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Mandate of Heaven: Episode 16

I’m just gonna take a moment to bask in that image right there. He’s smart, dogged, and soliciting cuddles? Nab him, and fast!

It’s a pretty major episode, with long-suppressed secrets finally spilling forth and giving our heroes solid victories. That means there’s a fair amount of fist-pumping going on as we get to enjoy watching the queen squirm—she’s slippery and cunning, but for right now it’s pretty satisfying to see her behind the curve and slow to react, for once. She’s not pulling the strings anymore—or perhaps it’s safer to say that her victims have learned to pull strings right back at her.

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EPISODE 16 RECAP

Won names the queen as the mastermind behind the plot to kill the crown prince. She argues that he’s being absurd, though her voice takes on a hysterical tinge. The king orders her escorted away, which makes her lose her composure as she screams at Won. But today it’s his turn to level her with a sneer. Yeah, that felt good.

The king asks Won if he realizes the magnitude of his accusations, and Won replies that the truth was too important to cover up. To his great relief, the king declares that he will investigate all his claims—but until a result is found, he isn’t giving Won the honored guest treatment. He has accused a royal, and will bide his time in the custody of the police.

The king grimaces throughout the audience, and Jang-geum guesses his boils must be troubling him. Won offers to take a look, successfully draining them and prescribing medicine.

Won speaks knowledgeably and with conviction, which doesn’t escape the king’s notice. He confirms that Won’s grandfather was the royal physician who once served Lee Ho, and has heard from Jang-geum that Won is quite devoted to the prince. So when Won pleads with the king to uncover the truth, the king agrees, because “I must do that for my son Ho to no longer suffer.”

Maybe it’s the medical attention, or maybe it’s the family connection, but for whatever reason the king changes his mind and allows Won to go after all. Jang-geum sees him out and expresses her relief, and is glad to hear that Da-in is safe as well.

They’re surprised by the arrival of Prince Gyeongwon, who quickly pulls Won away. It’s the cutest thing, this pint-sized little boy all full of purpose.

After assuring Won that his punishment wasn’t so bad after the not-kidnapping incident, Gyeongwon asks whether Won truly accused his mother of plotting to kill the crown prince, which saddens him despite knowing that it’s wrong. She is, in the end, his mother: “How am I to stand by and watch Queen Mother meet with misfortune?” He says it like she’s the victim of a villainy not of her own making, but I get his point.

It’s too bad that the queen walks by and catches a glimpse of this conversation. She walks right up and slaps Won, accusing him of daring to kidnap the prince. Crap, so she heard that part?

Gyeongwon defends him, saying that he wasn’t kidnapped—he had asked Won for a way to save his brother. Queen Munjeong puts on her martyr face and laments at her son misunderstanding her heart, when everything she does is for him. How can he side with the man who would accuse her and have her put to death?

Won watches the queen’s false display of concern and coldly says that she should have thought of her son and not forced his hand in coming this far. She calls for the soldiers to detain this criminal… only to hear that the king had decreed he be let go. Every time she lets her shock show, I do a little dance inside.

The queen returns to her quarters, where her assassin boy Mu-myung kneels in apology for having been sent chasing the wrong trail. She orders him to follow Won.

Now that the confession has been delivered, Won presses Chun-bong to tell him about his grandfather. So Chun-bong leads him to his secret meeting of colorfully dressed noblemen, all of whom are nodding approvingly at Won.

Chun-bong informs him that Grandpa Choi was one of them, all followers of the executed scholar Jo Gwang-jo. In fact, Grandpa was the first to express certainty that Lee Ho would make a wise king. Now that Won has stood up to the queen and worked to save the prince, he has proven his loyalty and would do well to join them.

They’re grinning like they expect him to be honored, but Won tells them flatly that he is uninterested. As we know, he’s only motivated by thoughts of saving his family, not politics.

But Chun-bong challenges him to look deeper at his motivations—if he were only out to clear his name, he didn’t have to go so far as to accuse the queen. Won tells them he’s not who they think he is, though this declaration comes rather weakly. There’s truth to Chun-bong’s assessment, but still he rejects their proposal and stalks out.

And as he leaves, assassin Mu-myung watches from the shadows. He has been instructed not to kill Won hastily, so for now he merely takes note.

Won returns to Banditville, surprising Da-in, who lights up in relief to see him safe and sound. Won teases that he was at the brink of death, but the thought of his two ladies made him muster all his strength to return. I guess the guy’s earned the right for a little hero appreciation.

He’s soon joined by Rang and the rest of the bandits (minus So-baek, who awkwardly hangs back at the sight of him), whom he informs of his successful mission.

The queen has not yet been accused formally of anything, but already her credit with the king has diminished greatly. When he falters and she moves to hold his arm, he shakes it off angrily and ignores her.

The king calls for his son and Jung-hwan, who corroborate Won’s story. Jung-hwan informs the king of his findings and urges him to reveal the whole truth for the good of the country and the law. Thus the king gives Jung-hwan the order to get to the bottom of everything.

Thus Jung-hwan is able to burst into the queen’s chambers on the king’s authority, here to arrest a traitor. Minister Yoon has been quaking in his socks and practically pees himself to be apprehended, and the queen barks at Jung-hwan for his insolence. But Jung-hwan says simply that he has come to arrest a criminal—does she know anything of the crime? The queen certainly isn’t putting her own neck on the line and shuts up.

The king meets with his council, and his statesmen urge him to do the lawful and right thing. Yes, she’s a queen, but she has also flouted the law and attempted to murder the prince. The king is reluctant to take that final step in condemning her and argues that there’s no proof that she was directing the ministers.

The queen bursts into the meeting unannounced to fall on her knees and beg for mercy. She asks for him to spare Prince Gyeongwon and allow them to live in obscurity, and says through her tears that she raised Lee Ho as a son for 27 years. Funny how attempting to kill him rather negates that care, though, hm? Life can be funny that way.

Her agitation sends her into collapse, though I’m not convinced this isn’t all for show. She’s cold and calm on her way back to her chambers, and orders that the ministers’ homes be searched for her secret missives. They cannot be found, which would incriminate her.

Woo-young doesn’t believe Jung-hwan this time when he assures her that her slave days are almost over, since she’s heard it before and gotten her hopes dashed. He says that this time she really will be able to shed those slave garments, and she grudgingly allows herself a little hope. Only, the question comes out thusly: “Do you really mean it? You’ll really take these clothes off me?”

He promises to make that happen, totally straight-faced. I’m going to make sure he keeps it, is all I’m sayin’. They’re totally blind to the entendre, but I thank the show for the fanservice anyway.

But he notices that she’s not excited, and she admits that once she’s outta here, she won’t see him again. Thus the news doesn’t make her quite as happy as it used to.

So when she turns to go, he grabs her and stares into her eyes, asking, “Do you truly not know?” He gathers her to his chest, saying, “Still, you’ll have to remove these clothes, so that I can buy you pretty new ones to wear.” All together now: Awww.

Jung-hwan meets with Won to fill him in, and I love the buddy vibe we’re getting these days. By request, he has also found Won a house to move into, then starts mumbling about Won being unconcerned about his sister. Won guesses the source of his concern and asks Jung-hwan to take good care of her. To which Jung-hwan does the whole Well-only-since-you-ASKED routine, like he totally wasn’t hoping Won would give him that excuse to stick close to her.

So-baek raises eyebrows (literally) by decking herself out in hanbok, and asks hopefully, “Do I look like Pretty Lady?” Jaws drop when she bursts in on Won and her father talking, though she disregards their shock because she’s in shock herself at the idea of Won leaving. She exclaims that she can’t stand a single day of not seeing him—if he goes, she goes!

But in the end, there are only three who make their goodbyes: Won, Rang, and Da-in. Won thanks Geo-chil for all his help, and offers his help if ever they need it. Rang returns her pretty new shoes, asking sadly if Geo-chil gave them to get her to leave. (Old wives’ tale: A gift of shoes will result in your lover leaving you.) Hurt, she says she won’t wear them.

Geo-chil puts the shoes back on her feet and tells her that he gave her shoes to take her to good places. He urges her to be healthy so that she can see him when she’s as big as So-baek, and asks for her special finger-kiss promise.

So-baek isn’t part of the goodbye party, to keep her from sobbing over Won. So he excuses himself to seek her out, and apologizes for not treating her hurting heart before he goes. She asks him to stay anyway, but he shakes his head no—for her own good, he should leave.

Won tells her to continue being brave and plucky, and that she’s a beautiful person even without these pretty clothes.

Thus the family of three heads off, leaving a glum So-baek behind. They stop mid-journey to allow Rang to rest, and Won thanks Da-in for her help in restoring Rang to health. She says Rang was just as helpful to her in her moments of loneliness, which actually gets Won pouting like a little boy, asking, “What about me?”

He says that in his darkest hour, she held out her hand to him, and he kept her at arm’s length for fear of bringing her harm. But at some point he started missing that hand and took it even when he felt he ought not, ignoring the voice that told him to let go. Now Won takes her hand and promises not to let go, no matter what.

They arrive at the house Jung-hwan has found for them, where he and Woo-young are waiting. Woo-young has a happy reunion with her niece, who is sharp enough to see that Aunt and Scary Ajusshi are no longer at each other’s throats. She asks if they’re friendly now, which makes Jung-hwan stutter awkwardly. Won and Da-in smile knowingly.

Jung-hwan turns the tables, reminding them that they were sooooo insistent that they weren’t lovers. In the end his hunch was right, wasn’t it? Da-in soothes his grumpiness by praising his investigative skills, which puffs up his pride. Flattery will get you everywhere.

Keok-jung fumes about the hanbok and throws it to the ground, while So-baek grabs it protectively saying that she’s going to grow her hair and be pretty like Da-in, and find Won again. Keok-jung bursts out, “What about me? You’re everything to me!” He thumps his own heart, saying that she makes it ache, and begs her to return to her past self.

She’s stunned by the confession (well, we’ve established that her brain wasn’t the sharpest), but more because it finally dawns on her that the pain she felt over Won is also the pain she’s inflicting on Keok-jung. That’s a good sign, right?

Pretty boy Mu-myung leads a team of henchmen to raid the home of one of the secret society members, stealing a book that the queen takes to the king. It’s a roster of names of Jo Gwang-jo’s followers, and Do-saeng’s name is included. The queen argues that a follower of Jo would never have tried to poison the prince (whom they support). Therefore, this whoooole thing was a plot by Jo’s secret society to frame the queen and eliminate Prince Gyeongwon. Oh, so that’s your plan. Crap, it’s a credible explanation, too.

The queen says that Won and Lee Ho (despite not being in the book) must be at the center of that society, and it doesn’t help that Won was seen leaving one of the gatherings. The king doesn’t swallow the story wholesale, but the seed of doubt has been planted, and the queen pours on the tears and wounded lamb act. How could she plan to kill the prince? And how could he then stick a knife into her heart like this? Oh, WOE!

Won asks Da-in how she feels about her dream being thwarted, because she had said she wanted to be like Jang-geum. He must feel guilty for taking that away. She admits that it was her dream, but that has changed. Being with him and Rang, she hasn’t longed to be back at the hospital.

Jung-hwan delivers the bad news that Won is under new suspicion, and they marvel at the craftiness of the queen. The problem is, the best proof is her flower-marked orders, and they’re nowhere to be found—they’ve already searched the conspirators’ homes and found no trace.

Da-in offers that her father had a secret hiding place, renewing their hopes. They head over to the house that night, where Da-in finds the hidden compartment in her father’s chest.

Among the pile of irrelevant message is one crucial one: the order to eliminate Do-saeng. The men exult at this incontrovertible piece of evidence, only to deflate when Da-in points out that there’s no flower on it. A corner of the page has been torn out. Ah, is this the piece Rang had been keeping?

Won pulls out that piece, and the pieces fit perfectly.

Now they wonder why Won’s father had the letter in the first place. (Refresher: Daddy Choi came to find receipts of a transaction that Merchant Jang wouldn’t give him, and instead found the queen’s order. Realizing its importance, he ran with it and was tracked down by Do-saeng, who ripped the letter from his hand after killing him. The flower piece remained stuck in his grasp, and Rang later found it dropped under a table.)

The men relocate to Jung-hwan’s office to piece together the story. Jung-hwan finds the receipt, and Won deduces that Merchant Jang was one of the Evils who framed him. It’s a double blow, to realize that his father died trying to clear Won’s name (not via suicide), and also that his sweetheart’s father killed his own. It’s a hard blow.

Now Won realizes that Merchant Jang’s dying words were likely an apology to his father, though at the time it hadn’t made sense.

Won returns home in a heartbroken daze, mourning his father all over again. He doesn’t explain his mood to Da-in, telling her it’s nothing and cutting their talk short. Da-in insists on washing his feet for him before bed, which is something she used to do for her father. So he lets her, though not with an easy heart.

He drinks alone later, drowning his sorrows. The sight alarms Da-in.

Jung-hwan wants to speak with Woo-young that night, and because he needs an official reason to call her, he “spills” some water on the floor so he can order her to clean it up. He carefully broaches the topic of her father, and thinking of her family has her a bit emotional today. He says she ought not wallow in her sadness, so she asks, “Then can I go to you?”

Woo-young explains, “When you held me before, your embrace felt like the ocean and the mountains. It felt like my father’s arms. I miss him.” Ignoring the awkwardness where your honey reminds you of your father, it’s super sweet how Jung-hwan casually-awkwardly sliiiiiides his butt over closer to her, which is half-smooth operator, half-geek-at-the-prom. I luff him.

And then he just opens up his arms to her, by way of answer. Awww. Not gonna lie, that actually brought a tear to my eye. (Yes, that tear dries the moment he says he’ll be her father for the night, which is TOTALLY not the image I’m itching for, but it’s still sweet.)

Da-in is shrewd enough to guess why Won is upset, and goes to Jung-hwan to ask about it. He says it’s not his place to say, but his uncomfortable reaction is enough to confirm that Won’s behavior has something to do with her father.

That evening, Rang asks her father whether he fought with Da-in, because he hasn’t been smiling like normal. Did she do something wrong? He says no, so Rang says wisely that he’s in the wrong then, for putting such a nice unni through pain.

He hadn’t realized he’d been so obvious, and takes Da-in aside to talk. His explanation of his behavior isn’t a lie, except for the part where it’s lying by omission—he says he’s been preoccupied thinking of his future, and also feeling guilty for promising to take care of her when she she’s the one always helping him.

It sets her mind at ease, and she admits that she’d been tormenting herself thinking that it was related to her father. At that, Won pulls her close and apologizes. “I’m sorry. I won’t put you through such troubles again.”

The king hesitates before his newly procured proof, the book of names. The queen urges him to act on it, thinking his hesitation out of fear for his son, and assures him that she wishes no harm to Lee Ho.

But then Lee Ho’s arrival is announced, and her smile fades to realize the king was waiting for him. The queen starts in again on urging the king to have Won executed immediately, only to be interrupted by yet another arrival.

Jung-hwan enters… and next to him is Won, dressed in his former finery. Ah, that’s a beautiful sight.

They kneel before the king, who exchanges a few pleasantries and compliments Won for his skills in alleviating his pains. This has the queen confused and alarmed, particularly when the king asks, “Do you truly still believe he is a criminal?”

With that, the king presents the queen with that letter and advises, “If you do not wish further humiliation, remain quiet.” Booyah.

The king declares that Won is no murderer. He recognizes that Won is the victim of a false accusation and decrees, “From henceforth, Choi Won, you are innocent!”

 
COMMENTS

I wish I could bask more in this turn (and I do bask partially), and I would if we were a week out from the finale. But with four more episodes to go, I’m decidedly uneasy, even with this seemingly clear-cut victory. There’s gonna be a twist or two, right?

Even so, I’m relieved to have this chapter at an end—Won is cleared, which means (1) we get to move on to new complications, and (2) we no longer have to belabor the point of him needing to clear his name. It’s one of those necessary evils of dramas, where people fall into narrative shorthand in calling things by a certain term, and then keep using the same two or three words to describe it for the next twenty episodes. It makes sense since you don’t want to change your terminology and confuse the audience, but it does mean that the drama’s vocabulary starts feeling pretty limited when you’re always using the same words.

Now we get to move on, and I don’t know where we’re going to head for the final stretch but I trust that there are plenty of complications still in the pipeline. Some of them are bound to be emotional, since we’ve had more breathing room to focus on the relationships in recent episodes, but I’m sure the queen will find ways to save her neck. Although I do hope for at least a scene of our main baddies in prison with their heads locked up, just for the comedy factor. When they had the three guys sniping at each other in prison this episode, I was cracking up at the hilarity of watching them turning on each other.

The main romance is getting increasing screentime, which makes sense I suppose, given how the trajectory of the crime plot is near its end. And I don’t mind, really. I’m not invested in them, but I do want the drama to give them their happy ending and show us a hard-earned happy family dynamic in the finale. And I’ve long accepted that theirs wouldn’t be an exciting romance, exactly.

So it’s actually a nice turn to bring up the father issues, which was something that was always present and waiting to be discovered, yet something I hadn’t really paid much heed to. Her father killed his father, which adds a whole new dimension of conflict to their romance, and just when they’re settling into a rather stable relationship. It’s what made me realize that part of my indifference to them has been the lack of emotional development between Won and Da-in—they may have gone through a lot together, with plenty of angst and strife, but most of that was related to the crime and the royal coup. It wasn’t about the two of them relating to each other.

Thus I perked up a little when Won said this episode that he wouldn’t let go of her hand for any reason, and my knee-jerk reaction in the moment was to suppose that he would have to. You don’t make a dramatic vow like that and then just… keep it. Making the promise is just asking for Fate to challenge you! I couldn’t see an immediate reason for that, but with the sins of the fathers coming to haunt them, maybe we’ll get a little more development. I don’t want a lot—we’ve got Sword and Flower to fulfill that revenge/angst quota—but something meatier would add some nice dimension.

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eeeee~ thanks!

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Thank you Javabeans! I share your love for Jung Hwan :D

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Me too!!!!!!!!! :D

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Me three!!!

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me four ♥ :-)

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Thanks..

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thx for the recap
i really love this episode.. especially when Chi Won hug Da In, it's so sweat but hurt..
i think CW-DI love line will be more complicated :'(
Choi Won - Da In.. Fighting!! :D

btw, thx u so much.. :)

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have been waiting all the day.

thank you :)

love the couple in this drama! so much cute!

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Lol Wooyoung's face in that picture
Junghwan's like, Come here
Wooyoung, whut?

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Thanks JB! I just loved that scene where Jung Hwan sliiiiides over to offer a hug to WY! :) And I was watching this with a machine-translated sub, but I guess I wasn't the only one thinking about other things when I read that "removing clothes" line. Heh. And two hugs! TWO hugs. Am content now.

I wish I could see more Jung Hwan and Rang interactions. I miss seeing them together, but I loved how she managed to get him flustered by asking about him being friendly with WY. And did anyone else notice a happy dinner scene of the family of five at the stills on the ending credits? They've never showed it in this episode though

I cried when Rang said goodbye to Geo-chil. I really loved their interactions. And that special fingers-kiss.. *tears* I still hope that we will still see the Banditsville people in future episodes. I just love them. Sucha good-natured and sweet group of people.

Overall, this episode was so satisfying. It felt good to see the Queen starting to panic at how the situation turns against her. Although since history is sucha big spoiler, I know that she'll find her way out of this. But how she's going to do it would be interesting. I just worry that with this happy, feelgood episode this week someone is going to die in the next episodes. Esp with no name flower boy whatever assassin still pretty much alive and kicking

Oh btw, I'm loving the budding bromance between Jung Hwan and Won too! That shot when they entered the chamber near the end was awesome.

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I also remember that scene they showed in the preview. Maybe in the next episode.

Ahhh, Jung Hwan! He is one of the few reasons I'm watching this. And love your comments Latteholic :D I always come across your name, and everytime I'm ending nodding and smiling when I read your comments :D (And I'm feel happy that not only I'm blinded by Jung Hwan)

Thanks for the recap Javabeans!

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Aww, thanks Heidi! :)
I guess both of us have been blinded by that piercing stare of his :D I also like how being around Woo Young can turn him into this awkward, shy boy. Love him. Love her too. And I love them together the most :)
I hope we'll get that family dinner scene at the end, with everyone surviving the remaining 4 episodes unscathed *fingers-crossed*

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@latteholic OH YEEEAAAH... we got not one, but TWO hugs!! OMO... I LOOOVE the way he sliides over too... sooo suave hahahaha At the end where she kinda ASKs for one is just...aaaaaaw...

I am loving how the story is going so far... and very very hopeful.... Please please please be a good ending.... XD... FOUR more episodes to go... What else can go wrong?? *scared*

Thanks so much for keeping up with the recaps... love you all lots!!

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HOORRAYYY for a longer Junghwan-Wooyoung moment.. and two hugs?! a long waited moment finally happens.. thanks Writer-nim..

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I like sageuks a lot, but I hate EVIL queens, queen moms, queen grandmas, queen dowagers, queen regents, and alas, every sageuk has one of those. I understand that they serve their purpose in the story, but their evil is so selfish and unnecessary that I find it hard to stomach. And the kings married to the Evil queen are either stupid, like this one, or are powerless bcos they are bound by filial piety to their mothers and grand-mothers. It makes me want to slap some sense into them.

It doesn't help that the acting always gives these Evil alpha females hearts of stone, tongues of venom, and looks of fossils. They look like they are wearing masks of ice that could crack if they so much as smile. It is really creepy IF on the rare occasion they do smile. They look like psychopaths. Maybe that's what they are.

I'm able to enjoy this ep., bcos the king seems to have woken up from a coma, and is able to put things right, so all's right with the world for the good guys, at least for a little while......i.e. until the Evil Queen has another maneuver to pull wool over his majesty's eyes again, which would be soon, I'm sure.

I only watched eps 1, 2 and this one. Waiting for the finale.

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Typo:
The kings married to the Evil queen are always stupid, like this one, or else as descendants, they are powerless bcos they are bound by filial piety to serve their mothers and grandmothers.

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Thanks for the recap! XD this is one of my fav episode... Because all of junghwan attempts to HUG lol....

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The girl is pretty enough without new makeup and clothing. But since he insists... :)

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Great recap once again, JB!

Maybe it's because I'm not watching myself and only reading recaps, but I find that I don't really care about the main lead romance. I'm all for the dynamics of WY/JH. So cute! Makes me squee!

Now I'm just wondering how they'll wrap this up nicely.

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Yay, Won's been pardoned!

In other news, So-baek/Keok-jung is my second favorite ship in this drama, second to Jung-hwan/Woo-young. I love that Keok-jung finally told her what was what. He's the ideal bandit son-in-law, IMO!

Also, it was very sweet of Won to tell So-baek that she was beautiful even without the fancy clothes. I don't think women hear this enough, not even today.

Thanks for the recap! :)

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Just started watching the last 3 episodes. Now that it is getting somewhere.

Thanks for the recap. JH is kind of adorable when he's awkward.

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thank you so much, JB, for this recap! if it weren't for Jung-hwan and Woo-young's chemistry and onscreen time, it'd be really hard for me to keep up with this drama, but i'm so happy in the forward movements of their relationship. :D

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I'm also a bit worried from today's episode....Won finally cleared his name and that was cool....but I was thinking- what's next? Will he join the rebels? Will Da In's birth father play any role in the rest of the episodes? What other conflict will they cook up? And I hope that it's good...because I've loved what they'd done with the story so far and hope they don't screw up the ending.

I guess when you have enough drama watching experience, you can immediately recognize a "Making the promise is just asking for Fate to challenge you!" I agree with this statement 100%. It might not be true in real life, but it's foolproof in dramaland. LOL.

That said, I was happier that Won and Da-in recovered some of their cheekier conversations, with her finally over her mourning. But like i said, good times is always an indicator for bad times ahead in dramaland. Just hope that it's good.

Btw, I thought it was a problem with the subs but I totally noticed the double entendre. LOL. I laugh myslef silly even though I wasn't sure it was intentional. JH offering free hugs - A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E. Can I queue for one?

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Hip hip hurray for JH and WY!!
I'm a bit confused here..who actually killed Won's father?

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Do moon killed won's father, think there was a slight error in the recap.

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Awww Woo-young come to daddy. Love the screen-cap of my favorite couple.
Thank you so much JB for every recap on this show. I wouldn't be watching it right now if it weren't for you.

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Awesome:) i wasn't this happy with any episode before.. Ah jung hwan. I totally love him:) those scenes were so cute and touching. but i've been a little.. Okay i agree.. A hell lot scared since the last epi about jung hwan. Since there are still 4 epis left, i hope they don't kill him... He's been talkin a lot about dying in the last epi. It happens u know. Just as they killed the prosecuter in City Hunter. I loved him so much. But here.. If they kill jung hwan, i am definitely not gonna watch this anymore.

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TAT....this is so touching
*even before watching the ep due to waiting for sub*

n ya more things to shoot at the bad guys, now i wondering what happen to the rest of the 4 eps other than sending the bad guys to their punishment >.<

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Thank you for the recap!

I watched with low % subs, so it was a little tough to be emotionally involved when you are trying to diagram the sentences into submission.

But this, I loved:

Her: I'll remove this clothes go out later
just cannot like this seen sir. Popular feeling really very craft. So remove this clothes will not like previously so happy.

Him: (GRAB and STARE)

Her: You why like this watch attentively from me?

Him: You're really the do not understand. That also want remove this clothes. That way i then can will buy for you beautiful new clothes.

So-baek is breaking my heart. You know, I had a one sided love I didn't want to let go of, so I totally get SB's heart here, poor thing. Only difference her filter allows her to actually say all those things where most of us suffered in silence. Good for you, SB. Get through this pain now, and be with KJ later

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*Sigh* Thank goodness! Won is cleared, the queen gets a metaphorical slap in the face, and everyone's happy. Well, almost everyone. Such a good, awesome episode.

I just adored all the Woo-young, Jung-hwan scenes, as always. Except the part where he says he'll be her "father" for the night. Too creepy, but a nice thought.

So much awesomeness. But, I'm wary of where we'll be headed in the next two weeks, with four episodes left. I hope all the good guys get a happy ending. I just hope they don't kill off Lee Ho in the show. I mean, we all know what happened to him in reality, I just don't want to see it happen on my screen. I love him too much to watch him die. Same goes for all the characters.

Thanks for the recap, Javabeans!

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I can already foresee what will happen in the next 8 episodes:

-Somehow, Jungjong's condition gets worse, amidst Jang-geum (and Won?)'s treatments, he still dies.
-Crown Prince becomes King Injong, and gets married with his Queen Consort.
-Dowager Queen Munjeong and her brother (to-be-promoted Vice Minister) Yoon Won-hyeong then plots on totally killing Injong. With the help of Yoon Won-hyeong's concubine Jeong Nan-jeong, who up until now is either not showing up or really has no place in production.
-But of course, he rivalry between the Dowager Queen and stepson-King doesn't end. In between, Injong's daily medicine has traces of poison.
-Nine months later, Dowager Queen Munjeong serves his stepson an afternoon snack of ddeok laced with poison. Unnervingly, Injong eats it with his left hand, and later dies.
-Grand Prince Gyeongwon then ascends to the throne as Myeongjong, though under the regency of the now Great Royal Dowager Queen Munjeong (to span 20 years, until past his majority, and until her death).
-She gets haunted by Injong's ghost every night, which scares her, that she decides to move out from Gyeongbokgung Palace, and retire at Changdeokgung Palace instead.

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Love you Javabeans for all ur awesome comments through the recap <3 I really adore each moment Jung Hwan exists :-P & I find myself so excited every time he is with Woo Young. They are certainly the BEST couple in this show & the second best couple will be Jung hwan/Won then Kkeok Jung / So baek :) Rang is the cutest creature iin this show & she had chemistry with almost everyone in the show :D I even adore the interaction between the girls in this show & the least exciting interaction is the main OTP haha although thankfully I enjoyed some of their scenes this episode :)
Anyway Thanks a universe for ur RECAP ^^

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Jung-hwan and Won-Young? I just want to watch their scenes over and over and over again. I still like this drama and was totally surprised how early this was resolved. I too am waiting for the proverbial drama shoe to drop. Our Queen is MEGA smart and she still has Nameless. Like who the HELL can kill his ass?!!

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HOORAY FOR THE GOOD GUYS!!

I'm so freaking glad that the Queen has been outed. The story is moving forward nicely.

Prince Gyeongwon is adorable. I want him to be safe, away from his mother.

I was laughing so hard when Woo Young and Jung Hwan were talking about taking off her clothes......... XDDDD
Loved the tight hug too. Counting down til the moment they kiss. Better be a real, hot one!

Geo Chil and Rang were so precious and touching!!! ;-;

I enjoyed the fan scene between Won and Da In. SO CUTE.

Won's dad was killed by Do Saeng? Unlikely.... The guy had on assassin-looking gear. I assumed it was Do Moon.

Jung Hwan's sliding over to Woo Young and offering his arms was the cutest thing everrrr! Hehehe
I tried to overlook the part where he said he'll be her father at that moment though. Awkward srsly.

I was literally jumping up and down when the King finally declared Won as innocent!
Glad this part of the story has been resolved. Time for a new chapter and new conflicts.

Didn't realize there was only 4 EPs left! There's still Nameless to deal with and the rebel group. I think Won will eventually join it because of some cause.
I like all of the good guys. I hope none of them die!

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I think the writers must be reading what we write. This episode had lots of Junghwan-Woo Young love! XD Happy.... I wanna see them have a cute little girl/boy too. Can I have this ending?

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thankuuuu JB

fan if by chance u come by here could u translate this preview for us please
" 원은 중종의 사면령으로 그간의 모든 시름을 벗고 다인과 랑, 이정환과 우영 모두 함께 즐거운 한때를 보낸다. 이호는 아우 경원대군을 위해서라도 문정왕후가 용서를 구하길 권하지만, 문정왕후는 반성은커녕 더 패악을 부리며 독기를 드러내고 급기야 중종은 승하하기에 이른다. 한편, 원은 자신을 죽이는 조건으로 거래를 하자는 문정왕후 제안에 이호가 망설이자, 이호의 즉위까지 엿새간만 도망자신세를 자처 하겠다 나서는데... "

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I really enjoy Soo-baek's portrayal of heartbreak for these past two episodes. Though she was crying all the time and put up a very naive front, I couldn't help but connect with her and pulled off a very realistic rendition of requited love and turmoil and emotion felt within without coming off as a crybaby.

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I LOOOOOVE Ji Hyo and Dong Wook! I get all giddy whenever I see their scenes!

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