Drama Recaps
Queen In-hyun’s Man: Episode 7
by | May 21, 2012 | 155 Comments

An awesome episode, which isn’t unusual for this drama, which is going strong. But even with the high bar it sets for itself, I was particularly impressed with the action, cleverness, and adorable quotient packed into this one compact 45-minute episode. I love that nothing is wasted here; why bother with filler when you can’t just use that time to cram in more smart, intricately plotted dramatic goodness?

Plus! We have the appearance of Black Avenger Boong-do! Hot AND awesomely smart? Be still, everyone’s hearts.

SONG OF THE DAY

Park Ji-yoon – “그럴꺼야” (I’ll Do That). This song makes me happy. This drama makes me happy. It seemed a logical choice. (Even if it IS a break-up song. Quibbles.)
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EPISODE 7 RECAP

Hee-jin declares that Boong-do isn’t her stalker but her boyfriend, which spares him from being arrested upon arrival. It also makes Dong-min look ridiculous for charging in to the “rescue,” although I wouldn’t feel too bad for him since it was his own fault for trumping himself up as the hero in the first place.

(I do particularly enjoy that Dong-min was keen to “macho up” his image. After the shower stalker incident, he says he wished he caught the guy because it would have addressed his image as a pretty boy without a tough side. Heh.)

I do also love how this has both managers groaning in dismay, since they know how much future trouble they’re courting. Is this out of the frying pan and into the fire?

Dong-min returns to his seat fuming, and Na-jung smirks and says I told you so—she warned him against helping Hee-jin’s career, only to get this in return. She’s loving the chance to rub his face in it; hell hath no fury and all that.

Dong-min lets her get under his skin, particularly when she laughs that the whole country will know that he made a fool of himself the minute they land.

Farther back in the plane, Hee-jin and Boong-do sit stiffly, trying to ignore the looks (and cameraphones). Boong-do says that it seems her friend’s advice was appropriate—you know, the one cautioning him about Hee-jin’s passionate nature. She reminds him that she stepped in to keep him from arrest, and he thanks her for the help. But she sure picked the most passionate way possible.

He leans closer to keep his voice low, just as Hee-jin turns to retort that she couldn’t think of anything else since she’s not a smartypants. This brings their faces just inches from each other. Gulp.

Hee-jin’s pique melts away when Boong-do explains that he’s just worried about her. Still, she grumbles that he’s “spouting crap” after she rescued him, making him wonder what this so-called crap is. He guesses, “Ah, it’s an insult.”

Upon arrival in Seoul, Dong-min climbs into his celebmobile still chafing over his humiliation. Spotting Hee-jin and Boong-do at the curb, he decides to confront them right away for damage control. If they’re seen looking friendly, it’ll soften the story about the airplane fight.

His manager calls after Hee-jin, who ushers Boong-do away quickly—it’s best for him to avoid Dong-min and lie low. She puts him in a taxi and tells him not to worry; this is her world, so she’ll manage. She sends him off saying, “Bye, and don’t die again.”

The taxi pulls away just as Dong-min’s manager gets there, and Boong-do escapes in time to avoid the crowd that gathers as Dong-min joins them. Hee-jin says innocently, “Oops, I didn’t hear you. Too bad, he’s gone.”

Slapping on a smile for the cameras, Dong-min tells her to call him back, since he didn’t get a chance to greet the boyfriend. Hee-jin says he won’t care to greet the guy who attacked him twice, and Dong-min says through forced smile, “Good point.”

His manager wonders why Boong-do was wearing sageuk clothing at the hospital if he’s Hee-jin’s boyfriend, and supposes that he must be an extra. That gets Dong-min even more furious: “You mean I got rejected FOR AN EXTRA?!” Does that hurt the pride, pretty boy?

Hee-jin calls to say she’s sorry for not telling him about the boyfriend at the hospital. But she couldn’t blurt it out with the nurses around—you know how it goes.

Dong-min accuses her of using him to get her the role, but she reminds him that she stated very clearly that she wasn’t interested—it’s his fault for not listening. She hangs up on him, leaving him stunned in disbelief while she giggles to herself at his reaction.

Soo-kyung points out what a mess she’s made for herself. Hee-jin naively says, “The people on the plane won’t post everything on the internet, right? They’ll just gossip about it, right?” Oh, honey. Soo-kyung tells her drily to wait and see when the paparazzi mobs her tomorrow.

Hee-jin starts to worry, then shakes it off with her bubbly optimism: “I’ll worry about that then. The sun rises again tomorrow!” I love her.

Soo-kyung rips into Boong-do next, annoyed that he caused the trouble and then disappeared. She sniffs, “It’s not even like he’s got a life or death matter to deal with!” Hee-jin counters, “He does have a life or death matter.”

The news hits the ‘net. Soo-kyung freaks out, but adorably, Hee-jin enjoys seeing herself and Boong-do sitting cozily in the plane together: “The picture came out great!” Haha. Soo-kyung threatens to quit being her manager, while Hee-jin wonders how she can save that photo on her phone. The girl has priorities.

Boong-do returns to Joseon and startles Queen In-hyun’s men by appearing just days after he was supposedly shipped off to Jeju. How nifty that his time-skip essentially buys him time here; even if his escape were announced immediately, nobody would expect him back so soon.

He warns her that Minister Min will make another attempt on her life today, but he’s got a plan all worked out. He instructs her to remain calm no matter what she hears outside, and asks her to keep his visit secret from everyone, including the king, whom she’ll be meeting tonight.

Then, Boong-do instructs the men guarding the house to vacate their positions tonight, which of course has them confused. He directs them to hide around the perimeter, in anticipation of their attackers.

Back to the future. Boong-do takes a taxi to Gyeongbukgung, the palace in Seoul, which cracks me up—did he warp to the future to take advantage of its speedier modes of transportation? That’s so smart, and yet also hilarious. Still, just be glad you didn’t get stuck in rush hour, ‘s all I’m sayin’…

Joseon again, where Boong-do sits at a desk wearing black assassin’s clothes. Rawr. (Although I do wonder where he got the hair to tie up his topknot. Did they have topknot toupees in the Joseon era?) He takes out ink and parchment, then uses his left hand to write, disguising his handwriting. Atta boy.

That evening, King Sukjong reads an endless stack of missives, fuming at the mountain of complaints. Now that he’s exiled his best buddy, he has no trusted adviser to talk with, which compounds the frustration.

The king retires for the night, heading toward his bedchamber. From a nearby rooftop, Boong-do readies his bow and arrow and aims just to the side of the king’s entourage, his arrow striking the pillar just next to them.

As the king’s men fly into a flurry of alarm, Boong-do takes out his talisman to time-leap the hell outta there. The king spies the letter, the contents of which Boong-do’s voice narrates as he goes on the move, again in modern Seoul.

Boong-do writes as a concerned and anonymous bystander, informing the king of something he overheard at a party at Minister Min’s home tonight. Among the partygoers are Minister Min’s two cronies; together the trio occupy the three highest positions in the king’s cabinet. The informant explains overhearing their plot to kill Queen In-hyun, which has the king shaking in rage.

Boong-do arrives in a certain Seoul neighborhood, carefully making his way to a certain house—it’s a han-ok structure, built in the traditional style, and he’s either counting his steps or looking for a marker of recognition.

Finding the building he’s looking for, he draws his sword… Ahh, so smart! Not only is he using the time-leap to escape tight situations and travel quickly, it also affords him cover, since naturally there’s no guard posted in 2012 Seoul. I’m so impressed.

At the party, the conspirators drink with gisaengs and tell Minister Min he should’ve been harsher with Yoon-wol, that untrustworthy woman. He excuses himself from the party to fetch something from his chamber, then stops short at the sight of his desk, where his writing materials have been taken out and readied for use.

Suddenly, a sword appears, pointed at Minister Min’s throat. It’s Dark Avenger Boong-do, who lowers his mask to reveal his face, making the minster sputter that he’s supposed to be in Jeju.

Even harder to comprehend is how he could have gone there and back in just two weeks—that’s physically impossible. But Boong-do confirms that he did make it to Jeju—he knows of the poisoned food and hired assassins Minister Min had prepared.

Boong-do orders him to write: “I, Minister Min Am, give the command to carry out the plan that was interrupted one month ago by Kim Boong-do. Gather outside the home of deposed queen by evening and eliminate her.”

Minister Min gapes in shock, but Boong-do says there’s no need for surprise: “The contents are exactly as you wrote yourself one month ago.” He’s just repeating his own orders.

The king continues reading: The informant calls himself too fearful to reveal his identity, but urges the king to hurry and save the queen. Then the eunuch arrives to report that the intruder got away—just as the king finishes reading the letter, which ends with a warning that his eunuch is not loyal to him, but to Lady Jang. Ooh.

At the party, the others note Minister Min’s absence and send a servant in search of him. The servant finds him sitting alone at his desk, not seeing the sword held to the back of his neck by Boong-do, hidden behind the screen.

With trembling hands, Minister Min tosses the letter to his servant, telling him to convey it to Ja-soo, his warrior henchman.

Ja-soo is puzzled at the message, given its suddenness and the fact that Minister Min said nothing yesterday. But hearing that the letter came from the minister’s hands directly, Ja-soo figures it’s good enough and calls for his men, burning the message.

Boong-do gives Minister Min one more letter to write, which will go to Lady Jang’s brother. Minister Min starts to balk at the nerve of dragging the sitting queen into this, but Boong-do corrects him, saying that it’s the minister himself who hurt the queen—five years ago, when he evicted Queen In-hyun and killed Boong-do’s family.

Boong-do declares that this is no injustice to Minister Min, since he was planning a purge of Queen In-hyun’s supporters soon anyway. Being informed of future historical events, Boong-do adds that the minister’s purges will fail, and therefore he’s just speeding along the minister’s eventual banishment.

The minister is shocked that Boong-do knows of this plan, which he probably hasn’t shared with anyone yet. “Did I not tell you I had a good card?” Boong-do asks. “Now write.”

Ja-soo and his men arrive outside Queen In-hyun’s home, where they see through the paper walls that she’s sitting inside, working at her embroidery. She’s been apprised of the plan and knows to expect something, which puts her on edge as she waits.

By the time the men breach the wall and make their way outside her door, however, they find there are no guards. Something’s fishy…

Hidden nearby, the king’s soldiers light primitive firecrackers… and strap them to a cat? Are you barbarians? Eeeeep! The cat is sent amidst Ja-soo’s group and the firecrackers emit smoke, clouding their vision. Gah, it’s a good thing those aren’t the explody ones, because then you don’t get to be the good guys.

Ja-soo declares that the letter was a fake and orders retreat. The king’s soldiers charge, sparking a massive swordfight in the courtyard.

Caught by surprise, the assassins are either killed or rounded up by the officers. After the fighting ends, King Sukjong joins his men and shocks the queen with his appearance—Boong-do alluded to it, but only in the most cryptic of ways.

It’s clear that Queen In-hyun never stopped loving her husband despite what he did to her (or allowed Lady Jang to do), and with her gentle heart she hasn’t harbored a grudge. Sukjong, meanwhile, has been growing sorrier for his mistake, perhaps seeing what he gave up in favor of the more volatile, more manipulative Lady Jang. Now he takes her hand in his and acknowledges the queen’s tribulations, which I suppose is about as close to an apology as we can expect of a king.

Two assassins escape, one of whom is Ja-soo. The underling assures him that it’ll be hard to pin him for this, since he burned the letter. What they don’t know is that Boong-do has made that irrelevant, with the second letter he forces Minister Min to write. This one he instructs the minister to keep on his person.

Shortly thereafter, the king’s entourage heads over to Minister Min’s household, interrupting the party that is still in full swing to arrest everyone there. Minister Min’s silhouette is visible on the paper siding and the officers order him to surrender himself. Out of their sightline, Boong-do stands with his sword pointed at the minister to prevent his escape.

The minister staggers to his feet, dreading his fate. Boong-do tells him, “Your exile will be to Daejeong, Jeju Island. It is where I am staying. It is a place where the food is poisoned and you don’t know when a sword will come flying at you, but I will welcome your arrival.”

Minister Min says incredulously, “Do you think you will be able to escape from here?! You have run away from exile—you will be executed by dismemberment!”

Boong-do just says pleasantly, “Whatever are you saying? I have never left my place of exile. I will go there and await you.” So. Satisfying.

He ducks behind the screen again when officers enter to arrest Minister Min, who tells them smugly that there is another criminal here for them to arrest. He directs them to find Boong-do hiding behind the screen… and of course there is no one.

The officers remind him that Boong-do is in Jeju, as though that’s that. Minister Min is dragged off confused, looking back at the screen, wondering what the hell just happened.

The king delivers his judgment: exile for the conspiring ministers, with punishments for the eunuch and Lady Jang’s brother as well. He orders Kim Boong-do’s name cleared of false charges and his former position restored. Yay!

Now we return to Yoon-wol, who has been living at a temple ever since Han-dong escorted her away from Hanyang. She prays at the altar endlessly, enough to bathe her face in sweat, until she’s called out by Han-dong.

She lights up to at Boong-do’s approach, having heard of the villains’ capture. But isn’t he supposed to be in Jeju? He tells her that it’s all thanks to the talisman, although he can’t explain the details.

Yoon-wol expresses her relief to see him well, and he thanks her for enduring her trials patiently. She modestly says that she endured because he endured, but he says, “If it were not for you, I would have given up.” Words that lift the soul. Aw, it makes my heart pang for her sake, since he is so sweet to her and genuinely cares for her, though not as a lover.

Boong-do tells her to pack and return home with Han-dong, since he’ll soon be called back to Hanyang. That means he’ll first have to return to Jeju to pretend he was in exile the whole time—although he has one more person to thank first. He smiles a secret smile to himself that makes Yoon-wol look anxious, as though she’s vaguely aware of what he means by that.

2012. The drama’s director sits in the editing room with two editors, who chuckle over Dong-min’s airplane humiliation. They’ve seen the whole video on Youtube, which totally shattered his cool image.

Dong-min’s fall from his pedestal has the director worried, because it affects the drama as well. So when Hee-jin drops by with snacks for the producers, the director asks her to wait for him outside. The editor chimes in that her boyfriend is good-looking: “Just my type!” Stand in line, honey.

The airplane love-triangle-scandal has been front-page tabloid fodder for days, and Hee-jin heaves a worried sigh. The rumors have grown and twisted in all directions: Some call her a two-timer, some paint Dong-min as the victim, and others say that the boyfriend was sent to the hospital for injuries and is preparing to sue.

The hubbub makes the director uneasy, and Hee-jin apologizes for the trouble. She assures him that the boyfriend wasn’t hurt and won’t sue. Still, the director worries that if his two stars’ images both collapse, so will the drama. He concedes that Dong-min overreacted, but urges her to reconcile with him since they’re all in the same boat together. Soon. Like, today.

This presents more difficulty than the others know, since the boyfriend is no longer in this world. Literally. Soo-kyung points out that Dong-min was right about smoothing things over at the airport—if they’d taken the photo op to look cheery together, it could have killed the gossip. Soo-kyung decides it’s better late than never: Call the boyfriend to stage that photo today.

Hee-jin says he’s busy doing important things (talk about an understatement); it’s a good idea, but he can’t make it. Soo-kyung can’t understand how he can’t have time for one measly meal (“Even the president eats!”) or why he doesn’t have a cell phone. Or home phone. Or email.

Soo-kyung asks, “Then how has he called you all this while?!” Hee-jin: “Pay phone.” Soo-kyung just about has a fit, and it is SO entertaining. Her reactions just make these conversations so hilarious, because she’s trying not to blow her lid, but Hee-jin’s answers are so frustrating. She wonders, “Is he even your boyfriend? Is this just a one-sided thing on your end?”

When Hee-jin gets called in for a scene, Soo-kyung makes a grab for her cell phone. She’s got to have some info on him, right? She hilariously gets stuck guessing the password, just as a call comes in.

Dong-min sulks in the bathtub, rejecting his manager’s suggestion to eat lunch out, in no mood to face the public. He perks up when the manager says that Hee-jin has requested the lunch (she must have been shunning or avoiding Dong-min all this while).

Hee-jin returns to find her phone gone and a message from Soo-kyung awaiting: Meet at a restaurant for lunch with Dong-min.

Hee-jin is escorted to Dong-min’s table, drawing stares all the while. The managers wave from the next table, and it’s so cute to see them happy for once, those perennially frustrated handlers of their troublemaking stars.

Dong-min keeps his movie-star smile on his face for the sake of their audience, but speaks sarcastically through his teeth. He informs her of the plan concocted by Manager Central: Boyfriend will arrive, the men will greet each other warmly, and Boyfriend will show that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with his ribs. Hee.

Hee-jin tells Dong-min that the Boyfriend wants to sort out the mess, but just can’t make it. Well, that’s news to Dong-min, who asks if she’s still harboring revenge fantasies against him and angrily calls his manager (at the next table, ha).

But no, Soo-kyung assures him that she gave Boyfriend the time and restaurant address, so he’ll be here. And lo, there he comes.

Hee-jin gapes as Boong-do arrives at the table, bows, and apologizes for being late. Dong-min makes a show of laughing it off—people are watching, don’tcha know—and offers a hand. Boong-do shakes it, giving the managers their money shot.

Time to order lunch. Boong-do takes his menu and uses it as a privacy screen, whispering to Hee-jin, “Do I just have to read it?” He explains that he wanted to repay her for all her help, so when he heard she was in need of his, “I came running.”

He adds that he was instructed to play the part of boyfriend thoroughly: “I do not quite know how, but I will give my best effort to acting your boyfriend.” Aw, yeah you will!

Hee-jin notes his perfect hero timing, just like those hundreds of scenes in all the romantic manhwa books, which makes her feel all embarrassed and bashful over the grand romantic gesture. Boong-do asks, “What does that mean?” At her non-response, he guesses, “Ah, another insult.”

Hee-jin gives him a shy smile and whispers, “It’s a compliment!” She adds that if he wants to do a good job with the boyfriend act, all he has to do is keep it up, “Because I love feeling this way.”

 
COMMENTS

So much plotular goodness. Let’s start with Boong-do’s intricate, thoughtful takedown of Minister Min and the Joseon baddies. I love that he figures out a way to use his talisman as a strategic card, not merely a get-out-of-jail-free card to whip out in a tough spot. He has taken it past the point of mystical force (you know, helpful in a vague, paranormal way that allows a drama to create problems without needing to solve them logically, since the magic element can be that narrative panacea) into being a literal tool. Talk about a brilliant use of the time-travel device, which isn’t just a cute gimmick anymore but an active agent in the story.

Then on top of the time-travel strategery, where he zips around the past by using the tools of the present, Boong-do creates himself an alibi with the help of the talisman. How smart of him to use his exile to his advantage. What a way to turn tables; he doesn’t merely make the best of a shitty situation, he actually lulls his enemies into a false sense of security, then uses their own complacency against them. (Not that you can even accuse them of being complacent when his movements are impossible using the time-space laws of their world. Nobody could know he had another way around them.)

What’s especially interesting to me is the way Boong-do explains his actions in the Joseon timeline. Take his confrontation with Minister Min, whom he says is heading to his eventual fate anyway. Since Minister Min’s plot would fail and he’d be executed anyway, what Boong-do does now isn’t unfair to Minister Min or to future events. He’s not altering the course of history, just tweaking its finer details, since the result will remain the same. I wonder whether Boong-do’s logic is a rationalization to him—or to us, for that matter, since we know exactly where his work causes deviations from history as we know it. Is he cheating Fate–as he wondered when he escaped Death with the talisman’s help–or is Fate going to claim its share no matter what? Do Boong-do’s actions only matter on a micro level, or are the ripples far-reaching?

It’s one of those questions that’ll never have a concrete answer, but which can be argued in so many different ways, depending on the perspective you take. Is the butterfly effect subject to the whims of the tiniest aberration, allowing huge change based on a small act? Or is Fate powered by incredible inertia, where most of the time you end up where you were headed all along, despite small fluctuations in the details?

Then on top of those compelling existential-type questions, we also get a load of cute interactions between our couple, with Boong-do really stepping it up now by coming through for Hee-jin. He’s learned how to make the time-skips more or less at will (and while we don’t see the exact mechanism of his warps each time, it’s pretty clear that he’s manufacturing life-threatening scenarios, presumably with cool efficiency), and now that he has accomplished his big goal in the Joseon lifetime, he gets to use this tool for more personal purposes. Hey, why not? There aren’t any rules guiding this kind of usage, so it’s up to him to decide what to do with this knowledge.

The fact that he chooses to go back to Hee-jin shows a conscious decision on his part to maintain this connection; it’s as he said earlier, that some stuff may be coincidence, like their initial repeat encounters, but other stuff is the result of choice, and of wanting to be together. It’s pretty clear they like each other, but the question is how far they’ll let this time-skip capability work for them. And if you have to risk your life (even if you tell yourself it’s perfectly safe) every time you meet, is there a limit to how far you can use the tool for your own purposes before Fate wants its payment or closes that loophole? I dunno the answers, but I just know the questions make me nervous…

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155 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Nincy

    first?
    thx alot for this recap :D

    • 1.1 pabo ceo reom

      Thanks for the fun read! This drama is beautiful in so many ways. Love, love, love.

  2. Stardust

    I LOOOOOVE THIS RECAAAPsss!! Boong Do yaaaa….♥

  3. Kelinci Biru

    Yoo Inna got that bashful smile right in her pocket. well, i wonder how did she kept not smiling the last 6 episodes before? she’s adorable.

    the highlights of this episode just when our couple’s faces just inches away. the first time i already giggling, the second time i envy them. sigh.

    • 3.1 ninsarama

      uggh right there with you! Being single doesn’t bother me, but this drama makes me lonely!!!

      • 3.1.1 Daniella

        honestly!

      • 3.1.2 momogi

        yeah, exactly right there with you.
        reading this recap make me happy and seeing hee-jin & boong-do interaction make me all smiley. But behind that I feel lonely and want a companion right away. Sigh

        Sometimes you just live vicariously through the character. Sad, huh..

    • 3.2 momosa

      I love her for her ‘kiss first, think later’ kind of attitude.

      • 3.2.1 Kelinci Biru

        hahaha.

        how i wish i have that kinda attitude!

  4. Nanuki

    Dear Lord I love this show. (And the DB gang. You’re awesome.)

  5. Kiara

    YAY..thank you so much JB <333333333333333333333333

    • 5.1 Kiara

      Boong Do is owning it in both era. I can not decide if I love him more in Joseon or 2012. Sometimes when the OTP are apart things kind of get boring but not with this show.

      I’m kind of sad that we only have 6 more episodes :(. I’m going to miss this show like crazy when its over.

  6. Shukmeister

    Excellent recap! Black Avenger Boong Do is the best!

    I am wondering too. As the talisman get worn/wrinkly, will it’s effectiveness reduce so that it will either be inoperable, or end up little more than a ghost in modern Korea.

    We already know that his changes are affecting Hee Jin’s time by the script/story changes during filming, and I’m nervous that one move on his part will really shift the timeline until it is unrecognizable.

    Nevertheless, I’m seriously stoked about this series! Another excellent cable show from TvN!

    • 6.1 abu

      I have the same thoughts, too. This drama really makes me fidget waiting for ‘the big effect of the use of talisman.’

      Thanks for the recap, jb!

  7. pumpkinattack

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay~

    Life is good. :)

  8. Diy

    its my no 1 drama right now. and depending on how the other half of the series goes, it might be my fav of the year!
    and does anyone know if ji hyun woo have serve the army yet?

    • 8.1 Zie

      >_<" Now you make me wonder if he has gone to army.

      I just went to his Dramawiki's profile and saw that he had drama every year since 2004. So, unless he has been to the Army before 2004 (he was 20 years old) or he has some kind of medical thing that make him unable to attend the army, I doubt that he has been in the Army.

      Thus, my conclusion for question is No, he has not been in the Army.

      And please please please someone tell me if he has or he has not.

    • 8.2 am

      I remember all the kdrama dudes I fell hard for ended up in the army after doing an awesome drama. (i.e Gong Yoo in Coffee House!)

      so…NOOOOO! I’m not ready! Not again!

      This is definitely my favourite drama for the first half of 2012….it’ll be pretty damn tough to top this right now.

  9. pigeon

    I love this show….next episode pls..

  10. 10 Caroline

    Ahh thank you!! ♥ been waiting for this recap! Oh, how i wish Boong do was real!

  11. 11 syer

    I totally fall deeply in love with the main actor. Ji hyun woo, why you so awesome.. thanks JB for the recap, i’ve been waiting for this forever.. I wish you could recap this awesome drama faster than Rooftop Prince..This series deserve better attention.. but I know who am I….

  12. 12 jomo

    Thank you for this recap and explaining beyond the subs – of which I have found three or four different versions.

    I have NEVER worked this hard to understand a show EVER.

    Your comments gave me a lot to think about – I really need to know how he so effectively “gets killed” each time he travels to 2012. I have to say it makes me extremely nervous – I see a LAST leap coming that may kill us all. I hope I am dead wrong!

    The editor chimes in that her boyfriend is good-looking: “Just my type!” Stand in line, honey.

    It’s a long long line!!!
    I’m in love I’m in love I’m in love I’m in love I’m in LOVE!

    • 12.1 diorama

      I second jomo in thanking JB for her explanations! The subs are sometimes (understandably) a bit vague and I end up missing a lot of the subtext.

    • 12.2 anotheraddict

      Hi Jomo– Where have you found subs for this drama besides darksmurfsubs? Whose subs do you like the best? Also, sorry to trouble you, but you mentioned in another post that DSS now has sync-your-own-subs functionality– I tried to find instructions on their site about how to do that but I couldn’t find them. If you could provide a link to those instructions, I’d be ever so grateful.

      • 12.2.1 jomo

        I have to be on my home computer to tell you the name of the sub site that I use. It might be Medium Quality, or something like that, or it has “drama” and “load” in the title.

        As far as DSS, when you click into the episode you want, there are two options
        DOWNLOAD (meaning as is)

        or below that,
        Adjust timing and download

        There there are the chrono thingies where you put in the time that the FIRST SUBS need to appear.
        Sometimes this is dialog, sometimes it is words on the screen.
        It isn’t perfect, because different files have different numbers of frames or something, but it gets close.
        You can even do more than one version of the same episode, and as they get more off – as in too soon or too late – switch to the second timing.

        It is worth it to me to do all that just so I can understand what BD says as he says it!

        • 12.2.1.1 anotheraddict

          It is worth it to me to do all that just so I can understand what BD says as he says it! I hear you, sister!

          Thanks so much for taking the time to fill me in. I’ll definitely play around with the DSS trick. Also, I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve read that using the VLC player, one can adjust the timing of the subs in 50 millisecond increments.

          You iz a gem, Jomo– chongmal kamsahamnida!

      • 12.2.2 jomo

        This is the site that posts the files and the streaming fast.
        http://kr-drama.blogspot.com/2012/04/tvn-2012-queen-inhyuns-man-raw-e6-sub_08.html

        They have a link on the page to the subs as they fall out of the subbing factory assembly line – whether it is DSS or someone else.
        They usually have different versions for each episode, too.

        This has streaming and d/l’s too if you are looking for versions that work with subs that you find.
        http://reencodedtomq.blogspot.com/2012/04/queen-in-hyuns-man.html

        The last site is one someone here recommended that I paid a membership fee for
        http://www.dramaload.com/
        They aren’t as fast, but what they post is nice quality, no ads, and the subs are syched. This is where I get my final version.

    • 12.3 kelinci biru

      Long line indeed.

      anyway, the subs drives me crazy. i don’t understand the Joseon part at all. Javabeans’ narrative really-really helps, otherwise im skipping all the Joseon part.

    • 12.4 am

      “I have NEVER worked this hard to understand a show EVER.”

      I swear, it’s like doing my math homework.

      Well, at least we all know it’s good because it makes us think. One of the qualities of a smart, well-written drama :)

      • 12.4.1 daniela

        For me It’s my second drama that makes me WORK my brain out. The first was Tree with deep roots, witch I totally adore. And this drama is going to be a good “partner” for TWDR.

        I followed QIHM from the start, when just 2 episodes were subbed, but I had no hart to wait. Now, all that I want is to marathon it completely subbed, for a major treat.

        • 12.4.1.1 am

          I’ve been thinking of a QIHM marathon as well but if I wait for the whole drama to finish, who do I spazz with? hahaha!

  13. 13 haru

    Thanks so much. Can’t wait for this recap!!!!

  14. 14 Gegia

    I like so much this drama and also if I already watched the last episodes I still come here to read your recap!!
    Thank you so much! And I knew that I missed some passage reading your recap, so thank you again!
    I can’t wait for the other ones!

    • 14.1 hipployta

      Same boat…I’m on episode ten but still reading recaps here lol

  15. 15 graygirl

    Thanks for this! Can’t wait for next ep’s recap~~~~

  16. 16 Aya

    Gahhhh… Thank you!! I’m in love wth this drama and i cant wait to read DB recaps everytime i watched a new episode.. I wish this recaps come as soon as the other wed-thrsdy dramas.. But, tht would be too greedy… Im just thankful you decided to recaps this :)

  17. 17 Zie

    xDDD

    Thanks for the recap Javabean. I love this episode so much. Not only because of the interaction of our OTP but also how Boong Do make use of the talisman. Its brilliant! I was like in your face Minister Min when the guards can’t find anyone in the room other than him. LoL

    and Yes, how will all this changes made by Boong Do came to play? Perhaps there will be something big or perhaps there will be nothing.

    I really wonder and if anyone here really know the actual history of Lady Jang? I mean what is written in the history of King Sukjong’s time? I mean the real history? Is it the same with the drama? and which part of it? is it before or after Boong Do changed it? I have lots in my mind but I can’t seem to write it down for now. LoL

    And it scares me to think what is coming next in Boong Do’s life. and I really wonder how Wring Song will end this drama. Will our OTP be together or not? If so, how? and the word reincarnation keeps popping into my head! O_o

    Oh well, it is something we can think later in the series. Right now let us just enjoy it. *gulp*

    • 17.1 hipployta

      Jang Heebin is pretty well known which is why people recognize the changes I guess. They have also done the story in a few other dramas…I think Dong Yi was one

    • 17.2 Kiara

      Here is my short version of the history. I maybe off a little but it has been a while.

      Queen Ingyeong was Sukjong’s first queen but she died around 1680. In 1681 at age 14 Queen Inhyeon became the 2nd Queen Consort. Lady Jang became Sukjong’s concubine in 1886 (I think). In 1688 she gave birth to a son, the future King Gyeongjong. At the same year Queen Inhyeon was deposed and forced into exile. She was reinstated in 1694 and Jang demoted. Queen Inhyeon died in 1701 of an unknow disease. Sukjong discovered Jang, her brother and a Shamanist priestess praying for Inhyeon’s death. Jang and everyone involved were sentence to death by poisoning in 1701. Sukjong passed a decree prohibiting concubines from being allowed to become Queens Consort in the future.

      • 17.2.1 Kiara

        Lol 1686 not 1886 – Lady Jang became Sukjong’s concubine. I knew there was something really off there.

  18. 18 John

    JB~

    Thanks for the recap.

    Directors should take note of this show. Clean, no useless filler, keeps you engaged in the story.

    Hee-jin rocks!

    • 18.1 diorama

      Oh my god, I adore Hee-jin to pieces. She’s so full of liveliness and curiousity – drama writers, take note. This is how you write a bubbly female lead. (Note: can you believe Yoo Inna is 30?)

      It’s one of the rare cases where I love both leads equally.

  19. 19 AkosiRhenz

    I’m so inlove with this drama!
    It’s my personal heaven ~ I Love everything about this drama. The hero and heroine is so damn perfect. Every scene they are together is flawless. QIHM , is the only drama I follow yet its so gratifying. I’m inlove and words can’t fully describe my emotions :DDDDDDDDD

  20. 20 rainerust

    I LOVE this drama – and the fact that Boong-do is actually SMART. I mean, we keep getting TOLD that the lead actor is a genius doctor, or a genius chaebol, or a genius whatever in most dramas, but since I have to admit to being less than impressed at whatever acuity they show on screen. It’s like that Dream High 2 effect, where the audience has to majorly suspend disbelief based on the reaction / response of what the other characters in the drama are doing, and not based on what WE see and hear.

    Whereas tVN is doing an excellent job SHOWING us that Boong-do is smart, for example showing that he’s figured out the time-travelling mechanism, and the initial time he uses that mechanism. They don’t overdo it either, so after the first time they don’t show the nitty gritty, but at least the audience KNOWS he’s smart. And yes, his strategy in using the time-travelling mechanism as a TOOL to achieve his real objective in Joseon – that’s really just BRILLIANT.

    This drama just has me on the edge of my seat all the time, and makes me wish that I could time-travel to Wed-Thurs all the time!

    • 20.1 kaitlyn

      yes but i am scared, how he risk his left each time to travel to 2012!! anyone worried for DB?

    • 20.2 JC

      Agreed! I love that they show us instead of telling us that the hero is intelligent.

      Also, thank you javabeans and HeadsNo2 for recapping this drama and bringing it to my attention!

      I love love love it and it’s the only drama I’m watching right now.

  21. 21 Geneva

    How nice is a hero who actually utilizes the tools given to him (for political intrigue AND for the girl, ooh la la) instead of standing around with his hands in his pockets? Sooo nice.

  22. 22 1lostbear

    Man, this drama is seriously working it! I’m super impressed by how efficient it is so far. And with every episode, Bong-do is surely winning more hearts. It’s beyond the point of asking my heart to be still.

    I still want to know more about how he’s risking his life to time-travel. I kind of wonder whether attempted suicide would have the same effect. Like, can he stab himself to zap to the future?

    This drama is so. flipping. cute!

    • 22.1 niKai

      That got me curious too. How did he escape from behind the screen? Suicide is a little appalling.

      • 22.1.1 1lostbear

        Right? I suppose they’ve built up his character to be so smart that he could be so quick-thinking that he creates these life-threatening circumstances on the spot. It’d still be nice what’s happening though.

        • 22.1.1.1 s

          Actually, I don’t think we would want to know *gulps*

    • 22.2 Nutella's Soul

      I was wondering that as well… Actually it’s been gnawing at my brain like a vicious moth. Suicide seems morbid yet efficient, but would the talisman work if you were harming yourself? And if not, how would you go about manufacturing your death? (I just imagined Boong Do rigging death traps and then standing underneath them, Wile E. Coyote style =__=;;) So many questions, so few episodes >.<;;

      • 22.2.1 kaitlyn

        you have vivid imagination! i was worrying enough before reading your comments. now… O.o

      • 22.2.2 1lostbear

        Yeah, I have though same exact questions! And I worry about how accurate those attempts have to be. I mean, we saw how him getting grazed with an arrow to the side of the head left him injured. So, these must be completely fatal plots.

        On the plus side, our protagonist is built up to be super genius, so if the writers decide not to divulge into details, we can easily just accept that his smarts were put into good use.

        • 22.2.2.1 Nutella's Soul

          @Kaitlyn Ehehe sorry, and yes, that imagination causes many sleepy-time problems for me >.<;;

          @Ilostbear Yes, but half the fun of having a smart protagonist is the way we get to see them use the smarts. Sherlock Holmes wouldn't have very much appeal left if he didn't disclose his methods of conducting his investigations and reaching his conclusions. And as you pointed out, they have to be absolutely fatal hits before he can warp, which ups the danger quotient to Defcon 11.

          Imagine if he was doing something like riding away with archers chasing and shooting him, and the talisman fell out of his robes *shudder* poor baby~

  23. 23 mskololia

    Thanks JB for preparing us…for what is to come. The questions that the writer presents to us and BD are looming ever so closer as we near the finish line…..I have faith in this couple.

  24. 24 shhh! :)

    I’m truly truly enjoying every bit of this show, kyaaaa!! so Javabeans and all of you guys, if you havent watch the latest episode yet, i URGE you to do so!!!!! :D my heart almost died then… but guess i gotta keep myself together if i wanna watch this til the very end!

  25. 25 9to5

    This drama is current my crack drama! I can’t thank you enough for the recap!

  26. 26 dee

    thank you for the recaps… can’t wait for the next episode….

  27. 27 ziren87

    i love this series….thanks for recapping JB…

    the storyline is really good…and most of all…i love the both bongdoo and heejin’s way of expressing their affection.

    i hope they end up together…:-)

  28. 28 jassica Reem khalil

    Niiiiiiiiice
    thanks noona

  29. 29 jenny...

    ASA…DAEBAK….
    <3 I've been waiting for your recaps on this eps like…forever….
    Thank you sooooo much…..JB

    Boongdo fighting….

  30. 30 Gigi

    I <3 this drama! I have become obsessed from day one and with each episode, I just get sucked in more and more.

    Wednesdays and Thursdays need to come faster!

  31. 31 Carole McDonnell

    WOW…LOVED the thoughts o fate, cause + effects, etc…deeeeeeeeep.

  32. 32 gg

    ahh this drama has overtaken Rooftop prince as my favourite time-travelling drama (for now). i know i shouldn’t compare the two, but i can’t help it sometimes since im watching both concurrently… Boongdo really rocks in this episode!!

  33. 33 kaye

    I decided to watch the time travel-themed RTP and QIHM because I wanted to see how they would tackle the butterfly effect concept. But so far, only Queen In-Hyun’s Man has done it the way I hoped it would, and successfully at that.

    That is why I love this show so much. (Oh who am I kidding. I can’t ignore the whole Boong-do thing. Weeeeee!)

  34. 34 Onichick

    I am addicted to this show.

    Words cant explain how much.

    OH. MY. GOD!

    And unless they do something to screw it up. This show will be one of my favorites for the rest of time.

    I can not wait until DB gets to the next set of episodes.

    • 34.1 Onichick

      Also, am I crazy or did the convo that the Queen and King have mirror the scene that Heejin and Dongmin did?

      • 34.1.1 jomo

        I think it was the reunion scene, yes.

        • 34.1.1.1 Onichick

          OK, glad I am not the only one who noticed. lol

  35. 35 Raitei

    I’m loving this drama a lot, but there are some things that bother me:
    1. The topknot, like you mentioned. Do they have wig-like stuff back then?
    2. How the talisman really works. We know that he has to be in a life-threatening situation for the charm to work, but before, it was sort of insinuated that the threat must be physical. That’s why he had Han Dong shot him with a bow and arrow. But in this ep., specifically while in the minister’s room, there was no such incident. Did he actually get out of the room and was confronted by other guards before he warped to the future?

    Those things aside, I just have to say that Boong Do pulling down his mask reminds me of Seung Yoo (TPM). Oh, his clothes, too. :)

    • 35.1 jomo

      They address the topknot issue in ep 9 or 10.
      I will say no more here.

      • 35.1.1 skelly

        Episode 9.

    • 35.2 kaitlyn

      yes i am very anxious about him having to be in a life-threatening situation to travel to 2012 :(

    • 35.3 Rossi

      I imagine he just used his sword and aimed straight for his heart so time warp by pseudo suicide is my guess.

  36. 36 starlight

    he’s so tall could die! i really dont think we give enough credit to ji hyun woo for pulling off this character so perfectly; i really cant think of anyone else who could exude such an intelligent calm aura while being all dark as well :) i was actually picturing lee sang woo cuz theyre both so tall but i cant imagine him smiling as much cuz he’s more the broody type LOL.

    haha at hee jin fangirling over her own picture with boong do, i love her cuz thats exactly whatd i do hehehe

    jb is also right on about how he warps to the future, lots of people are confused at how hes doing it since theyre not showing it but i always had no problem, thinking he was just using his sword to stab himself and then poof! time travel!

    on another note, i NEED the whole ost like now, and ive made hee jins ringtone my ringtone and the secret garden message tone my text message which ofcourse has elicited a few weird looks but I DONT CARE, i live breath and crave queen in hyun’s man!

    i am a queen in hyun’s man’s woman :D

  37. 37 Rashell

    Thanks JB! Love this drama. So glad I’ll still have it to look forward to once K2H ends this week. This couple is just the most adorable pair ever. A couple who actually just like eachother from the start…how refreshing for a k-drama.

  38. 38 sy

    Thank you Ms. JB & HeadsNo2 for the wonderful recaps as usual.

    I ♥ ♥ ♥ this show as much as everyone else!
    The show’s producers have done a brilliant job creating a visual masterpiece from a tight narrative. There are also many manga/manhwa-like scenes with equal parts cute and action-packed.

    I came across some artwork drawn by a Korean fan in QIHM’s baidu bar (the chinese equivalent of a DC fan bar?). The artist (방텅어리) drew several of the show’s memorable scenes and captured the essence of the scenes quite beautifully:
    http://tieba.baidu.com/p/1597602708

    • 38.1 kaitlyn

      thanks for sharing! they are beautiful :)

  39. 39 Suzi Q

    Each episode gets better and better. The actors in this drama are excellent in their roles especially Ji Hyun Woo.Finally, he is getting some well deserved recognition.

    Boong Do knows what will happen in the future because he has read it in the Joseon history book. Since he is from the past, he is initially unaware of the butterfly affect. Will he know later on? I’m enjoying the writers use of fate, destiny, karma, and the time travel theme in this drama so effectively in plot twists.

    Unless, the writers mess this one up, this should be one of the best dramas regarding time travel of this year. Any other ones to follow will be hard to surpass this one.

  40. 40 saiffy

    “Ah, it’s an insult.” I love that whenever Heejin says something, Boongdo assumes it’s an insult!!!! *^^*

    • 40.1 jomo

      And I love how good natured he is about it, too.
      Or is that what players do?

      • 40.1.1 saiffy

        Hahaha! I think that’s just what players do!

  41. 41 shl

    Thank you for the recaps!

    I’m late to the Ji Hyun-woo fan crowd, but, my, does he epitomise ‘scholar with hidden depths and skills’ like no other!

    As a result of this drama I’ve been led to watch bits and pieces of all his other work (excepting ATK which I’ve been warned off by the comments here), even Mr. Idol (which I thought was pretty disappointing in that it was trying too hard to say too much and didn’t say anything at all, and because I kept waiting for JHW to take off his shirt and pose as he did for the posters – where did that go?). I think he does well here because the character he plays suits him.

    I agree, another excellent drama – fingers crossed – from tvN.

    • 41.1 xine

      He’s very good in the early scenes of ATK – that’s why I kept watching expecting that story line to pick up again but the writers just let him fade. I’d say watch the beginning episodes and then give up when the story line clearly switches to his cousin and to his ex-girlfriend.

    • 41.2 jomo

      JHW was adorable adorable and adorable in My Sweet Soul – but that show sucked!

      He was super adorable and did some good work in The Invicble Lee Pyung Kang, and by good work, that includes lots of nice kissing! The storyline of ILPK was a little same old same old, but the supporting cast was great, and the chemistry between JHW and Nam Sang Mi made it better.
      It was also fun to see him do the split Joseon/modern roles in ILPK before he did them in QIHM.

  42. 42 flibbet

    This is the best drama I’ve seen in years. When was the last time i couldn’t restrain myself from watching raws, even though i couldn’t understand anything?

    Like others though, I’m wondering how exactly Boong Do is warping himself to the future. Any ideas? If he’s stabbing himself, he has to do it with real conviction and the serious intention to kill himself, which is hard to do on a whim.

  43. 43 mjh

    LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH. thank you for your insightful recaps! Just curious, I haven’t seen too much Korean press on the show’s ratings or acting reviews. Is it doing well in Korea? I think it’s definitely deserving of several awards so I hope it gets the recognition it deserves!

    • 43.1 Alex

      It has like 1% ratings to 2%, so good for a cable show…. But it deserves a lot more.

  44. 44 Swye

    Thank-you!!! ♥♥♥

    Ahh… I was about to ask if anyone knew what time episode 11 raw was coming out only to realize that it’s just Monday. I need it to be Wednesday already.

  45. 45 delicatecloud

    Thanks so much for the recap. I loved the frustration that Dong Min showed, or is it jealousy, when he kept looking at the way the two whispered behind the menu screen!! Poor boy – what a blow to his ego that he is made to feel the third-wheel in the luncheon!!

    I find this drama more engaging as it does delve into thought provoking issues like fate and whether it can be altered by the will of Man – i.e. can Boong Do change his fate (i.e. he dies young) by his own actions willing it to change? Or he is indeed fated?? Such philosophical questions are absent in RTP. I enjoyed QIHM much better and the chemistry between Boong-Do and Hee-jin is far more tangible than the the Crown Prince and Park Ha in RTP. I loved the impishness of Heejin – she is not shy to express her feelings (she is impulsive) but she knows how she feels and goes for it. She is not a “victim” like Park Ha in RTP which i find, rather refreshing – i like that she takes the initiative in telling him (through her actions i.e. kissing him in the elevator and her expressions) how she feels. Loved this drama!!

    • 45.1 skelly

      I agree, the relationship between the leads is so refreshing! She’s not a fragile flower, afraid for her first kiss, he’s not a total jerk waiting for the magic wand of first love to make him into a good person (how I hate those tropes!). She’s smart in one way, he’s smart in another, and they have respect and appreciation for one another. She kissed him first, and it wasn’t an accident and it wasn’t made into a huge plot-point of embarrassment and estrangement. They are both nice people, with a minimum of misunderstandings because they actually talk to one another and do not lie/fall into noble idiocy/suddenly become irrational for the sake of manufactured conflict. How annoyingly rare is this!

      • 45.1.1 Mystisith

        Amen to all you said. If this show keeps being this strong and fresh he will become one of my fav. So good to see something “new” or at least non over-exploited.

      • 45.1.2 ladida

        “She’s smart in one way, he’s smart in another, and they have respect and appreciation for one another.” Yes! Love it all.

      • 45.1.3 delicatecloud

        Agree with you. I really appreciated that the writer does not make her into a “helpless” female waiting for her knight in shining armour to rescue her. Like you said “she is smart in one way..” – to me she is “street smart” and learning from him things she normally would not think about (just because she does not need to), about fated meetings, coincidences, cause and effect. She knows what she wants and she does not want to renewed the relationship with Dong Min – the player. I loved it when she “gave him the finger” in an earlier episode. He is indeed smart in another way – i see him as “book smart” but he is also learning very quickly the ways of the world (at least the world according to 2012). In that way they are teaching each other about life and whether it is fate, coincidences, cause and effect.

        • 45.1.3.1 Kittymommy

          Ahh…the finger…tht sealed my love for her.

  46. 46 Stephanie

    OMG I just luff you, TVN. How can one station bring in ALL the good dramas???

    • 46.1 JC

      Word! TVN for the win!

  47. 47 skelly

    As always, JB, thanks so much for your thoughtful and insightful recap. For once I actually took notes on the things that you talked about that I did not realize or read discussed anywhere else:
    – Dong-Min’s desire to “macho-up” his image, and how this affects his actions
    – Hee-jin’s sunny, totally naive reaction to the internet gossip “The girl has priorities.” LOL!
    – now I understand exactly how clever BD was with his careful plan to bring down Min-Min, especially with the little details like using the time-skip to avoid the guards at Min-Min’s house.
    – the issue of how far they are willing to take the relationship, when every meeting involves a very real death risk
    – the possible ramifications of BD’s careful tinkering with events

    Thanks again for the embarrassment of riches that are your recaps. When a show is a total epicsauce of win like QIHM I like to know all about it, and given the fact that I don’t speak a word of Korean I need all the help I can get.

  48. 48 Lizzie

    I’m sp afraid of in these death situations the talisman doesn’t work well and BD gets hurts and go to the future like this.

    Just what happened on the time traveler’s wife, Henryv T__T!!!!!!!!

    Noooooooooo.

  49. 49 ladida

    Thank you for this awesome recap. The best part about the show is the love it’s getting from folks, and the way it gets us all to invest in it and think and write about it. Great insights, love it all!

  50. 50 anotheraddict

    omg, I don’t even know where to begin spazzing. So much plotular goodness, indeed! Actually, with the exception of Rooftop Prince, Weds.- Thurs. dramas are full of plotular goodness at the moment (and even RP has its merits). Thank you drama gods and dramabeans goddesses for this most delicious feast.

    I feel especially spoiled to have two heroes making me giddy these days: Eun Shi Kyung and Kim Boong Do. They’re both extraordinarily awesome and yet, so unassuming. I dies. The way Boong Do plays his “good card” so strategically is all kinds of smexy. Rawr-evoking Black Avenger Boong Do is swoonworthy, but somehow I find equally sexy the scholar who makes 600-year round-trips to use the 2012 transportation system in order to foil the bad guys in Joseon. For those of us who rooted for both Sun Joon and Jae Shin in SKKS, Boong Do is an especially appealing hero because he’s sort of a cross between the two, but he’s also much more good-natured than they were. (However, he does lose points for not rocking a mane of glory. I realize now that I’m grateful we never had to see Troll Doll Sun Joon.)

    And Hee Jin is so adorable– I loved her reaction to the scandal photo. Thanks again jb and HeadsNo2 for adding this drama to your already full plates– you are Boong-Do-level awesome!

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