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The King 2 Hearts: Episode 13

War games, mind games, and games of the heart. Bong-gu solves a riddle, Shi-kyung slays the ladies, and Jae-ha opens up about his first love, which is brave, considering your girlfriend probably carries a gun.

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EPISODE 13 RECAP

Bong-gu-stiltskin ponders his riddle box (The riddle: Something I have that you don’t.) He whispers, “People,” and it snaps open. He giggles and opens it up… to find one of Jae-ha’s fancy royal usb drives. You know he had those custom-made: It needs more bling!

Bong-gu laughs that he’s returning video letter for video letter, and walks away. But of course he gets about three feet from the desk and can’t handle the curiosity, and heads right back. Ha.

He turns on the video letter of Jae-ha, sitting with his arms crossed like a disappointed father, “I TOLD you not to open it.” He says he’ll give Bong-gu one last chance, and tells him to turn it off before he gets to ten.

Begin countdown. Bong-gu scoffs, “What is this, porn?” Dude, you can’t send my mind to the gutter two minutes in. I have a recap to write!

He fast-forwards through the countdown, and we resume at ten. And then the video switches to hidden camera footage of Jae-ha’s Operation Seduction. Hahaha. Nice.

Bong-gu’s eyes widen to see his girlfriend swooning over Jae-ha, not wanting to go home to her boyfriend, whom she calls childish for doing magic tricks every night. She rattles off a litany of blows – he’s got no charm, no humor, he’s got an inferiority complex and calls himself “the king,” and she’s only with him for his money.

I love that every time she says something particularly hurtful, Jae-ha looks directly at the hidden camera, just to rub it in. She says that money can’t buy dignity, and tops it off with a hand-graze and a suggestion they move the conversation elsewhere.

At the same time, the girlfriend walks into the room in person, and Bong-gu pulls out his gun. Without a moment’s hesitation, he shoots her, and then again and again when she’s on the ground. Damn.

Jae-ha says dryly, “You’re not going to kill her right?” Uh… I know it’s not his fault that Bong-gu’s crazy, but he’s going to regret saying that so glibly. He says that Bong-gu already knew what she thought of him, but that’s people for you—they lie, they allow themselves to be fooled.

He says that’s what he used to think too. And that’s how he was with Hang-ah in the beginning. He even shot at her too. But it was hyung who saved him, by believing in him. He hopes that Bong-gu will let this go, “Otherwise, you’ll end up very lonely.”

As he says the words, Bong-gu’s minions run in and discover the girlfriend’s bloody body, faces contorting in horror. Jae-ha continues:

Jae-ha: At least I had people who believed in me, so I could start over. But you don’t… have anybody. If by chance you really did kill her, that’s the end for you—the very nature of hopelessness. Because that’s what’s really important in life: people. That’s why my weapon and my strength is people. The people who believe in me. The people who held out their hands to me though I kicked them out. And even the person I shot… who loves me. Kim Bong-gu-sshi, go ahead and step on me some more. The more you do, the stronger I’ll become. Why? Because now I have to protect the people who believed in me.

Damn. So good. It’s exactly what I wanted from Jae-ha, and then some. This paired with Shi-kyung’s speech to him a few episodes back just give me chills.

Bong-gu doesn’t even let him finish, and busts a cap in the tv. His minion tells him that Jae-ha’s making an announcement right now, and then we cut to his speech (at a function to honor Jae-kang).

He says that his brother had two dreams—to have North and South Korea enter the WOC together, and that he’d marry Hang-ah. Excellent way to bolster support for your wedding. I approve. He says that to that end, the WOC team will enter as planned, with the original members… including himself.

From the security line, Dong-ha’s jaw drops. He whispers to Shi-kyung, “We’re ALL going?” Shi-kyung just grins.

Jae-ha says that this team has trained together for months and that even in the recent incident in North Korea, it’s that teamwork that saved the day. He knows that dissension is high regarding his engagement to Hang-ah, so this is how they’ll prove themselves—by making it to the second round, or else they’ll call the engagement off.

Er? But! Now you’re just making it harder! Gaaaaah. He says that he loves Hang-ah, as everyone knows. But he understands that the king marrying a North Korean isn’t something that the citizens will accept on faith alone, hence this display of harmony/teamwork to show that North and South can work together. It makes sense in theory, but what about the part where you were gonna marry her, like right now?

He then calls Hang-ah to the stage, introducing her as the North Korean team leader, the woman he loves, and his fiancée-to-be. She walks onto the stage dressed in uniform, and then he holds out his hand (like a boyfriend, not for a handshake) and they hold hands and stand side by side, smiling at each other. It’s adorable.

Afterwards, the prime minister throws a fit, saying that the king can’t go into a combat situation himself. But Jae-ha rattles off plenty of kings who have gone to battle—Alexander the Great, King Gwanggaeto. The prime minister’s like, That was EONS ago! But Jae-ha’s got an answer for everything, determined to see it through.

He says that every major country has some stake in the North-South divide, but it’s time they take control and show the world that this is their own problem and not anyone else’s. The prime minister can’t argue with that reasoning, but then whines, “What if you get hurt?”

Jae-ha breezes that it’s all games with blanks, and besides, won’t other teams be too scared to injure a king? And if they do, can’t the prime minister kick up a big fuss? And then he winks at the man like they’re in on a secret together. Player gotta play.

Secretary Eun hasn’t said one word in disagreement (remember Jae-ha came to him beforehand with the plan) but asks one thing—what if they lose in the first round? Jae-ha assures them that they won’t, and starts to explain, but tsk-tsks that the prime minister wouldn’t understand because he never went to the army. Ha.

Questioning his health (aka his excuse for not serving in the army) leads to the prime minister’s swift and hearty approval on the matter. He says that he’ll guard the country in the meantime, but Jae-ha says he needn’t guard his position, since he’s got Princess Jae-shin on that job.

You mean the princess who’s currently driving her wheelchair around like a monster truck and trying to run over staffers accidentally-on-purpose? That one? You might want to rethink that.

It turns out her road rage is just to mask her massive pain, and in a moment of weakness, she approaches the top of a staircase, her hand trembling on the forward gear.

She looks down with pained eyes, and then starts to inch forward. But Parrot squawks out at the last moment and she stops. Lassie’s got nuthin’ on you, birdie.

Hang-ah comes to ask Jae-shin about taking charge of the palace for a month, and Jae-shin flips out, saying that she can’t even go outside the palace let alone deal with official appearances. She snaps at Hang-ah as if it’s her fault, and Hang-ah just snaps right back.

I love that she’s so no-nonsense with the petulant princess. It must be all her days spent taming her petulant oppa. But Mom’s in the room, and when Hang-ah asks to speak to the princess alone, Jae-shin tattles that if Mom leaves, she’ll hit her like last time. Ha.

Hang-ah’s like, But… I bathed you!

She knows she’ll get nowhere with Mom around as a shield, so Hang-ah tags along on her trip to the hospital the next morning. She stoops down to change her heels to sneakers, saying that she shouldn’t give more pain to hurt feet, but Jae-shin asks bitterly what it matters, since she can’t feel the difference.

Hang-ah says that she heard from Shi-kyung about what happened the last time she went to the hospital, and promises to ride along to keep her safe. Jae-shin grumbles that she knows the real reason is to nag her to play king for a month, but her face shows relief.

Mom tells Jae-ha that there’s no way that Jae-shin can handle the job. But Jae-ha says she has to do it, and Mom has to stop babying her. They have to go by the rules, and the rules say the next in line for the throne has to take his place.

But Mom says Jae-shin isn’t even in a state to handle everyday life, let alone all that pressure. She wakes up every night to find Jae-shin banging her head against the wall, asking why her, why it hurts so much, saying that she hears a strange song in her ear and every time she falls asleep she dreams of being chased.

Mom: “She can’t even walk. You’re asking someone who can’t walk to run!” But Jae-ha is resolute that she has to get over it. He says that’s what Hang-ah went to do. “She’ll be able to run.”

In the car, Hang-ah looks over at Jae-shin, her eyes full of warmth and sympathy. She’s knocked out on pain meds, which the staffer tells her is an everyday occurrence now. She pulls her over to lean on her shoulder, holding her the rest of the way.

Back at the palace, Jae-ha tells Mom that because she Jae-shin won’t show herself or speak about her condition, people just think she’s gone insane, that she’s locked herself in the basement of the palace and drools and craps her pants like a vegetable.

Crying, Mom screams at him to stop, asking how he can say things like that about his own sister. But he yells back that it’s because he’s tired of hearing people say those things about her.

Mom wails that Jae-shin was so smart, so bold, fearless in front of people. Jae-ha fires back with tears in his eyes that that’s why they have to catch the bastard who did this to her. He kneels by her side and takes her hand. “Are you going to just let the bastard who killed hyung and did that to Jae-shin go? Mom!”

And then he tells her about Bong-gu strolling in here with a smile, telling him over a shared meal how he killed Jae-kang. He calls him a scary bastard who has endless power and fears nothing. He tells her that’s why Mom and Jae-shin have to be stronger, if they’re going to take him on.

But Mom cuts him off, “Don’t do it.” She tells him to run instead. The tears finally start to fall as he looks up at her in shock. She can barely eke out her words through her tears, shaking in fear at the thought of losing Jae-ha too.

“Jae-kang-ie, before he is your brother, he is my son. I will forgive everything. I will bury it in my heart. So let’s just be a little bit pathetic. We can close our eyes just this once, like nothing ever happened. Jae-ha-ya, save me. Don’t do it. You too… No! Don’t do it! No, I can’t…” Tears stream down his face as he looks up at her. She wails, broken and desperate not to lose another child. He hugs her tight as she cries over and over that he can’t, that she can’t lose him too.

Waaaaaaah. The mommy-son scenes just kill me on this show.

Bong-gu calls a meeting for Club M, and says that Jae-ha declared that he had no people. He plans to rectify that situation, which just proves he never got it in the first place, and declares that they’ll work together to preserve their agenda.

The first thing on his to-do list: attend the peace conference in Jeju, and participate in the WOC himself, so as to help bring about peace on the Korean peninsula. Uh-huh.

Meanwhile Hang-ah takes Jae-shin to ground zero. The memories start to swirl around her. And then she fills her in on what kind of man Bong-gu is, and what he did to Jae-kang because of the WOC and Jae-ha’s engagement.

She explains that a man like that will use any opportunity to attack the monarchy—which is why Jae-shin has to take the throne in Jae-ha’s absence, to adhere strictly to law. But what’s more important is Jae-shin’s memory.

“If we’re going to stop him, we need a weapon. Right now your memory, your eye-witness account… is our only weapon against him. Please…”

Later that night after Hang-ah catches Jae-ha up to speed, he sighs that he knew it wouldn’t be easy. Hang-ah says that she’s changed so much—when she first met Jae-shin she was so bold, but now…

She wonders what on earth happened to her that night to make her so scared. But that thought leads her to wonder how Bong-gu found out about the villa in the first place. THANK YOU. Can we put her in charge?

Jae-ha never though much of it before, but then realizes now that it was his vacation, and only a handful of people actually knew where he was staying. She asks exactly who. The family, Secretary Eun and Shi-kyung, and the secret service team who went with him.

She asks hesitantly, “Secretary Eun is trustworthy, right?” He scoffs that the old man has been serving the monarchy for over thirty years, and was here before Jae-ha was even born. Yes, but if you think about it, that’s like having one chief of staff for seven presidents. Does anyone think that’s a good idea for one man to have so much power?

She doesn’t argue, but says that he did say strange things… like the time he lied to her about the congressional hearing and how it was Jae-ha’s idea. He gapes, “Is that what you believed all this time?”

She says no, actually, because apparently Secretary Eun told her after the fact that he lied. To cover his own lying ass? Damnit. But then Jae-ha remembers how Secretary Eun told him that it was Hang-ah’s idea to go to that hearing.

The next day he looks out the window as Secretary Eun briefs him on the WOC, and then asks after a long pause, “Ajusshi, you never lie to me, do you?” He answers no. Jae-ha nods and smiles.

He sits down at his desk and jabbers on about how he asked the head housekeeper to clean his mouse but she forgot. She’s been around forever though, so it’s not like he can yell at her. “When people get old, they must forget from time to time, right?” Oooooh.

“That’s what happened with you too, right Ajusshi? The safety check, when hyung died?” Holy crap. I didn’t think he’d make that leap so fast. Jae-ha has perfected that smile-while-threatening thing, and he just smiles up at him, as Secretary Eun has an internal freak out and then answers, “Yes.”

Jae-ha returns to business as usual and watches him go with a wary sigh. He’s clearly testing the waters for now, but I understand that he doesn’t WANT to believe it despite the signs that maybe the old man isn’t quite as honest as he claims to be.

Jae-shin ponders Hang-ah’s pleas, and flashes back to memories of Jae-kang, and then the day she saw her attacker outside her ambulance. I really hope this time they’re concrete memories, though it’s still unclear.

Dong-ha’s colleagues ask if Kang-seok is like the terminator, and Dong-ha postures that he’s nothing special—he’s just a crazy SNSD fanboy. The guys are like, “But in the army, SNSD is god.” Hahaha. Truer words.

But Dong-ha says he’s not strong at all, insisting it’s all show. Shi-kyung finally looks up from his book, “Is that why you ran away from the snowball fight when Rhee Kang-seok came?” HEE.

Shi-kyung playfully makes a move to hit him over the head with his papers, eliciting a big “ooooooh” from the guys. Suddenly the festivities come to a screeching halt when Jae-shin wheels into the room at top speed.

The guards all jump to attention and click their heels, and she asks what they’re all standing around for. That’s their cue to scram, and they don’t need any prodding. They scatter like a pack of mice, leaving Shi-kyung alone to deal with her.

She tells him that she’ll do it—she’ll take Jae-ha’s place for a month. But she has a condition: Shi-kyung has to stay and help her. But the WOC! And the team hijinks! He says as much, but she tells him that someone else can go in his place. She needs him here.

“Should I get on my knees and beg? To save me? Then will you do it?” She rants that the world thinks she’s crazy, disabled, calls her all sorts of things, but she’s still a princess, so why does she have to plead, to someone like him?

But she catches herself. She can’t help but admit how much she dislikes him, “You’re frustrating and I don’t even want to see your face! But I have no one. If Oppa and Unni go to the WOC… then I have no one to lean on. I feel a little pathetic for having to say this to you, but stay. I’m asking you.” Aw, I change my mind! Stay!

He finally relents and tells her that he’ll let the king know. She adds that she really doesn’t remember—she’s tried and she’s not avoiding it, she swears, but she can’t remember a thing. He nods and says he knows, apologizing for what he said the last time. She turns her head away as a tear falls, not wanting to cry in front of him.

Shi-kyung reports all this to Jae-ha, who looks up with his mouth gaping open, “Jae-shin told you directly that she’d do it?” Shi-kyung nods and says that he’ll have to drop out of the WOC, and Jae-ha looks up at him with a raised eyebrow, “What’s your secret?”

Shi-kyung stares, confused. Jae-ha: “Kim Hang-ah, and now Jae-shin. How’d you seduce them? Is the entirety of your true nature a royal-killer?” Jae-ha’s like, what is with women’s tastes? He adds that if Shi-kyung does well, he might end up the king’s in-law.

Before Shi-kyung can even react, Jae-ha says this isn’t how it’s supposed to go—he wanted a brother-in-law who’s easy to talk to and gets along with him swimmingly, so they’d play golf together and stuff, not someone like him.

And Shi-kyung just blurts out, “Me neither!” Hahahaha. Jae-ha looks up, rug pulled out from under his own joke. Shi-kyung says Jae-shin is NOT his taste in women, so he needn’t worry.

Jae-ha backs down, totally deflated by Shi-kyung’s seriousness. He finally snaps back, “Why do you always get so angry when I make a joke?” And then suddenly he gets belatedly offended, asking what he means by taste anyway, upset that he’s insinuating that Jae-shin isn’t up to his standards. Hee hee hee. I luff these two.

Shi-kyung cuts him short and leaves with a bow, and Jae-ha has to call him back in to finish the conversation. He tells Shi-kyung to find his replacement for the team then, and motions for him to come close.

He leans in, and in a low voice, he tells Shi-kyung to check on every last person who knew where hyung was staying when he died—every guard, all the staff, even Secretary Eun. The last name makes both of them uncomfortable, but Jae-ha just tells him to inspect everyone equally.

Shi-kyung wonders if there really might be a mole in the palace. Gah, the fact that he’s in charge of this investigation just breaks my heart.

Secretary Eun goes over Jae-shin’s upcoming agenda, and though she resists public appearances, he tells her that the peace conference in Jeju is something she can’t avoid. And then he gets the guest list, where he sees John Mayer’s name.

He calls Club M but puts the phone down when Shi-kyung comes to see him, to ask for his help in clearing up some accounts that don’t match up from the guards who were in Anmyundo.

Dad looks at him in alarm—why is he asking? Shi-kyung explains that the king put him on the case, to find out if there’s a mole. Dad panics, asking whom he’s investigating. Shi-kyung says everyone, but adds with a smile that Dad’s not a suspect-suspect, since the king trusts him completely. Oof. Already not true.

Jae-ha shows Secretary Eun his WOC uniform, complete with the team leader armband. Hahaha, did you have that made the second Shi-kyung stepped down? Cracks me up.

Secretary Eun tells him that Bong-gu will be attending the Jeju peace conference, where Jae-shin will be—is he really going to leave like this? But Jae-ha says it’ll be a public event, besides, Secretary Eun will be there. “I trust you, Ajusshi. Take good care of Jae-shin.”

It’s the night before they ship off for the WOC, and Jae-ha prepares a late-night barbeque for Hang-ah. She says they have to work out, not pig out, with so little time before the games. But he tells her that teamwork is more important. Uh-huh. Teamwork? Or teamwork?

They clink their wine glasses and she downs her glass like a shot, so he laughs and quips that she’s impressive, but falls way short of his first love, who was soooo pretty and reaaaaally forward. She literally pulls up her sleeves for a beatdown. HA.

Flashback to little grade school Jae-ha, who collided with a young girl and fell instantly in love. He loved everything about her, down to her immovable coldness. She wouldn’t give him the time of day.

His mom had sent him to a public school and he tried to hide his identity, but the truth came out in no time. And then suddenly, that girl just sidled up to him and linked her arm in his. “It was a little disgusting.”

He muses that most people talk about their first loves like they’re precious and beautiful, but he chuckles, saying he doesn’t know—his first love is something he wants to forget.

Jae-ha: “I gave up right then and there. This is how things are. This is what people and the world are like. I gave up and I enjoyed it. Even when I met a good person once in a while, just to there, I’d draw the line, and not trust. But living that way… a person grows so lonely.”

Hang-ah listens, her eyes full of empathy, and she reaches out and puts her hand on his. He looks over at her, and then takes her hand up to his face. He closes his eyes as he leans onto her hand. Awwwwwww.

He looks up at her, “Thank you for being here.” He says let’s win, and she gives a little nod. And then he leans in for a kiss.

They arrive in Japan for the WOC and finally meet up with Kang-seok and Young-bae, who salute Jae-ha stiffly. He’s like, what’s with you guys? They remain stone-faced, so he reminds them that it can’t be this way if they’re going to be a team.

Suddenly Kang-seok breaks into a huge smile, “Right?” Hahahaha. He shakes Jae-ha’s hand warmly, and Young-bae bear-hugs him, and then TICKLES him until he lands on the floor. I missed this so much.

Kang-seok greets Hang-ah with a smile, and then he and Dong-ha join in on the attack. Group ticklefest? I love this team! And now I’m all sad again that Shi-kyung isn’t here. Wah. The replacement guy watches the proceedings agape.

Jae-shin gets crowned as interim monarch and then it’s time for the peace conference in Jeju. Bong-gu’s minion asks if he’s really going to let the WOC proceed like this, and Bong-gu insists he’s turned over a new leaf as his peace-loving self.

But then he coughs something up… a WOC ball. It’s one of the team selection balls that will determine the Round match-ups. I don’t see how taking one ball makes the outcome a given, but I’m just going to take it as a sign that he’s rigged the whole lineup. Not knowing this, of course, the team scouts out their top choices for opponents in the first round.

Secretary Eun calls Bong-gu over and over, and he finally gets through, and asks what he’s doing here. Bong-gu says he was invited, and warns that it’s not really the princess he should be scared for, but himself.

“You have a son, right? The king’s right hand man? What would he do if he found out that his father is friendly with me?” His eyes widen. Way to get him where it hurts.

Jae-shin braces herself for her first public appearance since the accident, and Shi-kyung tells her he’ll always be where he can see her, and that it’ll be over before she knows it. But she can barely hold it together, and she grabs his sleeve, asking if there are a lot of people, and if they’ll all be looking at her.

He gets down on one knee and asks if she remembers that night she took him to see the shooting star. “I never saw a shooting star. Because you shone brighter.” Oh swoon. I know it sounds like a line, but not coming from the boy scout. He means it.

He tells her that she looks just as beautiful tonight. Awww, you mean that’ll be the reason people look at her? Jae-ha’s right. You totally have game. She cries a little tear.

The WOC draw is nearing, and Hang-ah rushes to call Daddy for his input on which teams they should go up against. Basically small countries that see very little war. It doesn’t much matter though, since it’s luck of the draw anyway. They announce that usually the top three winners from last year’s games get to draw first, but the U.S., U.K. and China decided to give first draw to the countries entering for the first time. Korea gets called for their turn.

Shi-kyung takes his place at the back of the banquet room, and Jae-shin takes a deep breath, and then heads out onto the stage…

Jae-ha and Hang-ah go up for the draw and he reaches into the bowl. He hilariously fidgets, looking down to see if he can read any of them, unable to pick, and Hang-ah has to mutter under her breath that it’ll look bad if he doesn’t just pick one.

She tells him to just grab the first one, and he nods… and then stirs the bowl again. Ha. But suddenly one of the balls snaps into his hand. Oh noes. Is it a magnet? He’s wearing a conspicuously large ring…

He looks at it, surprised, but it’s already in his hand. He takes off the label and flashes it to the crowd without looking. The team looks back in shock. “USA!”

Oh. Crap.

Jae-ha and Hang-ah turn to each other, shell-shocked, as the American team cheers.

 
COMMENTS

That has to be a magnet. I was wondering how Bong-gu would rig a random draw, but that’s as good as any I guess. It leaves a lot to be desired as far as foolproof plans go, but in any case he succeeded in pitting them against the worst possible foe to meet in Round 1 of the games. I have faith though. At the end of the day, it’s a game of wits and strategy, not a contest in military resources. Besides, guy’s got a marriage on the line if he loses.

It’s still ridiculous that he ADDED that stake to their engagement, as if they didn’t have enough to overcome, but what it does is create a counter effect storywise – it suddenly gives the WOC higher stakes from our point of view, because now they have to win for us to get our happily ever after. Before I didn’t much care whether they won or lost, other than wishing for the team to do well, but now if they lose, we will have words. It’s hardly organic—the stakes are set up artificially with big neon lights—but in any case now I care a whole damn lot, despite knowing they made it this way so that I’d care.

I’m excited for Shi-kyung and Jae-shin’s baby steps forward. It’s the first real inkling that he’s given about his feelings, and it clearly took a lot for her to beg him to stay by her side. (I also love that she’s always the first to make a move.) Though Jae-ha’s teasing is my favorite thing of all, because I can never get enough of that look on Shi-kyung’s face when he’s being mocked.

But the ‘people’ speech to Bong-gu was the best thing in this episode (though the mommy-son scene was the one that gutted me, with the performances). I wondered if Jae-ha had really come far enough to know the full weight of his own keyword, but I felt so proud when he proved that he did, in what to me is a direct answer to Shi-kyung’s speech for him to be strong. I love that he knows too, how each of them including his brother has cut him slack or forgiven him or had faith in him before he deserved it. But they gave it anyway, which is why he’s now paying them back by living up to that belief in him. Seeing the direct effect of Shi-kyung’s faith, Hang-ah’s love, in transforming Jae-ha into a king – that’s the heart of the show for me.

 
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Thank you!

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Thanks, gf!

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when bong-gu fired the shot i actually flinched. was also tearing up at the mother scene and total swoon when shi-kyung got down on one knee.

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Very effective way of turning off the t.v., methinks.

LOL

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that is if you are rich... haha..

how many tv he will needs to replace every time he does that? Samsung will be happy to have him as their loyal & VVVVVVVIPPPPPPPP customer..haha

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LOL. Who needs a remote when you have a gun?

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hahahah your so funny

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HAHAHA! Lol. I love you. :))

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I verbally and physically flinched. That scene had so much impact. From the look on his face to the unhesitating way he fired off those shots. Ouch. :s

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Yoon Je Moon is a terrific actor.

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so true!! frankly, when it's just him and the Aussie dude I just can't take them seriously! I just laugh....cuz they don't share that palpable chemistry! Our Jae-ha is something, ne?! He shares awesome chemistry with all the characters! hahahaa

On a serious note, Jae-ha's the perfect foil for Bong-gu!! When they're together...one can cut the tension with a knife!! so awesome!

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yibbaaaah!!! thanks GF! off to read! :))

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This drama is not for the faint hearted. The ante is up on the stakes with every episode. It is gritty and controversial and I like it that way. Props to writer-nim who does not shy away from some hard materials.

Regarding Jae Ha’s role in the hands of Bong Gu, yes he is partly responsible despite not being the one who pulled out a gun and press the trigger. I felt sympathy for her, yet for a while only because sometimes you pay for choosing to sleep with the devil who killed a King and paralysed a Princess, and for money only too. And Jae Ha the vengeful bastard is in character just as he was from the start. Think everyone will have different feelings regarding this, so hope commenters respect how each individual will interpret this scene.

My favorite scene was the Queen Mother with Jae Ha and it got my eyes moist, a powerful delivery from a great actress.

When the tension get sprung too tight, some light hearted moments like the cute little Jae Ha and his first love back story, as well as Jae Ha and Shi Kyung’s conversation lets us have a bit of a breather.
Some may not like the WOC, but I love it personally. To dismiss it will be an insult to the importance Jae Kang placed it, and how he died because of that. The development of the story into a ‘war’ on both fronts, one at the Jeju Peace Convention while the other is at the WOC, is brilliant. The little snide banter such as Japan’s Self Defence Force, China-India rivalry, etc, is realistic and of course controversial.

And those dismissing Bong Gu as dumb should still take note, he is stepping it up to be a formidable and cold blooded opponent who has nothing to lose. The following episodes may get pretty painful to watch.

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I meant *Regarding Jae Ha's role in the death of Tara*.

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I, for one, never considered Kim Bong Gu as dumb. He maybe insane but stupid he is not. I mean, at the very beginning he had his father killed. Patiently waited until his father was at a weakened state and that he was definitely inheriting Club M and BLAM needle full of poison administered by a fudge loving freak. For all those looking from the outside in probably thought he died from whatever ailment he had. He's a cold-blooded plan-maker sprinkled with alot crazy, formidable is to say the least.

By the way, did anybody else see Bong Gu's Club M meeting and think Robert De Niro in The Untouchables? I though he might busts out a bat and wham Mr, Toupee over the head!!

My mom used to say "Lay down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas!" And sure enough, Tara twitch with an itch when she was shot!!! Poor Girl!!

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Bong Gu had his father killed and cried like he died of natural causes! It was so, so disturbing! As far as Tara getting killed, Bong Gu was forewarned and yes, sleeping with dogs (or cats in my case) may give you fleas!

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I see Jae Ha's involvement in Tara's death a bit differently. I see it as him maturing into a King. There is much more going on than the love line and the personal revenge line. He is now responsible for all Korea. Je Ha is about the business of ridding the world of the cancer that is John Mayer and Club M, and empowering the Korean peninsula to be a sovereign nation, instead of a puppet country. Every leader of a country with a military has to make life and death decisions like this. Tara's death is softened for us by her back-story, thankfully.

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And Jae Shin's struggle with her pride and devastation at becoming disabled, with Shi Kyung coming in to support and give strength. Too many great moments to list.

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Honestly, Shi Kyung and Jae Shin in this episode is the best moment they've had.
I love him staying by her, helping her.. And it's genuine faith he has in her that gets you.
And i love how she's willing to be vulnerable in front of him, and realize the harsh truths while Jae Ha is away and the responsibilities she now has to take on.

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I hope someone will be there for Shi Kyung when he gets to know the truth about his father. Think that is going to shake him pretty bad.

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It will be a blow indeed. I hope the Princess doesn't react too harshly to it as she did when it was suspected that NK killed the King. It'll be good if she could hold his hand.

He'll be torn between loyalty to his father and loyalty to his king. I thnk he'll choose the latter.

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Have to give BG credit. When he mentioned Shi Kyung oh so casually to Secretary, I was like OMG. I really really did not think about that. I anticipated there would be a father-son confrontation. But BG exploring that, using the relationship as a device...Wow. So low. So dirty. But so fitting.

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totally. someone needs to comfort him. he may not able to take it alone. *here I am, ready to be there for you~*

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I hope that both Jae Ha, Jae Shin and Hang Ah will be there for Shi Kyung when he finds out about his dad. He really is a good seed considering his dad is a tad skeevy.

Thanks for recapping GF!

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I think the WOC is one of the conflicts i like the best.
The stakes are raised higher, and i think it's a wonderful way to pull together North/South Korea, and strengthen them all at the same time.
It's just nice, because Jae Kang would have had one of his wishes come true, although sad that he wouldn't be there to see it.
Honestly, i feel like the next few episodes will alot to handle. So we gotta put on our A-game and strap ourselves in this roller coaster ride.

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the thing is, it actually hurt me a bit to see jae-ha have what was almost a direct hand in tara's death. even though we saw him staging his revenge in the last episode when he approached tara for the sake of seducing her, it wasn't quite etched in my mind that bong-gu might follow up with some serious consequences. it was only when he fired the shot that i was like, holy SHIT, jae-ha practically just sacrificed someone for the sake of his revenge-ploy.

and it really didn't help that jae-ha so lightly treated the matter of bong-gu possibly killing her in the video message. i mean obviously, she wasn't completely innocent/yes there will always be causalities in war, but that boy now has some serious blood on his hands.

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I flinched too, and yes it did hurt, though Jae Ha is no white knight in shining armor anyway.

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I actually loved that JH is not a white knight. I think his personality is really suited to be a respected king that no one dares to mess with. Going against a crazy murderer, I wouldn't want JH to start getting all ethical about protecting the money-minded girlfriend who is with the crazy murderer of her own free will.

So Tara, ta-ta! (She's really not that innocent, methinks.)

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I think JH has always had a mean/sadistic streak in him. He's just always kept it in check, by playing the 'playboy/fool' role. But, he's no fool. He actually has always been able to see reality. However, it was a reality that he had no wish to deal with. Therefore, his role-playing was much easier. (Part of it is because he is the 'spare' heir. 2nd son not wanting to usurp older brother's role or glory.)

So, I think he considered the possibility that Bong Gu would kill Tara being very likely. But, he also knows that this is a 'big boy' game, with life and death being the stakes. He's putting his life and the lives of his entire family on the line, by going after Bong Gu. So, what happens to Tara cannot be his primary concern.

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That cold-blooded ruthlessness is something Jae Kang never had but a necessary quality in this situation. Again I marvel the drama's honest and unflinching way of dealing it. That people do get hurt or die, whether deservingly or not, in conflicts. Rest in peace, Tara.

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Totally with you AnnMichelle.
I think that's where Jae Ha trumps his older bro -- he isn't going to take shit from anyone.
I applaud the writers really for going to places that perhaps alot of the population aren't ready to see.

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Well I guess on a good note Tara has never been given so much attention on the show (she's always been the vase) as of now! The actress must be quite happy that she ended her role with a bang. :)

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Totally agree with you as well @ AnnMichelle and ilikemangos,

Sometimes I think one of Jae Ha's great personality is that he doesn't play nice like Jae Kang. Jae Kang is too nice and noble and that can hinder him being a greater King that Jae Ha can. It's so good that Jae Ha was never expected to be a white knight all along. Because realistically I dont think it's just that simple that Kings/Queens are 'nice' or 'good people' per se. They just do their job.

I like that Jae Ha has this 'cunning' personality and he doesn't take crap from anyone - which is scary in a way because you never know whether he's joking or being serious. He can really test the water by playing dumb and everyone just underestimated him while his brain is full functioning like a machine thinking the next step ahead. But at the end of the day he's doing what's best for the country and for the people, and more.

The writers are actually brilliant again making Jae Ha unpredictable and because of his bad mouth he really cut to the chase and can piss everyone off if he wants lol, especially Bong Gu.

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To be honest, I think Tara's a bit of a dingbat. In one of the earlier episodes, she actually asked Bong Gu if Korea had a monarchy, and she was IN Korea! How can a person who commutes frequently to and fro from a country, not know if that said country has a monarch??? Not only that, she was privy to a good number of his insane schemes to hurt the royal family, and though she obviously could not stop him, she could have alerted someone or simply end the relationship. A person with some morals would, but she continued because of money. Initially, i really felt bad that she died, and was actually disappointed with JH - that he had set up her murder. But now in retrospect, she was just as guilty.

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@crazyahjummafan:

Your comment made me go back to the previous thread and hunt my comment:

When Tara went, “Who are you? I rented this place tonight!”

I was like, “NO, she di’nt!! This biyoshhh lives in South Korea and doesn’t recognize the hunk-alicious, drool-worthy King. Forget Hang-ah, Imma go to S.K. to whoop her behind!!” hahaa. I’ve pledged my allegiance (in lust) to him!! [142.2.1.1]

While it was for laughs I did think how could a person be oblivious to the identity of the current King. Esp. if you're a psycho-path's girl friend. Scratch That! You're just with a psycho-path, obsessed with being King, for monetary reasons. She endangered herself just by being with that cray cray of a person!

Despite that it shocked me how he shot her w/o any qualms!

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I thought at that moment - 'this is a scary king.' It is kinda refreshing that he's not a straight-cut whit knight, after all, he is the same person who shot Hang-Ah.

When he was meeting Tara and plotting this video message, he knew that she would possibly be killed but he's already playing a dangerous game and one casualty isn't going to stop him from continuing.

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Oh yeah when that "victim" will push John Meyer into reacting and maybe making a mistake. Jae Ha was totally in the zone.

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i guess when somebody blatantly confesses that he killed your brother, sister-in-law, may be responsible for your sister being paralyzed....it puts things into perspective! He's just after BG's blood! Also, we've seen JH being maniacal with that evil smile in place with BG and the North Korean PM! In a way he's kinda like BG...only that he's good-looking, charming, & knows when to switch personalities and how to diffuse explosive situations. We also had a glimpse of this during the early days of WOC training.

I believe he was successful in profiling BG....when he asks if he shot Tara and then continues with how he'd shot HA and then finishes with BG'll be left alone w/ nobody by his side if he would shoot her in the next few seconds or had shot in the past few seconds! I'm pretty sure this musta irked BG a tad too much....and then the WOC announcement happened....did you notice BG's facial features changed when HA appeared on the stage?....EPIC!!

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It immediately occurred to me that Bong Gu would do something terrible to Tara.

My first thought was that Bong Gu was going to beat the crap out of her. Domestic violence is common among non-murderous people, I'm pretty sure John "Two Magic Cards Short of a Full Deck" Mayer falls into the high risk category. It was not in any way surprising to me that he shot her.

At first I thought Jae Ha was just seducing the address out of her but he really sent that video to Bong Gu knowing what kind of conscienceless murderer he is and did nothing to warn Tara about what was happening.

Then there was his message like, "Don't kill her and if you did, you're hopeless." Uh...wow. Way to be flippant about someone's life there, buddy.

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sorry no excuse he responsable for that girls death as if he pulled the trigger himself..hardly the first time he tried to shoot an unarmed woman after all. So she wasnt a nice person call her a whore if you like as she sleep with a rich guy for money call her dumb, none are reasons for her to die. Frankly there a serious edge of crazy with Jae Ha that while not as over the top as Bong Gu, there certainly a match there. Perhaps the only thing that makes him likable is his love for Hang-ah and his family

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I like your comment. It's honest. People try to justify some of the things Jae Ha has done, by saying it makes him a better King than his brother, but I beg to differ. The further we go into the story the more Jae Ha seems like Bong Gu and like you said Jae Ha has his awesome family and Hang Ah. Otherwise....

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thank you, for (re)addressing the point that i think most people missed. it's not really a matter of "oh he's no knight in shining armour" or "he's not a sissy like his brother" but more about how he totally disregarded a person's life. i mean like you mentioned, with his knowledge of how psychotic bong-gu was, jae-ha might as well have pulled the trigger himself. it's only a few steps away from becoming the monster himself (bong-gu).

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Ditto this. I guess my analogy isn't too good.
Revenge can make someone a monster, I'm quite the vengeful person, especially if it's someone I love getting hurt I'll pay back double. I guess maybe Jae Ha's loved ones will stop him from ever becoming Bong Gu, a restraint that can cap him.

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@topper:
Yea, you are right, at first when I see him 'playing' with the prime minister or that high official from North Korea, I just think that's a show off about his IQ.

But reading all of the comments here, yes, that's scary, Jae Ha himself isn't much different with Bong Gu, he is cunning, smart and doesn't hesitate to sacrifice a sou l- the fact that he is the one who preparing the gun, letting Bong Go to pull off the trigger, is the part where I'm shuddering my self, because that much scarier than you pull off the gun by yourself-

I guess that password tell us alot, Jae Ha and Bong Gu, they kind of alike, except Jae Ha has his 'people' who believe in him, and as topper said, will restraint him in the future

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I like that we see Jae Ha's dark side. Being flippant with someone's life is definitely not something to be praised... but these writers have never been precious about our "heroes". None of them are perfect or 'ideal', except maybe Jae Kang.. but that's the whole point. Jae Kang isn't our hero, Jae Ha is. And this dark side of him makes him all that more interesting.

I also really like that Jae Shin can be both endearing and stuck up. It makes both characters feel real and flawed. And I'm invested because I want to see where these flaws will take them. Even Hang Ah has a potentially dark side because afterall she was a special agent. We've only seen glimpses of it when she's being kickass but I really hope none of our heroes get cornered into 'saint' territory too soon. Watching humans grow is much more realistic and entertaining.

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Yes Hang Ah the killer of men as I think her nick name is in NK..dost make you wonder if she really been an 'active' agent or alway only training..ie has she really put her 'skills' to use in the past.

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Even Jae Kang had his flaws--he was a great, noble, honorable person, but he was in waaaay over his head dealing with Bong-gu and was a fairly ineffectual king. He had lofty, praiseworthy goals but didn't really have the tenacity or power to carry them through in a meaningful way.

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Also, well said about the writers not being precious with their heroes. I LOVE that the people on this show are complex and that everyone has their own weaknesses and strengths. I agree that watching the characters change and grow and make decisions (and not just do the "right" thing all the time) is much more interesting than the alternative.

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Nicely stated!! There is both light and darkness in the human heart. Isn't it the choices we make that really determine who we become hero/villain?

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I had the same initial reaction when BG pulled the trigger and shot Tara. I thought the same thing - that JH is just as much to blame for Tara's death as BG was. And although JH may have had a slight twinge in his concience over this, I doubt it would bother him too much. He probably rationalised it to himself, thinking that a girl who consorts with someone like BG must be complicit to and/or turned a blind eye to any number of crimes. And he's right. Would you preen in front of a mirror and calmly have your hair styled by an assassin while listening to the discussion of an assassination? I know I wouldn't.

It doesn't make JH right and it certainly doesn't make it any easier to accept JH's actions. In a perfect world where grey areas of morality don't exists, JH should be punished for Tara's death just as much as BG should be.

But we don't live in a perfect world. And fuzzy grey areas of morality do exist. And this is smack dab in the middle of that gray area for me. I may not like what JH inadvertently brought about, but I understood why he did what he did. Truth be told, I'm not even sure I can make a better choice than JH did, given the exact same situation.

And thats what makes JH such a great character for me. He's immensely flawed (in addition to getting Tara killed, he's been lying and manipulating people for the better part of 13 episodes, albeit with not such huge consequences and most of the time, for the "greater good') and therefore immensely human. But that's why he has SK, the ever righteous earnest-bot, and HA, to make sure he doesn't stray too far away from the straight and narrow path.

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the thing is, it doesn't bother me as much that he administered tara's death as much as his actual video message. she wasn't completely an innocent bystander either (although, imo her involvement wasn't really deserving of death but that's another story), and i can at least understand how jae-ha could live with her death in favor of moving along his revenge ploy, but the whole toying with the idea of her death really put me off (no sense of guilt, etc). it's one thing to kill someone and another to laugh about it.

also i see people making comparisons of him and HA and how HA's assassin path falls in the same league of "flawed heroes". it's different when you're killing people under the context of following orders/protecting your country. and maybe i'm wrong about this, but i feel like HA could never do what JH did and kill someone just to further her own agenda.

that said, still a fascinating character study.

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The video that Jae-ha he recorded was a power play, plain and simple. What Jae-ha did was dark, manipulative, and disturbing--but I didn't see his video as "laughing" at Tara's death so much as it was using Tara as a pawn to get into Bong-gu's head. It was akin to a disgraced president playing nice in a press conference when all he really wants to do is scream bloody murder. Jae-ha's playing a game with Bong-gu.

First, JH showed BG that he's smart, conniving, able and (perhaps most surprisingly) WILLING to get to the (few) people that BG actually cares about. Second, he got the one person BG (sorta) cares about to admit that she's using BG for his money and is willing to betray him at the drop of a hat, inciting BG to violence against her. Third, Jae-ha shows that he predicted (and, in a sense, orchestrated) BG shooting Tara.

For a control freak like Bong-gu, how infuriating and devastating to realize that this act of rebellion completely played into Jae-ha's hand. Jae-ha made a complete fool of Bong-gu and showed that he can get under BG's skin and that he will be as ruthless as it takes in doing so.

That said, I agree with you that I don't think Hang-ah would make a move like this. It's not in her wheelhouse. She's smart but not as conniving as Jae-ha and reminds me a bit of Shi-kyung in that she's tough but earnest. She's not nearly as cynical as Jae-ha either, which is probably how she's managed to believe in him in spite of all the shit he's put her through. And that's a good thing. Hang-ah's weaknesses balance out Jae-ha's. A brilliant leader does not just follow orders or kill when he's told to (and who he's told to); he questions and strategizes. And in order to take down Bong-gu and establish the Korean monarchy as more than a puppet government, Jae-ha's gonna have to continue to get his hands dirty, for better or for worse.

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I'll also add that JH's "agenda" isn't some merely a self-serving revenge scheme. It's to free the monarchy and South Korea from the control of Club M's influence, and to unite North and South Korea with his wedding to Hang-ah. I'm not trying to downplay the brutality of Tara's death (and JH's involvement in it), but to contextualize it. Jae-ha's agenda isn't "just" his own--it's that of the Korean people.

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I think Jae Ha knew that once Bong Gu saw that video, that Tara was basically dead. Jae Ha knows Bong Gu is capable of anything and has already killed people none-the-less someone he had close to him that betrayed him. The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that Jae Ha just didn't give an F that Tara would die and that kinda bothers me...

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Yes, I also had misgivings about this- although you can argue that there is no way he could have guessed that she would walk in at that exact moment. You can't argue however that he didn't know there would be seriously negative repercussions for Tara, so it's uncomfortable all around.

But it also underscores that Jae Ha (even though I love him!) is a darker and more ruthless person than Jae Kang when it comes to protecting those he loves.

I'm not sure if I think the writers are brave for showing such a dark side to Jae Ha's character, or if they just thought no one would bat an eye because Tara was an incidental character. If it's the former I'm vaguely impressed, if it's the latter then that is incredibly lazy and annoying.

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You know...I actually do think it's the former. i.e. another instance which shows Jae Ha has a dark side.

I mean his immediate decision to shoot Hang Ah in the chest, the look in his eyes during that entire scene with Bong Gu in the palace, his conversation with that North Korean minister...

There are actually quite a few instances when Jae Ha's darkness disturbed me. (In a way I like creatively.) I just think this was the most blatant instance of his sometimes twisted and callous personality.

Sometimes I feel like Jae Ha's a more restrained version of Bong Gu.

The speech when he talks about the similarities between Bong Gu and himself really underscores my feeling. It's as if he himself implied that without his family, Hang Ah, and Shi Kyung (his 'people') he might have ended up just like Bong Gu.

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Jae Ha's not really in the same sociopath league as Bong Gu, but I see your point.

I do think you're absolutely right about the speech underscoring his acknowledgment that the people around him have made him into a human being, that he can rightfully separate himself from the likes of Bong Gu because of them.

It's funny that this drama is inciting this kind of debate about about the hero, who technically (even in k-drama land where they start out as dicks) by this stage should be completely morally upright. Episode 13 definitely made me look at Jae Ha as an anti-hero in a sopranos-esque world- as in forced to work from a skewed set of ethics that differs from the "real world" because of his crazy opponent. I'm not 100% comfortable with it, but it's compelling nonetheless.

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Yeah, I definitely don't mean he's in the same league as Bong Gu but there are touches here and there.

I think they have a similar base personality (i.e. arrogant and callous show-offs) but their upbringing/experiences afforded them different end results. Jae Ha had a caring and loving older brother, mother, and little sister. Not to mention Hang Ah and Shi Kyung. Bong Gu seems to have only had his arms dealer father and now only 'saram' who he has to pay or use fear to keep. (Though Bon Bon seems like she enjoys her work for him. lol)

I don't by any means think it's do to his upbringing completely, of course. Even as a child, we could see that Bong Gu was a few pages shy of a full novel. It does, however, make for interesting comparisons between Bong Gu and Jae Ha.

PS. I love love love that I can have these kinds of discussions about a KDrama. Kudos for that one, K2H PDs and writers.

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Who wants an anti-hero leading the nation though? I want the hero leading me and the nation so we can win AND be honorable. Yes, I want it all dammit. Interesting character study though, but I don't know that I want him as my King when the only thing between him and being someone like Bong Gu is his family...This is starting to remind me of 4th Prince of Bu Bu Jing Xin and I had to stop watching the last 6 or 7 episodes because I just couldn't root for 4th Prince anymore because he was no longer the underdog fighting for a place, but the tyrant throwing about his weight for power....ugh. Anyway... I digress.

If only Jae Ha had worried just a little bit that what he was doing may be wrong, but he just did it. No second thought at all. No moral quandary. Nothing.

...Again, I'm left wondering how Hang Ah managed to fall for a man that shot her point blank in the chest... some ish I just don't get no matter how hard I try.

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you know, maybe the writers are trying to say: if Jaeha didnt have people around him who loved him despite his warts and all, and make him a better person because of it, he could well turn out to be a Bong Gu.

Think about it.

I suspect, going forward, that revenge will become a bigger issue for Jae Ha but Hang Ah will be his voice of reason to stop him from tipping over to the other side (spoiler alert for Ep 14 - listen closely to a conversation that Jae Ha and Hang Ah will have on the issue of ethics :)

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I'm certain it's the former. The writers have been establishing some similarities between Bong-gu and Jae-ha for a while now. While Jae-ha is nowhere near as much of a whackjob as BG, that's largely because of the people around him who love him unconditionally and believe in him.

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I think the writers meant for Jae Ha to show his dark side, but that they also just thought Tara was an incidental character that nobody would care about. These two things aren't mutually exclusive. Most likely if Tara were played by a Korean woman they would not have killed her like that.

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I'm trying to convince myself that Tara knows she was the girlfriend of a murderer all along, therefore not as innocent as we all thought at first, beside being money-minded. Sighs. Still shuddering at the thought of Jae Ha being partly responsible for her death though (it's still a life).

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She should know that BG is a murderer. She was in the room with him, sitting on the bed when he was contemplating which method to use to murder JK, and Bon Bon was curling her hair while discussing with BG about JS's kidnapping and crazy jump from cliff. How can she not be in their presence and NOT know what they were up too? If she didn't, she's really a super idiot! But I'm sure she did, and since she did nothing to stop it, she's guilty too!

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can not say how I disagree at that kind of thinking.
The king set up her death, not because she was guilty of anything or a threat to him, but just to show he can get back at BG..there nothing heroic about this, it is more like move of a coward in fact, using a soft safe target to strike at your enemy. And please do not give me anything about the king could not know the results, he too smart not to have known.
That said we all taking it too seriously perhaps..lol Perhaps what the writer had in mind.

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I agree about JH's culpability in the murder of Tara since knew he knew that his actions would lead to BG shooting her. It felt as though JH had stooped down to BG's level in this instance. Just because one chooses the wrong path does not make that life less valuable, imo. The violence in this case seemed gratuitous.

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Yeah I was disappointed at the King's part in Tara's death. Showing the video was not necessary for anything other than cutting BG down to size and destroying his ego. If the King wanted to make a statement of "don't mess with me" there would have been other ways not involving unnecessary loss of life. While we know the King was never supposed to be a white knight, I still have an expectation that our hero/the main lead will at least adhere to the fundamental principles expected of a decent human being. That being said, I do appreciate the different views and perspectives that others have offered. All the differing views are logical in their own right in the sense that they are reasonable conclusions of the facts. This is the beauty of discussion and the character analysis that follows.

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The thing that bothered me about Tara's death was that it seems unnecessary and kinda cliche. Women's lives thrown to the wayside to make a point about men and their angst. (I'm over that BS) Basically Tara was treated as completely disposable by Jae Ha. I don't like that. His brother wouldn't have done that. Did Jae Ha have to use Tara to make his point? No... Jae Ha has to be careful not become the enemy he is fighting. I haven't watched episode 14, but they hinted at this in the previews when Hang Ah says to him that she wants to win and get engaged fair and square. That girl knows what she's talking about. Jae Ha better listen.

You not only have to win, you have to do it the right way. Doubly tough, but not impossible.

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LOL bong gu did you seriously not see that coming? YOU GOT PLAYED, SUCKAH.
You’re messing with a guy who got north and south to point guns at each other over SNSD.
Can I just say, Hang Ah and Jae Ha are going to be one of my favorite k-drama pairings ever? The chemistry is off the chains, but more importantly, the way they’ll grow together – through WOC training, through Bong gu’s threats, crazy stakes… Seriously. It doesn’t get any better than that. Our King/Queen couple is no longer the typical k-drama cutesy pairing that overcame common obstacles, but obstacles that actually scream life-and-death.
Super anxious as to what’s to come… but so ready. Trust in the writers to rip our guts out, stop our hearts, and then heal it with some satisfying sweetness/heart.
Totally appreciate writer’s craft with relationships for our characters. Jae Shin + Hang Ah = awws. How much do you love that car scene where hang ah props princess’s head on her shoulder? Shi kyung and Jae Ha = brother-in-laws, yes please.
LOL shi kyung “you don’t have to worry she’s not my type,” yeah we heard that before look where Jae Ha’s at now.
By the way, that camping scene in the backyard is the cutest thing ever. Jae Ha, the hand to the cheek? The wink at the political head? LOL, so adorbs.
&Aw, they’re gonna make me go against my own country?
This drama can bring the action, the heart, and the funny? I.Want. MOAAR.

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I was totally going, "please, let it not be the US!!" (can I get any more lamer, pffftt!) and when the US team started cheering...i was like, skdfnhaskfhsfkshd!! DON'T.EVEN! heh

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LOL

I was crossing my fingers and chanting "Not the US!!" too! My roommate already thinks I'm a lost cause Haha. That scene was too long! I was so nervous and then BAM! The US gets announced and they start cheering. I think I was in as much shock as Jae Ha and Hang Ah. I think I'm still in shock.

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"You’re messing with a guy who got north and south to point guns at each other over SNSD." lol. love your comment, I can't put it better myself. it's great to see JH grows up. he proves that he has many great qualities to be a king. and he's a king with a mission. love ya, Your Highness!

i love the fact the writers didnt create such a typical drama. and every aspect in K2H is not typical. they started it with the north/south issue as the underlying theme. the relationship between the hero and heroine. the way the characters' are built. the interaction among the characters. i. just. love. it

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This isnt a drama! This is a full length feature movie which I want to see on the big screen preferably in 3D and close up!!

Absolutely love the scene where Hang Ah takes care of her young sister in law to be....she is just so steady isnt she..but once she fell in love she's just mush!

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LMAO. seriously.
It feels all too much like i'm watching a lengthened movie.
I love.

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Who else is disappointed that the kiss was sooo short?

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lol. I think we're gonna see another epic kiss soon! *the fridge kiss is still in the first in my list!*

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I thought HA would say "That's it?!" But HA's hand on JH's cheek was the sweetest thing ever. Lucky hand!

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It might be too short, but I thought it was appropriate for that particular moment. It wasn't the kind of kiss where passion is front and center (we had the fridge kiss for that). I'd like to think it was a kiss where gratitude was the overriding emotion. Gratitude that she loves him, the person warts and all, and not the title. And in doing so, she rescued him from what has been, by his admission, a lonely life. So to me, that kiss was just perfect.

Having said that, I'd really, really, really love it if we get another full on make out session between them in the remaining episodes. That would make the voyeur in me ecstatic! ;-)

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Ugh. Frak. Chicken paste. Fudgenuts. %$&@*#)@

I can't even put in words how much I freaking love this show. My brain just farts and then melts when I try to think about it. From the way LSG keeps that easy-going smile on his face when he's cutting people down like the badass ninja that he is, to the way Lee Yoon Ji portrays Jae shin down to the letter...my mind and heart, they squee with glee! Not to mention Eun Shi Kyung smiled today!! Aiyo! He smiled! It was so beautiful; it shone so brightly with the brightly shining lights of a thousand brightly shining suns!!! I'm *lovestruck* I tell ya.

This show is just hitting on all the right emotional buttons for me. There's bromance and...uh chickmance (wow that is a crap portmanteau) and not one, but two HOT guys who--wait for it--aren't fighting over the same girl!! How much do I love Hang-ah and Jae-shin's relationship? So much my brain farts when I try to put it in words. That's how much. I love bromance and all but it's really nice to see girls bonding instead of actively trying to screw e/o over by swapping out apartment leases for plane tickets...grr...I'm also liking the development with Bonkers Bong-gu. It's interesting how Jae-ha's taunt drew him out so I'm wondering if that was his intent from the beginning.

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Hm, sismance?! ahha.
I LOVED hang ah and jae shin in this episode.
Jae Ha's little video to him was so kick-ass.
I seriously think we've all been underestimating bong gu as this crazy bastard.
i think the writers set it up this way. and then... just WATCH something unexpected totally happens and we're sitting there all flabbergasted, like.. Did that just happen? Shit. Shit. Shit. Shit. Shit.

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i know the way he picks up the pistol and shoots her!! :O

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I know that smile was AWESOME! He's just adorbs is the Earnest Bot.

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OMG when i saw his smile, i was like woah.
so rare! but when i did see it, it was so precious! made ME smile.

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The smile killed me.

I could feel myself actually smiling as he smiled. I think I re-watched that scene alone like 3x. To see him joking around, relaxing and teasing others (as opposed to being teased, though he looks so cute when he's being teased) was just so unexpected and refreshing and rawr.

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rawr~! It was definitely that. ^^

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Yes, that was one of my fav scenes in this episode even as I'm not an Earnest Bot fan. That scene showed a totally different side of him that we've never seen before. Think I'm gonna keep this guy on my radar. Saw an interview of the 4 of them (JH, HA, JS & SK) and when asked who clowned around the most on set, everyone pointed at SK and said he would just get up and dance and make everyone laugh. When the interviewer asked him to demonstrate, he gamely did, twice. Was funny. Convinced he's a good actor now.

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Yeah, the SK smile was unexpected!! Although tomorrow looks to be a downer for him.

^^Jae-ha: “Kim Hang-ah, and now Jae-shin. How’d you seduce them? Is the entirety of your true nature a royal-killer?”

haha, Jae-ha cracks me up!! The way he measured SK up and then joked with him was hilarious!! SK got all flustered....like ALWAYS!! JH just one of these days he'll crack a smile at your jokes!! They ARE funny!! Wonder how he'll react when they actually get together!! lulz, he'll have to eat his words and then some....

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lol. that's one of my favorite lines!

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I like your idea about JH's taunt drawing Bong Gu out. Perhaps this is all JH's plan to lure Bong Gu out in public, expose him and get him killed/arrested.

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LOL, Sunmi, loved your comment, "I love bromance and all but it’s really nice to see girls bonding instead of actively trying to screw e/o over by swapping out apartment leases for plane tickets…grr…I’m also liking the development with Bonkers Bong-gu." HAHA! I just watched THAT episode right before this one and thought the same thing--another evil jealous girl (subs were 100% on that one first)--ho hum.

Too much to love in every episode with K2H, and I'm just gasping for air at how there is something that surprises me -- the realism in the comments--JH telling his mom such hurtful things that people are saying about JS--WOW, he pulls no punches.

Likewise, JH's video to BG was such a perfect revenge. Flinched when Tara got off-ed, but JH read Bongu's reaction perfectly. He knew exactly how BG was going to react, and that's why he warned him not to open the box. I don't think JH sought out to get Tara killed, but when you think about it, BG killed his own father . . . how long before Tara did something to get him mad? Look at how he treats his own right hand man? He's already come within inches of killing him, how much life span could someone expect being part of his life?

Love the crack in the wall surrounding Shi Kyung's heart when he shared with Jae Shin. She so needed to hear those words coming from his lips right at that moment. Can't wait to see the development there . . . but previews looked foreboding. D:

GF, I SO appreciate the speedy recaps--sometimes the subs aren't 100% done and having your commentary to fill in the gaps is invaluable. The quantity of comments for each episode of K2H is insanely explosive--you've really struck the right chord!

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I so, so, so love the relationships in this drama from the brotherly relationships between JH and JK and now JH and SG, the sisterly relationship between JS and HA and even the maternal relationship JH has with the queen mother. It's real and beautiful and I'm so in love with this show. lol. It better end well or the writers are going to have a very angry, very poor grad student on their doorstep. Muah. :3

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Sunmi, I'm 100% with you... my brain diarrhea-s I think...

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KITA~!!! Thanks GF. ^^

*runs off to read*

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*read*

As I read the recaps, the raw was just playing out in my mind along with it like real time. This episode was all kinds of awesome.

First of all. That first scene should be engraved in a plaque and placed on a wall and it should also win a BIG award. What a way to start an episode. I'm still reeling from the effects of it - 8 hours later. Jae-Ha is really a terrifying king. If this was Joseon, more people would've died.

Eun Shi Kyung was just too cute in this episode and Jae-Shin was just so....awesome. Of course, a little lip-lock service from the AhHa couple had me squealing. Hehe...

Now....where's Thursday?

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AhHa couple .. I love it.
AhHa as in the sound one makes after you have that light bulb moment or you get something that you really want and are satisfied.

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I love it too....I'm not sure who coined it though. Picked it up on the internet.

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I think it describes them so perfectly.. not only is it our reaction after seeing them together because they are so perfect together, it also out reaction after seeing such a well written out couple. The light bulb moment, that is what happens where they are together working on things...

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Ah Ha~ I see what you're saying slfowie....and I completely agree.

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OMO!!! Thank you very much for the recaps GF!!! You are DAEBAK!!!
*runs, trips and fells -- gets up and runs *again* off to read the recap!!!

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Big thanks Girlfriday!!!

Ahhhh, I knew it that they'll have to fight the strongest team after Jae-ha bet his engagement with the Korea team will pass their WOC's first round. This show is killing me!!!

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YAY! thank you thank you.

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OMG I've been imaging since the beginning of this drama that they would be up against the US team! Oh my, wishes really do come true. This is so weird! LOL.

Shi Kyung is just making me fall head over heals. I want him in a tickle fight. Please drama!

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I want him to be the victim of a tickle fight.

He probably got no tickle love when he was younger.

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the sweetest evahh...

when they stare each other.. eyes to eyes.. lips to lips.. again eyes to eyes... smile to smile...

wanna try it with my GF LOL

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LMAO. k-drama teach them guys right. ;)

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I want a boyfriend who will then want to try it with me. lol.

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Damn, Bong-gu really is psychotic. I don't have any other words to describe him.

And really, Jae-ha? REALLY?! That was just a risky thing to do. Of course they'll somehow win against the USA, but please, Bong-gu. I expected more of you!

Man, they really are the best couple ever. So sappy, so happy, and so cute!

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producer and writer.. and lsg.. they are awesome..

Thank you for the recap!

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now i understood why other male actors didn't want to do this show.....

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my noona is awesome to ^^

every single cast are GREAT, even JH's mom., the best mother ever in Kdrama,,,

just amaze how the SW'll put WOC draw.. KOREA Vs USA

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Love how our OTP works together against BG. The 2 Koreas have been unified through them. In this difficult situation, I’m glad they still have sweet moment together. WOC is on the way too. Another NK n SK unification that will increase BG’s blood pressure. All JH do already screw BG’s mind. Uri King is so brave. What will JH-HA do next? Their opponent in WOC is the last year no. 1 winner. It won’t be easy for them. What will team Korea do to pass the first round? For Queen Mother, how stressful it is for her to face this situation. I can feel her pain. Also, SK, what will he do when he finds out that his father is not that good? And Tara, dear, I’m so sorry; you should know the risks of having a relationship with a maniac.
Thank you for the recap GF.

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Yeah. as much as it was like Jae Ha having a hand in bong gu shooting Tara...
you should be aware of what you're getting yourself into when you're "dating" a maniac like bong gu just for his money.
What you think he'll do when the truth comes out?
i mean, that gun under the couch all ready shows how bong gu strikes anytime, anywhere.
Be aware girlfriend.
I actually liked Tara though cause everything she said about Bong gu was true. lol

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This I agree with. Tara is knowingly with a psycopath, so she should expect anything.

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Thanks GF!

I don't think I could love this show more. Seriously, it is just so awesome. It hits all the right notes with me. Like GF pointed out they purposely made the stakes of the WOC matter to us and even KNOWING that I still care. This writer is just leading us exactly where they want us to go, and I already know I'll just keep following.

The scene between Jae Ha and his mom was definitely the most emotional for me. As a mother myself, I can completely understand being terrified to lose a child especially if you've already lost one. That scene was just acted pitch perfect by both actors. Just got me straigh to the heart.

And how much do I love my Earnest Bot. So adorable and his little speech to the princess was so touching as well. He's so sincere always that she knew he meant every word. LOVE.

And Jae Ha, I'm just so proud of him. It's amazing to look back at the first episodes and see how much he's grown and matured. I love that he's fully invested in his love for Hang Ah. She's his partner and you could see that in each of their conversations. He shares everything with her and I love that.

The villian just gets creepier, but its clear that there are serious cracks in his psyche and Jae Ha is pushing those buttons. As Jae Ha gets stronger our villain is getting weaker. And I like those odds.

Can't wait for tomorrow!

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I was tearing up with the mom-son scene.
It's must be aching.. knowing that your son is going off, and scared that you might lose him, too.

I know! Jae Ha was such a ignorant player. Now seeing him, discussing everything with Hang Ah, it totally warms my heart how much he matured. And of course the fact that we got to come along on the ride makes everything so much better.

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It was so heart breaking to see that she felt that by holding down JH physically she would be successful in having JH stay safe on home turf! It was quite a sobering scene when Jae-ha hugged her, wept pitiably, and it seemed to me that for the first time JH was able to cry for his brother's death with his mum. Wonderful acting right there! Was bawling my eyes out...

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Me too. Mom just would not let go of Jae Ha...And Jae Ha cried holding her tight. In that split second, I sensed Jae Ha's fear. The fear he hid so well from all but in front of his mother.

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Glad 2 find that im not d only mom who still read DB recaps. I read recaps in this site from only have 1 child n now i have 3...thanx a lot gf n jb..luv tk2h.. Bigfan of HJW, she definately know how 2 find a good role.. Got lsg fever too:-)

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Yeah, I try to tell myself I'm still a noona, but I know I'm pushing into ajumma territory. But I LOVE the K-drama sooo much. And it's easy to watch once I get my kids to bed.

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i luf this episode. so many good moments

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Thank you very much;-) i have been waiting for it and you never fail to give such a great recap;-)

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Thank you for posting!!

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LURVEDDDD IT!! <3

Jae-ha has come such a long way in that he's openly being vulnerable with Hang-ah! And, we got a glimpse of the young King having his first experience of being a royalty....no wonder he'd always have cutting seemingly childish remarks in difficult situations!! And, no kiss can have that effect as they gazed into e/o's eyes and he takes her hand to his cheek!! *swooon* Altho PD-nim we STILL want one hot passionate kiss!! It's been, what, 7 episodes since our last one!

The actress playing JH's mum....omigoshhhh!! I started crying when she & JH got all emotional and then when she was literally holding down JH so that she could physically maneuver into him being by her side ---killed me!!

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I love how he's totally vulnerable with her.
When he looked into her eyes, thanked her, and put her hand to his cheeks... the love was oozing from all sides..
Even though it wasn't passionate (sweet/light) , i still thought it better fit the mood.
But definitely, when the time calls for it and there's some sexual tension in the air i am expecting a steamy scene. PLEASE. LOL.

The mother's tears -- you can really feel the fear/pain she has.. from losing one of her sons and then making sure the other one doesn't run off into a death trap.
Honestly, this actress is A+ in mother world. :)

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@Saima and @ilikemangos, my soul sisters, so with you on this! TK2H is great because it has the greatest fans!!!

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aww!! Sharing this all-encompassing love that I have for this drama with like-minded cyber-friends is beautiful!! <3

*group hug*

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*HUGS WITH ALL K2H FANS*

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This is another Great Episode.... making me weak after all the emotions I had to expel. I will say it a hundred times again, this drama is a masterpiece ! Thank you GF for the recap.

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The Queen and Ja-Hae scene brought so many tears to my eyes *sob*

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I'm stoked that they've got Jae Shin on the throne now. Maybe it's the royal blood, but since the beginning all three Jae-siblings have the wisdom and charisma to become leaders of the country, and pre-accident Jae Shin seemed to me the strongest (she has guts, wits, and powerful presence), before Jae Ha ascended throne and showed more potential. I bet she never imagined that she would have to take on the throne, though, and add on her current burdens, I feel a little sorry but hopeful that her courage will return.

Lee Yoon ji, Lee Seung gi, and Lee Sung min (keke lee siblings?) are kick ass with their roles :)

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Major chills when she was being given the royal seal!! And, I totally aww'ed with JK's portrait at the back! Our younger Lee siblings have come such a long way!! Couldn't be prouder!

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Supposedly her tiara costed $100,000 !! im guessing won.
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But i heard it took them 3 hrs to prep her for that scene.
The gown she's wearing was absolutely gorgeous.

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It is, I love how Lee Yoon Ji carries herself with dignity and nerves at the same time. The styling was perfect.

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yeah, she looked breathtaking!!

Am i the only one who noticed that thankfully our 4 leads look fresh-faced when in the past I've noticed towards the latter half K-drama actors start to look weary?

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Such a wonderful recap GF. Thank you.

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Omo! Little Jae Ha is little Gu Jun Pyo!

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Haha you can check out the comments in the recaps for Episode 1. Hearties even identified Little Jae Kang.

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OMG

when Jae Ha put Hang Ah's hand on his cheek and turn down to his chest, and then kiss her.

swoon
please wake me up, when king airing tonight haha

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pwahahahaa!! tsk tsk, fellow Hearty I wonder how you survived the Ep 6 kiss?! :P

But I agree it was such a tender moment b/w our OTP!

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It's a toss-up between RP and K2H each week as to which one I find more enjoyable - K2H wins this week with this episode. The writing/plotline is getting tighter and tighter - not many missteps and definite pushing forward in plot development.

And let me say how enjoyable it is to watch Seung-gi acting the heck out of this character. His interactions are beyond good - especially those with CrazyCakes. It's a rarity when a scene can elicit scary and funny simultaneously - it takes a combination of good writing and really good acting. We're getting the best of it here in K2H.
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You put it into words really well, yes the simultaneous scary and funny.

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Yaiy! Thanks GF!
The first thing I do when I read your recaps is your comment since I know can I depend on this episode or not. And until this time, it never disappoint me. Now...off to read!

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kawaii thanks

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Thx for the quick recap, GF! U know our hearts well.
I agree wt you that , throwing in their engagement as a stake is like throwing salt into the Dead sea. They do have too much to content with already but I guess , they needed to increase our gastric juices & see us writh in angst. But no matter , cos someone empathetic & angelic , decided that we shd be privy to the engagement party. So we at least know they won d 1st two rounds !
Good for us. Not exactly smart in terms of keeping suspense high !

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