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Three Musketeers: Episode 9

There’s nothing like a good murder mystery, and while we may know the who in the whodunit, we’re left guessing as to the why and how—which is where all the fun comes in. It’s a pretty eventful hour overall, one that keeps us on our toes with a new and nefarious plot without forgetting the emotional undercurrent running just below the surface. And maybe, just maybe, Yoon-seo’s figured out how to at least make a dent in that surface where her emotionally unavailable husband is concerned. Maybe.

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EPISODE 9: “Immediate Execution”

After Yoon-seo tells Sohyeon of her wish to be cast out of the palace, he replies that he can’t grant it if only because he’d be giving her the freedom to elope with the man of her dreams, and he can’t do that, can he?

He takes on his go-to lighthearted tone as he confesses that while he may not be the best husband to her, he’s not going to let her go traipsing into the arms of another man, either. He knows as well as she knows that eloping wasn’t the purpose of her wish, but since he can’t ever give a straight answer, it’s all Yoon-seo gets.

Unluckily for Sohyeon, he can’t make his grand exit from Yoon-seo’s quarters without arousing suspicion, so he has to stay with her but out of her line of eyesight long enough to fool the attendants that they’ve done the deed.

It leads to a very awkward span of time, which Yoon-seo decides to fill by chugging cups of wine. Soon enough, Sohyeon goes back inside to investigate a shattering sound, only to hear Yoon-seo’s lady-in-waiting chase after her mistress who is completely and totally wasted.

Yoon-seo drunkenly wanders out to the courtyard in her undies, forcing the eunuchs she addresses to turn their heads away for her own modesty. She slurs that she wants an audience with the king so she can confess she’s unqualified to be his daughter-in-law and that he’ll never see a grandson from her.

The eunuchs turn in shock at this admission, only to swiftly turn back around when Yoon-seo shrugs off the outer garment her court lady keeps trying to cover her up with. Yoon-seo continues to bellow that she’ll ask the king to cast her out of the palace since the crown prince won’t give her the time of day.

She continues on her tirade about not being the princess anymore, reiterating to all the attendants present that she has a REAL NAME, damn it! And when Sohyeon comes outside to try and urge her inside, she answers all of his attempts with a petulant but firm “No!” until he finally scoops her up to forcibly carry her back.

Yoon-seo opens her eyes only briefly to see Sohyeon hovering near her bed after he lays her on it, and sees the same sight intermittently throughout the night. It’s enough to make her smile now that he’s by her side.

Of course, she’s in for a rude awakening the next morning when she’s hungover and can’t remember much from the night before. She only remembers drinking a little bit of wine, only to be told by her court maid that she drank all the wine.

That jogs Yoon-seo into remembering her kiss with Sohyeon and her drunken tirade outside her quarters. She’s positively mortified, and just a little sad that her husband left her for a short jaunt to the hot springs.

But in the letter he left for her, Sohyeon explains that he left in order to relieve some of the pressure on the two of them to have a child—at least with him gone, no one will be expecting anything of Yoon-seo.

In flashback, we see Sohyeon composing his letter while keeping the midnight watch with Yoon-seo, and how he’d taken a long look at her before he composed the part about Mi-ryung being a permanent scar in his life he can’t even understand.

And as this show is wont to do, we get a flashback within a flashback to show the real Mi-ryung’s father weeping over the well where his daughter was shoved to her death. Sohyeon presumably notified the family, and was given the idea to order Mi-ryung’s suicide by his eunuch in order to save her not-family’s honor, since her not-father was innocent of the deception.

After seeing how the decision caused a young Sohyeon many sleepless nights spent agonizing over what he’d done, we return to the present, where he ends his letter to Yoon-seo by writing that they both need some time—but he wrote the letter sincerely. Yoon-seo seems pleased with that addition, since it leaves their open-ended relationship on a hopeful note.

Fifteen days later, in Pyongahn Province (modern day North Korea). Dal-hyang escorts the caravan with General Ingguldai into Anju, but can’t escape the staring eyes of a young Manchu girl perched on a cart.

She seems to adore him, but Dal-hyang is wowed more by the fact that Pan-swe is able to ask for her name (Tani) and age (fifteen) in Manchu, leading Dal-hyang to compliment Pan-swe on his smarts. Aw.

Since Ingguldai’s envoy is passing through the province Kim Ja-jeom has been exiled to, the minister all but rubs his hands in glee to see that Dal-hyang is accompanying the envoy, since he’ll be able to kill three birds with one stone: him, Ingguldai, and Mi-ryung by secretly causing infighting amongst the envoy. And whatever his plan is has something to do with a woman’s hairpin he’s holding onto ominously—is it Mi-ryung’s?

Watching Dal-hyang try to cross the Manchu language barrier with Ingguldai’s guards is hilarious, but the general finds a workaround in writing his question regarding Dal-hyang’s new sword in hanja, which Dal-hyang can easily read and understand.

Ingguldai teases Dal-hyang in asking why he was gifted such a sword when he doesn’t have the skill to handle it, but only so that he can ask Dal-hyang if he wants to learn from him. When Dal-hyang expresses reluctance, Ingguldai writes, “Don’t you want to win another bet against the prince?”

He then writes that Sohyeon won their earlier bet because of the advice he gave him, then shrugs nonchalantly when Dal-hyang doesn’t give him a prompt response before he reels ‘im in once Dal-hyang asks where and when. It’s kind of cute how Dal-hyang tries to hard to hide his happiness even though Ingguldai sees right through him.

Kim Ja-jeom makes it a point to pass Dal-hyang on his way into the party the provincial governor is holding for Ingguldai, and the meeting is distasteful enough for Dal-hyang to brush off the invisible grime left from Kim Ja-jeom’s patronizing shoulder pat. Does he know the minister is up to no good?

Even if Dal-hyang is unaware, Ingguldai is more than onto Kim Ja-jeom, and definitely doesn’t trust him and/or like him. But he’s forced to leave the table when he receives an unexpected visitor in the form of Mi-ryung.

She’s come on Kim Ja-jeom’s orders, and explains as much to Ingguldai, even going so far as to tell him that she was ordered to drug him… after he’s already taken a drink.

He realizes it too late as the world starts spinning around him, but Mi-ryung only edges closer as she claims she’s there “to tell you a secret about Park Dal-hyang’s identity.” Huh?

After Mi-ryung leaves, a still-drugged Ingguldai orders that Dal-hyang be brought to him and for them to be left alone. Dal-hyang doesn’t find the request all that strange since they’d agreed to meet after the party anyway, and unwittingly goes to meet him. This is bad news bears.

There are no guards at the door and no answer when Dal-hyang knocks, so he lets himself in to find Ingguldai’s back turned to him and toward a rack of swords. Again, Dal-hyang doesn’t think it too strange when Ingguldai pulls out a sword since they’d agreed to learn from each other…

…But luckily, Dal-hyang’s quick reflexes save him from being beheaded when Ingguldai whips around with his sword. Dal-hyang uses his own blade to protect himself, but still thinks this might be some macabre training session until Ingguldai slashes him across the shoulder. I can only guess that Ingguldai’s sudden roid rage is a result of whatever Mi-ryung gave him, and not that he’s attacking Dal-hyang because she convinced him to.

Dal-hyang is thrown to the ground without his sword, and is defenseless as he stares up at Ingguldai, who shows no mercy as he brings his sword down on him. All we see is blood splash onto Ingguldai’s face. Oh no! Oh no oh no oh no.

Pan-swe is surprised when Seung-po and Min-seo arrive, since Anju is pretty far off the beaten path for them to have just stumbled by. But they’re here with a mission, and don’t state their purpose as they try to gain entry to the party.

The festivities are interrupted by screams just as Seung-po and Min-seo arrive on scene to witness Kim Ja-jeom and a few other ministers escaping out the back gate.

They push past the guards outside Ingguldai’s room claiming that there’s been a murder, and go in to find Ingguldai unconscious and a bloody body on the floor that the guards claim is Dal-hyang. Wait, has that corpse been beheaded?!

Five days earlier.

Sohyeon is urgently called back to the palace from his mini-retreat to see his father, who outright asks his son if he really went on vacation to recover his health or because he had an argument with the princess.

While Sohyeon denies any such thing, King Injo wonders if he’s heard the rumors about Yoon-seo floating around the palace. Injo heard them from Princess Jeongmyeong, the recently-deposed Prince Gwanghae’s half-sister and daughter of King Seonjo.

According to what she’d heard, Yoon-seo and Ingguldai were having some sort of affair, and now that’s the word spreading through the palace. Though Injo is having a hard time believing it, he asks Sohyeon if that’s the reason for his and Yoon-seo’s rumored disagreement.

Sohyeon calls the baseless rumor out for what it is, even though his father is still on the fence—he also heard that Yoon-seo even gave Ingguldai her ornamental hairpin as a sign of her love for him, the same pin passed down to her from Seohyeon’s mother. (Ah ha! That’s the hairpin Kim Ja-jeom had his hands on.)

At least Sohyeon still has his wits about him and denies the rumors flat-out, even going so far as to chastise his father for giving into them in the first place. Injo would still rather be safe than sorry, and wants the princess to bring him the hairpin in question to prove that she didn’t give it to Ingguldai.

Yoon-seo may not know about the rumors circulating or why Injo wants the hairpin, but she does find it missing from her jewelry box. When she rushes out to greet Sohyeon on his return to the palace, she’s more than a little confused when he asks her if she’s looking for a hairpin that’s gone missing before he orders Seung-po and Min-seo to report to him immediately.

Once they’re in the privacy of her quarters, Yoon-seo demands to know what this is all about—how does Sohyeon know about her missing hairpin? “Don’t ever tell the king that you lost it,” Sohyeon says gravely. “If you say that, you’ll be dethroned.”

Her eyes go wide with shock as Sohyeon locks gazes with her in order to impress upon her the importance of his next request: She has to lie to the king. And since he knows how bad she is at lying, she has to be good at it just this once, or else they’ll be in danger.

Eunuch Kim manages to track down Min-seo, who tracks down Seung-po so they can complete the mission Sohyeon gave them. In his letter, Sohyeon tells them everything, along with his suspicion that Kim Ja-jeom is behind the rumor mill considering that he knew Yoon-seo hid Ingguldai at the temple before helping him escape.

If Sohyeon was hoping to make Yoon-seo less nervous about lying, he doesn’t do a very good job of it, since he tells her that they’ll all die if she doesn’t manage to pull this lie off smoothly.

Yoon-seo holds herself together for her audience with King Injo, and explains the absence of the hairpin as being due to her sending it to be polished before she was to wear it on Princess Jeongmyeong’s birthday. At least she bought herself some time: fifteen days to be exact.

However, Injo knows she’s just buying time, but not why—he thinks she’s going to use it to get her hairpin back from Ingguldai, which Sohyeon is well aware of.

That’s why he sent Seung-po and Min-seo to retrieve the hairpin from Kim Ja-jeom before Eunuch Kim, since doing so would be the only way to dispel Injo’s suspicions about Yoon-seo.

Flash forward the fifteen days, and back to the scene of the crime. Seung-po and Min-seo don’t want to believe that the headless corpse is Dal-hyang’s, even though the body carries his identity tag as well as the prince’s sword. Poor, loyal Pan-swe is beside himself with grief.

It’s only after Dal-hyang’s friends are dragged out of the room that Ingguldai comes to, with absolutely no recollection of what happened. In fact, he looks completely shocked to see a headless corpse he’s supposedly responsible for.

The report that’s given to Kim Ja-jeom is that Ingguldai murdered one of their own in a drunken stupor. Of course, Kim Ja-jeom isn’t surprised, since he staged the whole thing.

The two musketeers (and Pan-swe) are left with a headless body, but can’t confirm it’s Dal-hyang without his head. They do find a letter on the body that makes them raise their eyebrows, a letter that Kim Ja-jeom has torn out of their hands before they’re dragged out of the room.

Kim Ja-jeom identifies the letter to everyone as a secret missive from the prince (therefore proving it’s Dal-hyang), while Ingguldai’s men try to figure out whether their general really killed Dal-hyang.

Ingguldai vaguely remembers the look on Dal-hyang’s face right before he swung down with his sword and murmurs, “I can’t be sure I didn’t kill him.”

Tensions flare between the Joseon and Manchu parties when Ingguldai’s room is searched for evidence, which he himself allows since he knows resisting would only cause more strife. But he’s unprepared when they find the princess’s hairpin among his belongings, since he certainly didn’t put it there.

Pan-swe is the one to run to the prince with the bleak news that Dal-hyang has been beheaded by the Manchu, which Yoon-seo almost drops in on before Sohyeon locks her out to spare her from hearing it.

He reads a letter from Seung-po describing what’s been happening in Anju: First, the letter found on Dal-hyang’s body is a forgery—Kim Ja-jeom only wants people to believe it was written by the prince, since it describes Yoon-seo’s affair with Ingguldai and how she gave him her hairpin. (No one’s questioning how convenient this is?)

According to Kim Ja-jeom’s version of events, Sohyeon had ordered Dal-hyang to find the pin, and when Ingguldai saw him searching his belongings for it, he killed Dal-hyang. He brandishes the uber-convenient letter and uber-conveniently-found hairpin, along with the prince’s sword found on Dal-hyang’s body that proves he was acting on Sohyeon’s orders.

Seung-po describes all this as well as Kim Ja-jeom’s urging that they all lie that Ingguldai killed Dal-hyang just because he was drunk, and how it’s all bad news for them: Dal-hyang is dead and they can still use the hairpin to try and prove the salacious rumors about Yoon-seo and Ingguldai.

Kim Ja-jeom stokes the fire on his end, with the goal to have Ingguldai killed quietly in order to protect the royal family from an unnecessary scandal, when really he just wants to get what he wants done off the books before anyone can stop him.

Through the power of persuasion (and by everyone else having gnat-sized attention spans), Kim Ja-jeom is able to convince the minister who received Ingguldai and his party to go along with his plans to execute the Manchu general.

Seung-po and Min-seo are the only ones still speaking sense, only no one cares to listen—especially Kim Ja-jeom, who pulls rank on them since they’re so far from the protection of their BFFAE Crown Prince Sohyeon.

This is also detailed in Seung-po’s letter to the prince, along with his suggestion that the only way they can change the current course is to prove that Dal-hyang wasn’t beheaded and that the whole thing was a sham. Even though they had to bury the headless corpse, neither he or Min-seo are fully convinced Dal-hyang is dead.

However, since they weren’t privy to the whole Mi-ryung/Hyang-sun mystery like Dal-hyang was, Seung-po only knows that a woman named “Hyang-sun” drugged Ingguldai. When Sohyeon reads this, his expression goes dark and his fists clench around the letter—he’s pissed.

After Sohyeon spins a lie to his wife about the news he just heard, Yoon-seo still finds herself unsettled. She can’t stop scanning every part of her room, even as she packs up to head out of the palace while things cool down. Sohyeon knows she wouldn’t be able to lie her way through another interrogation if she stayed.

At least he’s there to see her off, and asks if she’s nervous. She looks wistful and sad as she explains how she can’t shake the feeling that she’ll never return, causing him to joke that leaving was exactly what she wanted, wasn’t it?

She knows it’s true, but now seems sorry she ever said it. Sohyeon’s smile fades as he assures her that her wish won’t ever come true—she’ll come back to the palace even if she doesn’t want to. Aw, why is that oddly endearing coming from him?

Yoon-seo must think the same, since she doesn’t want to tear her eyes away from Sohyeon as she’s carried away. Before she disappears around a bend, she breaks out into a knowing smile through her tears, like she just realized her husband said what he did because he actually cares for her.

For being a supposedly secret execution, Ingguldai is brought to the market square rather publicly, earning plenty of public scorn from the people of Anju. He’s been brought to the square in order to be beheaded for his rather vague crimes. Ingguldai bears the shame and the stoning without argument.

Disguised as a Joseon military official (never mind that enormous eyepatch), No-soo starts poking his sword through the floorboards in Ingguldai’s room… and almost stabs a very much alive Dal-hyang hidden underneath, tucked next to the missing head of the poor devil they killed in his place.

The executioner, who must always be loud and drunk, prepares to behead Ingguldai in front of all those gathered and prepares to make the killing blow…

…While Dal-hyang wakes up from whatever spell he was under only to realize No-soo is trying to actively kill him. No-soo stabs through the floor, Dal-hyang’s eyes widen, and—

 
COMMENTS

And? AND?! It’s like this cliffhanger is making up for the past few non-life-threatening ones by going balls to the wall on high stakes and danger, which you won’t hear me complain about outside of the usual “Why do I have to wait a week to find out what happens next?” kind. Which, admittedly, is a pretty good place to be in.

So we got an episode that was a little lower on the fun and shenanigans and higher on mystery and machinations, even though I wouldn’t count those last two things as being any less fun comparatively—they’re just a different kind of fun. And while Kim Ja-jeom’s plan reeks of mustache-twirling simplicity, I have to commend the show for keeping us on our toes regarding Dal-hyang’s whereabouts.

What I especially enjoyed is that we weren’t taken for fools as to whether Dal-hyang was dead or alive, since we wouldn’t have believed it even if the show had tried to convince us that body was actually his. Instead, it hinged on the mysterious circumstances surrounding Ingguldai’s drug-fueled rampage, because while we knew that body couldn’t be Dal-hyang’s, we also didn’t know why it wasn’t.

Whoever saved him went to great lengths to do so, and I’m inclined to think that it’s Mi-ryung’s doing, because whatever No-soo does now tends to be the opposite of what she wants. So if she is responsible for saving Dal-hyang’s life, it’d make sense that No-soo wants to undermine her by actually killing Dal-hyang, since he’s made his hatred of Mi-ryung and her womanly ways infinitely clear by now.

Mi-ryung’s motives are murkier than ever, since last we saw her, she was all but comatose from heartbreak with one foot in the afterlife. There’s a chance that she completely defected to Kim Ja-jeom’s side, but also a likely chance that she’s reverted back to being a double agent—she drugged Ingguldai like she was supposed to, but he was in no shape to pull a bait-and-switch with the bodies. Even so, whose blood splashed onto his face when he made the killing blow? Was Dal-hyang just injured and then replaced? So many questions, too many possible answers.

Speaking of character motivation, I suppose Kim Ja-jeom gets a pass because he’s the bad guy and bad guys like chaos; so naturally, he probably still wants war like he’s explained in previous episodes. This most recent charade felt more like a personal vendetta out of Joseon Villainy 101 than a calculated political maneuver, but it’s not like Three Musketeers has ever been chock to the brim with enough brains to fill a zombie’s wet dream, anyway. All that matters is that it has enough brains to give us a damn good time each week, and on that front, it certainly delivers.

 
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This episode killed me, but in a good way. I knew of course that Dal-Hyang wasn't dead, but I had no idea how he survived and why another headless corpse was in his place. I am so mad that I have to wait so long before I see the next episode because I don't want the General to die and it's not looking good for him. I hope the Prince gets there in time to save him or something happens and he lives. This show is one of the best out right now and I love it.

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GAH. It's official. This drama has now become so addicting that I can no longer stand getting only one episode a week!!! I used to be perfectly fine with one, but now things are getting SO GOOD. And you know it's only gonna get worse in the weeks to come.

I freaking LOVED Park Dal-hyang and Ingguldai at the beginning. Like seriously, I feel like I'm actually crying more about the fact that they didn't get their sparring match LOL. Is it too much to ask that this ending is a fluke and they'll still have plenty of time to be frenemies before war breaks out? Like they actually seriously broke my heart this episode. I know I shouldn't ship a relationship between opposing sides, but I just can't help it *sob*

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Me too! I love how no one can resist Park Dal-hyang, eventually everyone wants to be his friend (or more). I’m totally hoping for reluctant BFFs Park Dal-hyang and General Ingguldai, I don’t care if it’s not realistic!

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If they do, I want them to get Best Couple from at least ONE award show.

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IKR....Its cute to see an enemy teaching PDH because he seems to like him...lol...OMG!!That sounds weird...lol...I do hope we get to see more interactions from them..

I also love to see PDH and Pan Swe....so hilarious...

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What an amazing episode! I loved every bit of it. But my most favorite part of it was the farewell scene between the Prince and the Princess!

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Love that scene too. And LOVE the OST that plays during it!

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+1.

I really do miss the "like" button!

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I loved that song too! It added another layer of solemness to those beautiful moments.

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pardon me, but do you know the song's title n the singer? i can't find it,,, please, if u know do tell.. thanks :)

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An intriguing episode as always. I'm always the least interested when the musketeers are separated from each other because I really love their interactions together, but this still kept me glued to the screen.

It bothers me though that none of the investigators really found it odd that the head was missing. I mean he's so drunk that he kills a solider and passes out....so who took the head? Clearly someone else was there. Just ugh.

I really do love how the writers seem to keep this fresh while also being pretty faithful in their adaptation.

Prince would you please come to your senses about the princess soon? Thank you.

And I'm still intrigued as to how they're going to get out of this mess.

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I love the original on how they escape or clear the mess they are in...What they did to Kim Ja Jum before was perfecr so I'm also looking forward to this one...

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It was one of my favorite episodes; loved the courage of princess and showing us real her that has been hiding deep down all those years that she has been in palace. I was happy that the show didn't make her speak out like totally 90 degree angle but used the alcohol boost. Who hasn't spoken their mind when intoxicated. I cannot wait for next episode and thank you so much for recapping this show.

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I love the parting scene between the prince and the princess ..... Especially the way the prince assure the princess that she will be back and the smile the princess gave to the prince....

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Their unspoken words are shown at that very epside...I so love it...

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Suddenly this & The Greatest Marriage are my 2 fav shows-and they are both airing once a week...argghhh!

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Just when I was pissed at Crown Prince Sohyeon, he manages to redeem himself again by being so sweet to the Crown Princess. I believe he does care deeply for her, even if he can't bring himself to fall in love with her. It was apparent in the way he didn't allow her to hear that Dal hyang was murdered, in the way he took steps to protect her from his father's wrath when he realized the conspiracy behind the pin and in the way he sent her off to her own home.

Call in the sweetness!

The plot continues to amaze and keep me hooked on the ongoing developments. I can't wait until the next episode. Sunday is far away....

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Highlights of the episode for me includes

• Pan-swe and everything he chooses to be.

• Min-seo’s soulful reaction faces

• Park Dal-hyang and Ingguldai giving in and becoming reluctant friends for like the three seconds before Inggudai was drugged.

• The Princess! Finally (mostly) in the loop. I also really enjoy how we get to see more and more of her real personality. She is still in a position where it’s very difficult for her to express herself even remotely freely but due to external circumstances (like Dal-hyang showing up, Mi-ryung, the Prince being forced to spend time with her and now the hair pin going missing) there are suddenly people around she can talk to. I think having Dal-hyang around and remembering there is someone that genuinely cares about her gives her a bit more sense of security and finding out about Mi-ryung forces the Prince to talk to her at least a little bit seriously. Alcohol isn’t called liquid courage for nothing and while yelling publicly about personal affairs might not have been the most tactically sound thing to do as a Crown Princess (and not something she would have done sober) I really liked, as a viewer, to get that glimpse into her inner thoughts.

I personally could have done without the murder-mystery plot dragging on for such a long time and I didn’t see the point of revealing Park Dal-hyang alive in the end as if it was a twist (though I suppose the twist was him being in the room the whole time?) but I don’t watch crime shows either.

Still think this is the best drama on television right now!

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Love this drama. Shame it is not 2 epis per week..
I am confused with the timing back and forth..but decided no to care much.
Please stay as good as or better!!!!!
Thank you for the recap.

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L'affaire des ferrets de la reine ! How cool to watch the French book's intrigue being transposed in the KDramaland's Joseon era !

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Except in the French version, she really WAS having an affair with him. Ahh…l'amour.

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Ah, for a two episode week, but then one is much better then none . . . . .

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As long as I'm wishing--I'd like it if it were 4 episodes a week. This drama is that good. Sometimes I try to not watch it--so I can marathon it and just submerge myself in the show. But I can never NOT watch it for one week. (What will I do during the break between? AUUGGGH!!)

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Oh my gosh I loooooooooooved everything about this episode! The cinematography! The scheming by Big Bad Old Villain! (Am soooooo beginning to love this guy every time I see him.) The machinations! The relationships!

Thanks for the recap.

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OH MY GOD! What a freakin' amazing episode! I have never watched such a REALLY GOOD episode since Empress Ki ended! OH MY GOD! I was literally biting my nails while watching this episode! YAH! This episode followed the book in the most perfect way there is. I mean the Crown Princess being framed part. That was so COOL! The Crown prince... OMG! He LOVES his princess! I don't doubt that anymore. I think he's still a bit reluctant to trust a woman again especially after what Hyang Sun did though.
Dalhyang! YAH!!!! THIS BOY IS THE CUTEST JOSEON MAN I'VE EVER SEEN IN A K-DRAMA! Hahahaha He feels uncomfortable and shy just because some LITTLE like really LITTLE girl is staring at him! WHAT THE! LOL He even likes it when she compliments his looks! Hahahahaha What an innocent boy INDEED!
Dalhyang and Ingguldai... Can I ship them? When they tried to communicate with each other, I really LOVED that scene. And how adorable Dalhyang's face expressions were during it! It seems like this boy gains affection from all the male characters in the drama HAHAHAHA I like that but I NEED A "CONSTANCE" for my Dalhyang!
Oh well... I was pretty sure that lifeless beheaded body wasn't Dalhyang's. I mean he's the lead. Leads never die so early haha But when that one-eyed NoSoo appeared and started to poke the ground with his sword. My heart was hammering crazily against my chest! WHAT HAPPENED YO!
I hate waiting for a whole week to know what will happen next! This is pure torture!

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Lolxxxx....He seems to be the most adorable military officer in Joseon....Everybody likes him....Boy is charming....lol....

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been waiting for this recap.....what an amazing roller coaster episode....this drama is among the best at the current dramas shown now......

We are all sure thag PDH is alive but still I'm on my toes the whole episode and wanted to see him alive before the episode ends bec waiting for a week just to see him alive is torturous...lol...I was always hungry for a CP and PDH bromance but my my!!!I'm enjoying Inguildai smitten at PDH...lol....His smile at the boy was priceless...lol...I do hope this moments get shown in the future so please drama dont behead him.....I'm dying to see what really happen in their fighting scene....There seems to have another souldier who enters ...And the cute appearance of Tani!!!lolx.....Is she the Constance???I bet she would be all grown up by the next season enough to hook up with uri Dalhyang but girl you better get in line to get his attention because everybody likes Dalhyang...lol....I love Yonghwa's acting as PDH...He seems to fit perfectly into this kinds of role....

This push and pull between the CP and CPs is tyring already...Why not kiss and make up already????lol....Lots of times I want to hit the CP...Dude, what are you doing???!!!Get over with your first love..Learn from CPs and PDH..lol....but thankfully we see hope in this episode...

Arrrggghhhhh!!!It's still tuesday!!!What to do????!!!!So cruel to have 1 episode a week when the drama is this good...I love every bits of it....

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I mean YGD smitten at PDH...lol

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Thanks HeadsNo2. Great recap.

I think this was the fastest moving, most engrossing of the episodes so far. Liked it.

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I, for one, do not even understand how Kim JaJeom is still 1) in his position of power 2) able to live in a city/province (it's no Hanyang but there's still people around that he can manipulate) 3) alive at all.

Wasn't he suspected of stabbing the crown prince? Isn't that the secondhighest treason if not the highest? Why are his assets not removed and why is he not the one beheaded?????

Also, how is King Injo on the the throne at all, that useless willy. I mourn for prince gwanghae.

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I was wondering why the same thing. Why wasn't he jailed or beheaded or something considering he was holding the bloody knife that stabbed the Crown Prince? Esp when the Crown Prince's guards where jailed for failing to protect him.

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Mu guess is that Kim JaJeom put up some good defense and got himself out of the suspicion of stabbing the Prince. And in the end he was only punished for gambling and spreading false rumor about harboring of the enemy General.
Considering how shrewd a person he is, I think it's perfectly possible but it'd be better if we were shown the actual events.

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Exactly! I know Anju is a very remote outpost, but I thought Kim Ja Jeom was demoted in disgrace - how come he still wields so much influence here that he can order the execution of a diplomatic representative?!

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The official order of execution was not made by him but by the governor of Anju though we know that Kim JaJeom was the man behind it.
The reason he wields so much power even after being demoted is because he is someone who can create or destroy a King! He is the one who put the current King to the throne.A mere demotion does not imply his permanent powerlessness.At present the King does not have a favorable impression of him but it can change any time considering the era.The governor of Anju is a spineless person incapable of making any independent or discrete judgment in such situation but he knows better than going against Kim Ja Jeom.

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Well, people have short memories. And he is a big (albeit disgraced) fish now in a rural, small pond.

When I look at some of the political scandals I have seen in my life and how some politicians seem to rise, with a few apologies to their former power--I have no trouble accepting that Kim Ja-Joem is a sneaky guy with a plan B for anything.

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So this was their version of the duke of Buckingham's necklace plotline from the original! :)

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I'm clawing at the metaphorical fabric of time for Sunday to get here but at the same time, it's like Sunday is so close to Monday so I'm just TORN! They need to start churning out season 2 almost immediately because the one week wait is killing me much less the however many months break they will take. I watch Asian dramas to get away from that American tv shows format! *CRY!*

I'm not familiar with the source materials (Besides knowing there's such a thing as the Three Musketeers) so it's fun reading those who do commenting on how the writer is transposing those plot lines to this drama.

As always thanks so much for recapping, Head. You make my Tuesday morning a lot more fun :)

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How can TTM keeps gettin better with each episode???Just when you thought they've probably did their best... Or I'm probably used to Kdrama's I watch disappointing me????lol

What I love in this episode:

Crown Prince wont let go of his Crown Princes..:) (But still it would be great to just tell her how he feels) But I'd give CP some credit into this one since we all know how difficult he is in openning up with th CPs and this episode sure is his baby step..lol

That little girl cutely having a crush with Dalhyang and Dalhyang's cute reaction when Pan Swe told him the girl said he is good looking..(Is she the Constance we are waiting for? Hope she stays and grew up to be a cheerful beautiful lady.)

Everytime Pan Swe in on screen is hilarious.

Yong Gol Dae and Dalhyang's writting conversation.. That smile the general gave when he is talking to Dalhyang..I do hope he isnt beheaded and see more interactions from the two... I want to see him teach DH too because where can you else see enemies teaching each other??lol

As usual, a whirlwind ride everytime I watch this....and torturous and cruel waiting for the next episode..I cant wait!!and knowing this season will have untill episode 12, I'm sure the remaining episode will take us for a roller coaster ride!!!

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After watching this episode, I can understand why everyone from the CPs (was), CP to enemy In to the little girl is in love with Park Dal-Hyang because I think I am in love with him myself as well. How did it come to this ? That boy is charming.

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Add Seung Po, Min So and Pan Swe (Well with Pan Swe it's not actually love at first sight..lol) That boy has everyone wrap around his finger...That's why all the boys don't give a damn about Miryung and just now CP is warming up to CPs..lolx....Boys got charm even in Joseon era..lol..poor Tani have to line up..

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Dalhyang is turning every man gay. The ladies should just move out of town if they want to stand a chance at finding a husband LOL

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hahahahahaha!!!!! omg i guess kim ja joem is straight

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lol.... He's (KJJ) that kind of man who bullies the one he likes....

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Hahaha...With Kim Ja Jum, It's the more you hate the more you love...He'll come to realize one day...lol

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Thanks headsNo2 for recaps, love this drama so addicting!

Can I ship Dalhyang and Ingguldai, Dalhyang and the little cute girl, I hope she is the Constance of Dalhyang.

I like Pansoe he's adorable.

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This episode is soo good!!! Don't headed ingguldai, he must have much scenes with dalhyang i love the interaction between dalhyang and ingguldai soo priceless! aww i can't believe it! I hope tani is the constance, please writter-nim give urie dalhyang a girl ~ if not tani, or other female in the next season? oh please ~ i wanna see a innocent man have a kiss scenes ~ Thank's for recap, head ^^

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"I can't be sure I didn't kill him."

Is that an admission or a denial?

Thanks, HeadsNo2 for keeping track of the double flashbacks, 5 days earlier scenes, and 15 days forward scenes. This kdrama does all that fairly well, but it sure does keep one on one's toes. I think a historical fiction adventure genre can pull off storytelling that way if it is done well (writing and sequencing) like it is here.

I found it interesting that the 2 Musketeers weren't willing to believe the headless corpse is Dal-hyang without the head, as it seems to me that most people would assume that and go berserk. All in the name of of identity secrecy that shrouds their existence I suppose.

The other thing is the hairpin framing puts the prince, the princess back on the same side at least for the moment.

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I found it quite funny that the "corpse" looked several inches shorter than Dal Hyang! (even minus the head)

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SO, who is the corpse, anhoot?

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TTM release stills..Looks like another soldier who unluckily enter the room in the most crucial time..

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I can't Wait to find out Why someone else was beheaded instead. Why was pdh hidden away and how will He escape. Sunday please come sooner!

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I loved the beginning scene between Park Dal Hyang Ingguldai! I was looking forward to their fight practice too.

This episode's mystery was well done in that I couldn't figure out exactly what happened. I was very curious about how PDH was hidden away from the crime scene. I wish they had left out the part where they revealed he was under the floorboards. But that was a cool way of concealing him.

Pan Swe is so adorable. I love that PDH gave him a compliment. ^^

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Yeah, I was curious about how long Dal Hyang had been unconscious for, lying under the floorboards.

It must have been several days, since they talked about having to bury the body that was starting to go off, and Pan Swe had enough time to bring Seung-po's letter back to the Prince. Which means that Dal Hyang must have been drugged to stay unconscious, like Juliet - QED: Mi Ryung is responsible! That's the way I see it atm, anyway.

My question now is, did Mi Ryung intend for Dal Hyang to wake up in time to stop the execution? If the adultery plot leads to the Princess being dethroned/or worse, and Yong Gol Dae executed, how does that get MR closer to the Prince? Will she try and go back as "Mi Ryung" or "Hyang Sun"?

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Oh, by the way, almost forgot to mention that there was an episode of Infinite Challenge where a position was given to each member as if they lived in the Joseon era by a face reader. They dressed the part and re-enacted scenes, and HaHa was the executioner (lowest position). He looked EXACTLY like the executioner in TMM. Exactly! Does anyone remember this?! Really scary!

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drama gods must've been burst out loud seeing our embitterment

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The thing I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around is how we're to believe PS can still have feelings for MR. He's known since the beginning that her downfall wasn't because she was a victim of others' choices. She was a murderer.

For normal people, to find out the person you're dating is a murderer... well... it's kind of a deal breaker, isn't it?

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Honestly, am I the only one who thinks it's not as simple as him still having feelings for her? In fact, I don't even think he's still in love with her at all. I think he misses what she once was to him and understandably feels guilt over ordering her death, especially when he likely understands that she pretty much was driven to murder because of him.

In some ways, I think his guilt over her death is likely what kept him from being able to get over her. And it's understandable that when he finds out she's alive, he's genuinely glad. But I've never felt like he really still loves her or anything.

Not to mention, the psychological effects of suddenly finding out that someone you love dearly is a killer have to be considered. I mean, what was supposed to be an innocent first love actually turned into a motive for murder. It's one thing to find out someone's a murderer, but to find out that someone became one because of YOU? I don't know, I just feel like his reasons for pushing the princess away run a lot deeper than him just being hung up on Mi Ryung.

I think it's more his jaded view of love and women that kept him from letting the princess in. In this way, I think Mi-ryung has held great influence over him for much of the drama and, as a result, yes, he hadn't truly gotten over her. Yes, there are lingering feelings there, but I think it's more out of respect of what she once was to him. I personally believe that he made peace with his feelings for her at the beginning of episode 8 and now that she's crossing the line and endangering the people he loves? I suspect he's completely done with her.

Anyway, I'm actually already completely convinced that if Sohyeon isn't in love with the princess, he's already seriously attached to her, so I haven't been too worried about Mi-ryung.

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Great comment. Very insightful. ^^

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+1

That's exactly how I felt too ^^

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OMG I sooooo so love this episode
Never once did I think that PDH is dead but I am really racking my brains on where he can be.. thank the writers that they showed him alive before the end of the episode though. *sigh of relief*

Pan Swe , and the other two Musketeers are adorable too.. They really cared about PDH, and Ingguldai!! His smile really gets to me hahaha! I hope they show these two practicing.. am looking forward to that scene if there is one..

About CP I hope he really get over MR .

Thank You HN2 Im always waiting for your recaps and it always makes my day . God Bless.

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I don't know If it was just me. But when tanni smiled crazily at dalhyang , I think I started to smile like her too! Lol! Dalhyang has since became my fav character.

I'm loving the possible teacher student r/s between pdh and ygd. Their chemistry on screen is amazing even though that scene was considerably short.

Pdh and panswe. It's So sweet of pdh to show concern for a mere servant when He asked him not to drink too much. This boy is just winning hearts all over joseon.

Overall every episode So far has been topping the previous episode. I don't know How they do it. Seriously. Best drama!

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i love this! i love park dal hyang!!! He's so adorable in this episode..I know he won't die in this episode, I think even in the whole series as well, but i'm definitely on my toes, thinking what happened to him, and it took a long time before they show him again, I was completely worried he would not show up until the end of this episode, but thank God, he showed up at the end..next episode please come quickly!

P.S.: Could I ship everyone to park dal hyang?!!(seung po. min seo, pan swe, yong gol dae, crown prince, crown princess) the boy just got chemistry with everyone!

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Ohhh! This was great episode. I only hope they wrap up the storyline enough in the next episode - waiting for the next? year would kill me! Love how they really use Alexandre Dumas story and make it even better at places.

P.S. Hate it in US shows, as the suspense always evaporates in the wake of another shows anyway, and I usually forget what it was all about, when I remember that I has been watching that show in the first place :D

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Thanks for the recap HeadsNo2. Another solid episode. Each episode just gets bettter and better. Too bad TTM airs only once a week instead of twice.

The producers of Nine: Nine Time Travels, Queen In-hyun’s Man, and now The Three Musketeers are on a roll three for three (3/3).

A lot of other teams in the business of writing and producing kdramas could learn a thing or two. They should take note and follow suit. Plenty of ideas and no lack of lessons for how to deliver dramas that are smart and tightly written regardless of whether the genre is romantic fusion fantasy, time-traveling, or action and romance.

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Hate this episode. WHY?! Because the prince is showing that he cares for the princess and the princess knows it. Now my chance of ever getting with the adorkable princess is zilch. UGH.

/end rant

great episode... hate miryung cause she's out to hurt the princess =(

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