Drama Recaps
Queen In-hyun’s Man: Episode 6
by | May 15, 2012 | 334 Comments

There’s just so much to love in this show. This episode brings us more into Hee-jin’s world, where already-established characters become all the more colorful and real. I like the fact that while the supporting characters could be drawn in large strokes, there’s an attention to detail that makes the whole ensemble a treat to watch, with a fun rapport that remains engaging all the way through. There isn’t a slow moment to be had, which can partly be chalked up to the breezy running time as well as plain ol’ good execution. No one’s complaining here.


We backtrack a bit to see how Boong-do made his daring escape, both from his assassins and the fleet of guards sent after him. Both parties comb the forest for any sign of the missing scholar, though the assassins are set on killing him before the guards find him.

Boong-do evades capture by hiding up a tree, though he’s immediately attacked on land by both assassins brandishing swords, while he is both weaponless and shoeless. He fights valiantly, but in the end finds a sword leveled at his throat. The assassin draws back to make the killing blow…

And poof! The talisman is at work again, transporting Boong-do from near-death in Joseon times to near-death in the present, by plunking him right in the middle of a busy street. He rolls to safety just in time, though he seems slightly confused that he’s still bleeding from the temple (from that arrow wound earlier). Well, at least we know the time skips aren’t a magical cure-all.

He’s able to find modern clothes by dawn, though the wound continues to bleed. He comes upon a bustling tourist spot and for the first time we see our hero look truly lost in this world he doesn’t understand, now compounded due to the separation between him and the only thing he knows here – Hee-jin.

But fate is on his side as he finds a forgotten purse, with a wallet and maybe more importantly, a tourist’s guide to Korea. (In Chinese, which he can read!) He smiles – this’ll come in handy.

Back in Joseon times, the ranking official presiding over Jeju Island has to hear the bad news that Boong-do escaped, with not even a trace of him to be found. It’s with resignation that he’s forced to write a letter to his superiors of Boong-do’s escape.

Meanwhile, smartypants Boong-do uses the tourist’s guide to his full advantage – enough to find a pharmacy for some first aid supplies. His photographic memory also allowed him to memorize the different types of money, so he’s even able to pay correctly. Did I mention how much I love him?

While the messenger with the official’s letter goes on his way in Joseon, Boong-do sets to adjusting himself in modern times. He eyes a pair of scissors somewhat dubiously before giving himself a perfect haircut, and patches up his head wound with his newly-bought supplies.

That guide might be the best thing that’s ever happened to him. He even learns that what would take two weeks of travel in his time (from Jeju to the capital) takes only an hour by airplane. Meanwhile, the rider sent to deliver the news of Boong-do’s escape is forced to take that two week journey.

Now we make it back to the phone call, where even Hee-jin is stumped as to how he got her number. She escapes Soo-kyung’s prying as Boong-do tells her that he memorized her number from a post-it note she wrote. “At that time, I didn’t know what it was, so I just decided to remember it. Isn’t it useful?” I wish I could just decide to remember useful things.

Hee-jin is like, but you died from an illness! Boong-do informs her in a very matter of fact way that it wasn’t illness, but poison put into his food. She’s shocked that anyone would be out to kill him, but this is all part and parcel to Boong-do: “My family was killed like that. It’s not a rare matter.”

Turns out he’s calling her from the airport, and has a question about IDs. Soo-kyung hunts Hee-jin down (man, she is nothing if not persistent), and demands to know who Hee-jin is talking to. In a hurry, Hee-jin mentions a mutual friend named Yun-chul.

Ha – and wouldn’t you know it, he has about the same height and build as Boong-do, and even dresses like him. Hee-jin asks to borrow his ID in exchange for a picture, with the intent of giving it to Boong-do.

We find our girls on the next flight to Jeju, with Soo-kyung fuming in her seat. Hee-jin cheerfully reminds her manager that they have plenty of time before the broadcast tonight, and dispels her worries about the suspicious grad student without an ID.

And when words fail and Soo-kyung’s dogged questions persist, Hee-jin just pretends like she can’t hear her due to the air pressure, ha. Soo-kyung takes on the role of a worried friend – Hee-jin went down this same path with Dong-min, and look how that turned out?

Hee-jin: “Don’t worry, this time it’s the last. There’s really no reason to meet him anymore.” But that last sentence is said with an air of sadness, since she doesn’t want it to be true. Adorably, she avoids further questioning by plugging her ears again, then cuddles up with Soo-kyung to keep her friend’s mood from going too sour.

We cut to a photo shoot on a windswept cliff with Na-jung and a reluctant Dong-min, who’d rather have a photo shoot with Hee-jin. He’s adorably cheeky and honest about preferring Hee-jin in all things, which makes his already nervous manager practically hopping because the stylists can overhear everything, and he’s got to protect his actor’s image.

When it’s his turn to pose next to Na-jung, he tells his manager that if it were Hee-jun he’d practically cartwheel over. But because it’s Na-jung, he makes a BIG show of the struggle it takes to walk over, as if his feet are weighed down. Hahaha.

Dong-min taunts Na-jung by asking her if she knows why he’s not dating Hee-jin – because he’s waiting for her to reach Na-jung’s level of fame. The actress scoffs. He’ll be waiting thirty years, then.

While waiting in the airport, Boong-do again thinks over his conversation with the monk and the meaning of the talisman. I like that he considers it so seriously (as well he should). But his eyes end up fixated on the TV screen where a trailer of Hee-jin’s upcoming drama plays, and time stands still for him as his eyes remain transfixed on her face.

Hee-jin finds him in the airport, and teases him with a sigh: What would he do without her? She’s put off by his serious facial expression, and he asks her if she’s playing the role of the queen (he just figured out what an actor does).

She puffs up – he must have seen the trailer. “Now you believe me! I told you I’m Queen In-hyun. I’m the one you’re risking your life to protect!” But his response is a smile, which has her on the rise. Is he trying to say she’s not fit to be queen?

Boong-do: “It’s the first time that I find you beautiful.”

Ha. It’s sort of a backwards compliment if you think about it, but Hee-jin seems to take it all the same. He tells her that he prefers her in hanbok (the traditional clothes she wore in the trailer) rather than what she’s wearing now. I like that touch, because it just makes sense. Why wouldn’t his beauty standards carry over from his own time?

Still, even she recognizes that it sounds more like an insult than a compliment. So did he honestly think she was ugly before? He just gives her his trademark smile, which is pretty much a ‘yes’ in the land of Boong-do. She scoffs, half-joking, that she’s offended and doesn’t know about helping him anymore.

But Boong-do, quick on the uptake, informs her that they should be even now. After all, he’s learned what the meaning of player is – and he assures her that he is not one. So with her seeing him as a player, and him seeing her as ugly, they should be even now. I don’t know why that’s so funny, but it is – he totally acknowledges that he thought she was ugly. Pfft. I love his honesty, but maybe learning a white lie or two wouldn’t hurt.

Hee-jin does some finagling to get Soo-kyung to agree to the three of them flying together back to Seoul, citing that it’s Boong-do’s first time on a plane. But more important than that, she asks her manager if a hanbok really suits her more. Does it show a more dignified side of her? Ha, I love that she took the positive side of his compliment.

But Soo-kyung, ever wary of Boong-do, shoots him a look that says, I’ve got my eye on you.

They’ve got a little time before their flight leaves, so Soo-kyung ends up as the third wheel on their coffee date. Hee-jin warns Boong-do against using ancient words around her manager, since that will only arouse her suspicions. Boong-do is already on it – he’s got the guide, remember? – and even says ‘thank you’ with a modern intonation.

Soo-kyung wants Boong-do to pay for the coffee, clearly trying to test whether he’s a freeloader or not. But Hee-jin insists on paying because she knows money will be of use to him in Seoul, which has her manager stomping off in a fit. “Your friend seems to hate me,” Boong-do notes. Hee-jin tells him not to mind, but he catches Soo-kyung’s less than subtle gaze ordering him over for a friendly chit chat.

She takes the stance that being a manager is no different from being Hee-jin’s family, and starts rattling off questions, like what university did he attend? She warned him explicitly about telling lies, so he tells her the truth: Sungkyunkwan. Ha! Of course she thinks he’s talking about the modern Sungkyunkwan, and not the Joseon academy. But hey, it’s the truth.

I love that the tide starts turning on Soo-kyung, since every answer Boong-do has makes it sound like he’s a big deal. Ahaha – she has to keep checking her reactions to maintain her tough facade, but it’s so apparent that what started out as a harsh interrogation has now turned into a potential match interview.

The usual questions are asked about his parents (dead), finances (inheritance), what his father did (national affairs, which she takes to mean public service, and literally gets giddy at the thought), etc. Soo-kyung excuses herself to basically squee outside – everything about him is positive, and a stark difference to Hee-jin’s latest suitors. If only she knew that all of his assets are frozen three hundred years in the past.

Hee-jin finally joins him for coffee, but practically does a spit-take when Boong-do asks her why she dropped everything to come running. She keeps trying to pass it off, but he’s persistent – isn’t she a busy person? She’s a bit stumped on how to respond, and claims that she was honestly worried after reading about his untimely death… and anyway, she came here to help, so why is he interrogating her instead of saying thanks?

He smiles and claims he just wanted to know the reason. “A master I know of once told me that nothing is incidental. The last time we met was probably because of fate. But this time, it was because I wanted to see you that I contacted you. And you also came here because you wanted to see me. So clearly it is not karma. Because of the talisman that I have with me, I met you. That’s why you came all the way here. This fate, what incidents it will cause, and what effect comes of it… aren’t you curious?”

But poor Hee-jin looks mighty confused at all the words that just came at her. He wanted to have a philosophical discussion about the ramifications of fate, but her head hurts. Ha.

In what seems to be a Secret Garden shout out, Hee-jin ends up with some cappuccino foam on her upper lip, which Boong-do doesn’t hesitate to wipe away with his thumb. He tries to explain his whole concept using simpler terms of cause and effect. “You disregarding the foam is the cause,” he informs her. “Me wiping it is the effect.”

But the touch seems to have affected her more than she’s letting on. In the sense that resistance is swiftly becoming futile, she blames him for being a player. Boong-do claims he was just trying to explain, but she fires back, “Using this method to explain is called flirting, you player.” Haha. Her theory? Him being like this is the cause, so her calling him a player is the effect. He just laughs, which she now recognizes as his go-to tactic when he has nothing to say. Cause and effect.

In Joseon times, Minister Min hears from one of his spies that they’ve lost track of Yoon-wol and another one of Boong-do’s attendants (Han-dong). While in the present, Boong-do tells Hee-jin that he’s here to find out whether it’ll be Minister Min’s death, or his own.

With an affronted gasp, Hee-jin wonders if he means to kill him. He reassures her that revenge isn’t only by killing – there’s politics, too. Isn’t this era like that? HA. Astute observation.

And Minister Min, remembering Boong-do’s card analogy, becomes incensed at the thought that he’s conspiring against him. But like Boong-do predicted, he can’t begin to imagine how.

Looks like Soo-kyung has caught Boong-do Fever like the rest of us, since she’s singing his praises on the flight home. Boong-do sits next to a boy with a book on airplanes (what luck), and is completely adorable as usual. Although he does seem a teensy bit afraid of flying.

And Minister Min looks like he’s losing it. What is Boong-do’s hidden card?

HAHA. As the plane starts taking off, Boong-do’s eyes widen, and for whatever reason Hee-jin thinks that miming the act of flying to him will make him feel better. It’s hilarious.

Dong-min is on the same flight, and gives the flight attendant a hard time when she offers “anything” but can’t get him a first class seat. He’s peeved over his manager’s scheduling slight, because he hasn’t had to sit in coach for three years. Aww, poor baby. Life is hard, isn’t it?

His manager tries to appease him by saying that Na-jung is in coach class too, but that hardly makes him feel any better. A cursory look toward the back of the plane lands his gaze on Boong-do, who he recognizes as the psycho stalker from the hospital.

His manager spies Hee-jin also on the flight, and compounded with the stalker, the two have a moment of revelation. Thinking that her stalker followed her into the plane, they devise a plan. Dong-min girds his loins.

Hilariously, both Boong-do and Dong-min lock gazes, with the Hallyu star miming a Robert De Niro-esque version of I’m watching you, and you’re going down.

Dong-min has the authorities alerted on the ground, but becomes alarmed when Boong-do approaches Hee-jin. He’s recognized Dong-min and tells her that he might have to do his disappearing act – is there a private place he can go? Okay, Boong-do, let’s think about this for a second. If the talisman is as exact as it seems to be and you time-traveled from here, aren’t you afraid you’ll end up 30,000 feet in the Joseon air sans a plane?

This scene looks much different to Dong-min, who thinks her psycho stalker is planning something nefarious. Determined to be the hero, Dong-min attempts a leaping kick at Boong-do in the aisle, which our scholar evades. The flight attendants take hold of him shortly after.

Now they have the attention of the entire plane, and they’re instantly recognized. Against his manager’s orders, Dong-min volunteers to explain to the passengers what happened, and takes on a very press-friendly way of speaking as he paints the picture with him as the hero, which has the entranced audience ooh-ing and aww-ing.

Hee-jin watches him get taken away, conflicted. Finally she stands up and demands to know why they’re taking him to the police – he’s not a stalker. Soo-kyung closes her eyes – she knows they’re in for some trouble. She explains that she bought the tickets and that they boarded together, which has Dong-min wondering why.

Hee-jin: “Because… he’s my boyfriend.”

Dong-min is floored as she takes charge of the situation, which ends up being like an announcement to the entire plane. They’re to call the police and explain the misunderstanding at once. Soo-kyung fans herself, this is bad news.

To prove her point, Hee-jin walks straight up to Boong-do and interlaces her fingers with his. One of the girls in the aisle says astutely that Dong-min just became a complete joke, which, yikes.

People are staring and taking pictures, but Hee-jin and Boong-do remain in their own little world, their faces barely apart. She wants him to say something, but he remains quiet, his eyes fixated only on her. “Us becoming lovers… What will be the outcome of it?” she asks.

A small smile graces his face, and they stare deeply at one another.


There’s something about the close proximity in that last moment that had me reaching for a fan. Whew.

I like that Boong-do is not only using the talisman as an advantage in his time (i.e. avoiding death), but is now using it in the present to maneuver himself in the past. The fact that he could grasp how convenient modern transportation really is has me thinking that he’ll put that knowledge to good use, with a very high chance of making it back to Hanyang long before the messenger carrying the news of his escape does. Even if he does it just to blow Minister Min’s mind, I’ll count it as a win. He seems like he’s teetering on the edge of sanity anyway.

Boong-do’s desire to use the talisman on the plane did have me thinking about the time-traveling rules, though I doubt it would be in this drama’s favor for Boong-do to transport himself from a high rise building and end up in a Joseon tree. It’d still be pretty funny, though.

What this show does excel at, and what was especially shown here, is the juxtaposition between the Joseon/Minister Min scenes and the modern scenes. You’d think that jumping back and forth three hundred years in a matter of seconds would be jarring, but it’s shot and edited in such a way that lets us know that these two men are still very much at odds in a very real way, one that transcends the boundaries of time. Boong-do just has an ace in the pocket that he’s not against using, and I have to respect his resourcefulness. Along with every other thing about him.

Most of the bigger conflict up until this point has been centered around Boong-do’s life (and death) in the high-stakes game of Joseon politics, but this episode introduced us to the conflict he could bring to Hee-jin’s life. It’s no longer just about the smaller conflicts of their romance (which are plenty engaging and addicting) insulated from the public eye. Even though Hee-jin’s stakes may not be as high when you compare them directly, she’s a product of a different time, so it’s nice to see her world mean something and hold its own.



334 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
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        Yes! I <3 this show so much.

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          • pabo ceo reom

            Add one gigantic heart from me! Why am I so addicted?!

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          • Nutella

            @jomo that is one helluva gorgeous banner *drools and claps*

          • Mystisith

            @ jomo: You know i love you right? Right. That banner has to float proudly. 🙂

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            Jomo, that banner’s pure awesome. Love QIHM and QIHM’s heart group spazzing 🙂

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      • 1.1.2 s

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        • Nutella

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          I just watched episode 7 and 8 and hallelujah 〜( ̄▽ ̄〜) (〜 ̄▽ ̄)〜

          Uptil now, in k-dramas, I found book!smart, or evil!smart but never goodandapplyingsmartsinreallife!smart. However, Boong Do has filled that void, quite awesomesaucely, in one fell swoop O(≧∇≦)O

          Is there any way I could one of him, a la Zettai Kareshi?(((o(*゚▽゚*)o))) ☆*

    • 1.2 ninsarama

      lololololololol! It’s awesome to see javabeans spazzing!!! I love this drama!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

      • 1.2.1 sally_b

        RE: “It’s awesome to see javabeans spazzing!!! ”

        I second that….it’s wonderful to see so many GROUP SQUEEEEEES ~~~~

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        • momogi

          I can’t help myself from laughing seeing javabeans’ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ten loves and the replies. :))

          I SO ADORE this drama too, I just read the recaps and it makes me giddy with love, bring smile to my face everytime I finish read.
          I’m sure gonna marathon this drama.
          I think now I’m a fan of the writer’s.

          Kim Boong-do, I love you!!

          BIG LOVES ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

      • 1.2.2 Swye

        couldn’t help but join in on the spazz fest. ♥♥♥

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    • 1.5 starlight

      jb are you commenting on the awesomeness of heads recap or the awesomeness of the episode :))

    • 1.6 hanie

      JB, are u openly spazzing over this drama?? this is the first time, I think.
      I too ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ this drama.

    • 1.7 ilikemangos

      Oh my, this is the first time i’ve seen JB spaz in comment section with hearts.

      • 1.7.1 Kiara

        Lol even JB cant help it.

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      • 1.9.1 Saa

        Oh shoot, I did not expect that to stretch the page… O___O;;

    • 1.10 Eleanor

      Agreed, a million <3 s over! Omo! I <3 this show, I <3 Boong Do, I <3 the recaps, I <3 subbers who allow me to enjoy the show. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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      I love group spazzing!!!!

      • 1.11.1 Ginko

        Ditto 🙂
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      <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 !!!

    • 1.13 daniela

      Just LOVE till now, and I hope they will keep short the angst and painful moments, cause I really want to have the feelings this show makes me have for a very looooong time.

    • 1.14 am

      best first comment tbh.

    • 1.15 SoyB

      All these hearts are making me laugh… this drama does have so much heart. I’ve been loving the other Wed/Thurs shows, but there’s something about this one that’s just so freaking cute and adorable!

    • 1.16 Hipployta

      All of this and more…I watched a day after it aired but I LOVE these recaps to see other so happy about it.

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    • 1.20 Lizzie

      OMG LOL it’s nice to see JB loving it too!!!

      Ahhhh crazy about this drama and couple. And the music!

      • 1.20.1 bubbletea

        ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ from me too! And I totally giggled when I saw JB’s spazzing comment. Agree that it’s the best first comment ever. Hee.

        This episode is so awesome!

        “Boong-do’s desire to use the talisman on the plane did have me thinking about the time-traveling rules, though I doubt it would be in this drama’s favor for Boong-do to transport himself from a high rise building and end up in a Joseon tree.”

        Actually when he time-travelled to Hee-jin’s hospital ward shower cubicle, I was wondering how he could end up not on the ground floor… oh or perhaps Hee-jin’s ward was on the ground floor? Haha. Hmm…

        • bubbletea

          OH YAH! After reading a few comments down, I remembered that Hee-jin’s hospital ward was on the 13th floor. So I guess the time-travelling rules are on his side. Good for our hero!

    • 1.21 jollyroger

      Ohmygod this hearts bit cracks me up hahaha. JB, can’t find the words? We know the feeling. LOL. And personally I don’t think all these hearts are enough to describe how we feel about this drama. Wanna throw other organs in the mix? I know I do hahaha.

  2. nheony

    Yay!!! Been refreshing all day waiting for this. Thank you HeadsNo2. Awabyu!

  3. lezzy

    Yay!! Thank you! 🙂

  4. panshel

    Writers, if you’re going to give me an allusion to Secret Garden, then why don’t you throw in a foam kiss while you’re at it?

    • 4.1 Zie

      At first I thought they are going to do the foam kiss thing but was kind of glad that they did not.

      I do love the foam kiss but what he did here. The wiping of the foam off her lips are for me much much much more romantic than it was in Secret Garden. I never though something like that can make my hear flutter. xDDD

      Our InGwa couple are Jjang and adorable. ^^

    • 4.2 jomo

      Ah, but both scenes played with our expectations beautifully.
      SeGa’s scene gets points because it came out of nowhere and hit us SMACK dab in the ooomph!
      QIHM gets points because most of us expected something and what we got was an extremely sexy and assertive move by BD, which he proceeds to explain/excuse using philosophical terms!!
      There needs to be a place in heaven for writers who make us spaz using our bodies and brains…

      I am going to spell this wrong, but because of this scene, they are calling them the Il-kwa couple.

    • 4.3 spjork

      The foam-omg-will-there-or-will-there-not-be-a-kiss scene subverted our expectations beautifully.

      I agree with Zie and jomo. What we actually ended up with was just as sweet if not much more intimate than a regular ol’ smooch. Just think, how common is it for people to touch lip to lip? Even by KDrama standards, kissing scenes are a dime a dozen but touching someone’s mouth with your fingers is an extremely intimate and caring act on a scale which is rarely seen outside of interactions between children and their mothers.

      Personally, I can totally picture putting my face up to someone else’s and going in for a kiss…imagining putting my hand out to someone’s face and wiping away cappucino foam from their lips…somehow much more difficult!

    • 4.4 Lizzie

      I know right! But our BD isn’t like this, he just gives ”propers” goodbyes and react to the cause, making the effect (kiss back when HJ kisses him first LOL)

  5. Kiara

    YAY…..Thank you so much for making my day. Love you HeadsNo2 and JB. Now off to read.

  6. Mei

    This series has me addicted. Hee-jin’s adorable giggles and laughs make me want to pinch her cheeks! And Boong-do, please, give this man a glass of water, he’s too hot!

    • 6.1 kelinci biru

      Hey, I like your reaction! “Give him some waters, he’s too hot!”. Its hilarious.

    • 6.2 Zie

      I know right.. I never find any female actress as adorable as Yoo In Na that I too feel like pinching her cheeks. So cute! Like seriously! xDDDD

    • 6.3 Kiara

      I love her in your face Ha-Ha-Ha. Drives Dong-min up the wall.

    • 6.4 momosa

      I need water! He makes my heart flutter too much!

    • 6.5 spjork

      Her little chipmunk cheeks!

      She’s got nuts stashed away in those things in anticipation of the harsh winter ahead, I tell you.


    • 6.6 Vira

      I swear that I never liked Yoo In Na before. However, when I watch Queen in Hyun’s Man, I totally fall in love for her. She’s so adorable with that chubby cheek. I believe that this character is made for her.
      And for Hyun Woo….., Oww man,, you really make me dying with ur killer mile. ><

  7. Roggy


    • 7.1 Nokcha

      Where? Please!

      • 7.1.1 JC

        dramacrazy.net has it, Nokcha! On my computer, the subs were a little off (words appearing on screen a few seconds after the actors say them), but still, better than no subs!

        • Roggy

          yes, i watched in on that too. It was a bit annoying, but after you watch the episodes raw, like ive been doing, it matters not 🙂

      • 7.1.2 muhloy


      • 7.1.3 Fallensnow

        try aveoh.net as well. They are the fastest site I could find.

      • 7.1.4 kent

        in dramacrazy..heres the link..

        • Minea

          thanks for the link. been waiting for the subbed episode for #8. 🙂

      • 7.1.5 Princess61

        Episodes 7 & 8 are also subbed on http://www.kimchidramas.net – I never have luck on http://www.dramacrazy.net because of the pop-up advertising that comes out of nowhere so I stop watching dramas on that site.

        I so love this drama! Can’t wait for this week’s episodes (as well as The King 2 Hearts and Rooftop Prince)!

    • 7.2 Nokcha

      Thanks everyone!

    • 7.3 Zie

      REALLY? xDDDD Gonna off watching it. I do hope there will be Arigato sub.. I hate streaming it! >_<"

      and Thanks for telling…

  8. Hya


  9. Stardust

    MORE ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    Thank yoooooou

    I also had the same exact thought about the airplane time jump but I suppose if he landed on the ground from his lv13 hospital floor, I suppose time is kind hehehehe

    • 9.1 Ashi

      Also, think of the location. Jeju is an island which means the plane could be crossing over water. If Bong doo had used the talisman, he could’ve landed in the middle of the ocean. Scary thought.

    • 9.2 jomo

      Yes, it would have been a looooooong drop for him from the 13th floor.
      Later on, they should a little of this, partly as a joke, but seriously, he should have died from the fall!

  10. 10 Arhazivory

    *sighs* Such a lovely show. Unless you had pointed it out, it wouldn’t have occurred to me that he’d be in the air if he had time-travelled at that moment. -_-‘ Or maybe he was thinking of just finding somewhere to lock himself in until the plane landed. ^^”

    The scene where the manager interrogated him was so great. He’s just honestly answering while she takes a different spin on all his answers. Haha. It’d be cool if he could check out where his house was. 🙁 Pity his family was murdered, because otherwise he could’ve spied his descendants. :'(

    • 10.1 Zie

      ‘Or maybe he was thinking of just finding somewhere to lock himself in until the plane landed.’

      Sorry for cutting your comment but yeah that what I taught too when he said he might gonna do the disappearing act. It didn’t occur to me that he gonna do it while the plane was still on air… That is really scary! >_<"

    • 10.2 spjork

      There are no descendants! Boong-do is the last of his family line. 🙁

      • 10.2.1 Duncerblur

        Give Hee Jin some time … LOL.

        • coconutjuice

          HAHA hopefully they’ll make lots of cute, smart babies XD

        • Nutella

          I bet if you gave most of us any time we would be right on it~

  11. 11 crazykel

    Thanks for the recap! I loved this episode. Is it just me, or does everyone suddenly need a fan whenever they are close to each other? It seems like my house gains 10 degrees each time Boong-Do and Hee Jin look at one another.

    • 11.1 foodluver88

      I need a fan every time Boong do is on the screen!

      • 11.1.1 tarianant

        Smiling Boong-do to Hee-jin: “gomawoyo~”
        Me: Awwww ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

      • 11.1.2 Zie

        Ditto! xDDD

      • 11.1.3 Kiara

        Cold showers work too you know.

        • Nutella

          I think we’ve all passed fan-and-cold-shower levels by now… I think we all need to go rent some industrial deep freezers to watch this show in…

          • Kiara


      • 11.1.4 trotwood

        I need a fan just seeing the screenshots in the recap!! Off to take a cold shower!

    • 11.2 Arhazivory

      Its not just you… *fans self*

  12. 12 foodluver88

    HOORAY!!! I’ve been waiting for this ALL week!

  13. 13 Moob

    omg! love! so! much!

  14. 14 bluelime

    thanks for the recap!! =)

    <3 <3 <3 this episode!!

  15. 15 muhloy

    i love every single thing about this show

  16. 16 Senris

    The hospital had more than one floor, didn’t it? I’d thought Boong-do already managed to jump from a high-rise building back to solid ground in Joseon times–I’m guessing the talisman is concerned about longitude and latitude but not altitude. (This theory goes out the window if Hee-jin’s hospital room was on the first floor, so take it with a grain of salt…)

    Anyway, I LOVE this show, and I love your recap. Boong-do is so smart and so cheeky, and Hee-jin’s got buckets of courage and adorableness. tvn sure is churning out winning dramas lately!

    • 16.1 anais

      You know, I think the show has been playing a little loose with the altitude issue. A later episode pokes a little fun at the whole altitude / locale issue, whereas you’re right that he did time jump from modern-day 13th floor onto solid ground in Joseon woods.

      • 16.1.1 NiaPop

        Yeah you are right, it was the 13th floor. If you look carefully the place where the hospital is in modern times, is a cliff in the past. Landscapes change all the time. Especially when humans want them to. He was just lucky that there was a cliff for him there. Or at least that is what I got out of it.

      • 16.1.2 spjork

        In the latest episode, when BD time jumps back in Jeju, he’s sitting on a bench in modern times and then flat on his hiney once he’s back in Joseon so…according to the show, altitude does matter.

        The hospital jump did bother me as it was in a suite on the 13th floor BUT I’m going to have to go with NiaPop’s theory about cliffs and changing landscapes because I love this show too much not to excuse away any and all glaring oversights/plot holes.

        • javabeans

          I’m going with the interpretation that altitude is less crucial than actual coordinates. Although I had the thought that warping was an impossibility in the air (due to the ocean below); I thought Boong-do wanted to lock himself in the lavatory until they landed.

          In the bench incident, I’m thinking he fell because he was in a sitting position, not because of the altitude. Had he been standing (even on a different floor), he would’ve been fine.

          • Swye

            Ahh… didn’t see this before I posted, but that’s exactly what I think.

          • spjork

            Ahhh, I see what you and Swye mean. Your ‘coordinates only’ theory would rather neatly wrap up in a bow any inconsistencies relating to dimension/space (yay!).

            What I think I’ve done, though, is to confuse the separate issues of altitude and objects in space between the two times. What does exist in one time does indeed have a bearing on BD when it doesn’t exist in another- but as you both pointed out, it’s only because BD was reacting to a certain object (crouching) that he was affected!


        • Swye

          I think he fell flat on his ass because he was sitting when he did the time travelling. If he had been sitting on the hospital bed when he recited the mantra, I think he would have fallen flat to the ground, but because he was standing he was fine. I thought it wasn’t the fact that he was higher than ground level that made him fall, but the fact that he was in such an odd posture sans the bench. Now if he had laid flat on the bench, he would just end up lying flat on the ground without having to experience the fall.

          wow that was long-winded, but hopefully that made sense. I could be completely off the mark, but that’s what I was thinking.

    • 16.2 Arhazivory

      Hmmm…maybe he was in a really tall tree after the time jump. hehe

    • 16.3 yingz

      I’ve been catching every episode and didnt even realise its tvn! The quality (and budget) is definitely at least on par with the big 3!

  17. 17 Yumi

    Thanks for posting.

    The story is slight, but so well executed.

    I’m having a ball watching it.


  18. 18 gummimochi

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Oh man oh man oh man – this was like my favorite episode so far! Boong-do I love you! ACK. Need a Boong-do in my life.

  19. 19 Chloe

    I have been waiting for this recap. Thanks! I can’t wait to read your (or JB’s) thoughts on episode 8, in particular.

    Love this drama. Can’t wait till tomorrow night to watch episode 9! It’s been such a long time since I’ve been exciting over a drama anticipating next episodes…

    • 19.1 Zie

      Me too… I’m watching episode 8 right now. (I know! I know! Why am I here when I’m currently watching it. its because I have to calm myself after *spoiler* certain kiss in a car *spoiler end*).

      Anyway, there is scene between Boong Do and Soo-kyung that I think I need another opinion of what exactly Boong Do said..

      I think those who watched episode 8 would know what I meant. ^^

      • 19.1.1 Kira

        OMG. YES.
        The subs made it seem like he accidentally called her his wife. Did that actually happen?!
        (Spoiler end)

        • Swye

          omo. When? I watched it raw and then read recaps, but none of the recaps said anything about him calling her his wife. Did I miss something?

        • CM

          Exactly! I want an answer from a person that is Korean on that scene! I still can’t believe my eyes…. I had to pause and re-watch the scene and I’m still confused

        • javabeans

          I never heard him call her wife. Mistranslation perhaps?

          • Kiara

            I think the only wife he ever mentioned was the one that was killed together with his parents. I hope thats not another mistranslation lol.

          • tarianant


            He was talking with SK when she asked him about why he doesnt have a cellphone, and he answered he doesn’t know anybody but “처자” Darksmurf translated it as “my wife”.

            I googled it, it could also means “lady”.
            Is it indeed mistranslation?

          • javabeans

            Mistranslation. He’s been calling Hee-jin that to her face the whole series, which is an antiquated form of saying “you.” (Literally, he’s calling her “lady” in the third person.) When he uses the word with Soo-kyung, he starts to say, “Lady…” then corrects himself because it’s a Joseon word and sounds strange. He then uses her name, “Choi Hee-jin-sshi…”

            Okay, enough spoilery deviation! I do hope we can stick to the episode at hand, just ’cause I don’t want to ruin things for people.

          • tarianant

            Thank you for clearing that up.

    • 19.2 Roggy

      That ep was soo good. Best cliffhanger ever! Cant wait till tomrw!

    • 19.3 jenny...

      Thanks! I can’t wait to read your (or JB’s) thoughts on episode 8, in particular.

      Totally agree with you…chloe

  20. 20 kelinci biru

    The directing in this show is amazing. I just realize that after re-watching ep5-6 last night. Like in this episode when Boong-do is watching Hee Jin in the airport, we know some time passes from the spinning camera, but the camera didn’t spin to fast that makes me dizzy.

    I love this drama, it really fun to watch! And thank you Headsno2!!

  21. 21 mardie

    i’m in luv… the chemistry between the 2 leads is amazing. the way they look and stare at each other makes me truly believe that they’re falling in luv/like.

    i liked the male lead in ‘Birth of the rich’ despite the drama’s numerous flaws, but i fell in luv with him here. <3

  22. 22 Zie

    WOW! Another recap! You and Javabean are on the roll! xDDD Thanks for the recap HeadsNo2.

    This is one of my favourite episode. So many adorable and sweet moment.

    I love the part when he saw the trailer. We could see right there and then he fall for her. I like it they make it seem the time had stop for him when he watched it.

    I realise here and in latter episodes that Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na spend less time together compare to Yoo In Na and the Dong Min (I dont know his real name) but the chemistry between Hyun Woo and In Na are Soooo out of this world.

    When they are together, locking eyes or just there side by side, I feel like my computer screen are about to explode. Even my heart beat for fast and I keep on saying OMG OMG OMG. Its unbearable but at the same time I’m loving it so much.

    The way he lean toward her at the end of this episode, I swear I thought they are going to kiss. I’m loving how the PD or the director or the writer make use of their height different. and the way they look at each other at that time………. SWOON!

    Both Hyun Woo and In Na are lucky to have each other in this drama.

    • 22.1 JC

      I second that the leads have great chemistry and that they are both lucky to be playing opposite the other. They are both such a breath of fresh air as characters and they are adorable together.

  23. 23 Noelle

    Yay! Thank you for the recap! Off to read.

    • 23.1 Noelle

      I don’t think if he transported on the plane he would end up 3000 miles in the air. If you remember he was in 3-story hospital (or more) when he was in the shower and used the talisman.

      Oh man! So glad she stuck up for him but at the same time this makes me worry. I’m thinking Dong Min/reporters might try snooping around for info.

  24. 24 notoriousnoona

    Thanks HeadsNo2!
    I definitely needed a glass of water after that one 😉

  25. 25 starlight

    i need the soundtrack for EVERYTHING in this drama NOW. lots of people are saying theyve overdone the long exposure camera moments but i always get goosebumps when the leads are still but the world isnt plus that lovely instrumental ost that comes on.

    BOONG DOOOOOO. that opening sequence of him in jeju was so gorgeous, i could watch it forever. along with this drama.

    and theyve got the cutest chemistry, and the whole longing staring thing down.

    anyone notice how boong do put his head down even closer to hee jins face when she started whispering to him at the end? HOT.

    and yes, secret garden foam wipe must equal secret garden foam kiss, kthanksbai!

    • 25.1 coconutjuice

      I actually really like it when they stare at each other like that, the longer the better actually! They’re just exploding with chemistry that it makes me squee like a 12 year old girl >.<

      • 25.1.1 Kiara

        I agree, sometimes it makes me think that a kiss is coming but then nothing. Oh this show can really tease us.
        It has been a lot of fun watching it with 4 other girl friends, choking on Korean instant noodles everytime Boong Do and Hee-jin are together.

        • spjork

          Heh, so jealous that you’ve got a group to watch this with! I can picture it now…5 grown women all turned into squeeing fangirls at the drop of Boong-do’s black brimmed Joseon hat. XD

          • Kiara

            Thanks to Diablo 3 there wont be any boyfriend/husband agro till QIH is over. The guys have their addiction and we have ours lol.

          • Lizzie

            @Kiara LOL Diablo, oh it is a nice way to explain our addiction! Just use their addiction against them, and they’ll understand us fine! kekekek

          • Kiara

            Ikr? and if you hear choking from the other room dont worry. We know Heimlich maneuver.

  26. 26 coconutjuice

    Sigh, why does it always feel like it’s months waiting for the next episode to come out with this drama? I think I’m addicted 🙁 someone find me a cure!

    • 26.1 nheony

      Oh coconut sorry to say this but once you are hooked (and addicted for that matter) there is really no cure. I mean the withdrawal syndrome alone is too hard to endure that you’ll just keep getting more.

  27. 27 Nymoue

    ”Okay, Boong-do, let’s think about this for a second. If the talisman is as exact as it seems to be and you time-traveled from here, aren’t you afraid you’ll end up 30,000 feet in the Joseon air sans a plane?”

    LOL ! i hadn’t thought about that, but now that you’ve pointed it out…. it’s really funny.

    Maybe the writers didn’t thought about that too. I mean, since the beginning of the show, they are showing us a guy who is really intelligent and who think before act. Based on his character… he wouldn’t have done that.

    Anyway, thanks for the recap!
    I love this show, i love Hee Jin and Bong Do. The two of them are CUTES !

  28. 28 nheony

    If anyone downloads the episode you can go to http://www.darksmurfsub.com and download subtitles. It’s another fan driven site and the subs are pretty decent. Just for anyone who

    • 28.1 mardie

      i’ve been searching daddicts for where to d/l the vid for QIHM, but cant seem to find them there. can u tell me where u get them? thank you!

      • 28.1.1 Zie

        Its there in Daddicts. Try to type:

        Queen In-hyuns man

        Sorry for not giving you the link as I’m not sure if I should.. >_<"

        • mardie

          thank you soooo much Zie! i guess i typed in the wrong word. =P
          the show is sooo good that i need to d/l them tho i stream them online already. good dramas need to be shared and treasure!

  29. 29 bebeswtz


    • 29.1 Princess61

      http://maymaywatch.blogspot.com/ has posted recaps up to Episode 8. 🙂 I will still read recaps from Dramabeans but I’m the impatient sort! LOL!

      • 29.1.1 jomo

        Love all the recaps for this show.
        Once you start, you can’t stop reading everything out there…

        I also recommend: http://joonni.com/
        Joonni is doing them the fastest, so you can watch the raw and get almost everything that goes on before you lose your mind!!
        (OK, I already lost it.)

        • SoyB

          oooh, thanks… love reading all the info, too! It’s so much fun when a drama is good and you get to read different recap version and just generally share the love. Going to check on the other site now.

        • Lizzie

          Thanks to Joonni and Maymay for recapping this, and JB and H3 too, I love to read every person insights about this drama! The more the better!

  30. 30 minaaddicted

    is it just me or does he really look like Rain? ^___^
    especially when he smiles..he kinda resembles him.. just sayin’.. hehe.

    this show is just too damn adoraaaable! thank you for the recaps!

    OMG..just what will be the effect of this? hahaha

    • 30.1 Laya

      I noticed that way back in Invincible Lee Pyung Gang– he does resemble Rain, especially at some angles 😀 I thought he was Rain at first!

    • 30.2 SoyB

      That’s funny… I saw a little bit of Lee Seung Gi, Jung il Woo and Kim Hyun Joo at various angles… right at the beginning of the show when he’s holding his hand against the #15, there, I swear he looked like Kim Hyun Joo. I didn’t think he was cute at first, but now he’s so damn hot and adorable. Oy!

    • 30.3 am

      I thought he looked like Lee Joon hahaha!

      • 30.3.1 Kittymommy

        Haha me too!! Lee Joon frm MBlaq

  31. 31 IJS

    I haven’t been this addicted to a drama since 49 Days. I watch without subs as soon as they come out, I’m that impatient!! I’ve been rewatching old episodes over and over until the new episodes come out. Ahhh I want more cute moments!!!

  32. 32 shl

    Thank you, HeadsNo.2! You can definitely count this as one of those shows I was sucked into watching solely due to your recaps! I’ve caught up on a couple of episodes and I can see why this has so many people rooting for it. BD’s smile . . . wow!

    • 32.1 jomo

      I made Joonni this about THAT smile.


      It can take me from low to very high in an instant, I physically miss it when I don’t have it, and I will do almost anything to get it…

    • 32.2 SoyB

      Ditto! Wasn’t planning on watching until I started reading the recaps and they sounded so good… so thanks!

  33. 33 ladida

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥!!!!!!! I love this show and I love the love this show is getting! Isn’t Soo Kyung just wonderful? Her face cracks me up. And Hee Jin is adorable with everybody–she’s cute and protetcive and in crush with Boong Do and cute and funny with Soo Kyung. I like that as much thought is put into her friendship as her romance. And Dong Min. Dong frikkin’ Min. It is so delicious (and hilarious) to see an arrogant ego bag publicly deflated. Somehow this show manages to be a romantic comedy time traveling suspense sageuk, and it works perfectly. Adore everything! (I’ve even started watching My Sweet Seoul because of this!)

    Thanks for the awesome recap!

    • 33.1 ladida

      Oh, and so many great screencaps of Bong Do and Hee Jin’s smiling here! I could just stare at this post for hours.

    • 33.2 kip

      i LOVE soo kyung. her facial expressions are freakin hilarious. she’s a good friend that keeps hee jin in check.

    • 33.3 jomo

      I love Soo-kyung! No matter how big a reaction the script calls for, she never seems over the top, even when she is over the top. It takes a nuanced actor to be able to play THIS big and not seem to be over acting.

      No matter how much she complains, she totally loves HJ.

      Think about it, she didn’t HAVE to get on the plane and go to Jejudo. I think SK is just as curious about the hatted wonder as HJ is. OK, she is a LOT more suspicious, but even before the interrogation, she knew he was going to be special.

    • 33.4 Stacy

      “Dong frikkin’ Min. It is so delicious (and hilarious) to see an arrogant ego bag publicly deflated.”

      True that. But was I the only one who thought “uh-oh”? Up until now he’s simply been a charming rascal that you can’t help but like even though you dislike his arrogance. But now that he’s been publicly humiliated, I can see him taking a more severe dislike to Boong Do and taking stronger action to separate BD and HJ and win over HJ. Basically, this might be the impetus for him to get serious over HJ instead of her being his crush of the week.

      • 33.4.1 ladida

        Yes! I saw the previews for 9/10, and I’m kind of afraid that his pursuit of Hee Jin is gonna go from exasperating but funny to actually a threat to the Boong Do-Hee Jin relationship. I love that the drama doesn’t have a love triangle, that it’s just Hee Jin and Boong Do and no one stands a chance of getting in between them. They’re so adorable!

    • 33.5 am

      I love Hee Jin’s relationship with Soo Kyung! I love how the writers developed the characters and how the actors understand each other and each other’s characters and how well guided they are by the director.

      There’s that balance between everything (oh let me refrain myself from quoting something from episode 9!!!)

      But gosh! Soo Kyung’s reaction at the cafe when Hee Jin told her about Boong Do dying from 300 years ago was just loltastic! Plus her talk/interrogation with Boong Do at the Jeju Cafe!!!

  34. 34 bishbash

    im waiting for all eps to be out before watching in its entirety, but the wait is killing me!!

    it’s been a looooooooooong while since we get such fantabulous hero!!

    *dies from swooning*

  35. 35 kbap

    I love this show so, so much. Ugh. Can’t wait for future episodes; this show will also definitely be in my too-watch-plate! 🙂 I think I need to marathon this as soon as I get close to graduation. Along with a bunch of other dramas.

  36. 36 Lazy Goose

    Did anyone find this drama’s OST Part 1?
    Looked for it for almost an hour and still haven’t found it.

    • 36.1 Princess61

      I did–I’m going to have to remember where I found it but I downloaded two of the songs already.

      • 36.1.1 Lazy Goose

        It’s in complete. Does anyone have the complete version?

    • 36.2 Kittymommy

      i got it here


      credit to the uploader…enjoy!

      • 36.2.1 jomo

        I don’t know you, Kittymommy, but I LOVE YOU!

      • 36.2.2 ladida

        ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ for Kittymommy! Thank you so much!

        • Kittymommy

          My pleasure really……Oh I love it when so many of us are spazzing together. Its raining love here in QIM!! <3<3<3

      • 36.2.3 Lazy Goose

        OMG. Thanks!!

  37. 37 Rossi

    This drama drives me insane! And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    We’re at the half way point now, Ms. Soong the writer, please continue to be awesome and can we please have the rest of eps with them glue to each other so fireworks can explode out of my hard drive?

    The antagonistic relationship b/t Dong Min and Na Jung cracks me up. I would totally ship them for the funny.

    Thanks so much HeadsNo2! Been refreshing DB even more obsessively than usual to get my squee in for this drama.

  38. 38 TiaC

    So what exactly does a girl have to do to get her own time-travelling Boong-Do? If it means flying to Seoul and becoming a sageuk actress, I am totally game.

  39. 39 Anonymous

    Love it.

    The real Ji Hyun Woo are the few actors who attended and graduated from Sungkyunkwan University. He major in Theatre.

    No wonder, he carries the aura of Sungkyunkwan’s scholar right 🙂

    • 39.1 occupyKBD

      yeah, he’s so smexy. i love this coincidence. but is sungkyunkwan univ. the most prestige one in korea? i mean in the present day? from the manager’s response, it seems so.

      • 39.1.1 ClaraD

        Not no. 1 but I think in top 10 list maybe 🙂

        I know that few celebs like Song Jong Ki, Moon Geun Young, Goo Hye Sun and Joo Won and Uee went there too.

      • 39.1.2 Oly

        Yup. Sungkyunkwan Univ is one of the most prestigious one in Korea. (Top5)

        Some info for non-Koreans: SKK in Joseon and modern SKKU is the same. 😉
        SKK was established in 1398 and Japanese abolished it during the Japanese occupation(1910-1945).
        But after liberation, it was reopened as private Univ in 1946.

        So now, if you come to SKKU campus, you can see many buildings at that time and cultural heritage. They’re still in being and well preserved: Jongyeonggak (Library), Dongjae and Seojae (Dormitories), Bicheon-dang (Examination building) and so on. Maybe they’re familiar to you becuz of Sungkyunkwan Scandal! 😉

        And Traditional Korean Village, Bukchon (which is Boong-do live! lol but not buildings at that time) and old palaces from Joseon are five-minute bus away from the campus..

        • fan

          Really Top 5? Time must’ve changed. When I left in late 70s, it was not. LOL. (btw I went to Seoul Univ so it could be my prejudice)

          • javabeans

            I just had this conversation with the parents. According to them SKKU had not been a top school for a while, until Samsung started pouring tons of money into it in the ’80s, and it drastically improved and became a top school.

          • Ginko

            SKKU has been in the top 5 for more than decade now, like Javabeans said, it started when Samsung pouring tons of money into the university.

            The Sungkyunkwan University library we saw in Ep4 is one in a few libraries of the university. The Jongyeonggak Library as Oly mentioned and the Central Library are in Seoul campus. There are other ones, and the one in Ep4 is actually called “Sungkyunkwan University – Samsung Library” in Suwon (natural sciences campus). This digital library represents the symbol of an open book which is symbolic of analog information, as well as an image of a ginkgo leaf – the symbol of Sungkyunkwan University (source: SKKU’s website).

            I was an exchanged student at Suwon campus, but I left before the new building opened in 2009, it’s a shame I didn’t have a chance to enjoy the facilities in the library, but you see, that library is a spectacular environment for learning.

        • momosa

          Been to Buckhon, love the hanok homes there.

      • 39.1.3 ladida

        occupyKBD…occupy Kim Boong Do??? Bahahahahahahahah! Best name ever.

        • occupyKBD

          thanks JB and everyone. now i know more about SKKU. seems a lot of scholars here. 🙂

          and ladida, yes…it’s OCCUPY KIM BOONG DO. do you want to join this ‘movement’? haha… (whenever i see ‘anonymous’ name, i can’t help picture that guy fawks mask and occupy wall street mm, but this is a k-drama blog so i change from activist mode to a fangirl one. ^^)

  40. 40 piggy68gal

    Thank you thank you thank you so much for this recap! 😀
    I’m very much in love with this drama, as well as with our main leads. The kind of chemistry they have is so unbelievably sizzling…even when they are just gazing into each others’ eyes you can feel their feelings just hanging there in the air…I totally love it <3

  41. 41 Rashell

    Javabeans summed it up. This show is just made of win <3 <3 <3

  42. 42 AlexLouise

    This show is just too much cuteness to take. the two leads have explosive chemistry together. I love every single time when he lower his head or her moving her face closer to his. Swoon.
    This is the only drama that get me so addict that i read recap about it in 3 different websites and numerous of time when i am at it. Truly a good work.
    But still wondering why Dramabeans does not give it a little more priority, a little quicker. Your recaps are the one that i am looking forward the most.
    Today is Wed 😡

    • 42.1 lil

      me too, me too. i read the recaps from other websites and never get tired of reading. i love all the recaps but i’m still waiting and always excited to read from dramabeans. <3 <3

  43. 43 jeezvive

    This drama makes me giggle all over, again and again and again! <3 <3 <3

  44. 44 GDtagonian

    ahaha. someone sure is working double time. posting 2 QIM recaps days apart. ;D

  45. 45 Betty Ruan

    Do anyone have any knowledge of scholar kim boong do in korean history? I really want to know what exactly happened in his real life. Please ^^;

    • 45.1 Rossi

      As far as I know, he’s fictional creation by this awesome writer 😀

      • 45.1.1 Kiara

        Oh I didnt see your post. I must have been typing mine when you post yours :).

    • 45.2 Kiara

      Betty I believe Kim Boong Do does not exist in history. The writers are so good that they make us believe he was somehow real.

      • 45.2.1 s

        OMG really??? But the book he was reading in the library looked like the actual thing! Now it makes sense why no one in the Chinese forum went ballistic in searching for the real Boong Do: there is nothing to find XD

        • alert

          Maybe that’s the whole point the writers are playing around with.

          The reason he’s not in the ‘real’ history is because he chose to be in the ‘future’ with Hee Jin, thus his existance 300 years ago is deleted heee.

          Thus, a happy ending to this drama! 🙂

          • jomo

            I am totally hoping he stays in the present, too.
            It makes sense!
            Can you imagine if he ended up teaching at SKK?
            I would go to there and major in Joseon history!

          • Kiara

            I’m with you because I desperately wants a happy ending for our couple……But how is that going to happen?. His name is already on the history books. There has to be a really good explanation for it to suddenly disappear in 2012.

            Maybe Boong Do and Hee-jin are the only one who can see it?. If he was an important part of Queen In-hyun’s reinstatement I think that there should have been a Boong Do character in Hee-jin’s drama but there’s none.

          • jomo

            They have already changed history, and what is in the books; they can change it again.
            If he disappears in the past, they may report him as dead.
            Then he can live here with us and we can visit him in Seoul.

          • Kiara

            Yea they have changed some so far but what about those who have read it before he changed it?. Is it also being erased from their memory too?. Maybe I’m missing something because it doesnt make sense to me.

          • jomo

            The way I see it, what happened before the change is gone forever. NOBODY knows about it, but our OTP.

            But we are still mid-story, so it can still change several times. Every time he goes back, he changes it again.

            So when everything happens that is going to happen, they will still be the only ones to know all the versions of history. Meaning what happend before doesn’t matter anymore, just the final events.

          • Kiara

            OK I’m satify with “only our OTP knew about it” kind of like my original thought. My own conclusion will be, that part of history was never written, just like what it is today.

            Thank you Jomo. I think I should stick to being a crazy Boong Do fan-girl for the rest of the show lol.

  46. 46 Yogurt

    Finally.. a drama that render me helplessly longing for new episodes each week and hunting for even a slightest piece of news regarding it! (I think the last drama that I have such obsession with is 3 years ago.. ‘City Hall’)

    Hee Jin is so adorable and brave in her expression of love! =)
    Boong-do => finally a kind, gentle and smart male lead whom it make sense for female lead to fall in love with.. =)

    • 46.1 Kittymommy

      Omo!! me too… i was crazily obsessed with City Hall as well. I thot that they will be the 1 & only couple tht will drive me insane. Alas…these two aigoo… soo frinkin ADORBS!!!

      My brain rite now is 99% occupied by Bong Doo + Hee Jin. I feel like a zombie already, real life is taking back seat at the moment…dramaworld rule!

    • 46.2 skelly

      Same here: City Hall was the last show I was this obsessed with.

    • 46.3 So3

      Omo great to see someone bringing up my forever love CH in the great threads of QIM LOL

      I was talking to my friends to other day that last time I had similar obsession was with CH!!!

    • 46.4 dramabliss

      Omo! Yay, for fans of both City Hall and QIYM! Glad to be in this company!

    • 46.5 baieda

      yeah me too…. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ city hall
      ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ QIHM

      ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ this obsessiveness

  47. 47 Dita

    Love this drama. Oh Boong-do, I just love your smile, cutest ever >.<

  48. 48 21

    I have so much love for this show and for Boong-do!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ Thanks for the recap! Many hearts for you too!!

  49. 49 lena

    Finally! A k-drama hero that I can actually see myself dating in real life. Who knew.

    And I know my biggest pet-peeve is the wrist grabbing of the heroine but when Boong-do does it, I don’t seem bothered at all. I guess he makes up for it all by those intense stares and beautiful, beautiful smiles.

    When he smiles, I smile. I actually fight the urge to pinch my computer scene and make incoherent noises every time he smiles.

    ♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥

    Love, love, love.

  50. 50 gzenitram


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