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Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: Episode 3

Hey guys, I’m just popping by this week to help out because we’re up to our eyeballs in premieres. I happily jumped at the chance to recap some buckets of cute, but I didn’t anticipate how much this episode would move me. We’re starting to delve into the life story of the crown prince, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that there’s a lot more to this cavalier prince than he lets on. I was happy to watch before, but I’m fully invested in this story now.

 

 
EPISODE 3: “Who are you: I am behind you”

As Prince Yeong is dressed in his dragon robes, faithful Eunuch Jang clucks on about how kids these days are so hopeless, turning in blank test papers without even trying. He’s referring to Ra-on’s blank entry in the last of her eunuch exams, not knowing that she’s desperate to fail and get the hell out of here.

Bodyguard Byung-yeon suddenly interrupts them to say that the prince needs to go somewhere, right this instant.

In the dungeon, Princess Myeongeun is seconds away from slicing Ra-on’s throat for her imposter love letters, but just as she raises the sword to strike, Yeong’s voice commands, “Stop!” Everyone freezes at the announcement of the crown prince, and Ra-on cranes her neck to get a look at him. But his face is obscured by light, and the guard orders Ra-on to lower her head in respect. Damnit, she doesn’t get to see his face at all.

Yeong says that the princess will hurt herself by holding the sword that way, and takes it out of her hands. Then he demands in a booming voice to drag Ra-on to the Euigeumbu, and even Princess Myeongeun says fearfully that nine out of ten people die when they’re sent there.

Yeong plans to get to the bottom of this crime and even involve the king, and the princess suddenly balks at the idea of having the entire palace know about her embarrassment. She begs for Yeong to withdraw his order, and the cheeky glint reappears in his eye for a fleeting second before he turns concerned eyes on his sister. He tells Myeongeun that it won’t make her feel better to kill this eunuch, and that she’s not capable of taking a life.

As Yeong leads his sister away, Ra-on cries out on her hands and knees that she’s genuinely sorry for ghostwriting those love letters. She says that it never occurred to her how much that could hurt someone, and says through tears that she’s deeply sorry for what she’s done.

Byung-yeon asks the prince why he doesn’t reveal his identity to Ra-on when (s)he’s bound to find out, and Yeong just answers back that in the process he’ll gain one more subject on his side. He raises an eyebrow at the disapproving court ladies who pass by, and admits that he’d be sad if Ra-on looked at him with those eyes. Aw.

Both Ra-on and Do Ki are glassy-eyed from their near-death experience as the entire class gathers for their final exam results. Ra-on slaps her face to attention and brightens at the thought that this nightmare is almost over…

Eunuch Jang shows Yeong the test that he’s been asked to grade, which of course is Ra-on’s blank entry. The question, given by Eunuch Jang, names the prince’s ailment as a hunger felt by someone who is lacking for nothing in this world.

Yeong thinks back to the night that Ra-on had guessed this about him on their first meeting, and offered him a chicken leg as a token of affection from someone who was rich in heart.

With a smile, Yeong stamps Ra-on’s blank answer with a passing mark. Eunuch Jang gapes, and Yeong says he’s already heard the answer to this question from Ra-on, and when Eunuch Jang asks what it was, he simply says, “Chicken leg.” Ha.

Eunuch Jang rushes the exam back to the hall and Ra-on’s name gets called to the front. She’s so happy at the idea of leaving that she doesn’t even register that she’s passed until she’s holding the results in her hands.

She asks with pleading horror why on earth she was given a passing grade, and Eunuch Jang sighs that he doesn’t know either, but nobody knows the crown prince’s inner thoughts. She’s shocked to learn that her test was graded by the crown prince, of all people.

The royal bodyguards are also training new recruits, and head guard Byung-yeon orders all of his trainees to shoot their arrows at the row of targets, while he walks back and forth in front of them like a badass.

It’s an impressive sight, but Yeong is annoyed by all the swooning from the court ladies on the sidelines, who literally squeal every time Byung-yeon does something cool. They call him Gat Byung-yeon (a pun on the contemporary equivalent “God Byung-yeon”), because he looks best in his gat (hat). Pfft.

Yeong gets so fed up with all the swooning that he picks up a bow and mock-shoots in the ladies’ direction. He gripes to Byung-yeon that training exercises always seem to be designed to make Byung-yeon look as cool as possible, calling him Gat Byung-yeon, while emphasizing the “byung” (short for byung-shin, meaning “idiot”).

Byung-yeon smirks but insists that it’s a misunderstanding. As he walks away, Yeong grabs an arrow and lets one fly, and it splits an arrow embedded in the bulls-eye with incredible precision.

Yeong and Byung-yeon find Ra-on slumped over in the courtyard, and Yeong chides Puppy for not greeting its master properly. Ra-on warns that she’s in a biting mood and suddenly gets up to go demand answers from the crown prince, and the boys race to block her.

She’s easily convinced that she wouldn’t be able to meet the crown prince anyway, and she slumps back down in defeat, grumbling that the prince ruined everything. Yeong huffs as she says that she has no right to become a eunuch, but now she’s trapped in the palace, no thanks to the prince.

Byung-yeon looks over at Yeong curiously as he asks why the prince would do that, and Ra-on sighs that she did something wrong, and the prince is probably planning to make her pay for it by keeping her at his side and making life miserable for her.

Yeong quietly asks Byung-yeon what he’s supposed to do when someone is so ungrateful that you’ve saved his life, and Byung-yeon humorlessly pulls out his sword and asks, “Shall I kill him, your majesty?” Hahaha.

Yeong snipes at both of them to follow, and takes them up to the top of the palace wall to watch the sunset. Yeong points out that Ra-on might not feel qualified to be a eunuch, but asks, “What about the person who’s born to find that this place is home? What right do they have to live here?”

Ra-on is amazed that anyone would call the palace home, and muses, “I’ve never had a home to call my own. Now that I think about it, I’ve never even said the words ‘my home’ before.”

Byung-yeon adds, “No one likes the palace. It’s only when you come to like someone in the palace that it becomes a livable place.” That seems to land with Yeong, and Ra-on wonders if someday that’ll be true for her.

The king is startled awake in the middle of the night by a violent attack, and he sees his guards being slashed to death on the other side of his walls. A eunuch tells him that an uprising has breached the palace, and ushers the king out to safety.

But on their way out, the king pauses to ask where the eunuch is stationed, because he doesn’t recognize his face. Suddenly a horde of ghosts close in on the king from behind, and the eunuch declares that the king’s crime is spilling the blood of innocent people.

Terrified, the king says that those people are traitors, but the eunuch says in a booming voice that their unjust deaths will come back to him in the form of a curse. The ghosts chant, “Murderer! Murderer!” as the king wakes up in a cold sweat. It was just a dream, but he looks thoroughly spooked, and the queen notes his discomfort silently.

Ra-on starts her first official day of work as Eunuch Hong, and she’s stationed in the palace of the king’s consort. ROYAL CONSORT PARK is ill, and asks Ra-on to look after her young daughter, PRINCESS YEONGON.

The queen complains to her father, Prime Minister Kim, that the king’s fitful sleep has gotten worse lately and she’s grown weary of sharing a bed with him. When she asks to sleep in a different palace until her morning sickness passes, her father warns her that this is the time to be vigilant and stay by the king’s side.

Yeong visits Royal Consort Park and sits by her bedside silently, just holding her hand. He flashes back to the time he was mourning his mother’s death seven years ago, when Consort Park had passed along a message from his mother—that he should cry when he truly needs to, and that he should borrow Consort Park’s embrace in place of his mother’s arms.

He asked to borrow her then, and she held him as he cried. In the present, he tucks her in with a sad face, knowing that she isn’t well.

Ra-on keeps Princess Yeongon busy in the garden, and tells her that these flowers in the outdoors need just a drop of water and sunshine to grow. It makes her think of Flower Scholar, whom she’d called a precious flower grown in a greenhouse, and she gripes that it made him prickly. Princess Yeongon just busies herself with sticking flowers in Ra-on’s hair and runs off after a butterfly.

Ra-on mutters aloud, “If only his personality were half as beautiful as his face…” and to her mortification, Yeong has heard every word and asks her to finish the thought. She’s startled, but then so is he when he sees her with flowers in her hair.

He puffs up when Ra-on shows an interest in what exactly he does in the palace, and she points out that she’s seen him as a eunuch, a guard, and now a playboy. He scowls at that last one, but he’s amused when Ra-on warns him “as a friend” not to get caught slacking off, and he asks when they became friends.

She asks what their relationship is if not friends, and he answers, “Master and Mung-mung-ie [doggie].” She grouses that she has a perfectly normal name in Hong Sam-nom, and Yeong argues that Sam-nom isn’t a normal name. She asks huffily what his name is, then, and he stops in his tracks, thinking of how everyone in the palace simply addresses him as “Your majesty” and “His majesty the crown prince,” never by name.

Yeong doesn’t answer, and just leans in close to peer at Ra-on’s face carefully. Whatever he’s thinking, he snaps out of it and yanks the flowers out her hair, calling it unmanly. He complains that everything she does is weird and plops her hat back on her head with a playful bop before walking away.

Prime Minister Kim runs into little Princess Yeongon as she’s chasing the butterfly, and though he smiles to greet her, she runs away from him with a fearful look.

That evening, the king’s head eunuch comes to tell Yeong that his father wants to see him. Yeong tells him to come up with an excuse and say they never saw each other, but the eunuch says the king came here looking for him the other night, and the eunuch spotted Yeong coming to see his father but stop short of going inside. He asks how long father and son will be staring at each other’s backs.

That seems to move Yeong, because he goes to see the king straightaway. Yeong seems disappointed and weary to hear his father’s paranoid talk, as the king admits to going crazy and not knowing what is real and what is a dream anymore. The king tells Yeong to prepare himself, because he’s going to make him prince regent very soon. Yikes. It never goes well when they do that to the crown prince!

Yeong firmly says he doesn’t want to become regent, but the king slams his hand on the table and says, “It’s not a position you take because you like it! Before being my son, are you not my crown prince?” Yeong answers stoically, “Yes. I had no choice in becoming crown prince. But is it not my choice what kind of crown prince I become?” With that, Yeong bows and walks out, his eyes brimming with angry tears. He leaves the king shaking even more than before, clearly at his wit’s end and overtaken by paranoia.

Royal Consort Park sends Ra-on to the main palace with a letter for the king, and on her way out, Princess Yeongon runs up with a written note (oh, can she not speak?), urging her to please deliver that letter from her mother to the king. Ra-on promises to do so, except when she gets to the king’s palace, the eunuch there already has a prepared answer for her to take back. She quickly discovers that this is the routine—the consort’s letters never reach the king, and all that ever gets sent back is a blank page in reply. (Ah sad, that stack of letters by the consort’s bed was a collection of the king’s blank replies.)

Ra-on decides to take the letter back to try another way, but she’s discovered by the queen, who slaps Ra-on across the face and tells her to shut up and take the reply that the eunuch gave her. Ra-on clutches her stinging face as tears slip out, and from the courtyard, Yoon-sung happens to witness the whole exchange.

Yoon-sung asks Ra-on to go somewhere with him, acting as if it’s urgent business, and then deposits her at the foot of a large tree, where he suggests playing hooky because she looks like she could use a breather. She smiles and leans back like he’s doing, and muses that Yoon-sung always seems to show up whenever she’s having a hard time. He says that’s called fate, and that he even knows what she’s thankful for when it comes to him: “Pretending not to know,” he says.

She’s surprised that he knows that, and Yoon-sung says that it’s a man’s duty to pretend not to notice when a woman has a secret. Ra-on balks at the reference to women, and Yoon-sung quickly adds that it also applies to men and the secrets they want to keep. Ra-on thanks him for not asking questions, and Yoon-sung tells her to hurry up and enjoy slacking off. They lean back and enjoy the afternoon nap.

That night, Ra-on skulks around the king’s palace wondering how to complete her mission properly, when she accidentally bumps into another eunuch who’s on his way to deliver scrolls to the king. Light bulb! Ra-on manages to slip the consort’s letter into one of the scrolls as she helps clean up the mess, and that night it reaches the king.

In the morning, Ra-on runs to Royal Consort Park with happy news of the king’s reply, written himself and even scented, but when Consort Park opens the letter, it’s blank like all the others. Aw no, what happened? She sighs that maybe she shouldn’t bother the king any longer, thinking that this is confirmation of his true intentions, and asks Ra-on to burn all of the king’s blank replies so she can let go.

Yeong and Byung-yeon find Ra-on sitting outside with all the blank letters, pouting in disappointment over the king’s non-replies. Yeong recalls seeing the stack of letters in Royal Consort Park’s room and says these aren’t the king’s replies because her letters never reach the king anyway.

Ra-on says this last one was different, because she made sure to deliver it properly. What she doesn’t understand is why the king called her aside to give her the reply if it was going to be blank like all the others. Yeong says that Ra-on cut the last thread of hope that Royal Consort Park had, and walks away.

Yeong actually goes to ask his father in person to visit Royal Consort Park because she isn’t feeling well. But the king just offers to send a doctor and deflects, saying that the queen is very sensitive right now because she’s pregnant.

Yeong actually smirks at his father’s cowardly answer and asks directly, “What are you afraid of? What are you so afraid of that you cannot do anything—no, that you do not do anything?!” He accuses his father of doing the same when his mother passed away.

In flashback, Yeong had run crying to the king in the wake of his mother’s death, asking his father to explain why she died. The king said she had an unknown illness and died a natural death, but Yeong had overheard people saying otherwise. He asked who would want his mother killed, but the king warned him never to speak of it again.

Back in the present, Yeong shouts that the king did nothing and told him in this very spot to just wait. “Even if it changed nothing to come forward, even if it were a futile endeavor, you should have done something instead of hiding in here, trembling! Because you… are the king of this nation of Joseon,” he cries, angry tears spilling out. The indictment from his son shakes the king deeply, and yet he does nothing, again.

Ra-on hesitates to burn the last of the king’s letters, especially since this one smells so fragrant. Byung-yeon doesn’t see why she’s so hung up on someone else’s letters, but she catches his interest when she mentions that it smells of crabapples.

Yeong visits Royal Consort Park late that night, reminding her that he promised to check in every day until she’s feeling better. She admits to giving up on waiting for the king, after seven years of sending letters and not having seen his face.

Yeong just asks her to let him repay the kindness she showed him seven years ago when she comforted him after his mother’s death, and hugs her warmly. Ugh, why am I crying? He hugs her sweetly and they both shed tears.

Ra-on finally decides to torch the last letter, when suddenly Byung-yeon gets an idea and flings a dagger across the room, slicing the wick right off the candle. Dayum. He flies down from his perch in the same moment, scaring Ra-on half to death.

He relights the candle and starts to burn the letter slightly, and the writing appears like magic on the blank page. Ra-on’s eyes widen, and Byung-yeon explains that it’s apple vinegar, which only shows up when you burn the page.

She’s so happy that she immediately starts calling Byung-yeon “Kim hyung,” and no amount of protesting will get her to stop.

Ra-on is in such a hurry that she runs right into Yeong on her way out, and tells him happily that the king’s reply wasn’t a blank letter, but a secret one. She runs to tell Royal Consort Park that the king is waiting to see her right now, and shows her the letter eagerly.

As Consort Park heads out to meet the king, we hear his reply to her in voiceover, calling himself a powerless king and husband, and a pathetic father. He writes that he hopes she’ll forget him someday, but every night he still goes go the garden they used to frequent.

From the look in the king’s eyes when he sees Consort Park approach, it’s clear that he’s still in love with her and has been waiting as long as she has for this reunion.

Yeong and Ra-on watch from across the pond and Yeong thinks back to his argument with his father earlier that day. After he’d gotten up to leave, the king had finally blurted out, “I cannot do anything! I must not do anything! That is the only way you won’t be hurt! When I tried to be king, I lost two thousand of my people, and when I tried to be king, I lost my queen! My teacher, my friends—they’ve all left. This is the only way I know not to lose my people—doing nothing!”

Ra-on watches the king with a smile and wonders why, even as the powerful king, he felt the need to hide his feelings and send a letter in secret. Yeong thinks to himself, “I only came to know it now—that before he is the king wearing the crown, he is a husband to the wife he loves, and my only father.”

The next morning in court, the king appears to be back at the height of his paranoia, arguing that he meets nothing but opposition from his ministers, and it’s not his policies they oppose, but the king himself. The ministers practically roll their eyes as they give him the usual lip service, insisting that it’s not true. The king suggests they’d be happier if the prime minister were to rule in his place, and then remembers that he has a crown prince, who is then called to be present at court this instant.

On the king’s orders, Yeong marches to the palace half-dressed as usual, his eunuch trailing after him in a frantic attempt to finish clothing him before they arrive. Yeong kneels before the king, who announces to his ministers that the country is suffering because of his incompetence as a ruler, so he will make the crown prince regent, to rule in his place. Crap.

Yeong looks terrified, and the ministers start whispering and begging for the king to take back the order. But to everyone’s surprise, Prime Minister Kim approves of the idea, as long as the crown prince is willing.

When asked what he thinks, Yeong says that he’s still a child afraid of leaving his parents’ arms, and asks in a trembling voice why the king is giving him such a difficult responsibility. The ministers whisper that the prince is shaking just like his father, and Yeong looks every bit as scared as the king.

But then… his expression suddenly hardens and he says assuredly, “But on second thought, I don’t see why I can’t do it.” Lol, you faker! Yeong sits upright and says in a loud, confident voice that he will happily accept the king’s command.

Father and son exchange emotional glances, and then we flash back to the night before, when Yeong had gone back to tell his father that he’d like to share his father’s burden. Yeong asked the king to give him the regency, but in return, he asked for one thing: “When I become weak and scared, I need a father I can lean on.” Geez, I’m crying again.

Filled with emotion, the king called out to him by name: “Yeong-ah.” And back in the present, they smile at each other in court, the king looking on with proud tears in his eyes.

Ra-on gets reassigned yet again, this time to the palace of the crown prince. Eunuch Jang sneaks up on her as she enters, thinking it funny that she’s so easily spooked when she lives with ghosts in that haunted room. She says she made friends with the ghost, and Eunuch Jang is pleased to get a junior who won’t scare easily.

The one thing that terrifies her is running into the crown prince, and she cringes when her first assignment is to return some books to the prince’s private library. She tiptoes in and takes a look around, and is surprised to see Yeong there. This time he’s dressed in his dragon robes, but she can only see his face through the bookshelves, and chides him for being in the prince’s private space. Ha, she’s not so bright, is she?

Another eunuch sees her in there and warns her to get out, so she urges Yeong to come out too, before they get caught by the prince. He hesitates, but then he starts to follow her out, remembering her words that they were friends now.

He steps out into the open and then calls out to her, “You asked what my name was.” She turns around to face him, and it takes a moment for the shock to settle in. He walks up to her with purpose and then breaks into a smile. “It’s Yi Yeong,” he says, “my name.”

 
COMMENTS

What a great character arc for the prince. I know we saw hints of his inner strength and his whip-smart mind in little pieces here and there, but it’s a powerful moment when he shows how strong he really is and how deep his thoughts run, despite his outward reckless demeanor. I enjoy the cheeky prince, but the full picture is even better, because there’s a reason he’s angry at his father and acting out like an angry teenager. He has all of the status, but none of the power, a staff of hundreds, but only one friend, and no one, not even his father, called him by name. And yet, despite lacking for affection in his life, he doesn’t seem closed off and incapable of giving love either. I was impressed by his political prowess to use his father’s paranoia and his hapless image to their advantage in court, because I don’t think anyone expected him to step up to such a risky position.

Things rarely go well when a crown prince is made regent, because it puts the prince in a position of real power to govern, but it also puts him in the hot seat if anything goes wrong. In this narrative it’s a good thing that Yeong is stepping up to enact change in place of his powerless father, but I worry because I always feel like a prince is wearing a target on his forehead the second he becomes regent. The conflict in this episode made me wonder if this drama might do a better job of dealing with the emotions of this setup than Secret Door did, because while that drama was far more intricate politically, it also failed to deliver on some of the key emotional turns that Moonlight Drawn By Clouds might actually manage to do in a simpler, more straight-to-the-heart way.

I really like that the king is so weak and afraid to do anything, because it provides such a stark contrast for Yeong’s boldness. He’s quick to act and even quick to forgive, and I was surprised by his maturity when he began to see his father as a person with flaws instead of as an all-knowing king who was withholding secrets from him. It was cathartic to have him ask his father why he chose to sit there and do nothing, and moving when he offered to share his burden. And when he asked for a father to lean on when things get rough? Forget about it.

It was fun to have the episode’s title end up being so literal, since the prince is standing right behind Ra-on when he reveals who he is to her, but figuratively it’s also an entire episode of Yeong being there for the people in his life—for Royal Consort Park and for his father—and reestablishing who he is in the process. He might’ve spent a long time regretting his lot in life to be born with a palace as a home, but I like that seeing another’s perspective like Ra-on’s can spur him to see the world differently, and that a simple reminder that the king is a husband and father can give him the understanding he needs to see him as a man and not just a king.

It’s pretty amusing that Ra-on continues to be a love messenger even inside the palace, and I wonder if the show will give us a case of the day like it’s Dating Agency Cyrano: Joseon. Normally I dislike a heavy procedural element, but so far I’ve found the stories engaging in Moonlight, and anything that helps our trio bond over solving a puzzle is a good thing.

 
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Last scene... Nae maumi dugeun dugeun~

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That slow-mo walk of CP toward Raon accompanied by a beautiful instrumental did just that...made my heart go dugeun, dugeun! And to think that Raon was donning a eunuch garb!

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Yeah, the background music with subtle light was indeed beautiful and heart catching. The background music in the first scene was also great (when CP appeared). Overall, the soundtracks were my favorite so far in saeguk dramas.

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Narrative has become so much better...smooth transition from one scene to the next.

Chemistry everywhere and not only with our OTP's---library scene was heart-fluttering!

Musical score has greatly improved!

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Yes, I'm very pleased and there is more than just the cute.

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ikr, that score is on point... love it

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Yes to everything! Already anticipating the next episode.

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Yes, I think I'm in, despite being unimpressed with the teaser initially. It's a very easy watch, and so much cuteness! KYJ and PBG are both doing really well and I'm hoping the story will not derail until the end. Very happy to hear about the ratings too.

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I feel as if there was a huge misunderstanding between the King and the Crown Prince. However, they came to a common ground and it could be seen through the phenomenal acting of Park Bo gum and the actor who plays the King that in the midst of all the officials who want to bring them down, the only supporters they have are themselves. It's a father and son bonding moment and it's what makes a family so special. I'm glad that things were resolved early on and I can't wait to see what the father and son will do to beat out the corruption. On the other hand, the friendship between Raon and Young are so genuine that it's hard to give that up because Young knows how people will view him once they know his status, especially in a dynasty of hierarchy.

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Also, I really hope that the little princess isn't mute because of a traumatic experience with that scary minister. The way he looked at her after she ran from him was extremely unnerving.

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Kim Seung-soo has always been good in sageuks. I love the supporting veteran actors in this show. They balanced out the young actors well so it feels more like a sageuk. I don't feel like that any of them are wasted. Kang Byung-taek did well with casting here.

I'm glad that their misunderstanding are resolved early too. I like the change in the history when it comes to their relationship. It fits the light heartedness of the show.

I don't think they'll make a drastic change in the politics. I like how it revolves around the young couples so it's not too serious and heavy.

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true. The Prince is not the only one with an unvoluntary fate of having to call the palace a home and fulfilling duties he hasnt asked for, the King is in the same position and it is breaking him into pieces. If he could just be a man, a husband and a father he would be at peace, but he cannot. so all they can do is hang in there together.

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The episodes transition well, making it easy to understand and follow. From the last episode we saw why the king is powerless. His queen and her father are both holding the highest positions in and outside the court backed by their powerful clan. It's really sad to see them mock the king.

He is gathering to his queen and in-laws every wits on the surface in order to protect the people that he love. He is powerless but not stupid. He is very careful not to be found out. He could have sent a servant to Lady Park's quarters with instructions behind his blank letters but he didn't because it's too risky and he can't trust anyone.

Yeong is starting to understand his father and he is following the act. Giving him the reign unexpectedly is the best way to protect him. Good timing too, right before the queen gives birth.

Anyway, back to the cuteness. Ra-on is just the perfect little cupid and she is sincere on top of it.
When she apologized to the princess after realizing the effect of the letters that she wrote, it felt real and sincere. Even Yeong and the princess expressions says it all.

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Wow, fully clothed Bogum just slayed all the six packs at Moon Lovers. Bogum is here to stay said the ratings. I literally did a triple take when I saw that MDBC went from 8.5 to 16. Isn't that the biggest jump in the history of drama viewership?

The ending of this episode was beautifully directed and acted. I love the reveal and how he was in his crown prince attire, but introduced himself by his real name. Just beautiful.

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It's an impressive jump but I'm not sure if it's unique to Moonlight. I think Hong Sisters first drama (Sassy Girl Chun Hyang) also had a giant leap from something like 10th to 2nd or 1st place.

But that was back in 2005 so maybe it's true that huge ratings leaps are special. :)

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I love the ending too. It's intimate. It's simple. But it's powerful.

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Oh yes! I loved it. So powerful and meaningful. So simple but so damn swoony. Aiyee I think I've totally fallen head over heels for this show...

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Me too. I'm very surprised with the rating this morning because of SH premierre. But i am so happy for Moonlight casts and hope the rating will go up not down in next episode. Loved crown prince young:)

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It's well acted, well produced and well written. Why would it not?

Now if only they could pull that off in something contemporary...

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If I remember right, Baker King Tak Goo jumped from 15% to 28% overnight.

What is impressive about the ratings jump of MDBC is that it is pitted against Moon Lovers. MDBC has been perceived as the underdog in the ratings battle between the two dramas.

Hopefully MDBC's ratings will continue to go up.

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I don't think MDBC was completely an underdog though. PBG and KYJ are very much loved by the entire Korean nation already and we know how that love translates into ratings (shoutout to my girl PSH).

SH was hyped because BBJX was HUGE in China but it also was heavily criticized because of its casting (an idol headlining it and the others are a bunch of models and other idols).

But anyway, since Let's Fight Ghost is now over. I'm following this show since I've adored both KSH and KYJ since Moon that Embraces the Sun. Sigh. They grow up so fast. And how could I say no to Bogummie?

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This actually reminds me of Tree with Deep Roots. It had the same increased on the 3rd episode from 8.2 to 16.4%. I always remember this because that was Song Joong-ki's breakout performance.

I'm still warming up to Park Bo-gum. I haven't seen him in a sageuk before unlike Kim Yoo-jung.

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I believe this is PBG's first sageuk and I think he is doing fine. (Still I am amazed at the ratings because of Moon Lovers) I feel Six Flying dragons tone here - Older actors use traditional saguek tone, and young actors use modern tone - sometimes it feels like watching two shows.

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I kept saying I'd be happy with 10% but then it jumped all the way to the moon. I guess the show is in good hands like I've been telling myself based on the people behind it.

It's not perfect and it shouldn't be. History and web novels is quite an interesting mix. It can't be all out history or all out fantasy, it has to be in the middle.

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"but then it jumped all the way to the moon"

Hehehe I see what you did there :D

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The tone yes. It's different and it's more obvious with youth sageuks where the adults have less screen time. I'm just riding along, trying not to pick on it too much lol.

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I believe "Tree With Deep Roots" jumped from 9.8% to 18.2% after the second episode in 2011. "Resurrection" also jumped from 8% to 16% after episode 16 in 2005 (Kim Sam Soon was in the same timeslot and it had ended).

It isn't particularly unique to Moonlight, but it is quite rare and a huge accomplishment for the cast and crew.

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I'm pretty sure TWDR eps 2 (nationwide) was 8.2% then it jumped to 16.4% (nationwide) at eps 3.

I think your numbers are just for Seoul.

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These were the AGB Nielsen ratings nationwide. I believe the 8.2% to 16.4% was the TNmS (nationwide) ratings.

I got it from Wikipedia and I double checked it on the actual Nielsen Korea website since Asianwiki only listed the TNmS ratings instead of AGB Nielsen like they normally do. I quoted AGB since I thought most drama sites used AGB Nielsen when talking about ratings. Either way, TWDR had about an 8% increase in episode 3 in both rating sources.

This is the AGB ratings for the third episode of TWDR (it's in Korean, TWDR should be 뿌리 깊은 나무).
http://www.nielsenkorea.co.kr/tv_terrestrial_day.asp?menu=Tit_1&sub_menu=1_1&area=00

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Your sources is more accurate. I don't use Asianwiki for ratings and I noticed that dramawiki is outdated also.

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I'm actually very happy for Bogummy! He's the first one from the Reply series to break the "Reply Curse" isn't he? The others before them never had double digits as their next project. Ryu Jun Yeol's Lucky Romance was close to double digit but didn't quite get there. I'm happy for Bogummy, because at least this way KBS won't cut its episodes like it did with Beautiful Mind.

http://www.soompi.com/2016/08/29/moonlight-drawn-clouds-doubles-ratings-scarlet-heart-goryeo-last-place/

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I think Entertainer and Lucky Romance didn't flop because of curse but because of bad writing. Especially for Lucky Romance, the writing went down the drains.

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I watched all both shows till the end so Entertainer was really zz and Lucky Romance was really crappy.

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talking about six packed manhood slay-ness
the kwak dong yeon sequence to pbg wonderful archery skill just scream so much.
esp when kdy try to not smiling upon pbg flattery

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Love love love the ending!! It made me so happy that the reveal was something he chose to do and not the typical accidental reveal. I hope they do the same when it comes to Ra On as well.

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she is going to think it is another one of his "costumes" though.

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To explain the rating jump... i think maybe.. the ex doctors's viewers just need Moonlight more than Moonlovers at this moment.

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Oh my, i love how you said (or typed?) that fully clothed bogum slayed all the sixpack!! I watched a glimpse of moon lovers and amazed with all the abs that shown, however bogum's face and expression is sexier than all those abs..

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@news - Love your "fully clothed vs six packs" comment but it's so true. LOL!!

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Omg i'm so early! Thank you for your recaps, i really enjoy reading them and seeing how others are interpreting everything. Park bogum and kim yoojung are both amazing actors and i love this drama!! :)

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bo gum and yoo jung are really hitting it out of the park, its always great t see when the actors are in sync with one another. they have really good chemistry and both excellent actors which makes it a treat to watch.

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Such a relief to watch exceptional acting all throughout! Cinematography was breathtaking for nature scenes!

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im definitely going to follow this drama. i was actually not gonna even watch it cause i wasnt impressed by the trailers but decided to give it a try cause i was bored over the weekends. to my surprise it totally sucked me in, it has a refreshing vibe and so much energy. i also love all the characters and the world building. it has a nice balance of serious and funny as well as setting up obstacles for our otp. sometimes historical dramas have this dullness to them which im happy moonlight doesn't have.

also big congratz to moonlight on getting 16% rating, thats such a big jump from 8.5%, i seriously did not expect it to get that much since the show looked liked it was gonna be the underdog.

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Hopefully it will be a repeat of David and Goliath!

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ep 3 is really good.. I cant wait to watch 4th ep...
all the male leads are swoonworthy.. esp jinyoung my bae kim yoonsung.. ??

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we´re gonna have to have a talk about your name. leader what? excuse me.

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it's for jinyoung.. his nickname is fox and he's the leader.. so it's foxleader..

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I see. So you are not claiming to be the leader of foxes? Good. We will not be having elections for a leader any time soon. we follow anarchy and pretty faces.

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i find this exchange funny! :D

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oh the feels this episode gave me where too much.
I was expecting quirky funny giddyiness like the 1st two episodes, but this one sure gave me the thing that I was lacking, that contrast and the other side we got a glimpse of our Crown Prince personality in episode 2.
And OMG Ra On face at the end was priceless
I really love how well Park Bo Gum is portraying this character, he makes sure to convey the right emotions on the spot...
And well i wouldnt mind being his puppy hahahhaha

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Ohh I'm loving this... Moonlight and Scarlet are slaying me at the moment.. PBG and LJK are killing their roles. I want to give all the love in the world to prince So (LJK) and receive all the love from prince Yi Young ( PBG).. with moon/scarlet dramas to watch on mon-teus, W/UF/JI dramas on wed-thurs.. cinderella on the weekend..gahh.. I'm soo occupied by KDramas these days.. ;)

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What I like about this is despite it being set in a highly-politicized environment like the palace, it centers more around intimate themes like family, friendship and self. There's just this bits in the dialogue that are so simple and so understated yet so affecting. It's premise may be light, it may not be this grand production but everything just mesh together so well that it delivers a great viewing experience.

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I agree. For now I'm happy we haven't jumped (yet?) into the politically aspect of the drama. I enjoy the relationships between characters and the themes.

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The thing that's totally slaying me the most about this amazing, wonderful drama is that I can't believe my eyes and ears as I watch Park Bo Gum, after loving him in Reply 1988 and Youth over Flowers in Africa and Music Bank and all his other "real-life" appearances which show the kindness, sweetness, dare I say, 'innocence' of BoGummie in all its glory. It almost made me forget that he is also a brilliant actor. I believe him as the intense prince 100%. His beautiful sensitive facial expressions changing subtly with the words written for the character....and on and on and on. I'm blown away. No wonder the ratings skyrocketed. This drama is marvelous and I think we can tell already that we're in for a wonderful ride!

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Bogum is seriously so amazing. The scenes here with tbe king reminded me of his scenes with SIG in ep 12 of I Remember You. Both times my mouth was just hanging open because his acting is so stunning.

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He's just in a different league on his own. I can't stop marveling at how he can be that good at acting at the same time that he oozes sexiness and charisma...so much that sometimes I forget what the scene was about, he is too distracting :D
Hope the ratings keep being high for Moonlight because Bogum and Yoojung are doing a great job.

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i've only seen him in three things (i remember you, reply 1988, and now moonlight drawn by clouds) and his career is only really just starting so it might be too early to say... but he seems to have a brilliant ability to switch between different "modes" so completely and convincingly that you just believe he's always been that character.

i vividly recall being blown away by him in i remember you. i don't think i'll forget it. a new face i'd never seen or even heard of before, acting the heck out of his role. he was a lost and vulnerable little boy puppy one minute, and convincingly creepy and threatening the next. he conveyed all that with just that marvelous face alone—hardly had to lift a finger or move a limb.

and in this drama, when he gets that steely look—his eyes look like they could just will something into imploding. i too can hardly believe at such moments that this can be the same sweet helpless bogummie from flowers over youths.

i don't want to jinx it, but he really might become one of the "greats" if this keeps up.

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I was so impressed by his acting skills in I remember you! He was just amazing!

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YES. I think I Remember You allowed for more expression of his acting chops than here though. I mean, I think he's cute and funny and endearing here, but his minute changes in expression in IRY were just one of the best acting skills I've seen!

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Watched IRY for Seo In Guk and finished with a newfoundlove for SIG in suits and PBG the super talented rookie.

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He is good in Naeil's Cantabile too :)

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Thanks for the recap. I've only watched Park Bogum in Bridal Mask and Cantabile Tomorrow. I liked him in both and like him even more now as the Crown Prince.

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wait PBG was in Bridal mask, thats new to me

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it was for a cameo i guess. He acted as a student activist. The younger brother of one of the circus troupe member (the girl who betrayed them).

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If I recall correctly, he was a very rookie actor at that time that even in DB recap, his name was not known and dubbed as mini Jo In Sung.

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More reason for me to check out Bridal Mask, even if it's just a cameo. Tomorrow Cantabile is the first place I saw him. Immediately fell for his acting. I Remember You/Hello Monster is the jewel of the Bo Gummie fandom because of his talent. And R88 is appreciated for introducing many to his beauty. Though this one might be next jewel for both reasons.

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Thanks for the great recap.

I am enjoying this far more that I thought that I would. There is far more depth than I expected. Its so well done. The balnce between the heavier, emotional scenes and the lighter comedic scenes is fantastic. They never feel forced together. They feel natural, much like real life contains both.

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I knew it! I knew that Reply curse is not true and Bogum will be fine. Yay for MDBC! Maybe it will be the one that breaks DoTS's rating? The family story in this episode is just good and unexpected.

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Thank you Girlfriday for the recap!

Yes this episode hit me in all the right places! The feels were awesome. At the start I was initially upset that the Crown Prince didn't let Ra On know who he is, and was worried they were going to drag out the reveal, but this way was MUCH much better. I love it when characters are fleshed out and their backgrounds slowly exposed so that we can root for them no matter how flawed they are. The King is now someone I can understand and I'm really rooting for him and the Prince to heal their broken relationship.

PBG is really doing a great job at playing the Prince- every small expression gives a wealth of meaning and adds so much to every scene! And he looks so good all the darn time. Urgh I just know my heart is going to bleed for him in the future episodes. But I'm on board 100%! Actually all the characters are great- I would be having 2nd and 3rd lead syndrome if not for the fact that it's PBG. but I really want them to get together and have an awesome bromance. Prince and his bodyguard is great, but im greedy and wish they all 3 would be friends again. Together with Ra-on. Now how awesome would that be?

Can't wait for tml!

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What I love about this drama is how they handled the often-used character of a reckless, playboy millionaire/prince. A lot of dramas get the fun, hard-to-resist charm; and some can even go deeper and show the flaws and hurts that made him that way. But WOW. Bogum not only did that, but he used both of these aspects as a distraction to have a great deal of control! That is just over and above the usual characterization (and writing skills-thank you for your awesome writing skills)! I mean, you really see him as an actual person because he has an actual personality - complete with quirks and ambitions that are consistent and steady. He didn't just make him human, he made him a human being that people SHOULD have eyes on (both in the show's royal court and in reality with the viewers).

P.S. I actually slow-capped while watching the scene where he accepts his father's command and the transition to his actual planning of that scene and he admitted that he needs his father. If you could summarize his character in just a few minutes, it's that one. How do you do it, PD-nim and Writer-nim?

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Never in my wildest dreams did i imagine that one day i would love Lee Yeong as my favorite crown prince, dammit.

I thought Lee Hwon (Kim Soo Hyun, Moon Embraces the Sun) will always be my one and only.. oh boy, i was so wrong.

Stay awesome Yeong!!!!!

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I expected him to be the next Hwon, and yes... He is even more than Hwon himself. <3 <3 <3

Yeong-ie~ If you stay this awesome until the end, I think it's very possible to fall for you at least once in every episode.^^

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Kim Yoo-jung, is that you?

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I hope Ra-On could play love-messenger for Yoon Sung and Yeong too! I really need them to rekindle their rom-, I mean bromance, or whatever is lost between them!

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omg please.. I need to see yoonsung-yeog-byongyeon bromance...

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Moonlight ruin my Monday for the better.... now I can't even thought how to solve my task but when I have time to watch it.
They are killing it witg intensity!!

and tbh I am quite disappeared that he didn't reveal himself at the opening but the ending make that scene wat better.
he is afraid that his status would change their relationship cause they like the way it now but his choice to reveal himself make a great acceptance on his own.

Bombastic moonlight, truly bombastic

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Yup! I felt exactly the same way but this way is much better- he gets to reveal himself to her alone and it's all the more touching and special that he told her his real name. ? I was positively swooning at that point.

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just realised I have too many typo, autocorrect on for disappear from disappointed ..T.T
that scene is worthed as ending,
and all the cast nailed their role so far,

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"I am quite disappeared" is the best! I laughed so much:D

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Bogumbastic!

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Another strong episode! I am loving every bits of it. I can't believe how this drama manages to steal my heart and run away with it. I should never have doubted "bogum magic". To see him grew this much from the time I first noticed him in Wonderful Days gave me so much pride.

I just hope KBS wont spoil it by demanding extension or trying to milk it till it dries *knock the wood* Am still shuddering at the memory of DOTS. At least we are safe from subway? All hail sageuk!!

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Ha. You never know. The powers of that damn sandwich may just prove to be stronger than the bounds of time and space.

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Who knows... There can always be a way for those sandwiches to make an appearance (or more) in MDBC. Did you watch the latest opening scene where we can spot a cup of black coffee + two macaroons? Who knows if it would be changed into two S*bway Sandwiches instead? :D

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park bo-gum is totally mesmerizing. i'm making myself watch this just to observe his acting. SUCH an expressive face—those eyes!

he's the next kim soo-hyun, only possibly even more talented and solid in the acting department. he gives kim a serious run for his money when it comes to crying. they both cry exquisitely well, except when bogummie cries there's something about him that makes you want to cry with him and give him a hug.

love this boy.

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Ugh this is so on point. When Bogum cries, I just want to give him a hug and wipe his tears away :'(

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Let's make a little circle and give him thousand free hugs everytime he cries. I will do it voluntarily, Eonni.

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We shared a same thought, Eonni. If I have to choose who are my faves between all the Korean actors I've ever watched, I will immediately choose Park Bo Gum and Kim Soo Hyun without any doubt. Even they picked Sageuk after their big breakout performance (PBG picked MDBC after R88 and KSH pikced TMTETS after Dream High).

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The true highlight of this episode for me was the King's performance... I cried :(

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Child Prince, Crown Prince and King all made me cry such a strong portrayal of father-son bond from three generations.

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It gets better and better... I'm so impressed with Park Bo-gum's acting! The incredible array of facial expressions he makes is amazing... Really love all the characters so far. And the BGM is perfect. Thrilled that MDBC doubled in ratings, though I totally forgot Scarlet Heart premiered today. We'll have to see how the two shows battle it out!

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I really was not into this show at first, dismissing it, 'omg another cross dressing heroine sageuk *face palm*' but the first episode blew me away.

I really like the actress portrayal of her character. Despite my initial gripe that she doesnt look like a boy/man at all, her portrayal of her character was so laid back and natural that i quickly forget she's a girl.

Park Bo Gum and Kwak Dong Yeon are of course such a joy to watch, they are both good actors. Jinyoung surprised me as well. His expressions are subtle and spot on.

Despite being comedic, the story have a lot of layers and the stakes are high for each characters. I really am looking forward to the story development.

I was worried for Moonlight this week but it seems that a good story and good acting will win viewers (eventhough there's always exception).

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I think this show is doing a bang up job in delivering loads of cute, but not forgetting substance. All in measured doses.

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I love it! I laugh in so many places and cried in those touching moments. This drama is truly fill with heart (so far). Can't wait for tomorrow's!

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I want to strip Byung-yeon. Not for lusts sake, I just like his clothes. That woven thing on his shoulders looks nice. I need a new ninja costume anyway.

Park Bo Gum is really delivering it on every front it almost feels like he is playing multiple roles. I have chicken skin all over and not thanks to Min-gazes any more but all the little looks of precision...

ah I couldn´t do that "having a nap leaning on a tree" thing. I would get too nervous that I haven´t finished stuff and would get cranky and try to sneak away. I think I need serious therapy.

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I also like the red outfit with embroidered cuffs of Crown Prince though. All their clothes are beautiful (one could argue of course if such bright green as the eunuch´s robes was possible in that era, maybe it was if it is the 1800-eds, in Europe green was the trend because arsenic... did they dye fabric with arsenic in Korea? This would be a good sub-theme for a drama, everyday poisons in crafts. Fabric dyes were really dangerous once...but maybe they used natural plant dyes... gah, see, what a textile artist is concentrating on? But I am really curious about that)

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I was thinking the same thing about the woven thing on Byung-yeon's shoulders, it's beautiful, from where can I get one?! Maybe from stealing your ninja costume?!

and also, I loved the red outfit but was thinking the color would make a nice nail polish LOL!

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In the past (and still today some people), we use plants to dye clothes. To make blue color Koreans used (now some do) Persicaria tinctoria. (Sorry. I know scientific name only). They ferment Persicaria tinctoria for a long time and use it to dye the clothes blue.

That's the plant and the dyed clothes -->
http://blog.naver.com/PostView.nhn?blogId=parkbja5614&logNo=220747165263

There are many plants used in the past to dye clothes.

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Please do ladies and I'll take what's left (PBG robe-less of course)

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oh but he will never strip. see 1N2D... he will do other things though.

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PBG showed his naked back though when he changed his shirt in their last day...

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I was surprised to go from swooning over puppy to respecting the CP's character. This drama was an easy watch but now it has become such a heartwarming drama to watch.

I've always like KYJ. In fact repeated the Moon embrace the sun childhood segment about 10 times because of her and the other actor. If aný casting director ever make those 2 the main adult leads in any drama- I would watch it in a heartbeat. In the meantime PBG and her are just insanely cute and full of chemistry on screen.

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Kim Yoo-jung and Yeo Jin-goo are the sageuk darlings. They have been in many sageuks that it's like riding a bike when they get back to acting in the genre.

I was kind of nervous for Yoo-jung because this is kind of a different role for her but she is both cute and hilarious without going overboard.

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This show is such a heart-grabber! Maybe it's because I read 2 of the translated novels which got me so invested in this drama in the first place, but I swear it's the cast and also how the script is written. Everything, including the cinematography, plays a great part to make this show such an easy watch.

It does help quite a bit that the cast is such a pretty lot.

Park Bo Gum, just take my heart with you, I am all yours!
Kim Yoo Jung, what a fine young lady~
Jin Young, smile and I melt.
Kwak Dong Yeon, Gat Byung Yeon indeed!

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Hello! I read that "I'm all yours" line, and Healer OST by Michael Learns to Rock immediately plays in my mind. And now I'm singing to it. OH MY LOVE~ I'M ALL YOURS~ And there will never be another one cause I'm eternally yours

Lol I'm blinded by PBG

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Episode 3 is Daebak! I was literally jumping and squealing when Yeong revealed his true identity to Ra On. That gaze as he followed her from behind, and the instrumental version of Gummy's song... Oh the feels~

Btw I'm happy to know that MDBC led the ratings last night. All the casts and production team really deserved it. Hope they can maintain the quality and rating of this awesome piece of Sageuk!

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Omg,i'm so blown out of my mind at the last scene.father and son conspiring.and then CP revealing himself to his puppy<3

I'm a PBG fan,so when i saw the teasers for this drama,i wasn't impressed.but it's PBG so i had to watched this reluctantly only to see his face.it also help that i like the lead actress too.so,i'm surprise that this turns out to be a good sageuk drama and i'm sooo relieved.
I really don't care about ratings but upon knowing scarlet heart will be on the same timeslot,i got worried.thankfully viewers find this drama good enough.i hope MDBC top all ratings all the time so that PBG will have more drama offers in the future.

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Haha! Same here. I was concerned that a saeguk could be a bad choice as his next project, and was going to check solely due to my love for Bo Gum ❤️. I was missing him already in my screen. But it turned out to be a decent watch, breezy and entertaining, with lots of eye candy and good performances, mainly from the leading lady who is also a very solid actress.
I am very happy that I can enjoy Bogummie and that hopefully he will get some recognition for this and will solidify his status as a rising star. :D

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I've been away for a while -traveling and stuff- so I couldn't comment but watched the episodes and read the recaps to almost everything on Dramabeans, and I'm just glad to be back!

This drama is just so beautiful I can't get enough of it! Loved the first two episodes but this one got me right in the heart. WOW park Bo Gum is awesome, the emotions he brings to his character, the expressions, specially in the scenes when he is talking to his father! Everyone is great really!

And you weren't alone girlfriday, I caught myself crying couple of times too!

Thank you for the recap.

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I love this drama. my new crack and its more than DOTS's love. PBG just perfect in every aspect and me wondering how can that cute angelic face and smile can do act with such grace and different in every role he have. this drama also have KYJ, with such veteran experience. the directing, the story and everything makes perfect balance, all makes this drama so much fun to watch and to my surprise I don't push the FFWD button like when I watch other drama..thanks for recaps.

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I can't even... *sobs*
Bogummie's acting is amazing here. He's not just an angsty teenager but a very verrryyy lonely prince. But we still enjoy his cheeky moments. And all the elements just bring out the emotion and the natural flow of the story. Those who weren't sold yet last week should be completely won over by now.

As much as I enjoyed those abs - er, i mean - those handsome 38 princes (I may have miscounted), I realized I only needed one.

In other news, Park Bo-gum's guesting on 1D2N reportedly recorded the variety show's highest rating this year. Park Bo-gum magic to counter the Reply curse?

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also, have you seen the episode of Sister Slam Dunk when the ladies met him and went all fangirl? and others who heard his voice on the phone went crazy? Bus driving mentor lol

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Yessss that was so random coz he's not even a good driver. But who wouldn't fall for his voice and fangirl over his presence?? XD

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Yes I saw that portion on YT and I too squealed when the all the women did. And that leather jacket!

I remembered on one episode of Running Man, Song Ji Hyo also called Park Bo Gum for a mission and she fangirled so much. Oh the effect he has on us noonas.

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This is my new crack drama. I love it, I love Park Bo Gum, his subtle shifts from being mischievous to serious is damn smooth.

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This was totally deserving of it's first place ratings! This episode surprised me and I just hope we get the same task-of-the-day-setup every week (just like 'Let's Fight, Ghost' is able to do).

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I had You're Beautiful vibe watching this episode and it is not a bad thing because I loved YB so much it was my first crack drama.

Bogummie is love and the royal guard/friend is looking very hot. I love that we see later's at ep 3 in the narrative and especially in the prince cos my worry in ep 2 was it could get too simplistic if they continue that way.

Now on to hijinks and reluctant friendships please!

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when Byung yeon trained those archers, wasn't the scene a parody of DOTS when Seo Dae-Yong trained the special forces in shooting? xDD i was totally reminded of that scene

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Thaaaank you so much! I really think you're right! I couldn't remember but knew it sure reminded me of something in a kdrama. Love it.

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I'm officially in love. If I could change one thing, it would be to get rid of the fat suit-- but that's just a minor quibble and overall, I'm thrilled to be infatuated once again.

Yep, PBG is killing it (and may kill me before this is over). I was really moved by the scene in which the young Yi Yeong finally allowed himself to grieve. But how many times is my heart going to be ripped to shreds watching PBG play a character who has tragically lost his mother, knowing that PBG tragically lost his own mother?

I'm excited that this is getting so much love in the rating!

Thanks, gf!

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PBG my love he just beautiful to watch I literally jump when I heard it got good rating I mean netizen some times don't have good eye for good drama.I hope this drama gives its best from now on.I love this cute eye candy pair.I loved them from the start good pairing.

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the princes' facial expressions really cannot match park bo gum's miniature (sometimes subtle) facial expressions..

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This episode was simply awesome in every aspect. The first week episodes very cute and I was mainly watching it for Bo Gum but now the story have me invested. I am totally loving it. I would like to applaude the writer for such intricate characterisation of our prince and BoGummie plays it with finesse. The show is

Heartwarming..Heart tugging..Heartwrenching

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I was quite worried for this drama.. but damn!! It doubled in rating!! now I'm not regretting jinyoung's decision to take this drama eventho it means b1a4 comeback is a long long way to go.. gurumi fighting!! all the casts deserved a good result so much, they're filming in the heat with that costumes , it must be though..

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I am surprised at the ratings. I wonder what made it go up by double times. Must be Bogum :)
I wish we had stronger second leads. This is almost like Bogum-Yoojung show.

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btw Jung Hye-sung (Plump adorable princess) said she wished for 15% ratings so that they can go on on reward trip. I guess her wish came true (well ratings part).

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I can't wait for her to ditch that fat suit or whatever it is that she is wearing. That has got to be so uncomfortable especially with the hot weather.

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It delays B1A4 comeback, but at least we get a Sandeul OST. :-)

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what a cute good drama it balance the seriousness of saeguk with pure fun comedy park bogum oppa seranghye.....

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All I can say (shout, precisely) is "Aaaaackkk!!!!"

The ending of episode 3 was soooo breath-taking. Gummy's voice as the backsound made my heart even flustered. I cried watching The King and LeeYoung's part. I'm impressed of Bogummy's acting. Even Jinyoung did pretty well! I can't wait when Chae Soobin comes out, it will be more interesting.

Moonlight fighting!! 8.5% to 16% omg KBS must be excited to export the drama into million dollars lol.

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OMG Chae Soobin, yeah! Is she villanous here? Ooohh...her and "Min" together is going to be explosive. is it really safe to put them in the same frame?

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Omg the feels! This show is turning out better than i expected! I just love when our heroes outsmart the baddies (father & son for the win!)
Also can't believe it doubled in ratings in just one week! Moonlight fighting!

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I actually liked the two first episodes better. The cute fluff was so much fun and it really suited the actors, cinematography etc. With all the political intrigue in this episode it's starting to feel like other sageuks.

I'm loving the actors in this, although not so much KYJ. but that may be more to her role than her as an actress. It's not exactly written as the most original or complex female lead. Kwak Dong Yeon makes me look at him every time he comes on screen lol, no matter who else is beside him. PBG is once again showing how good an actor he is, although tbh I'm not as crazed about him as everyone else. But that's not so much about his acting as it's because of what I've seen of him on variety etc. He always seems polite and considerate, but I just can't seem to get a handle on who he is as a person and it comes through in his acting as well (for me). There's just something I can't quite put my finger on. But that isn't a reflection on his skills, because he sure can act and I'm happy his agency chose to debut him as an actor instead of a singer :) I'm pretty curious to see R88 now, as I've only seen him in roles where he can be cold and intriguing, so I wonder if all this will change if I see him play an all round nice, normal guy?

The last part of the episode, with him and the king "plotting against the court" or what else to call it, was pretty awesome though and I'll definitely keep watching for now!

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The political intrigue makes it feels like a sageuk. When the story is based on the royal family there is bound to be politics.

Kim Yoo-jung is rocking her role here . I can not think of any young actress who could do better in sageuk.

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The court politics are a big part of why I don't usually watch sageuks, so I liked that this one seemed pretty light in that department, hence my slowly losing interest if this keeps up.
I don't think there has to be politics on this scale in a story based on a royal family.

Well, I did say that it might be her character that makes me on the fence about her performance. I don't know if there aren't any other young actresses who could do better in a sageuk, I don't think a sageuk requires any particular form of look or acting apart from the gestures and language adjustments which is often part of acting anyway. Why do you think she is particularly siuted for sageuks? (Asking because I'm legitimitely interested :))

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Yes it is and I hope it'll stay that way.
I haven't seen a sageuk without politics of some kinds so it's hard to avoid it. I personally enjoyed most of it to be honest and maybe because I find Korea's history to be fascinating.

Forgive me, it was a fan-girl over-reacting on my part lol. I think she is just fantastic on screen and off screen.
Kim Yoo-jung has done many sageuks for me to go back and count and with all that experience and her talents makes her comfortable, confident and natural in any sageuk setting.
There is sincerity to her acting which makes up for the unconvincing cross-dressing appearance which is hard to pull off when you are born a female. I'm willing to ride along.
Her appearance is not too modern therefore she can easily transform herself into an a young maiden in any historic era without much effort.
Her mannerism, the way she behave and treat people of different ranks, the way she carries herself in the costume she wears etc is usually spot on within that time period. It's kind of hard to tell in this kind of fusion because it's less formal.
There is an old soul in that young woman's body when it comes to sageuks. Her therapy session with Cha Tae-hyun in eps 1 cracks me up. She has the know it all attitude of a learned scholar/therapist wanna be and body language was convincing but her youthful looks did not match and I guess that's what made it funny. I can't wait till she gets older.
She held her own with confidence when she interacts with the veteran actors because she can rise to their level and maybe because she has worked with most of them in the past.
She hasn't done much romantic scenes since she is still a child/teen actress so I'm curious to see how she handles it here and how far they are going to take it.

I could write more about all the little things that I find fascinating about Kim Yoo-jung but I'm a terrible writer.
She is gifted in both talents and appearance and it has been a pleasure following her career up to this point.

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Maybe sageuk writers just choose not to avoid it? I think it could be quite possible, but the amount of tension, action and suspense that can come out of court intrigues probably makes it something writers always choose to factor in. And of course historically there's always been lots of intrigues at courts. A sageuk or any other story about a royal family could be done with no politics though, it's just not done much (imo).

Lol no worries ^^ Thanks for explaining! Had no idea she was a child/teen actress nor that she'd been in a lot of sageuks before. And I agree, gender bender crossdressing is usually pretty unbelievable *cough You're Beautiful cough*. (Except for Coffee Prince, I'd definitely buy that people would think she's a guy or be confused about whether she is or not. Other than that it tends to be so obvious that they're women.)

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OH YES! I am definitely Park BoGum 100% Bombastic Moonlight On Board ^_*:)) Woo-Hoo ! Awesome chemistry PBG & KYJ....:))

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AHHHHH Crap!!
What is this witchcraft from Moonlight Drawn By Clouds?? It has only been 3 episodes, yet Im suffering from Second and maybe even Third lead syndrome??? WHATTT

BOGUM is still flawless as ever and all his scenes made me fall in love with him over and over again! He is the main reason I decided to watch Moonlight Drawn By the Clouds and why I'm hooked on to it. The immense number emotions and the micro expressions that he performs perfectly ! The charming smile of the Crown Prince ! AAND the swooning scenes with Ra-on!! OMGGG STAPHH BOGUM U ARE TOO PRECIOUS FOR THIS WORLD!!! #PROTECT #GUMMY #AT #ALL #COST

AND Second lead Syndrome from Yoon Sung!! WHYYY DOES EVERYBODY IN THIS DRAMA GOTTA BE SO GOOD LOOKING? Staphhh playing with my fragile heart! The "pretending not to know" scene was definitely my ultimate favourite this episode. I had to pause the drama at least 10 times during this scene to stop myself from giggling and fan girling over his precious B1A4 lips!! Honestly, his lips are exactly my type. Hope he gets more recognition as an actor!!! The whole scene was just perfect and how effortlessly he carries of this "bad but good boy and friendship but romance" vibe!! idkkk if u get me. Helppp somebody. Hhah Help me to articulate this weird phrasing of mine LOL

AND AND THIRD LEAD SYNDROME WTHHH from the "ghost" LMAO. Byung Yeon why you gotta carry off the "bad boy but caring" charisma so well!! That is exactly my type okay. IM not even kidding! If only the Crown Prince, Yoon Sung and Byung Yeon would combine all their characteristics together in real life. BAMMMM MY PERFECT NAMJA. The apple vinegar scene was so cuteee!! If only he would let his guard down and be a hyung to Ra-on!! SO LOOkING FORWARD to the character development of the relationship between Byung Yeon and Ra-On LMAO!! I dont know why but Byung Yeon is such an interesting character that I hope the writers will put more effort into diving deeper!

So far, Moonlight Drawn By the Clouds has been 10/10. Lmao okay Maybe I'm just super biased towards Bogummy. Sorry!! But in all seriousness, it is overall an easy drama to watch and is defiantly a crowd pleaser with all those hear throbbing scenes. I do not really watch historical dramas and I have to admit I initially watched MDBC only because of Bo gum. His ability to pull off any characters he play is my number one reason for liking him so much (cough cough looks too cough cough) and the characters he plays are always so different from each other! The variety of talent in him from a genius baduk player in 1988 and the psychotic lawyer in Hello Monster is really impressive and just.. just too prefect.

Petition to start a movement known as #ProtectGummyAtAllCost .

LMAO sorry totally deviating from the topic and this has just become my fangirl session over Bo Gum.

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I have high hopes for MDBC and it seems to be fairing quite good in ratings too!

All the actors, not forgetting Kim You Jung (she's SO SO PRETTY HOW EVEN) but I'll talk about her in another thread. LMAO Im still focusing on the male actors and the storyline right now.

So yah thats basically it. Looking forward to more of MDBC !!! ;))))

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Thank you so much for the wonderful recap!

So far, out of the list dramas I've been watching right now, MDBC is my favorite. Setting aside how great the lead actors were (Bogummy and Yoojung), the arrangement of the scenes and delivering of dialogues were so flawless. I commend the writer on how he/she keeps every episode not lose its momentum. I having excitement but not too much -- too much that when I'd watch the next episode I'd compare it with a previous one. I just like how the story progresses slowly and shows character development on the actors without losing the context and essence of every episode.

It's amazing how the drama keeps me excited every week!!! I just can't take off the smile in my face on every episode. It's definitely a perfect stress reliever after work.

The were too many poignant scenes in this episode that was stressed earlier on the recap.

I cried on the last scene when finally, the Prince introduced himself, it felt so legendary and heartwarming. I can't contain my feels while watching Bogummy's cute little smile on his last line.

Can't wait for the next episode and see how their friendship would blossom into love! \(//∇//)\

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Just wondering... is the slap really that hard for a eunuch to be in tears? Or am I just being too hard on Kim Yoo Jung? It's my first time voicing out my critique, so please have mercy (after reading all the positive reviews). I'm just being curious.

I believe eunuchs are trained to conceal or be discreet about their emotions especially from their masters or to the royals, right? Being a man, or in pretense, one shouldn't cry easily. Yes, I would have cried because of the shock and humiliation. (But actually no, if I was in her shoe, I wouldn't have time to react to the slap, like crying, since I'd be so surprised..."What the heck happen.. Wait! Did she just slap me?")

What do you think, guys?

I also want to express my admiration for Bo Gum.. I really like how he changes his expressions, I also had I Remember You feels.. Looking forward to more of that.

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Yes, that slap was as strong as kimchi slap even the eunuch standing beside KYJ was hit by it.

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Poor Yoojung! in a interview with the actress who played the Queen she revealed that Yoojung told her to do it for real. And to think there were three takes! Hats off to Yoojung for being a pro but I pity her having to go through that ordeal. Her beautiful face must have sooooo red after!

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I didn't expect her to cry. Maybe she was told to cry because Yoon-sung was watching or maybe that was just Yoo-jung. She is still a 18yr old trainee (to put it in modern term). She's still weak in some areas just like that one young eunuch who peed on his pants in earlier episodes.

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I think that no matter how much you are trained to be stoic, it doesn't remove from you the instinct to be stunned by pain inflicted on you. More so for a woman I think, and we cannot forget that Raon is an 18 or 19-year old young woman whose unfortunate circumstances while toughening her up makes her more vulnerable, hence the tears.

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Pls dont forget that she is a woman.

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The crying surprised me too. She cried so hard and for so long that I had time to think the things you mentioned - 'wait, was the slap that hard? For someone who's pretending to be a male servant and has spent her life pretending to be a boy, that's a lotta tears. This isn't logical. Does the Queen have a big honking ring on or did she rake her nails across our eunuch's face, where's the blood, where are the marks? Hmmm, no marks.'
Anyway, that was a lot of thoughts to be having that took me out of the drama (hate when that happens!) and I blamed the PD and editing. But I guess they thought the audience needed that much to get the sufficient emotional impact.

But no big deal, I love the show and all our leads.

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