Drama Recaps
Queen In-hyun’s Man: Episode 5
by | May 14, 2012 | 195 Comments

Queen In-hyun’s Man is shaping up to become one of my favorite recent shows, with its well-balanced, well-paced, well-directed execution. The story zooms by so quickly that I’m always wanting more at the end of an episode, and vaguely frustrated when there aren’t more. This episode gives us more of the show’s trademark blending of adorable and suspenseful, which isn’t a combination you’d ordinarily expect in a drama. But ordinary is hardly the name of the game here.


Queen In-hyun’s Man OST – “지금 만나러 갑니다” (I’m Going To Meet You Now)
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After impulsively kissing Boong-do and playing it off as an ordinary modern-day custom, Hee-jin walks away cringing at her awkward lie. She doesn’t see that her manager Soo-kyung has arrived to overhear her offering Boong-do a ride back to the park (though thankfully, she hasn’t seen the kiss itself).

Hee-jin attempts to distract her to allow Boong-do the chance to slip away, but dogged Soo-kyung chases him down and insists on giving him that ride.

Hee-jin hurriedly tells him to follow her lead, knowing they’re in for the third degree, and sure enough Soo-kyung starts in on the rapid-fire questioning right away. Hee-jin swoops in to answer all the questions, introducing him as the grad student history expert who’s been helping her brush up for the drama.

Soo-kyung warns Boong-do playfully that he’s “just Hee-jin’s style” and that he ought to be careful around her, because she might come on to him. HA.

Boong-do asks, “Come… onto? What does that mean?” Soo-kyung makes lip-smacking sounds and says, “Watch your lips. She can get carried away with her passions.” Hee! This would be merely mortifying if it weren’t so spot-on; given what just happened, it’s downright hysterical.

Boong-do laughs to himself and Hee-jin lamely protests, cringing in embarrassment. Then, to make the humiliation complete, when they arrive at the park Soo-kyung holds her hand out to say goodbye, and Boong-do confirms, “Is this how you normally say goodbye? Is there any other way?” Ha, I knew he wasn’t buying her excuse. Soo-kyung demonstrates a hand-wave as the alternative, and Hee-jin just about dies.

And then, Boong-do turns to Hee-jin and offers his hand for a parting shake. Can a body die twice?

Soo-kyung doesn’t buy a word of Hee-jin’s explanation, of course, and insists on Boong-do’s real identity. Hee-jin sticks to her history-teacher line and assures Soo-kyung that they won’t be meeting anymore.

Hee-jin goes home and turns to that most favored tool of girls with crushes: She googles Boong-do. (Or, should I say, Daums him.) She uses his full name and official court title, but comes up with no hits. Puzzling, since his faction won the political struggle; therefore Boong-do should have had a successful career and left some sort of record, right?

Dong-min calls Soo-kyung to check in on Hee-jin; he’s seen the library photos, which have already popped up online, which Soo-kyung plays off as a simple research trip. She asks about the hospital psycho situation, which Dong-min blames on his manager—he must’ve missed the psycho’s escape because he was too busy flirting with the nurses. The manager points out that the shower doors were still tied shut, though, so the disappearance remains a mystery.

With the library pics online already, Soo-kyung confirms with Hee-jin that there’s zero possibility of scandalous photos with her history teacher surfacing. Hee-jin assures her that they’re fine… but has a harrowing thought: Do all elevators have cameras in them?

Soo-kyung immediately knows something bad happened and shrieks into her towel, while Hee-jin wails, “I only thought about photos, not security cameras!”

Off to the library they go, to try to sweet-talk their way with the security office. Hee-jin has come clean about the kiss and Soo-kyung is fuming, especially when Hee-jin says they’re not in a relationship—that’s worse! A kiss would be understandable with a boyfriend, but some random dude?

Hee-jin defends herself, saying that Boong-do’s a guy who might disappear at any moment. With that uncertainty in the air and time ticking, she just acted on the urge—you know, like in action movies when the heroes get a goodbye kiss before heading into battle. Haha. Soo-kyung screams, “That’s the movies!

Soo-kyung spins a tale of poor Hee-jin getting pickpocketed in the elevator, saying that it’s a delicate situation. They suspect Hee-jin’s boyfriend was the culprit, but they’d like to confirm it before going to the police with accusations…

The guard clucks in sympathy and agrees to help, but it turns out he doesn’t need to: the cameras were out of commission at the time of the kiss/pickpocketing. The girls hilariously fake disappointment through their relief.

As Soo-kyung chatters away, Hee-jin spots something on the real-time cameras monitoring the darkened library lobby—a familiar, tall silhouette is walking inside…

Hee-jin slips away, and sure enough, there he is, reading the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty. She moves him out of the camera’s sightline and points out the little machines on the ceiling that capture his movements, saying that he’s lucky she saw him first; if the guard had reported him, he would’ve gotten carted off to jail. Boong-do sighs in dismay: “I thought I was being careful, but I ended up acting stupidly anyway.”

Hee-jin good-naturedly blames him for sending her running all over town, first to help him and then to cover it up. Boong-do says he came back after hours to spare her the inconvenience, but she points out that they ended up meeting anyway. Why is that?

Boong-do: “Our meeting must not be a coincidence, but an inevitability. Do you not suppose there must be a reason for it?”

Hee-jin is struck by his words and also disgruntled, in the sense that he’s too good for her to resist. She grumbles again that he’s a player, which gets him good and curious, wondering about the word she keeps using. Ha. I can’t wait till you find out.

She asks what he’s here to read, and he replies that since he found what he was looking for, it’s time to think about his own life, ponder his future career. She teases him that she did a little search and couldn’t find much on him, so he must not have been important. He laughs that she must’ve made a mistake.

A call from Soo-kyung interrupts the conversation, so it’s time for them to say their goodbyes. Boong-do notes that her friend is pretty suspicious—not about him, but about Hee-jin’s overly passionate ways. Hee-jin launches into a defense of her so-called goodbye methods, saying that there are lots of ways to say goodbye, but that hers is the “most polite, most ideal” method. Haha.

He can’t help laughing, and she accuses him of not trusting her. He assures her that he does trust her, because who else could he trust if not her? She’s been his only contact here, his teacher in the ways of this world.

Soo-kyung interrupts again, this time having joined them on the floor. Now it’s really time to leave, but there’s a deep reluctance on both sides. So they stand there looking at each other, saying the words but not quite ready to separate.

Finally Hee-jin heads off, sending one look back at him, and after a second he goes off after her and intercepts her exit. He checks to make sure that they’re safely out of the camera’s range, and then… swoops in with a kiss. Eeee!

She’s breathless and stunned. Reminding her that she’d told him to mind his manners, he asks, “Did I do it right this time?” Ohhhh yeah, I’ll say.

I’m sure Boong-do understands exactly what the kiss is, but he can’t help teasing her; he says with a straight face that in his time, this is an act reserved for lovers. How curious that it should be a goodbye gesture here: “But I’ll trust whatever you teach me.” He smiles. Cheeky bastard.

But that deflates the wind from her sails, and she tells him that this is what she means by player—the kind of guy who does stuff like this.

Then Soo-kyung comes to collect her, and with one backward look at Boong-do, Hee-jin leaves.

Boong-do continues reading, finding the part describing his meeting with the king “today” (Boong-do’s Joseon and Seoul timelines happen on the same day, just centuries apart, so it’s the scene he lived earlier today). Then he comes to tomorrow’s entry… when he is charged with the murder in the palace library.

He flips forward, reading of how he is declared a traitor, stripped of his office and rank, and exiled. Only to suddenly fall ill and die shortly thereafter.

Upon his return to Joseon, Boong-do drinks with Han-dong, mulling over this new information. It’s a reality check for him, because he’s been feeling safe thanks to the talisman—but safety from a sword isn’t the same as safety from illness. If “illness” is even the real cause for his death.

Boong-do decides to proceed by first confirming whether the other entries in the Annals are accurate. Then he instructs Han-dong to take himself and Yoon-wol out of Hanyang; once things start happening, they’ll be safer away from the capital.

Modern day. On the drama set, King Sukjong and Queen In-hyun—Dong-min and Hee-jin, that is—are in the middle of a moving, intimate scene that ends in a tearful embrace. The director calls cut, satisfied with the take, and tells Hee-jin to keep up her soild performance.

Na-jung is among the observers, dressed in her court lady garb (so, before she ascends to royal consort status and begins wreaking havoc). Dong-min notices her pouting and grabs Hee-jin closer to send the message to Na-jung that he’s not interested. The crew, meanwhile, calls enthusiastically for a bed scene.

Not amused, Hee-jin shoves him away and tells him to cut it out. Dong-min asks if she’s seen more of her stalker, and offers to take care of him for her. Sadly (for her), she has not. She sighs glumly to herself, because it’s been two weeks and no sign of Boong-do.

When the scriptwriter praises Hee-jin on her delivery and asks if she has questions with the script, Hee-jin asks about a royal advisor named Kim Boong-do. She explains that it was a name that came up in her studies that made her curious.

The writer isn’t familiar with the name, but she fires up the computer to check—you can search the Annals online these days, which Hee-jin hadn’t known. She chides herself for going to the trouble of going to the library when she didn’t need to, but the comment earns her praise from the writer, who’s touched at the level of her dedication. Heh.

The writer finds his name and confirms that he passed the state exam in first place (Hee-jin: “So he wasn’t lying”) and was subsequently appointed to his advisory position… until he was accused of treason in 1694 (which is Boong-do’s “present” time).

Sure enough, back in our Joseon timeline, Boong-do is arrested for crimes relating to the dead body in the library. This causes a stir among his colleagues, but Boong-do has been expecting this and calmly goes. As he’s taken away, bound in ropes, he sees the treacherous eunuch smirking his way.

The king delivers his judgment: Boong-do is to be exiled to Jeju Island. Simultaneously in the present day, Hee-jin listens in shock as she learns that he died of illness right away.

Hee-jin barely listens as the scriptwriter continues that it’s too bad Boong-do, part of Queen In-hyun’s supporting faction, couldn’t hold on until she was reinstated—he just happened to die right before that. Happened to, my foot. Reading his birth and death dates, the writer muses how it’s a shame to have died at his young age.

Hee-jin starts to panic, thinking out loud, “But he’s twenty-seven now… and it’s March now…” Hee-jin quickly tallies how many days are left till the fateful deathday, landing on, “Tomorrow?!”

Joseon times, Jeju Island. A servant brings Boong-do his food in his small cottage and urges him to eat up, right away. I’m trusting in our hero’s intelligence to avoid the food, even though he does pick up his spoon to dig in. When the woman takes his tray away soon thereafter, the guard checks its half-eaten contents, satisfied.

Back in the capital city, Minister Min confers with two partners in crime, both high-ranking cabinet members like himself, who inform him that Boong-do will have arrived in Jeju by now. One minister cackles about how it was a waste of a trip, since he could have died just as easily in Hanyang.

Minister Min is warier than his smug co-conspirators, thinking it odd that Boong-do never uttered one word of protest. The others say that he must have known it was no use and decided to give up, unconcerned with this detail. But these explanations aren’t convincing for Minister Min, who recalls Boong-do’s card-playing analogy about throwing away a good card when you draw an even better one. Boong-do must have another trick up his sleeve.

The two colleagues cackle that it doesn’t matter since he’s going to die soon. Plus, he’s on that remote island—what danger he? The minister counters that the remoteness isn’t necessarily a boon for them, because if something were to happen down there, it would take at least a month for them to hear of it.

That idea jolts him: “Could he have wanted to be exiled? So he could plan something quietly?” Aww, yeah, I knew smartypants would come through.

Jeju. Boong-do leaves his guarded hut and walks over to some shrubbery where he dumped his rice. A dead rat lies beside the discarded food. When the same servant brings him his next meal, she visibly recoils to see Boong-do healthy and alive, sitting at his desk like normal.

He asks why she’s so surprised—does he look healthy to her? She answers yes, and he asks, “Then tell me what you think. If this healthy me were to die within a half-day, what serious illness would cause it? Poison?” He holds up a spoonful of his food to her, as if to say, I’m onto you.

The woman scurries out with her tray, spooked, and reports to two armed men. The men suppose they’ll have to just go ahead and kill him the regular way, since subterfuge didn’t work.

That night, Boong-do contemplates his talisman while thinking of his last conversation with the monk, just before his arrest. He had explained how the charm saved his life—but then after skirting death by the sword, he came face to face with a different death (illness/poisoning).

He had wondered: Would he be able to die an old man, or would death come for him again? Ooooh, are we dealing with a Final Destination scenario here? That would be badass.

Boong-do had asked the monk, “At first I thought of it as incredible good luck, but now I am filled with so many doubts. Why did the head monk give me this talisman? Is it to console me, to tell me not to die since the thing I wish for will happen? Or does it mean that a good future awaits, so I am to find a way to survive? When I went to that world and met that woman, was that coincidence, or inevitability?”

Outside his hut that night, as Boong-do sits contemplating this dilemma, the two assassins creep closer to the building with weapons drawn. One takes aim with his bow and arrow, aiming it at Boong-do’s shadow on the paper window, and shoots.

The arrow flies right by Boong-do’s head, lodging into the opposite wall, just barely grazing his temple.

He hurriedly tucks the talisman into his robes, then ducks out of the way of a second arrow. The door is kicked in, and Boong-do attacks his attacker from behind—with a rolled-up book, HA—and heads outside, where the second assassin charges with a sword.

In the midst of the struggle, the blade slices through his topknot and cuts his hair loose. But again he fends off the intruder with his book, parrying his sword and aiming well-timed blows to the man’s head and body, bringing him down.

Hee-jin, meanwhile, sinks into a funk. It’s premiere day for her drama, but she’s lost in thought and a shell of her formerly bubbly self. Soo-kyung wonders what’s up with her, but Hee-jin says she can’t tell her, “Because if I say, you’ll think I’m crazy. You might even drag me off to the loony bin.”

Soo-kyung urges her to fess up, promising she won’t think she’s crazy. Famous last words? Hee-jin says miserably, “Someone I know died.” Soo-kyung gasps and asks who and when. Hee-jin: “He was accused of treason three hundred years ago. That’s why I’m so sad.” HAHA, well that’s one way to put it.

To Soo-kyung’s credit, she at least tries to contain her reaction while Hee-jin starts tearing up. She cries, “You think I’m crazy, don’t you? You think it’s absurd for me to cry over someone dying three hundred years ago, don’t you?” Soo-kyung: “Y-yeah… a little…”

A phone call comes in from an unknown number, which goes ignored. Hee-jin cries harder, saying, “He must really have died. What do I do? He died three days ago but I haven’t heard from him since.” She cracks me up. Well, she’s going to think you’re crazy if you phrase it like that.

Soo-kyung tries to find a way to make sense of her words—is she talking about religion? Like, Jesus? Hee-jin laments, “Well, I never did have luck with men. Whenever I’m attracted to one, he turns out to be a playboy or dies young.” HAHA.

The phone call comes in again, and they wonder about the strange area code. The waitress tells them it’s from Jeju Island, and they wonder who they know down there. Soo-kyung starts to answer, but Hee-jin suddenly perks up, grabbing the phone excitedly.

A familiar voice asks, “How are you?” It’s Boong-do, safe and sound after all, instantly flooding Hee-jin with relief. She confirms, “You’re not dead!”

He tells her he managed to evade death, and pats himself on the back for learning how to use a phone. Dude, I’m pretty sure evading death is the more impressive feat. On the other hand, cheating death took about a minute, and he explains that it took him three days to learn how to use the phone, that’s how hard it was.



What an interesting development for Boong-do to become suspicious of his life-saving talisman. And terribly smart, though I should expect no less of our brainy scholar. I love the Final Destination-esque fear that Death will come back to claim him, because if there’s one concept that Koreans (or maybe it’s Korean dramas) tend to believe in, it’s that things happen for a reason, that there’s a force greater than us.

In Boong-do’s case, the question is just how active that force is; will it allow him to tweak the rules a bit and escape unscathed, or will it come back with a vengeance? Death has come for him multiple times, so will it be satisfied that it at least made the effort to claim him? Or is the accounting hand of fate annoyingly exact, demanding every last pound of flesh owed it?

As an extension of that idea, I like that he fought his assassins, instead of just deciding to let the talisman save him. Part of that is that he’s learning to be wary of powers he doesn’t understand, so it makes sense that he’d become more judicious in when to apply the life-saving powers. Which is a good thing, since I’m not sure it would make for an exciting drama hero if he just had himself shot at, for example, every time he wanted to nip out for a bite to eat. He’d be MY hero (hey, sometimes laziness is efficiency), but maybe not the pillar of righteousness we’d expect of our model scholar.

Furthermore, choosing to fight makes him an active hero, in more than just the literal sense. It would be completely passive of him to say, “Oh, I’m being threatened, guess I can just leap now”—and he’d have every justification to do just that. But instead, he’s going to stand his ground on his own turf and fight as much as he can before he’s saved by the magic. In this sense, his literal fighting is analogous to his philosophical fight; he’ll do everything he can to go down swinging. Even if he doesn’t technically have to.

As a lovely side note, this proves—over and over—that Boong-do is willing to fight to the death for his cause. Because he literally does that, time and time again. It’s true that he doesn’t actually die, thanks to the enchantment, but that doesn’t change the fact that he pushes it to that limit every time.

Meanwhile, I’m loving that growing bond between Boong-do and Hee-jin, which is palpable and adorable. I like that it’s not purely based on a mutual attraction, although that’s always fun, but that they’re good people who help each other and have a natural rapport. You can practically feel the longing in the air when they’re about to part ways, needing to get on with their own lives but drawn to each other anyway. I felt it in the elevator in the last episode when time was ticking down and Boong-do was reaching for his talisman, and the feeling it gave me mirrored the feeling Hee-jin must have been battling—the desperate search for some excuse to prolong the interaction.

And then that pull was there again, even stronger this time, when they met again at the library and it was his turn to make that move. Reciprocity = so hot.


195 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Fairycutter

    Thanks JB.
    Swoon by the ‘hide from the camera’ kiss…

    • 1.1 jossy

      ikr! gah where can I find a guy like that? … wait, nevermind I’m moving in to the library now 😀

      • 1.1.1 Gachan

        He is so smart,..and the drama goes smoothly, there is chemistry between them,.they act so naturally, really like IT.
        I like this drama so much

      • 1.1.2 Saa

        I’m already packing my bags. I’d like to claim the spot where the camera doesn’t reach, tyvm!

    • 1.2 momogi

      episode 5 and so much kiss already, no complain here.

      btw, I’m so distracted by Boong-do obvious make-up on the library kiss scene. his face and neck color is SO different.

      • 1.2.1 am

        When IU tweeted about the drama’s premiere, she mentioned that according to Yoo Inna, there would be a lot of kissing scenes…Not complaining either haha…it’s different every time but always sweet and lovely.

        During the first episodes, his make up was fine but yeah, it’s kinda distracting me as well.

    • 1.3 momogi

      hee-jin ‘teach’ boong-do about the so-called goodbye kiss, but in the end, he’s the one teaching her. And make her swoon while doing it.
      Oh Boong-do, your smart cheeky bastard. Your my fav leading man. <3

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    • 2.1 pabo ceo reom

      Yes, thanks for reliving these scenes for me! I am so damn attracted to this drama. I get so sad when an episode ends!

    • 2.2 niKai

      I actually didn’t realize Dramabeans got recaps for Queen In Hyun’s Man!. But it’s a good thing because I started watching 6 episodes straight yesterday and was in for a nice surprise at how good the series is so far. I even immediately put a post about it on my blog. I normally do immediate post about airing drama if it’s too good of an initial impression that i couldn’t wait for it to finish its run. so that says something about how attracted i am to this series. just hoping it will continue to be this good, or even better.

    • 2.3 stars4u

      Yay! Queen In-hyun’s man!!

      I am currently watching a whole royal family – the KING 2 Hearts, QUEEN In-hyun’s Man and Rooftop PRINCE!!!

      • 2.3.1 intamas

        same with me 🙂

      • 2.3.2 msr0466


  3. Shukmeister

    Love how quick Boong Do is on the uptake! Just a few hour subjective time, and he’s figured out a lot of modern stuff.
    And I love the interaction between Hee Jin and her unni, and Hee Jin and Boong Do.
    Yoo In Na is doing an excellent job between cheek and naivete.

    • 3.1 Kiara

      You know for an obsessive Boong Do fangirl I can justify secretly hating on Hee Jin (becaue she’s so damn lucky to be with him and I’m not lol) but I couldnt bring myself to feel that way. She is just too adorable and I loved their interactions. She brings out the best in him imo.

      • 3.1.1 JC

        Agree! I love the heroine too! She takes initiative (ahem), and is so funny and open with her heart.

      • 3.1.2 s

        IKR? She’s SO cute!!! I’m in love with her too hahah! And I love the way Boong Do smiles when she’s around. The way he looks at her too, like she’s this effervescent being and he can’t help but smile and follow her every move.

        SO. CUTE. make babies please! 😛

      • 3.1.3 Saa

        I can’t hate the girl. She makes it possible for us to see Boong Do smile in like every other scene. And I love her “lessons.”
        Gawd, I need my own super-cute, super-sweet, fish-out-of-water pupil…

      • 3.1.4 crazykel

        Ikr? I can’t bring myself to dislike her because she’s so cute and rather gutsy. I want to be her.

        That.library.scene. might just be one of my favorite scenes ever! :DDDD

      • 3.1.5 Kiara

        She is so damn sneaky too its so cute. She gets him to kiss and hug her and then acts all innocent and calls him a player lol.

        I was re-watching the part when she leaned over him to put his seat belt on and I thought, dang she could have just told him how to put it on. Like pull that strap down and lock it. But nope ….she had to touch him and then she had to turn her head so close to his lips almost kissing him lol.

  4. graygirl

    Woohoo~~ have been waiting for this recap!!

  5. Elle


    • 5.1 Shukmeister

      THE KISS!!!

      • 5.1.1 Zie


        • muhloy

          hahaha you all are awesome.

  6. Zie

    Thanks for the Recap Javabean.. I’ve been waiting for it. Like seriously, I have been refreshing the website over and over again hoping for the new recap for Queen InHyun’s man is available. ^^

    I really do love this series that I’m actually commenting on it when usually I am just a silence reader of all the recaps in dramabean and rarely commenting..

    • 6.1 Zie

      And I hope and I wish for this drama to carry on being awesome until the END and not being BLEH in the middle to the end! Please Writer-nim don’t fall into cliche and kill us all with it..

      I put my TRUST on you!!!!!!!!!!!!

      *pray hard*

    • 6.2 quirkywhit

      😀 This is the drama that got me to break my silence on this site too. It’s just amazing. 🙂 And I’ve loved Ji Hyun-woo for awhile now, so I’d have watched this drama regardless, but I’m loving how awesome it is! And that he’s playing such a scholarly nice/warm man. 😀 Dream guy right there.

    • 6.3 JC

      I’m the same, usually a lurker…I have also been refreshing dramabeans several times a day, and also I can’t wait until dramacrazy has english subs of episodes 7 and 8. Aaaugh! I love this drama so much! TVN is doing such smart, cliche-avoidant dramas!

      • 6.3.1 Saa

        I do the same! I’ve been refreshing DB over and over again, waiting for a new recap!
        And I can’t stop Googling anything related to “Queen In Hyun’s Man,” “In Hyun’s Man,” “QIHM,” Queen InHyun’s Man,” “Ji Hyun Woo,” “Yoo In Na,” “Kim Boong Do,” “Kim Byung Do,” or anything related to themmmm!
        I read and reread recaps from every site I can find.
        I watch it raw. I rewatch it with the bad subs. And I rewatch it again and again with the better subs until a new episode comes out.
        And MVs…don’t even get me started.

        • Saa

          I have the OSTs on replay. I go to sleep listening to them. Heck, sometimes I don’t even sleep because of this drama.
          I really should’ve waited for it to finish airing before I start it, like I usually do… This is horrible. ;____;
          *Queen In Hyun’s Man (person and drama) crazed*

  7. Caroline

    Yay! ♥thank you! This drama is becoming one of my favourites 😀

  8. buki

    Thank you for the recap. Awesome as always! This show is killing me right now…. I always have a huge silly grin on my face whenever I see Boong Do and Hee Jin together… Hope the show will gain more viewers because it totally deserves to!

  9. Macon

    Thank you was beginning to get worried you’d dropped the project. I love this drama.
    “Our meeting must not be a coincidence, but an inevitability. Do you not suppose there must be a reason for it?” such beautiful words. sigh.
    thanks again

  10. 10 mskololia

    I’m loving this drama. It’s a shame the subbing is so slow. 🙁

    Thanks JB!

  11. 11 Mystisith

    Yeah! Recap! Queen In-hyun’s Man is the best!

    A little poll here:
    Who didn’t giggle at the scene where Bong-doo starts laughing in the car?

    Who wants to follow that super new tradition: Parting with the one you got a crush on = mandatory kiss?

    • 11.1 Arhazivory

      Every time he smiles, I smile. Every time he giggles, I giggle. What a delightful character. I want one. 😀

      • 11.1.1 jomo

        Moi, aussi!
        Every time I rewatch the scenes, or look at stills, too.
        It’s magic, that smile.

        • Saa

          Seriously, before this drama, I’ve never cared about Ji Hyun Woo before. I’ve seen a trailer for Birth of the Rich (because I like Nam Goong Min from Can You Hear My Heart?) and didn’t find Ji Hyun Woo all that attractive. Now that I’ve finally watched him in a drama…
          Gonna have to watch his other stuff afterwards, including Birth of the Rich. *CRAZY OBSESSED*

          • Jam

            Its with the I NEED MOOARRR of Ji Hyun-woo that I plodded through A Thousand Kisses. Unfortunately, the magic was there for 18 episodes n then I gave up in disgust. That writer ought to be skewered.

            Absolutely lurve Queen Inhyun’s man, literally. 😛

      • 11.1.2 quirkywhit

        I’m the exact same! Man, glad to know I’m not acting crazy. 😉 (And I want one too, I already hang out at the library all the time…perhaps I need to break in after hours?) Actually, it’s totally the Ji Hyun-woo effect for me, it’s been this way since I first watched a drama with him. 🙂

    • 11.2 Jeezvive

      Who would have thought that having a scholar for the lead guy would be so fun and charming as Boong Do! Never again I would equate being scholarly to being boring. Thank goodness that our guy is a genius and quick on the uptake ^_^

      • 11.2.1 eternalfive

        Hahaha, I totally agree. And can totally see why Hee-jin thinks he’s a player. XD Although sometimes I find myself wishing that he wasn’t *that* quick on the uptake, because the sadist in me kinda wants to see him in some hilariously awkward trying-to-adapt situations like Yi Gak in RTP. 😛

        • Meow

          Being a brainy scholar has it perks…
          and with perks like *that*….. i am not complaining

        • s

          Oh please, he is TOTALLY a player, whether he realises it or not, tee hee!!! XD I LOVE intelligent guys! And I love Hee Jin just as much, she is so effortlessly cute and effervescent. They’re so sweet together 😀

          I’m enjoying this show so much!!! Thanks for the recap!!

          • ladida

            They’re both players. Smh, but totally loving it.

          • Ivoire

            Hi Ladida, what does “smh” mean or stand for? Thanks!

          • ladida

            Smh = shake my head.

          • Ivoire

            Thanks, I didn’t know that. Can anyone help me with understanding this: How did Boong Do get into the library after hours? Don’t they lock the doors after hours? I didn’t get how he just walked in. Did I miss something?

          • JC

            Ivoire, I think he arranges himself in the right place in Joseon so that when he time-leaps, he lands inside the library lobby, if that makes sense.

          • Ivoire

            Hi JC, and thank you for your answer. That actually made sense. I haven’t watched the series from the beginning, so I am still figuring out what is going on with the drama. Your explanation totally made sense.

          • ilovemandoo

            Seriously, they both are such players. And I love them for it.

    • 11.3 Shukmeister

      [Hand in the air] I want that new tradion!!

      A serious intellectual with a cheeky side and bada$$ fighting skills (with a scroll, no less).

      A nice but not naive girl with a heart of gold.

      A second lead who’s full of himself and a prankster to boot.

      Drama trifecta!!

    • 11.4 starlight

      you have no idea how many times ive replayed his laugh in the car, he totally burst out 🙂 more times than the kiss scene actually, it was just so unexpected and i was SO embarassed for hee jin for damn if it wasnt funny! thats what you get for trying to con kisses out of top scholars 😀

      but serz he’s so adorably smart but if i was him i woulda asked hee jin to laminate or industrial tear proof his talisman ASAPPP considering how filmsy it is 🙁

      one of my favourite episodes yet, i keep replaying everything in it <3

      i think this is gna be my favourite this year which is in line with my favourite one last year, the princess's man 😀

      • 11.4.1 Saa

        Hey, that kind of embarrassment was TOTALLY worth it.
        Some lessons are just priceless, y’know? ;D

      • 11.4.2 kay

        the sound of his laugh is just perfect. i must’ve replayed that scene 8 times.

      • 11.4.3 hanie

        am I allowed to feel 2nd embarrassment for fictional person cause I really feel it for hee jin when she got caught with her crafty ‘norm’. but i would do the same tho.
        get it, girl!!!

    • 11.5 muhloy

      the car giggle made me laugh so much! and i watched it over and over cause of how genuine his laugh was.

  12. 12 Carmen

    Just loving this JB! And so loving that you’re thoroughly enjoying this too. For some reason, my love for the drama is made even more complete because of that. I adore these characters and their interactions. And the whole premise and the idea of the brainy scholar who is so self sufficient in his world and yet needs a guide in his new world, and the guide who can’t keep up with him intellectually and yet, is what he needs. Kisses included 😛 Now, I only hope this drama continues to deliver!

    And can I just say – this actor who plays Boong-do?! I’ve never heard of him before but boy am I keeping an eye for him in future. What a cutie.

    • 12.1 mskololia

      “And can I just say – this actor who plays Boong-do?! I’ve never heard of him before but boy am I keeping an eye for him in future. What a cutie.”


    • 12.2 Zie

      ‘And can I just say – this actor who plays Boong-do?! I’ve never heard of him before but boy am I keeping an eye for him in future. What a cutie.’

      I’m there with you.. xDDD

      And apparently this is the first drama that he choose himself.. I found that rather interesting cuz from what I heard his previous dramas did not do him justice. >_<"

      • 12.2.1 Cynthia

        He just came off a Kdrama melo “A Thousand Kisses” which was possibly the worst Kdrama, ever. Enough so that I’d like to watch QIM, but just can’t bring myself to watch him again. It’s too soon.
        You might want to check out the ATK forum at Soompi.

        • Shukmeister

          Also, he’s in a band called “The Nuts” and is an excellent guitar player. You might want to check him singing a Coldply song. In english.

          • Saa

            You might not want to check him out singing Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” though…
            His cover of Narsha’s “I’m in Love” had me falling heads over heels though~ (Wait, is it possible for me to fall anymore? LOL.)

    • 12.3 Q

      He looked so familiar to me when I first started watching so I googled and realised I saw him way back in “Over the Rainbow” with Fany from Fly to the Sky.

      That drama didn’t do so well ratings-wise but I liked it 🙁 (he was a dancer/singer ehehe).

    • 12.4 Kiara

      Go to Dramafever and watch “My Sweet City”. I’m loving it and I’m still at eps 4. Lots of kissing there too lol.

      I think Ji Hyun-woo is a very good kisser period.

      • 12.4.1 jomo


        I want my own Tae-oh to play with!

        Please explain to me how this gangly, goofy, smiling, incredibly easy going man can be so DAMN sexy.
        Does he have like a invisible cloak of sexy that he’s wearing?
        Even though his characters in both dramas are very different, he seems to take that cloak with him everywhere.

        (btw, in MSC, I am on ep 9, I think, or 10.
        It is a beautiful series so far, but I have a feeling it is going to hurt…)

        • Kiara

          “Even though his characters in both dramas are very different, he seems to take that cloak with him everywhere.”

          Agree :).

      • 12.4.2 javabeans

        My Sweet Seoul is a cute, introspective series and Ji Hyun-woo was adorable in it. HOWEVER. I hated Choi Kang-hee so much that I couldn’t finish recapping the show (http://www.dramabeans.com/tag/my-sweet-seoul/). Mostly ’cause I thought she didn’t treat Ji Hyun-woo as he deserved. 🙁

        • pabo ceo reom

          I remember that! Omg, she was driving me completely crazy! I am STILL bitter about it all. Ugh.

        • Kiara

          OMG JB I’ve been hating her since eps 1. I kept picturing him with Su Ae since the first kiss.
          They should have given the guy an award just for knowing to kiss a woman and another for great timing and another one for the sexiest waist grabbing ever.

          Thank you for the link :).

        • jomo

          Oooh yeah, I agree. You know, it has to be on purpose right?
          The only thing I can attribute this to is the writer wants us to see a Murphy’s Law of a love story, because man oh mon! she has made every possible mistake with him, more than once, but she still doesn’t seem to learn a single freaking thing.

          • Mystisith

            He is certainly the guy with the worst bad luck in drama history when it comes to love lines: None of his GF were good enough for him. Until now. Hope Hee-jin will break that curse.

        • lil

          i’ve always been interested in jhw since old miss diary but you’re right, didn’t bother watching my sweet seoul because when i saw the last episode, my heart sank that ckh and jhw aren’t the OTP.
          yup, i’m the kind of viewer who goes straight for the ending before i watch.
          …BUT THIS DRAMA changed me.
          i started watching even when i wasn’t sure if it was going to be a happy ending.
          that’s how bad, (i mean BAD, in a good way) this drama is for me… kikiki

    • 12.5 CM

      I, actually saw him in Invincible Youth2 and haven’t made the connection before I did some research on who this BD is in real life. Gosh, I was so surprised and dumbfounded LOL. As much as I love him, he just couldn’t find his place on IY.He started getting a bit better in the last episodes but still, doing QIHM is waaay better than IY. Being in a variety show has its benefit on the popularity side, but you can loose it as well if you don’t meet expectations, as unrealistic as they are.

  13. 13 keya

    does anyone know the tv ratings for this drama? Seems like a good drama based on the recaps, might watch it soon. I hope the ratings are as good as what I’m reading here! =D

    • 13.1 Zie

      I’m not really sure about the rating but I heard/read from Soompi, the latest episode’s rating was around 3%, which is very good for cable channel.

      Do correct me if I’m wrong.. ^^

    • 13.2 lenrasoon

      from what i read this drama has really good ratings, like ~2% which is awesome for cable.

      • 13.2.1 Arhazivory

        Great! I was oping that its doing well at home and good to hear it is. Its a gem.

    • 13.3 ilovemandoo

      It’s doing great. I think the most recent episode was 2.37% if I recall correctly. (Which is great for cable, where 1%+ ratings are considered solid)

  14. 14 Z

    oh! I really love this show!! I’m so excited to read the recaps of next episodes… ♥♥♥

    Thanks for the recaps!!!

  15. 15 Jeezvive

    Thank you, thank you! Me too was thing that you guys have dropped this drama. For this recent recap, YEY! Loving every second of it! Boong Do and Hee Jin is such a lovely pair.

  16. 16 Laurie

    Thanks for the recap! This drama just gets better and better, and is becoming one of my favorite! With Boong-do as our hero, it’s very refreshing and addicting to see him adapting into modern world with his quick way of thinking. And, when he kissed Hee-jin. OOOOH. Love it.

  17. 17 Stardust

    LOVE you Javabeans!! Thank you for your recap!! =D So fun to see the story again…. I can’t wait for my subs for 7 n 8…. sobs…

    Yeah my fav part was when Boong Do confirmed the goodbye conventions… LOL smart cookie! And his pleased smile is just soooo adorable….

    • 17.1 jomo

      The most challenging issue with the subs, it seems, is getting around the ads.

      Even if you manage to get the DSS subs to start on time,
      (Who else LOVES the feature where you can synch the subs yourself? DSS you are genuiseses!)
      they don’t stay that way if the copy you have has ads.

      So I watch the raws, and have a delayed understanding of the dialog. It is better than nothing, but very unnerving…

      • 17.1.1 sally_b

        My favorite (though not always super speedy) method is: Dramaload.com

        I’ve paid a minimal 3 month fee…and all the popular New (and Old) dramas are available for download.

        At first they weren’t carrying Queen InHyun’s Man — so I emailed asking if they could get it. 3 days later—►BOOM! Epsodes 1-6 online.

        Anyone who wants the ability to have ZERO ads and HD-screen quality (especially for those kisses)…I highly suggest that you consider tossing a few bucks out there and becoming a subscriber.

        I’m living an *Ad-Free* kdrama life…and it’s SO WORTH IT. ~cheers!

        • Stacy

          Do they have subs?

          • sally_b

            my apologies for such a late reply…YES. dramaload is English subbed…and almost always High Def.
            worth the roughly .25 cents a day for 3-months sub. ohyeah.

        • Timba

          Hey thanks for that site… I have been afraid not being able to find correct format of subs that I’ve skipped some dramas. Dramafever won’t play in Australia, mysoju quality is getting worse and worse… and some other sites that I won’t name here.. I’ll try that site.

  18. 18 Rachael

    It seems I’ve developed a habit for reading these recaps. They involve swooning and fanning myself in rapid back and forth sessions, ’cause oh my. Scholar Boong Do you’re eatin’ me up!

  19. 19 eternalfive

    Yay, I’ve been waiting almost stalkerishly for your recaps on this one, even though I’m up-to-date with it. Thank you! ^^

    I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy this drama so much, but after reading your recaps for the first few episodes when I was procrastinating, it sounded too good to miss, and I watched all eight episodes in two days. =.= There goes my life.

    Anyway, I love this drama so much. Everything about it is just perfect and the OTP is ridiculously cute and it’s so awesome to see a female lead who’s not trying too hard to be cute and a male lead who’s smart AND nice – and OMG the kiss! Gah. I want a Boong-do. 🙁

    • 19.1 Saa

      Get in line sister. We ALL want a Boong Do apparently, just…there’s not enough to go arounddd~ =[[

  20. 20 h0ns

    I’ve been reading so many recap for this episode… but still longing for JB recap… always nice to read your recap.. thank you…

    really love the elevator quiz and what a cute explanation by HJ. xixiixiixixi.. and so adore BD that he could also ‘tease smartly’ with the whole implement the good bye manner :p

  21. 21 trebuchette

    Oh man, I love Boong-do’s smile. (。´ ‿`♡)

  22. 22 Nathaniel

    As a librarian/cataloguing nerd let me say it was a hoot they shot those library scenes exactly where they were supposed to. They could have shot them anywhere, but there Boong-do was, at 951.9. Such attention to detail… And, again as a librarian, the 900 history/geography section – usually top floor, quiet, dark – is the perfect place to make out so credit to the creators again.

    And thank you for capping this. Like many, i had low expectations of it and probably wouldn’t have turned to it if it were not for you. The joy i’d have missed out on…

    • 22.1 sally_b

      Thank you librarian-consultant/nerd ~♥ (loved your comments)

      • 22.1.1 Mystisith

        So many people are going to invade libraries now… Maybe we should warn the boys?

    • 22.2 skelly

      Another fun fact about the library scene is that it was shot at the library at Sungkyungkwan University, where both Boong-do – AND Ji Hyun-Woo – went to school!

      • 22.2.1 JC

        Really? Cool! Thanks for all this info, skelly and Nathaniel! Love that the director is making extra effort.

    • 22.3 bourbon

      WOW. I wouldn’t have imagined they’d go to such extents to keep it real. I’m gonna add this to my list of reasons why I love this show: It gives book nerds like me a chance to rejoice!

    • 22.4 Blondie

      LOL I’m glad I’m not the only library nerd out there who noticed that!

    • 22.5 Quiet Thought

      Good eye, Nathaniel. Agreed, this writer and PD are bright enough to think out the details. Refreshing.

  23. 23 Q

    Mmmmmmmm Boong Do’s shoulders ….

    • 23.1 sally_b


      That was the very first thing I noticed about him in his previous drama (the-show-which-must-not-be-named) …it was horrible, in every possible way.

      / ——- \ ◄—- broad shoulders, ha!

      p.s. Our handsome time-jumping Scholar is also a singer/guitarist. Check out this SUPER CUTE song he wrote:



      • 23.1.1 sally_b


        • daniela

          This one is better http://youtu.be/1zPelYGgwfE

        • ladida

          Aaaaaa! Oh no, I’ve devolved into a squee-ing mess of a fangirl, and I don’t even care. Sometimes I feel like he has a bit of a lisp, and that just makes him even cuter!

          • ag

            wow! I’m speechless! Thanks for sharing that video link! one of my favorite songs and now even moreso!

          • daniela

            He does, but he is trying to eliminate it (my daughter is the same and she is so cute when pronouncing certain words)

      • 23.1.2 Q

        I love Coldplay and Ji Hyun Woo but … the word “yellow” in Chinese has adult/naughty/dirty connotations >___> and I can never listen to that song without getting really awkward …

        Everything you do …
        They were all yellow …


    • 23.2 Kiara

      Glad I’m not the only one going gaga over it lol.

    • 23.3 JBB

      LOL! I thought the same thing.

    • 23.4 O_O



      I’ve been wondering..ummm how many hand spans long it is..from the belly button to his broad shoulders… It seems endless. You know you can do so many thing on it..playing UNO or something..

      sorry couldn’t resist, blame on Q for bringing it up..

      And one more for the road, my favorite picture


    • 23.5 momosa

      mmmmmmmmmm…..yes, really broad shoulders.

  24. 24 piggy68gal

    Omg I have been refreshing this site for this recap forever!!!! Thanks for the hard work~
    I must say I am so obsessed with this drama… <3

  25. 25 Meow

    dear javabeans…thanks for the recap…. i have been waiting for it since i saw the episode.. ( i saw it without subs so couldnt quite completely catch on)…

    this show has gotten a proper hhold on me to the point that i kept watching it even though i have my exams going on now..

    crackling chemistry.. awesome acting and boong do …
    he is very well passing to my ideal type..
    it fits perfectly that Hee Jin keeps calling him a player and he does acting though unknowing fitting the same.. hah and his poker face explanation after the kiss was awesome..

    show u rock!!!

    • 25.1 Meow

      Btw does anyone know some sites where they upload this drama with subs faster??? Dramacrazy.net takes like a whole week to post the subs..

      • 25.1.1 lidy

        you can try



        anyways, i love love love this drama. i’ve been reading the recaps from other blog sites but i love reading your recaps the most. i’ve already seen the 1st 5 episodes and kinda skipped ahead to see the (spoiler)* kiss scene in ep8*
        but now i’m trying to practice some self control. it takes almost a wk for QIM to get subbed while RP and TK2H gets subbed within 24hrs, and marathon it from ep 6-16. here’s to hoping i can wait that long 😀

        • Meow

          thanks for the link.. i am just totally in love with this drama even more than k2h and rtp..

          and just out of curiosity… do tell if u succeed in waiting till all the eps are out and subbed!!

          i frankly dont think i can.. though still good luck

          • lidy

            i’ve been cheating 🙁 technically i haven’t watched an entire episode past ep 5, but have already watched parts of ep 6 and 7 already.
            really have no self control 🙁 but still plan to marathon, lol

  26. 26 Kiara

    Awwwww our Boong Do captured…”I VOLUNTEER AS A TRIBUTE”.

    JB I lup Joo. Thank you for the early morning treat. Boong Do is killing me softly with that smile.

  27. 27 kelinci biru

    Omigod, Javabeans, I love you!!

    I just understand some scenes and conversation after reading your recap! Its perfect!!

    I really like cheeky Hee Jin. Oh I wish I were that bold with my crush. Keke. I like Boong-do being cheeky with straight face..

    Also, that crying scene in the cafe is played well. I was all “shut up girl, you’re embarrassing, he’s not dead yet!” then along with her relief I felt relief too..

    • 27.1 enkeys

      Yes,that’s what i like most about Hee Jin.Although she’s not as bright as Boong Do but she’s very bold.

      Usually we get either a stupid or weak heroin but writer-nim really did a good job with Hee Jin’s character.

      All the characters compliments each other and it’s interesting to watch their character development.

  28. 28 jude

    I loooovvveeee, love love love the fact that the hero in this drama is not some kind narcisstic jerk with the mind of a five-year-old. And this is the kind of hero that I would like meet in real life.

    More please? *wink-wink*

  29. 29 kaye

    I loved this episode. Can’t stop watching that library kiss. Accck. And insert everything javabeans said in the recap. My brain is still a puddle of goo from all the Boong-do/Hee-jin interaction.

  30. 30 Rashell

    This drama and it’s H and h are all just ADORABLE! Love the sweet raport between them. So nice to have a main couple just be nice to eachother. And yet there is still a ton of chemistry between them. Those scenes in the elevator and the stracks practically crackled with it. This drama is great so far.

  31. 31 Carole McDonnell

    wow, thanks for the recap. I hadn’t gotten his suspicion of the talisman until you pointed it out. I actually think I’m falling in love with Boong-do. Yet another perfect drama creation. I hate when that happens. I really have to stop falling in love with guys who don’t exist, pixellated sageuk scholars coming across my computer screen, in their luscious nobility and gorgeousness.

    • 31.1 Kiara

      Ikr..at least Ji Hyun-woo is real but damn he lives in Korea.

      • 31.1.1 Carole McDonnell

        he is soo soo adorable. Maybe dreaming of him will actually help me lose weight. If I’m gonna go to Korea to stalk him, he wouldn’t want some two hundred pound woman sitting there gawking at him. Just saying.

  32. 32 Jules

    I love both Boong-do and Hee-jin and their every interaction makes me smile (the library kiss totally unexpected and it made me squeal a little), but I don’t feel that Boong-do is as… emotionally attached to Hee-jin as Hee-jin is to Boong-do.

    I think he’s amused by her and likes her well enough, but as of episode 6, I’m not getting anything more from him – but then again, it is just episode 6 (or, okay, episode 5 in this recap), so hopefully deeper feelings will develop over time.

    But then, it might just be me – perhaps other viewers see/feel something I don’t (yet). 🙂

    • 32.1 skelly

      Next episode, Jules – there’s a scene in the airport lobby, when BD is all by himself, that just blew me away.

    • 32.2 FunnyBunny

      I have to agree, while Hee-jin wears her heart on her sleeve Bong-do tends to keep his emotions at bay-not in a robot sense, cause he’s a naturally good humored guy, but anything further than that (extreme sadness, anger, overwhelming joy) he rarely expresses. He’s a very calm and collected character.
      So he has this amused indifference to Hee-jin. But I think she’s growing on him. Before he merely depended on her for guidance in the 21st century, but down the line I can see feelings devloping.

      P.S. Thank you so much for recapping this one JavaBeans and HeadsNo2! I can’t say it enough, but this show has become my new brand of crack. Reading the recaps has made the whole experience that much more amazing!

    • 32.3 Quiet Thought

      This series has a lot of the subtle in it . . . in the next episode, watch the expression on Boong-do’s face when he’s calling Hee-Jin and she’s not answering the phone. The mask slips, just a bit.

  33. 33 skelly

    Javabeans, thank you so much for this recap! This drama is becoming one of my special favorites, so much so that I think I am going to do something I have only done once before (for City Hall) and create a special archive of my own of all your drama recaps.
    Your comments always add to my enjoyment of a show, enlighten me about a cultural or spoken nuance that I (or the subber) did not pick up on or give me a new viewpoint about plot or characterization. For a favorite show, these additions are even more prized. Thanks again!

  34. 34 dee

    oh… i love boong-do… so many good drama at this time… and i love them all tk2h, rtp, and qihm. is loving them all make me a player?

  35. 35 Stephiekins

    The suspicion about the talisman can be valid but seeing how he was injured by the first arrow shows that the talisman cannot actually protect him 100%. He must be faced with certain death. In the past episode where he asked his manservant to shoot an arrow, he directed that it must be straight to the chest. Only then, he could travel to the future. Boong Do is officially my new fave 😀 can’t stop listening to the OST. They are the only things to keep me alive while waiting for the coming episodes. I do wish dramabeans can catch up with the recaps though 🙂 I love how you guys write and your opinions 😀

    • 35.1 ladida

      Yeah, I’m thinking the talisman can save him from death but not from being hurt. I wonder if he has to be aware of his imminent death in order to time travel?

  36. 36 Stacy

    I am so loving this drama. 2 kisses by ep 5? Heck yes! Also, the second lead actor guy (name escapes me)….finally one that is so cheekily charming that his flirtatiousness could be deemed deadly! 😀 I actually do not dread his scenes because he’s so cute even when he’s being full of himself. Hope it stays that way.

    Loving Boong Do and Hee Jin, and I think they have really good chemistry. Like others, I wish this was subbed faster. I really wish WithS2 would take this one on, but I know they’re overworked already.

    I’m with javabeans on this one – so far, it’s one of my current favorites.

  37. 37 saiffy

    BOONGDO!!!!!! I love him so much more than words can say, in fact- I love every single character in this drama. From the crazy manager/friend to the hilariously arrogant actor.

    Oh why can’t a Joseon era dashing scholar come visit me?

    • 37.1 daniela

      Can we make a waiting list? 😀

  38. 38 jomo

    Thank you for your recap and the love you have for Show.
    “It’s a reality check for him, because he’s been feeling safe thanks to the talisman—but safety from a sword isn’t the same as safety from illness. If “illness” is even the real cause for his death.”

    One of the many reasons I love your recaps is how you can figure out and explain tiny things that puzzle me.
    I kept asking myself, “Why wouldn’t the talisman protect him from poison?” But I think that nuance helps me see poison isn’t imminent or sudden danger.

    BD’s attitude towards his death and redeath and undeath makes his character different, as you said.
    Lately, my daughter has been saying “YOLO!” (You Only Live Once) constantly.
    What would BD’s rallying cry be?

    I appreciate the writer for focusing on small details that have a large effect. I really feel he/she knows how it feels to fall in crush, and how important just being with the person is at the start. The way they linger seaching the other’s face for clues…The curiosity and magnetic pull between them are palpable.

    When I fall in love with a show, I fall hard. This one seems to have all previous love affairs beat. I don’t care how this one ends. The first 8 are filled with so much goodness, I could just watch those over and over and over and be happy.

    Can’t wait to hear what you say about 6!

  39. 39 aya

    gahhh!!… I’ve been waiting for this recaps.. Thanks JB 😀

  40. 40 gzenitram

    thank you for the recaps~!

  41. 41 aoiaheen

    Boong Do has nerves of steel i say. Imagine going back in time knowing that you are going to be tortured and exiled! I would have just stayed in the future. I guess that’s why everyone loves him so much.

    Loved the kiss. It was so cute seeing him use her “plot” against her. hee hee.
    Oh how i love this writer. Everything is so fresh! I wonder where they get thier inspiration from? It can’t be real life! I can’t believe a Boong Do exists in our time.

  42. 42 pumpkinattack

    Yay! Is it silly I’ve been hoping for this?
    Thank you for squeezing it in for us. I’ve been watching it, and it’s killer so far! Big win for tvN.

  43. 43 ladida

    “Now it’s really time to leave, but there’s a deep reluctance on both sides.” Squeeee!!!! Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you for recapping this drama! I just love it so much.

  44. 44 Noelle

    This was my treat to myself. Finished one of my finals and now I get some Boong Do/Hee Jin cuteness.

    Thanks for the recap!

  45. 45 Rovi






  46. 46 saaandra

    Don’t know if anyone realized or mentioned.

    Boong-do has sort of a love-line with a gi-saeng in 1694 and a love-line with an actress in 2012. Seems like there are some similarities in the 2 girls

    • 46.1 Saa

      That’s the part I dread (the love line with the gisaeng), even though I do like Yeon Wol. I’m just not sure how I feel about having Hee Jin share Boong Do with another girl and about Yeon Wol being jealous of a girl she doesn’t even know. xP

  47. 47 Suzi Q

    Thanks for the recaps which really answers some of my puzzling questions. It takes so long to get this one subbed with English subtitles,so I’m watching some of it RAW. It’s becoming one of my favorites.
    This drama is about your destiny.I’ve always wondered is it better to know what will happen in the future? and can you really alter it if it is bad like Final Destination?

  48. 48 chillinducky

    JB! I really want to watch this drama so badly after skimming your recap (couldn’t help myself Lol). I hope it comes to dramafever soon!

    Thanks for the recap! 🙂

  49. 49 mydien

    AHH, this is definitely my favorite dramaaaaa right now! I somewhat prefer this plot over Rooftop Prince. it seems more developed and somewhat more logical (but it doesn’t mean i don’t love RP!)

    AHH, that smile! melts the heart ~ !

    thanks for the recap!

  50. 50 Joy

    I am loving QIHM! I’m glad that he finally got a good role. Love his smile. He can sing and rock a guitar.


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