Drama Recaps
The King 2 Hearts: Episode 6
by | April 5, 2012 | 274 Comments

There are more plans hatched than in a world war, more lies told than any political debate, and more sparks than you’ll see on any given country’s independence day. Love, they say it’s a battlefield.


Back to the proposal that that never was (or I guess the proposal that was wasted on Comrade Fanboy), Jae-ha fumes in impotent rage. He forks a heart-shaped doughnut to mark his pain. Dong-ha pours him drink after drink, as the rest of the staff very awkwardly treads around them to clean up the most embarrassing remnants of a party ever.

Dong-ha tries to talk sensibly, about how they at least have to be on civil enough terms to put up a united front to the press—say, they broke up mutually or whatever. But Jae-ha’s not even listening, as he stews about how he’s gotta one-up her now.

He points to the sad decorations, “This isn’t just my pride she stomped on! It’s the Republic of Korea!” Pffft. Hey, why you dumping your problems onto innocent bystanders?

He gets furious the more he thinks about it, and stands up to shout that just rejecting her isn’t going to cut it anymore. No, he’s going to make her BELIEVE that he loves her. Hee, I so love where this is going.

“I’m going to make it so that she spends her entire life thinking that I love her, so that she can’t marry anybody, and dies old and alone. And then! The second she dies, that’s when I say: I never loved you.”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh. Oh man. My stomach hurts. Best. Plan. Ever. Have I mentioned that I love this show?

Ignoring the idiocy of the plan where he spends his entire life having to “pretend” to love her, Dong-ha says that’s all fine and good, but how’s he even going to do that when she won’t give him the time of day?

Jae-ha slumps down with another sigh, “That’s the problem.” I’m pretty sure that’s really the least of your problems right now. But sure, let’s go with that. Suddenly Jae-ha perks up, “Call Shi-kyung.” Aw, you couldn’t even go 24 hours without contact, could you?

Shi-kyung answers the call in the middle of dinner with Dad. Jae-ha: “Tell me the truth. How did you seduce Kim Hang-ah?” Pffft, do you even know who you’re talking to?

Shi-kyung tries to say that he never seduced her, but Jae-ha takes it as a sign he’s not cooperating. “When I get to Seoul, you’re dead!” After this drama, can these two do a buddy cop movie or something?

Dad mentions that maybe Shi-kyung ought to go back to law school – he can do more than just look after a prince. But Shi-kyung says he’s already discovered that he’s not as smart as Dad, and that the life of a soldier is what fits him best.

“But I will be a soldier who doesn’t bring you shame.” Aw. He’s such a good egg. And yay for forthrightness and tough conversations with parents. Dad seems disappointed, but doesn’t push the issue.

He heads out on assignment to pick up the princess (FINALLY!) but discovers on the way to the airport that she’s pulled a fast one and boarded a different plane. The other agents wonder if they have enough manpower for the job, as three whole cars full of agents get out. What, is she a vampire slayer?

They track her down to a club in Hongdae, and Shi-kyung steps inside. There’s a rock concert going on, and JAE-SHIN (Lee Yoon-ji) is singing onstage, wearing a blonde wig.

The crowd starts chanting her name, and she starts off the song by shouting mockingly into the mic, “What, that chick who poses in the palace in pretty dresses?” Ha, I love that she’s the rebellious maknae. And here we though Jae-ha was the trouble child.

She rocks out, as she sings a song about doing whatever she wants to do, and Shi-kyung watches from the crowd. After the song, the agents drag her into a room in the back, where Shi-kyung is on the phone. He describes how bad the situation is—that the place is filled with punks and just earlier, some woman threatened the princess.

HA. Wait, does he not know she’s sitting right there? Why is this character so funny? I love that Jae-shin rawrs at him on sight. She literally looks at him like a tasty treat.

He gets word that there’s another cell signal from the princess’ phone. Shi-kyung: “Where?” Jae-shin’s like, yoo-hoo! Over here! And then he pins her down, demanding to know where she got this phone. Ha.

Cut to Jae-shin in her princess wear, as the line of agents salute her. She barks at Shi-kyung, “If I dress up am I a princess, and if I don’t, am I a beggar?!” She gets all handsy with him, digging around for his ID tag as she says they’re the narrow-minded judgy people who give the royal family a bad name.

Shi-kyung tries to explain the misunderstanding by saying she did not appear as the princess, but that’s the very point she’s trying to make. His literal brain doesn’t understand, and she sighs that he’s no fun. She declares that she’s going to catch up with some old friends while she’s here, so they can just wait. In full salute. Heh. Once she leaves, Shi-kyung lets out a long sigh, like he’s really stepped in it this time.

Back at the Villa of Vengeance, Hang-ah finds herself alone at the breakfast table, per her requests. And then again the next morning. She sighs in disappointment.

The queen mother continues her service work as usual, serving food to the needy. But tensions remain high, as people stop to comment angrily that the prince can’t marry a North Korean.

Jae-shin comes home and has tea with her eldest brother, who hands over one measly bill for allowance (like ten bucks) and she frowns like a kid. He says she’ll worry Mom, running around singing at clubs, but Jae-shin counters that what Mom’s really worried about is the possibility of gaining a North Korean daughter-in-law.

True. You’ve pretty much got a free pass while oppa’s love life is causing an international ruckus. She thinks it’ll be fun though, and asks what Hang-ah is like, already planning sister duets. Jae-kang leaves her with an adorable little pat on the head, and I can’t wait till the three siblings are in one room together.

Bong-gu arrives in Korea, with requests to meet with the king. This time it’s Secretary Eun who comes to greet him in the airport, with the news that the king does not have time to meet him, and has put him on the no-entry list for a year.

He has to turn right around and fly back out, and Bong-gu fumes, declaring that he’ll show the king a true magic trick.

Hang-ah lights up at the sight of Dong-ha, whom she greets warmly as a friend. It turns out she called him to her room (ha), not because she’s curious about the prince, no way. “But since you brought it up, how… is… the prince?”

Dong-ha sighs that he’s not doing well at all. “I think he’s traumatized.” Heh. He mentions that Jae-ha said he didn’t know Hang-ah hated him that much, and maybe it’s better if he just stays out of her way.

The sad puppy routine totally works. She takes a stroll towards Jae-ha’s room, and watches as he paces back and forth in front of his window and then turns out the lights. Kang-seok hilariously creeps up behind her, “Don’t you think he’s turning out the lights to watch naughty videos?” Ha.

Hang-ah glares, “I hear there’s a SNSD special on tv tonight. Aren’t you going to watch?” Kang-seok: “I q-q-q-q-quit them.” And then he hurries off to “go for a walk.”

Hang-ah goes back to window-gazing, as Kang-seok runs past her in the background. HA.

She lingers for a little longer, and then turns to go, which is when the figure in the window peers out. It’s Dong-ha, who radios Jae-ha to start in one minute. This ought to be good.

As she walks, she’s drawn by the sound of a piano, and approaches slowly. It’s Jae-ha, playing a grand piano in the middle of a garden, because THAT’s normal. Oh, heroes at the piano. Wouldn’t be a k-drama without one. Though it’s always nice when the actor can actually play and not be stunt-doubled.

He stops when he notices her, and acting purposely subdued and awkward, he starts to leave. But she stops him, asking what song he was playing just now. He says “Ave Maria.” She doesn’t believe him.

He swears it is, and then baits her a little, musing that someone from North Korea wouldn’t know. She gets defensive, insisting that she grew up on the classics too—but she knows “Ave Maria” and that wasn’t it.

He gives a little chuckle and sits back down at the piano, explaining that he was playing the accompaniment – Bach’s Prelude no. 1 in C major. “Ave Maria” the melody was written by Gounod over that original prelude.

She refuses to believe him, so he challenges her to try playing the melody to see if it fits, and she totally takes the bait. She sits down next to him and he starts again, this time counting down for her to play the melody.

She joins in, and when it fits, she beams. Jae-ha: “Bach and Gounod were born in different places, in different times. That their music fits together like this, is amazing.” Music AND metaphors? It’s the one-two punch.

She nods, totally swept up in the moment. They steal glances at each other, and then their eyes lock. The music stops, and he starts to move closer.

He inches in as she closes her eyes. Their lips get about a millimeter apart…

And then he stands up abruptly. “It’s getting late,” and he walks away. Aaaaack! You bastid! Grar, I hate to admit it, but that was good.

It leaves her hanging by just the right thread, as she returns to her room to look up Gounod and Bach. She ignores a call from Dad, and lies awake that night.

The next morning, Dong-ha asks if Seduction by Piano was a success, and Jae-ha hands him the file for the next song (ha) – “A Love That Cannot Be.” Dong-ha wonders if that isn’t too old-fashioned.

But Jae-ha reminds him that if she is to fall in love with him for the rest of her life, then he’s gotta go with some hardcore melo – we’re talking terminal illness, forbidden romance, the works. He says their North/South dynamic is perfect for a Love That Cannot Be.

Dong-ha: “But… what if she says she can’t leave you?” Jae-ha assures him that’ll never happen, because women want fantasy, and romance, and staying together turns it into something ordinary. Pfft, I don’t know what’s funnier—that Jae-ha believes he’s a genius for this plan, or that Dong-ha has totally bought into it.

Hang-ah receives the thumb drive with the song, played over a slideshow of her. Hahaha. I swear, his cheestastic methods just crack me up. But she smiles as she sees pictures of their training days, and then flashes back to her own memories.

She sits pondering it all until nightfall, not even realizing that it’s snowing into her room until a gust of wind blows through. She gets up to close the balcony door, when she spots Jae-ha pacing down below, strategically well-lit for maximum broody effect.

She watches him for a moment, and then a surge of emotion sends her running out the door. Jae-ha stops and looks up, and finds her terrace empty. He turns around, but that’s when he sees her – running full-force toward him.

It catches him off guard and he stands there stunned, as she runs in slow motion, right into his arms. She launches her arms around him and he freezes, and his hands slowly close around her as they hold each other.

Melt. I love that we can see it happen—suddenly the line between fiction and reality begins to blur for him.

He lies comatose till the next morning, when Dong-ha comes running in, giddy that the whole staff is buzzing with rumors. He asks excitedly, “Which version are you going to go with? Kick to the curb or die old and alone?”

Suddenly Jae-ha’s rethinking it all, “Isn’t that a little harsh, you think? I mean, she’s never even once had a real relationship. Don’t you feel bad for her?” Dong-ha doesn’t see what he’s getting at—is he what, going to marry her?

“Not marriage, but… isn’t there maybe a way I could hide her as a secret mistress?” Hahaha. Damnit, every time you make me think you’re growing, then this.

Dong-ha starts to catch on that he likes her, which of course he refuses to admit. He decides to stick with the original plan, and goes up to see her. He tells her gravely that even if this is the end, he wants to be together, and then tells her that they’ll announce it together at the press conference tomorrow: that the engagement is off.

But Hang-ah puts a big ol’ wrench in that plan: “I’ll do it. The engagement.” Hahaha. Plan. Fail.

He starts stammering as he reminds her of all the reasons that it can’t work between them. But she just comes closer and takes his hand, saying that they can overcome all of it because they have each other.

The more he argues the more she defends their love, until he finally snaps, “I don’t want to! What am I, crazy? Why would I marry you? Can’t you tell? It was all an act!”

Eeep! She looks up at him, still confused, still not knowing what to believe. He twists the knife further that he felt bad for her because she’s never been in a relationship, and he wanted to give her a memory of a happy love and end it at that.

And then he blames her for being so naïve that she fell for it. Oh, is this like when serial killers say it’s their victim’s fault for wanting to die?

It finally hits her as tears come rolling out, “So it was all a dream?” He cruelly confirms it, “Yes, a play, all of it. That hug sure was intense. Who told you to fall for it, anyway? Why would you fall for that crap?! Are you trying to make it obvious that you’ve never dated?”

And then the kicker—he mutters that she’s easy, and turns to go. OOF. Who said you could rip my guts out? Augh.

He leaves her shaking in tears. He storms out, and then turns back… but stops with his hand on the doorknob. Open it! Open it you evil son of a bitch! But of course, he doesn’t.

It’s time to fly to Seoul, and he looks over at the empty seat next to his. He asks where Hang-ah went, as if it’s news that she’d want to be as far away from you as possible. Guh.

Press conference at the palace. All the family members watch on their tvs, told that the engagement will be called off. As they stand waiting to walk in, Jae-ha tells her that the MC will make the announcement, so she doesn’t have to say anything at all.

The official statement will be that they were in love, but could not overcome all the obstacles that stood between their two countries. He muses that she must be sick and tired of him now. Really? Isn’t hatred that burns with the fire of a thousand suns a little more appropriate? He tells her it’ll all be over soon.

They’re led inside and the live broadcast begins. The press asks for statements, and Hang-ah says she’ll go first. Uh-oh. He turns to her nervously. Making eye contact with him, she says that she loves South Korean Prince Lee Jae-ha and will go through with the engagement.

OHMYGOD. Did she really just do that? Cameras flash. The room goes crazy. He stares, stunned. Is this her way of challenging his sincerity? ‘Cause them’s some balls, man.

And then it’s his turn to answer. He takes a long moment, wracking his brain, trying to make a decision…

I love the backroom commentary. Dong-ha: “He’s for sure going to say he doesn’t want to.” Shi-kyung: “He already declared that he loved her. Publicly.” Dong-ha: “So you think he’s going to just say he will? With HIS personality?” Haha.

Jae-ha turns to look at Hang-ah, back out at the cameras, and then finally speaks. Is he… reciting a poem? Ha. So the gist of the poem: The flowers have already fallen / The brief light of spring has now dried up / It’s good! The rain that falls through the night / One stem of the plaintain tree rises.

Uh… way to be cryptic. That’s literally all he says, as the entire room stares slackjawed, like what the… hell does THAT mean? Hang-ah turns to give him the evil eye, and he gives her a tiny little grin, like you can’t beat me at my own game.

It’s all over the media—various interpretations trying to figure out what the prince meant, and Jae-ha sits with little sis, watching the news. She asks what the hell it means, the poem about spring passing and summer coming. Is that a good thing?

Jae-ha sighs, “What’s so great about spring ending?” Jae-shin gets up, “Oh, so it’s a no-thank-you? I’ll tell Big Oppa.” But he stops her, “YEAH, but it also says that a new sprout came forth.”

Hahahaha, so basically the poem is a representation of your bipolar wishy-washyness? I love that Jae-shin just rolls her eyes, like make up your friggin’ mind! He tells her to go see what Hang-ah is doing.

Hang-ah takes a call from Dad, who is furious, all, Remember the plan where you were going to do the stomping? But I love that what he’s mad about is his baby girl’s heart, not the political ramifications.

She swears that Jae-ha treats her well, which might sound more convincing if she weren’t crying as she said it, and she just says that this is what her heart wants. I think what she’s banking on is that he feels the same, but isn’t willing to admit it. I agree, but I also think you’re underestimating his weaseliness. Also, you have more faith than the average bear, I’ll give you that.

There’s a knock at the door, and Jae-shin pops in to introduce herself. She says that Little Oppa sent her here on a mission to check on Hang-ah, so she’s technically here as a spy. She asks what happened.

Meanwhile, Hang-ah’s father works himself into a frenzy, and finally gets in a car headed for Seoul.

Jae-ha pops into Hang-ah’s room, where Jae-shin is sitting there, arms crossed, glowering at him. Haha. One look and I know she’s got the whole story.

He looks around but Hang-ah isn’t there. He asks how she was, and Jae-shin tears into him (THANK GOD) for playing around with a girl’s heart. I love it—he even gets scolded by his younger sister.

She starts to ask him what his real deal is, and then we see that Hang-ah is in the room after all, hiding in the closet. HA. Best sister revenge plan ever. In voiceover we hear what Jae-shin had said to her earlier, that Little Oppa is really lazy—he isn’t the type to even waste that kind of energy on someone he doesn’t care about.

Jae-ha finally spills some crucial beans: “If you get down to it, it’s all Eun Shi-kyung’s fault!” Jae-shin recognizes the name immediately, and asks if it’s the royal guard, the super un-fun one.

Jae-ha gapes, “Did he seduce you TOO?” Hahaha. She asks if Shi-kyung really seduced Hang-ah, and he flips out that he’s not good enough for her, but Hang-ah does this laugh in front him, and proceeds to demonstrate.

Jae-shin argues, what, is she not allowed to laugh that way? Jae-ha: “But I’M there!”

Pfffft. Oh, sweet justice.

He continues, “I’m a prince! And we shared a room, and spent WAY more time together! But how could she like him more?” HEE. He keeps going—that she refused to come to the sangyeonrae, and then all it took was one phone call from Shi-kyung for her to come running.

He describes that moment, agreeing that it was like a fuse was lit in his brain, and he went crazy. As he says that, he flashes back to their hug in the snow. Jae-shin: “Do you like her that much? That unni?”

He scoffs a denial, but she just stands up, calling out, “Unni, you heard that, right?” She opens the door, and there stands Hang-ah. He mutters and raises his fist at Jae-shin.

They sit across from each other in silence for a while, and Hang-ah wonders if it’s South Korea that’s so complicated, or men. “Be a man and just tell me. Do you like me, or not?” What? People being direct? Am I dreaming this?

Jae-ha: “And if I do? What are you going to do about it?” Eeeee!

He says even people who love their whole lives end up divorced, but what is he, a prince, going to overcome all the obstacles that stand in the way and be with a North Korean woman? “Do you think the world is that yielding?”

“Besides, why should I… when there’s an easy road?” He’s finally honest with her, but it’s no less dark, which is what I find fascinating about his character. Jae-ha: “It’s like you said. I’m trash. I only think about myself and only see myself.”

Hang-ah: “There’s no such thing as trash that admits it’s trash.” But he doesn’t let her explain it away, “I’m digging a hole in the ground right now, to run away. Calling myself trash makes it easy.”

The king gets word that Hang-ah’s father is on his way, and we see him cross the border.

Hang-ah says that she’s not totally innocent either – she did have some desire to trade up in life, and well, there may have been a teensy bit of revenge there. He laughs, “Your revenge was too strong.”

But she realizes that spending her own life on revenge would only make her the loser in the end. “So let’s just call the engagement off.” HA. Omg, is this revenge on revenge? He starts to worry—how is she going to handle all the humiliation?

She figures she’ll just go study abroad and marry a foreign man, whatevs. Pffft. He asks, what about the WOC? But she laughs that someone else can surely take her spot. And with that, she gets up and tells him she had a good time, and puts her hand out for a shake.

Hahaha. How does she do it? How does she manage to always get the last word in?

He just stares up at her, asking if this is really the end. He leaves her hand hanging there, so she pshaws that he doesn’t even want to shake her hand as a comrade.

He tells her that if this is goodbye, then in the south, they do something different to mark the occasion. Is it smooches? He says they even have a fancy name for it: Wrap Party. Ha.

Cut to: happy drinky times. They’re so sweet when they’re not sober! They do a love-shot and Hang-ah looks at the empty bottle of liquor like the rascal went and emptied itself while she wasn’t looking, and hobbles over to the fridge to get some more.

She swoons at the fridge stacked a mile high with bottles, “Is this ALL liquor?” She plops down right there and tells him to bring the food. I don’t know if that’s one of Seung-gi’s CF fridges, but it’s kind of messing with my brain. Stop colliding, universes!

The king greets Hang-ah’s father, who sternly asks to see the prince Right. Now. Ruh-roh.

Jae-ha parks it next to her on the floor, and after a while, she starts nodding off. He pokes her in the head and taps his shoulder for her to lean on him, but she says she’s not falling for that again.

“You just want to try and kiss me again.” Jae-ha snorts, reminding her that she’s the one who dreamt it, remember? He pets her hair, and then teasingly tries to pull her close, but she resists with a stinkface, saying she knows what he’s really thinking on the inside.

He pulls her head in, “So, you want me to?” Up until that moment it’s all fun and games, but then she looks up at him in earnest. He gulps.

She brings her fingers up to her lips, saying that hers are untouched, but his have kissed a hundred times before. They linger like that for a moment, and then he wraps his arm around her and pulls her close. Oh, swoon.

He whispers, “So?” They look into each other’s eyes… he gulps again…

And then we cut to outside the palace. WHAT? Why are we cutting? WHY ARE CUTTING?

Jae-kang and Hang-ah’s father are being marched over…

Once he pulls her in, he takes her hand. He adorably warns her that she can’t handle him. She says they’ll see about that. I love it—they’re still bickering, but you can actually see the magnetic force, like they’re trying to fight it off with words but their lips keep getting closer.

He asks what about Jang Dong-gun (ha) and when their lips are an inch away, he murmurs: “Who’d marry you?” She whispers back, “It doesn’t matter as long as it’s not you.” Hee.

They kiss. Again and again. He pulls her in closer.

By the time Hyung and Dad storm in, they’re making out, and get caught red-handed like a pair of teenagers. The father figures gape awkwardly.

They jump up with a start. Pfft, Jae-ha’s little sight gag with the fridge door popping open cracks me up. They bow their heads nervously, hands over their lips.


Swooooon. Nothing beats an equally-matched screwball pair, bickering their way towards each other like a force greater than gravity. I love that their bickering goes on even on their way towards kissing each other, like a last line of useless defense. They kill me. This show has done such a good job of teasing the romance – couching the flickers of real emotion within all the layers of crap they fling at each other. We’re teased along with them, never knowing which way is up. I love feeling like I’m being carried by the momentum of that, and not just waiting for the standard steps the way they’ve been danced a hundred times before.

It’s like this drama knows and relishes in the inherent pleasure of watching an ass get hoisted by his own petard, because I’m pretty sure every episode now, Jae-ha has done something even assier than before, and then gotten a comeuppance as juicy as deserved. But hearing him admit that he’s selfish and looking for a way out at all times is also satisfying, because it shows that even if he has the worst case of spastic foot-in-mouth syndrome ever, he’s not completely thoughtless. In the rare moments when he treats Hang-ah like a friend or a little sister, it’s like a glimpse into someone else, or a better side of him. And this episode brought the longest stretch of that, in letting them finally share a moment of honesty without the bullshit.

I’m so glad that Jae-shin finally showed up. I feel like we had to wait forever for her. She’s a great breath of fresh air in the palace, and I already love the good-natured family dynamic, as I love all the families in this drama, actually. She’s going to be a fantastic foil for Stick-in-the-Mud Shi-kyung, who continues to be the funniest character I’ve encountered in a while. It’s all in the writing too—because all he has to do is play everything straight, while everyone around him misinterprets his actions. I die every time Jae-ha adds something to the convoluted narrative that’s entirely inside his head, about how Shi-kyung is this mastermind ladies’ man who has it out for him and won’t share trade secrets. I’m seriously never going to get tired of that reluctant bromance.

My favorite thing about the show is of course the writing, but it’s also just stunning to look at. I love the moody lighting, the music, the way every scene is crafted. The tonal twists continue to be the thing of beauty though – the way a scene is both written and directed sometimes purely for a laugh (earnestness is undercut with humor), and other times to hit you with a wave of emotion (humor undercut with sudden sincerity). It’s unabashedly romantic, but that’s kind of why k-drama is good at what it does. What’s a love story without a little romance?


274 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. ilikemangos

    OMG. total squeel over this episode.

    If you guys want to see the totally raw and unedited BTS of the kiss scene!
    They totally edited out a bit in order to tone down the sizzzzleee.
    🙂 You’re welcome.

    • 1.1 jomo

      Thank you!
      Was that a female director I saw directing?

    • 1.2 daniela

      Wow, how many people around them!!!!!!!

    • 1.3 Stacy

      And THAT, Ladies and Gents, is how a Kiss SHOULD be done!

      • 1.3.1 Cheryl

        Yes, and longer is always nice, too. ;D

    • 1.4 j

      thank youuuu!
      squealed so much while watching the ep, and this uncut ver makes me squeal even moreee!

  2. Laica


    Thank you! This drama is my new crack. I love you, girlfriday. 🙂

  3. Ace

    Thank you!
    I squealed a lot in this episode…just so much cuteness…sooo good!

  4. topper

    He baits her with the piano, the thumbdrive and the walk in the snow. She finishes him of with that bare footed hug. That expression on his face at the scene is so so good.

    • 4.1 Saima

      it’s awesome how JH thinks he’ll be the last man standing but it’s HA’s vulnerability that totally undoes him & throws him off of his ‘love’ game!! JH, boi you’re soo IN LOVE with HA that it’s not even funny! And, when he’s jealous…he’s hysterical!!

  5. Raine

    *jumps in joy like a little kid* off to read recap ^_^ Thanks so much GF!

  6. jae

    thank you girlfriday!
    jae ha is such a bad and cute prince

  7. SillyRnti

    {{Fans herself}}

    Seung Gi in the tub last episode was hot but him playing piano made me swoon more. (And even though they said it was Ave Maria it sounded like the music to Somewhere in Time to me and that just added to the ooey gooey romance.) Now if they can somehow drag a piano into the royal bathroom and combine the two….

    • 7.1 slfowie

      with him in the tub or in the shower with the water on n him playing with out his shirt ( though don’t think that is possible with out ruining the piano)

      • 7.1.1 wanne

        LOL hahahahaa. Thanks for the laugh!

      • 7.1.2 pumpkinattack

        Off to invent the waterproof piano….

  8. Joo

    Thanks for the recap GF! Off to read ^^

  9. mihinikki

    Does anyone just feel weak after watching this? My mind and heart are just shaking. In truth I’m not very good at “feelings” and need things to be spelled out. Off to read the recap so girlfriday can help this little robot girl understand what the heck is up with this OTP.

    • 9.1 sailat

      I hope you post your ‘feelings’ abt the OTP after reading the recap?! 😀 JH elicits all these different reactions, feelings from me…..LSG’s playing JH soo beautifully!!

    • 9.2 mihinikki

      Okay, I think I MIGHT get it now. During the trip Hang ah KNEW Jae ha was putting on an act, but he kept mixing it all with true feelings. Then when he went to break up w/ her she said she’d marry him so he’d admit his real motives. Jae ha got scared and blurted that it was ALL an act. Despite, her suspicions she hoped it wasn’t true and cried. She had the whole plane ride to think it over and decided to announce accepting his proposal to put him in a corner. When he finally admitted his feelings and that he was a coward she could put her heart at ease b/c she wasn’t delusional about his feelings. She seemed to feel free and not really heartbroken. Why? I think she likes him, but didn’t have much faith in him. As for the kiss… I’m not confused about how or why that happened 😉

      • 9.2.1 jomo


        • mihinikki

          Thank you Jomo! If you think that’s right I may have some heart after all…I recently took a personality test, the real-deal kind, which scored me Thinking 100/Feeling 0 meaning I’m mostly in my head and have a hard time knowing how I feel much less others, but I’m working at it. I think kdramas are my therapy!

          • jomo

            Actually, that makes a lot of sense as far as therapy.
            We are constantly trying to guess how these characters feel despite what they say. You have a lot of company on your quest.

            Just the fact that you keep trying to figure your and others’ feelings out, means the personality test and label are no longer a true picture of your heart. Success!

      • 9.2.2 Saima

        awesome analysis! Loved his rxn when she went public with her feelings for him (as a way to gauge his feelings for her) AND when she offered her hand at the end and he didn’t take it cuz he just couldn’t understand that she would destroy her marriage prospects in the future only to know how he felt for her!! Hang Ah, here’re some hugs for you girl!!

        JH gives me a whiplash: dunno whether to knee him in the groin or squeal in delight at his transition from cruel heartless bastard to a passionate lover!! I hope we get to the point wherein we know that they made love (obviously they won’t show us their lovemaking) but discovering JH’s passion & love for HA will be such a delight and I say AYE to employing physical medium!! *fangirl squeal*

        • mihinikki

          “I hope we get to the point wherein we know that they made love”

          I agree! I don’t need to see anything either. Just the entrance to the bedroom, tinkling music, and huge grins over breakfast. I’ll be satisfied with the minimum.

          • Val

            Hahahaha yes! But… Truthfully, I’m all for some marital bliss.

          • mihinikki

            Oh, I was talking about the wedding night. Hang ah is a virgin and Jae ha should respect that.

      • 9.2.3 mihinikki

        If the K2H writers keep this emotional complexity going I might be totally balanced 50/50 by the time it’s all over! But, seriously my cousin’s husband was a bit like Jae ha when they were dating with being wishy-washy and testing her feelings. They seem to be doing very well now (10 years later), but when she laid out their “love story” I was dumbfounded at how she ever took it. I love drama for Kdramas, not so much for real life.

  10. 10 Geneva

    Well then. *fans self*

  11. 11 Noelle

    Thanks for the recap! Off to read.

    I got a glimpse of the last couple of photos and I got butterflys lol.

    • 11.1 Noelle

      Damn! This was a good episode. I love that he finally cut out the BS and just said how he felt. Also I find it interesting how he describes himself. It’s honest which makes it sad. He thinks of himself so lowly that I can’t help but feel bad for him. Maybe he never felt he had to be better because his Hyung was always perfect, the ideal son/king to be. It’s a great character with layers and to be honest I wasn’t expecting this at all. I was assuming a run of the mill romcom with the same old character model. I’m happily surprised!

      Keep up the good work drama!

  12. 12 Joy

    Yahooooo! 🙂

    Kamsahamnida, GF! I love love this episode. Made my heart skipped especially at the end. Oh yeah, ’bout time the princess made her appearance. Her introduction is so cool, like her.

    • 12.1 tintin

      Yeah, finally everyone’s favorite princess shows up! Making us wait five six episodes for someone we never do seem to get enough time with, grrrrrrrr……

  13. 13 trixicopper

    Thank you , thank you, thank you! Gah! I just love this show! Damn, it’s gonna be another looong week! 🙂

  14. 14 stars4u

    When I first saw the preview I thought they were leaning against a wall but when I saw the episode I was like “Oh! Right, Seung-gi is modeling for some refrigerator!”
    I love how both of them were touching/covering their lips after they were caught! They look like teenagers!
    Jae-shin, I love her!
    But that kiss was…

  15. 15 nuri

    so nice to remember why i love k-drama. oh. so. good.

  16. 16 k-soup

    hahaha! this is hilarious and uber sweet episode! I ♥ it!
    Can’t wait for the next episode!

  17. 17 Cruelsummer

    Thank you for the recap, Girlfriday. I am so glad that you are taking the helm for my favorite drama of the year because your sentiments seem to mirror my own.

    Every week I’m amazed at how well done this drama is. It’s a real treat. After every episode I feel like I have to catch my breath. The chemistry between the OTP is intense and now they’ve gone and added the Punk Princess and the Uptight Soldier. It’s like all of my drama dreams come true.

    • 17.1 MsB

      So reminiscent of Director Kim and Dong Ah (Wild Romance). Can’t wait to see that evolve! Its going to be fun!

  18. 18 jomo

    Thank you for the loving recap. I actually wept when they BOTH put their hands to their mouths as if to savor? Make sure it was real? Admitted that wasn’t just any FREAKING KISS.
    I haven’t been this affected by a first kiss in a while, and MAN, I am so glad they are taking the sensual way.

    Because it isn’t only the kiss, afterall, that warms you up, it is the release of the pent up feelings they have been hiding up to now.

    I was sooooo worried Princey was going to say “I NEVER liked you, Commie. It was all an act. You’re a yucky non-girl to me!” The idea that he made it up because he wanted her to see what love felt like, while kinduv jerky, is actually sweet. No wonder she didn’t punch him in the head.

    I didn’t really get this:
    “Hang-ah finds herself alone at the breakfast table, per her requests. And then again the next morning. She sighs in disappointment.”
    Wasn’t SHE the one who said she vanted to be alone?

    My biggest belly laugh was when HA opened the fridge and said “Look at all that alcohol!” like it was Christmas morning. It was so heartfelt, and funny.

    I love HJW with all my heart. She is magic.

    • 18.1 slfowie

      haha cant believe ppl are calling him Princey!

    • 18.2 Janet

      Yeah, I was confused about the breakfast thing too. With the way Kang-seok said “now you can eat in peace alone” at breakfast, I thought that perhaps he had pretended to deliver a message from Hang-ah when he was really trying to separate the two so that Hang-ah didn’t have to deal with Jae-ha? Since she seemed genuinely confused about why Jae-ha wasn’t there…

    • 18.3 cami

      She did ask to be left alone for the rest of the trip but apparently she was still secretly hoping that he would come and see her. She likes him afterall.

  19. 19 zsa

    Welcome to adult world, Seung Gi ahhh…let’s have a ‘wrap party’ for loss innocence^^heh…

    • 19.1 sailat

      oye, what i would do to be incl in this party? In K-drama talk: I NOW see Seung Gi as a namja!! *wink wink* And how, eh?!! 🙂

  20. 20 wanne

    Thank you for the recap Girlfriday!

    *Off to read*

  21. 21 sailat

    Why is this show not doing well in Korea? It’s been progressively slipping…Now, all 3 W-Th shows are good and are similarly distributed…on the internet there’s been talk abt the ratings of this show! Usually don’t care abt ratings but I don’t want this to affect the writers changing things up!! :/ Is it the fictional N-S reunification premise that they’re not liking? It’s such a good show w/ every possible element but yet it saddens me to think of what this may lead to writers intervening in the hopes of improving the ratings?

    • 21.1 gg

      maybe b/c adults are the one who has the remote. if you get adult viewers than you are set for good rating, but it seems like they are not very fond about North korean stories.. it’s really sad. Also, adult korean viewers like simple, not complicated, straight-forward stories.

      • 21.1.1 Summer

        I think so too that the South Koreans are not interested in anything to do with North Korea, especially the drama focus 50% of it on NK. If it’s just a small part of the drama, it might be a different story.

      • 21.1.2 reglest

        Intersting thought! I think they aren’t ready for this kind of story, but here is some interesting facts about TK2H ratings in 4 first episode:
        http://www.lsgairenint.tumblr.com/post/20530622443/dramas-rating-survey-from-the-first-4-episodes :
        For summary, the rating is high in metropolitan area, even the average rating in Incheon reach 20%, except for jeonju which only 3% (?), the rating also strong in service sector VIP area while lower in agriculture area.

        I took a peek of real live rating last night, at the beginning TK2H is strong as usual, but dropped when Equator man raised, and it also dropped when RP raised. The rating isn’t stable, in my eyes, the viewers keep switching channels, they aren’t hooked into one show, especially TK2H when you need to watch the WHOLE scene to get a gist of it. Meanwhile, RP rating is way more stable, it’s up and down at tolerable scale

        I just hope it won’t make the writer to change the scenario, heard they already write it until episode 14, I’ll be so sad if this drama turn into another Myung Wol 🙁

        Note: heard rumor that they are indeed delaying the drama, Princess Jae Shin originally appeared into 5th episode

        Just one wish: hope they won’t alter the original story too much, I’m enjoying this one so much!

        • ddd

          Yes, they are indeed delaying the drama, actually the writer wrote the script in fast paced manner. What we are seeing is like 20-30 delayed scenes from original script ep.5. What I mean is that in this ep.6, half or more than half of the scenes are supposed to be in ep.5, and the kissing scene was originally in ep.6 scene 23 out scene 60ish!

          Delay started to happen on ep.2 (maybe b/c of magic show), they couldn’t place the original ending scene, and now it’s all messed up!

          I am so upset b/c this drama has so much potential and I really like the story and all, but editing really brings it down. I think this was also the cause that the rating is going down. Drama needs to grab audiences and make them wonder what will happen next but TK2H couldn’t do that. The ending scenes upon till now only ep.1 had original ending and rest of ending are just cut from middle of random scenes! Reading from the script, the original ending had more impact than what we are seeing now.

          I think the director and editor made huge mistakes with editing. What they are making mistake is that they don’t know what to cut out, they just put all unnecessary shots in the drama; magic show, snsd mv scene, jae-shin’s club scene, usb scene etc etc.. could’ve been cut to short scenes.

          Oh.. I am just hoping that the director and editor come to their senses and listen to the viewer’s feedback and go with what the writer intended to show!! I am hoping and hoping that ep.7 editing would be okay..*sigh*

          • reglest

            Me second that option!

            Hoping it become fast paced like first, well I love this show. VERY. MUCH. And I’m usually don’t care about rating, but since it’s K-drama we talk about and it’s life depend on rating… I hope they’ll take the right path after this

            PLUS: I hope MBC stop keep leaking the story, please release the BTS after the episode airing.

          • Raine

            I hear somewhere that the director will begin to use the original ending around episode 10. And that the script for episode 9 was recently revised and reprinted. Hopefully that means they’re bringing the original pace back.
            Even though I have no qualms about the ending as they are right now, I can see how it doesn’t make viewers anticipate the next episode, there’s no strong “OH NO WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN!” feeling. Although the ending for 6 was pretty good I thought hehe, funny too ^^

          • xtooline

            Thanks for putting into words what I’ve been thinking. Some of the scenes really seemed like filler to me – too bad, because most of the pacing is really good. And the ones you picked as too long are exactly the ones where I ended up thinking WTH are they doing?

            Oh well, maybe they’ll get over that and keep the good pacing. Aside from that, I really love this show.

  22. 22 Brenda

    I really love this drama more than I thought I would. I didn’t expect the witty writing and the chemistry between all the major and minor characters.
    I’m so glad that Jae Shin has been introduced. Her entrance was epic and when she got all handsy with Shi Kyung? I almost died! If they are coupled together and the drama doesn’t slow down then this will probably be in my Top 5 favorites.
    I loved the interaction between Jae Ha and Jae Shin . . . especially when each of them took turns replicating Hang Ah’s laugh =P

    Loving this drama! Can’t wait till next week!! =D

  23. 23 em

    Loved this episode. Lee seungi does not know whether he is in or out.He is so confused.Ha ji won is very beautiful and a great actress. She could match him anytime.

  24. 24 DMKO

    This show is great and so are your recaps! Thanks gf!

  25. 25 ninsarama

    d-mn!!! I love kiss scenes that literally set things on fire! I have to give it to these actors. THEY HAVE SERIOUS CHEMISTRY!!! More importantly, they’re actors who have chemistry with nearly all their colleagues. Ha Jiwon is like the female counterpart to Gong Yoo. He has serious chemistry with his leads.. rawrrrr.

    I know this is off track, but this is the reason I can’t get into Fashion King. Zero chemistry except maybe between Shin Sekyung and Lee Jehoon.

    • 25.1 aisuzieya

      its so awkward in Fashion King. Lee Je-hoon was supposed to love Yuri so much that he kept a picture of her in his wallet but yet his actions and reactions to her are inconsistent. to make matter worst, there is no chemistry between the leads..all four of them. the weakest link is definitely in the writing and then acting.

      and i love their kiss scene together near the refrigerator. intense and hot! loving the show!

    • 25.2 MsB

      You’re right but I also think that is part of the story. Instead of a triangle, I like to call it a merry-go-round. One likes the other likes the other likes the other. You get to the point where you don’t care who ends up with who.

  26. 26 Eevies

    It’s such a beautiful episode, Jaeha character is written so well , so much depth and layers which they unveil little by little in every episodes.The writers from episode stuns me from the 1st episode, sometimes i do feel some parts of the show can be pace faster but its just how this show is; a reflection of their creativity. Screw the
    rating, I am loving this show as it it!!

    • 26.1 sailat

      well, more often than not i too say screw the ratings BUT PLEASE DON’T CHANGE ANYTHING from they would’ve originally intended, etc!! It’s an earnest request, writers!!

  27. 27 Sue

    Thanks for the recap! I’m glad I read it because your translation for the kiss scene was slightly different from the translation at VIKI. It makes more sense and it is more fun. I love this drama but the preview for next week appears to show us another “I don’t want to marry her” and “I’ll get back at him” episode. I hope that is not the case, and their romance can progress from here. I just don’t know how much of this going back and forth I can take before I truly hate him (which I’m on the border after he took the shot at her).

  28. 28 Osi

    Thank you for the recaps GF.
    The piano scene is just awesome and romantic. When they look at each other, my heart beats faster. The barefoot running hug scene is fantastic. I love how the song lyrics fit the scene so well. We see she runs in slow motion behind jae ha’s back right after he turned around. Such a nice and lovely scene. And the kiss. Speechless.

  29. 29 beachkay

    thanks for the recap GF…

  30. 30 seunggiyah

    Omg hi I’m speaking from my grave now. Their kiss is soooo wow. I was blushing as I watched their passion burn 😛

    Btw I already love Shikyung and Jaeshin together!!! I can’t wait for the next episode!

  31. 31 wanne

    Ok, I need to stop for a second

    “I’m going to make it so that she spends her entire life thinking that I love her, so that she can’t marry anybody, and dies old and alone. And then! The second she dies, that’s when I say: I never loved you.”

    LOL Hahahahaaaa. He’s insane.

    • 31.1 Raine

      This line is pure win :3

      • 31.1.1 em

        It makes me laugh so hard .I can’t stop laughing at his insane plan of revenge.

        • WM

          You know when he’s saying it, it’s because deep down he doesn’t want her married to or in love with anyone else. He wants her to want him because he’s: 1. Jealous and 2. Falling in love with her and can’t see it/admit it.

          It’s gonna be great watching him tumble down the old rocky cliffs of love. lol

  32. 32 mellowyel

    The title of this episode should be “The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game” http://youtu.be/Hobp_tMTa0E That song should totally be on the soundtrack.

    Thanks for the recap! Non-drama watchers appreciate it 🙂 (*gets back to studying*)

    • 32.1 topper


  33. 33 Summer

    Thanks GF for the recap!

    I can see why Seung Gi said that he will not be bothered by the rating(that was during the presscon) as he is enjoying the filming of this drama every minute & second of it.

    Maybe South Koreans do not like to be associated with NK, but I applaused the writer for doing something different from other writers, to write something that other writers dare not do it.

    I have to say that this drama is the best of all at this time now. It has the whole package nicely done! Well done Ha Ji Won, Lee Seung Gi, director, writers,co-stars & the rest of the crews.. Thank you for bringing us such a good drama!

    • 33.1 gg

      Agree!! I applaused the writer for bringing out these kind of stories to the viewer!

  34. 34 Jia Min

    Thanks for wonderful and thorough recap as always!

    Your phrase “more faith than the average bear” makes me burst out laughing!

    I am really addicted to this drama. Everything is such sooo good… (sighing in satisfaction~) Plus, the story is just starting and promises to heat up even more!!!

    Loves JaeHa~

    Love the piano scene despite it partly being planned, the super touching hugging in the snow scene and of course the HOT kiss~!

    • 34.1 Summer

      Even though he said he is fooling her, but i can see his true feeling during the piano scene… That look is so genuine & sincere, it’s like he is not ‘acting’ at all but his true feeling has been release unknowingly to him.. It’s only when he withdraw himself just 1mm away from kissing her, that he remembered he is supposed to ‘act’, haha..

      And the hugging scene, it’s really beautifully done.. They played the chorus part which is the best part of the song..

      After City Hunter, this is the only drama I’m in love with..

  35. 35 kewbie

    Thank you for the recap GF! And thank you #1 up there for the kiss video. I can’t get enough of their drunk-ass makeout sesh. Off to read. 🙂

    • 35.1 ilikemangos

      ahhaha. i can’t get enough of it either!

      • 35.1.1 em

        Me too.

  36. 36 Zoee

    OMG I was still giggling to myself thinking of the king’s face when he finds them kissing!!!!:O And of course the kissing scene makes me see Lee Seung Gi as a man, rather than the good boy image he always portraits<3

    • 36.1 jomo

      The King’s look of shock, then looking away were hilarious.
      I love that actor. He was really funny in Brain, too.

      • 36.1.1 Saima

        Okay I am gonna cry buckets when his hyung dies….that is the ONLY way JH will acquire the throne!! His hyung is such a righteous guy and i love how he’s soo passionate abt the reunification but never wants to short-change his family in this process!! I also love his sister…she’s hysterical! Here’s to girl power!! *high fives*

        Also, I am genuinely afraid of how JH will unravel when his hyung dies!! The preview kinda scared me a bit: I hope they don’t use the sister as a bait…when his hyung told JH that he loved him I just had this pit in my stomach!! ughh

        • PS

          Count me in…
          I’m so in love with the Bromance between JaeHa and his Hyung..
          I was already tearing up when I saw the preview that his hyung told JaeHa that he really love him..

          The love between the brother are beyonds words..
          The acting are so Daebak that I actually forgotten that they are not Real Brothers.
          The chemistry among the cast are DAEBAK…. 🙂

      • 36.1.2 WM

        I have to agree with you all on the look. For me, it was the absolute best reaction (beside the hug reaction) of the entire series so far. That expression was priceless! I was laughing so hard, I did a spit take with my soda and had to rewind.

  37. 37 Glad

    Thanks GF.

    Finally. Finally I’ve decided which one to watch. HA.

    I’ll go for King 2 Hearts. Thanks a million.

    …. And I’ll probably will watch The Equator Man too 🙂 Uhmforce!

  38. 38 Mia

    more! ahh love Jae-shin!

  39. 39 kungfupigeon

    Awwww YEAH!

    And that last bit is the probably the reason why Kylie’s “2 Hearts” was picked as the theme song instead of a cute bubblegum number

    • 39.1 kungfupigeon

      “After this drama is over, can these two do a buddy cop movie or something?”

      I second, third and 100th this idea.

  40. 40 halaure

    Aw. If Jae-shin is already planning the awesome sister-in-law duets, imagine the music she’s going to make with Shi-kyung’s swoon-worthy voice.

    • 40.1 reeen

      Great idea! It’s quite an obvious conclusion, but I never thought of it. So glad Lee Yoon Ji has finally made her entrance. I hope we get to see Jae Shin and Shi Kyung a lot, they promise to be so adorable together.

    • 40.2 moon_light

      Agree!!! Love love love this pairing!

  41. 41 JW


    What a great episode!!!!

    Anybody else find it a little weird that Lee Yoon-ji is playing the younger sister when she’s three years older than Lee Seung Gi?

    • 41.1 Elina

      Seung Gi was cast last. They considered older actors first.

      I think it doesn’t show on screen.

      • 41.1.1 ilikemangos

        but man, seeing seung gi nail that arrogant lover boy, it’s hard to imagine anyone else doing better.

        guess this is his type of thing

    • 41.2 topper

      I’m already loving them as siblings with just that few scenes of them together.

  42. 42 saranghae_12

    This show’s episodes keep getting better and better. I can’t wait for Wednesday to come. I think there will be more angst in the coming eps. I think I read somewhere that the script’s been written til ep14 already. Hope they don’t let themselves be bothered too much by the ratings. I wish there’s a way international fans can show them how much we love this drama.

    • 42.1 Osi

      I wish there’s a way international fans can show them how much we love this drama.

      That’s my wish too. I really love this drama. Anyone’s got an idea?

      • 42.1.1 Saima

        if the writers/directors have a me2day or twitter account… The former’s really famous with the Korean celebs!!

        • saranghae_12

          Do you know how to post in me2day? Is it all in korean?

          • Saima

            It’s very English-friendly! If you use google chrome (i think other web interfaces do this as well) it’ll automatically translate for you (if things are in Korean)…and then you can search the celeb if they have an account and then leave a msg for them.

            Here’s Seunggi’s twitter & website (i don’t think he has a me2day)


            http://leeseunggi.com/ —->you can leave a msg under ‘Community’ & then ‘To Seunggi’

          • airen

            If I’m not wrong, that is not Seunggi’s twitter (anyway that account hasn’t been updated for a long time). Seunggi currently does not have a twitter account. He did open one during Gumiho days for the sake of promoting Gumiho but he closed it after the drama ended.

          • iguess

            Hi Saima,
            that twitter account is fake. LSG does not have a personal twitter since he closed his chadaewoong account when MGIAG ended. No me2day too.

          • Saima

            oh, apologies abt the twitter mention!! I realized it belatedly that it hadn’t been updated in a long time!

        • ccinta

          I wish international viewers can lend our supports too. As this is truly a daebak drama.

          Lee Seung Gi doesn’t have twitter nor me2day account.

          But Ha Ji Won, Jo Jung Suk (Shi Kyung), Lee Yoon Ji have one.

          Ha Ji Won: https://twitter.com/#!/hajiwon1023 & http://me2day.net/with_jwha

          Jo Jung Suk: https://twitter.com/#!/jojeol

          Lee Yoon Ji: https://twitter.com/#!/dancingmulgogi

          Official MBC twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/withMBC

          MBC America: https://twitter.com/#!/mbc_america

          • vcdragoon

            Thanks for the list.

            I wish there was a comprehensive official twitter/me2day list. 😉

  43. 43 slfowie

    Ok saw the preview for next week.. so tell me who wants to join up an make a time machine and go to Wednesday next wee?

    • 43.1 Osi

      Me, me, me!

    • 43.2 Joy

      count me in…

    • 43.3 slfowie

      week.. sorry

    • 43.4 shel

      I think it’s gonna be Thursday, because there are elections on Wednesday.

      • 43.4.1 reglest

        Count me in..please..please..pretty please??

  44. 44 vcdragoon

    I’m officially all-in on this show, as of this episode. Well paced, well-acted, and pure enjoyment all around.

    I can see the storyline turning darker soon enough, since the promos before the series aired stated conclusively that Jaeha becomes the king after his brother is killed. The backdrop of potential war between the DPRK and the ROK is going to make one hell of a Romeo/Juliet scenario for the latter part of the series.

    It’s going to be fantastic to see HJW on the warpath to take down John Mayer. God, she’s awesome on so many levels.

    • 44.1 topper

      I also have a strong feeling Hang Ah will have a lot of ass kicking scenarios coming up. You don’t set her up as a North Korean special force instructor for nothing.

      And for Jae Ha to use that intelligence of his to out maneuver John Mayer instead of wasting it on coming up with double meaning poems on the fly.

      • 44.1.1 Joy

        I can not wait for that “ass kicking scenarios.” I just love Ha Ji Won. Am pretty sure she’ll pull it off like nothin’ and with ease. Did I say I love her? lol 🙂

        • vcdragoon

          I agree wholeheartedly. It’s going to be epic. Maybe even…wait for it…Legend-ary.

          I’m also wondering if the ending will be goong-esque, in that the princess ends up taking the position while Jae-Ha and Hang-ah live happily (bickeringly) after.

          • Joy

            Oh my gosh! Wouldn’t that be cool?! Live happy ever after with little ones. he he he Just remembered after you mentioned “Goong” it’s like a flashbulb, she’s the same princess. Loved her introduction, she rocks.

          • vcdragoon

            Joy: You’re exactly right! I didn’t even realize that until you mentioned it. It’s Lee Yoon Ji all right!

          • wanne

            I think Jae ha can make a great king. He’s genius, diplomatic, realistic, passionate and protective. wow so many adjective to describe JH lol. I want to see him as King and Hang-ah as his kick-ass protector

          • Roggy

            Holy crap! Youre right! no wonder! She suits the role perfectly 🙂

  45. 45 danna

    I’m dead…this drama has killed me

    • 45.1 danna

      What I meant to say is that my heart stopped beating at the end of this episode and hasn’t re-started yet

      • 45.1.1 Raine

        You need to survive for another 7 weeks!

  46. 46 Alexis

    THAT last scene was so amazing that I had butterflies lol

  47. 47 wanne

    ‘I don’t know if that’s one of Seung-gi’s CF fridges, but it’s kind of messing with my brain. Stop colliding, universes!’

    Yes, it is. Samsung Zipel is one of the sponsor.

    • 47.1 bam

      did anybody notice that the fridge have cabbage in the bottom box?
      haha, why on earth a palace’s bedroom freezer have a cabbage?
      me thinks it is so hilarious the way they do product placement for korean drama.
      but i love love love the show.

  48. 48 YL

    Seung Gi as Jae Ha is messing with my head.

    Despite having played similar character types in his previous dramas, I think this one succeeds best in convincing me that it’s not simply ‘heo-dang Seung Gi playing a character’. It’s making me hella confused, that’s for sure. Where’s puppyyy?

    Thanks for the recap GF! 😀

  49. 49 chillinducky

    wowww, I didn’t even watch episodes 5 and 6 yet, but couldn’t help myself from skimming the recap, like the kissing scene. 😡 (Yes, this drama so far is like CRACK for me!!! Help?!!?!)

    So far the drama is really good, I’m surprised because I didn’t expect too much. I was only watching for Jo Jeong suk. Thanks GF for the recap and your insight/analysis into the drama!

  50. 50 wanne

    ‘And then we cut to outside the palace. WHAT? Why are we cutting? WHY ARE CUTTING?’

    I had the same reaction. I know that they want to make us nervous, that the king will interrupt before the couple get to kiss, or that they will witness the kiss whatsoever. But bad bad timing there!

    • 50.1 bella

      i had the same reaction too! I was like “don’t tell me they’re not going to kiss tonight!” and like “hurry up, they’re coming!” LOL! you have no idea how i was relieved and squealed like a little girl when they started kissing 🙂

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