Drama Recaps
Queen In-hyun’s Man: Episode 3
by | May 7, 2012 | 143 Comments

This is what happens when an extremely capable scholar finds himself having to adapt to a world three hundred years ahead of his own. If there was ever a drama character I’d want to have around in a time of crisis, I feel like Boong-do would take the cake. He’s not just smart, or capable, or caring – he goes above and beyond the call of duty by being good-natured and surprisingly fun. tvN, I am certainly buying what you are selling this year. Keep up the good work.

Due to that whole space-time continuum and a lack of magical talismans (or a Time Conductor, or whatever they use in Rooftop Prince), javabeans and I will be working in tandem on this one. More Queen In-hyun’s Man, more fun.


Hee-jin wakes up in the hospital and takes in her surroundings, just as Manager Soo-kyung arrives, assuring her mother over the phone that Hee-jin simply fainted due to stress.

But Hee-jin is more interested to know what happened to that man – you know, the one with the sword. She assures her manager that she didn’t faint because of stress, and in a tiny voice she begins to describe the last memory she had of a man in Joseon clothing riding on a horse.

The story she tells is funnier as it goes on because she’s dead serious, only the events she’s relating sound too fantastical to be real. She even tells Soo-kyung about the dead body that dissolved into thin air, which her manager scoffs at. She thinks Hee-jin just had a trippy dream.

We get a flashback showing the staff finding an unconscious Hee-jin in the forest, though no matter what Soo-kyung says, Hee-jin insists it wasn’t a dream. She begins to doubt her own theory as she searches her dress for the assassin’s bloodstains and finds none. Was it really all a dream?

The news of Hee-jin’s fainting comes as news to Dong-min, who’s just leaving the press conference. He notes that she’s not the type to faint under pressure, but gets distracted when fellow actress Na-jung saunters on by.

His manager knows him well by now, and practically shakes Dong-min by the shoulders to get him to keep his focus on his acting, not on women. Our Hallyu star is so sure that Na-jung still holds a torch for him and won’t let the matter go, because of course he’s the hotshot that every girl wants to have, right? No wonder why his manager practically cried when Dong-min so much as looked at Na-jung.

Soo-kyung gets a call from Dong-min, and the two go back and forth about whether he should or shouldn’t visit Hee-jin in the hospital. Final word? He’s going tomorrow.

But it’s with a devious smirk that he asks his manager about possible reporter turnout tomorrow, which immediately puts the poor man on edge. He already knows Dong-min is up to no good, and only gets the cryptic reply that he’ll make Hee-jin’s name number one in the search engines. Ruh roh.

Back in the hospital, Hee-jin is having no luck finding her phone. An emptying of her purse does reveal something new, though – and it’s Boong-do’s blood spattered talisman. Neither her or Soo-kyung know what it is, and focus instead on calling her cell phone to see if anyone might have picked it up.

We cut to the empty set library where Hee-jin’s phone rings, and where Boong-do has been sitting all alone in full Joseon regalia. He picks up her phone like the foreign object that it is to him, studying it from all angles with a levelheaded curiosity.

Since no one answers, Soo-kyung looks up the phone’s location via GPS to reveal that it’s at the palace. She brushes it off like it’s nothing big, but Hee-jin’s brow furrows in consternation as she tries once again to call her own phone.

Boong-do is still sitting in the library meditating, though it’s pretty impossible to ignore Hee-jin’s ringtone. The act of picking up the phone sends him into a flashback of when Hee-jin had initially fainted in his arms, and he’d hidden himself away when the staff came to find her. Only later did he realize his talisman was missing, and in the process of looking for it he found her phone instead.

In the present, the ringing stops, and Boong-do sits quietly to collect his thoughts.

Joseon. Minister Min has Yoon-wol brought to him in order to both complain that Boong-do never came to save her, and rub that fact in her face at the same time. Yoon-wol is unfazed, and asserts with fire in her eyes that the Minister miscalculated her relationship with Boong-do – he merely helped her out occasionally because she was the servant of his late wife, nothing more.

Minister Min needs someone to lash out at for his failed plan, and he correctly surmises that Yoon-wol is suffering from unrequited love. He taunts her about how sad it must be that the man she’s willing to sacrifice her life for escaped, and eventually has her sent away.

His minions ruminate over the disappearance of Boong-do and one of their men, having found no traces of either.

The sun finally rises as we find ourselves back with our smart cookie Boong-do. He has an idea that time has passed, only he doesn’t know how much. Luckily the layout of the palace hasn’t changed and he’s able to navigate it just like old times.

Up until now Boong-do has been pretty sheltered by remaining in the palace, but one step out of the main gate brings the reality of his new world crashing down on him in a pure assault of the senses. He’s met with the cacophony of Seoul along with sights he could have never even imagined.

The view is staggering, and in an attempt to normalize himself he closes his eyes as the city in front of him converts back into the Joseon he knows. Unfortunately the effect only lasts as long as his eyes are closed – there’s no escaping this reality. Still, he bears what must be incredibly frightening with grace.

He hears the arriving film crew mention Queen In-hyun, and thinks back to Hee-jin when she introduced herself as such. He follows after them.

Dong-min arrives on set for makeup and costuming, and notices that his bag has gone missing when another actor can’t find his clothes. They’ve been swiped by Boong-do, who scrutinizes the clothes carefully as he studies the way the film crew is dressed outside in order to figure out how he should wear them. The moment is played straight on Boong-do’s end, but it’s funny to see him try to make sense of things.

HA – I love how the music goes from old-fashioned while he’s in hanbok, to modern when he’s changed his clothes. It’s a nice touch, but it’s even funnier when he tries to put a knit hat over his headband and topknot, only to find that it makes an odd point at the top of his head.

Manager Soo-kyung watches TV with a sour face as Dong-min and Na-jung are interviewed, with the graphics and the show hosts insinuating that the two have become closer since Hee-jin’s absence – you know, the normal sort of hooks publicity teams use to get people interested in the drama.

Hee-jin wants to go deliver food and apologies to the set, but Soo-kyung quickly puts the kibosh on that idea. Everyone thinks Hee-jin is sick, and that’s the story they have to stick with.

Put in her place by Soo-kyung’s savvy business sense, Hee-jin resigns herself to channel surfing on the hospital television. She lands on a news station with an interesting report of a horse running amuck in the middle of the city, one outfitted with Joseon-era accoutrements.

Hee-jin’s jaw drops. She recognizes that horse, which means that her encounter with Boong-do wasn’t a dream. She decides that she must find her phone and meet that man, so she takes Soo-kyung’s phone to aid her in her quest. Once her curiosity is piqued, it can’t be sated easily.

She arrives on set, and remembering that she isn’t supposed to be seen, she tries to disguise herself via a hat and sunglasses. She goes sneaking around with the GPS enabled, attempting to track down the moving pin of her phone.

All of a sudden she’s grabbed by Boong-do, who ushers them into a more secluded spot. How funny is it that he recognized her in the blink of an eye, disguises be damned?

He’s all smiles when he greets her, happy to see a familiar face in such an unfamiliar world. She’s more surprised by the ‘Staff’ pass he’s wearing around his neck, though he has no idea what a “staff” even is. She ends up taking the reins when a crew member approaches to lead Boong-do away, and I think it’s hilarious that he’s attached his scholar’s hat to his backpack.

Once they’re more or less alone, Hee-jin barrages him with questions – who is he, why is he wearing a staff lanyard… and then she latches onto an idea. He must be part of the special effects team, so that whole dead body thing was all just an elaborate special effect, right?

I love that Boong-do is able to size up situations lightning quick, and decides that letting her believe what she wants will be easiest for her. They end up having to make another run for it when Dong-min approaches, and Hee-jin tries to hurry him into the car so he won’t be spotted.

He just looks at her at first, and then plainly says that he doesn’t know how to open the door. Ha. The same dilemma happens with his seatbelt inside – she gives him a simple order, but the terminology is beyond him. He even sighs when she asks about the seatbelt and tells her that she’ll have to help him, all good-natured and adorable.

Hee-jin finally loses her cool and tears into him for asking her to put her hands on him – what’s wrong with him?

She’s so mad, but he responds by laughing and apologizing for making her so upset. He calmly lets her know that he couldn’t understand everything she just said, with all those fancy modern words, and she pretty much throws her hands into the air. Can’t he understand Korean? “It’s not like you’re an idiot,” she says.

With a small smile on his face, Boong-do tells her, “I’m no different than an idiot. Treat me as an idiot by nature and just take care of me.”

She scoffs, and finally helps him with his seatbelt, which puts them in close proximity with one another. Once the deed is done Boong-do understands why she was upset at the request.

Bad news, though – Dong-min has seen her. She puts the petal to the metal and speeds off with Boong-do so that way they can have a private chat without prying eyes. He’s on a ticking clock because he has to save Yoon-wol, and asks Hee-jin if she has the talisman he needs, only it’s at the hospital. But as he tells her, it’s a matter of life or death.

I love her reaction to that statement, since it seems like gossip-worthy stuff to her, and therefore interesting. Her inattention at the wheel almost causes them to get into an accident, and Boong-do’s eyes go hilariously wide when Hee-jin pulls up next to the offending driver to heckle him.

When she checks Boong-do’s reaction, she defensively asks if he’s never seen someone drive before. “Is this called driving?” he asks, which only confuses her more. He has to explain that he’d only ask if he didn’t know, and offers her a reassuring smile when she ends up balking yet again at the absurdity of the situation.

Na-jung’s manager gets a call that she’s at the top of the search engines, and not in a good way – an article published keeps the names of the actresses private but claims that new actress ‘Miss B’ fainted from being harassed by ‘Miss A,’ and there’s no denying that the article is about Na-jung and Hee-jin. This was what the mischievous Dong-min had planned earlier to help public sentiment toward Hee-jin.

So then Dong-min gets a call from Na-jung and adorably ignores it, claiming that it was a lesson she needed to learn for her arrogance. “I’m not interested in you,” he tells his phone, sticking his tongue out like a kid. Ha.

Meanwhile, Hee-jin finds that she literally has to treat Boong-do like a child who can’t open his doors or unfasten his own seat belts. They end up in close quarters again as his seatbelt gets stuck, and even Hee-jin begins to wonder if this is all a hidden camera prank.

Boong-do takes in all the sights and sounds of the hospital with a discerning eye before he finally asks Hee-jin how many years it’s been since the reign of King Hyeonjong, father of King Sukjong. She knows it’s been around three hundred years… because she’s seen the year ‘1690’ in her drama script.

Three hundred years. He takes a minute to absorb the thought.

She notices how Boong-do observes everything, even in the elevator, and asks if this is his first time riding one. “It’s not necessary to ask,” he tells her. “Everything is my first.” And how does she respond? By poking him to see if he’s real. Haha.

When she’s insistent that he identify himself, Boong-do finally sighs and gives her the whole truth of his illustrious family lineage. Even he knows that the severely long answer will confuse her, and says aloud that he thinks he’s arrived to a world three hundred years from where he came.

He takes this realization with calm acceptance, while she’s the one who seems to be freaking out as she tries to piece together the whole story, and ends up laughing in his face instead. A time traveler? Pfft, yeah right.

Boong-do words it in such a way that makes Hee-jin realize that he’s the one suffering here, and he even thanks her for understanding with his usual calm smile. I think I’m in love.

Hee-jin catches herself when she starts to believe him, though he’s sure that he’ll be able to clear up her confusion when he gets his talisman back. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to find her missing bag.

The search takes him into the bathroom (where he does find her bag and his talisman), but Hee-jin receives an unexpected visitor in the form of an incredibly pissed off Na-jung. She’s come with flowers for the ‘sick’ patient, but then sets to beating Hee-jin with them in a fit over the article slandering her name.

Since it was Dong-min’s doing, this all comes as a surprise to Hee-jin, who was innocent in all this. And just when Na-jung readies to hit her again, Boong-do comes to the rescue by physically restraining her and tossing her out of the room. Hee-jin teaches him how to lock the door, and Na-jung rails against the barrier ineffectually.

Hee-jin only starts crying over what just happened when Boong-do notices her cheek is bleeding, though it’s not just about that – she’s crying because she can’t understand him, either. He offers her some soothing teachings from Confucius (basically, she needn’t try to understand everything all at once) that don’t necessarily serve to calm her mind, but they work as a method to distract her from the problems tormenting her.

With a smile on his face he brandishes the talisman, and tells her that he’s going to change into his old clothes before he goes back to his time, or else he’ll stand out too much.

Meanwhile, Na-jung’s manager finds her on the way out of the hospital. They’re in big trouble because Boong-do saw what she did, so she orders him to go find out who it is.

The two share light conversation with an introduction on Hee-jun’s part, while Boong-do changes into his Joseon regalia in the bathroom. He asks her why she disguises herself as Queen In-hyun when her name is Choi Hee-jin. She attempts to explain what acting is while he fishes around in her toiletries, finally coming upon lipstick.

She checks to make sure the coast is clear, though he tells her that he won’t be leaving the way he came. Confused, Hee-jin approaches the bathroom door while Boong-do reads the talisman aloud…

And he disappears, just like that. Hee-jin’s jaw drops once she walks into an empty bathroom, and tilts her head in utter confusion when the writing Boong-do left her on the mirror (in her lipstick) begins to ripple strangely.


I haven’t fallen for a drama hero this badly in a while, but I just love everything about Boong-do. There’s something very refreshing about his entire way of being that’s a welcome change from incorrigible leads who only learn kindness once they find love. The best part is that he’s not just a stereotypical nice guy, so it’s not even like a second lead got swapped with the first. He’s got a wonderful amount of layers and is played capably with such a strong sense of character. He really got to shine this episode.

For instance, he has the biggest right to overreact (time traveling and that whole bit), but he took the higher road and comforted Hee-jin whenever she was freaking out. I love that while he’s not overly comedic he has a very warm sense of good humor, enough to laugh at how silly his own situation is. It’s like he’s transcended being just a good sport to being one of the best sports ever in the history of ever, ever. A capable lead who’s able to laugh at himself? A-mazing. More please, and thank you.

In any story dealing with something as fantastical as time travel, how seriously we take things depends mostly on the person doing the traveling. In that sense, Boong-do’s attitude sets the tone perfectly – there are times to be serious, but there are times we can laugh too. And surprisingly enough, the balance between comedy and drama doesn’t feel schizophrenic. The nice thing about his very controlled reactions is that he has places to go as a character, so if/when we eventually do see him freak out, we’ll know that – for lack of a better term – shit got real.

I’m liking Hee-jin so far, who is there to give us the usual gut reactions to the more fantastical stuff, though I also like that her rampant sense of curiosity keeps her from disengaging entirely. She wouldn’t be all that capable of handling a scaredy-pants traveler, and she struck gold as far as Boong-do’s personality is concerned. We’ve already got Dong-min to fill the bickering quota, so I’m liking the idea of Boong-do being her human xanax. A hero that ideally doesn’t make the heroine’s life a living hell before they find true love? Count me in.


143 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Ace

    I really, really, really love this drama.

    Thanks jb!

    • 1.1 birdscout

      This recap was written by HeadsNo2, but I also found it similar to javabeans’ style-very well written with wonderful analysis and interesting personal comments. Thanks for a great recap, HeadsNo2. I hope DramaFever picks this up!

      • 1.1.1 Ace

        commented first before reading. and i assumed jb will do all recaps. so…

      • 1.1.2 Kgrl

        Ditto. Great recap HeadsNo2. Glad this drama is getting more recognition. TvN has been wonderful this year with it’s diverse and quality dramas.

        One of the most charismatic and sizzling chemistry OTP of this year so far. Can’t wait to see how their relationship progresses now that they are inexplicably tied together. Yea for the nice hero!

  2. Revy

    Thanks for the recap. Boong Do smile just makes me die. This is actually the first time where i fell so damn hard for a male lead.

    • 2.1 Zie

      You are sooooo RIGHT! He stole my heart the moment he smile.. I can still feel my heart beating.. xDDDD

      • 2.1.1 nova611

        i agree with both of u..hes totally warm…not the usual ‘arrogant cheabol’ heros that we all been fed with

        • am

          I love that you described him as warm…that’s how I see him as well…yet I couldn’t find the word. He’s sort of a refreshing character as well.

          Ah, this drama…everything is going perfectly well.

          Thanks HeadsNo2!

    • 2.2 Arhazivory

      I’m also in love with his smile. I want to put it in a bottle and take it around with me.

    • 2.3 danny

      the first time i read and see the pic of the male lead in this drama, i was like, hmmm, not so handsome, i didnt even like the lead girl, but man, i read good reviews of this drama, better than RTP. so i tried one ep, then two then… damn, can;t stop. the leads worm his way to my heart and imagination. the girl is adorable too. beautiful wonderful drama.

  3. qihbest

    I love Ji Hyun Woo!!!! His portrayal of Kim Bung Do is so refreshing, he’s got the best personality!! I’m falling hard for the hero, which is a long time since Park Shi Hoo in Prosecutor Princess

    • 3.1 Zie

      Me too Me too.. I was totally head over heel for Park Shi Hoo in Prosecutor princess and have never felt than way ever since but this this Ji Hyun Woo break the record. heck, I’m falling for him harder than i did with Park Shi Hoo!

      • 3.1.1 yoga girl

        me three,this is the first time i love the main lead after park shi hoo in pp.i love this drama,its underrated.cant wait for the next ep.

      • 3.1.2 maechan

        I knew I had this feeling before… he’s so lovely! Long time ago did I not have a drama that made me fall completely for the lead as this one. And I have seen another work from Ji Hyun Woo, so I think it’s not entirely him, but the way the character is written and then portrayed…

        Anyways I’m completely in love with Boong-do

        • bubbletea

          I’m in love with Boong-do too!!

          This is probably the first drama where I actually find myself loving the male lead already at episode 3. And it looks like so many of us DB readers like guys who are intelligent and warm. 😀

          I totally do not regret checking out this drama – after reading JB’s review about how lovely the cinematography is – it is awesome.

          I’m hooked.

  4. bibian

    Woah-finally get to read this recap! Agree w everything you said about THE MAN-really love his character! Read the recaps for the first two episodes and HE GOT ME IN THE THIRD! no turning back, SERIOUS! hahaha…

    Watched till ep 6 and excitedly waiting for ep 7-but I will still love to read follow up with the recaps to ooze about him…

    Ah…seriously, everytime he smiles….FAINTZ…

  5. peta

    Brilliantly fun drama .. recaps appreciated!!

  6. pigeon

    Love this new drama .they’re sooo cute together,a scholar 300 years from the past meets the actress from the present time…
    Im looking forward to every episodes , just love the combination!!! DAEBAK!

  7. chasen8888

    Thanks for recapping this fun drama, it has been a pleasant surprise watching it and its totally different from Rooftop Prince (which I like, but not love) especially how they deal with the time travel scenario and logic.

  8. Mystisith

    Thanks Heads!
    Read the comments: Nothing else to say. We use the world “refreshing” a lot when talking about dramas. But i never found a better drama i could associate with that word. Feels so good! I want a man like Boong-do to exist for real.
    Curious to see about your alternate recapping with JB: Just to see if you have the same vision about the show…^^

    • 8.1 Zie

      I’m curious too with what JB would think of this show after the second episode.. heck, i’ve been stalking the website to see if she has recap episode 3..

      and I’m glad HeadsNo2 for recapping it cuz I feel I need to talk with someone about this drama.. Thanks!

    • 8.2 Mystisith

      And now i feel stupid: She did the recaps for first episodes. *Lack of sleep*.

  9. Notoriousnoona

    Thanks Heads! So excited you are batoning this one!

    “I think in love.” This has been on repeat in my head since the drama began! BD (or Nauri, which I like to call him), is so infectious. I’m ecstatic to see him with each new episode. He’s so heartwarming it’s like you are in the drama too, falling for him just and quickly as HJ.

    Refreshing! And a wonderful treat of a drama.
    Thanks again for the recap!

  10. 10 ck1Oz

    I will watch it after RP/ K2H ends, where are you guys getting the subs? Not that it’s essential but it would be nice to have some subs. And I can’t access DF or Hulu.

    Thank you.

    • 10.1 Mystisith

      Dramacrazy has 5 eps subbed.

      • 10.1.1 aoiaheen

        Oh! the 5th is out as well. YIPPIE!!!!! I know what I’ll be doing tonight.

      • 10.1.2 ck1Oz

        It has? Oh man, temptation 🙂

        • skelly

          I have been talking this up with Dramafever as well – they said that they’ve brought it up for consideration with their team and are hoping to get it licensed.

          • trotwood

            kdrama.org has episodes 1-4. I only found this out because I have been watching Special Affairs Team Ten on it. I had never heard of them before I searched for that show.

  11. 11 Zie

    Thank you for recapping this HeadsNo2. I’ve been waiting for the next recap after episode 2.

    I was not going to watch this to tell you the truth but after reading javabean’s recaps, somehow I got curious and watch it. Heck i did not even watch King 2 Heart and just reading the recap. This.. however, I cant stand not watching it. I just finish episode 5 just now.. It is soo much love.

    I really love Boong Do. Every time he came to screen, my heart flutter and even more when he smile. The chemistry between him and Hee Jin is unbelievable. Its beautiful!

    The fact that he is much taller than her is so much love from me. I’ve been wanting a guy who is taller than him since I watch Kang Dong Won and Kim Jung Hwa in 1% of anything.

  12. 12 aoiaheen

    Thank you so much for the recap. I love Bong Doo. Infact I MINE’d him in the last OT. So warning to all girls and guys out there. Stay away!

    The character is such a perfect guy. I love the contrast in the personalities of HJ and BD. They are so made for each other.

    I’m so glad you’re taking this one up. It’s one of the best that I’ve seen this season. I hope it keeps its pace.

    • 12.1 jomo

      I agree on the contrast.
      I love the way that they looked at each other from the git-go.

      She just happend to be the one who talked to him first, and she was all bubbly and confusing to him, but you got the feeling he was smitten. Not in love but very interested.

      And when she thinks back to their stange first conversation, she has that little smile remembering him.

      My favorite conversations are when they both say, “I have no idea what you talking about!” but they keep trying to find common ground despite that.

  13. 13 abu

    Oh, thanks a lot for this, Heads!:)

    I find Boong-do really adorable. This drama is such a good treat!

  14. 14 Aili

    LOVE Boong-Do and his whole persona. And the smile that he keeps flashing and his brain which can work out things so quickly, I cant remember that last time there was a lead like him in kdramas. SO refreshing!!!!

    • 14.1 skelly

      Same here – in fact, I challenge Beaners everywhere – HAS there been a drama with a hero quite like this? Smart, funny, kind and thoughtful, yet also a great fighter – I mean, I was sold as soon as he fought off an assassin – WITH BOOKS… (and then he did it again!)

      • 14.1.1 trotwood

        Yes, he had me at the fighting off assassins with books things, too. I think one of the reasons why we all like him is that he has all the qualities (warmth, sincerity, funny, and thoughtful) that second leads have (and why we often fall for them only to be dissapointed) combined with the rapier intelligence and bad assery of the usual leads. His character proves that you do not have to start out as an ass to insitgate growth and attraction. I think it is funny that Hee Jin’s ex seems to have the left over character traits from the first and second leads. He is crazy conceited (think second lead in Kim San Soon) wanting her back only because she resists and may be popular; he also has the dismissiveness and childnishness of some of a male lead that needs to grow up and be tamed (think Protect the Boss).
        The only difference is that I do not think he is a legitimate threat here. I so like how the writers (at least so far) do NOT have Hee Jin pining for him in any way. I hope they keep this up . . . and that someone reads these discussions so that we get more couples like this. This would be enough of a reason all by itself, for wanting this show to be a success.

        • Joy

          You took the words right out of my mouth! MTE and by exactly I mean OMFGINEEDMYBOONGDOFIXNOW. I wish I could say to hell with exams.

        • ilovemandoo

          This pretty much.

          In a different drama, the second lead could potentially be our first lead haha. Still, he’s pretty funny and harmless, so I’m enjoying his presence in this show as well.

  15. 15 Kiara

    Thank you for the recap :). This will be on my watch list till RTP is over.

  16. 16 Duncerblur

    I was hoping that you ladies would continue recapping this. I am so glad you are! It’s every thing I wished RTP was and I winder why is it not more popular.

    Boong du in indeed a fantastic character and I am thoroughly enjoying the drama … especially the “formal parting in modern times” … pffttt.

    Thanks for the recap.

    • 16.1 Ace

      Because Yoochun’s more popular/has more fans. 🙂 And RP’s not on cable.

  17. 17 starlight

    The problem with dramabeans is that the recaps are so good that I find myself not watching the actual dramas and merely excited for recaps. The last time I watched something properly was The Princess’s Man and before that 49 days and City Hunter.

    But after jb recapped the first episode I don’t know why but I was curious so I watched the first episode and she is right: it is GORGEOUS and I fell in love. Been rewatching and rewatching the 6 episodes and replaying Boong do’s laugh over and over again as well as his smile. Didn’t know the actor before this but my god, he isn’t just Hee Jin’s ideal type, he’s mine too!

    It’s all too often I fall in love with the leads despite everything but jb and you are right, who actual wants a cold darcy type in real life? Boong Do is simply the warmest lead I’ve seen, he oozes with intelligence and please pray to god he NEVER loses his Joseon speech because it’s damn sexy, it’s soothing like butterscotch or something 🙂

    SOOO exited heads and jb are recapping this, dramabeans did always know how to pick em, THANKYOU <3

    • 17.1 nova611

      the same goes here….i accidently read the recap ep 1..now im hooked…more than RTP, i watch it raw straight till ep 6…which is really RARE for me…

      • 17.1.1 skelly

        Same here, I have pretty much no idea what they are talking about but I watch the raws anyway. I love the way Boong-do talks, but also the manager – you don’t even have to know what she is saying, just the way she draws out her words and uses all these exclamations is funny.

    • 17.2 bbchuu

      I thought I was crazy for wanting new episodes so much that I rewatched the first six episodes a gazillion times… every time my mind wandered towards the dangerous territory of ‘oh why are the episodes not out yet’ I end up watching episode 1-6 all over again HAHA.

      Well. Glad to know that it’s normal behavior!!

    • 17.3 Lovely

      I wouldn’t mind a Darcy.. I have this weird idealism of man. Like Cold as Darcy in public and sweet as Boong Do in private. LoL

      I know… I’m DOOM! There is no such man. Isn’t it? Cuz if there is… Do introduced him.. xDD

      • 17.3.1 Joy

        Hmmmm I guess Christian Grey minus the whole BDSM and crazy childhood part. LMAO.

    • 17.4 xine

      This is great drama to come across this actor Ji Hyun Woo for the first time, Starlight. He was wonderful as an enlightened lead falling for a solo mother older than him in the first episodes of Thousand Kisses but then the writers/directors made such a dogs breakfast of the plotlines that his part just withered away to occasional scenes and mostly drunk, it seemed. A terrible waste and I hated it. This drama should keep his character at the same level throguhout from what i can see and will be a treat.

      • 17.4.1 sally_b

        @xine – The writer’s for A Thousand Kisses should be flogged with their own script-books for having wasted Ji HyunWoo. I actually watched the whole damn thing JUST to see him…drunk or misguided…or whatever, it was pitiful. (but I still came back for more of him) ((sigh))

    • 17.5 starlight

      by the way, heres an up to date recap website who does lovely recaps of the queen in hyun’s man too, was so desperate and couldn’t wait for subs or jb because she’s so busy and may may has been a god send 🙂 love reading every ones thought’s of QIHM! Check it out!


  18. 18 may tae

    Amazing drama, the plot, the characters, and everything… really well done.

    As you said, “tvN, I am certainly buying what you are selling this year. Keep up the good work.” me too!!

    thanks for the recap 🙂

  19. 19 momogi

    Welcome HeadsNo2, I love your recap!

  20. 20 Farah

    I’ve been following the drama recaps in this blog for a while but this is first time I’m commenting here.This is also the first time I’m following the recaps of an ongoing drama.I usually try only complete dramas as I’m too impatient to wait for next episodes of an ongoing drama for a whole week.But this drama is different.I’m been checking out the site every day since the last week to see if any new episode review of Queen In-hyun’s Man was available and it was really killing me to find none.Thank you very much HeadsNo2 for picking up this one.You are also my favorite blogger here if I may add.I haven’t decided to watch this drama yet.From my long watching experience I’ve learnt how a promising anticipated Kdrama can go downhill in the later episodes.But seeing that u’ve picked up this drama for review I’m having my hopes up as I’ve always found similarities in our tastes in dramas ever since u reviewed Tree With Deep Roots-one of my favorite dramas. Thank you once again.

  21. 21 yoga girl

    i watched it till ep 6 and it was so good.god cant wait for the next ep.i am even watching it raw.actually this is the only drama i am watch i only read recaps of rtp and k2h and equator man.
    he is the only lead i fell for after park shi hoo in prosecutor princess .i love his smile,its so warm and gentle.who dosen’t like a boy with a beautiful smile?i am addicted to this drama .
    thank you for recaping .

  22. 22 piggy68gal

    Omg I’ve been checking this site for ages for this recap, so thank you very much! 😀
    I am really in love with this drama…every time Ji Hyun Woo(Boong Do) smiles I die on the inside…<3 He's my favourite character so far, and I haven't liked a character so much in a long time… (; He has got this quiet charm that makes me fall so hard for him omg. Besides the eye candy I am really intrigued by the plot so far. After all, what's a good drama without any substance? [Spoiler]I really like how Boong Do can actually travel back to the past easily but for him to travel to the future he must be at the brink of death…Makes the story really really interesting.[end of spoiler] I'll definitely be following this drama and I hope to see more recaps on this drama too! Thanks for the hard work!!! (:(:

  23. 23 MissMantin

    I think we’re all in love with Boong-do. Sadly we all have to wait in line behind Hee-jin. I’m trying to be okay with that.

    Thanks for the recap, HeadsNo2, and for taking the time to work on this show. It’s probably my favorite (current) show right now, so I’m glad to see it getting some recap-love.

  24. 24 citrone

    I loved this drama, camera, ambiance, tone, music and leads! Hope it keeps the pace till the end.

    Thanks for the recap and will be waiting for more ^^

  25. 25 Threeangels

    I lovvvvvvve this drama! I stopped watching k2hearts seems 2 predictable but this drama feels new & like home but not over done but just right. I love jh and his warm and smart acting abilities because he makes bong doo come alive in all his scenes. Rtp needs to take a few lessons from the director and screenwriters of Queen Inhyun’s Man! I can’t wait for episode 7! Thank you so much for the recap!

  26. 26 karened

    This drama seriously needs MOREEE love. Ji Hyun Woo had fallen off my rader after Lee Pyeong Gang, but now, this!!! kyaaaaa

  27. 27 bbm

    yes, kim boong do is a very refreshing character indeed…
    i’m dropping RTP atm for this and K2H, luckily EM is shown on TV, so many good drama in one slot, i need my sleep @_@

  28. 28 Carole McDonnell

    This is one of my favorite dramas up there with Rooftop Prince and Syndrome. I love Mickey Yoo-chun, as well. So Rooftop Prince is definitely a fave. I just wish this drama had more viewers.

  29. 29 FishFillets


    Liked Ji Hyun Woo in A Thousand Kisses, though I didn’t finish the drama (too many eps, too lil time), he seems really warm and gentle, and his smile is adorable~ xD

  30. 30 comradeS

    THIS SHOW IS MY CRACK RIGHT NOW. BOONG-DO – ILOVEYOUUUU! And Yoo Inna is super cute. And they have really adorable chemistry. AndIareallylikedisshow. Alot. I can’t even be sane about this show. I’m passed that. So much love.

  31. 31 jomo

    Thanks for the recap!
    I really like the vibe for this show – and the balance of Joseon vs modern times.

    I have been watching on slow streaming that stinks, so I haven’t been able to enjoy the beautiful cinematography in the small, stuttering box I am watching.

    I tried downloading from somewhere, but it didn’t work!

    Did someone say Hulu has this>

    • 31.1 Sabah

      I tend to watch my stuff at krdrama (first link in google search) though I know that many people don’t like the site because of the adverts.

      Might be good as a ‘last resort…’

      • 31.1.1 jomo

        It looks way better there.

  32. 32 Kairi

    GF & JB thank you for deciding to recap this drama together! I’ve been DYYING to see what you’d say about episode 4!! Cutest. Episode. EVER. Haha! Thanks for today’s recap! I’m looking forward to more >:)

  33. 33 Linda165

    Wae I’m still not watching this, waeee??? Ji Hyun-woo ssi wait for me 🙁

  34. 34 Kairi

    Oops not GF, HeadsNo2! My apologies 🙁 Keep up the good work! Great recap! 🙂

  35. 35 dee


  36. 36 Tottoro

    Please please continue to recap this! My current wed-thurs rank goes like this now

    1. Queen In Hyun
    2. King 2 Heart
    3. Equator Man
    4. Rooftop prince

    It used to go like this though

    1. Rooftop prince
    2. Equator Man
    3. King 2 Heart

    Wonder how it will change toward the end of the month. Whatever it is I certainly don’t have enough time to sleep.

  37. 37 casey

    omomomomo! for those chasing QIHM and the sad lack of mainstream news sources… here’s some new images from an upcoming episode…


    squeeee! i could just look at them stare at each other the whole day..

    thank you for choosing to help out in recapping this! best show this season imho. =)

  38. 38 canxi

    Thank you for the re-cap.

    I just have to say that Boong-do can time-jump into my life any day of the week ;D

  39. 39 Dara

    A true gem, great scripts! Great acting from the leads!

  40. 40 starlight

    ps, soo kyung, hee jins frend played the sister in law to park shi hoo aka kim seung yoo in Princess’s Man! Or Ah Kyung’s mother 🙂

    She was so regal and had excellent saegeuk intonation there it’s really hard to believe she transforms into hee jin’s blunt no-nonsense brash friend here haha 🙂

  41. 41 quirkywhit

    Thanks Heads! I pretty mush gave a crush on your writing style 🙂 so it’s great to hear (read?) that you’re tag-teaming with javabeans on this. And I haven’t even started the show yet and I think I love Boong-do. 😀

    • 41.1 quirkywhit

      Hmm…the words much and gave were needed above. Wow I’m bad at using the keyboard on my phone.

      • 41.1.1 quirkywhit

        *Have – stop auto-correcting me!

        • Arhazivory

          LOL. The annoyances of auto-correct.

  42. 42 anotheraddict

    Another smitten kitten here– I’m in love with Boong Do and with Show. I became a Ji Hyun Woo fan after watching Invincible Lee Pyung Kang, but his character in that didn’t make me swoon the way Boong Do does. Not only is Boong Do tall, athletic, and able to flash a smile so sweet that it’ll melt your heart, but he has a high IQ and a high EQ– a killer combo in my book. This is a great role for JHW– he really shines when he gets to show how immensely affable he can be.

    Not sure what the dealio is with the Drama Gods giving me four dramas that I’m into which air on Weds./Thurs.– and despite two of them involving time-traveling, they are all very different from one another. But it’s even more amazing to me that dramabeans is recapping all of them. Recapping four dramas that air on the same nights is no small feat– we are incredibly lucky beanies. *bows with gratitude to the awesome recappers*

  43. 43 annie

    I’m ready for your bashing,..:(
    I skipped so many good brilliant drama because of this guy. I don’t know why. but I can’t like him maybe he’s my ex husband in my previous life and we got divorced because I stole his kidney and he stole my liver thing? who knows. but I just don’t like him. His eyes, his smile his nose and even his voice. (speech is slurry ) Gosh. can’t help it.

    • 43.1 Mystisith

      We need to do something to solve your problem. 🙂 You must see the light and feel how nice of a man that actor can be.

      • 43.1.1 skelly

        You have to admit, though, her problem is understandable if she watched anything past episode15 or so of A Thousand Kisses (not!). In fact, hasn’t there already been more kisses in QIHM in 6 episodes than there were in 50 episodes of ATK? Thank you TvN!

        • Mystisith

          Starting from now i will pretend ATK is a 12 episodes drama. The rest can burn. I’m so happy for him to have landed in this QIHM project… Yes, thanks tvN: For the viewers and for the actors .

        • annie

          I watched that 1000 kisses, But I completely skipped all their part. This and Daniel Choi (slightly better than this one) are my least kdrama lead actor.

    • 43.2 Joy

      LOL. Now, just sit back and relax. Just watch the show…


    • 43.3 MariePhils


  44. 44 annie

    this drama is so good!!!

  45. 45 Ari

    Fine, though I like a thousand kisses and how I love a guy that can ply a guitar and love history but i’m with RTP and I though of this as other drama……I was not prepared to fall in love with BD and this drama it happend in the five episode….THe character of her is so me I can not stop to check when a friend tell me about the female character and the way she move and talk that make she remember me so much, including changing clothes in unusual places… little lies to a foreigner boy. I to smile when I see her bobbing ponytail and her actitud in the biblioteca….. But I fall for BD in the moment he laugh in the car when her friend (is so good character and cute) is said him about’ take care of your lips’..jajajaj the way he move his head and the sound of his laugh I never go to forget it. This actor I love him no matter some time is to serious to my taste I can not wait to see the next episodes I love the interact of this characters. Maybe like my friend said I learn something about my antics.
    Thanks for the recap because I love this place and how is explain all.

    • 45.1 ilovemandoo

      You can love both, no worries. 😉

  46. 46 Simi

    Yey Heads!! You’re on this too!! Hope you and JB will do more tag team recaps. Both of your writing styles complement each other really well.

  47. 47 KStyle

    You know this show reminds me of what happened with Me, Too Flower, another great show with a superb cast and an an interesting storyline but so underrepresented but oh so good.

    Thanks HeadsNo2 for continuing to recap this great show.
    Thanks Ricky Oppa for making me a fangirl of Yoo Inna.

    I had read the first recap and it hooked me so badly that I went on a Kdrama hunt to find where I could watch this show online and as you can tell the rest is history.

    If K2H is my crack then this is a hit of meth. Both so addicting for different reasons and oh so fulfilling to this addict.

  48. 48 John

    HeadsNo2 & JB~

    Thank you recapping this..

    It’s cute and funny with a bit of Joseon era drama as well.

    It’s well executed as neither the drama, the cute or the funny interfere with each other.

    This show is a treat. I anxiously await the next episodes and look forward to your recaps.

  49. 49 Sarah A.

    Thanks for the recap! I’m there with you when you said “I think I’m in love.” I just marathoned through the first 4 episodes yesterday, and I haven’t EVER liked a lead this much. Such a nice change to have someone who’s not a jerk as a protagonist.

    Just out of curiosity though, are you and javabeans doing a total of 1 or 2 recaps weekly for QIHM? Definitely not trying to sound demanding or anything. I was just a bit confused with the explanation of both of you working together.

  50. 50 Lolliney

    thankyou so much for reviewing this drama ^^
    i hope you guys will pick this up till the end.
    the way you reviewed it makes me fall in love with the hero even more n__n <3

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