Drama Recaps
Queen In-hyun’s Man: Episode 4
by | May 8, 2012 | 170 Comments

It just gets better and better. With Episodes 3 and 4, this show has shot to the top of my current and recent dramas—it’s got ambiance, whimsy, intrigue, and humor. It’s expertly woven together by a director who understands how to use style to enhance a story, rather than using it as an excuse to show off. Or worse, ignoring it entirely.

I said earlier that the Joseon scenes—so taut, suspenseful—make me want to stay in the past, but now I’m loving the modern storyline equally. The show knows just when to mix it up, alternating between intensity and buoyancy, and making the transitions smooth between the two.


Queen In-hyun’s Man OST – “같은 하늘 다른 시간에” (Same Sky, Different Time)
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Boong-do disappears from Hee-jin’s hospital bathroom and reappears in his own time, in the woods. And looky there, his horse also made the jump with him; the animal that had been on a tear through the Seoul streets now trots over to him.

I wonder about the rules of accompanied time-jumping, since Boong-do was also followed to 2012 by his assassin. The horse can be explained because Boong-do had been seated on it when making the initial jump, but the assassin wasn’t in physical contact. Hm, something for the show to sort out for us.

Minister Min Am is summoned by King Sukjong, and arrives at the palace. The eunuch spy ushers him in and informs him in a hushed voice that Kim Boong-do is with the king. This can only mean bad news for the plotters, and they snipe at each other on the way in about whose fault this is. But that pettiness stops with the news that Boong-do came bearing a letter, which halts the minister in his tracks as he realizes, “Then this may be my last.”

Minister Min enters the room and sees the king reading a letter, and reels. Surely with that incriminating evidence in the king’s hands, he’s bound for a death penalty. Boong-do watches his reactions closely while the king invites him in, and Minister Min warily sits.

But the tone is odd, and the king isn’t furious. Instead, his tone is pleasant and unconcerned, and he shares a lovely poem Boong-do brought him upon his long-awaited return. Hm, so Boong-do is playing this one close to the vest. I don’t see why he wouldn’t tell the king what he knows immediately, but he’s proven himself thoughtful and intelligent so I’m sure there’s a reason.

With shaking hands, Minister Min accepts the poem from the king, relief making his voice stutter as he praises it. He forces a smile, while Boong-do keeps his steady gaze fixed on him, watching closely.

In the woods, a servant, Han-dong, waits anxiously and wonders whether he’s come to the right spot to find the gisaeng Yoon-wol. Sure enough, riders come by carrying her unconscious body and leave her there, still tied up, tired but unharmed.

Neither knows what has happened, but Han-dong explains that his master (Boong-do) told him to await her release here.

Ah, so Minister Min’s gambit must have worked—the gisaeng hostage was ransom for that damning letter. Boong-do hands over the letter and Minister Min chuckles as he burns it, crowing that Boong-do actually chose a slave over the former queen. He laughs that he feels sorry for Queen In-hyun, losing her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to defeat her enemies, all because of Boong-do’s silly love.

He’s expecting devastation from Boong-do, or at least chagrin, so he looks on in disbelief when Boong-do smiles. What could that mean? Boong-do draws a card-game analogy: When someone throws out a good card, it can only mean he’s drawn an even better one.

Ooh. Nice move, and Minister Min goes from crowing to near-cowering. Boong-do tells him, “You should be afraid of what else I have gained.” He advises Minister Min to think hard about what it could be, although he adds that the truth will be difficult for him to even imagine. A reference to his time-travel talisman, surely.

Modern day. In the aftermath of Hee-jin’s tussle with the bitchy Na-jung, Soo-kyung goes into manager mode. First she checks with the director—Hee-jin wasn’t cast because of a favor, right? The director balks at the idea that Dong-min pressured him into it. “What am I, a puppet?” he sniffs.

Then Soo-kyung heads over to hash things out with Na-jung’s manager, ready to give ’em a piece of her mind for the attack and leaving a mark on her actress’s face. She asks Hee-jin about the man who stopped the fight, and Hee-jin says vaguely that a male nurse stepped in to help her.

Hee-jin looks over Boong-do’s message—the one he’d written in lipstick at her request, since she collects quotes and she liked what he said—and muses that she can’t exactly tell the truth, since she can hardly believe it herself. She’s only half-sure she’s not crazy, and starts checking around the bathroom for possible secret exits. She’s suspicious enough that as she starts taking off her hospital clothing, she sends paranoid looks around the space, wondering if he’ll reappear at any moment.

Soo-kyung handles the incident by telling Na-jung’s manager that they won’t pursue the assault, and that they’re willing to cover it up. Na-jung reacts with suspicion, since it’s certainly not in her nature to let go of a wrongdoing.

But Soo-kyung is pretty shrewd herself, because she insinuates that the unknown helper was a reporter. She assures them that the reporter won’t leak anything in the news, but this effectively keeps Na-jung in her palm, since it’s prime blackmail material.

Boong-do returns to the forest with his servant Han-dong, retracing his steps to the moment he made his second time-jump. Han-dong is in complainy mode, telling him to check on Yoon-wol first, since she went through so much for him. It’s common knowledge that Han-dong loves Yoon-wol, who loves Boong-do, who doesn’t love her back. Aw. Love triangles are hard enough when they’re private.

Boong-do points out that it’s strange for lovelorn Han-dong to urge him closer to the woman he loves. Han-dong retorts that Boong-do should have married Yoon-wol off to Han-dong instead of making her a gisaeng: “I really hate you, sir!” Boong-do just laughs, “She didn’t want you, so what could I do about it?”

Boong-do turns his attention to his talisman, thinking to his time-jumps. The first time was in the library, just a second before he was about to get stabbed by a sword. The second time in the woods, he had fought off several attackers and found himself cornered on a ledge with an arrow flying straight at him.

Thinking to the words written on the talisman, he supposes that he can only make the jump in a moment of mortal peril. It’s a good theory, but not strong enough to keep me from thinking he’s totally crazy for directing Han-dong to shoot him with an arrow. And what if your theory is wrong, smartypants? They don’t have time-turners in heaven, being that you’re dead and all.

Han-dong has a similar reaction (“WHAAAA?”) but Boong-do tells him calmly that there’s a reason behind it, and that it has to be a real, life-threatening shot, “So don’t worry, and shoot me.” Uh…

But Han-dong can’t do it, thinking Boong-do has gone crazy from recent stress, and refuses. So Boong-do draws his sword, hurls it at his man’s feet, and scares the wits out of him with the threat to kill him if he doesn’t comply.

Han-dong only barely manages to do as he’s ordered, and lets the arrow fly. It heads straight for Boong-do’s heart, and sure enough, just a split-second before it would have killed him, Boong-do disappears. Poof. Smoke and ashes.

When he opens his eyes, he’s in a familiar space, with his lipstick writing still on the mirror. He’s glad to have confirmed his hunch; the first part of the incantation does in fact mean, “When you’re about to die, you live.”

Just as Boong-do starts to exit, someone else steps inside the room, forcing him back into the bathroom. It’s Dong-min, looking for Hee-jin. Hearing that she stepped out briefly, he settles down to wait… but he seems to have picked up on the extra presence. He pretends he’s going to leave the room, then storms the bathroom unexpectedly, swinging an umbrella at the intruder.

The two men tussle in the cramped quarters, and while it’s not a very fierce fight, Dong-min manages to shove Boong-do into the shower, then “locks” the doors shut with the umbrella and a washcloth. He flicks on the lights, and finds Boong-do standing calmly as you please in the glass shower, wearing his sageuk garb. Ha.

Dong-min demands to know who he is, calling him a psycho and a stalker, then runs out to get reinforcements. Boong-do is amused, and muses to himself that this time-travel is trickier than it looks, since it requires good timing on both ends. He’s unworried, though, since he’s got his escape portal… which has fallen out of his robes in the scuffle. Alarmed, he looks around and sees it lying on the bathroom floor, outside the shower. Siiiiigh.

Dong-min demands security called, berating the nurses for their poor monitoring of a VIP room. When Hee-jin comes back a short while later, she sees a team of hospital staff in front of her room and wonders what’s going on. The nurses breathe a sigh of relief at her safe return, telling Hee-jin she’s lucky she wasn’t around for the psycho stalker to do any damage.

She enters the room curiously and gapes at the sight: a team of medical professionals, examining Boong-do in his glass box like a scientific specimen. I love how he just maintains his dignified pose, not speaking, since he knows that anything he says will just be taken for crazy. So he’s just gonna ride this one out.

Boong-do smiles in relief at Hee-jin’s entrance, and while Dong-min rattles on about how lucky she is that he was around, Boong-do sends her telling glances as if to say, Hey, a hand here?

Everyone files back into the main room while Dong-min is patched up. He has a tiny scrape on his arm and pouts to Hee-jin, “I got hurt fighting that guy.” Aw, did baby get a booboo?

Hee-jin sidles up to the bathroom door, making the excuse that she’s just gotta grab something from inside. Closing the door, she asks what Boong-do’s doing here. He takes her aback by asking about “that violent woman” (Na-jung) and saying that he’d worried about her, expressing relief to hear it was resolved.

Boong-do says that this time he’s here to ask a favor of her, since she’s the only face he knows in this world: “And you are a good person, are you not? I thought you might help me.”

Hee-jin’s flattered at his assessment, though she pretends she’s not affected. At her comment that he’s good with words, he says, “I’ve read a lot.” Haha.

Boong-do is in search of a book—the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty. She figures that it would probably be at a library, and he asks if it’ll be difficult to do. She hesitates, so he clocks the reaction and lets her off the hook. Instead, he asks for his dropped envelope, identifying it as the thing that allows him to travel back and forth. Even if coming to the future requires a threat to his life.

Hee-jin starts to slide the paper between the doors, then pauses. Looking up a map on her phone, she tells him of a park to the north of the hospital. If he can find her there, she’ll help him. She hands him his talisman, leaving the choice to him.

Joseon. Han-dong sleeps in the woods, right where Boong-do left him, which is where Boong-do now warps back. Han-dong is both overwhelmed with relief and angry at Boong-do for doing that to him—he even peed his pants, he was so scared. Oh, just wait till he makes you shoot him again; Boong-do urges him to hurry and asks which direction is north. Hehe.

They ride on, having been directed by Hee-jin as to how far to go (converted into Joseon units, thanks to the internet). Meanwhile, Hee-jin slips out of the hospital unnoticed, heading in the same direction.

Left in the room to guard the stalker are Dong-min’s manager and a couple of nurses. When the security guard arrives, however, the shower is empty.

Hee-jin arrives at the rendezvous point first and waits, and now she starts to second-guess herself, wondering what she’s doing. But then comes the tap at her window, and there he is, dressed in modern clothing again. (“I’ve resorted to thievery in this world,” he admits sheepishly.)

He joins her in the car, and it’s evident now that Hee-jin is softening to him; she seems moved by his presence, a little flustered. He tells her he’s catching on; he knows how to open car doors and fasten his seatbelt now. But he requests that she keep the speed down, admitting that it scared him the last time.

She giggles (and why not—he’s pretty damn adorable), then sends the car jerking forward, then backward, then forward again a few times just for good measure, sticking out her tongue at him. A gesture that goes totally over his head.

She takes him to the city library and asks for directions to the appropriate section while he gapes at the size of the building. He’s amazed to hear that this whole place is filled with books that anybody is allowed to read, and sighs that he could stay here forever and not feel the time pass. Hee. Once a nerd, always a nerd.

They take the elevator to the third floor, and Boong-do surprises her by pressing the correct floor number. Note that in his time, he wouldn’t have knowledge of arabic numbers, so it’s not as simple as it seems. But not only does Boong-do catch on quickly—you show him something once and he’s learned it—he’s also intelligent enough to deduce things logically. He saw the number 13 in the hospital before and recognizes them on the buttons, and since the “3” is in the third position, it follows that he picked correctly.

Boong-do reminds her of something that he said before—that his “sole asset” is being quick on the uptake. She concedes that he is indeed smart, and wonders if he passed the state civil service exam. He replies, “I took first place.” Hee.

But Hee-jin grimaces, saying she doesn’t like brainy people. He asks what she does, and she reminds him, “I’m an actor.” That means she’s kinda famous, and has plans to become even more famous in the future. Not that the word actor has much meaning for him, though, and he puzzles over why she’d be famous. She says saucily, “Because I’m pretty. You have to be pretty to be an actress.”

However, that comment just elicits a blank look from Boong-do, and he asks, “You mean to say you’re considered beautiful here?” HAHA. She huffs that he can’t mean she isn’t pretty, and informs him that she even won a beauty contest. He says noncommittally, “Is that so,” and drops the subject. I’d wager that it’s his diffidence that irks even more than an outright argument, like it’s so silly that it’s not worth discussing. Oh, I love him.

Boong-do finds the Annals and marvels at this incredible situation, of being able to read about the future. He plays it wisely, choosing not to look at anything that dates after his own lifetime; all he wants is to read the records that pertain to his goal. Hee-jin wonders what that is, and he replies that it is to return the queen to the throne and restore his family’s honor.

Hee-jin knows about this famous slice of history, and chirps, “Oh, are you talking about Lady Jang?” Everyone knows about her, which leads to his shocked reply, “You mean to say she has made such a lasting mark on history?”

But Hee-jin explains that her fame is more like notoriety; she rose from court lady to queen and then was executed through poison.

Well, that’s news to him. Boong-do gets to reading about his time period (the caption is a typo; it should be 1694, not 1964, and marks Sukjong’s 20th year). In the near future (for Boong-do’s time), Queen In-hyun will be restored, and Minister Min executed. Then the next year, Lady Jang will follow with her own execution.

This is all welcome news to Boong-do, since it means justice will be meted out. He says that from his vantage point these events seem nigh impossible, but to know that things work out as he hopes puts him into cheerful spirits. He starts to confess that for the past five years, his mind has not been at ease…

He cuts himself off, and asks what people do in times like this, when they want to share their elation with someone. Hee-jin says they might hug, and he wonders, “In a place like this?” Hee-jin: “Sure.” Boong-do: “Even if they’re a man and a woman?” Hee-jin: “What does that matter?” Boong-do: “What a good world this is.” I’ll say, mister.

And without further ado, he hugs her. To Hee-jin, it’s no casual touch, but he complies with the attitude of When in Rome… He thanks her for being here with him, because if he’d been by himself in a moment like this, he would have felt terribly lonely.

Now he registers Hee-jin’s reaction, and reminds her that she said a hug was no big deal. She points a finger at him and asks, “You’re a player in your world too, aren’t you?” He just asks, “What’s a player?”

Boong-do happens upon a passage in the Annals referencing him—it’s from his meeting with the king earlier that day, with Minister Min. He shows Hee-jin the passage, just as a couple of students recognize her and point in their direction. Hee-jin hears the whispers and ducks her head, urging him to get up immediately, worried about getting her picture taken.

The boys catch up to them before they can leave, though, and ask for an autograph. She complies with the autographs, but the attention attracts more and more bystanders, until Hee-jin is standing there mobbed by strangers, trying to hide her face, asking meekly that they not take her photo.

Boong-do gets into the elevator first, but she’s stuck in the crowd. He sees her growing distress and grabs her arm, pulling her into the elevator and shielding her from sight. Naturally everyone is curious about the man, but for now they only get his back.

Safely in the elevator, he smiles at her, saying that he’s gotten used to this role (of intervening on her behalf), but she’s too stunned to say anything. Not from the mob, but from the fact that he’s still holding her hand, which he belatedly releases, and she mutters again about him being a player.

He apologizes for being a complication in her life, ready to remedy that by leaving. He takes out his talisman to make the leap, assuring her that he can manage on his own, now that he knows about the library. But the suddenness of his departure makes the moment seem fraught with meaning, and Hee-jin battles disappointment. With only a few seconds left till their elevator arrives, Boong-do starts his incantation—and Hee-jin grabs his arm, stopping him.

He’s surprised, wondering what she’s all about. The elevator doors open on the ground floor, so Hee-jin jabs the button to close them, fumbling for an explanation: “What kind of aristocrat has such poor manners? You ought to say goodbye properly before leaving.”

He’s unaware that he missed anything in this modern goodbye business. She tells him there’s more, and grabs him in a kiss.

The doors open and she breaks away, telling him, “Got it? I’ve taught you manners.” Confused, he asks, “This… is how you say goodbye here?” She sticks to her answer, nodding yes, of course. Then walks off trying to hold onto her composure.

But Boong-do’s no dummy, is he? He smiles after her, seemingly catching on…


One of my favorite things about this show is the way the leads are paired—they have a very sweet budding chemistry. It’s not sizzling in the turbulent-passion sort of way, nor is it bickery, which I SUPER love. (I am a big fan of the way drama leads often bicker cutely, but I know I can’t be the only one who’s also pretty sick of it as the only dynamic we ever seem to see in rom-coms. Bickering-to-love isn’t the only mating ritual out there, dramas!)

It makes sense that this couple has a bigger obstacle out there than, say, one being free-spirited and the other being an uptight perfectionist. Who needs to struggle with opposites-attract when you’re living three centuries apart, even if the hero does sort of get to maneuver himself between the two? The building awareness and attraction between the two in this episode was a pleasure to watch, because you get the sense that they like each other as people, and given a “normal” circumstance, they might have an unturbulent, regular courtship without all this high drama and intrigue. Hey, sometimes you just know you like each other, without having to go through hate first. It’s refreshing.

One thing unique to Queen In-hyun’s Man is that this is the first show that truly utilizes its commercial breaks well (albeit out of a very small pool of Korean dramas that have breaks in the first place—it’s a fairly recent adoption by cable shows). It actually uses them as narrative act breaks, rather than finding any old place to pause, shoehorning in a commercial, and then resuming. This is a skill cable shows have yet to learn, mostly because I feel like they picked it up commercial interventions from watching American shows without being given an actual explanation for the act-break structure; they just mimic them blindly. The breaks in this show, however, are thoughtfully inserted at dramatically appropriate moments, and often even work in the time-skip device. Smart.


170 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Uj

    I have seen 2 episodes and i absolutely loved it ♡^▽^♡

    • 1.1 pabo ceo reom

      This drama is definitely the one I look forward to the most every week now. It feels underrated but it’s found a huge fan in me!

    • 1.2 mariolawpanda

      I know right! Everything’s just so lovely and hot. Haha. It looks great. Not too much evil plotting going on. And I’m totally shipping Ji Hyun-woo and Yoo Inna. How cute are both of them? Cute and hot. Haha.

  2. sesr

    gawd…so many plastic faces here

    • 2.1 jomo

      One of the things I like about this cast is OTP are mostly all not perfect. Attractive? Very.

      He is gorgeous when he smiles, of course, but not because his teeth are white and perfect. He is kinda gangly and his features are not model ish.
      She certainly isn’t a classic beauty, either.

      (The second leads, otoh, are perfect, but that’s always like that.)

      • 2.1.1 rainbow

        exactly how i feel too. they aren’t perfectly plastic. lol… they have their flaws too just enough to make them very likable.

      • 2.1.2 July

        I completely agree. When I first saw him I was surprised he was the lead since I’m used to them always looking very “plastic.” He, on the other hand, looks natural.

        I’m glad he is the lead. I have completely fallen for him. He is adorable and HOT….Oh, and that smile, makes me melt everytime.

      • 2.1.3 Kiara

        Awwww I’m soooo crushing on him and I cant wait anymore. I must watch this drama now.
        What a character, so captivating …. where have you been all my life?.

        I ‘ve only seen her in Best Love and I didnt care much for her acting but she is growing on me here.

    • 2.2 kay

      not sure who you’re referring to, but i think both the leads look pretty natural and charming.

      • 2.2.1 ilovemandoo

        Maybe Yoo Inna? I think both leads are adorable. Even if they are plastic, it wouldn’t bother me. (Though I highly doubt Ji Hyun Woo is plastic, considering he doesn’t have a perfect smile or double eyelids.)

    • 2.3 Robyn

      I’ve been crushing on this guy since My Sweet Seoul. I love that he looks so natural and real!

      • 2.3.1 liong

        me tooooo..in my sweet seoul he’s really2 like a dongsaeng who crushed on noona,yet still sweet 😀

    • 2.4 Kiara

      The actress who plays the Joseon Jang Hee Bin obviously have done some plastic surgery (or surgeries). She looks scary to me. Kind of like the granny from Moon/Sun.
      You maybe refering to her?.

      Ji Hyun-woo looks natural to me. He’s not your typical pretty boy but he’s got a killer body and smile.

  3. missjb

    ahh this drama.. the pairing is so sweet!!!!!!! love it

  4. Ash

    Thank you so much for the recaps.

    I have been trying to make sense of the drama after watching the raw videos and this recap has helped alot.

    I am totally hooked onto this drama. The main plot is very interesting and makes much better sense of the past to present, and vice-versa, travel compared to RP.

    I am so excited for the next episodes.

  5. Rainerust

    So fast! I was debating whether or not to pick up this drama on top of K2H and RP but your recaps have just convinced me that I should…once I learn how to warp that pesky time-space continuum and derive more time for myself. Sigh. I think I need one of ’em talisman to turn time back and forth. Just sayin’.

  6. FishFillets

    FINALLY! xD I’ve waited very loooooooooooooong for this!!!

  7. Shukmeister

    Without adding the inevitable comparison to RTP, I’d like to say that my world is currently revolving around the Wed / Thur timeframe. Everything is just so yummy!

    I noticed that Joseon scenes tend to be darker, both in dialogue and background / color. It’ll be interesting to see Minister Min worry himself sick over Boong Do and get darker in the mind, too.

    Thanks, as always, for the recap!!

    • 7.1 ilovemandoo

      I’m loving my Wed / Thur timeframe, too. I feel so spoiled by the drama gods lately <3

  8. Mystisith

    Thanks for the recap JB!
    This drama is like a new kind of drug coming on the street. So cracktastic! I wonder who’s the “player” here? That lady is sure not afraid to jump into a complicated situation: I love that.
    And i’m so happy to see other forms of courtship/mating rituals. Give me ideas…

    • 8.1 jomo

      Yeah, she has some nerve calling him a player. Ha!

    • 8.2 jomo

      Wait a minute, there!

      After watching some of these episodes again, it occurred to me that maybe HE IS A PLAYER!

      Dumb me thought he was all innocent and trusting, but I am starting to think he knows exactly what he is doing, getting all huggy, making her put on his seat-belt, grabbing her and pulling her around all over.


      • 8.2.1 aoiaheen

        haha … a nerdy player. Ain’t they the best?

        • kopytko

          Just a tad bit rare in this world 😉 Where do I get a Boong-do?

          • cutiepie88

            HAHA! Hey when you find one can you please let me know! Thanks! XD

      • 8.2.2 ilovemandoo

        LOL SO TRUE.

  9. Anonymous

    Got to say I was not interested in watching this drama at all but your recaps has convince me otherwise. Especially the part about the male lead not being a jerk in the previous recap, which I really like. I will probably pick this drama up after TK2H ends, don’t have enough energy to watch two dramas live. Let’s hope the male lead continues to remain awesome for the rest of the drama.

  10. 10 nna

    omg omg..love this drama soo much i cant..always melt everytime boong do smiles, and yoo in na can she be any cuter? thanks for recap this<3

    • 10.1 Dbsklove

      Omg grabbing <33333
      And I love their budding romance WITHOUT bickering and a whole bunch of misunderstandings… Sometimes too much is too tiring B-)

  11. 11 Mhel B

    Thank you!! Im excited abt the ep 5 and 6!!

  12. 12 Ariel

    Okay I’m in, if I could slog it out in Fashion King with its murky and muddy plotlines then i could definitely get into this show which looks like a refreshing swim.

  13. 13 John


    Thanks for the recap. This show is fantastic. A hug and a kiss. Lucky Guy. I read somewhere that the kiss scene took 10 takes. It’s hard work !

    • 13.1 Mystisith

      If it were me in her place i would have done 100 NGs. Just saying. 🙂

      • 13.1.1 kaleido

        right there with you…

        love this show.. i marathoned last 2 ep last night and loving.. it..

        i also finished the last ep of CLBM… i cried and i laugh.. it was perfect.

        • kaleido

          i meant ep 5 and 6… i should have said that latest 2 ep that have subtitle..

        • jomo

          I am holding out on the last CLBM… I still have Ep 20 ready to go, but I don’t want it to end.

          Although I will watch it all over again when the subs come out.

          • lidy

            looks like can love become money is subbed on epdrama http://www.epdrama.com/can-love-become-money/can-love-become-money-episode-1/

          • Mystisith

            Will watch lest eps today. Don’t want it to end either… 🙁

          • kaleido

            CLBM is good.. i love my dear Yun Jung Hoon… can’t wait for season 2 of VP.. and I am planning on re-watching the last few eps of CLBM.. cos i already missed it.

      • 13.1.2 Joy

        Lol. I would have done more than that. 😉

    • 13.2 JBB

      I could see that happening. The height difference could make it look awkward and uncomfortable if not filmed right. I think they did a great job and I love the look on his face.

  14. 14 jomo

    Thank you for the recap!
    JHW is a cross between Jung Gyu Woon and Lee Sang Woo because of how tall they all are, but he is so smart and cute and giggly.
    Yoo In Na has the incredibly difficult job of staring at him lovingly, not wanting to leave his side, kissing him…

    It’s a smart show, which I always like. And there are consequences to everything the characters do or say.
    Nothing is just put out there unless it gets called back later.

    (This is one of the things I love about the 45 min format.
    It means we get a solid 90 mins/week of good solid show instead of a bunch of fill-ins.)

    This is also one of the most romantic shows I have seen in a while, meaning they have a sageuk going on, and a present day drama in a drama, yes. The core of the show, however, is this couple’s attraction to each other and the inevitability that they will meet again and again.
    You look forward to it as much as they do.

    • 14.1 ilovemandoo

      I agree with everything in this comment. * w *

      I also love the side characters. The second female lead is a little one dimensional, but Han Dong Min is delightfully cheeky and her friend-manager manages to be funny and realistic.

  15. 15 Sarah A.

    Thanks for the recap! Absolutely loved this episode. I’m so glad you are recapping twice per week (at least for now). It’s nice to read the recaps for all the things I’ve missed with the subs as a non-Korean speaker.

    Now the question is, where can I find a real life Boong-do?

  16. 16 mskololia

    Wow. I missed an entire section in this epi. This one may get dropped due to the drama of trying to watch a drama.

    It’s progressing nicely though with the hero being able to travel back and forth at will. He is a nerd….love the library references.

    When will time travel become problematic for the couple? The assassin does not strike me as one to give up without finding out his secret. Can the talisman be reproduced en masse?

    Thanks JB.

    • 16.1 jomo

      “When will time travel become problematic for the couple?”
      Good question!

      When someone stops wanting to kill him dead?

      • 16.1.1 mskololia

        LOL! Well, not having to worry about his head is a definite plus so you got me there.

        I’m concerned that the multiple trips that are “not” life saving will cause the talisman to erode in its powers for him. I mean come on, staged death threats have to have some kind of repercussion. 😉

        I have to see if I can watch the section that was not there when I sat down to watch this episode….Ugh!

        • jomo

          I agree that this is THE most difficult show to find and watch!

          Even the raws are iffy.
          Can you access Kimchidrama?
          They have up to 5 subbed as of yesterday.

          • KStyle

            If you go to IOnTV, it should be there cu that’s where I watch it raw then just read the recaps to fill in the blanks and maybe check dramacrazy.net as well cu that website tends to do a pretty good job with dramas that are currently airing but it’s not always subbed, tho.
            Hope that was able to help.

          • Kiara

            Episode 6 is up too.

  17. 17 AkosiRhenz

    Yeah :DDD
    The drama is getting interesting, I will watch it in my semestral break 😀

    • 17.1 jomo

      Semestral break sounds clandestine and eery
      and I want to go on one, too.

  18. 18 aoiaheen

    This was such a cute episode. I love how Bong Doo’s mind works. How he so easily accepts his time travel thingy and then uses it calmly to his advantage.

    I also loved this bit,

    “Even if they’re a man and a woman?” Hee-jin: “What does that matter?” Boong-do: “What a good world this is.””

    I like how he asks her in detail what is and is not acceptable. And also that he is broad minded enough to think that it is a ‘good’ thing and not a bad one.

  19. 19 Stardust


    YAY for a male lead who is not a dummy!! And has smiley eyes and dimples! A female lead who is cute but not annoying!

    Ep 5 got even better so I am looking forward to more recaps….. Thanks for this one Javabeans ^u^

    * more squeeeee *

  20. 20 Zie

    Thanks for the recap Javabean.. ^^

    I really love this show. The chemistry between the main couple is awesome and the fact that his character is cool and charming is a plus plus and plus for me.

    I hope, the writer did not decide to make it suck in the middle of the drama. If it does, it would kill kill and kill me.

    But for now, I’m certainly enjoying this show.

    and as for the assassin following him there. Perhaps maybe the assassin was too close to him and somehow able to go through the portal to 2012 before it close.

  21. 21 cv

    Thanks for the recap! 🙂 much appreciated.

  22. 22 Jules

    Hee, I love this show so much – it’s rapidly becoming my favourite drama in the current line-up, and this episode (with the female lead taking the initiative and using his lack of knowledge in certain areas to her own advantage) has pretty much solidified its #1 position in my heart.

    But I have to say, much as I enjoy the cool and collected manner in which Boong-do deals with most situations, I’m really, really looking forward to the moment when he loses his composure (ha, I feel like such a sadist).

  23. 23 Cindy


  24. 24 starlight

    HEEEEEEEE i love Hee Jin just cuz that’s exactly what I’D do if I landed with a hot Joseon scholar from 300 years ago. Not afraid to lie her way into a kiss, that’s my kind of girl, she’s not all goodness and moral compass like normal female leads 🙂

    and Boong Do haha how presh is he all dignified, wanna make a miniature version and keep in my pocket in a mini glass box in his Joseon garb just like in the shower scene <3

    It must be said the music is quite beautiful as well, it creates such lovely beats and I'm finding that I really DIG saegeuk instrumentals, in whichever drama.

    crack. need MOARRRRR.

  25. 25 Duncerblur

    JB, you are so right! I like the chemistry between the leads that is not borne out of bickering too.

    I love the fact that Boong do is such a smarty-pants. He’s so calm and analytical about it. And Hee Jin is perfect for him because while she’s not the smartest tool in the box, she’s street-smart yet has a simple heart (as opposed to Na Jung who sees evil in everything). In fact, despite her actress status, she really just an every girl and I think that’s why we can all kinda identify with how she reacts to everything.

    If I was lost on an island or had to so the Amazing Race, I would bring Boong do. Smartest K-drama lead I have ever seen.

  26. 26 am

    A recap as good as the drama! Thanks JB! Relived the episodes while reading hahaha I honestly watched this drama twice. Devotion! I blame it on Boong do and Hee jin!

    The drama and characters are absolutely refreshing and adorable. Boong Do is just…gah! One of my favourite characters in a drama already!

  27. 27 ceire

    I was anticipating this because of the leads, but at the same time I was a bit worried about, well, how this “yet another sageuk time travel fusion thingmahjing” was going to work… but it DOES work!

    I love the cute chemistry between the leads, and the storyline’s execution, and the camera usage, aaaaaaand pretty much everything so far.

    Show, please stay this awesome till the end, ok?

    • 27.1 jomo

      I watch sageuks mostly with my 12 year old son (who pretends that he isn’t really interested but somehow he is always there for the next Rooftop Prince episode, or WBDS)

      “There is nothing like this on right now.”
      Even though it is time travel, it feels different.
      Maybe because go back and forth.
      Maybe because the life and death stakes are real.

      • 27.1.1 ceire

        Aww, your son’s got an eye for good drama 😀

        Btw. I hope I didn’t sound like I was hating on sageuks! I was just kinda worried about whether they’d be able to give us a fresh approach on a storyline that’s been used so frequently in the near past.

  28. 28 may tae

    love this show 🙂

    makes me so happy watching these two ‘players’ 😛

  29. 29 starlight


    oh and for those interested, Hee Jin’s ringtone!

    • 29.1 JBB

      I totally cracked up when I saw the subs for the ringtone. HAHAHA!

    • 29.2 Arhazivory

      Nice! Thanks~

  30. 30 Caroline

    Yay! Thank you for all the recaps! 😀 I’m loving this drama all because of the main actors♥ glad that, you along with HeadsNo2 are back recapping this wonderful drama… ♥

  31. 31 lidy

    liking it too, but wish it wouldn’t take so long for the subs to come out 🙁 right now, am waiting for ep 6 and can’t wait for ep 7. saw a bit of a preview and looks like dong min is jealous and trying to figure out what the relationship btwn boong do and hee jin really is, if i have to guess

    • 31.1 Jules

      I actually think that the subs are coming out very quickly – a few days after the episode has aired, the subs are up.

      And given how long it takes to not only translate but then time each line… well, it’s pretty impressive, is all I’m saying.


      • 31.1.1 Arhazivory

        I agree. It’s not bad. At most it takes a week for subs to come out so anyway you take it…like the Koreans, you’re waiting for a week. Ep 7 and 8 come out this week and I chances are they’ll be ready with subs this time next week.

  32. 32 WeWe

    I’m curious,what did Boong Do write in the mirror? I thought he copied the talisman but i notice the difference.
    It really intrigue me because the writing kind of shaking when Boong Do back to Joseon but it didn’t vanished.

    • 32.1 vivyip

      he wrote down the confucian saying that he told jee-jin earlier

      • 32.1.1 WeWe

        Hmmm….i should rewatch again.
        Thank you 🙂

    • 32.2 Adnil

      1st time commenting at Dramabeans. Love this drama to bits. I’ve pondering about the writing in the mirror too and just find a ‘theory’ that might make sense. The theory is like this:
      When the assassin from Joseon Era died in the Present time, his body and blood ‘vaporized’ because he’s not belong the Present time. However, the poem, even though written by BD who’s from the Past, is written with a lipstick that’s made in the present time, thus making it still ‘exist’ when BD went back. About the shady writing, it might be because BD was not used to holding a lipstick.
      What do you about my theory?

      • 32.2.1 Quiet Thought

        Very good. The talisman is centered on the consciousness of BD. It moves him and, more or less, things he is focused on . . . when his servant shot him, he wasn’t worried about the servant, and when he came over previously, he was concentrating intensely on the assassin and the horse. The first time he was transported, he was only thinking about dying, not about the man killing him. And so on, and so on.

  33. 33 run_chan

    Wow, it’s so fast your recap this drama,,,,,,
    Thanks Javabeans n HeadsNo2 🙂

  34. 34 craziluver

    the leads here sends me giggling and smiling like crazy, they are just so cute together.

  35. 35 kelinci biru

    Aw. Love love this show.

    Wed-Thu dramas is killing me. I want to watch all four of them then found out I can’t. I didn’t have the courage to watch four dramas simultaneously. The cliffhanger will drives me crazy. I only watched King 2hearts before I stumbled upon JB recap of Queen In Hyun’s Man first ep. It was beautiful.

    As Javabeans pointed out, I really like the fact that this two didn’t fight to realize they like each other. I like the modern days better than the Joseon days because I have only little interest in political conspiracy but I have to say that in this drama, they manage to keep them in balance.

    Also, Yoo Inna and the second male lead is charming. I really buy that he is a top actor. and sometimes I want to slap him hard and pinch his cheek at the same time.

    • 35.1 momogi

      did you watch it online or via cable?
      I really want to subscribe tvN but I don’t know if my cable operator have it.

  36. 36 ajuma_st

    Love this show. Thanks for the recap. I do not like the exaggerated camera shots though. They took the same expression but using 3 different angles at a time, it makes my head spin.

  37. 37 piggy68gal

    Totally smitten with Ji Hyun Woo’s smile. And in love with the entire drama. <3

    Thanks for the hard work JB! 😀

  38. 38 bbchuu

    About the assassin time traveling along with Boong-do, I personally believe that when Boong-do time travels, the shifting air is actually an opening portal to transport him, so regardless of whether the assassin was in contact with Boong-do or not, he just had to go through the portal before it closed to go along with Boong-do, isn’t it?

    My personal theory… he was in rather close pursuit after all.

    • 38.1 vivyip

      not bad…i agree with the radius of the portal…

      i hope the show might be able to answer that (and how the horse has the own portal too. ^_^)

      (slightly OT, but the OST covers make me wonder…boong do sure adapts well…hehehehe)

    • 38.2 cindy

      But why the guy at the library in the first travel time didnt’ go together with BD? He was pretty close too.

  39. 39 Rossi

    I started watching 4 last nite since I figured I got enough of a jumpstart with recaps 1-3 and three hours later, I’m officially obsessed, as in watching the latest episode raw and scouring the Internet for every piece of info. obsessed. When the hero got a nerd orgasm at the modern library, I know that my love is forever secured for this drama.

    Like everyone, I love the refreshing non-hate at first sight romance of this drama. The way the two characters look at each other is so fraught with sweetness and dawning realization of attraction, it makes me swoon. And in Soompi, they mention how their height differences are used to their advantage since the guy always has to lean slightly forward towards the girl, creating this great sense of intimacy.

    *sigh*…I so love it when a drama is this satisfying. I hope it stays the course! If they have some tragic ending, I’m so gonna write a sternly worded letter to the show!

  40. 40 vivyip

    minor question: if boong do reads that in-hyun has been reinstated, wouldn’t that also mean he also reads her death since it also states that jang-bin also dies 5 yrs later? (i’m really ignorant on the history part)

    just curious

  41. 41 abu

    JB, thank you sooooo much! My day is now complete..

    As many expressed before, this show is really refreshing. Add to that the feeling of marveling over a Korean Mike Ross. Simply satisfying..

    • 41.1 mellowyel

      ooh, you’re right – he is like Mike! Can’t wait for Suits season 2

      • 41.1.1 abu

        Hi, mellowyel. I just read your comment. I’ve been going through the posts again. Haha. Same here. It’s agood thing that we have really wonderful KDramas around.

  42. 42 sesuatu

    i keep thinking of kim seung yoo of princess man when i’m looking at kim boong do.their collected manners are awesome.i love calm leads 😀

  43. 43 Rashell

    This show is adorable. Even with the political intrigue in the past it still feels light and whimsical. A nice change from the HEAVY typical drama fare. Really enjoying this one. Thanks for the re-caps.

  44. 44 rainbow

    i just started watching this drama after reading your recaps and I am loving it. I like how the plot moves right along. I don’t have to wait until episode 29 to figure out if the main leads like each other or not (FOTG… DoYoon fighting!)

  45. 45 Robyn

    Omigod! Boong Do makes my heart beat faster than Prince Yi Gak! He is soooo cute when he smiles. So sweet and charming, I’m IN LOVE!!

  46. 46 hottestjen

    absolutely crazy about this drama~
    love the pairing and so glad you like them too…
    queen inhyun’s man needs more love ♥

  47. 47 Suzi Q

    I think what makes Boong Do so charming is that he is a scholarly gentlemen. Although he time jumps and is not familar with the present, he is smart enough to catch on very quickly. Hee-jin tries to trick him regarding the good bye kiss.He lets her kiss him. Don’t they do the same thing back in Joseon times for lovers? I think it was mentioned that he formerly had a wife, so he knows about love and romance.

    I just love this drama which is a brilliant mixture of comedy and suspense both past and present.It’s really fun to watch. Finally, a male lead who is not an arrogant dirt bag.

    • 47.1 skelly

      LOL, I love her whole reasoning behind the kiss, and it is totally obvious that he has her number.
      After all, he is an acute observer; if a kiss were the standard mode of farewell, he would have seen people kissing all over the place by now. I love seeing their attraction grow, their delight in one another and amusement over their differences – so, so different, so much more realistic.
      After all, I don’t know any happy couples who met arguing. The couples I know met amid politeness and respect and friendship with a flash of mutual attraction. I am thrilled to see a writer and director and actors who see this as still an exciting trajectory that doesn’t need a gimmick – except for frequent time travel, personal attacks of every sort, and palace intrigue, LOL!

  48. 48 skelly

    Thank you
    Thank you
    Thank you
    for these marvelous recaps, that let me enjoy this drama all over again, with new insight.

    I love this show, for all the reasons that everyone has mentioned; I find myself in complete agreement with every compliment paid to this show … if it keeps on this trajectory, it is definitely ending up on my all-time best list.

  49. 49 Kairi

    LOVE!! This is quickly becoming a Top 3 for me. With every episode, the story and character interactions get better and better. Cannot wait for Wednesday! Thanks for the recaps JB!

  50. 50 trebuchette

    Boong-do is sooo adorable! The hug in the library was just so precious. :3

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