Drama Recaps
Rooftop Prince: Episode 16
by | May 10, 2012 | 248 Comments

Both hero and villain step it up a notch with the scheming, which sends our pendulum swinging back and forth a few times. Also, it is pretty satisfying to watch our baddies unraveling a bit at the seams… even if I am super greedy and want a lot more unraveling. Come on, comeuppance!

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EPISODE 16 RECAP

Yi Gak, dressed as comatose Tae-yong, “wakes” up in the hospital bed and calls out to his hyung. The shock sends Grandma into a faint, and Tae-mu looks like he’d like to join her in unconsciousland, except now he has to deal with this complication. And it’s a lot worse than dealing with an impostor, because now he’s facing reckoning for his own crimes.

“Tae-yong” asks why he’s here, then looks down at his hand and realizes he forgot to take off his couple ring. He moves his hand under the cover before Tae-mu notices, and feigns a headache to cut this scene short.

The ducklings hurry the real Tae-yong out of the hospital and into an ambulance, just in time to avoid being spotted by Tae-mu. How did they get their hands on an ambulance? This seems like a dubious plan, but considering the security in this place it’s likely they’ll be okay.

Despite fearing that Yi Gak disappeared into nothingness, Park-ha clings to hope and waits at their date location. It’s not until nighttime that she finally heads back home, fighting back her fear that he’s leapt back in time.

Thus she perks up to find the lights on at home, and she calls out for the guys. But nobody’s home, and she starts to cry. “Is nobody home? Did you leave?”

In the morning, Tae-yong/Yi Gak awaits his discharge with Pyo Taek-soo, who’s in on the scheme, and the three minions. Yi Gak will move into Grandma’s house, while Taek-soo will house the boys, since they can’t exactly go back to the rooftop now that the first version of Tae-yong has been outed as an impostor.

Taek-soo gives them a strong warning to keep their mouths shut to everyone, because they can’t risk someone finding out. The boys worry about Park-ha, but Taek-soo forbids them from talking to her.

At Yi Gak’s request, Taek-soo takes him to see the real Tae-yong, who has been admitted to a different hospital. He wonders if his reincarnation called him here, thinking that watching Tae-yong lying there unconscious is like looking upon his own death. He promises to right the injustice that put Tae-yong in this position, and promises to protect his place till he comes back.

Now the question is what to do with Tae-mu. Taek-soo advises moving swiftly to evict him from the company, but Yi Gak says they should leave him for the time being—they need him if they want to collect evidence that he tried to kill Tae-yong. His tactic: “If you set a fire in a fox hole, the fox will emerge on its own.”

Yi Gak shows up at the company and meets Tae-mu in the lobby, greeting him in a friendly, familiar way, talking with the modern syntax he’s been practicing. He’s gotten a pretty good idea of how to play the relationship convincingly; for instance,. he says he still doesn’t have an interest in working for the company, which is a very Tae-yong-esque thing to say.

Tae-mu likes the way this is unfolding, though he treads lightly just in case. He asks about the accident, and that’s the one thing “Tae-yong” can’t quite recall. It’s not amnesia like before, but the actual injury is a mental blank for now. Yi Gak laughs it off as frustrating, and Tae-mu asks how much he remembers leading up to it.

Yi Gak: “Do you mean about us meeting in America?” Uh-oh, that makes Tae-mu nervous as he asks, “Do you remember that?” Yi Gak acts surprised: “Then does that mean we met? You said we didn’t. I’m saying that I don’t remember us meeting in America.”

So Tae-mu sticks to his story that the meeting never took place. He has the worst poker face ever, but Yi Gak is playing softball, lulling him into a false sense of security.

Park-ha worries about the continued absence of her housemates and goes to the company to check in. Taek-soo says that he’s worried, too, since none of them have shown up for work. He tells her that the real Tae-yong showed up, and that afterward, the foursome disappeared.

The wording of that just solidifies her fears, and she says, “Then they must have returned to Joseon after all.”

On her way out, she passes by Tae-mu in the lobby, who gives her a particularly close look, since she’s about to come face to face with Tae-yong. Park-ha spots Yi Gak and gives him a long, intense look—but Yi Gak moves on without letting recognition show. He can’t betray anything in front of Tae-mu, of all people.

But once he’s out of sight, he races through the corridor to get a glimpse of her leaving, pained at the hurt she must be feeling.

Tae-mu returns to his office to find a new fax. All it has written on it, in large letters, is: “MURDERER. LIAR.” Shaking, he hides the fax from Yi Gak, who doesn’t let on that he registers hyung’s panic.

Tae-mu recalls the previous Imposter Tae-yong calling him those things, and the words ring ominously in his memory. He guesses that the Impostor is still hanging around somewhere, blackmailing him, since Impostor has a pretty good idea that Tae-mu’s a guilty bastard.

Yi Gak returns to the rooftop penthouse to pick up one of his key bits of evidence: Tae-yong’s phone, which he had safely tucked away under his bed. On his way out, he spies Tae-mu entering the apartment to do some snooping and slips away quietly.

Yi Gak thankfully leaves the premises just in time to avoid being spotted by Park-ha as well, who arrives moments later. She finds Tae-mu ransacking the place, looking for clues, and demands to know what he’s doing. He tells her that he’s looking for the four con men, since he’s also a victim of their scam, just like she is. She retorts that she wasn’t a victim of anything and insists that he leave.

Yi Gak heads to Pyo Taek-soo’s home, where he finds the ducklings and gives the go-ahead to enter into the next phase of the plan. They ask if he’s sure he wasn’t followed here, but everyone freezes when the doorbell rings. Could it be…?

And then Yong-sool breathes, “The pizza’s here.” HA! The boys scramble for the door, then dig into the pizza. Yi Gak reaches for a piece, but Chi-san stops his hand—how far their Joseon manners have come—and says that there’s only enough for four people, and they have to leave some for Taek-soo. Put out, Yi Gak huffs that he won’t eat, then.

The boys are cooped up with no change of clothes, since Taek-soo’s stuff is all the wrong size. Yi Gak offers to take them shopping next, perking them up considerably, and tries to sneak a slice of pizza while they’re in a good mood. Out shoot three pairs of hands to block him. Pfft.

Yong-soo’s slice falls to the rug, and in annoyance he snaps at Yi Gak, “Argh, really!” To the prince. Who spared his life. I wonder if he’s keeping tally of all the little slights they’ll have to repay once they’re back home…

Out shopping they go, and the boys pick out… capri pants and matching T-shirts? What about the whole don’t-attract-attention-and-stay-out-of-sight rule? On the upside, I do love their sartorial co-dependence, always needing to match.

Tae-mu and Se-na meet that night, both on edge. Se-na wonders why Jang Sun-joo requested to see her, and he supposes that it’s because of her daughter In-joo—they must make sure to keep Park-ha away.

When she meets Jang Sun-joo in her suite, Se-na explains that she was merely acting on Tae-mu’s orders and apologizes for her behavior. She returns the ring and puts on her soberest, meekest face. But Jang Sun-joo just wants to know one thing: Where is In-joo?

Se-na says she truly doesn’t know. When asked about the story about Dad resting her on his stomach—which Jang recognizes as true—Se-na says it’s something she heard on the radio, which is enough to deflect suspicion.

Park-ha returns to the company, where she watches Yi Gak closely and is struck with familiar details—like Yi Gak’s signature hands-behind-back stance of authority. When he pulls his phone from his pocket, she sees his couple ring clattering to the ground and rolling her way.

She picks it up and recognizes the ring with relief. She mutters, “You’re so dead,” and when he walks down a corridor, she grabs him out of sight and confronts him.

She glares, but Yi Gak grabs her close and tells her, “I missed you.” Calling him an idiot and crying, she asks, “Did you think I wouldn’t recognize you?”

He says, “Now that I’ve seen you, my heart feels much more at ease.” They stand there holding each other for a long moment, which is simultaneously sweet and nerve-wracking, since I’m yelling at them to hide before they’re seen. They sit in the stairwell for a while, until they decide it’s time they go their separate ways, albeit reluctantly.

Yi Gak stops her to give her one last kiss goodbye, saying, “Thank you believing in me.” Park-ha returns his ring and warns him not to go around losing it anymore.

Yi Gak takes advantage of a spare moment to search Tae-mu’s office for clues, which is when he sees that photo in his desk. He recognizes baby Park-ha with her father, which she’d previously shown him. He starts to reach for the photo to look at the mother’s image, but Tae-mu enters so Yi Gak stops the search and plays off his presence as a casual visit.

A courier drops off a package for Tae-mu, and Yi Gak watches him open the box… to find an enlarged photo of the picture from Tae-yong’s cell phone. The one of the cousins in New York the day before the attempted murder. It prompts more jarred nerves.

Grandma gathers the cousins for lunch and tells Tae-mu that all the friction is water under the bridge now; she wants them all to get along. Great Aunt comes in with a recent delivery, and Tae-mu recognizes the distinctive packaging, since it’s identical to the box he just received.

Tae-mu grabs for the box and offers to open it in the other room, while Yi Gak notes his growing panic. Great Aunt swats his hands away and opens the box herself, finding a photo frame inside, which sends Tae-mu’s blood pressure skyrocketing. But there’s no reaction from the family, and Yi Gak takes the frame to wonder innocently, “Who could have sent us a picture of a puppy?” Tae-mu practically collapses in relief.

Then as Tae-mu is driving, he answers a call from an unknown number. “Did you receive my delivery?” Yi Gak asks into the pay phone, speaking in his Yi Gak voice to identify him as the Impostor. Tae-mu demands to know what he wants, and Impostor points out that Tae-mu ran him off. He leaves him with the chilling statement, “What do you think I’d want? Think it over.”

Yi Gak’s phone booth is close enough that he can observe Tae-mu in his car. When Tae-mu comes by in search of his blackmailer, he finds the phone booth matching the phone number, which is just a stone’s throw away from the rooftop penthouse. “Of course,” Tae-mu realizes, “He was here, that rat bastard.”

Tae-mu storms up to the rooftop and yells for the Impostor to show himself. He demands that Park-ha, who’s out on the roof, order the con man outside, which she naturally knows nothing about.

Tae-mu barges in anyway, but finds nothing. Furious, he throws plants and stands over and gives Park-ha the message to pass along: Show himself, instead of hiding like a rat.

From a distance, Yi Gak watches Tae-mu’s rampage with alarm, particularly since it has Park-ha cringing in fear. He stops himself from charging in, watching helplessly.

After Tae-mu has overturned all the patio furniture (you’d think he’d get more satisfaction out of destroying the interior), Park-ha gets a string of text messages from “Dummy ♥.” She cheers up and heads out, pretending not to see Tae-mu staked out nearby watching her leave, which suggests that this is part of a larger ploy.

Park-ha heads to the subway station, followed by Tae-mu, who seems to think he’s doing a good job being inconspicuous. He follows her into the subway car at a short a distance, but reacts too slowly when Park-ha darts out at the last second. Off the train goes with Tae-mu in it, leaving Park-ha and Yi Gak standing on opposite platforms, facing each other.

Yi Gak had requested that Park-ha bring her family photo, so he can confirm that her torn picture is the same one in Tae-mu’s keeping. The question: Why would he have it?

Park-ha asks him to take a picture of Tae-mu’s photo so she can see her mother’s face, and he agrees. Taking her hand in his, Yi Gak advises her to be wary of Tae-mu’s surveillance, and they urge each other to be careful.

Park-ha tells her mother about the other photo, wondering where it could have come from. Mom muses that it could have been supplied by her birth mother, and that stops them both short—does this mean Park-ha may be able to find bio-mom?

Park-ha meets with Tae-mu and gets right to the point, slapping down her photo and saying that she knows he’s got a copy of it. He plays it cool, pretending not to know what she means, even when she demands to know who gave it to him and where her mother is.

Tae-mu offers her a deal: Tell him where the Impostor is first. Park-ha scoffs, leaving without another word. Clearly this tactic will not work.

Se-na sits down for dinner at home with Mom, who tells her about the picture and how Park-ha may get to meet her birth mother after all. Mom is happy for her, which is the opposite of Se-na’s reaction; she immediately hurries to tell Tae-mu of this development. Since the photo gives Park-ha the link she needs, they burn it. Thus when Yi Gak sneaks into Tae-mu’s office the next day, he finds the photo gone.

Of course, Park-ha could just show her ripped photo to bio-mom, which is basically what I’m shouting at her to do all through her conversation with Jang Sun-joo that night. Park-ha explains that she may have a chance to locate her birth mother, but she’s afraid of hurting her stepmother’s feelings, who accepted her so warmly after she found out her father had died.

She wonders if she should perhaps give up the search, but Jang Sun-joo senses that that’s not what Park-ha really wants. She adds that she wishes her daughter would look for her too, since it’ll be a lot easier if both sides are actively seeking each other.

The two mothers meet, both feeling a bit low for different (though related) reasons. Jang Sun-soo says she’d like to take Se-na with her back to Hong Kong, wanting to reveal their relationship after all despite promising Mom she wouldn’t.

Jang Sun-joo is ready to give up her search for In-joo, but she wants to do something for Se-na as a proper mother. She apologizes for the change of heart, but Mom gives her permission, saying it’s for Se-na’s benefit.

Se-na arrives at the hotel to meet her, and overhears a phone conversation where Jang Sun-joo tells her husband she’ll be bringing her daughter back to Hong Kong. This sends her into a panic, assuming the woman has reunited with Park-ha, and she calls Tae-mu to warn him.

Tae-mu is upset, but as he looks around and sees a truck being loaded with boxes, he gets a gleam in his eye. Uh, I hope he’s not planning on repeating Se-na’s childhood ditch job, since I’m pretty sure that won’t work with an adult. Or maybe he’s opting for that easier path—murder—and thinking of running her over? Of course, with him, murder doesn’t seem so easy, despite the number of times he’s attempted it. By sheer virtue of probability and numbers, shouldn’t he have scored a hit by now?

Tae-mu tells Se-na to calm down, because he’s got an idea. He calls Park-ha next to request a meeting, baiting her with the information the she’ll be able to reunite with her mother after all. He apologizes for his rude behavior earlier, saying that he feels this is too important an issue to keep from her.

Thus he picks her up with the promise of delivering her to her mother, which has Park-ha lighting up with anticipation. He drives on for a while, then pulls over saying that her door was making a strange noise.

When he steps out to check on it, he takes out a drugged cloth, which he uses to clamp over her nose and mouth. She struggles, but it takes mere seconds for her to pass out.

Yi Gak looks through the rest of the photos taken on Tae-yong’s cell phone, and this time he stops at a familiar face in the background. It’s Park-ha, dressed as a server, which is enough of a coincidence to seem… well, not like a coincidence.

Tae-mu pulls in to an otherwise deserted junkyard and takes Park-ha’s phone from her bag. He loads her in the back of a refrigerated truck, then takes a photo of Park-ha on her own phone, which he sends to “Dummy ♥”—whom, he can see from her phone log, she just spoke with today.

Yi Gak gets the photo message, understanding the threat loud and clear. He immediately calls her phone, and gets Tae-mu on the line. Yi Gak threatens to kill him if he so much as harms Park-ha. Tae-mu tells him to shut up: “I’ll give the orders now.”

Tae-mu warns him that this isn’t the time to be making threats, since Park-ha’s in a refrigerated truck and just might turn to ice. He orders Yi Gak to bring him the cell phone containing the New York photos.

Tae-mu waits until Park-ha shows signs of stirring, and then locks the freezer door and leaves the junkyard. Thus when she wakes, she finds herself all alone, locked in a freezer, running out of time. Realizing her situation, she panics and cries, screaming for help. But nobody’s around.

Yi Gak races to make his meeting with Tae-mu, mentally replaying Taek-soo’s warnings to not tip his hand before the plan calls for it. This means that if he goes to Park-ha now, he’s giving up the bigger battle. So, what’ll it be: the girl, or your fate-driven mystery and intrigue and time-traveling predicament?

It seems he comes to a decision, because he screeches to a stop in the middle of the road.

 
COMMENTS

Ha, and the terrorization of the villain begins. It’s pretty much the most satisfying storyline in the episode, with Tae-mu starting to unravel with all the pressure of his blackmailer. I enjoyed it enough that I wish the mystery of the message-sender was kept for longer, so that he could stew in the uncertainty for more time. Tae-mu is definitely teetering on the brink, and I suspect it won’t take much to push him over the edge. But it would be nice if that brink were more epic, a la Lady Macbeth, instead of having him figure out that it’s Yi Gak right away.

I find it (unintentionally?) hilarious to consider how many versions of the same person/soul are floating around by this point. There are so many Tae-yong personas that it’s almost confusing keeping track of what to call them. Example: There’s Tae-yong. And Yi Gak. Then Yi Gak Impersonating Tae-yong. Foollowed by Yi Gak Impersonating Tae-yong, Part 2.

Each version has a slightly different set of mannerisms and ways of speaking, so on that front Yoochun’s getting plenty of material to work with in playing with the roles. I think he’s doing a pretty good job of embodying each character, too, so we’re not confused about which role he’s playing at any given moment. For instance, it’s pretty easy playing Yi Gak and Tae-yong as separate entities. And Yi Gak pretending to be Tae-yong (the first time) was the funny version, where you got the funny sageuk talk with the modern appearance. The latest one is the most nuanced version, since Yi Gak’s portrayal of Tae-yong (part 2) is a little different from straight-up Tae-yong. There are little details in his speech pattern to show us that it’s still the stuffy prince in this role, like minor accent or pronunciation slip-ups as he tries to talk modern with about a 98% success rate.

Plot-wise, I did find myself wishing the characters were smarter, both hero and villain. I’ve been spoiled with Ji Hyun-woo’s character in Queen In-hyun’s Man, who is so satisfyingly clever and quick on the uptake that I want Yi Gak to be just as smart. I want him to succeed by outsmarting Tae-mu, who at this point is just smart enough to be annoying, but not enough to actually present a challenge.

To wit: Taking Park-ha hostage makes sense and totally fits with Tae-mu’s crude, brute-force approach to “solving problems” (aka, violence and murder), but I found it a bit of a retread. Especially since Park-ha had just been locked in a burning building a couple episodes back, only to be rescued by Yi Gak. Who else laughed at the inadvertent comedy of that juxtaposition—first fire, then ice? What’s next, submersion in tepid water? A middling-speed chase?

In the absence of super-clever twists, though, I do enjoy that the show makes up for it with cute. Like the super lo-fi subway escape, HA:

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248 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. nova611

    i’ve been waiting for this…yay
    tq 4 ur hard work

    • 1.1 maechan

      anyone noticed the Yoochun reference in the last picture (drawing)… there’s a “6002”, which I know is part of Yoochun’s twitter: 6002theMicky

      • 1.1.1 Rovi

        Haha~!

        And the “옥탑”, romanized as “OKTOP?”, hahaha~!!!

        • 1.1.1.1 justleo

          LOL I was like staring at the comic and saw T.O.P’s name!(*insert fangirl scream here*) Then I realised it means oktappang (aka rooftop house). ._.

      • 1.1.2 javabeans

        That’s adorable. 6002 = yook-chun-ee = yoochunnie.

        • 1.1.2.1 pat

          is that how 6002 is pronounced in korean? and for the longest time, i’ve been wondering what’s the significance of 6002 in his twitter name. 😉 thanks for the light, javabeans!

          • 1.1.2.1.1 catie chan

            the number 6 is ryuk or yuk in sino-korean number system. cheon is thousand(s). the number 2 is i(ee). so that’s yuk(6)-cheon(thousand)-ee(2).

            you can learn more about it at talktomeinkorean(dot)com

          • 1.1.2.1.2 bubbles

            That is so cute and clever. A bit of wit on yoochun’s part! =)

        • 1.1.2.2 Arhazivory

          Ohhh..that’s where 6002 is from. I always wondered why his twitter ID has that number in it. ^^

        • 1.1.2.3 Lee Minho

          Hey btw, that courier was me! Did you notice??
          -genius of disguises^^

          • 1.1.2.3.1 bubbletea

            I just replayed that part (it’s where Tae-mu got the parcel for all you others who, like me, wasn’t observant the first time round) and got a laugh out of seeing Man-bo play the courier guy. This director has an awesome sense of humour, I say. 😀

        • 1.1.2.4 sweetspring

          agree, adorable!
          plus the scene where Yi Gak holds up the yellow shirt is the exact shirt Yoo Chun wears for the brand’s ad which he poses with the rest of JYJ, I just saw it in a mall in Seoul today.
          Looks like the drama loves to hide little clues for the Yi Gak detective wannabe viewers.

  2. Biebie

    d^^b

  3. Kona

    Still can’t get over that Tae-Mu literally flipped all those plants in front of Park Ha. \o/

    • 3.1 risa

      IKR– I was all “not Peppermint‘s Patio plants!”.

  4. kbap

    Thank you for the recap, off to read now :)

  5. Kiara

    Thank you much JB :).

    Love the nerdy look on Yoochun. Kind of sexy like Clark Kent but damn can he be allowed to travel back and take a few lessons from Boong Do on how to kiss a girl in the 21st century. Thanks <3

  6. Dr.K

    i guess no one else noticed but Yoochun+Glasses DAYUM <3

    Have a thing for hot nerds 😀

    and i hope we dont have bu yong in the pond park ha in the freezer redux :(

    • 6.1 Danielle

      But, I was a little nervous on the last scene. He didn’t removed his glasses!

  7. vivyip

    “Plot-wise, I did find myself wishing the characters were smarter, both hero and villain. I’ve been spoiled with Ji Hyun-woo’s character in Queen In-hyun’s Man, who is so satisfyingly clever and quick on the uptake that I want Yi Gak to be just as smart.” you want lee sun joon showing up here instead. ^_^

    (sorry couldn’t resist)

    • 7.1 nova611

      lol…i been thinking of the same thing

    • 7.2 la dee dah

      I wish he had the smarts of Lee Sun Joon, too!

      • 7.2.1 ilovemandoo

        I think he’s fairly smart.. Park Ha, on the other hand, had me facepalming all episode -_-; I love her, but why would you ever ask Taemu to help you???

        • 7.2.1.1 Nutella

          I honestly think it’s not completely dumb of Park Ha… If it were me, I would always be doubting and second-guessing myself as to whether I had used every possible way of finding my mother, and eventually, I would beat myself over it, thinking “Argh, I exaggerated the threat of Tae Mu in my head, when it would’ve been harmless.” or something. That said, she should have definitely told somebody.. even if she couldn’t tell Princey and the ducklings, she ought’ve told something to her mom or Mimi or Becky…

          Also, in the vein of doing things more intelligently, when Yi Gak got the message, I would’ve liked it if he did something like delete the message, and then call the police with an anonymous tip or pretend to be a passerby who noticed something suspicious or something, instead of rushing over blindly… although the way he stopped suddenly, I suspect that he’s just had a brainwave… maybe something along the lines of what if it was Park Ha who passed away in Joseon times, through an elaborate scheme by the Princess, and now that the conditions are leading to Park Ha’s death, they’re closer to solving the mystery and heading home…

          On a very unrelated side note: I loved it when Yi Gak trolled Tae Mu with the framed piccie of a dog.. It instantly reminded me of when Jonghyun trolls all his twitter followers with photos of puppies ^_^

          • 7.2.1.1.1 July

            I thought the exact same thing. LG seems to have had some time of epiphany or something. I think we are heading to josean pretty soon, maybe in the next epsiode or two. I still have no clue as to how this show will end, but that’s what I love about it—it keeps me guessing.

        • 7.2.1.2 NewKDramaAddict (aka MsB)

          I would have never gone with him by myself. He already threatened her about finding the fake Tae Yong so why would you willing go with him. Trusting to the end!

    • 7.3 debby

      To be fair to the prince – well he never had to do anything – he always had someone else do work for him.
      Ji Hyun-woo on other hand did that for living so has done it all his life and would not have gotten that old if he didn’t use his brains while with prince it didn’t matter someone allways took care of it for him.

  8. Esther Ong

    I agree, why get Park Ha lock up again. It’s silly and annoying. I hope LG can outsmart TM better as well. I get a kick out of it.

  9. sugarpunch_deb

    I feel the villains are one-dimensional characters so I don’t think much of them… it’s just the same old thing. hahaa. btw does anyone know how many eps this is?

    • 9.1 rbee

      20 I think.

  10. 10 Shukmeister

    Poor Park Ha! she just can’t catch a break.

    Still, I like how the story progressed in this one, even though Tae Mu’s descent into madness causes more problems for our intrepid heroine.

    • 10.1 skelly

      I was so annoyed with her, I couldn’t feel sorry for her at all when she was pounding on the door and yelling for help.

      Here this guy is friends with her sworn enemy, he invades and vandalizes her house, he threatens her, he follows her on to the subway (where she laughed and giggled like it was all a big game) and then she goes for a car ride with him, without telling anyone, because he tells her this fantastical story about her mother wanting to meet her without any advance contact at some out-of-the-way place.

      Sheesh. I’m still annoyed at her, and I want to give the writer a swift kick – what crappy writing.

  11. 11 zsa

    i think the biggest worry is why is there another exact person who looks like you…one would certainly think they are blood related…it’s just unlikely….but it’s fiction anyway….

  12. 12 Nicole

    The locked-in-a-refrigerated-truck scene was exactly the same as one in A Man Called God, only it was Han Chae-young locked in the truck and not Han Ji-min.

    Ooh, this is getting tense.

  13. 13 ellie

    Thank you very much for the speedy recap Javabeans! I just wonder what made YiGak stop? So excited for next episodes….

  14. 14 anon

    Why would Park-Ha get in the car of a suspected murderer?

    • 14.1 Esther Ong

      I agree. She is causing trouble.

    • 14.2 bey

      maybe because she dosen’t know that he is one? as far as I know YiGak hasn’t told her.

      • 14.2.1 mskololia

        Why does LG have to “tell” her anything when she experienced first hand this man’s brand of crazy???

        • 14.2.1.1 AuntieMame

          Exactly what I was thinking when she so eagerly accepted his invitation.

          And, the other thing I couldn’t figure out was why she rushed to confront TM with her copy of the photo, when she had already asked YG to trying and get a copy of the photo for her. Why didn’t she wait? She should have been leery of his personality, based on what she has seen of him.

          I guess we have to remember that she’s not supposed to be smart in this life. So, I guess she’s not smart enough to be suspicious. After all, she did easily believe the story of 4 costumed-men saying they had time-traveled … and even gave them bed and board.

          • 14.2.1.1.1 mskololia

            If a police officer in SK asked if you were knew those mean and dropped them off making you somehow esponsible for them, would you trust them?

          • 14.2.1.1.2 mskololia

            Oop! *you knew those men….*responsible

            Lights out~

    • 14.3 megara

      lol. Even if she didn’t know he’s a murderer, she wouldn’t have gotten in the car after what he did at the rooftop.

    • 14.4 MsGB

      Park Ha still doesn’t know the whole story. To her he was a nice enough guy that help her (so she thought) to not pay for the damage to Granny’s house, that took care of and paid her Mom’s hospital bill when he accidentally hit her, and found her a job.

      But the one thing that should have gave it all away is that he’s dating Se Na!!! Anybody that dated that thing for 2 yrs straight has to be evil incarnate too.

      • 14.4.1 la dee dah

        Exactly, she doesn’t know the whole story, we the viewers do. But does she even know Sena is dating Tae Mu? I’m forgetting, I don’t remember her finding out.

        • 14.4.1.1 mskololia

          She found him in a towel….Is her memory bad?!

          • 14.4.1.1.1 thorned sakura

            but why would she assume that he’s evil just because he’s her sister’s boyfriend–or ex-bf since her sister got engage with another man after that incident? maybe she just thought that they got together due to SN’s manipulative ways as well.

          • 14.4.1.1.2 mskololia

            My post was in response to 14.4.1, which alluded to her not knowing SN and him had a history.

          • 14.4.1.1.3 thorned sakura

            sorry, my post was also in response to 14.4.1…just didn’t get the hang of this yet…^_^

      • 14.4.2 ilovemandoo

        That may be true, but she’s also seen him snooping around her house, stalking her, and throwing flowerpots and various tables.. I think most reasonable people would be wary after that.

        Hence why I facepalmed the whole episode. We have a fairly smart hero (not as smart as Lee Sun Joon or Ji Hyun Woo’s character maybe, but still quick on the uptake). Why can’t we also have a smart heroine?

        Also, it seems a little unfair to me that we’re comparing protagonists to begin with. Yi Gak has always been smart, but the problem lies more with the writing, which has never exactly been intelligent (in terms of schemes and plans).

        • 14.4.2.1 TamTam

          Park Ha might be acting on her emotions rather than her brains, unfortunately. She was pretty desperate trying to find her mom, and TM was her only link. Emotions can make one pretty irrational.

          But yeah, you’d think she’d be more wary of trusting random people after Sena betrayed and treated her. Especially living life as an orphan, you’d think she’d be more streetwise than gullible.

    • 14.5 Jade

      Come on, are people missing the point? Tae-moo said that he found Park Ha’s mum. I don’t think she would’ve gone with him if it wasn’t for that reason. Plus, she doesn’t know that he’s a murderer.

      • 14.5.1 NewKDramaAddict (aka MsB)

        His temper and association with Se Na would have been enough to make me leery of him as well as tell someone that I was meeting him. Her mother, YG, someone!

    • 14.6 debby

      I think Bak Ha is one of those kinds of people that gets all worked up and even if she knows it wrong, thinks nothing can happen and if it did she can handle it. All she was thinking about was being able to see mother not who she with and she knew he had helped her before -i know she though crazy but she was thinking with heart not head

  15. 15 anon

    A suspected murderer that destroyed her house and is clearly angry at her friend?

    • 15.1 Esther Ong

      You are totally speaking my mind!! ^^

    • 15.2 mskololia

      And the beat goes on because I could not grasp that on myself…

    • 15.3 la dee dah

      I’m thinking if she allowed four strange guys – one carrying a sword, who all act totally out of this world, were combative towards her, and almost burned down her home – LIVE with her, then I suspend belief that she would get into a car with a guy that is angry at her friend and throws plants around in anger.

      • 15.3.1 la dee dah

        Oops, I mean “suspend disbelief”..

      • 15.3.2 lizzzie

        “throws plants around in anger”. Oh god. I want that on his official profile. Filed under worst murderer ever, of course.

    • 15.4 tvwithrice

      Who was also trailing her…

  16. 16 kirara

    aww man.. just when things were going good Tae-mu had to ruin it all by kidnapping Park-Ha.. what is our prince going to do??? we have to wait till next week for the decision.. DARN..

    But anyways.. Thanks for the post!!

  17. 17 TiaC

    Yay JB and Rooftop Prince!

    An exciting episode except one minor(ish) complaint: Why the heck did Park-ha not call anyone before she got into the car with Tae-mu? We all know she’s smarter than that! Why not drop a quick text to the Joseon Power Rangers – “Hey guys. Just got in2 car w/ murdurous cousin. Please track my whereabouts!” Or how bout using one of those stalkerish smartphone/facebook apps – ‘Park-ha checks in to: Tae-mu’s car – someone with some sense should probably check to make sure she’s still alive!’

    I love me some cute and sassy heroines, but come on, ladies, let’s think twice before getting into the psychotic cousin’s car alone!

    • 17.1 su

      Because she doesnt know TM is murderous? If she knew I dont think she’d meet him to talk about her bio mom

    • 17.2 Shukmeister

      She hasn’t seen the duckings since TYx2 showed up (they were told not to contact her per Bow Tie), so it probably wouldn’t have been her first thought.

      I would have figured on her texting YG at least though, especially with the Sworn Enemies thing going around.

    • 17.3 pk

      Don’t worry, I think LG must have sent yongsul to protect her cos he already told her to watchout for TM…there is a white car there where TM drove past…

    • 17.4 nourlAkane

      you my dear friend totally read my mind..
      she could just gave a message or make a fake phone call during the scene..

    • 17.5 skelly

      There’s an acronym for heroines like this:
      TSTL
      (too stupid to live) and it is used for sweet young things in romance and mystery novels who stupidly fall into the villain’s clutches because the lazy writer can’t think of any other way to have it happen.
      I know Park Ha is not the sharpest pencil in the drawer, and gets into trouble because she believes the best of people, but this is really too much. There is ample evidence, in both what she has personally witnessed, in what she has heard, and in the company that he keeps, that this guy is bad news… but the writer needs her to get in that truck and so TSTL she must be.

      • 17.5.1 ilovemandoo

        This so much. It sucks.

        • 17.5.1.1 JG

          Yep.

      • 17.5.2 pk

        come on, be patient, this story is of Romace/comedy/suspense…. so I would think that the writer is just keeping us in suspense, I believe LG or that bow tie guy would have sent somwone to follow TW. Remember, LG said something about fox..and fire to lure TW to show his true self..
        Also, I think the writer has a very clever plot, at least so far all the time travelling is one person and this one is a team and though is not the first to travel from past to present but is definitely the first one in the recent time travelling wave in China/HK/Korea dramas….and many more plus points, cheer, writer :)

      • 17.5.3 NewKDramaAddict (aka MsB)

        TSTL! I’ll have to remember that!

  18. 18 Mish

    Lol I totally agree with you about the fire and ice thing. It was actually the first thing I thought as SOON as Tae-mu said she was in an ice truck. I love the interaction between the Joseon ducklings and Park Ha, and I understand why the business part is necessary to the plot, but how many times are you going to try to kill off one of our main leads. It makes me sad because despite all the time-jump madness that is what feels the least realistic to me and it jolts me out of the viewing experience. I am still really enjoying the drama though and I love how everything is once again out in the open with our two leads ^.^

  19. 19 singhi26

    this episode was so good, thanks again for the recaps
    i hope nothing bad happens to PH and why did LG stopped? I think he figured out something or what? I hope next episode they let mother and daughter reunite, oh how i wish that Sena and Taemu go up one against the other in front of everybody…a one on one “you did this”..”ohh yeah, you did this” that would be so good, let them be their own downfall.

  20. 20 Christy

    Oh Park Ha! Grrr, how can she be so naive and trusting? Tae Mu’s shifty eyes just scream bloody murderer! Couldn’t she get a clue about his character when he was throwing things around the rooftop balcony like something deranged maniac? So frustrating! It seems that our poor heroine has to stay inside a freeser truck until next Wednesday, LOL! If only I can borrow Kim Bong Doo’s talisman to summon the F4 Power Rangers.

    Thanks for the wonderful recap!

  21. 21 geanna

    While watching the last scene, there’s a little part of me wishing for Lee Sun Joon of SKKS to make an appearance. Yes, absurd, i know.
    But then again, with 2 reincarnations already being in the same time frame, having the 3rd one wouldn’t hurt after all hahaha.
    Plus, it’s the smartypants Lee Sun Joon! He’ll solve the mystery and make the most rational decision for the current issue of saving Park Ha vs. kicking Taemu’s ass in mere seconds. 😛
    Anyway, thanks Javabeans for the super fast thoughtful recaps ^^

    *Park Yoochun, you are on your way to be an admirable great actor. I almost forget that you are a singer after watching RTP lol!*

  22. 22 lovedramas

    I feel like this is a little bit like watching “Choose your own adventure” unfold. There are a lot of guesses as to how these pieces of the mystery and the time travel and the different people etc all fit together in modern time and in joseon time. A lot of viewer’s thoughts are interesting… if the actual writers go one way, then they can do this etc etc. So I’m armed with what I personally think could be happening, and what I’ve read from other viewers, and then what actual story follows, I’m enjoying it just by that. A lot of different possibilities of what is going to happen. I do wish Yi Gak was a lot smarter – he’s getting smarter but not quite as quick… and also I kinda wish PH in modern times was a little bit smarter too. I wish she could join in on the detective work.

    I still love the moment in the story now. At least a lot of things are happening. The OTP still is super cute together so I’m loving that – at least while it lasts. I have a feeling that it has to be the real TY that end up liking her in the present at the end. Who knows :)

  23. 23 John

    I wish they were smarter too.She gets in car with the madman ?

    Since QIHM was brought up…. There’s no comparison… QIHM rocks in so many ways…

    • 23.1 skelly

      I totally agree. Once you get on the QIHM ship, there is no turning back. Once you spend some time around some real brains, well…

  24. 24 mskololia

    Thanks JB. I wish they were smarter too.

  25. 25 sauyinzhi

    Thank you for posting it early. That’s great.

    thank you again.

  26. 26 swye

    Your recap is better than the real episode. The editing was so choppy, it barred me from really enjoying the episode…

  27. 27 Mia

    oh no :( not another cliffy
    awww i hope they resolve that Park Ha is In-joo soon (like next week ^^)
    thank you javabeans

  28. 28 rhind

    I actually was a little confused because there are too many Yoochuns running around lol

    thanks for the recap btw ^^

    and I love the animation, I missed it X3 and 6002? HAHAHA omg great play of word there 😉

    • 28.1 delaney

      To me, “overwhelmed” is the word to describe a lot of Yoochuns running around which, by the way, is a good thing because he’s so cute (esp. in glasses) 😀

  29. 29 sailoruniverse

    Tae-mu… you know, maybe murdering isn’t your thing.
    You’re not meant for a life of crime with the kind of rotten luck you have right now, you know? Every crime you did backfired on you so far, yet violence is still your first solution to problems. Potted plants, bro? Real villainy. Newspaper concealing your face? Ohhhh look out, James Bond!
    Frankly, is all the stress worth it? Every single episode, I’ve seen you sweat so much more than my whole family at a sauna combined. Come on dude, pick another hobby.

    • 29.1 megara

      Taemu: “I’m so angry!!!” *throws potted plants*

      You know what this reminds me of? Johnny (of J&A) throwing a spoon because he was so angry that Jin married without letting him know.

      HAHAHAHAHA.

    • 29.2 Cynthia

      LOL

      Tae-Mu = MOST. INEPT. MURDERER. EVER.

      :)

    • 29.3 tvwithrice

      The screencap of him holding up a newspaper one handed to cover HALF of his face had me chuckling. So~ inconspicuous.

    • 29.4 katiamon

      haha!!!! sailor… you are so right about tae mu, he needs a new hobbie soon!

  30. 30 Noelle

    Woot! Can’t wait to read. Thanks for the recap.

  31. 31 megara

    I love how Yoochun improved so much on his acting. His character in Sungkyungkwan scandal was boring and he wasn’t really able to show a range of emotions as compared to Rooftop Prince.
    Also….
    I can’t help but compare the modern dilemma with the Joseon dilemma. In the latter, the crown princess got her position because her sister had an accident. In the modern times, Tae mu almost became the CEO because Tae yong was presumed dead. The blackmailing part also got to me. Maybe in the Joseon era, someone was also blackmailing the crown princess?

    • 31.1 la dee dah

      Aw, I’m forever going to to defend Lee Sun Joon. He was an awesome character. Calm, steady, super smart (can never forget his quick thinking that led to the awesome smackdown on Ha In Soo to save Kim Yoon Hee and Jae Shin’s butts) willing to push someone who doesn’t think much of herself to achieve greatness… sigh..

    • 31.2 yayaya

      No, I start loving Yoochun because LSJ in SKKS.
      He’s not boring, because that’s LSJ. LSJ are calm, logical, smart and charismatic. That’s his character in SKKS. And I think he pulled off his character very well ^____^

      I already mentioned it before, I don’t even know he’s a singer at that time. I was thought he really an actor. He surprised me by his acting.

      • 31.2.1 Addicted2KDrama

        ditto! I loved him in SKKS and thought he did an awesome job. I’m amazed at how talented he is.

        Yoochunnie Fighting!

  32. 32 Aden01

    Tae moo and Se na needs To get Married. ASAP. their kids will be their evil army.

    • 32.1 ladyjumong

      Yi Gak and Park Ha need to get married, too, ASAP-so their kids will be their good army that will thwart all the plans of the evil army.

  33. 33 jiajia

    thanks sooo much!

  34. 34 sweetooth

    I seriously give up hoping for a decent kiss in this drama. They gave me one but it was barely a nanosecond, I have to replay the scene a few times just to make it sure it happened and not just a fragment of my imagination for hoping too much. HEH.

    • 34.1 Shukmeister

      QIHM epi 08. Seriously. Trust me.

      • 34.1.1 swye

        Agreed. Hot damn. That drama is doing just the right things all around.

      • 34.1.2 tvwithrice

        Yes!
        And ep 08 gave me a heartattack. Gah

        • 34.1.2.1 nova611

          arrgh..u guys make me go CRAZY
          make me wanna RUN BACK home n watch it
          RAW..

      • 34.1.3 cilla

        I’m sorry. QIHM? do you mean queen in hyun’s man? i havent watched it but thats the only thing i could think up for ‘QIHM’ ..lol is it really good?

        • 34.1.3.1 spork

          In a word: YES!!!

      • 34.1.4 sweetooth

        I know, I’ve watched it. Ji Jyun Woo isn’t really my thing plus there’s something about Yoo In Na’s acting that’s bugging me from the very start(?), so that kiss was just.. a simple kiss for me. No matter how hot that kiss was, if I’m not really interested with the 2 people kissing, as a viewer, It’s just a MEH for me. That Dong Min character is the only one worth watching and of course, the plot. What I really wanted to see is Yoo Chun and Ji Min kissing their hearts out but I guess I just have to give up on that.

  35. 35 Suzi Q

    Tae Mu and Se Na burned the baby photo of In Joo. Didn’t Se Na have it photocopied at the beginning of the drama? So there still is a copy of it?
    I agree that I wished Yi Gak and Park Ha were a little more intelligent. Why didn’t Park Ha threaten to call the cops when Tae Mu broke into the house and went ballistic trashing the premises?Later, why would stupid Park Ha trust Tae Mu and get into Tae Mu’s car? He was acting weird previously, so the red light should have gone off in her head that he’s gone psycho!
    Also, the smartest people in the drama is Taek Soo who is onto Tae Mu’s evil intentions and Park Ha’s biological Mom, Jang Sun Joo, who isn’t fooled by Se Na’s sly, deceitful nature.
    Yi Gak has to get the Joseon Power Rangers to help him free Park Ha from the freezer truck or is she going to be transported somehow back in Joseon time and meet up with Bu Yong?

    • 35.1 MsGB

      If Park Ha travels back in time that would mean either Bu Yong is dead or in a coma like Tae Young. The running theory is that the same soul (reincarnations) cannot exist in the same space.

    • 35.2 Bianca

      what would happen anyway if they did meet?

  36. 36 Indah

    i could not take his eyes off the screen,, this episode is so DAEBAKK….

  37. 37 anotheraddict

    I thought the writing for this episode was pretty lackluster and that there were even more “huh?… that doesn’t make sense” moments than usual. For ex., why didn’t Mom Jang press Se Na about where she got the DNA sample from? It’s obvious that Se Na doesn’t know that she really is Jang’s daughter, so it follows that she wouldn’t have used her own DNA for the test. If Jang is dying and is desperate to find her other daughter, why is she just letting Se Na off the hook?

    I will, however, give the episode credit for proving me wrong– I was pretty sure that Se Na was going to be the one to try to “get rid of” Pak Ha (paralleling what I think happened in Joseon). (Although Se Na is partly culpable for this attempt.)

    Bring on the comeuppance, but don’t forget the cute, please!

    • 37.1 AuntieMame

      Totally agree with you on the plot ‘holes’. The writing has left a lot of holes in the story.

      As for the cute, the shopping trip was a bit redundant. I was surprised that they resorted to another clothes shopping trip to come up with some cute. Again, the writer can’t seem to come up with a new idea. Or, they had to do a clothes shopping trip to satisfy product placement commitments.

      • 37.1.1 lizzzie

        Yea, they totally went and got themselves the latest NII Spring line (that JYJ endorses as well, so I guess that was slightly meta). Well, the shirts are cute, I want one, but the scene was otherwise unnecessary.

        • 37.1.1.1 bjharm

          shopping trip is what called product placement that is the company behind that clothes line put money into the drama, also note the coffee scene where Tae Young makes very sure to show the label on the cup he was drinking and in commercial speak says..ow how lovely, it was a commercial set in a drama for that coffee house/brand, it pretty common you can have fun picking out these commercials in a drama in all dramas.
          Plot hole for you why is Park Ha still living in the roofhouse, it was brought by the fake Tae-yong after all she paying no rent, she pretty much a squatter lol

    • 37.2 Arhazivory

      I also wondered why she didn’t press her for info about the DNA but she probably just figures that she forged it.

      I am a little disappointed that she believes her and sudden;y decides to ‘give up’ on finding In Ju. There are two In Ju in Feast of the Gods so maybe Chairman Jang can try her luck there.

      • 37.2.1 Bianca

        im also miffed about the ‘plot hole’ surronding chariman jang. she knows that se na lied to her about being her daughter, so why does she still want to take her back to hong kong and give up on her real daughter? im dying for her to realize park ha’s her actual daughter and for them to reunite! i also want park ha to be with yi gak! ^.^

  38. 38 h311ybean

    Thanks for the recap! I hope this kidnapping thing gets resolved quickly – there’s too many loose ends left dangling for Park-ha to waste too much time as a damsel in distress.

    I’m glad you remarked on the various layers that Yoochun has had to add to his character/s in this drama. It was precisely what I was thinking while reading this!

  39. 39 Dewo

    Oh noooooo! Show, why you ended this way. Now we have to wait for 7 x 24 x 60 minutes before next episode, then we’ll freeze before Park ha.

  40. 40 rtptan

    yoochun’s acting has improved so much from skk. his combi with han ji min is wonderful . and she very pretty. will be resseing capital scandal where she acted . yoochun so cute and charming in all angle shots .

  41. 41 rtptan

    hope rtp will have a happy ending in present time and also in the josean time .

    thanks for the fast deconstructing !! its so exciting whilst waiting for the subs

  42. 42 cindy

    This drama is making me tired.

    I think 16 episodes or 18 would be enough, 20 is too much, I don’t want to see PH almsot dying from this episode until episode 20 and T and S bitching around…..

    Why not another interesting plot line?

    Show us more about the past, whatever!

    • 42.1 Esther Ong

      Agree. Interesting plot needed.

    • 42.2 Danielle

      Haha, I don’t think so. 20 episodes is 20 episodes. Everything has been planned by the writers. And, there’s been a doubting about CP’s case again, about the fire and ice.

  43. 43 MsGB

    There’s a different kinds of “smarts” in the world. Books smarts, street smart, or obviously smart (example: me and some friends were watching a mystery show when one girl blurts out something that everybody in the room knew. So I turn to her and say “You’re so smart!”)

    K2H’s villain Bong Gu is “a thin line” smart. You probably know what that means.

    But I notice Tae Mu is what you call “dumb smart”. So smart, you dumb. Smart enough to wipe the boat down and swim back to shore but dumb enough not to erase those pic or atleast check the phone before you threw it in the water. Smart enough to spin the story how he and Tae Young never met but dumb enough not to delete the record of him buying two meals in New York instead of one. And smart enough to kidnap Park Ha but dumb enough to get his ass kicked by Blue Ranger Yong Sool when Yi Gak tells him what happened. I see it! Atleast that’s how I think it should go!!!

  44. 44 bajing

    Can we have Tae-Mu to be punished Joseon way please?!!!! I have ran out of expletives for him in this episode. He has climb to be the top of my hit list. asdfghjkl.

    This drama will be the end of my sanity. My poor lil heart…..snif…

    • 44.1 Bianca

      “his drama will be the end of my sanity. My poor lil heart…..snif…”

      thats what ill be saying if i dont get my happy ending in both worlds!

  45. 45 Sandy

    cant yi gak just change his clothes before going to rescue park ha?

  46. 46 one_nee

    ok.. so TaeMu finally tried to kill ParkHa..

    is this also what happened in the Joseon? I was thinking that maybe BuYong knows HwaYong n Taemu (i believe he was also there in Joseon) were having an affair n they tried to kill LeeGak n be the successor of the throne (just like what happened in this time). maybe BuYong saw HwaYong met TaeMu that night n confronted them, in the end, she was killed. and it was her body floating in the pond (and the pond named BuYong Pond isnt it?)..

    i really hope LeeGak n Joseon F3 mission isnt only to reveal who the killer was in Joseon. i mean if TaeMu really was there in Joseon, who know what the murder will lead to. maybe then after the murder there was indeed a coup n LeeGak ended up dead (and maybe that was why ParkHa cried when she read the history book). so maybe they have to found out what happened in Joseon but in the same time also to prevent the same thing happen again in this time. since we know, it was BuYong who supposedly married to LeeGak. so maybe in this time, since TaeMu also have a hand in made TaeYong cant met with ParkHa, maybe Destiny make the Joseon F4 came to corrected it, so destiny/fate will back again the way it should be. i just hope it would be for both in Joseon and this time.i mean they would come back to Joseon before the murder happen, so they can prevent it, since it would be sad if LeeGak back to Joseon n indeed BuYong was the one who died (and there was a coup n he also ended up killed).

    If it really the reason, then my heart that goes for LeeGak-ParkHa will be broken, since it means ParkHa will ended up be with TaeYong…

    and yes, bias aside, YooChun really suprised me with his acting. his acting is much better than SKK n Ms Ripley and that was amazed me. he just been in 3 dramas, and all have different genre n themes, yet he do such a great job in the latest one. my co worker (whom i ‘persuaded’ to wathced RTP) was so sprised when i told her that the lead actor is a singer from my fave Kpop group (many of my co worker know my craziness over Korea n JYJ, lol). since she think JYJ just gonna be the same like SuJu, 2pm, etc. so she really isnt aware that the lead was also ‘a boyband singer’, as she usually said =)

    thx for the recap!!

    • 46.1 Mikunda

      I like your thinking:). It makes a lot of sense to push them back to Joseon a day early or before the murder happened there, so they can correct. I don’t know how things would play out here in present time though.

    • 46.2 Bianca

      i like your theory too. except… it was the crown princess (aka se na) who got married to yi gak, and it was the crown princesses body who was floating in the BuYong pond. although the hiden affair theory is plausible, idk how that would fit in.

      about yoochun, i have only seen him in gungkeungkwan scandal, and he was an ok actor in that. but i a surprised and quite impressed with his acting in RTP, especially playing two different characters and then having to role-play different identities.

  47. 47 whatis

    The two questions that had me thinking…
    1. How is it possible that after 2 years of vegetable state, his hair is STILL nicely styled??
    2. Bring the phone to him containing the NY photos as ransom??? Are we living in the stone age here? How easy is it to transfer the photos from phone to computer and posted on internet? Copy the sim card? It would’ve been the first thing I do. Get a phone that’s exactly the same, a copy the info onto it. Keep the original phone. And i’m no genius.

    Thanks for the recap! Can’t wait until the whole mystery is unraveled. There’s still so much to explain. Is he going to go back in time? What’s going to happen with their romance? Will Yi Gak and Tae Yong switch places? what’s up? I NEED TO KNOOOOW!

    • 47.1 Eva

      After watching Tae Mu trying to break Tae-yong’s phone by a STONE, I always think that Tae-yong should be the one going back and living in the Joseon era instead…

    • 47.2 Danielle

      Well, Lee Gak is not that familiar with the technology yet.

  48. 48 Esther Ong

    TM use Park Ha’s handphone to take picture and track the number of LG. Doesn’t Park Ha’s phone has a password to access information? Does not make sense. Or am i not making sense

    • 48.1 pk

      Also TM will realise that the number is TY’s and not LG, and the secret will be out….

  49. 49 Hang

    This is such an intense episode. I love how warm Yi Gak was to Park Ha when she confronted him at the stairs (*no liesss* – cos’ his heart is definitely not EMPTY…ty…ty…ty :D). I realize the dual traps fire-ice too, and I find it a coerce from the screenwriter to repeat the history of PH being locked in a truck. I think Yi Gak stopped the car in the final scene because he is smart enough to figure out that the place Taemu asked him to come is not where Park Ha was locked – once being a villain, Taemu should go ALL THE WAY – that is, it makes no sense Taemu lets a rescue happen, then he might lock PH up in one place and require meeting Yi Gak in another, two birds with one stone, all killed. I think Yi Gak should mobilize his minions in response to this threat, he alone can’t make it anyway. Till next week, I guess I will rewatch the stair scene from time to time.

  50. 50 Eva

    I guess some people might think Park Ha is stupid when she followed Tae Mu and got into the car given Tae Mu’s previous attempt to muddle her house…

    But she is not US; she didn’t know the whole truth – about Tae Mu’s killing of Tae-yong, Tae Mu’s plan to make Se-Na replacing Park Ha’s place….I guess in her mind she still has belief in Tae Mu who has saved her mother when he knocked her down unintentionally…

    Again, this park of Park Ha’s being hostage is a MUST… for Yi Gak to realize who has died in the Joseon era was actually Bu Yong (ok my guess)… I think the last scene where Yi Gak stopped the car implies that he might know part of the truth (who has died in the Joseon era), but still doesn’t know the rest (e.g. who killed Bu Yong? why?)

    Perhaps in the next episode the butterfly would come alive again and bring Yi Gak to Park Ha…

  51. 51 Hat

    All of those questions raised by previous posts make sense, but I just want to see more of the cute, and more ducklings in action. Please TM don’t try to kill anybody else, otherwise you’d become a clown character instead of wanna be evil villain.

    Thanks JB again for the recap, always grateful! Most of the time better than the actual episode.

  52. 52 katiamon

    No way, the lady in distress???? Come on, PH is better than that. Hope the writers get out of this absurd plot twist ASAP…. maybe if this action is like totally relevant plotwise then i can find myself satisfied, if not then bummer!
    And yes, tae mu you are the worst murderer ever… Well, human murderer because you really know how to kill a plant in a pot…

  53. 53 Clock

    “Dummy ♥”

    I really really want cream couple to end together.

  54. 54 thorned sakura

    Hi Guys, newbie here! I have a little theory that I’d like to share with all of you. All this time we have been playing with the idea that maybe it was BY and not the CP that was found floating on the lake and I think I may have found something that could prove it in this episode. either  that or I’m really just overthinking this drama!^_^ Anyway, we have also established that the writers in this series are very much into symbolism, and that is why i think two mirroring incidents may have meant more that what we initially thought.

     First, during the Joseon era BY’s face was accidentally burned by her sister, which caused the scarring in her face that cut her off the shortlist for the prince’s bridal candidates. Then we saw the dead body of someone supposedly in the CP’s clothing floating in the lake. Considering climate in SK, the water’s temperature was probably a couple of degrees below zero. Both incidents have the elements of fire and ice playing a major role. Now, jump to the current time. PH was trapped in a burning warehouse, caused by a sparked plug. Then in this episode, she is trapped inside a refrigerator van. Fire and ice. Mirroring incidents in different time frames are probably not coincidents, especially when the theme of this drama is about destiny.

    What do you guys think? if my line of thought is correct,then we can safely assume that the drowned person is BY.

    • 54.1 shirin-noona

      I really like your theory.I think the same thing.I actually think Park Ha might really die in the next episode,which will send our power rangers to Chosun and they will try to right the wrong from there.You know,change the past ,change the future!I don’t know,maybe I’m over thinking too!

      • 54.1.1 thorned sakura

        yay! well, at least now I know I’m not alone. ^_^

        Maybe YG’s purpose in coming to the present time is to realize their thwarted destinies and prevent history from repeating itself.

        My only worry now is what happens after he realized his mission. Because I can’t help but think that the incident that allowed them to travel to the present, actually left them dead in their time (noone survives riding over a cliff!). Maybe that’s what PH read in the history books that got her so depressed and why whenever he comes closer to the realization that PH is his soulmate, he and the J3 fade away.

        • 54.1.1.1 Joy

          I hope that Park Ha would tell YG about what she read in the history book

      • 54.1.2 fluffyinflight

        I really don’t think that she should die. Then most likely you’ll have a bu Yong that’s dead, A Bak Ha that’s dead, a comatose Tae Yong and a Very alive Yi Gak. What then are they going to introduce? and how would that work out?

        • 54.1.2.1 thorned sakura

          yes, i think so too…going back and forth in time would be overkill…i’m sticking with my theory that YG will be able to stop history from repeating itself in the present time but after that, i’m not so sure…i’m hoping that I’m wrong and that he isn’t really dead but would you really want him to live back in his time alone? That will be too tragic an end for him and I won’t be able to wish the PH and TY happiness knowing that our prince is suffering on his own.

        • 54.1.2.2 shirin-noona

          I have this theory that maybe the next few episodes will happen in Chosun,before Bo Yong got killed.Maybe he saves Bo Yong and then Park Ha will be saved in the future.It’s a silly theory,I know!:p

    • 54.2 Joy

      maybe.. nice thought you got there :)

    • 54.3 katiamon

      I think it was actually BY who died in Joseon. Don’t forget that the butterfly flew out of BY’s handkerchief, maybe she wanted her fate to be corrected in the present times and that’s why she was saved from the fire and is going to be saved from the ice truck.
      Also, maybe what she read in the history book is that F4 died in the past and the crown princess remarried with Joseon TM. this is just my guess….

  55. 55 ladyjumong

    I would call them Popsi-couple-yup, I wish they will end up together.

    • 55.1 im80

      then I’ll call them “candy couple”…parkha candy and gak candy^^

  56. 56 Ani

    Wow! Ok, after watching the Avengers today (imax! 3D! AWESOME) I come back to this awesomeness. I swear I’m so pumped with energy and excitement now I have no idea what I should do with it. But damn, it’ll carry me through tomorrow and maybe hopefully next week. X)

    • 56.1 NewKDramaAddict (aka MsB)

      It was good, huh?! I cannot handle 3D though so I only saw it on a regular screen!

  57. 57 thorned sakura

    oops…entered my comment a little too late!hehe…good thing i wasn’t just overthinking!^_^

  58. 58 Curious

    Does anyone seem to find a coincidence in Pak Ha being trapped in a “truck”. Maybe she’ll get caught in an accident, lose her memories and have a new beginning with the real Tae Yong. The Joseon characters will go back to their era and they’ll fix their problems there. Any insight into maybe? or am I too naive. hahah

    • 58.1 Danielle

      Dude, that might happen you know?

  59. 59 shirin-noona

    Thank you so much JB.Awesome recap as usual:)

  60. 60 Angskeet

    duh! give taemu the cellphone, but make a whole bunch of copies of those photos lol…easy as that!

  61. 61 yayaya

    This episode was so intense.
    I don’t know WHY ON EARTH Park Ha believe Taemu? WHY? She witnessed by herself what TM did to her house. Tsk. I was disappointed with her, it’s like she just put more problems that have to be solve by Lee Gak :(

    I agree, Yoochun handle all his characters very well. Since watching him at SKKS, I already know he is natural gift actor. He improved significantly. I hope another awards are coming to you this year Yoochun-ah, because he is deserves it :)

  62. 62 Irene

    Yi Gak should kidnap Se-na as well, Tae Mu loves her. 😛

    Anyway, speaking of technology, Yi Gak could easily track Park Ha’s mobil phone nowdays.
    Please think Yi Gak, how/where did Tae Mu find a refrigerated truck for his plan.

    I need more Joseon era time!
    So much happening, but I need more process on the story and the other “main” characters. What about Bak-ha and Tae-yong? I don’t think they can fall each other easily just because they are look a like!

    But really interesting, that Tae-yong liked Par-ha, before Par-ha noticed anything, and Bak-ha liked Yi Gak, before he realised anything. Now Par-ha and Yi Gak know and feels their fate, but they love each other, not the other ones.

    • 62.1 fluffyinflight

      Their personalities are more suited too. Bu Yong with Tae Yong who is more laid back and seemed more reserved. Remember when he wanted to stop Bak ha to talk to her and couldn’t do it? Also Tae Yong doesn’t want to be in the company — he just doesn’t like it. He could be a prince and write and draw all day and talk with his advisers and Bu Yong could talk with him keep him entertained and do embroidery with her butterflies and since she’s so smart, if they’re any problems he could get her imput. While on the other hand BaK Ha and Yi Gak has a more fiery personalities – they do get on each other a lot, and Bak Ha knows how to keep Yi Gak in line.
      If Yi Gak and Bu Yong was together he would just walk all over her. It’s true that she was able to entertain him, but she was much more reserved than Bak Ha. Remember when she punched him, and the different things she did to him to keep him in line.

  63. 63 yoga girl

    i am wondering what park ha read about yi gak in the library?hope they clear this out in the up coming eps

  64. 64 vox26

    oh man! this episode got me all worked up!!
    literally wishing its already wednesday!!
    im proud of Yoochun!
    i hope JiMin and Yoochun date for reals! **heee!

  65. 65 gg

    Throughout the whole scene between Park ha and CEO Jang, i was screaming at her to just whip out the half torn photo and show it to her too.. lol. But what good could have come out of it if they realise they are mother and daughter? I’m sure Park Ha wouldn’t want to go to Hong Kong with her real mum… to be honest, it would not be so bad if Sena was taken to Hong Kong instead. That way we can have one less villain out of the picture.

    Speaking of which, Sena really does seem to have a knack for ruining her own fortunes. First she pretends to be Injoo, and CEO mum ends up not giving up her company shares to her, which is what she had initially planned. Second, her mum was already planning to take her to Hong Kong (and giving her a life of riches I presume), but she had to overhear the phone convo, misunderstand, and then get into a frenzy over nothing. Leading to baddie Tae Mu trying to murder Park Ha, of course. Seriously, what motivation do these two villains have for wanting to prevent Park Ha from reuniting with her mum, apart from pure spite and jealousy? The motivation for murder does seem a bit wobbly here to me..

    And Sena is really a good liar, much better than Tae Mu, the way she just lied nonchalantly about having heard the dol story from the radio. Tae Mu is not as cool a killer as he’d like to believe, his hand was trembling even when he was covering Park Ha’s mouth with the handkerchief to make her pass out..

    But i’m enjoying this show a lot, can’t wait to find out next week how Yi Gak’s gonna rescue Park Ha (again) from the freezer!

    • 65.1 megara

      Sena and TaeMu are perfect for each other.

      • 65.1.1 Danielle

        Hahaha, they really are.

  66. 66 dls

    JB, thanks for the recap!!!!
    Just want to highlight the sweetness of Park Ha to be able to identify Yi Gak posing as Tae Yong v.2. I’ve been worry that she will be mopey in this ep crying that Dummy has gone back to Joseon. Talking about Yi Gak, I wonder what Princey will do, hmmph must wait till next week though. 4 eps to go.
    Writer-nim please give more amusement.

  67. 67 paz_pranz

    I am already addicted to the actor playing Crown Prince, that’s why I watch Rooftop Prince, then I become addicted to the story because of the flow of the story but now I could say I am also addicted to you javabeans because after watching every episode in Korean language which is I could not comprehend what they are talking about, just relying to their action… I always looking forward to your recap so that I could understand the real story, because English sub it takes a lot of day before they release. That’s thank you for all your effort to bring us as soon as possible.

    Right now I am looking forward for the 4 episode left, to answer my curiosity if Yi-Gak can go back to Joseon time, and if Tae-yong is alive who will be the real partner of Pak Ha? And How can Pak Ha found her real mother? and most especially who died on the pond and who kill her? I hope so that all my question in my mind have an answer for the the 4 episode left. Once again thank you and I am looking forward for your recap for the 4 episode left.

  68. 68 Hong

    Something bother me.. Does yi gak learn to drive in the modern era? It just something isn’t right that he suddenly drive a car after a culture shock he got because of time travelling…

    • 68.1 vivyip

      i think he learned after demanding park ha teach him how to drive (in an earlier episode) I forgot which episode and if she actually did the teaching

      • 68.1.1 Mya

        Lol, its funny, the driving part is the only thing that really annoys me about this drama. Cause we don’t know how long the ducklings and Yi Gak have been in modern Seoul, but man, they can drive! And here me, in the real world, struggling with learning how to park and freakin road tests plus log books and having to wait a few years before actually getting a full license.

        ….off topic yea, heh, seemed to have got that off my chest. Seriously though, love this show!=D

  69. 69 Kitchy

    Love Love Love this drama…Thanks JB for the recaps…you never fail to put a smile on my face with your writing :)

  70. 70 Carole McDonnell

    Wow! So true about the Ji Hyun-woo’s character in Queen In-hyun’s Man. But Yi Gak wasn’t a scholar… I love both those time-travellers though. Thanks so much for the recap. -C

  71. 71 dee

    i also spoiled with jin hyun… but i think i love both… thanks for the recaps

  72. 72 sandra

    I have to say that this drama is sooo Good, I’m completely hooked that I’m trying to figure out how they are going to end it! It has to be a good ending for the entire plot of reincarnation to make sense and I kind of figure that Bu Yong was the one who was drowned at the BY pond, it was not the evil Yong Hwa. The crowned prince never got to see the body of BY, So one knew it was not crowned princess!! Besides, in the beginning of the drama both bodies, Bu Yong and Tae Yong’s show as both having an ill fate, both are drowned by the same person, Tae Mu that’s why it was necessary for crown Prince to come to the future to find out information he didn’t know at the time so he could go back to Joseon and change the past so the future has a better outlook!! I think…even if I’m wrong I’m loving this drama that is keeping me trying to figure out what’s the next step screen writer is taking…lol!!

  73. 73 Night

    I think that the theory about fire and ice is a correct one. And I wouldn’t be so worry about possible dead of Park Ha… Since at present there is always chance to rescue even after your heart stops… Isn’t it right? As for the ending… The theory with LG dissapearing and waking up in TY body…. One soul in one time and dimension… That is possible and this is sth I hope for. Thanks a lot for recaps. Well done :-)

    • 73.1 Night

      I just started to watch again 1st episode and found out two thjings:
      1. The pond where the body was found was called Bu Yong pond…
      2. Crown prince told that the body need to be wrap in to the silk without any single open…
      Intresting…

      • 73.1.1 Night

        You will not believe it what have I found out…. I know whose reincarnations is Tea Mu…. It’s the police chief Hong-Nak-Hyun from Joseon… Am I not great… I think I have to change my occupation into detective 😉

        • 73.1.1.1 Night

          What’s more important he was cron prince brother-in-law… This is getting intresting :-)

        • 73.1.1.2 Arhazivory

          Where in ep 1 did you figure that out?

          • 73.1.1.2.1 Night

            It’s starting in about 45 minutes from begining…. when they are in the room with king

          • 73.1.1.2.2 ladyjumong

            When the king was holding court, after the discovery of the body in the pond, remember the police chief came in to report his initial findings? Yi Gak said “Brother-in-law”, then the police chief reported what he had found out. In my opinion, if the left prime minister is greedy for power or the throne, or wants his son (police chief) to become the next crown prince, the only logical parallel or possible reincarnation to Seoul 2012 would be Daddy Dong Man and his son Taemu, who want to take over the Home and Shopping Company. I’m thinking that the persimmons were intended for the Crown Prince-since the King is ill, if Yi Gak were to die, there will be a power struggle if there is no heir to the throne, but left prime minister could easily take over. Remember, there was not a single servant or attendant outside Yi Gak and Hwayoung’s quarters. If Yi Gak were to be poisoned, he would have died before help arrived. And maybe Crown princess didn’t know about the poisoned persimmons, had one anyways, took her midnight walk, and fell into the pond, with the poison already spread. If it was Bu Young in the pond, she probably had a persimmon when she went to visit the couple to give the answer to Yi Gak’s riddle, died outside, and whoever the conspirators were, dressed her in the Crown Princess clothes, and tossed her in the pond to make it appear like a drowning, telling the princess beforehand to get out of the room at a certain point in the night. Which would make the princess part of the conspiracy? which doesn’t make sense because she already had the position and power.

          • 73.1.1.2.3 Arhazivory

            I went back and watched it but um….reincarnation you say? The police chief doesn’t look like Tae-Mu.

          • 73.1.1.2.4 Night

            First I also didn’t recognize him, bu I’m sure that police officer (crown prince brother-in-law) is TM… I must say that the characterization is great – all staff made a great work to hide him…

      • 73.1.2 thorned sakura

        i would find that info interesting if it was said on the episode when PH and YG went to tour the castle, because that would mean that the prince probably went back to his time to rename the lake in honor of BY, but if that was already its existing name, then either it doesn’t mean anything, or it’s another error done by the writers–changing the name before the story allowed the prince to discover it was BY who died in the lake.

  74. 74 Night

    Is there anyone who knows what significant meaning have a turtle… Becuse I still wondering what is the meaning of this big stone turtle turning his head when our great 4 is running cross the bridge of Bu Yong pond, when they going to find a “witness” of the event in episode 1. I’m sure there is some meaning behind it…

    • 74.1 Night

      Could this be the right meaning – I just found it on internet – Turtles are also symbols of immortality and are considered temporary dwelling places for souls making their way through a series of lives on the path to Nirvana.

  75. 75 Yuhotarubi

    oooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh , I loved this episode, someone on the edge of death , difficult decisions to make, crazy villain, now THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR !!!

    I don’t think I have enoug imagination to guess what’s goin to happen next episode, so I think I’m going have to wait.

    I hope Yi Gak won’t forget to copy the pictures from Tae-Yong’s phone and NOT FORGET THE GLASSES ON HIS FACE !!! cause just that slip will ruin everything.
    can’t wait for the next episode
    And thnx for the recap javabeans !!!

  76. 76 Danielle

    You forgot to make “Tae-yong” part 2’s glasses. It makes me more nervous about it. While watching this episode. o.o

  77. 77 Vox002

    I dont want RTP to end!! This is the only reason I look forward to every week…

    • 77.1 RamanKuttyGopalan

      Thats a good one, lets all send petition to the producer to lengthen the eps like Dong Yi 😀

  78. 78 orangkuantan

    STUPID..estúpido! They are stupid or what? Park Ha, her biological mom and her step mom (or should I say the script writers? Lol). How come this “finding lost daughter thingy” drags on and on?

    They have brains in their heads or melon seeds? If I am not mistaken the step mom had a photo of Park Ha with her dad and mom in her rest room at the fish market, don’t tell me Park Ha never went in there all these while.

    When Park Ha and her biological mom were having some sort of heart to heart talk about trying to find their lost daughter/mom, even a person with IQ of 75 to 85 would have said something like “do you have a photo of your mom/daughter?”

    The biological Mom, couldn’t she get it into her thick head that Park Ha was about the same age as her lost daughter and she was also looking for her lost mom? couldn’t she put two and two together, talking about shrewd businesswoman haha.

    I love this cute drama but poor scripts like these really pissed me off. I know they are trying to build up for a powerful climax, but do come up with some plausible lines. We are not morons.

    • 78.1 Grace

      “They have brains in their heads or melon seeds? If I am not mistaken the step mom had a photo of Park Ha with her dad and mom in her rest room at the fish market, don’t tell me Park Ha never went in there all these while.”

      I think you ARE mistaken. That photograph at the fish market which Taemu saw was Park Ha with her father, the step-mom and Sena.

      Frankly, the writer is doing a pretty good job keeping the audience in suspense for 20 episodes. Those people who want everything to be solved so fast should go and watch a movie instead. All things get solved within less than 2 hours.

      • 78.1.1 orangkuantan

        Well yeah I maybe mistaken with regards to the picture @ the fish market, but do ponder at the other logical reasons I pointed out.

        Frankly I think the writer did a poor job with the script for the ” Lost Daughter” subplot. I don’t mind that bit about traveling 300 yrs to the future, after all its a fantasy, without that there won’t be a story, right? Finding “Lost daughter” is a good plot too if done well enough.

        But well, anyway I am glad there are people who are easily hoodwinked.

        To each his own, then. Have a good day :)

      • 78.1.2 RamanKuttyGopalan

        Ya I agree with u, we uninitiated people couldn’t care more or less what plots the writer come up with. Be it believable or otherwise, we’ll take in the whole shebang, lock, stock and barrel w/o digestion. you know what, i always leave my brain outside the door before switching in to Kdrama, else how could I enjoy the likes of Salaryman, Romance Town et cetera.

        Dialogues I’d like to hear next is:
        Stepmom to bio Mom “I m telling u, park ha is your bio daughterl In Jun”

        bio-mom “Dun joke eunni, how could she be? she is clueless, gullible. I m smart, a shrewd businesswoman”

        stepmom showed her the photo from the fish market, “See, this is park ha and her father with me and se-na”

        bio-mom “What? You married my ex and used photoshop to superimpose my in jun on that pic? Oh eunni, how could you”.

        Faitinn!! 😀

  79. 79 LadyM

    you know wht I hate about these dramas?? Anticipating for the next episodes :( the waiting is really agonizing!! argh!! *pulling out hair* I really want to know what happen next and whether my hunches are right..

    #justsaying – all this while I tot I love men with wits..but then I am adoring the dorks in these drama…smartypants, dorks and YC in specs!! Ah!! totally in love!! jjinja!!

  80. 80 GPR

    I dont get the relationship with the two mothers. IF they know each other soo well why doesnt Se-na real mother tell the chairwoman that Bakah is the real daughter?

    • 80.1 megara

      Se Na’s real mom doesn’t know that her friend “married” her ex.

      • 80.1.1 AhmadAlbab

        yeah they didnt bother to ask what the husband’s name was, let alone showing photos whatnot lol. Thats Korean drama for you. when they walk, they dont look far ahead only abt 5 meters in front of them, they never look to the left or to the right and they never cast a backward glance. When they are looking for dear someone they manage to look in all directions except to that particular direction where that someone was standing albeit he/she was only 6 meters away. Aah I just love Korean drama.

        • 80.1.1.1 Arhazivory

          -_-‘ You have summed it up quite nicely.

        • 80.1.1.2 RamanKuttyGopalan

          What about keeping secrets? Heroes and heroines dont like discussing things with those who are really close around them, what they know they keep pretty well to themselves for fearing the eps will end by the tenth ep 😀

  81. 81 beggar1015

    I know this won’t happen, but in my little Kdramaland I would rather have Park Ha (after calming down a bit) stop and think and figure a way out of the truck herself. Would be refreshing to have the damsel in distress save herself once in awhile.

    • 81.1 RamanKuttyGopalan

      Ya me too, what about if she melts the freezers metal door with her x-ray vision? Possible, no?

  82. 82 lutzy

    Can I just say, I love the kiss that Yi Gak gave to Park Ha!

    A lot of people are annoyed with the K-Drama kisses on how they aren’t real kisses, but I think that’s mostly because they aren’t passionate Hollywood kisses. I think that K-Dramas kisses can be sweet and adorable in many ways.

    However, I feel like often times they seem a little…well, a little awkward, mostly because of positioning. Hovering/barely touching mouths with smushed faces seems to be the typical K-Drama M.O.

    This kiss! It was not a passionate Hollywood kiss, but a believable short, affectionate kiss between people who love each other. Not awkward, not stilted. Perfect. Bravo!

    • 82.1 NewKDramaAddict (aka MsB)

      As long as its not the bug-eyed surprise kiss, I’m ok with it! That annoys me!

  83. 83 JG

    Thanks, JB.

    I agree with many here that getting into the car with Tae Mu was stupid. But I find it understandable because Park Ha was never one of the brightest light bulbs in the room anyways. She’s not a strategic thinker, but rather a spunky survivor too confident of her ability to handle the crazies. I don’t think most women would have reacted as calmly when the J4 first dropped into her rooftop home.

    While being fearless and strong has enabled Park Ha to thrive without much family support all these years, those blessings can also get her in trouble sometimes. This is not the greatest plot device used by the writer to get Park Ha in the truck, but I can still go with it. It still makes sense.

    • 83.1 JG

      sorry, I meant independent and fearless…

      • 83.1.1 greg Totis

        serves her rite for being so barmy. nobody in her right mind would do that after he cried murder in her backyard or was it her front porch?

        • 83.1.1.1 Bella

          Hmm, I don’t reckon Park Ha was being all ‘barmy’. Like commented before, she didn’t know the full picture. Yi Gak never really revealed anything to her regarding Tae Mu’s murder.

          Yes, Tae Mu trashed her house, the second time much more of a frenzy, but by then they were both suspicious of each other; Tae Mu knew Park Ha knew where Yi Gak was, and Park Ha knew Tae Mu knew about the whole imposter Tae Yong thing, and was obviously mad about it. So in a way, its kind of understandable.

          Besides all that, Park Ha has been the over-trustful, gulliable kind of person throughout this whole thing, so while she may now be wary of Tae Mu, I doubt she would imagine Tae Mu would go so far as to kidnap and murder her. She isn’t a conniving fox like Sena.

          So yea, it kind of makes sense for her to get into the car. Its not an unfamiliar person after all, so if you kinda see it from her view- the ex-bf of her evil sister who is kinda crazy mad right now but was real nice to her mother without any double motives, now apologizing somewhat and has information about her birth mother possibly for his own benefit too, well, its not so terribly unrealistic.

          Ehhh, I hope that made sense anyway.:)

    • 83.2 pk

      And PK is really a too kind hearted girl, imagine because of SN, she lived in US as adopted child, the father lived in misery all these yrs and died without seeing his beloved child one last time….etc, how could she still eat with her, go to the public bath….though is for SN’s mother…for me I think I cannot even stand the sight of her….

  84. 84 Pamela

    I was thinking and thinking and then I realized smtg… maybe I’m wrong but the riddle’s answer… could be a lotus? I mean, It’s known that lotus flower are born in dirty/dead water, as dirtier it is, more beautiful the flower rises… Could be a relationship about that? Besides, I remember LG when he seeded the lotus and then took it away from water in order to grow… and blabla, there’s a LOT of “Hello Lotus flower everywhere” signs starting from BY’s name and the list go on. What do you think? I was reading some lotus flower related stuffs and there’s a lot of info about the simbologism of the wheel of reencarnation (death plus eternal life)

    BTW, it’s my first comment here but I’m always reading the recaps! Thanks Javabeans!

    Pamela (from Argentina :P)

  85. 85 Bella

    Oooh I think a lot of us have jumped onto the ‘Bu Yong in the river’ wagon. It does seem more and more likely. But if she was the one who drowned, why? Did she see the crown princess out meeting someone? ( I happen to agree that the whole princess taking walks at night was a ruse, I mean,pfft, sena doing something so innocent?)

    Or she really was killed through pre-mediated plan? Was Hwa Young’s jealousy so huge she would want to get rid of her sister? I mean, she wasn’t a humongous threat, and seems to a be a far too meek person, from what we’ve seen. And she probably didn’t love her husband either. Just his wealth and status.

    Maybe Bu Yong confronted her sister about something, like how Pak Ha did in defense of their mom, and was pushed in by Hwa Young and her night lover, who run away to cover their steps. Ooh, that’d be eerily similar to ballad of the Twa Sisters, which come to think of it, mirrors the whole sister dilemma here.

    I hope we have more Joseon era scenes, they were good! And, while highly unlikely, if Park Ha would journey back with the time traveller’s and get a sneak peek at Joseon, that’d be so cool! But she’d have to come back. Poor Tae Yong won’t have anyone then.:(

    So far the only fact I’m convinced of is that Hwa Young and Bu Yong weren’t full blooded siblings. Ahh, show, I need more.=D

    • 85.1 Night

      I came up with two options, why the BY could be the person who died in the pond:
      1) She discovered that night walks of crown princess was to meet with her lover – crown prince brother-in-law, and than after confrontation she was killed
      2) The crown prince promised her whatever she want’s when she find out the solution of the riddle – maybe than she asked him for the persimons… They wanted to kill LG and instead of him it was BY who died…

      I’m not sure what will happen next, but don’t you think that the white car which TM was passing by before leaving PK looked quite the same as the one LG was driving…

      • 85.1.1 Bella

        Wow, I never actually thought of the persimons clue. Heh, I think I believe your points, it makes sense. And yea, instead of an actual Joseon era Tae Mu, the brother in law serves as quite the counterpart.

        • 85.1.1.1 Night

          Fot me it’s rather obvoius, that the police officer from Joseon (our TM now) lied in all what he said that day.. Just look at his eyes, it’s the same reaction as it is now when he lies…

          I’m also quite worried about the king… seems to me it’s highly possible that he was given also those persimons (he looks quite ill at that meeting).

          • 85.1.1.1.1 Bella

            I rewatched parts of Episode 1 again, (and maan we’ve come a long way lol) and I’m wondering about this again. When Bu Yong came to see Yi Gak about the riddle, the persimon’s were already on the table. It happened to be the same time Hwa Young and Yi Gak were having, err, supper I guess, and she was pouring his soju, which could actually, come to think of it, contain a sleeping draught, while she sneaked out later on.

            Anyway, it kind of seems to rule out Bu Yong asking for those fruits. As for the police officer, yep, a total liar there, but I don’t actually see Hwa Young hooking up with him. Maybe I’m missing something in the subs, but I didn’t get why the prince calls him brother-in-law either. We never do here of him having a sister. Hehe, all this sleuthing is fun. I’m gonna be sad when this show ends.:((((

    • 85.2 nourlAkane

      did anybody remember when BuYong’s mom cried to the father about BuYong’s scar??? He carelessly care bout her!!! he totally ignored the fact that the scar will last forever~~~~

      maybe Hwa Young is father’s daughter.. BuYong is another daughter from diffrent husband?

      *facepalm! my english is bad*

  86. 86 Lisa-Loo-Loo

    Okay come on now… really a freezer?! Drama a little originality, pleeeeaze! Didn’t we already do this in her childhood (locked in back of a truck).. ?Also how can CEO Jang so easily give up the search for her youngest daughter. She really bought “I saw it on TV” line? Alright rant over… I get the point of plot movement the whole show has been a picture of the Joseon Era (told in present time), from the girls childhood where older has always been jealous of younger sibling. I don’t know why but, I feel like there needs to be more than just a copy of the Joseon story to make this feel real. I like the characters, like the idea of the plot… it has just been missing something for me from the beginning… not sure what it is.

  87. 87 beppu10

    Can’t we have some Joseon scenes? Am kinda tired of the modern episodes already, except for, well, the cute. XD

  88. 88 pk

    If i rememberred correctly, PK’s bio mother is a widow right? How come she still called her husband about bringing her daughter home>

    • 88.1 ladyjumong

      POK biomom remarried-the guy that is very wealthy and lives in Hongkong.

      • 88.1.1 pk

        Ya, the HK rich guy died and she inherit the fortunes and became CEO and then come back, isn’t this what she told the “fishmonger oni”…or the subtitles was wrong…

  89. 89 Li Pin

    I sensed history is repeating. The more LG discovered, the more he found past n present matched. I suspect the lady in the pond facing down could be BY n not the crown princess. That why victim’s face not shown at all. 300years ago LG did not realise who his real true love was n too late to rescue BY, he must save PH now to amend history. I believe that is the objective why he came to present.

    • 89.1 Night

      I agree with that… It could ends, that he will give his life while saving PK life… And than our Fab 4 will dissapears and TY will wake up… Of course only one to remember about Fab 4 will be PK and she will be devasteted. Than she will meet with TY and he will say sth that only she and LG knows…. So the main conclusion will be TY and LG in one… And than they will live hapilly ever after :-)

  90. 90 Li Pin

    The more i thk abt it, the more i positive that the victim was BY. She dead in water which is 水 n now she trapped in freezer is 冰. LG found so many coincidence matches between past n present, so this ‘water’ element also repeat, just like PH’s n BY’s name.

    • 90.1 greg Totis

      Excuse me, but i just don’t get it. why do you think BY was the one who died in the water? Do you mean to say The Crown Prince or his escorts, the palace guards etc. etc. didn’t pull the body out of the water to make sure who really died? I don’t think The Crown Prince would go deep in no man’s land with his 3 minions to find/investigate the murderer of his beloved Crown Princess, if he wasn’t sure it was the Crown Princess who died. “The Crown Princess died of poison, someone poisoned her” He said so in so many words, be it in Joseon or present time, even to Park Ha herself.

      If it was BY, LG would have said to Park Ha something like “But somebody poisoned BY and she died, at first I thought it was the crown princess but then I found out it was you er I mean Bu Yong”

      Have I missed something here? Could someone please enlighten me? TIA.

      • 90.1.1 Night

        Ithink you miss one thing – that day by the lake, crown prince said to his people, that the body should be taken directly from water into silk, without showing anything – it was to show the respect for the “suppose” dead crown princess… So going this way it’s highly possible that he didn’t see the face…

        • 90.1.1.1 Greg Totis

          Really? wow. Weird and foolish decision by the C. Princes I’d say. It beats all logic. You have a corpse floating in the water and without much ado have her tucked away without even looking at the face and decided there and then that it was the crown princess who died just because that’s the way the C. Princess usually dressed. Haha for all we know, it could’ve been a man dressed in the C. Princess cloths Lol.

          What I’d like to know is how he knew she was being poisoned and with persimmons at that.

          • 90.1.1.1.1 RamanKuttyGopalan

            Foolish? whaddayamean foolish? It was most wise I tell you. The crown prince was so wise that he could tell it wasnt the crown princess who died in da pond, see!

            Prince or Princess have aura around them when they died, since there was no aura around the body in da pool, the crown prince knew right away that it wasnt the princess. Thats why he told his people, the body should be taken directly from water into silk becoz he didnt want the truth to be known.

            Secretly he had his most trusted aide to find out who actually died. when he was told it was Bu Yong, he seethed with anger and set out to uncover the truth and bring the murderer to justice – to be beheaded no less. You know why he was so intent on vengeance? Sshhh.. not many people knew this but the crown prince was having and affair with Bu Yong, he was attracted to her from early on becoz she was sweet, soft-spoken and highly intelligent. Thats why the crown princess poisoned her with persimmons. How do you know it was persimmons you might asked. Well my good man, persimmons with poison are deadly, that was why you didnt see any signs of life in da pond, plants or fish..all died, everything except for “Lotus Flower”, why lotus flower? You’ve to find that one out for yourself. If you dun know that then u have no right watching this magnificent, highly addictive drama with script writing at the highest caliber.

            Faitinn!!

  91. 91 linda macy

    What a great ep…will be so sorry when this drama ends.
    I was thinking Bak Ha don’t get in the car with TM. She has been the absolutely darling in this series…she is so trusting and is always looking for the best in everyone. BakHa is truly the type of person in real life who gets murdered because they cannot fathom someone doing this to them. Looking forward to the next ep and more pieces falling into place…. Remember in Ep 14 or 15 the picture of her and the Fab 4, they disappear…will all memories vanish too. This is truly a cliffhanger!

  92. 92 Lilian

    I kinda guessed he would resort to using Park Ha to get his way but I wished the writers could have thought of something else….

    • 92.1 RamanKuttyGopalan

      Ya what about TM takes both of them captive? He convinced Park Ha that the bzwoman from H.Kong is her bio-mom (sorry can’t remember her name, fact is i m poor with korean names huhu and i also hate writing biological – tiring uhh).

      To the bio-mom he says “write a will handing over all your fortunes and shares to Park Ha, or I’ll kill Park Ha”

      To Park Ha he says “Marry me and tell the board of directors you want your husband to be the new CEO (or better still the new Chairman?), else you’ll never see your mother alive”.

      Hows that, good, no?

      Faitinn!!

  93. 93 k-soup

    oh shoot! cliffhanger again!

  94. 94 gracie:)

    omg did anyone notice that when the guys went shopping man bo was only looking at preppy, nerdy shirts, chi san was looking at colorful, chic shirts and yong sul was only looking at black stuff? :)

  95. 95 Gladys

    Hello fellow RTPers,
    I am sure our smart Prince has already assigned Blue Ranger to protect PH indiscrimately. When they met on the hill after dodging TM, Princey mentioned that he thought PH is as tough as a guy but she is actually a frial woman. This he observed after seeing the way she looked so terrified by TM’s rampage from across the street of the RT house. Blue Ranger can tail her from her hp’s GPS. On the other hand, Blue Ranger could also be tailing TM. As someone mentioned earlier, I also noticed a white car at the scene after, TM drove away.

    Princey stopped because he must have realised that his mission to time jump is to prevent PH from being killed and the corpse in the pond must be BY’s. As I have mentioned in other blogs, Confucianism forbids a spouse from viewing the other spouse’s corpse. HY must have killed her and dressed her in her clothes to fake her own death so that she could escape. Her grieving dad must have let her body be as she derserved a funeral ritual befitting a crown princess as she was the rightful one. He must have bribed the undertakers and refused an enquiry as it would bring shame to the family.

    Anyway, I believe our Joseon F3 will play important parts for the remaining episodes to ensure a HAPPY ENDING for our Prince and PH!

    • 95.1 Greg Totis

      “Confucianism forbids a spouse from viewing the other spouse’s corpse”

      Well I don’t know about that, maybe so. But there was nothing to prevent the others (Court Officials, caretakers and all, be it by burial or cremation) from seeing who really was who died. Don’t tell me they just dragged the corpse outta the water face down and stuffed her inside the casket with her wet clothes on and burned the coffin.

  96. 96 annakarina

    “Confucianism forbids a spouse from viewing the other spouse’s corpse”

    Confucius taught that? LOL. I can not swallow that. Confucius wasn’t dumb to have taught sumthin so stupid. Inspecting a corpse is a must, more so when foul play is suspected, that should be the most logical thing to do even in the Joseon era.

  97. 97 kdrama_lover

    First time commenting!
    Alot of theories going around and i am loving every single one of them..I was sceptical as well abt whether BY was the one who really drowned. I mean its far fetched to believe that noone actually saw the drowned person’s face. But u forget, this is kdrama..There is nothing too farfetched in this. I dont know if many remember about the door being opened for Park Ha when she went to deliver veggie’s for Sena. It couldnt have been TM since he was showering. Personally i believe it was the hand of fate. I wonder if there was a necessity for her to meet TM at that point. And if things would have turned out any differently if that initial meeting hadnt happened.

    As for the white car spotted when TM is leaving, its actually a junk car on top of a whole bunch of scrap stuff. So nope its not YG’s.

    Also, can someone clarify why YG calls that Police Chief Bro-in-law?

    • 97.1 ladyjumong

      There are two possibilities. One, police chief is the brother of Crown Princess and Buyong, or, he is married to one of the Crown Prince’s sisters. I still think it’s the former.

      • 97.1.1 kdrama_lover

        But i thought the sisters dont have any bros? I mean as far as i can glean from the eps so far it seems so. That’s why i got confused.

  98. 98 Sheri

    People stop being negative about how the show not going your way. Just relax, watch and enjoy it. Apparently the writers and directors are doing a good job, they got a reactions out of you, both neg. and pos. That’s why they are the ones who wrote and direct the scene’s. capisce..

  99. 99 jeannie

    Why did LG stop his car? Because he remembered in the photo of PH which TM sent to him … there was a label on one of the boxes behind PH which could be the clue to find out the ownership of the freezer truck. Maybe silly TM also included the plate number which was briefly shown to us before he took the picture. Then LG rescues PH and has another item to blackmail TM.

  100. 100 Japarus BloG

    please next episode, i’ve been waiting for this…yay
    tq 4 ur hard work

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