alone last night.
        I have to say acting is superb on all fronts 🙂 One of the reason I love this drama <3

        • NewKDramaAddict

          I think that is why I watch this several times, each episode. That way I don’t miss a detail ♥

    • 26.2 em

      She’s a great actress. That scene breaks my heart.

    • 26.3 kumon

      Ha Ji Won should win an award for that 5-minute scene. She just portrayed the mixed emotions of Kim Hang Ah really well.

  27. 27 JD

    and here i am, reading news on north korea’s newest threat @_@…

    • 27.1 kumon

      LOL.. so what’s up?

  28. 28 techvet

    You got me at “bat phone.” ha! Enjoyed your recap, thank you. TK2H continues to raise the bar on all fronts.

  29. 29 sam

    Argh been refreshing this page for like ages!! Your recaps, the details and translations cleared up most of my questions from reading other recaps. Thanks for that!

    Oh my Our LSG has really grown up!!! Tomorrow will be another torture in waiting! Unitl then, I am your slave GF!!!I have never been this hooked on a drama like this!

  30. 30 trixicopper

    I wasn’t upset at all that JH didn’t say much of anything when he finally met HA. He really needed to give her the opportunity to unload on him with no excuses. It’s not like he won’t have chances to grovel in the future.

    Judging by the newspaper photo it seems are boys are NOT fond of poultry. Great pic! 🙂

    Looking forward to tomorrow. But seeing the previews makes me think we are gonna get stuck with the cliffhanger from hell…

    Thanks GF! 🙂

    • 30.1 AnnMichelle

      @trixicopper, you took the words out of my mouth.

      I mean, what can he say? Almost everything could trigger old memories and just make Hang Ah angrier. Better let her have her say and get it out of her system.

      Love the way he sat with her, like a kid in the principal’s office.

      • 30.1.1 trixicopper

        Sometimes when you screw up, you have to just shut up and take your lumps. I was glad to see our boy understood that. 🙂 He’s come a long way.

    • 30.2 Rashell

      I actually agree. He needed to just sit there and take whatever she dished out. It wasn’t the time for him to explain or make excuses.

      But soon, after she saves his life of course, I want that boy to grovel.

    • 30.3 mintz

      LoL, that’s basically the golden rule in a couple fight – The boys should just shut up and take on whatever’s been dished out by the girls. Any thing more will simply make the girl angrier.

      • 30.3.1 NewKDramaAddict

        AH, if only my ex-husband had learned that lesson :-<

  31. 31 JenJen

    I was practically yelling at my screen at Jaeha to do something, say something during his scene Hangah, but ultimately I really appreciated how subtle and underplayed that scene was. That moment was definitely about Hangah, and her pain, and I’m glad Jaeha didn’t make that moment about himself- but I’m assuming he has the resolve and the balls to try again another time, with something more than face-cream!

    • 31.1 Osi

      I was like get on you knees and beg for her forgiveness. But then I realized that it’s all about HA. It’s better for JH to just listen to her giving utterance to her feelings. It’s much more nicer, I think.

  32. 32 em

    This episode is DAEBAK. Glad that Hang ah did not give in right away to the king.Anticipating the next episode.This drama is addicting.

  33. 33 Arhazivory

    …I don’t even know what to say about this episode. Watched it raw (first time in a long time I’ve done that) and was glad for the few English sentences. lol. Seriously, Seung Gi’s English is not cringe-worthy and I really love that.

    Hang Ah is awesome. He really should have been on his knees but I understand that he’s a king with lots of pride and really can’t see him kneeling to anyone. Still, she handled the situation beautifully and was not swayed by his full-blown sad puppy expressions. I’d take one look at those eyes and throw myself at him so I guess I’m not as awesome as Hang-ah.

    Jae-shin and Shi-kyung. Please give me mooooooaaaaaaarrrrrr! Their chemistry is great and those few seconds when he held her and they stared at each other….I swear, I can’t stop thinking about it. *fans self*

    Where is tomorrow?

    • 33.1 ilikemangos

      LOL i was watching this episode raw, and one of the very few subbed lines were when he repeatedly and blatantly said “I slept with Hang Ah. I slept with Hang Ah” and i was hotdayum. way to just put it right out there like that.

      • 33.1.1 Arhazivory

        That’s a good set of lines to sub first. Heh.

        • Raine

          the subbers know what the fans want hahahaha

          • ilikemangos

            LMAAAAAAO raine.
            oh yes they do.

      • 33.1.2 Joy

        Seriously, ha? Like he’s not even hearing or paying attention to what he has to say…”hotdayum” it is! 🙂

    • 33.2 Summer

      in JH & HA couple, 200% confirmed it is JH who took the 1st step on HA on that first night together..

      in SK & JS couple, i bet the one who will initiate the first step is JS…hahaha…

      the royal Lee family are really good at this…kekeke..

      • 33.2.1 trixicopper

        Let’s face it if JS was to wait for SK they would never get together. I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t be in the bodyguard manual. 🙂

        • carmen

          Hahahaha! Maybe Jae Shin can write a special bodyguard manual for our earnest boyscout. I can think of a lot of things to put in there…*wink, wink*

      • 33.2.2 Joy

        Probably runs in the Royal Family…;)

      • 33.2.3 Arhazivory

        lol. Well royalties normally have a take charge attitude so it makes sense. Poor Shi-Kyung won’t even know what hit him.

        • NewKDramaAddict

          It will be enjoyable to watch, the cat and mouse game of love ♥

        • ilikemangos

          puahaha. that’s why im totally loving the jae shin/shi kyung coupling because she’s a toughie on the outside and a softie on the inside.
          She takes charge in the emotions / romantic field.
          he’s a faithful soldier on the outside and an adorably awk. guy on the inside.
          He raises her up.

  34. 34 Kairi

    YES!! Thank you for the recap! I was waiting for this all night LOL! Going to read now~

  35. 35 Rashell

    Thanks so much for the recap.

    My first reaction to this episode was a smile I couldn’t supress everytime Shi Kyung was on the screen especially with the princess. They are so bringing the CUTE with thos two.

    Jae Ha took some steps into redeeming himself this episode which comes just in the nick of time. He’s so great at being the “crazy” king, but with Hang Ah it’s obvious that he’s completely out of his depth. And I can’t believe he thought daddy would shake his hand.

    I’m giving Cruella de Eun no good points yet. He’s got to go so much farther before I’m willing to give him even a smidge of positive feeling.

    Hang Ah continues to be awesome. So strong and the way she just layed it out for Jae Ha rocked. Now she’s going to save his butt…again. And then he really had better be prepared to kneel at her feet. I need some serious groveling.

    Can’t wait for tomorrow.

    • 35.1 spjork

      Cruella De Eun is drunk on power/self-importance and getting too big for his boots. He spent huge chunks of this episode ordering the King around, literally yelling at JH– I was just sitting there dumbstruck wondering who suddenly died and made *him* king? Advisors and secretaries aren’t supposed to go around tossing our threats, making demands and dishing out ultimatums to their bosses (or the symbolic leader of the country, in this case). Definitely crossed the line many times over, especially by ordering the guards to keep tabs and put surveillance on JH making him a prisoner in his own palace.

      And the power play with PM as redeeming act? I think the only reason Daddy Eun yielded to JH’s request was because the JH basically grovelled and appealed to his vanity. He fancies himself in a position to either make or break the king and he chose to “let him” continue.

      GAH, whatta jerk. My blood pressure has gone up just thinking about it all X(

  36. 36 Star

    thanks! so excited for tomorrow! i was wondering when we will see badass Hang Ah again 🙂

    • 36.1 Joy

      Yup, I can not wait to see Hang Ah in action tomorrow! Yey! 🙂

  37. 37 ilikemangos

    LOL the north korean broadcasts get even more ridiculous by the airtime — totally agree.
    I remember laughing when i first saw that screaming lady.
    Like, how dramatic can you get, lady

    • 37.1 topper

      It actually really is that dramatic in reality. I watched the footage of the news announcement of Kim Jong Il’s death, and it was really that ridiculous with all the rhetoric and shouting and crying. And it’s from a female newscaster like in the drama.

      • 37.1.1 ilikemangos

        oh jeewhiz! that really takes things up a notch for everything they announce.

  38. 38 ureshi

    OMG!!! YES!!! Finally and I totally love you batman analogy 😛 I knew that Hang-Ah would definitely be there to save his dorky butt like the solider she is but I was Eun Shi Kyung to be on his dad’s side or evil in some other sense but he’s changed in my mind the most. I am loving his chemistry/awkwardness with the Princess and I think they’re going to make a really cute couple. Can’t wait for tomorrows episode!!!

  39. 39 AnnMichelle

    Love all the mad scrambles – the South, the North, his own palace – when Jae Ha made his move. The south PM said, why he is such a troublesome king!!! Hahaha! Yes, that’s our Jae Ha. He’s certainly not one who’s only going to take it and does nothing! As GF said, he’s a man of steel balls! By the way, thank you so much for a lovely recap!

  40. 40 stars4u

    Shi-kyung and Jae-shin are so cute! Shi-kyung pacing around her figuring out how to carry her! HA!

    The queen started out nagging about Jae-ha and Hang-ah sleeping together but she was just really concerned for Hang-ah and how hard it must have been for her… such a sweet moment.

    I love that the knight in this story is Hang-ah! Or maybe it’s Ha Ji-won? She’s been the one doing the ass-kicking in her recent projects! And I read that she’s doing Three Musketeers [Charlie’s Angels Korean version?] in hanboks? Not sure if it’s confirmed though.

    • 40.1 Raine

      I believe it’s confirmed, read a news on that this morning too ^^ I’m really looking forward to it b/c I love her in anything action~ plus it’s saguek style (reminds me of Damo hehe)

  41. 41 Atsirk

    Awww…*swoons* Lee Seung-gi is DAEBAK!!!
    I agree, the higher the stakes, we get a better story.
    This drama is AWESOME!

    • 41.1 Joy

      “Lee Seung-gi is DAEBAK!!!”

      Agreed! His facial expressions are just naturally conveyed. He’s improved a lot, acting wise.

      • 41.1.1 ilikemangos

        i third this.

      • 41.1.2 Osi


      • 41.1.3 leahtaro


        • maria

          can i press thousand times?!! LOL

    • 41.2 eevies

      I want IN too , i don’t care if this is considered spamming!! From 1st episode onwards he has been AMAZING!! I don’t how to survive when this show ends!

  42. 42 Joy

    Thank you so much, GF! Your recaps are like my pills. 🙂

    Wow! Another awesome episode. Am loving our Earnest Bot, He’s so innocent. I love how he circled around Jae Shin trying to figure out howr to carry her and loved how she looks at him and he can’t even looked at her straight.

    My heart was racing watching Jae Ha crossed the line!Gosh! It makes me love Jae Ha how he’s trying his best to win Hang Ah, for the soul reason of LOVE! I’m loving that Hang Ah’s giving him a little doze of his own medication for the time being. I want him to earn it! Did I say that the Royal Family are wonderful. Love the Mom, stayin’ true how Mom’s normally are. Of course, my Ha Ji Won is just naturally fantastic as usual. Can’t wait for her Kick Ass moment. I love this drama!

    • 42.1 ilikemangos

      I know! that awkward pacing around was so cute and realistic.

      • 42.1.1 Joy

        Yup, and when he inadvertently let go off her. I lol’ed.

      • 42.1.2 Raine

        I was giggling like a little girl when he was so awkwardly pacing around trying to find a way to lift her hehe

  43. 43 AnnMichelle

    Anytime Jae Ha needs to face off with those political bigwigs and/or Mad Magician, I know I am in for a treat!

    It’s really amazing to watch him changing facial expressions like a chameleon changing colors. And the lines he utters, twisting and turning, threatening, comforting, funny, menacing…Gosh, such a suave and smooth power player (pun intended!).

    • 43.1 ilikemangos

      totally agree!
      love the chameleon analogy.
      seunggi’s really at this best in terms of acting.

    • 43.2 babes

      YOu’re right! Those are the best scenes.

    • 43.3 leelee

      You have pointed it out quite perfectly dear. I just love the changes in his facial expressions as well. I’ve been watching the episodes raw and you can just feel everything by looking in to his eyes. LSG has come a long, long way

    • 43.4 NewKDramaAddict

      The double speak is always the best!

  44. 44 Lynn

    Thank you GF ! I await your episode recaps as eagerly as I await the actual broadcasts every Wed & Thur.

    • 44.1 abu

      Totally on the same boat with you!

      Thousand thanks, gf!

  45. 45 babes

    I’m so glad so many of you like Earnest Bot cos that leaves more of LSG to me. Pwahaha!

    Don’t you think even the way he walks is sexy? I first noticed it in one scene in Brilliant Legacy when he was walking behind the female lead after he found out her autistic Bro couldnt call her bcos he broke her phone. I remember I kept replaying that scene…

    And those dimples…hmmm…

    • 45.1 Osi

      I won’t leave LSG for you. Andwe. Jeolte Andwe.
      Agree about how he walks and his dimple. 😉

    • 45.2 Saima

      In episode 2 when HA returns heartbroken from her date and he’s walking away from the camera (haha, he has a nice behind as well!!) before biting into the donut….yeah, that’s all I remember!!

      Thanks to Osi for sharing these:



      They deffo left me discombobulated!! “Wait so that baby face goes with those set of abs!!” heh

      • 45.2.1 Osi

        Hehe. You’re welcome. ^^

    • 45.3 Summer

      like Osi, i won’t leave Seung Gi to you alone as well, so you can forget about that… 🙂

    • 45.4 AnnMichelle

      I know that WALK!

      In fact, his legs when walking are not totally straight. There’s that little kink that make the strides like dance steps. So so hot!!!

      Remember the swaying walk as he took a donut break when Hang Ah went out on that miserable ‘date’?!

      • 45.4.1 carmen

        Omo, when he was walking with his men in black posse all the way to the DMZ, I could not stop staring at his walk. And the fact that he had these tan leather shoes that should not go together with his deep navy suit..but on him, it just WORKS. totally sexy.

        • AnnMichelle

          So right about that brown shoes with navy suit, hahaha. It must be one of those 10 no-nos for guys fashion. But it looks totally dashing on Jae Ha. Or we are just a bunch crazy fangirls who’s lost their fashion senses.

          Also anyone notice there is something on his nose bridge? It’s not a bump, nor is it from a broken nose I don’t think. I keep staring at it trying to figure out how it go there…Adds to the character I say.

          • emmy

            I’m guessing perhaps the latter.:P I’m such a fangirl I can even tolerate the army tracksuit + ruffles.:D

            But seriously, Seunggi is so adorable, he looks good in everything in this drama. I’m especially loving him in the shirt + cardigan combo, kudos to the stylist (or heritory), I really dig that look!

            Hmm… now if I could only persuade my boyfriend to give the cardigans a try…

        • babes

          Ya know what I’m talking about, baby….!

        • JoAnne

          Loved that scene. He looks good in a suit. Long and lean, those legs. I think when he loses a bit of baby fat in his face, he’s going to be really handsome. Not that it matters because now we are all in love with the little boy who’s growing up to be a kick-ass King. And I mean…isn’t he only 23 or so? REALLY, really young.

          • Saima

            unni, he’s 25!! There’s a buzz that he’s headed to military service next year…..i’ll be beside myself when it happens!!

    • 45.5 Rashell

      Ummm..no, I think I’m fine claiming both. I’m gready that way. 🙂

  46. 46 almontel

    thank you so much for the recap…

    i really can’t wait to see tomorrow’s episode where we’d see Kang Ah back in action…
    I kind of wondered what was under the cosmetics JH brought for her…there has to be something more, right?

  47. 47 joenjohana

    Thank you!
    Finally Jae showed us that he’s worth to be The King. He admit to his mistakes, he takes responsibility, he determined to protect people around him…yeah, it’s good enough!

    I love it when Hang Ah play hard to get…she’s a tough lady to start with anyway.

    Now Jae Ha should try harder! lol


  48. 48 topper

    This episode got me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I can’t imagine what the next episode will do to me when Instructor Kim Hang Ah comes all full battle mode to save the day. Tranquilizers may help my heart.

  49. 49 manassuper

    it is a once in a life-time drama.seunggi and ha ji won are exceptional.episode 11 was a cliffhanger.TK2H FIGHTING!

  50. 50 koreandramalover / kdl / kay

    I can’t agree with you more!! Shi Kyung is the Korean Batman!! 😉

    In fact, to me, from the beginning, Shi Kyung has been THE most interesting character to me in this drama. Not only is he fiercely and unbendingly loyal, with the kind of looks (and smile) that can make any woman go weak at the knees, but he is also not one-dimensional – he has displayed so many layers to his character that I am waiting to see more of those layers peeling away as he interacts more with Jae Shin, as well as, when he carries out more of his duties and responsibilities to Jae Ha and his country.

    The actor playing Shi Kyung should look forward to a leading role some time in the future because he has proven in this drama that he can act and the fact that he is SO GORGEOUS physically, that when he stands next to Lee Seung Gi, he looks MORE attractive to me than even the cutie pie Lee Seung Gi. 😉

    • 50.1 Val

      Yes! Jo jung suk is one gorgeous, gorgeous man. I cant help but squeal whenever Shi kyung and Jae shin have screen time. I need MOARR of em two 😉

      • 50.1.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kay

        hehehe…I squealed too!! Somehow they come across as more REAL as a couple than Jae Ha and Hang Ah are…Shi-Kyung’s earnestness and Jae Shin’s straightforwardness and their interactions resonate more with me than Jae Ha’s split personality traits and Hang Ah’s tough-one-minute-emotionally-overwrought-the-next characteristics…

    • 50.2 NewKDramaAddict

      And boy can he sing!!♥

      • 50.2.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kay

        Yes! Thank you! I forgot about his beautiful voice too!! 😉
        He is sooo swoooon-worthy!! 😉

        • MsB

          A nice duet with Jae Shin would be off the hook!

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