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The King 2 Hearts: Episode 7

Part I of our King 2 Hearts marathon is a doozy. Jae-ha gets a rude awakening, and Hang-ah finds out that kissing a prince is NOT like kissing a toad. If only fairytales came with some useful life lessons, like how to turn your prince back into one if he keeps mouthing off.

 
EPISODE 7 RECAP

The two teenagers get caught making out, and then the father figures decide to divide and conquer. Jae-ha paces nervously and then at the sound of the door, he launches into, “Hyung, back there was…”

Only it’s Hang-ah’s father who enters. Oh crap. Pwaha. Did you guys bait and switch on the kiddos? That’s hilarious. I’m mentally filling in the scene where they give each other silent baseball signals: You deal with that one. I got this.

Jae-kang sits down awkwardly with Hang-ah, who didn’t think she could be more mortified until he asks, “Do you like Jae-ha very much?” Oh, the secondhand embarrassment, so large.

But then he follows up with, “Thank you. And I’m really sorry. You must’ve been through a lot because of Jae-ha.” Her jaw drops. He tells her that things’ll get even harder if she gets engaged to him.

He says, much like he knows very little about her (both personally and in the North-South cultural way), people will assume things of her, misunderstand her, burden her with prejudice and expectation.

“How about if I split it with you? Just until you get used to it. Until Jae-ha gets his head on straight. How about if I hide behind you and keep watch?” Aw, why’s this hyung so cool?

He’s basically like, I’ve got your back, and adds adorably that he may appear like he’s not much, but he’s a king: “I’m perfect to use as a shield.” Her eyes well up with tears of gratitude.

Hang-ah: “Is it okay that it’s me?” Jae-kang: “It’s okay because it’s you.”

Jae-ha’s conversation is going a little differently. He sits upright with his hands folded as Hang-ah’s father sighs over and over, finally asking if he likes Hang-ah. Jae-ha fidgets, stammering that they had too much to drink…

Dad: “So when South Korean royals drink, do they always just grab any girl and do that??” Dad asks again if he likes Hang-ah, and when Jae-ha can’t give an answer, Dad just gets up, “Fine! I’ll just report it thusly: South Korean prince gets drunk, succumbs to his animal instincts, and messes around with peace!”

Hahaha. Are you using your country a metaphor for your daughter? Jae-ha gets down on his knees and grabs his leg. He looks up with his best puppy dog eyes, but he knows when he’s defeated. He hangs his head.

A giant banner unravels: Congratulations on the engagement. HA. The city buzzes with the news, stands selling Jae-ha/Hang-ah t-shirts spring up overnight, and political commentators give their two cents on every network.

Hang-ah’s father watches a broadcast of the prince and princess bride’s marriage fortunes, one saying that they’re perfectly matched, followed by a blurred out shaman who says that in her vision, the bride is covered in flames, and the prince ought to help, but he just pours gasoline on her. HAHAHA. It’s like she knows them.

She does say with an ominous tone that it’s a union that cannot be. Dad buries his head in his hands, and then gets called – it’s time for him to go. Jae-ha greets him, and they bow to each other.

But then Dad suddenly gets down to the ground, in a full bow. Taken aback, Jae-ha tries to get him to stand up, and orders the guards to leave the room. Dad calls him “your majesty” and Jae-ha insists it’s not the Joseon era anymore, and keeps awkwardly trying to make him stop bowing.

Dad says, full of father-of-the-bride emotion, that Hang-ah grew up in harsh circumstances, and stepped up to take care of herself AND him when her mom died. “She’s everything to me.” He gets up to bow again, and this time Jae-ha lets him, understanding what it means.

And then Dad walks out of the palace, and Hang-ah looks out from her window to see him go. He does that Korean dad thing of waving her away brusquely, just to hide his bleeding heart. Mrrmph. Gets me every time.

Hang-ah looks down at her phone, at the text that Dad sent her on his way out: “No matter what, follow South Korean ways. From now on, you are a South Korean.” He’s saying it to her to be a good father, but she reads it and whispers an apology, knowing what it took for him to say that. “I’m sorry, Father. I’m sorry.” She cries as she watches him head home without her.

The queen mother watches the tv with distate (where Yoon Yoo-sun, aka Woong-ah’s aunt, along with the rest of the High Kick cast, cameos to give a celebrity congratulations to the royal couple, hee). She then joins the family for the first of what I’m sure will be many an awkward family dinner.

Jae-kang mentions that one of the dishes was made with something that Hang-ah’s family sent from the North, and Mom absentmindedly says they needn’t, since they’re so poor. Eep. Now we know where Jae-ha gets his foot-in-mouth from. It’s genetic.

Jae-shin tries to stop her, but true to form, Jae-ha just fans the flames, “Did you guys get the HUNDRED refrigerators we sent?” Going on and on about how they’re probably too shiny, until Jae-kang kicks him about twenty times.

To their credit, both Hang-ah and Mom try to find common ground, but there’s not a lot to find. At least Hang-ah is used to Jae-ha’s teasing, enough to evil-eye him comfortably at the table. But he notices that Mom sees it, and asks teasingly if she’s afraid of Hang-ah. “If you get to know her, she’s actually a huh-dang.”

Hang-ah tries to compliment Mom on her beauty and her personality, only to muck it up when she accidentally calls her “petty,” because the same word means bright and cheery in the North. The dinner comes to a screeching halt. Jae-ha smoothes it over, and everyone ends up laughing but Mom. Oh dear.

Even the waitstaff bursts into laughter, which does not please the queen mother. Later she calls the head of the staff to her office, and you think she’s complaining about Hang-ah’s mistake, but it turns out that she’s complaining about the laugh.

Mom: “Just because she made a mistake doesn’t mean we should laugh. Think about how lonely she must feel, here all alone. We have to be that much better to her.” Awwwww. Why is this family so awesome? I love it—just when we think we’re heading into the age-old mother-in-law conflict, we take another turn.

Hang-ah begins some basic lessons about being a southerner, and there’s some rather funny fish-out-of-water stuff that hadn’t occurred to me, like she’s confused by the concept of putting your money in a bank rather than stuffing it under a mattress, only to be further confused by the motivation behind it, “Interest? What’s that?”

Mom interrupts the lesson and notes that Hang-ah’s studying like a high school senior, praising her. But as much as intentions are good, these two aren’t exactly peas in a pod, and Mom’s suggestion that maybe not speaking (as a preventative measure to keep from making mistakes in front of others) gets interpreted by Hang-ah as a request to just stay silent at all times.

Mom gets upset that she’s acting defensively, Hang-ah doesn’t even know what’s right and wrong so she asks how she’s supposed to know when to keep silent and when not to… You can see where it’s going, because Hang-ah is confused and being told to just keep her trap shut, while Mom’s thinking she’s being a smartass, and walks out.

Jae-shin goes out drinking with some friends, who start to order another round, only to shrink back when Shi-kyung gives him the stinkeye from the next table. Heh. She sighs and heads out, and then announces that they’re going to race on the count of three.

She takes off at two, and Shi-kyung runs after her, beating her to the top of a hill overlooking the city. She climbs up to the ledge to look at falling stars and makes him sit with her, and tells him to make a wish at a shooting star.

He starts to explain that it has no bearing on wishes, but she’s like, make a friggin’ wish and don’t ruin my moment. They close their eyes and clasp their hands, and Shi-kyung sneaks a little peek at her.

She asks what he wished for: “World peace?” Earnest Bot turns to her in surprise. Jae-shin: “Really? Really? That’s what you wished for?” She dies laughing. But he doesn’t think it’s very funny, and asks what she wished then. She says for her next secret album to do well.

He says sure, since she’s a singer. But he’s a soldier. So what’s so wrong about a soldier wishing for the safety of his country? Aw, I just want to bottle your earnestness and save it for a rainy day. Why so cute?

He adds that she must think people like him are dumb, naïve, laughable. “Yes, soldiers simple-mindedly and innocently guard this country. But that’s why it’s possible for you to drink with your friends and sing at clubs. It’s because of us! So then why… do you laugh at us?”

She feels terrible, and even worse when she sees his eyes brimming with tears, and offers to sing him a song. I love that she has to explain that it’s not in mockery, but because she’s sorry and words seem like they’re not enough. He nods.

She sings him a song about first love, and you can just see him fall in love with her right there on the spot.

Eun Kyu-tae meets with someone who regularly donates to the royal family’s estate, and he compares Korean culture to the Beatles, which makes no sense, but whatever. The point is, the man wants to know where the king is vacationing, and Secretary Eun refuses to answer.

But when he comes back to the palace, he finds a gift from the man on his desk – an original Quarrymen album (pre-Beatles beatles), and over the phone, he accepts the gift and suggests that if he’s looking for a vacation spot, to try Anmyundo.

Wait, did you just sell out the king for a Beatles album? I’m just gonna go ahead and assume you were evil from the beginning, which I always suspected anyway. No good guy would have two-tone hair like that. But aaack—what will Shi-kyung do when he finds out you’re a traitor? His little Earnest Bot heart will break!

Hearing the news, Bong-gu plots the king’s assassination in Anmyundo.

Secretary Eun leads the security sweep of the mountain villa before the king and queen are left alone for their vacation. Shi-kyung leads the guard rotation down below, and he salutes as Dad passes on his way out. Get your spidey sense tingling! Sense something’s wrong! Sense something’s wrong! But no, Dad just leaves with a smile.

Meanwhile the palace staff is ablaze with rumors because someone leaked Hang-ah’s recent missteps over interoffice mail (though thankfully not on the interwebs), and Mom has to call her in to warn her to be more careful.

Mom says that she was a commoner when she married into the royal family, and she basically had to lie down on the ground. “But you’re from the North, so don’t you have to lie lower?” Oof.

I know you mean well, Mom, but your prejudice is ghastly. Hang-ah asks, “Is being a North Korean that much worse than being a commoner?” She says that she knows she’s being mocked in the South, but she’s still representing the North. Mom asks if she really plans to be both, clearly thinking it an impossibility.

Jae-ha interrupts, reading the tension in the air, but Mom dismisses Hang-ah and says it’s no big deal. She warns him not to ask Hang-ah either, “She’s having a really tough time right now, do you understand?” Why is everyone only nice to Hang-ah behind her back?

Jae-ha tries to see her, but the head staffer says she’s in the middle of lessons and will be free in two hours. He smiles, all, You do know my resentment infamously knows no bounds? But she just bows, “Yes, I do.” Ha. Foiled again.

Jae-shin calls Little Oppa to suggest a trip to go surprise Big Oppa while he’s on his vacation, and Jae-ha asks why they would go interrupt them when they’re trying to make a baby. Oh is that what they’re doing up there?

She’s like, I’m not gonna climb into their bed—I just want to have dinner! She tells him to bring Hang-ah, and he complains that he can’t even SEE Hang-ah, let alone take her anywhere, and hangs up on her. Oh, you miss her.

But Jae-shin won’t be derailed, and calls Shi-kyung (pretending to be in trouble which he doesn’t buy, ha) to invite him as well, and tells him she’ll call at seven. Meanwhile Bong-gu’s team of assassins arrives at the base of the mountain and sneak up on foot.

The assassins spy the king and queen out for a walk on the beach, and set their trap in the house, putting something in the fireplace. Drat, I was hoping for a fakeout, but it looks like Eun Kyu-tae is straight-up Dr. Evil.

Jae-shin arrives at the house, right in the middle of their stealth mission… just in time to be taken as a hostage. Oh. Crap.

The king and queen arrive, and discover the bags of groceries left behind. Jae-kang takes one look at the wine and guesses it was little sis, but she’s nowhere to be found. He just laughs, assuming she dropped off the stuff and left.

Shi-kyung waits at the watch station down below, realizing that it’s past seven and Jae-shin still hasn’t called…

Hang-ah finally arrives in her room, dressed in half princess bridal garb, which is just funny—it’s like seeing the behind-the-scenes back end of every sageuk. Jae-ha is there waiting for her, and he asks what happened with Mom as she plops down on the bed from exhaustion.

She tries to explain what happened, but Jae-ha insists that his mom wouldn’t hurt a fly, so she must’ve done something. Ugh, don’t you know anything about moms and daughters-in-law? In case you were wondering, this is what pouring gasoline on a fire looks like.

He makes it worse by accusing her of acting prideful and defensive with Mom, “You guys don’t live well! You’re poor! So what’s the point of having pride?” Aaaack. Damn, really? She looks up at him like he just shot her all over again, and this time, even he knows he was wrong.

He starts to stammer that he’s sorry, but she cuts him off, “Well then we ought to at least have pride. Since we live so poorly.” He knows he was wrong so he tries to apologize, even sweetly sitting at her feet, but she’s too angry for that, and pulls her hand away.

That’s just enough to send him storming off in anger, because the man has like two grams of patience. GRAR. He slams the door behind him, but then immediately turns around…

…and then can’t bring himself to open the door. What? He sighs, wondering aloud why he’s such an arse. Do you want that in alphabetical order, or should I be creative?

Inside, Hang-ah calls Dad and screams that she can’t take it anymore. All they care about is money money money, and demands that he send a car right now for her to go back home.

And then we hear an operator’s recording on the other end. Oof, that breaks my heart. She has no one to talk to, and can’t actually say those things to Dad… awwwwww, somebody give her a hug!

Just then, Jae-kang calls her, just to check in and be his awesome self. She bows (so cute) and clutches the phone as she talks to him, asking when he’ll return. He asks if Jae-ha is treating her well now, and she lies through her teeth that he is.

A little later he calls Jae-ha, who’s dressed in a tux for a night out. He slurs, “Jae-ha, I really really like you.” Pfft. “Have you been drinking?” He giggles. So cute.

Jae-ha says he doesn’t know what he’s talking about because it’s war down here, and hyung tells him it’s just a lover’s spat. Jae-ha: “Must be nice for you. How can you see everything through rose-colored glasses?”

Jae-kang: “Try to have some latitude, and an open heart. Then paradise will open. For everything in the world.”

Jae-ha sighs, barking into the phone that it was a rhetorical question. Hyung just texts back: “Kekeke.” I love that he has hyung saved into his phone as ” king-frustrating,” which is funnier in Korean, because it’s basically the way a child would call someone king of buttheads.

But what’s even cuter is Jae-kang on the other end, staring at his phone like a sad little puppy, “There’s no reply.” He lies with his head in wifey’s lap, sighing that he’s come pretty far, since it feels like yesterday that he watched the Berlin wall come down with his father.

He asks like a little kid if he’s done a good job, and she laughs wondering if the people knew their king was so cutesy. He says they can’t, like it’s their little secret. He says in a few months Jae-ha will be engaged, and the WOC will happen. He wonders if placing in the top three is too big a dream.

“Just seeing North and South Korean soldiers with their arms around each other, running together… that’ll make me happy enough.”

She says that’s all fine and good, but what about some baby-makin’? He promises her that once he’s got Jae-ha engaged and the WOC done with, he’ll live more simply, and they’ll take vacations like this all the time, and they’ll have kids.

She says she wants a son like Song Joong-ki, but he says he wants a daughter first, and they imagine going on family outings with Jae-ha’s family. He chuckles, “Their kid will win over ours, ’cause they’re both so strong-willed.” Then it’s a good thing pride isn’t a cumulative gene.

They get drowsier and drowsier, which they assume is because of the wine, but the fireplace crackles with an ominous tone. As they lose consciousness, the glass in his hand falls to the ground. Nooooooo!

Jae-shin and her car get taken to a cliff, where the assassins prepare to stage an unfortunate car accident. She’s ordered to get in, but she looks up defiantly, “How about a fall to the death instead?” And she runs off the cliff fearlessly. What?

She drops to the sand at the bottom of the massive cliff with a thud. Holy crap.

The one stroke of luck – Shi-kyung is the first to find her, on his way up to the house. He tears up to her, screaming, and then takes off running again. Ohgodohgodohgod.

The secret service knocks at the house to alert the king about the princess… only there’s no answer. They’re lying there on the couch in each other’s arms. Ohgodohgodohgod.

Jae-ha arrives at his banquet and gets up to give a speech, all jokey and smiling for the cameras. But Eun Kyu-tae arrives abruptly with a small army of guards. He announces (IN PUBLIC? Like that??)… that the king is dead.

Jae-ha can barely register what he’s saying before Secretary Eun kneels, “Your royal highness!” The whole room follows suit.

OH NO. I was seriously so fixated on hyung dying that I forgot about the other part—that this makes Jae-ha king, like RIGHT NOW. Shit. How could anyone deal with all this at once?

On the car ride out, Secretary Eun rattles off the situation and list of things to do (Jae-shin is in surgery, meetings with leaders of the free world are lining up, he has to address the public), as Jae-ha just stares off like a zombie. He finally screams, “Stop the car!”

The whole entourage pulls over on a bridge, and he gets out. His hands shake as he grips the railing, and just stands there, on the ledge. The tears come, but he pulls every last ounce of strength together to hold them in.

Secretary Eun waits, and ignores a call from the M Society.

After a long moment, Jae-ha turns around, seeming very different from moments ago. He rattles off the to-do list again, this time adjusting for what has priority. Aw, look at him stepping up to be king. I’m not crying right now. I’m not.

Mom waits at the hospital, and gets word that Jae-shin got through surgery okay. But her legs… Oh no (they don’t say, but we can tell it’s bad). Mom just says she understands and waits. But she’s surprised to see the king’s entourage arrive down below.

Jae-ha walks down the hall and then stops short before entering the room. He gathers himself again, and the door opens.

Mom yells at him for coming here—he needs to act as the king, and there are more important things he needs to do. The door gets shut behind him and she finally lets herself crumble a little behind closed doors.

He holds her up, and addressing him formally now as his majesty, she tells him that he has to get it together. “If we crumble, everything crumbles. The two of us have to get through this.” She tells him that she’ll take care of everything inside the palace walls, and he needs to deal with everything on the outside.

“That way our royal family… Jae-kang…” she catches herself, like she shouldn’t be calling him by name. But by now she’s trembling in tears, “so that he’ll shine… Please… please…” And she hugs him for dear life.

 
COMMENTS

And that’s why having someone like Yoon Yeo-jung playing the queen mother is important. Her role wasn’t large until now, but man, does she ground that heartbreak. You can just feel her terror and her pain, and her struggle to be tough, knowing what Jae-ha has to become. I love that scene—her words are stern, but her eyes are a mother’s, full of loss, needing as much comfort as she’s giving.

We knew the king’s death was coming—Jae-kang was never the king of the title of this series—but I’m really surprised at how much I feel that loss. *TEARS* The show did such a good job of building Jae-ha’s character always in relation to hyung, from the very beginning. (And Jae-kang is actually the first character that we meet in the series, if you’ll remember.)

It’s important because everything about this character is what will inform Jae-ha’s future as a leader. I thought it a lovely change of pace from the usual father-son monarch torch-passing relationship, which is usually so burdened with harshness and expectation. But theirs was such a sweet fatherly hyung-dongseng relationship characterized by warmth and love. I really loved everything about Jae-kang’s character, from his idealistic sense of duty and honor to his playful sense of humor, played so naturally by Lee Sung-min.

And in most ways, Jae-ha has miles and miles to go before he’ll ever be like hyung. But he’s also shown a different kind of sharpness that his hyung never possessed. Where Jae-kang would stand down, Jae-ha will dig his heels in and weather the storm. I think he will someday be a better king, which will be Jae-kang’s true legacy in the end—to have raised him to be one. It’s just going to be a while before we get there, because there’s still a whole lot of maturing left to do. But the journey’s the interesting part, and the little glimpse we see of him stepping up to the task instead of pitching a fit or running away—I think that says a lot already.

 
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Finally we get to the darker part of this drama.
Why so awesome?

I bleed more for Jae-ha... the grief, the responsibility, the loss... How will he handle it all?

For Jae-Ha's character, the death of his hyung and the abrupt rise to kingship will be the turning point of his life.

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I just don't know what to say. They built up Jae Kang's character so well that we all fall in love with his playful self. Then they proceed to tear it down to build on to Jae Ha.

I loved it so much I can't explain it. The king and his wife's final scene was so dramatic and touching. When they started talking about their future, I just started crying and couldn't stop.

This drama has been just simply beyond words so far and this episode has truly been a heart-wrenching episode. I applaud the amazing cast, writers and directors. I'm excited to keep watching (:

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Thank you for the recap!
Loved almost every scene in this show.

I AM SO MAD THAT Eun Kyu-tae is evil, I don't even feel bad for snickering at his bad English. Although with his gravely voice, he sounded a bit French, like a Maurice Chevalier imitator.
Daniel Craig? WUT? That actor makes Americans look like slimey, evil bastards in all his roles. Wasn't he a jerky jerk in Giant, and the one that filled the sewers with poison in The Host?

This made me a little sad:
'“If we crumble, everything crumbles. The two of us have to get through this.” She tells him that she’ll take care of everything inside the palace walls, and he needs to deal with everything on the outside.'
because she is leaving HA out of the Fix-it team. I know that this is because uri HA later will get to do great things and surprise Oma mama with awesomeness, but it also feels like she is shutting out the poor girl who needs them both more now that ever.
It doesn't fit HA's character that she would sit back and take
s7it from anyone, so I am glad that she will have an opportunity to show that a meek and quiet partner for JH is NOT what he needs at all.

I am wincing now in anticipation of the bad treatment HA will be getting from JH King. From the brief montage of her training, we saw that he was still living the high life, drinking and sleeping in, while she labored to learn what he knows just from living it. He missed her, but he didn't sympathize with her.

While their experiences during WOC training helped the other recognize the other's strengths in tough circumstances, they didn't really have much time to get to know each other romantically.

These next few months will test whatever spark of affection they felt for each other. I hope JH softens towards his sweet assassin fiance and we get more kisses.

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Daniel Craig?

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re: Daniel Craig?

i know right? I was totally confused...the name is the same as 007 actor...but the actual-actor is someone else, AND doing the typical. one. word. at. a. time. speaking. of. the. English.

Honestly...I had to give MORE props to the senior Korean actor for having better 'cadence/rythm' for Eng. than the caucasion, despite pronunciation.

side note: I thought the injection of the Beatles as a multi-cultural pop-culture bonding-point was awkward. Even for men of their age.

You don't SELL YOUR COUNTRY OUT for John Lennon.....you become evil for... corporate shares, rare brandy and exotic women....not music you can download from itunes toyour ...hrmmmm...Galaxy hand-a-phone. (insert eyeball roll)

p.s. did anyone else see the name Daniel Craig and think Craig David....ie: Insomnia...song covered by Wheesung (love, love) check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkxVxZX1dKY

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How did Yoon Yoo-sun manage to age so much since Goong and Gumiho?

Her makeup is amazing.

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arghhhhhh . . . dang it all just came crumbling down!
oooh i hope they get through this! together! (as in with couples! as a family! <3)
sigh will miss Jae kang and his queen

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Thank you!!!!!!!!!

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i saw both ep 7 and 8,sad and i did cry like the softie i am,i think kdrama gives me a legit reson to cry

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it was really surprising seeing jae ha rise up to the challenge of being the king...instead of running away.

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it was really surprising seeing jae ha rise up to the challenge of being the king...instead of running away.I was shocked at the way jae shin jumped from the cliff,she is one fearless woman!!

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This family has a never-say-die attitude.. Mum has her share of grief but she put up a brave front for the kids. Jae Shin not afraid of the baddies and show them that she has more guts than their threat and Jae Ha who get down to serious work after her brother's death.

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I haven't watched TK2H, only reading the recaps. But I was wondering, when his hyung called Jae Ha and said, I really really like you, is it the same sentences that was said by Mi ho to Dae Woong in my girlfriend is a gumiho.
I don't know much about korean language, but my three years old daughter really like the sentence "woong ah, naega tomo tomo tomo joahy". She will laugh when hearing the sentence, and asked me to replay that part again. So I just wondering, if it the same sentence used or not.
Sorry, if it is out of topic.

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No, it's not the same sentence. ^^

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I always know Jae-kang will eventually die but gaaaaaaaaah...Is it too soon? ahhhhhh. So sad. T_T

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The royals depicted in this drama feel like what the real ones should behave. It's not just fancy clothes, servants, palaces, and horns and bugles.

Starting with the mother, to Jae Kang, Jae Ha, and Jae Shin, they were all tough, resolved, and, yes, emotionally detached when they have to be as they know where the priorities lie.

I cried when Mom and Jae Ha met and hugged. Gosh, what a strong woman! Similarly, Hang Ah and her father are made of strong stuff too. His bowing to Jae Ha, to beg him to please take care of the precious Hang Ah, made me miss my father so bad...

Just love this show too much.

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Everyone deserves a father like that. He's the bees knees and it saddens me to no end that he'll be alone. He should retire and live with her. It's not like the palace doesn't have the room.

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I agree. The depiction of the royal household is nothing short of realistic in this drama. All the more reason to conjure up so much emotions.

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OMG! i saw episode 8 and i even didn't understand a thing but I AM VERY HAPPY how well written this drama is. No, over the top crying for the king's death instead get to business right away and yet his death can be deeply felt. It's one thing too because I love his character and the family is not complete anymore. BAWL!!! Sigh, he died too soon. :(((
By the way there is a scene when Jae ha gets to the palace a guy was like at the top of the roof in "old mourning" clothes I think.... calling out to the King to come back.
Is that like a tradition before when a king dies.... is that a ritual?

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the 7th and 8th episode is really tearjerking :''''(( thanks for the recap Girlfriday

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I'm not crying, I'm not!! *holding buckets*
Gaahh...my tears are falling, and in recent interview seunggi said that the story will darken more & more.

God, I need tears donor!

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And this is where Mysti is reconciled with good written, perfectly acted, makjangish dramas. It feels real and organic, and you do care for the people on the screen. Nice job.

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I'm actually scared of the darkness and the makjang because it's not really my thing. But like you mentioned...it's so organic and so well acted that what's happening feels natural and not contrived.

Seriously...whoever is behind this project needs to get all kinds of awards and recognition. I'm so impressed.

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But there's no typical tropes of makjang like birth secrets, noble idiocy etc. The only close thing is amnesia that Jae Shin suffered due to the trauma and fall, but that is still okay in my opinion.
Conspiracies, misunderstandings and deaths are dark but not makjang.

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thank you for recaps!

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Argh. I don't want to watch the episode anymore. Lee Sung-min is such a cute King. WHY DID THEY HAVE TO MAKE A DYING SCENE SO CUTE ??

/cry

WHY?????

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Ok, so I did know that the king would die, especially since people were saying, "Does the king know he's sick?" or something like that, but the way he AND his wife died made me cry. They were talking about the future, then gone... ;_;

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Hang Ah's rock and shield is gone. I can't help but feel sad about that more. She's all alone and I loved where they were gonna go with their relationship. I had a feeling he was gonna be a father/big brother to her. I kind of wish they let that happen so we could feel her lost as well. I loved his character and how he was with his family. Very warm.

I'm surprised about Secretary Eun. If anyone guessed it I tip my hat to you because I didn't even get a hint at it. Makes me wonder how long he was conspiring and for what reason. I hope it's a good reason and not something dumb.

I can't wait to see how they are gonna write Jae Shin's character from now on. I loved her character as is but these new events will change that and I'm hoping that her transformation will be realistic.

Thanks GF for the recaps!

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I laughed that JH got a plug in there for his 100 refrigerators that were sent to NK. Have to make people remember the CF, like in Greatest Love, too. HAHA

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Thank you for the recap. Much as I love the episode and how it was acted, am absolutely devastated that Jae Kang died.

I knew it, but because he was such a loving hyung more than the King figure, have never felt so attached to a hyung figure in a K drama before. He was an awesome hyung. Have been so delighted that this is one drama where we don't curse the family members.

Except for the Secretary. Man, the things I have to say about him.

Poor Hyung. Poor Jae Ha. Poor Jae Shin. Oh man :-(

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what a sad episode...i feel so sad seeing the king die and the accident with their sister...
i did like the fact too that JH put on a straight face fitting of a king, i'm sure he's doing it for the sake of his hyung..
i can't wait to see how the whole story will evolve..
i'm totally loving this series...

btw, i love the song that the princess sang about First love, do you have a DL link for the song by chance?

khamsamhida...

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“Did you guys get the HUNDRED refrigerators we sent?”
And I was thinking, "man, was that a reference to Seung-gi's CF refrigerators?"

...and then hyung dies, and the look on puppy's face ;__;

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What is with this CF thing? O_O'

I've never heard of it.

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Banana, Lee Seunggi has been doing CFs (commercial films) for Samsung refrigerators, and I think even gave one as a gift to one of the crew from 1N2D who recently got married. So the references to all the refrigerators (like when they were caught kissing near one in the kitchen and then Jae Ha "accidentally" pops the beverage compartment open when they get caught by the dads, calls attention to the frig, and the 100 refrigerator comment in this eps.) are allusions to the fact that he does ads for them. You can watch the adorable commercials on YouTube.

I wouldn't have caught it myself; that's why I love GF's recaps!

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Lee Seunggi also did a cameo in Greatest Love and Dokko Jin was threatening to make LSG lose his refrigerator CFs if he didn't do a favor for him. It was pretty funny.

It doesn't surprise me that they would get a refrigerator plug in there somewhere. It's a not-so-inside joke.

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OH MY GOD i've only been comfortably reading the recaps so i had absolutely no idea this would happen ................ crying

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THANK YOU :D Goodness, I cried at this recap. JAE-KANG ;___; How much do I love that it seems that Jae-ha's ascent to the throne will play a central role/FRAME the Jae-ha X Hang-ah romance, rather than serve as a mere throwaway plot device to push it along. I hope the series really delves into the serious bits of kingship next, along with the impact Jae-ha's relationship with Jae-kang has on the former's rule. And that it continues to tread the line between serious and comical as well as it's done so far.

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The one and only drama that i have yet to watch but just by reading recaps, made by lovely bloggers like you, I feel euphoric and so attached! Wunderbar!

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Thanks for the recap! I currently following RTP rather than K2H (because my attention span and Internet connection can only support so much), but I've been following the recaps and after this one, my interest has seriously spiked.

So... OMG I didn't see this coming. I was a bit surprised in the beginning that Lee Seung-gi's character wasn't the king but didn't put two and two together until now. Also, no wonder the king was married but had no kids. Lee Sung-min played his role beautifully, so I'm really sad that his character is gone.

My only problem with this now (besides Secretary Evil)? The Quarry Men never recorded anything. I'm going to suspend disbelief and imagine that someone had taped them at a gig once upon a time, not knowing that it would become a piece of music history, but anything other than that is going to be hard for this Beatles fan to swallow.

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@h311ybean - I'm also following RTP....thinking this show would be a nice distraction while awaiting more RTP (yoo know, subs and what-not).....however --it's an extremely engaging show. I've totally fallen in love with it.

Each show has diferent strong-suits...and I'm thoroughly enjoying watching them side-by-side. Give it a shot ~

I subscribe here...you don't have to (though it's really awesome to download and NOT have commercials)....it's free to watch: http://www.dramaload.com/korean-drama-the-king-2-hearts/

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Thanks for the tip! I watch RTP on Kimchidrama and know that they host subbed videos for K2H, too, but I appreciate knowing I have an alternative if the videos won't play.

I actually tried watching them side by side when both dramas premiered, but it gave me a headache - probably from so much watching the videos and reading the subs at the same time :( I'll see if I can set aside Saturdays for RTP, and Sundays for K2H :)

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Hi again....at the risk of sounding like an advert -- I really suggest for anyone who *often* watches K-dramas to subscribe to a minimal-fee service (like dramaload, at $20-something for 3 months) ....they tend to have immediate airings in RAW form...for free.

...then...a day or 2 later...Eng. subs.

You download them (right click and save)...8-10 minutes maybe,(put ramen on the boil) ....then..SHAZAAM ~~

no commercials..no buffering...you can zooooooom past the Chaebol-corporate-blah-blah (effective for 50 episode dramas).....and should you want to screen-cap anything/one...hrmmmm..cough -- easy peasy.

highly suggested. :) cheers!

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I love this show so much! The king 2 hearts is almost too good to be true. Brilliant acting not just by Ha JI won who we all know is truly a gem and te cutesy Lee seungi! But everyone's acting is in a different level! It tears ur heart and makes u feel for each characters. Im not Korean but this show makes me understand patriotism n love for a woman who could question his loyalty for country. Can't wait for ep 8. I'll provide Kleenex for y'all :-)))))

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Man, episode 9 is going to be rough.

Fabricated evidence pointing towards the DPRK as the culprits, and everyone seems to turn on Hang-Ah. The teaser for episode 9 was painful.

Still, I hope by the end of episode 9 that Jae-Ha figures out what Club M is up to. And can't wait for Hang-Ah to let loose her special brand of justice.

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I wish what you write here will come true (about the ending when Seunggi will find out who's the bad guy) because the preview looks horrible! poor Hang Ah, she will have to suffer so much.
I hope episode 9 won't be as bad as the preview. :(

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I hope it's resolved quickly as well because if JH turns on her his name will be mud to me. He hasn't done anything to deserve her love. For him to discard her like that would just be devastating. I'm not sure if I could forgive him and I certainly can't forgive the Secretary if he throws Hang-Ah under the bus like that.

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This past Sunday we finally got to watch the very last eps. of 1N2D, and I found it so touching that Seunggi didn't cry openly as the others did, but they showed how he lost it when he was getting ready in the morning by himself. I cried through that whole episode, but seeing him will himself not to cry on camera really got to me.

Watching him tonight on the verge of losing it as he listened to the secretary drone on and on, like it was suffocating him, and then pulling himself together on the bridge was like deja vu. It's like he channeled that emotion from that moment on 1D2N--it was SO real. LSG is seriously impressive in this role.

Loved Yoonji's singing on the wall to Shi Kyung--it was a beautiful moment both visually and musically. Was so excited to see how their romance was going to blossom, and was stunned frozen when she jumped, of course all the while reassuring myself that she can't die.

This show is too amazing. I hate when it ends--am glad to have eps. 8 to look forward to tom'w night!

I didn't realize the King was going to die til I read last week's comments--and I agree with everything mentioned before; these characters are amazingly fleshed out by the sperior writing and the superb acting. JK's gratitude to Hang-ah for putting up with his brother was palpable--we could feel his sincerity and genuine appreciation to here for being tough enough to handle his little brother. He's the only one giving her that support--and goes to show his love for his brother yet again.

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It really killed me to see the King die, but at least K2H's plot is finally moving!! And wow, everything about Episode 7 & 8 just lifts this drama into a whole new level!! Can you say INTENSE??!!

I wasn't surprised that the King died in this episode. I had a sense of foreboding as soon as that "old friend" of Secretary Kim asked where the King was going to vacation.

And in episode 8 you can see more sweet moments between Jae Ha and Hang Ah, which makes me squeal, because it's like I'm watching my fantasy of Lee Seung Gi as a loving and caring husband on TV!! And can I just say LSG looks mad hawt in a white oxford shirt with the sleeves rolled up and an unbuttoned collar <33

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THANK YOU GF!! Im crying now, reading ur recap.. ;( Im emotinally crazy now.. all these dreaded emotions.. wah! We´ll miss you King JaeKang.. ;(

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That was one very intense unsubbed kdrama watching. It’s like watching Seung-gie doing opera. That’s how good it was. I’ve never get The Puppy appeal before. Got it now. Thank you Girlfriday, easy on the coffee.

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I'm sooooooo sad that the king is dead...and that secretary is a traitor!!!

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When I first saw Lee Sung Min as big bro I was skeptical. But he was wonderful! I really fell in love with him. Here's hoping that he gets more sweet roles like this in the future!

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Thank you for the recaps, as always! I hope you didn't have to down too many Red Bulls (or whatever you imbibe to keep going) to write them in your usual awesome manner. . . I can't believe the Secretary sold out his king and country for an LP, no matter how rare . . .and i take my hat off to the writers for a heart-wrenching death scene. Sniff.

I am pleasantly surprised at how this k-drama year is turning out; is it actually possible to have so many good dramas in one year, already? I guess so!

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Like always, just savoring the small things which make this drama so rich and nuanced...

When the queen mom 'put her foot in the mouth' about the poorer N.K., Hang Ah just lowered her head and kept mum. But when Jae Ha chimed in, she gave him the evil eye right off. And then Jae Kang 'subtly' kicked him under the table like beating a drum, hahaha. When Jae Ha took his sweet time finally acknowledging it, Jae Kang quickly lowered his head as if he had no idea what Jae Ha was referring to...

Ah, this family is just so so interesting and touching...Please, now that Jae Kang is gone, please do the flashback often. I would not mind the least.

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Thanks for the recap! I actually cried a little in this episode and in the next one as well, for many reasons. I'll miss Jae Kang -- he was really a great big brother and a good man all around. Very loving underneath it all. I wish that Eun Kyu Tae wasn't the bad guy because I know it would break Shi Kyung's heart when he finds out, especially since he is so straightforward and honest. I was touched by Hang Ah's father's bowing/kneeling gesture in front of Jae Ha. She is his only family, after all. I also loved the scene with Shi Kyung and Jae Shin sitting on the wall. I feel the (good) tension between them. Looking forward to their future interactions as well.

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Thank you very much for the recap.The 2 episodes were awesome.Waiting for the next kingday.

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For an actor at such a tender age, Lee Seung Gi knows how to let out, and how to hold in. Hold back.

All his crying scenes (or near-crying scenes) in this episode are great testimony to the power of understatement.

He's also developed the gravity to hold a scene. Like the one where he's informed about the king's death. (Love the screen shot you used, GF.) No need to move any extra muscle and you feel his shock, disbelief, pain.

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He's doing an incredible job.

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I knew the King's death was gonna happen but I didn't know think the Secretary would have a role in it. Mister, what about Eun Shi Kyung!! He's gonna blame himself forever for the death of the King and also for Jae Shin getting hurt. And what about the bromance between Jae Ha and Shi Kyung. Think about the bromance!! Apart from that I feel that the drama is about to drop some hard core conflicts and that the plot will become so much more complex with the addition of the villain and the backstabbing Secretary.

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GOSH! this episode took me by surprise! it's like a tornado hit a peaceful summer day! I can't digest everything right now! I have King-2-Hearts-stomachache! this calls for a golden toilet bowl!

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"No good guy would have two-tone hair like that"

Why am i thinking Cruella de Vil on this pun? LOL!

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The story is really taking off now. Does anyone know if JaHa and Hangha consummated their relationship because they appear in bed together at the very end.

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SPOILER

it appears they do sleep together in the next episode.

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its funny how people can interpret things differently. i saw the episodes last night so im a little fuzzy on the details so please excuse my mistakes.
i felt the queen wasn't trying to be all nice and supportive of hangah. if you saw the earlier episodes she was against having a north korean daughter in law. in the dinner scene, when the maid laughed at hanga's mistake, later i felt the queen was taking out her frustration with hangah on the staff. i dont think she was complaining about the laughing waitress for hangah's benefit. she continues to south korean-ize her and she wont let hangah go out or talk in public because the queens embarrassed
yoon yeojeong (the queen) has had many roles that were 까칠해 (a little rough, mean?). her roles are nice on the inside, but isn't she sort of known for roles being rough on the outside?
of course i could be totally wrong and the queen could just be acting all tough on hangah so hangah can be prepared when people really criticize her but i sort of like that the queen is prejudice in the beginning because she changes and starts to open up to her in the next episode
(btw i mightve read this wrong, but doesn't jaekang (the king) tell hangah to hide behind HIS back? when hes talking to her after the kiss

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Hm, i think that the queen is not fond of their engagement, and she doesn't like the fact that Hang Ah is from the north.
When she was appearing supportive, I think she was at least just trying to make an effort to handle the situation.
If word got out the queen despises the princess in law then it wouldn't really look good for the royalties. She's a smart queen.
She's the queen, so as any reasonable queen would do, accept what has happened and try to make the best of it. But of course that wouldn't change her desire for Hang Ah to appear more south korean-ized.
Well, that's my take on it for now.

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off topic but I was surprised when I see your name because we have the same name and I was like "when did I write this comment?!" LOL.

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Haha i've seen your name in some comments so i deviated from Jane and chose ilikemangos to avoid confusion myself :P

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it is really the best drama in 2012! The actors are great. Intelligent people would really like this.

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this is the best, so heartwarming!

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Wow! the actors are great compare to the other drama right now

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its superb! make this no.1!!

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