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Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: Episode 10

Brace yourself for loads of sweetness: This episode put a silly grin on my face that lasted for an embarrassingly long time. This show certainly knows how to play out small moments for great effect, and it’s been rewarding watching these kids figure things out and grow up in the process—even if that includes having to feel pain. Just don’t hurt these kids’ feelings too much, you hear? I’m not sure I could take that. It would be like kicking puppies, and who wants to be the puppy-kicker? You monsters.

 

 
EPISODE 10: “Like a fairy tale”

Yeong finally learns Ra-on’s name, and says it aloud. He notes that it means joyful, and she tells him her father named her that hoping she would live a joyful life. Yeong says it suits her perfectly.

In the morning, Yeong sneaks peeks out his door, giddily anticipating the arrival of his eunuchs. Well, just the one, but they tend to come in groups.

Ra-on is full of secret smiles as she and Eunuch Jang make their way to the prince’s chamber. Eunuch Jang starts to make his usual whimper of announcement, but today Ra-on takes the lead, asking loudly if he’s awake.

Yeong lights up and tells her to enter, then runs like a little boy to his desk so he can act like he hasn’t been pacing all morning waiting for her. Ra-on runs inside the second the doors are open.

As she dresses him, Yeong asks questions just so he can use her name, over and over: “How is the weather outside, Ra-on-ah? Did you take the books for the morning lecture, Ra-on-ah?”

She enjoys hearing it, but worries that someone might overhear. Yeong assures her that he’ll only call her Ra-on when they’re alone: “All that time that I could not call your name, I will make up for abundantly now.”

Ra-on leans in to fasten his belt around him and they thrill at the closeness. Gah, I can’t stop smiling like a fool. It’s like watching puppies frolic; the giddiness is contagious.

When Ra-on reaches up to place his hat on his head, Yeong teasingly makes himself taller to put himself out of her reach… and then leans down to meet her at her level. Ah, there’s a nice poetry to that, isn’t there?

Once dressed, Yeong requests Ra-on’s advice as a love expert, and asks, “A love with the crown prince—is that not what all women dream of?” Ra-on makes a face, and then he grabs her belt to yank her close, slinging an arm around her shoulder.

Byung-yeon tells his rebel leader that he was unable to locate Hong Kyung-rae’s lost daughter. (Yessss. You go, Gat Byung-yeon!) He says that their old neighbor couldn’t remember anything, and then the look on his rebel leader’s face changes. Uh…oh. That is not a good look.

Byung-yeon asks what happens when they find her, and his leader replies that they’ll protect her as one of their own. Byung-yeon says he will keep searching.

Masked rebels blanket the town with papers, kicking off their renewed rebellion with declarations that the people are the true owners of the nation, rather than their ineffectual king. Their manifesto vows not to fail as they did ten years ago.

This sets off the already panicked king, who rails against his soldiers for being unable to catch the rebels. Yeong attempts to be the calming force and says he will handle this, but the jittery king orders any and all suspicious persons rounded up and punished harshly.

Seeing his father like this worries Yeong, and he asks Byung-yeon if there is any news on Hong Kyung-rae’s daughter. Looking torn, Byung-yeon answers in the negative. Yeong declares that he will sever the tie of bad fate between the king, the prime minister, and Hong Kyung-rae, and asks his friend to help him.

Yeong crosses paths with Prime Minister Kim in the hallway, and pauses to bow before moving on. But the prime minister stops him to ask if he thinks these events are sudden and new: “Unrest seeks out the weakest places.” Yeong interprets that as a dig at him—that the unrest arose once the weak prince was named regent.

Prime Minister Kim affirms it, saying that despite his good intentions to effect change, the real effect is turmoil. He offers to allow the prince to take “refuge” under him, where he can accept the aid and counsel of more seasoned politicians.

But Yeong replies that it would hardly do to ignore the mud under one’s foot just to stand in the shade.

Under the king’s orders, everyone in the palace has their things searched for incriminating evidence. Ra-on asks Eunuch Jang what the fuss is about, and he whispers that the rebels’ flyers spoke of a coup that would dethrone the king, which is the stuff of high treason. When similar events unfolded ten years ago, he adds, there were spies in the palace; hence this paranoia now. Eunuch Jang warns the rookies to be extra careful, because they could find themselves painted as traitors even if they did nothing wrong.

That night, Yeong finds Ra-on preparing his bed and joins her next to it. She supposes he’s had an upsetting day, and he agrees, adding, “I did not see you all day long.”

Ra-on pats the bed and tells him to rest, and Yeong immediately complies—by laying his head down in her lap. She knows he hasn’t had restful sleep lately and offers to tell him interesting stories until he falls asleep.

He listens sleepily as she relates a story in a book she once read, which shares similarities to his comment about every woman dreaming of romancing a prince. In it, a mermaid from the sea fell in love with a prince.

He closes his eyes as she talks, and she pauses to watch his sleeping face. She hovers a hand above his brow, barely touching it with a finger. Then Yeong’s hand joins hers, and he asks if that prince was as good-looking as himself. She laughs, and supposes that he was, since the mermaid fell in love at first glance.

“Like you?” he asks. Ra-on laughs bashfully, then continues with the story of the mermaid who lost her voice and gained two legs to be with the prince.

From outside the door, Byung-yeon listens to them talk, just as Yeong says, “Continue… Ra-on-ah.”

The king frets to Head Eunuch Han about the unrest, certain that what happened to will inevitably happen to the prince: The voices against him will grow louder and render him powerless. These fears make the king even more eager to hurry the prince into marriage, to help stabilize the wildly swinging public sentiment.

As for the bride: The king orders the minister of rites (Ha-yeon’s father) summoned secretly.

The recent civil service examination has yielded a class of new government appointees, and they are brought to court to greet the prince. Aw, Young Master Jung passed in first place, and is hilariously nervous and bombastic as he promises to work hard.

Yeong encourages him to make full use of his talents in his new position, and Ra-on enters carrying scrolls. One look at each other has them both gasping in surprise, since Ra-on was the love expert penning Young Master Jung’s letters to the princess. But that hardly seems like something they’d want to be outing now, and they both blurt nervously that they don’t know each other that well, having only seen each other in passing a few times.

Yeong looks unconvinced, but lets it go for the moment. Young Master Jung is dismissed feeling relieved, and Ra-on catches up to him outside, where she assures him that she won’t say anything about their previous ghostwriting association.

Princess Myeongeun calls out to Ra-on, and Young Master Jung’s eyes widen in shock when he hears this is the princess. In a flash he’s gone, leaving both Ra-on and Myeongeun wondering where he went.

Ra-on marvels at Princess Myeongeun’s transformation, and the princess puts on mock-dignified airs to match her new appearance, then giggles with Ra-on.

After she leaves, Young Master Jung comes out of hiding, and Ra-on asks how he’ll manage being at court often. He replies that he’ll have to avoid the princess to the best of his ability, then gets teary at the thought of how thin she has become.

Yeong pauses in the palace courtyard to see a little girl with a vegetable cart, recognizing her as the lantern-seller whose wish was to meet the king. He greets her and learns that she’s followed her father on a grocery delivery. A court lady arrives and very nearly gives away his identity (the girl doesn’t realize he’s the prince), but Yeong motions for her to hush. He instructs her to have the refreshments meant for him given to the girl instead.

The king calls Minister Jo in for a secret meeting and makes his case directly: Marry Ministers Jo’s daughter to Yeong, and become a supporting force to the prince.

The Kims catch wind of the marriage talk and suspect that this is why Minister Jo delayed their talks regarding marrying his daughter to Yoon-sung. The younger Ministers Kim are thrown into panic mode, worrying that if the crown prince and princess conceive an heir, that endangers their own moment of opportunity, with the queen (a Kim herself) being pregnant.

Prime Minister Kim, on the other hand, is as calm as ever and tells them not to worry. After all, the process of selecting a crown princess is something that requires the approval of many, which means there is still a way to prevent the marriage. The prime minister asks how old the other minister’s daughter is, likely to throw her into the mix.

Yeong spots Ra-on with her eunuch buddies Do Ki and Sung-yeol, who support her on either side to help her with a twisted ankle. Do Ki suggests carrying her between them instead of having her limp, and she laughs as they run across the courtyard with her.

Yeong’s expression darkens, and he motions the other two away, then complains about her putting her arms around anyone’s shoulders, and laughing with anyone. Hee, petty jealousy is the best.

She hangs her head, feeling a bit put out, but he softens his tone and tells her, “Don’t get hurt. That’s an order.” She points out that nobody gets hurt intentionally, and he adds, “And in front of other people, hold back your laughs. That’s an order too.”

Ra-on retorts that she won’t obey, and Yeong pouts and moves in for a forehead flick. Ra-on flinches, but instead of flicking her head, Yeong holds up a book to cover their faces, leaning in to kiss Ra-on’s cheek.

She’s startled, and he tells her that’s her punishment for disobeying the prince. Oh, is that how this works? *files away information*

Minister Jo shares his dilemma with his daughter, not knowing whether to side with the king or the Kims. But Ha-yeon tells her father readily to follow the king’s request. She’d been wanting to find a way to be a comfort to the prince in his current troubles, and expresses her desire to be helpful.

Her father worries at the ramifications—particularly if she should be eliminated from the selection. In that case, they will have taken an adversarial stance to the Kims, she won’t have the protection of being royal, and she’ll be able to marry anyone else.

Ha-yeon considers it, but states that she will not regret her decision.

Yeong takes a look at Ra-on’s sprained ankle, dismayed at the extent of the swelling, and tells her to stay put until he returns. She assures him that the injury isn’t that bad and that she can walk, but he asks sternly if she’s disobeying him and swoops in for another “punishment.” Ra-on rears back and concedes quickly, which is crazy because some punishments should just be suffered. I’m told it builds character.

Then she recoils a second time when she thinks he’s trying to sneak another kiss, only to have him hold up the book he was reaching for. Heh.

And then, Yeong hears of his impending marriage from his father, who is impervious to his pleas to reconsider. The king points out the precarious state they are in, and how if the prince betrays signs of struggling, the populace will be more readily swayed by talk of revolution.

Yeong is firm, though, in stating that he does not want to take on a lifelong partner purely as a tool in a power grab: “I will gather my people using my methods.” He asks his father to retract the order.

The queen is aghast at the proceedings and wonders how her father could be so calm when a princess from the Jo clan could shake up everything. Prime Minister Kim just reminds her that he was able to turn the daughter of a mere gisaeng into the nation’s queen. He tells her to refrain from needless worrying and focus on her pregnancy.

With the marriage news fresh on his mind, Yeong engages in a particularly fierce training session with Byung-yeon. He’s so caught up in his frustrations that he belatedly recalls his instructions for Ra-on to wait for him. He abruptly calls an end to the session and hurries back to the pavilion where he’d left Ra-on.

She’s still there when he arrives, and chides him for leaving her waiting. But when he kneels in front of her and tells her to climb on his back, she balks in alarm, casting nervous looks around them. He says that he’d do the same for Eunuch Jang and makes it an order, and she notes that he sure does like ordering her around.

Yeong asks if she really means to defy him, and Ra-on looks around uncertainly.

She ends up on his back, of course, and as he walks slooooowly across the grounds, he comments on how light she is. She teases him, saying that his arms seem to be trembling. Still, she worries that they might be seen, and he assures her that he knows a number of unused paths in the palace.

Yeong asks what happens to the mermaid and the prince in her story, and she resumes where she’d left off: The prince didn’t recognize the mermaid’s feelings and married another woman, making the mermaid disappear into bubbles.

She doesn’t draw any particular connections, but it makes Yeong stop in his tracks and note, “It’s a sad story.”

Ra-on tells him he can let her near her building, but at that, Yeong smiles his denial and declares that they’ll make the trip again. He turns around straightaway and declares that he’ll carry her alllll the way back to his palace, and come allllll the way back.

The queen makes a midnight visit to a locked chamber, and inside is a pregnant court lady. It’s the same woman who’d gagged while serving the queen, and she has been kept here under the queen’s watch—captive, but apparently well-fed and looked after. She asks fearfully what will happen to her and the child, and is told that no harm will come to them, as long as she doesn’t say anything.

In a flashback, a fortuneteller had sworn vehemently that the queen was carrying a son, which had satisfied the prime minister. That was purely for his benefit, though, because the queen had confirmed that it was really a daughter—and while she had been bitter about it, she was determined not to let this opportunity go to waste. No matter what, she would produce a prince to inherit the throne.

Eunuch Sung picks Do Ki to be assigned to a new duty, explaining that that they need help preparing the royal wedding. Ra-on wonders who will be getting married, and Eunuch Sung informs her that it’s the crown prince.

Ra-on reels. Heartsick, she sits by herself trying to deal with her emotions, and thinks of the mermaid story, feeling the connection now.

Yoon-sung joins her there, teasing that seeing her makes him want to skip his duties. He starts to explain that he’s busy with a new task, but stops short when he realizes it would lead to mention of the wedding. Ra-on catches on, though, and says she just heard of it herself, and the need to appoint a temporary post for an upcoming ceremony.

Yoon-sung looks over and sees that Ra-on is struggling to keep a smile on her face. He admits that he’d wanted to feign ignorance, but can’t when her feelings are written so clearly on her face. So he gets up and excuses himself to allow her privacy.

He turns back at a distance to see Ra-on with her tears, and thinks, “Be as sad as you wish. Cry your fill, feel all your hurt, and then you can come to me.”

Yeong meets with Teacher Dasan, asking him to stand with him and offering a lofty government position. Teacher Dasan asks what it is the prince wants from him, and Yeong replies that he wants a devoted worker, one who will not twist the truth, who will remain steadfast in the face of temptation.

Teacher Dasan offers the advice that a bowstring that has been strung too tight will snap. Yeong replies, “Yes, just as you are doing now, teach me and urge me on. That is what I hope for from you.”

Yeong has a second issue to discuss with him, and states that there is a woman he must not lose; he needs Teacher Dasan’s help to ensure that.

Ra-on drops off books in Head Eunuch Han’s office, and lingers to look at an embroidered handkerchief on the desk. Head Eunuch Han notices her looking, and she explains that it was the egret flower that caught her eye.

Eunuch Han notes that it’s not a flower many can name, and Ra-on says that her mother was fond of the flower. Eunuch Han says that his old friend used to carry around a handkerchief with this flower on it, given to him by his wife. Hmm.

That doesn’t land with Ra-on, but it does give the eunuch something to think about, and he looks after Ra-on in a new light.

The grocer girl is apprehended by royal officers, who hold up the stack of treasonous papers hidden in her vegetable cart. The girl sobs, swearing that she knows nothing, but the officer orders her carted off to the court tribunal. Byung-yeon arrives to see the girl being taken away, and it makes him flash back to a similar memory from his past.

As a young boy, he had watched as his father was dragged before soldiers and accused of treasonous activity, communicating with rioters and offering them supplies. His father had spit back that all he’d done was open his stores to the starving people, who were neither traitors nor rioters. He’d sneered at the attitude that standing by to watch their misery would be more patriotic, and an angry officer had cut him down for it.

Afterward, as young Byung-yeon had been crying for his dead father, a man wearing a bamboo hat had come by to outstretch his hand.

Head Eunuch Han mulls over his suspicions, thinking to the time Ra-on had almost been sent off with the Chinese envoys, when he’d learned that she was orphaned in the revolt ten years ago.

Yeong argues on behalf of the grocer girl with this father, but the king insists that she’s not too young to be involved in treasonous activities, and that her youth can be deceiving. Yeong says it’s likely she did an errand for a few bites of food, pleading with the king to be lenient.

But the king is all the way on the other end of that spectrum and insists that they must make an example of her and deliver an especially harsh punishment.

That night, Yoon-sung broods over Ra-on’s situation, and how he’d once wondered what it was that kept her at the palace despite its dangers. He waits outside the prince’s quarters to speak with him, and explains that he wrestled with the dilemma of whether to approach him as a vassal with a request, or a friend declaring war. His choice will be contingent upon the prince’s reaction, he says.

Yoon-sung mentions the prince’s wedding plans, and says that there is one person who must watch everything but hide her pain in front of the prince. Yeong’s eyes narrow and he asks what Yoon-sung is getting at.

“That is the person I love,” Yoon-sung says. “I do not want to see that woman hurt because of your ambition. No, I will not just stand by and watch.”

Byung-yeon is called in by his rebel leader, but the moment he arrives, he’s ambushed by his fellow masked rebels, who knock him to his knees and draw their swords.

“Hong. Ra. On,” his leader says. Oh shit. They know everything.

His leader asks why Byung-yeon didn’t say anything, and whether he planned to hand her over to the prince instead, or the prime minister. Byung-yeon says no—it’s just that Ra-on had lived a difficult life, and he wanted to keep her from experiencing the pain he’d felt.

He says that she knows nothing, and will be able to offer no information about her father. He asks, “Can you not leave her to live not knowing?”

In response, his leader grabs a sword and holds it to Byung-yeon’s neck. He reminds Byung-yeon of the warning he’d given when he first sent him to the prince: to do as told, without thinking, and that acting on independent thought was a dangerous thing.

With a roar, the leader swings the sword at Byung-yeon’s neck, and Byung-yeon doesn’t so much as flinch. Just then, a voice calls out, “Stop!” It’s the mysterious man in the bamboo hat.

Eunuch Jang delivers a letter from Teacher Dasan to the prince, and it conveys promising news: He has found a way to solve the prince’s problem. Yeong’s face breaks into a smile as he reads the instruction to arrange a meeting with Ra-on.

Bamboo Hat makes his way inside the room to join the rebels, and as he turns, we see his face. What, it’s Head Eunuch Han?

Byung-yeon recognizes him too, but it’s a shock for him to connect the dots: Eunuch Han had been the man who brought him to the rebels after his father had been killed, and is their current leader.

Eunuch Han tells Byung-yeon that he has been watching him, and announces that he will bring Hong Kyung-rae’s daughter to the reunion of their rebel ranks.

Sitting outside her building, Ra-on lights up to see Yeong approach and greets him brightly. He asks if she’s smiling because she’s glad to see him, and she admits to feeling happy every time she meets his eye.

He smiles down at her for a long moment, then asks why she pretended not to know. “No,” he amends, “why are you pretending that you’re fine?”

She tells him not to struggle too much when it’s a situation that has no solution. He asks if she intended to act like nothing was amiss, and then disappear into bubbles.

But while she seems resigned to things out of her control, Yeong hands her a letter and tells her he’s found a way to keep her with him as a woman.

“I don’t like the story you’ve told me,” he says. “I will change that story. Those two lived happily together for a long, long time. Like us.”

Ra-on brightens, and so does he.

The next day, Ra-on waits at the gate for Yeong to take her to meet someone. She hears someone approach and looks up in anticipation, but her smile drops to see who it is.

It’s Head Eunuch Han, and he says, “I have wandered for quite a long time searching for you.” She doesn’t understand, but he says, “I have something to tell you. Ra-on-ah.”

Suddenly filled with alarm, she tenses and steps backward as he approaches her. Then Yeong’s voice cuts in: “How did you know that name?”

 
COMMENTS

You’re gonna end right there? But what’s the super-smart secret way to solve all their problems and let Ra-on be with the prince as a woman? Garg, you would make me wait a week to find that out! I’ve been getting so spoiled by the endings of this drama’s recent episodes that it almost felt jarring to end on a traditional Dun-dun-dun! cliffhanger moment. I suppose I can’t complain, since I did feel like the last few weeks were too good to be true, and I was basking in it while it lasted.

Now we’re gearing up to let the backstory step to the forefront, and the timing feels about right, because now we’re preparing to take on ever-bigger stakes and risks. The ending wasn’t quite a cliffhanger in the sense that we knew all of that already, but it was a big moment in bringing together everybody’s bits of knowledge and clarifying who knows what. I like that this show knows when to move forward, having milked a scenario for the optimum amount and leaving before sucking it disappointingly dry—I still want more cute eunuch moments and stolen romantic beats in the palace, but I suppose not at the expense of moving us onward.

I don’t know if we’re going to have Ra-on leave her position anytime soon, and perhaps we’ll get to keep her as a eunuch for a bit longer, but it seems inevitable that her days there are numbered. I’m a little sad about that, because every one of their small, intimate interactions together gets me good, and I love the thrill of letting them have their stolen moments. I’m not sure I want to watch a Moonlight where they’re separated for too long. Ahem. Got it, show?

Now that most of the main parties have figured out who Ra-on is, we’ll be in a race to score her allegiance—will she join the egalitarian rebel cause her father spearheaded, or will she protect the man she loves? Will there be a way to do both without betraying the other, since they are almost fundamentally at odds, pitting the royalty versus revolution? There’s no question that she’d steer clear of the Kims once they figure it out—which can only be a matter of time now—but that doesn’t mean they won’t try to use her for their means anyway, so now she becomes pivotal to the story in a new way, which I’m looking forward to seeing unfold.

I did love that Byung-yeon didn’t betray the prince, even if it endangered his standing within his organization, even if he wasn’t quite ready to choose Yeong over the rebels either. And I found it touching that his argument was for Ra-on’s own happiness; that they didn’t really need her, so there wasn’t the need to open her eyes to a painful truth when she could be happy otherwise. His backstory was a nice way to tie their plights together, and I appreciated that he would spare her that pain.

I liked the incorporation of the Little Mermaid fairy tale, despite it being rather an overused reference in K-dramas. I suppose it speaks to dramas’ love of the kind of romantic melodrama that breaks your heart, even if you’re left with a sad puddle at the end; there’s something noble in the mermaid’s sacrifice, where she would carry the pain on her own to protect her prince. Aw, there’s even a mirror in Byung-yeon’s actions if you look at it like that (from Gat Byung-yeon to Mermaid Byung-yeon?), where sometimes knowledge is a sacrifice of happiness. I don’t think that was necessarily an intentional mirroring, but it’s nice that it works anyway, because it means the metaphor runs deeper than pure surface. Moreover, I like that it put a twist on the title of the episode (“Like a fairy tale”), which evokes images of satisfying romance and happily ever after; what we get is a bit more complex than that.

It was a bittersweet moment when Yeong made the connection of the mermaid’s plight to his own circumstance—I actually preferred that he saw it first, before Ra-on did, because it makes it more poignant to have the prince in the story recognize the truth. It’s the thing we’re denied in the traditional Little Mermaid story, which makes the mermaid extra sacrificial: that her tragedy did not even go appreciated by the author of it. But it reinforces that Yeong is no typical storybook hero, and gives us the satisfaction of having a hero declare that he won’t accept the ending as written, and would take control of his own story. Their narrative might resemble the bare bones of that sad fairy tale, but he’s determined to not let it be like that in any other way, and how can you not root for a hero who refuses to let fate jerk him around? He’s always been able to outsmart his adversaries and find his own solutions, and I can’t wait to see how he rises to this challenge.

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OH snap! Sh*t just got real!!!!!

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Indeed! That double whammy ending though. I was expecting that Yeong will not make it and we'll only get Eunuch Han and Ra-on to talk about her past, but hello! There he is! Perfect timing. I say, let's just get it all out in the open and figure out how to go from there.

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As the leader of the rebellion I highly doubt Eunuch Han will out Ra-on's real identity in front of Yeong, when their biggest goal is to find Ra-on before anyone else does.

Regardless of how Ra-on finds out/is told the truth about her identity... I hope they go about it in the least painful way possible :( :(

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For some reason, I don't trust Eunuch Han at all. I think he's just gonna use Ra-on as a symbol to incite rebellion, but if she's not of use, he'd be ready to kill her without mercy.

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I doubt he will kill her. As I understand it, Han and her father were best friends plus killing the daughter of their hero doesn't make sense.

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Hope mermaid byung yeon is untouched.. then we can assume that eunchun han is on good side..

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He said they were best friends, and we have no proof whatsoever to back up the claim.

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I'm scared that Ra On will be kidnapped when Yeong wasnot be with her. Amen to your last sentence, i hope Ra On will not get hurt in the process.

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They had better not kill BY!

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I'm glad that Yeong was there in time. I was so worried that if he didn't somehow make it there then there would be a misunderstanding on his part about Ra-on. Whewww!!!!

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Man... I saw this raw yesterday and I don't know what to think (now that I can understand what's going on in full).
I think (or I'd like to think) that Eunuch Han knows that the prince is for the people and wants things to get better for the commoners and the Kims to not have a stronghold on all the power, wealth, and reserves.

I hope that they use this opportunity to get Raon within the palace as a royal consort (cause we all know that Hayeon will be crown princess, no matter our misgivings about it). Having someone with a history of being fundamentally against the Kims (Raon being a Hong will be seen as such, simply through familial ties) could theoretically bring those who wish for revolution to the prince's side - which is what he needs. Like the King said (and Yeong knows): he has no allies and he needs all the backing he can get.

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A daughter of a traitor would not be accepted as a royal consort. If they are going to end up together it has to be outside of the palace.

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Agreed. I can't see a happy ending to this story. I'm worried that it will be tragic between Raon and Yeong at the end of the day. I hope the writers will prove me wrong and give us a happy ending...

Side note: "like watching puppies frolick" Yes! That's exactly how I feel when I watch these two!

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I think this writer might give it a happy ending if she follows the novel from what I hear.

I think Ra-on was telling Yeong the original story of the little mermaid. It's so sad but maybe they'll have a Disney ending here.

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Was her Dad really a traitor or was he framed? I'd like to see a little of his story if the writer will allow it. Either way, I don't think Raon would accept being a concubine or I could be wrong. If I were her I would jump ship with Yoon Sung. He's such a good guy but then again good guys don't get the girl.

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@Ice
He was not framed. He actually led a rebellion during King Sunjo's reign.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Gyeong-nae

I love Yoon-sung but I have a feeling that things won't end well for him.

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@Kiara, thank you my dear for clearing that up. Wow, I just love the history lesson here at this blog. I'm not Korean but I love world history and love reading about histories of the world! Thanks for the link.

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@Ice
Glad to see you back :) <3

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And I'd really like it if they stick to the history, because Yeong didn't live past his 20 and never ruled, I hope they find ways to let him live the rest of his life with Ra-on outside the palace. Only, I don't know how they're gonna go with the story of his son with Ha-yeon, King Heonjong. I feel conflicted because obviously it's normal in sageuk for royals to have a few consorts, but since Yeong didn't love Ha-yeon, I was hoping even if they go through with the royal wedding, Yeong could leave Ha-yeon unattached, if there's a son in the mix, that makes thing a whole lot complicated.

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How did the prince die in history? Who was the next in line? I need to go learn me some history real quick! You think this show caused a spike to Korean history pages at wikipedia? :)

I'm torn. On one hand, I wouldn't want the show to veer too far from history. On the other hand, the show has done such a good job at showing Yeong's potential as a ruler, it'll be a bummer if our beloved Crown Prince doesn't get to rule. The romance is wonderful, but I wouldn't want to see such a devoted and talented Crown Prince give up the future of his country.

Here we go again with the early promises of happy endings... Hopefully it'll be happy with a satisfying journey to get there! It certainly has been so far!

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@mehungie I don't know how he died, but thanks to that, we can add a lot to the imagination. Next in line would be Yeong's son, King Heonjong. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_Prince_Hyomyeong

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Hmm, the English wiki doesn't have too much information in detail. His son also died quite young and all the power still belonged to the Kim clan. Ah, the tragedies and wonders of the past. I'll just have to patiently wait and see how Moonlight will get drawn by clouds.

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@mehungie I did some reading on baidu and read that Crown Prince Hyomyeong was trying to control the power of his maternal clan by using his wife's clan, the Pungyang Jo clan, which led to speculations that he was poisoned to death by the Andong Kim clan.

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Speculation: I think they will stick to history and the world will believe CP "dies" at 20 years of age. But we will have our happy ending because in the story, he will have actually run away with Ra On to live happily ever after :)

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@mehungie
Yeong and all his siblings died young. Princess Myeongeun made it to 22 before she passed away. Our cute little Princess Yeongon only lived for 12yrs :(.
The rest who are not part of the dramas also died before their 20s.

Yeong's mother lived for a long time so the Kim clan held on to their power until she died then the Jo clan took over from there.

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I read your comment and imagining Eunuch Jjang scene when he elaborates what happen when they search all their belonging,

"they do this and they do that . . . you and you and me .. . they used iron and aah you'll die" in his very friendly and fun tone

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I thought that scene was funny too! I actually tried re-acting what he did! He does add to the comic.

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Yes!! I trust the writer to convey RO and LY's discovery of her identity in a measured, thoughtful way. I hope the pace doesn't let up and the truth unravels in the next ep rather than being dragged out. The writer's already proven to be adept at giving us just enough pathos with satisfying pay-off. :)

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This writer dropped a hint during the envoy controversy when imprisoned Raon was informed by the Chief Eunuch that he (or she) was going to be sent to Qing, joining the envoy and his entourage. He asked about her background and looked quite anxious learning that Raon lost her mother during the riot 10 years ago.

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Very real. I feel like i was in a roller coaster ride. One min i was happy the next minute i am having panic/anxiety attacks.

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Now it's mostly anxiety attacks. Which is good for me because it keeps me attentive and interested.

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The writer has kept very balanced the amount of fluff and suspense. My favorite scene so far was the second confession from Yeong (may I treat you as my precious lady?) interlaced with the moment Kim hyung finding out Ra-on's identity from her adoptive Dad. Half of me melted from the Prince's grand declaration, the rest of me went "oh shit!"

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Am I the only one who is worried about the little girl?

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ME TOO! I hope our clever hero will be able to help her :(((

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I wonder what our Crown Prince has up his sleeves to deal with this crisis. His conscious would never allow an innocent person, in this case a child, to die.

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But then we are dealing with politics and sometimes there is no differentiation between right/wrong and innocent/guilty.

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I am so worried. The king have gone seriously insane by thinking of using the little girl as an example. wth! I hope she lives to see the king (Yeong and not the father)

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THIS EPISODE. THIS EPISODE. THIS EPISODE. The flow of events moving the plot forward, the music, the laughter, the funny, the sweet, the smiles, the sadness, the anxiety. I can't even. I think this episode was just...perfect.

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I agree. I think this episode was amazing. A favorite of mine, as well.

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I couldn't stop grinning the whole episode too, much in contrast with yesterday's episode. I don't think I can't take it if they have to separate for ANY reasoning at all. I'm glad that Yeong is taking the initiative to find way keeping Ra-on by his side, is this guy a keeper or what? Oh, and thanks for the recap!

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I just had to point out a few things I love in this episode:

The downright giddiness when our two leads are in the same space, I mean they couldn't even be subtle even if their lives are depending on it! Not that I'm complaining, it might seem like I am but I'm not, I'm just so thrilled, so happy, so so so excited for them as well. And a guy who's willing to piggyback his girl back and forth just to spend have I mention how I love the look of jealousy on Yeong's face? *screencapture*

Ugh (happy groan), brooding session 2.0 by 2 of my fav guys in this show. Moar please~

Yeong consulting Teacher Dasan for a way to keep Ra-on by his side as a woman. I mean we didn't get the hear the brilliant plan yet but I'm sure coming from a man that Yeong respect and seek help from, it'd surely be a great plan. I'm just happy he has someone he can rely on, because let's face it, our crown prince is literally fighting a lonely battle, even with Ra-on and Gat Byung-yun by his side.

In a way, Yeong reminds me so much of Kang Chul who was determined to have his happy ending and it didn't fare well for him, I'm scared that it might turn out the same for Yeong. Like Yeong, Chul always thought of ways to outsmart his villain and find way to reunite with his lover, except he had no control of the law of the universe, which similarly to Yeong, who... well have no control over his future, a future we all know we dread.

There's something so symbolic the way Yeong lowered himself and meeting Ra-on eye level when Ra-on was putting on his hat for him, it's something Yeong has always done for Ra-on unconsciously, I mean he completely disregard his position as the crown prince when he interacts with her, jumping into the water to save her, kneeling on the floor to beg for her life, sitting in the prison with her, it's like he wouldn't think twice when it comes to her. I just love love love that about Yeong.

“Be as sad as you wish. Cry your fill, feel all your hurt, and then you can come to me.”
No, Yoon-sung. No. She can't come to you because she's with Yeong and I won't have it any other way but for them to have their happy fairytale ending. Your sweet smile ain't gonna work this out for you.

Now, to the one thing that I just can't reconcile in today's episode: Yeong actually forgets his girl! I mean for a guy who's making girls swoon left and right, that's a big wha- moment. I was disappointed that he made her wait there for almost a whole day! Well he did make it up by piggybacking her, but I'm still not happy... that's -1 for you, Yeong. Unless, ahem... more kisses or hugs coming our way.

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Yey for happy and sweet moments of OTP though they were short-lived with that arranged political marriage looming over them. As always, Yeong has a good handle of things. I really give him props for taking actions. He is a man who will fight for his love and his people. I just love how he refuses to get married for mere political reasons because he believes he can gather his people through his own sincere and right means. And look at him immediately looking for a plan to keep Ra-on safe with the help of Teacher Dasan. Ugh Who does not love a man like him?

About Yoonsung, I like him and all, but he's beginning to be like the second lead that I'm not a big fan of. His intentions are good, but it seems so easy for him. After Ra-on grieves losing Yeong, will it be easy for her to just jump ship? Will she automatically fall for you? Or you will be there showering her with love and making her feel burdened? This is why I want him to find someone else who will freely love him.

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In fact all of our leads refused to marry for political purpose, Ha-yeon only agreed because she's infatuated with the crown prince. As for Yoon-sung, I like him and all, but there just isn't a room in my ship for him and I really really only see Ra-on and Yeong that I couldn't be bothered about everyone else.

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THE Teacher Dasan has OFFICIALLY become a LOVE COUNSELOR :-).

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I didn't realize I cut off my own words.

"And a guy who’s willing to piggyback his girl back and forth just to spend more time with his beloved! Where do I find a guy like that?"

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when young makes her wait, I am sad but on the other hand, I also glad,
because he just realised that he had another responsibility besides the crown prince status,
it's like he just so absorbs in his mind and problem and realised he had done something wrong by the incomplete promise,

means that everything can't just go in their way and he can't do it all by himself without sacrificing something

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Well, he was just told he needs to marry Hayeon! LOL. Yeah, it was really funny when he forgot to get back to her.

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i actually think he did the right thing unwittingly by going to burn off some of his anger and despair before going back to raon . he would have been to upset .

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So I'm not the only one who was reminded of Kang Chul?! I really couldn't stop thinking about how their situation is so similar! But please, please don't let our young go through all that suffering, I can't, my heart just can't!

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Did you all notice how exhausted Park Bo Gum looked in this episode? Especially in the scene where he is looking at Ra-on's sprained ankle. There are sudden dark circles under his eyes that cannot be completely covered by make-up. Our puppies are working LONG hours - and probably through a few all-nighters too. How these k-drama actors manage to survive so well and be so great at their craft is just amazing.

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Me too.. I look at his face and notice that he is a little exhausted.

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Yeah, Yoo-jung got bad eyebags herself. I appreciate their effort in making good, no fantastic drama but I hope they'd take care of themselves and if I could, I'd send a truck of food to them.

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In fairness, you can even connect it to this episode because it was revealed that Yeong hasn't been sleeping well. LOL.

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Same! Great episode! Couldn't stop grinning at all the cute moments. Here's how I see the story resolve itself: Ra-on is going to be a bridge between the rebels/people and the prince, an even better alliance than with the ministry of rites daughter.

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I hope so! And they will help Yeong to fight evil minister Kim and queen..

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I'd defy the Crown Prince's order anytime just to get that kinda punishment ?

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This is one of the top comments by Korean netizens. LMAO

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Oh, and the look on his face when he was getting his book and Ra-on misinterpret it as him going for another kiss. I was about to die in humiliation for her!

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I'm surprised at Raon's lack of rebellion!
CP: "I would like to have my lunch now."
RO: "No, you can't."
KISS

CP: "Pls go to the library and get the books I need."
RO: "No, I won't." KISS

CP :"Don't let anyone disturb me in the garden."
RO: "Hello your majesty! I'm here!" Kiss.

I can think of many more ways to disobey him, many times a day!

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Bahahaha. It's literally a kiss shower! Because she could just disobey every order there is.

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hahaha! This! so funny. XD

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so hilarious. hehehehe

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I wonder what would be his way of death sentence...

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Rawrs!

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I'll kiss you till death..
Cause of death: sever heart racing.

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RAON-AH, is that you?

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DAMN!
I try to make summary to the this episode in one sentence and the 1st one to pop up in my head is
"Lee Young likes Disney story"
*my head take the wrong turn

So everything is taking a higher stake and it seems like it explain so much that I just keep having different emotion,
"ooh cute morning, cute eunuch jjang signal"
"ooh rebel again, give back the king's ball"
"the little mermaid story from the west, isn't that sad?"
"byeon yeon flashback!why so many kids witness a murder here"
"the marriage!Lee Young has good counter argument"
"Head Eunuch has something? I knew it from the prison scene!"
"Yoo Soong is a nice guy, what if . . . what if YS will be ally and God byung yeon is the enemy? nooo"
"I can't hate Ha Yeon, she is nice"
"Kiss in the cheek, you cheeky Lee Young"
"looked, ra-on said no to your order your highness, you are just a jealous 19y/old"
"Sober piggyback!!" that's useful
"The queen holding a hostage??" aaaah
"Change the Little Mermaid Ending part 1"

I think KYJ expression is such a delight this episode, every time she is happy, cute , bubbky, giddly, smile, sad smile.
I feel it, it just like how Lee Yuong able to convey the meaning of every sentence by expression, she also did it and nailed it,

we got 2 more child actor and I love them both,

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Omg! Such an amazing episode! The pace is picked up and stories are revealing.
I kinda like Ha-yeon for her determination, that she knows what Crown Prince need from the marriage is her family support.
And Yoon-sung confronting CP for Raon instead of being shady and try to gain favour from Raon when she was heartbroken.
Love that Yeong acts immediately on his words, he wants raon as his woman so he probably get his teacher to become a high official again, then adopt raon as the daughter, then they can get married and live happy ever after, since she will have the right status and all <3
Also love how the episode title “like a fairy tale” and the mermaid story blended in, in this ep, it was similar to CP and Raon, but then it is different, in the sense that CP loves Raon back and finds way for a happy ending, and he tells her that. When he kinda forgotten that he left her, I’m glad that at least he made it before it was too late, not like the typical kdrama where he left her for too long, missed her by a split second, then she be agonising about it. Because I like the straightforward resolution instead of all that drama and dragging.
Byeongyeon sword practice with CP is so damn hot :D love how he wants to protect raon, because she already struggled in life, and he does not want her to know about the painful truth.
I knew eunuch Han was suspicious, but I thought he was the henchman of Kim but he is not. He’s the rebel leader! OMG! He probably wants revenge for his dead friend, Raon’s father. That was such a twist. But at least I’m glad that his confrontation with Raon was seen by CP as well because I was so worried that he might kidnapped Raon right there. Hopefully the situation can be resolved without a rebellion, and eunuch Han become CP supporter :D
For the King, he’s just in too much anxiety that he could not leave everything in Yeong’s hand even though he promised to be a supportive father. SMH. But then it’s kinda understandable, when he’s always fed with fearful words from Kim and the Queen. Just hope he does not get in the way of Yeong’s changing the court.
And the Queen, I knew she gona have a princess lolz of course we will have some drama with her taking someone else’s son and make that child hers. But it was a surprise to me that she was a kisaeng before marrying to the king O.o
I thought this episode will be angsty but surprisingly, it has a right amount of suspense, angst and humour as well (that loveline of master Jung and the princess lolz, he likes her chubby and thinks she so skinny and sick now). I can’t wait for next week episode, when things boiling down, the wedding prep, the rebel, how will Yeong get his teach to become official again, etc But I hope that all of main and second characters jump on one boat (CP, Yoonsung, Raon, Byeongyeon, maybe even Ha-yeon somehow) to fight against the greedy Kim clan!
Actors and actresses done so well, even child actors <3

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I'm glad that from the get-go Hayeon knows that it is her family that the Crown Prince needs to form alliance and not her. She seems to be truly eager to do all she can to help Yeong which I think is both out of her feelings for him and her natural goodness. I won't be surprised if she will try again and again to gain his affection, but at least when her efforts fail she knew from the beginning that it was nothing more than a political move. I sincerely hope she gets her happy ending because she ain't getting that with Yeong.

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yup, I love how straight forward this drama is, instead of the usual obsessive second lead, blinded by love and think that she all deserving (status wise, beauty and all) with the prince, Ha-yeon just want to be of help, and she knows that he not interested in her. And she doesn't just do shady stuffs to get him, she confronted him genuinely which I love. Everyone is entitled to express and pursuit their love interest as long as they don't be annoying and try to separate/harm the love rival.
Really don't mind if she continues to try again and again for Yeong's love, but hope in the end, she realise and give up nicely to find her happy end

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it not just ha yeon, yoon sung also not force his way,
he can take advantage of ra-on sad moment like
"lean on me, you can have" or saying what he said out loud but he chooses not to,

Ha Yeon can be a protagonist in another story too,
but I hope they'll not blind when the power/opportunity is take away from them,

ha yeon would feel ashamed if she knew sam nom is lee young's girl and she told sam nom all of her feelings,

also if the kings ordered to kill all of yoon sung family , he'll retaliate when that kind of situation happen,

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Yea, I did mention that in my post, that yoonsung also did not take advantage to further his relationship with Raon when she was heartbroken
both of yoon-sung and Hayeon can definitely be the lead if the story was centered around them xD
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I have a bad feeling about Yoonsung. When he said Ra-on can cry and then she can run to him, that did not really sit well with me. It's like the usual kdrama second lead who will hover over the lead who lost her love and be the one to console her hoping to have her affection in return. I mean, I know he means well and all, but I hope he does not force his way when the separation happens.

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@Celine

I also think yoon sung will change when he saw ra-on get sad or in danger,

he just gives the crown prince another ultimatum and he means it,

I think he just gives them time since he can handle it for now,
but when ra-on is in danger and the prince can't do anything, I think he'll take his chance because he has let it go several time before,

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@celine
From my interpretation, it was not that he want to be the one console her during her lost for affection, because he left her alone. From his thought, I think of it more like he wants her to go through the broken heart phase by herself, and once she's over it and ready for new relationship, then she can start afresh with him (which I doubt will happen by any chance)

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@Anh It could also mean that way. I just hope he does not force his way because there's no way for Ra-on's feelings to change. I wish he'd just be a very good friend who will be there for her. And for Yeong too. Together they can make changes in the palace.

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True, but well they're just kids, barely learning about the world and only see sunshine and rainbows, and they're all experiencing their first love afterall, so it's inevitable that they'd genuinely seek the best interest of their loved ones.

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I like the second leads separately as themselves and if the show somehow gets them to be together, I ll love it. But, I don't really get their reasons for liking the first leads. I guess, sometimes you just can't explain why you like somebody.

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That's because that's how the king phrased it to Minister Jo, so that's how it goes to her as well, it's her family that'll bring comfort to Yeong's current situation, and it's not like Yeong ever show her a hint of affection, they're not even friend, so Ha-yeon couldn't have the delusion that it's her that's being sought after.

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Yes, i did not hate both second leads to much because they seem knew their places and did not forced main couple too much. I just hope they will not change in the future and become evil to gain the attention of main leads.

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+1 I really like that YS & HY are inherently good people. Rather than becoming evil, the changing circumstances triggered by this ep will probably force them to step up into their new 'places'. It's the choices they make within these roles that will be interesting, particularly HY in her duty as the (inevitable?) crown princess.

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Its Ra On fault. She told HY the person she admired will surely return her affection if he sees her sincerity. HY thinks all she needs is time. So HY is fooling herself. I hope CP or Ra On will come clean about their relationship to HY before the wedding. Imagine finding out later the person whom you seeked advice is the one your husband is in love with. What a bitter pill to swallow for HY.

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Love that our 4 leads are so straightforward, forthright, and upfront with their intentions and feelings!

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As Javabeans often mentions, this show is the complete package – the directing, writing, music, acting, all on point. It’s rare to have watched 10 episodes and feel equally satisfied on all fronts every single time.

I have to give writer Kim Min-jung a huge props. She has taken the original novel and given it a whole new depth and breadth, elevating it to an entirely different experience for the drama viewers.

Episode 10 was a perfect balance between the politics, the cutes, and a taste of the upcoming heartbreaks. I squealed out loud at the cute and I got goosebumps when the plot twists were revealed - keep the squeals and goosebumps coming!

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you know? It's tiny moment when we heard someone saying "how do you know that name" to make me go from aaargh to yesss,

it's that they showed it's Lee Young, if they stopped at the voice only,
we still need to think if that a hallucination, the real Lee Young, byeong Yeon or happen in other place and they deceive us, so I am glad they show it's him,

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Omg, ngl I was internally screaming Bogummy [email protected]! when I heard his voice at the end. The scene was a perfect delivery of a cliffhanger.

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I stopped at eunchun han's entry while watching raw yestrerday and I yelled yes at the end of recap (in a public bus! Its embarrassing but I'm used to it) I'm cursing myself for not having the courage to see it till the end.. I want to hurry home catch up.. can't wait...

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I imagined there that Ra on and the eunuch would leave before the prince arrives and then I thought maybe they ll have some fight over it or maybe the eunuch will tell ra on about her father and the prince will overhear it and it may lead to some angst or something along those lines, is what I thought will happen. But, was I surprised when the prince asked "how you know that name?" Way to go, show!

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I've uttered way too many OMO and OMG and just non-stop flailing while watching this episode. It's that good!

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Thanks for the recap.This is a really great show, so good that i am really afraid of what is going to happend to our main couple, i even have to resist to go to the end iof the recap to be sure that they are ok. I guess that the fact that we really care about them means we are watching a sucessfull show, is not?

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Beanies I am exhausted after watching. I had a whole body work out! This show is pushing all my emotion buttons non stop!

? Flailing/Squee button (this one is almost worn out from being pressed too much!)

The flailing is real!!!! I spent the first 5 min of the show completely flapping and squeeing and jumping!! I always think they can't get any more adorable and then they prove me wrong. How cute was Ra On excited to see the Prince in the morning?!?

And then I continued flailing when Prince's Yeong lay down in Ra On's lap and fell asleep.... SQUEEEEEE....!!!!!!!!!

And then when he pecked her on the cheek!!!! I made a sound that only dogs can hear. And for defying orders!! Lol.

And when Prince Yeong teases her and pretends to want to kiss her!! Oh my gosh.

And the piggyback!! Although I must admit I was very very worried they would be seen. So I couldn't quite flail in peace. ?

I wanted to gif every single moment these 2 were together. Every Single Moment.

? Heartache button
Ahhh... the heartache is real. So heart wrenchingly real.

Between these adorable scenes they put Prince knowing he has to marry some one else and it mega activated by heartache button because it made the subsequent pain for Ra On even worse.

And that poor little lantern girl. Prince Yeong was so damn sweet to her. And then they had to abuse that and yank on my heart strings even more by accusing her of being a traitor.

And I ache for Yung Byun. He is first and foremost trying to do the right thing. And his dad died too! Urgh Urgh Urgh. Him looking all broody overlooking the city... ? I want to give him a cuddle!

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This is like a personal button for the useless King- he ALWAYS activates this!
He makes me so fuming mad! He is such a scaredy cat.

? The anxiety/fear/please-don't-let-anything-happen-to-my-puppies button.

I worry so much for Ra On!! All The Time. I'm so happy she is being protected by her 3 knights but I still am so worried. The palace is a scary place for a girl! But I'm so happy that the 3 boys know and they are all doing their best to protect her in their own way.

And Prince Yeong- I'm so happy you are smart and savvy and all round awesome but your Queen Step Mom is freaky scary and Premier Kim is too!! Stay safe dear boy! May Teacher Yoda protect you!

I am also still in denial about worrying over Byung Yeon and Yung Sung because I know the Bromance is alive and real and if anything happens to them... Well Beanies please remember me when I have drowned in my own tears.

? The Excitement button
So much plot progress this episode! New insights and new Big Players! Are they good or evil? That ending Cliffhanger!!! I'm so excited to know what is going to happen next.

This Show. I cannot tell you how much I love it. Now excuse me. I need to go work on that squee button some more ? Gifs soon! Many many many gifs! Soon.

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>>And when Prince Yeong teases her and pretends to want to kiss her!! Oh my gosh <<

and his expression for her was like "I knew you like it, I knew you want it" hehehehe

it's totally cute that the 1st cheek kiss makes her fluster but gradually smiles and she wants to blocked it and then smiles again, she is so cute this episode,

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They were so natural. It's really like PBG teasing KYJ like they are in BTS. These two are so cute and sweet.

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In one bts, she was shielding him from sunlight and he teases her by complaining she smells, probably from the hanbok in the middle of summer, lol.

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Sorry I meant my heart aches for *Byung Yeon.
Going a bit mad and starting to type gibberish. Lol.

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Kim hyuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnggg....... *sob*.

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@blnmom! not one, not two, but FOUR gifs of Byung Yeon for you!

Just updated! hehe.

*blows kisses*

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Oh, dear, I don't know if I can handle that... good thing you're a doctor in case I pass out. ?Thanks, Michy!

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Kim Hyuuuuuuung!

I could not squeeee with you guys because damn reports. Now have to finish some more papers huhuhuhu

BUT

Kim hyyyuuunnnggg!

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I'm with you guys. Kim hyuuuuuuuung. Why do I feel like he's a liiiitle bit in love with Ra-on?

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Yes! I felt that too!

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So many squee moments, I don't know how many times I've done it while watching. My sister has been dying to watch Moon Lovers while I force my way with Moonlight, and when we come to the part where Ra-on came in her female clothing, we were both literally squealing like puppies! And I was like, now you know why I just HAD to watch this!

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Definitely agree about that angry button for the King. He is beyond frustrating as a uncertain, frightened father and monarch. No wonder he's so easily swayed. How is killing an innocent kid gonna teach the rebels a lesson? If anything, it'll incite more rage--kinda like how I felt when he even suggested such rubbish. Unreal.

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King is so infuriating. Props to the actor. He is doing a good job. I get that he is anxious and suffering from trauma, but he can do something. He has resorted so much to his weakness that he's simply doing absolutely nothing. And when he does do something, it is planning a marriage for his son. -_-

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First lot of gifs are up!

Prince Yeong and Ra On Special:

The two adorable dorks waiting for each other in the morning. With one bewildered Eunuch Jang.

Ra On helping Prince Yeong dress up
- secret hugging
- the hat scene redone and even better!

Prince Yeong lying in Ra On's lap. That one eyed peek was the Death Of Me.

Sneak kisses as Punishment. (YES PLEASE)

Prince Yeong teasing Ra On by threatening more kisses.

Gah.... the cuteness level is.... inhuman. I bear no responsibility for any flailing/squeeing/fainting that may occur because of these gifs. ;)

https://mydramalesslife.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/moonlight-fever/

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@Michykdrama - you are such a joy to read for all your joy! You ramp up my own delight just by sharing yours!

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Haha. I'm just a LEEETLE bit obsessed and fan girling at the moment. ?

Oh and thanks for recommending SKKS- it's on my To Watch list! ? (Not sure how I'm going to find the time but somehow!)

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Cool! Thanks a lot Michykdrama

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I give up my Crown prince punishment for you . . . . .thank you

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YES! Thank you as always! <3

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failing/squeeing/fainting over your gifs.

Thank you for sharing. I can't get enough of it. <3

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Pffft I feel the same about the King. He isn't meant to be a bad guy, he's just...so incompetent. We get it, he wanted to create changes and failed, hence the paranoia, but in the present state, he's just a lazy written character who asks his son the Crown Prince the same questions episode after the episode.

Prime Minister Kim: "We don't like your idea because we no likey you."
King: "Yeah my son will have better ideas. Son?"

Prime Minister Kim: "The Qing demanded more gifts and stuff."
King: "What do we do with them, son?"

Prime Minister Kim: "Your son wants to throw away the exam!! The exam!"
King: "My son knows best. Son?"

People: "You're lame and this country belongs to us."
King: "Halp mee, son?"

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He just wants his balls back, , , come on.

ps : his son is a regent now, that's why he asked his son, before he just agreeing with the prime minister

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I'm not questioning why he asks his son about everything, I'm saying that his character is of minimum necessity. He's just there to stress that the Crown Prince does indeed do all the heavy lifting. Believe it or not, from a couple weeks ago, everytime I see the King and his son, I know exactly what he was going to say.

"Son, halp plz?"

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haha yeah I get it, just want to add that CP is a regent now,

Kinda hope we get the flashback when the dad is young and happy, he is a good actor . . . .

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Only if it was like that though, I would like it better... because in the drama, he was swaying toward minister Kim's opinion more, even though he promised to stay on CP's side, like seriously? can't he just leave everything in CP hand like he supposed to and give some faith and supportive words?he didn't consult CP on any of the matter but rather always try to put down CP's will to change

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Yeah. He knows the Kims are against him and making him useless as a king, yet he just sits there and listens. And the one time he does something, he plans the wedding of his son. Like, can we just work things out first because your son is doing a seriously good job on his own. Just support him instead of nagging him. It infuriates me how he keeps on listening to Premier Kim. Yes, your son is in danger because of the Kim Clan, but your incompetence is not helping either. Grrrr

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haha. your reenactment of the King is hilarious! sadly its true though.

And yes @sancheezy: He desperately needs to find his lost balls.

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Yup, I woke up my dogs and cats a few times while watching this episode. The side eye I got from my dogs made me laugh more. Great series, so good!

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This show is my happy bubble. We got a hero who always do the right things here. I don't have to yell at my screen to scold my hero or heroine because they're not telling the truth, wasting time being angry at each other, or being a noble idiot.

All I have to do is watch and enjoy my two cute puppies being adorable together. That's it.

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Lol

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So many twists in one episodes! I was expecting the rebels to kidnap Ra On when she was waiting for the prince.

I don't know if some has mentioned this before. I think CP knows more than what he lets on and this information is from the court lady killed on ep. 9. I have been wondering why he needs to find Hong's daughter before PM Kim does. Could it be that CP's mother was on the rebel's side? Not that she wants to oust the King but because she wants to help the poor. And we know that she is a kind queen.

If this is true , this could work well in favor of our main couple. The King wants the prince to have his own people and the best way to achieve that would be to ally with the rebels against the real enemy by. Also, the king, the CP and the rebels all want what's best for the common people. The King wouldn't realize this right away though.

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*episode ;p

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Yes, so many twists. My head is spinning. This is the Joseon Squad 38.

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hahaha love the tie in with Squad 38 - Hyun/Min are somehow connected again!

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By the way, I totally spot Min in that scene where Ra On was carried by her two eunuch friends. His jealous glare can murder someone.

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Oooh, can Yang Jung Do just conveniently step into a puddle (a la Splish Splash Love) and get transported to Joseon? He can help Yeong swindle the Kim faction out of their land and money (although Teacher Dasan's doing a pretty good job of helping Yeong as it is)

And then can we have a confrontation between Yeong, Teacher Dasan and Seo In Guk looking at each other with puzzled eyes, going: "You look familiar ... have we met before?"

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someone has to said "I Remember You..." then clliffhanger!!

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yes, I think they can make it work, the problem is trust,

we - viewer - knew who is kind and who is the bad guy but the character didn't so it's not that easy for them to reach the conclusion, they need to talks, said what they want and wins the kingdom,

I think the kim's clan want to take the palace after the baby born, so he can become the crown prince or the king but his duty is executed by the prime minister, but we still have holes, the pregnant lady,

then it's hard to have prince get supported by rebels because the have to want their own person to sit in the throne, we can have it by ra-on being queens, but then we need a process to her identity, so we got our ideal route,

but then again, who knew the rebels in nice, what if they stabbed the prince in the back, to think that head eunuch is the leader and he is that close with the kings and the rebel probably wants acknowledgement,

there are many route for this story but I am sure that I am gonna root for the protagonist,

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I love the twists here. I didn't see them coming. I was so wrapped up in the bubble of OTP that I failed to see the possibilities. Eunuch Han was suspicious from the time he visited Ra-on in the cell, but I did not think he'd be a rebel leader too. My fave is about the Queen. After all her show of being high and mighty, she is actually vulnerable and easily dispensable once Premier Kim finds out the truth.

I am excited to see how Ra-on and Yeong will handle the truth about her identity. Although, I have a feeling that Eunuch Han will not say anything if Yeong is there. But what if Yeong actually knows something already...

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hmm. .I am really curious how head eunuch play it out, Lee Young is quite suspicious and he needs a logical explanation

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I initially thought that Eunuch Han is with the Kims. Thank goodness, he's not.

I think Yeong has something up his sleeve like he always does. He did say that he will sever whatever is connecting HKR, the king and PM Kim to each other. I just hope that Eunuch Han and Yeong could clear things up right away and work together. I don't want Yeong to be alone in this fight anymore. More help wouldn't hurt.

With regard to the Queen, she is smart enough to know where stands as far as the Kims are concerned and is driven by her personal ambitions. I bet she'll flip out once she finds out that her "family" is sending another Kim to be Yeong's wife. She might start planning against the Kims.

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OMG! I didn't expect to see the recap up THIS early! Thanks JB. Off to read! Annyeong DB chingus!

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Me too! But I was refreshing anyway, just so I wouldn't miss the fun of jumping into this recap like a bunch of hyenas.

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I'm not even sure what to say about this episode except that once again they give us just the right amount of tender moments and moments of angst. It's incredible! I'm so happy that Ra on has also accepted the fact that she can love the crown prince back and it's okay! ??

And I love how she was quick to forgive even though he forgot about her for a while sitting on that bench. Can you imagine what she was thinking and doing that whole time? There's no phone to browse the internet or watch dramas or anything! Haha ?? but I guess she made it through.

Can't wait for next week's episodes! Crown Prince Ra on fighting! ??

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“can you imagine what she was thinking and doing that whole time? “

50 ways to defy CP's orders, I bet.

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Hahahaha! Yessss, I didn't even think about that! :D

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To whom should I send my love to for giving us that brooding practice fight scene between Kim Hyung and Yeong? When they are badass, they are seriously sexy badass! My BrOTP is killin' it!

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How about you take Lee Yong, and I take God-Byeon Yeon??

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Okay, 콜! hehehe!

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I want them both.

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I don't know why but I cannot get enough of Kim hyung and Yeong with swords. The choreography just seems so beautiful, and it somehow raises the temperature in the room. Way. Up.

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Tell me about it. I don't need no bathing scene, just more Kim hyung and Yeong swordfights.

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I still want the making hair scene,
like what they do to make their hair tied up like that, not just lee young but also god-byung yeon and yoon sung,

tbh I just wanna see them with long hair,
I am curious,

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I'm so glad someone feels the same way!

I want to see all of the guys and their manes of glory. :D

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I seriously think that Byung Yeon should be awarded THE BEST MANE OF GLORY in Saguek-land. His hair style sure beats the 8 princes in Goryeo-land.

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Same here!!!!

I was careful not to break my mouse while I kept replaying that scene... out of the many scenes I was already replaying. ;)

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@blnmom- Gif done!
You can watch them sword fight to your heart's content! ;)

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