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Mandate of Heaven: Episode 6
by | May 10, 2013 | 46 Comments

As I said, I love the lighter moments in this show, and with Won on the run, we get more breathing room, which is great because it’s refreshing to expand our outer limits. The palace can feel like such a world in and of itself because of all the stakes and intrigue constantly in play, but it’s also stifled and insular, both in mentality and in physical space. There’s much more room for exploration, character mingling, and relationship development outside its walls.

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EPISODE 6 RECAP

Won and So-baek are caught by the officers, and upon seeing the not-blind man’s smug face, So-baek realizes he ratted them out for the bounty. Ah, so that explains why he had those Wanted posters in his room and why she was after him, for sending Daddy to jail. Also why she calls him Rat Shit.

Thankfully, So-baek’s dreadlocked friend Keok-jung leaps into the fray and kicks up a fight. So-baek takes advantage of the distraction to knock aside her captors, and Won shoots this hilarious How’d she do that? look. After observing the two bandits’ easy fighting, he grabs the nearby guard and head-butts him—and immediately clutches his forehead in pain, ha.

At least he manages to knock the guy out, and as an added bonus he swipes his identification tag. He then slips away, and the greedy forger follows suit. So-baek looks up just in time to catch Won making his break for freedom—on her horse. This feels familiar.

At the Euigeumbu gates, Woo-young blocks the officers’ paths and refuses to let them pass. Not that her puny resistance is effective, but you gotta give her points for pluck, and she argues that she can’t not try to stop them from hunting down her brother.

Jung-hwan finds her display amusing, maybe even cute, but as he has no time to waste indulging her, he tells her to save it for later and shoves her out of the way. Woo-young doubles her efforts and grabs his arm, insisting that her brother isn’t a killer. This time Jung-hwan shoves her to the ground harder, meaner.

So-baek catches up to Rat Shit and starts beating him up. She only stops when Keok-jung steps in, saying that there’ll be nothing left for him to beat, haha.

But timing is not on their side because the troop of officers is back on the trail and heading their way—time to run. Even then she only goes because Keok-jung tosses her on his shoulder, forcing their retreat.

Jung-hwan is displeased to find that in the short time since the sighting was reported, they’ve lost Won. He presses the rat for info, who recalls that Won was headed for Yangju. Aw, crap, that’s actually correct. Furthermore, Gon-oh reacts at the mention of the city; he must recognize it as Gu Deok-pal’s destination.

Won arrives at one of the checkpoints in the road, but before he can pass through with his stolen ID tag, a contingent of officers arrives. Damn, can’t pass through here.

Unfortunately, Jung-hwan’s a clever bastard and has a purpose for his very public presence here. He anticipates that he was able to divert Won to another point, and sure enough, that’s where Won goes.

With heavy guard presence here, Won is spotted as he tries sneaking over the wall. This leads to a brief struggle before he grabs the officer, falling off the wall with him. The other man hits his head and can’t pursue, which is a good thing since they’re spotted by a guard on the wall who sounds the whistle.

Won hurries away, but struggles with his doctorly principles that balk at leaving an injured man behind. Knowing the guard is in danger, he stuffs plants in his nostrils and reaches for his needles, even as troops approach. Before dashing off he places a needle in the man’s face, and by the time Jung-hwan gets there the guard has regained consciousness and can identify Won as the fugitive.

Minor discord erupts within the House of Evil, with the two lesser evils arguing with Head Evil over Da-in. That is to say: Minister Yoon wants her eliminated before her meddling causes more trouble, while Merchant Jang begs for leniency and promises to make sure she stays away from the palace.

But things aren’t looking good, especially when they receive word that Won is reportedly headed to Yangju. There can only be one reason for that, and if he beats them to the punch, their entire plot is at risk. Vice Premier Kim orders Merchant Jang to send word to his assassin, Do-moon, warning him that he must get to Gu Deok-pal first.

Won safely boards a boat, making it past the checkpoint while gulping back his nerves. Shortly after he arrives in the village of Yangju, so does Do-moon, who seats himself at a tavern right behind Won. Thankfully these men haven’t seen each other in clear daylight so there’s no immediate recognition, but Won stiffens to hear a minion murmur to Do-moon that they’ve located Gu Deok-pal.

He was seen entering a shaman’s home—that must be his sweetheart—and Do-moon makes short work of tearing apart the house looking for him. She’s heavily pregnant and tearfully insists that he’s not here, that he left long ago.

It’s true that Deok-pal has gone, though probably only minutes before; he races through the forest and squeals when a figure blocks his path. It’s Won, who tackles him and grabs Deok-pal’s hands to look for his proof, only to find that they’re uninjured. That means he isn’t the killer, but he is still the missing link and Won demands to know who the real culprit is.

Do-moon’s men catch up quickly, though, and make their approach through the woods. Won ducks out of sight, dragging Deok-pal along.

Slowest of all are Jung-hwan and his officers, who arrive at the shaman’s house to find it already ransacked. She doesn’t recognize Won’s face and Jung-hwan calls his men off, since there’s no help here. Gon-oh hangs back, though, having received the order to kill not only Deok-pal but his woman as well. He draws his sword and slashes once across her torso, though he’s stopped from finishing the job by his men, who call for him. He figures she’s as good as dead and leaves, not seeing that the shaman’s eyes flutter open.

Now the royal officers join in the chase, and Deok-pal naively shoves Won aside and goes running to them for help, thinking Gon-oh will save him. Gon-oh sends his men after Won, and then draws his sword to finish the job…

Jung-won joins him, though, so he sends Deok-pal into hiding for now. The officers go running after Won, but in the wrong direction: Won finds Deok-pal, subdues him with a punch, and takes the both of them off in a rowboat.

He gains enough distance to be out of arm’s reach when Do-moon’s men arrive at the waterside, but not out of arrow’s range. Do-moon leads his men in firing off arrows, which lodge in the boat and thankfully miss the two men. Do-moon decides to follow their course, leaving the dock just as Jung-hwan’s officers run up to it.

Face off: Private soldiers versus palace soldiers. Ooh, I like this.

Won sees that both his pursuers are occupied and pushes his boat harder. Jung-hwan demands to know who Do-moon is, sending half his men after the boat while he sticks around to deal with these interlopers.

They draw swords and fight. Jung-hwan is good, but Do-moon appears to be even better, and possibly even holding back. Jung-hwan draws blood with a slice on the arm, and Do-moon gets down to business. This time he does the slicing, and it’s across Jung-hwan’s abdomen. Yeouuuuch.

He’s not in mortal peril but it effectively kills his chase. Do-moon retreats, and Jung-hwan bellows in frustration.

Bandit hideaway. Lol, our father-daughter duo is actually a trio, with a tough ol’ granny around to nag both Geo-chil and So-baek. Dad is curiously quiet, though, and slumps down over his dinner table. Only now do they realize that he’s been sporting a bloody leg wound, which I’m guessing has become infected.

Granny orders them to get Chun-bong, and the younger bandits scatter. But for some reason, No. 2 Bandit gives a curious smirk. Uh-oh. Traitor in the house?

Rang wakes up in her bed to find that she has once again soiled her bedding with diarrhea. She chokes back a sob. Poor little thing.

Da-in, meanwhile, pleads with her surrogate father while he throws her physican’s coat into the fire. Her begging falls on deaf ears, since it’s not about Won’s innocence but rather him trying to save his neck from the ministers evil. He orders her locked up in her room, not to be let out until he decrees it.

So-baek and Keok-jung find that Chun-bong’s hut is empty, and she despairs of fixing her father without his help. But if they can’t find him, they’ll find another, and they tear through the area trying to find any doctor they can.

Just their luck, then, that Won is in the area, as he’s making his way back with Deok-pal in tow, literally handcuffing him to himself to keep him from running. Won demands to know who committed the murder and why he was sent to the wrong location on that night, while Deok-pal just says he knows nothing.

The bandits recognize Won and recall that he’s a doctor, dashing forward to interrupt the interrogation. He resists So-baek’s demands for help, but is no match for Keok-jung, who gets in his face and reminds him that they saved his life before. He owes them.

So-baek starts to untie the wrist cuffs, and Won gets right in her face to stop her. It also makes her gape wide-eyed in shock… because of the romance? Now?

Won resists every step of the way, but once he’s brought to Geo-chil’s side his doctor side reemerges. The leg wound looks like it’s gangrened, with blood poisoning to boot. Seeing that time is of an essence, he barks out ingredients and tools that he needs to begin treatment.

The bandit crew jumps to do as he orders, though No. 2 Bandit doesn’t look thrilled to have someone working to save the boss. Won puts his prisoner into Keok-jung’s care and gets to work.

Queen Munjeong takes a leisurely bath and muses that if the crown prince wants to challenge her, that’s perfectly fine: “Dig your own grave.” But her hauteur slips when she hears that Deok-pal is still alive, and that he’s with Won. She clenches her fist angrily.

At the palace, Lee Ho contemplates the flower given to him by Chun-bong, thinking about it a long moment before finally tossing it into the pond. Ah, so this must symbolize a decision to let go of his foolish motherly longing. In other words: Battle. On.

Sure enough, when Jang-geum arrives with his tonic, he asks about his birth mother. With bitterness, he wonders why they had let her die in childbirth; they should have saved her at his expense if necessary. It’s purely a rhetorical question and he understands that, but adds with a sigh that despite never knowing her face, never has his mother’s empty space felt greater.

Lee Ho is one step behind the rest of our cat-and-mouse race, finding out only now what the “gu” means. Jung-hwan has headed toward Yangju to find Won, who has gone there to find Deok-pal. The prince orders his man to dispatch a team there as well, vowing that they must find Deok-pal. Take a number, buddy.

Evil, Evil, and More Evil gather for yet another secret meeting, only this time there are additional shadowy attendees sitting on the meeting. I wonder if the shadows are just to add mystique (though I can’t help laughing instead—it looks like puppet theater!), or whether the hiding of faces hints at surprise twists to come. (Though one wonders: Is it still a surprise if I don’t care? Intrigue, politics, blah blah blah.)

The result of this Meeting of Evils: (1) Send more private soldiers to Yangju to aid in the manhunt, and (2) bicker amongst themselves about how screwed they would be if they fail, if the queen finds out, and if Won returns alive, which they insist must not happen and therefore will not happen. It’s a good thing that saying stuff makes it true! Oh, wait.

Won is so fixated on treating his patient that he doesn’t realize somebody’s missing until So-baek returns and asks, “Where’d he go?” D’oh! The prisoner’s seat is empty with just a rope left in his place. It’s a rather poorly edited moment that kills the suspense, but the effect is meaningful since Won starts chasing after Deok-pal, only to stop short as he imagines Rang’s voice calling him back.

It’s So-baek standing there, but he sees his own little girl. (Ha, that ought to throw a Freudian twist into potential blooming lovlines.) I appreciate the symbolism of the moment: Not only can he not turn his back on a patient, he can’t ignore a daughter’s desperation to save her father’s life.

It also puts him squarely between a rock and a hard place, since catching Deok-pal is essential to him being able to return to Rang in the first place. So Won tries to return to his chase, only So-baek grabs his leg and breaks down sobbing.

He gives up the chase. Shoulders slumped, he trudges back to the sickroom.

On the upside, So-baek decides that they can’t have Won changing his mind later: “So let’s find [Deok-pal] for him.”

Da-in remains shut in, to her agitation. She manages to slip out unseen, and finds Rang doing the laundry at the stream near the palace. Rang admits that she soiled her clothing and wanted to keep it secret from her aunt, who gets really worried when she does that. Plus, she has a shirt belonging to “that scary ajusshi who’s chasing my father,” and in her adorable child’s mind she has decided that she will clean it for him and make him like her so he’ll listen to her. Oof. It’s cute and also kicks you in the heart.

Da-in offers to help since Rang is still weak, but Rang insists she has to wash it herself for it to work. So Da-in makes a deal: Rang can do the washing if she lets Da-in treat her with needles and rests up.

So Rang lies down there in the grass and Da-in starts placing needles. Rang knows the drill so well that she points Da-in to all the correct pressure spots, although the memory of her father has her dissolving into tears.

Jung-hwan arrives back at the station fuming, and also in pain. He orders a report on Deok-pal and stomps off intending to see Da-in. Working nearby, Woo-young overhears this exchange and is overcome with relief. For now, her brother is safe.

Merchant Jang blows a gasket to find Da-in gone. He suspects she went off to the palace to treat a sick slave girl, and sends men to retrieve her.

Rang repeats her father’s usual practices to Da-in and tells her to do the same, though both ladies’ faces fall when this treatment isn’t nearly as effective as his. Still, Da-in has hope that they can continue with regular sessions, and promises to meet Rang tomorrow as well.

They’re interrupted by the sound of Woo-young’s shouts for Rang and the servants’ shouts for Da-in, so with a promise to meet again, Da-in hurries off.

Woo-young hears about the doctor lady who worked with her father who’s helping her now, only Woo-young filters this all through an adult brain with all its attendant suspicions. Narrowing her eyes, she complains about her father and her brother both being stricken by the same flaw: getting played by doctor women.

Apparently Stepmom was a former physician as well, and she has recently ripped Dad off by running away with a stash of silver. She doesn’t seem to have done so with any level of forethought or shrewdness, though, and thus an advertisement posted in the village catches her eye. It makes her stop and consider setting up shop here, perhaps an apothecary business.

And who should have posted those ads but our fraudulent forger, who sidles up smelling prospective client. Would lady like a storefront?

Do-moon returns in failure and bows penitently before Evils 1, 2, and 3. Head Evil sends out the others and reminds Do-moon what he’s capable of doing, showing him the cut on his hand from killing Do-saeng.

Do-moon offers up his neck, but Vice Premier Kim says he’s not interested in his neck: “Although perhaps I might be, if it were the neck of your owner and my right hand, Jang Hong-dal.”

Geo-chil awakens from his fevered state, having suffered the worst of his infection. He thanks Won for his help and releases him, knowing that he’s got greater troubles on his mind. Won is grateful for it, and leaves instructions on how to make medicine before his departure.

Just then, a disturbance sounds outside. Our bandit friends have caught Deok-pal, who’s sobbing over a bloody pregnant woman. Conveniently, there’s a doctor in the house—this is a job for Dr. Jin! Oh, right.

Won assesses the damage, and it’s severe. The woman tells him to save the baby, regardless of whether that kills her; the other doctors said they’d have to lose the baby to save her life but she doesn’t want to hear it. He sends for medicine and ingredients and gets to work.

In the marketplace, Da-in rounds up the ingredients Won usually buys for Rang’s medicines. They’re interrupted by a disturbance when So-baek starts throwing around an apothecary who isn’t sensitive to her very urgent needs, literally sitting on him threateningly. Heh.

The problem is that the ingredients she wants aren’t available, having been claimed by a palace doctor. She screams for some rule-bending, at which point Da-in steps in. She recognizes So-baek from an earlier encounter and realizes she must be here at Won’s behest, and gives them the ingredients they need. She also pleads to be taken along with them.

So-baek and Keok-jung flatly deny her, telling her that she can’t see their hideaway. So she pulls out a strip of cloth and blindfolds herself, insisting that she needs to speak to Won about a life-and-death matter regarding his daughter.

Won urges the fading patient to hold on, and Deok-pal can’t take it anymore. He blames Won for this, saying that it was all his fault for coming after him, to which Won shoots him this Bitch, please look. I know it’s quick but it basically says, Oh, are we playing this game? How about the murder plot and coup conspiracy you were involved in that started this whole thing, huh? You have to read between the lines.

Thankfully So-baek and crew arrive before this leads to a full-on fistfight, with Da-in in tow. She sizes up the situation and jumps into action—thankfully somebody’s thinking straight.

Da-in has bad news: The baby’s pulse is gone. They have to at least save the mother, she insists.

Won thinks fast, and rattles off more ingredients to the bandits. Da-in recognizes that he’s planning something dangerous, and that sets off Deok-pal again, who raises a knife to Won. Won argues that if he wants both mother and child to survive, he’s got to let him proceed.

This entails inducing labor now, despite the huge gash in her belly. Everyone pitches in to help, and when the mother briefly goes slack, Won desperately urges her to live. Aw, this must be especially painful since it’s how he lost his wife, and he insists she has to hang in there and see her child born and nurse it to health.

The mother gathers up her strength and resumes pushing, and finally the baby emerges. It wails, healthy after all, and they swaddle it to show the parents. Wow, cleanest birthing ever.

Interestingly, the minute the baby is born safely, Won loses all his energy and staggers out of the room thinking of Rang.

Da-in finds him outside and informs him that mother and child are safe. He berates her for coming here like a crazy person, to which she reminds him of all the help she provided.

He tells her that Jung-hwan chased him all the way to Yangju, sighing that it won’t be easy clearing his name. He asks if she suffered because of the association, and she that it’s nothing compared to his.

With a rueful smile, she tells him why the reinvestigation stalled: Because everyone thinks they’re lovers, and thus everything she says is taken for a lie. He sputters that that’s ridiculous, and she rambles half-teasingly that she knows it, and that it would be absurd and unlucky if that were true. He narrows his eyes a bit: “Did you come all the way here to tell me that?” Ha.

But before she has a chance to respond, a dagger flies at their heads.

 
COMMENTS

I kid with the Dr. Jin reference (horrors!), but you know, if you think about it it’s not such a terrible correlation. Well, okay, Dr. Jin was a bleeding trainwreck that spat in the face of drama-making, but I do contend that its worst offense was its shit-for-brains director, who made every wrong decision possible and then added to the offense with gross-out close-ups of hot smelly messes and inappropriate uses of romantic ballads. The writing was clunky as well, but in theory the premise was fine.

So if you take Mandate of Heaven’s vastly superior directing, cinematography, lighting, acting, editing, and general choice-making in all affairs, you get a drama that shows us what could have been made of a mishandled show. Or conversely, let’s appreciate the behind-the-scenes team we’ve got here, working to make Mandate of Heaven not only competent but downright visually stunning, loaded with gorgeous scenery and lit in lovely stark contrasts and generally acted solidly.

I can still feel the chinks in the armor here and there, because some exposition is clunky and the evil-doing cabinet can be tedious in all respects (which you get all across the sageuk genre, not just here). But a deft director and a sharp editor can work wonders. ‘Cause I wonder if we’re heading into Won Saves Patient Of The Day With His Medical Genius waters with his stunning last-ditch saves, which would be tiresome and repetitive. (Hear me, producers? Tiresome and repetitive, and also repetitive.)

Because really, this is not a medical show. This much we can gather from the cursory way the medical scenes are shot. The characters spout some medical jargon here and there, but we don’t see any of the action (nor am I clamoring to see them); the case comes in, Won pulls a Maverick and uses an unconventional bit of genius to save a live, and we move on to the next order of the day.

The stuff I really liked in this episode—and there were a fair number of things—were all character beats. We have a pretty sprawling cast in play, and sometimes I feel like I’m swimming in names, but as I watch I really don’t feel confused or discombobulated with their threads, because they’ve been built up gradually and established over time. So when I get a glimpse here or there revealing a character insight—like Do-moon the assassin’s humanity, or Jung-hwan’s overall decency underneath the temper, or the thief-daughter affection, or Keok-jung’s wry sense of humor—I respond to it and want more of that stuff.

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46 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Ivoire

    Thanks!

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  2. latteholic

    Yeay! It’s here! *does a happy dance*

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    • 2.1 latteholic

      Evil, Evil, and More Evil gather for yet another secret meeting, only this time there are additional shadowy attendees sitting on the meeting. I wonder if the shadows are just to add mystique (though I can’t help laughing instead—it looks like puppet theater!), or whether the hiding of faces hints at surprise twists to come

      I was also laughing at that scene really, it had that air of mystery when I first saw it, but it just look so funny when you stare at it for a long time. The only way I can unsee this Puppet Theater image is if they can pull a Tree-With-Deep-Root scale twist!

      I really like how everyone is coming together in this episode. I hope that Won will stay longer in the bandit’s hideout because I really enjoy watching their dynamics (Won, So-baek and Keok-jung)
      I’m also glad that the Crown Prince has finally decided to go against The Queen. I know he just want to be loved, but it would have bothered me if he keep letting himself being manipulated by the Queen. And sidenote, it’s weird that I rewatched Dae Jang Geum over the week and when I think of the Queen, I always have this kind, and wise image about her (ok, apart from the time that she asked Jang Geum to help her “secure her position”). So watching this after Dae Jang Geum kinda mess my brain up… :D
      Little Rang. She continues to break my heart. That part where she she said she also wash JungHwan’s shirt, so that he won’t go after her dad. Ouf.

      And lastly, I can’t reiterate this more, but I need more JungHwan and WooYoung scenes! Please drama, gives me more scenes of these two…

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      • 2.1.1 So Cold

        I second you on that last part. He might be a jerk but at least he turned around to look at her on the ground. Normally, a person wouldn’t do that if they didn’t have an ounce of care. Goodness I like these two so much.

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        • 2.1.1.1 Stardust

          I share the same sentiments! lol but her flaming eyes of hate are going to make any kind of romantic overtures on his part later mighty mighty uphill… But he got a gash on his ribs area…. Will we get a gratuitous ab scene next week? With her grudgingly helping him apply dressing? HAHAHAHA *a girl can hope*

          Rang is sooo adorable… in that she actually plots in her little child’s mind to make that ajusshi like her so he will spare her father lol… Make him like her auntie, gal, now THAT will surely throw a wrench in the works… hahaha

          Thank you so much for the recap, I really enjoyed this breath taking episode, so I loved reading it in depth again heheheh Now to wait for next week…

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          • 2.1.1.1.1 latteholic

            Stardust! I was also thinking of the same thing when he got that wound over his abs! I kept hoping until the end of episode that at least she would help him treat his wound or something, and well I wouldn’t mind a gratuitous ab scene either… But yeah there’s still next week, so we can still hope that drama would give us at least THAT scene.. :D

            And lol at “Rang is sooo adorable… in that she actually plots in her little child’s mind to make that ajusshi like her so he will spare her father lol… Make him like her auntie, gal, now THAT will surely throw a wrench in the works…”
            Very true. Hahaha.

            Glad I could spazz with others over this pairing. I can’t wait until the moment he has to woo her back to win her heart. And I wouldn’t mind more him-glowering-at-her scenes either

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          • 2.1.1.1.2 Stardust

            @latteholic

            hahahaha I am so happy to find you all to spazz with too!! yeah, since Da-in is nowhere to be found, who else ( would he want ) to help him apply medication right? hahahaha Come on! This will help the ratings writer-nim!!

            Isn’t it funny how we are rooting for this pairing? In a way everything is progressing waaay faster than a normal/proper relationship, esp for a sageuk -

            1) he already felt her up

            2) then he saw her in a state of undress ( bared shoulders and all )

            3) THEN he saw her intimates in her ‘underwear drawer” XD ( his face is hilarious )

            ( its weird I wanted to reply but there is no reply option to your post…is 1.1.1.1 the limit? hahaha)

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          • 2.1.1.1.3 latteholic

            yeah, I think that’s the limit for replying message.

            And yes, I like how fast these two progress as well. It’s definitely what you would expect from a bickering OTP in a rom-com. Although it is mighty fast for a sageuk. But then again if we only going to have a couple of minutes of these two together in a scene per week, then I say keep going writer-nim! :D

            That scene with him seeing her in her undergarment (bare shoulders in sageuk means only wearing undergarments right? :D) was so funny and he was only focusing on her, even though the step-mom is there throwing stuffs at him too. Haha. And yeah, when he opened that wardrobe and saw her undergarments. I loled so hard! Although really, it’s the scene where he glowered at her that got me swooning. hehe.

            And I like how, despite first impression, they both are genuinely good people deep inside. JungHwan looks like a jerk from outside, but you know that he’s an upright person on the inside and WooYoung was superficial at first sight, but we see that she truly cares for her family and would stand up for them. And with her brother being chased by him, I can’t really pinpoint why, maybe it’s the angst, but it just makes me ship them more.

            And to wait the whole week to have only few minutes of them together again. Writer-nim, you need to make that dressing the wound scene happen!! Chebal!

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          • 2.1.1.1.4 Stardust

            OMG yessss… can you just imagine it being all ‘Beauty and the Beast” with Jung Kwan all growly and Woo Young all ” Stop whining you big baby!” swoooon… ( ok i better stop myself before I get too delusional… I have never been so emotionally invested in a scene – that has yet to, (and may not *touchwood*) happen, ever! LOL whats this drama doing to me!?!

            I absolutely agree with latteholic’s observations that Jung Hwan has the typical male lead syndrome lol I haven’t looked at it that way before… Is that why we are shipping them harder than the actual Won+Da-In OTP? We have been conditioned by all the Kdramas we have watched so far! *gasp* The writer is playing with our feelings! hahahaha… but I say, play away pleaaase!

            I look forward to some squeeing with you next week latteholic! Here’s hoping! =D

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        • 2.1.1.2 latteholic

          So Cold yes. yes. yes. I liked that scene where he turned around to see her. Very subtle, but you can tell that he starts to care for her already. I wish we could have more interactions between these two, I know they’re not the main pairing but man, I ship them so hard!

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          • 2.1.1.2.1 frillyobject

            Me too!I have no idea why I shipped so hard. I am not sure why, but I just feel that something should happen between them. And YES! I look forward to a wound dressing scene! Who wouldn’t love a guy in uniform! So hoT~

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      • 2.1.2 rainyrain

        heyyyy finally found some chingus who are sharing my love for this OTP , eventhough I’m liking the main charactere pairing but to tell u the truth I’m loving this one more
        and yes I was also expecting some sweet scenes with red demon’s injuriy , till the end of the epi but there were nothing so I wish next week’s epi we will see more interraction between them
        just wondering did he ordered for them to become slaves of his dept so WY can be always infront of his eyeS ?

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        • 2.1.2.1 rainyrain

          sorry JB forgot to thankuuu for your recap , u’r the best dear :)

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  3. snow_white

    thanks a lot!!

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  4. waitingpink

    I am actually really enjoying this drama – Its very fast paced and dramatic. Thanks for the recaps

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  5. Mommai

    Thank you so much for the recaps of this awesome show! I wonder why the ratings are on the lower end overall for the main 3 Wed/Thurs slot?

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  6. hoaa

    thank you for recaping this show. i love this more and more. but the sub is very sloow.

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  7. swol

    Thank you for the recap!!!

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  8. jude

    i haven’t watch the last 2 episode but I’ll surely catch on later when i get home.. As always thanks for the recap GF!

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  9. dadidam

    This is my second favorite show of the year, after That Winter. Thanks for your recap.

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  10. 10 jel

    I wonder why the ratings are so low for the Wed-Thur dramas, even though I’m happy to hear Mandate is tops amongst them. I hope that Mandate’s ratings improve, so that the two leads Dong Wook and Ji Hyo will be vindicated. Before filming began, I read rumors that the production team were thinking of dropping them as they feared these two didnt have enough star power. Seems like they are wrong!

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  11. 11 yammy

    I posted this before, but what kind of role does Won’s stepmother have in this drama? Why does it matter that she ditched the family and is getting swindled off the money she stole from the family?

    nyways, i agree with the folks up there. I really like what’s going on with JungHwan and WooYoung :D

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    • 11.1 Heidi

      +1 I’m also rooting for Junghwan an Wooyoung :D

      (Thanks a lot for the recaps!)

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    • 11.2 Boo

      I’m not sure yet. But it wasn’t revealed what happened to her after Woo-young and Rang became slaves until now.

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  12. 12 Saema

    thanks for the recap,this is offtopic, but does anyone know how ‘nail shop Paris’ is? it recently started airing?

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    • 12.1 Elysium

      Started airing this week, watched the first couple of eps for the Pretty (Song Jae Rim!) but didn’t really like the way they handled the plot in ep2. That being said, if you ignore the plot it’s watchable as Nail Shop (Life) Problem Solver :)

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  13. 13 j

    Thank you so much for your wonderful recap~~~

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  14. 14 Belle3005

    This is probably pretty irrelevant to the drama but omg Song Jihyo is so pretty! :D

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  15. 15 anna

    Are people not watching any drama on Weds/Thurs or something? It is so hard for this show to reach double digits. They were so close. :(

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  16. 16 Katie

    Loving this show! The pace is good and the characters are awesome. Rang is adorable. Thanks for the recap!

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  17. 17 Stardust

    This ep is sooo fast paced and full of great scenes that I was so gripped with excitement at whats going to happen next…. They do great cliff hangers too… Now who could it be who threw that knife? It can’t be Do moon, since his concern for Da-in seems to rank in those unrequited love areas ( every guy who calls the girl agasshi somehow finds themselves in that quandary haha ) and he wouldn’t endanger her like that… My money is on the evil No. 2 Bandit brother? who could barely contain his look of glee when he heard his brother is dying of his wound…

    I really hope that good word of mouth can spread so we can boost this drama’s ratings… It definitely deserves better than floundering at 10% every week! This is great stuff!! ♥

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  18. 18 Saturtledaisy

    “Conveniently, there’s a doctor in the house—this is a job for Dr. Jin! Oh, right.”

    /dying. But this is what happens when you have a drama with a doctor as main character. What fun is his being a doctor if he can’t save lives?

    Well, at least people aren’t randomly fainting right in front of him. I mean, the shaman-lady was hurt because she’s Deok-pal’s wife, and the guard was hurt because our doctor guy hurt him in the first place. At least they don’t all suddenly need brain surgery.

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  19. 19 Stardust

    Here’s my hypothesis:

    Dramabeans comments count is directly proportional to the drama’s ratings percentage XD hahahah the more comments ie, the more popular a drama would be….

    Feels true right? hahahaha

    And no, I am not sneakily trying to increase the comments count ….. really…I am not…

    Anyways I realised why I find Jung Hwan so hot… (everyone loves a man in uniform no? )

    I thought he was familiar but I didn’t realise it was residual Oppa love from Reply Me 1997!! Now this time, I really really really want him to get the girl and be happy!!

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    • 19.1 latteholic

      Yes, he’s the oppa from Answer Me. And this is the first I’m really, I mean, really crushing over him. Now when I think about this again, his character seems to have more traits of the typical k-dramas male lead compared to Won, isn’t it? He’s kind of a jerk, he has the bickering loveline, and he is an adept fighter (which is kind of typical for male lead in fusion sageuk).

      Btw interesting theory! Hehe. I wonder why all Wed-Thurs dramas’ are hovering in the single-digits. On other hand, I wish KBS were not so stingy in the first place. The lack of readily available sub really makes it difficult to discuss this drama. I’m so grateful that Javabeans decided to recap this. Because at least I can spazz a little bit here. Thank YOU! :D

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      • 19.1.1 Saturtledaisy

        Well now we know why everyone is shipping Jung-hwan with Woo-young – he could be a main character himself~

        I keep confusing him with his police officer character in The Princess’ Man though (even though I never finished that drama). I mean, it’s not like he looks any different.

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  20. 20 Daisy

    This show is so underrated ;(

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  21. 21 crosswire

    Seriously I wanted to watch this drama but I cannot find an eng sub meaning the drama is not doing well. The problem I think is not the star power but the story I really think that doctors in saguek time is not as interesting as a king or a prince cinderella type. And honestly Now i only follow Gu family book if they were a couple more really interesting dramas I wouldnt check on this one eventhough I like both actors coz really the story is not as interesting even id you put JangDongun in the lead its not going to make much difference really as of ratings goes just my opinion

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    • 21.1 rainyrain

      daksmurf is subbing it and subs are ready till epi 6 so you download the RAW epi and the subs and u watch like what I’m doing
      to tell u the truth I watch the RAW first then with subs as soon as they are ready ( they are on saturday or sunday each week )

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  22. 22 Heebummie

    Wooots:)

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  23. 23 swui

    It’s underrated because subs are not readily available….but really I find it really engaging

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    • 23.1 jomo

      Darksmurf has ALL of them subbed to 100% pretty fast, too.

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  24. 24 Meiyih

    i like dat the show gives us depths on all the supporting roles, makes me care even for Do-Moon eventhou he’s workin for the bad guys. Overall like this show so far, i hope it keeps its humor coz i really like those moments whn u least expect a laugh but it jus caught me off guard

    the Jung-Hwan & Woo-Young pair is so cute, i laugh everytime thy on screen together eventhough it’s not suppose to be funny but tis 2 have great bickerin couple chemistry

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  25. 25 jomo

    Thanks for the recap.
    Agree on the bad guy blah blah blah and let’s back down on the genius doctoring.

    BUT! It worked well that Won’s past experiences with his wife’s death and the shared connection with Hammer to their daughters motivated him to stay back to help. Now, Turtle man is an ally, and as long as Gu doesn’t get killed right away, (Let’s face it, the man’s gonna die.) his loyalty to the savior of wife/child will help.

    And Jung-hwan, baby, baby, is lighting up the place with his back looks, front looks, side looks…More of him, please!

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  26. 26 Abbie

    This show gets better every week. Although some of the things could be dialed down a bit, namely the Council of Evil Minions. Seriously, I get tired of these types of characters in sageuk, but they’re part and parcel, I guess.

    Enjoying the show and (most of the characters).

    Thanks for the recap, JB!

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  27. 27 Boo

    I like seeing the side stories and moments besides the politics/prince vs. queen.

    It’s cool to see Won as not a super fighter, but as a regular guy whenever he gets into a fighting scene.
    Not a typical warrior lead.

    Jung-hwan pushed Woo-young so hard. ;-; But he did look back at her.

    “So-baek catches up to Rat Shit and starts beating him up. She only stops when Keok-jung steps in, saying that there’ll be nothing left for him to beat, haha.”
    ^ I LOLed when this happened. :)

    When Won and the guard fell from the wall and the guard hit his head against the tree, I immediately thought that he would be Won’s first victim?/casualty.
    I realized how Won has never killed anyone before, even during the prison breakout fight.
    But omg, it was great seeing Won save the guard’s life despite the danger. And it was good that Jung-hwan took note of this!

    Yesss, I remember seeing that traitor brandit in a previous EP. So many shady ppl in this drama!~

    Hmm, I’m not shipping So-beak and Won. I thought she was timid during the wrist cuff moment because he got so angry/intense and all up in her face.

    So glad that both the mother and baby were saved.
    It was cool seeing Won in his save-the-patient moments, but I also don’t want to see it become repetitive either.

    Really liking this drama overall. Just wish I could watch subbed videos in HQ instead of LQ.

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  28. 28 crazedaze

    Love reading the recaps and I love this show !

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