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Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: Episode 7

What a great episode to break 20% ratings with. It had a lot of elements going for it, and packed a surprise emotional punch even in its side stories. There’s denial and confusion and a lot of emotions, which makes for a satisfying episode all around. I foresee many squees being had; if you’ve seen the episode I’m sure you’ll know why, and if you haven’t, what are you doing, go watch!

 

 
EPISODE 7: “Confession”

After Yeong and Byung-yeon make their intrepid rescue of Ra-on from the corrupt Chinese ambassador, they arrive at the palace late that night. A panicked Eunuch Jang bursts into the courtyard fussing over the prince and bombarding him with questions. Yeong tells the eunuch to hold the questions till tomorrow, then tells Ra-on he’ll see her back at his palace soon.

Back at their quarters, Ra-on notices the scars and fresh wounds on Byung-yeon’s back and asks if he incurred any injuries from saving her today. He tells her simply that they came from him doing his job, not because of her. She still feels bad, noting that he didn’t just rescue her today—he also nursed her all night when she was sick.

Byung-yeon gruffly tells her that it wasn’t him. He’s told her that before but Ra-on hadn’t believed him, and she scoffs that there’s nobody else it could be… and then remembers the prince. Now it makes sense how he knew of her mother, if he’d been there the night she’d dreamed of their separation. The blurry face in her mind sharpens, and she now sees that it was Yeong at her bedside.

Ra-on settles down to sleep with a smile on her face, and sighs to Byung-yeon that the palace feels comfortable to her now. She reminds him of something he’d once said: that the palace becomes a livable place when you find someone you like inside of it.

She muses, “I’m worried I may start liking the palace more.”

The next day, Yoon-sung is so excited at Ra-on’s return that he runs through the palace, smiling widely to see her. She assures him she’s fine and asks if he worried, and Yoon-sung replies, “Yes. Please make it so I don’t worry again. You’re a very special person to me.”

Ra-on is startled at that, but he jokes it off: “You’re the only person to make me run inside this palace.”

The prince arrives, and both he and Yoon-sung stiffen a little. Yeong has heard from Byung-yeon that Yoon-sung played an important role in the rescue, and Yoon-sung answers that it was important to him.

Yeong muses that it was important enough for Yoon-sung to defy his own grandfather, and deduces, “You’re telling me not to pay much mind to it because it wasn’t for my benefit.” Yoon-sung confirms it.

The queen cackles in amusement upon hearing of the prince’s actions, wondering when he took such a benevolent interest in his servants. Eunuch Sung chuckles with her, and whispers that there are even rumors in the palace that the prince may be gay. She smiles darkly at that.

The queen is served her tonic, but the court lady serving her gags audibly, to everyone’s horror. (Aha, telltale pregnancy sign, is it?) The court lady begs for forgiveness, but the queen throws her bowl angrily and orders the lady dragged off.

Rookie eunuchs Do Ki and Sung-yeol sit with a group of ladies, demonstrating a new process of removing wrinkles with poison-laced acupuncture needles—heh, primitive Botox.

One court lady shares gossip about the belowground furnace “burning hot” these days—the furnaces aren’t currently in use, which means those enclosed spaces are perfect for secret rendezvous. One of the women, the princess’s lady-in-waiting Wol-hee, fidgets nervously and quickly changes the subject.

The queen’s Eunuch Sung complains to the king’s head eunuch about the rumors disturbing the queen in her delicate condition. The head eunuch says that the king hasn’t visited the bed of a court lady in years, and Eunuch Ma supposes that a politician or official might be involved instead. Hm, why does he look uneasy?

Eunuch Sung says that the queen even harbors suspicions about the eunuch department and ordered that the culprit be caught. The head eunuch considers this, then decides to have all of the eunuchs undergo medical testing. Eunuch Ma (who’s the only one who knows Ra-on’s real gender) asks what happens with the rookies.

Ra-on comes upon Yeong sitting before an untouched meal, which he won’t eat before it’s been tasted for poison. She offers to call the appropriate court lady, but Yeong tells her to do it for him, ordering her to sit. She complies hesitantly, then widens her eyes at how tasty the food is, which makes Yeong smile secretly to himself. Aww.

When she deems the food safe, Yeong barely tastes his food before deeming it terrible, and Ra-on grimaces at his excessively picky palate. He pushes the table aside, telling her to eat instead, and when he threatens to have it cleared out immediately, she hastily agrees.

She can’t hide her enthusiasm once she’s eating, and he smiles, contented to watch her eat. Omgah you two are too cute, I just want to put you in my pocket.

After she’s done cleaning off literally every plate, Ra-on works up the nerve to ask what Yeong meant when he’d told her to stay by his side, back when he’d rescued her. But his answer is matter-of-fact, saying that there’s nothing strange about wanting to keep a eunuch he cares about by his side.

Spoken like that, it seems quite normal, and Ra-on deflates. Then Yeong gets up to leave the room, pausing to turn back and point out, “You are already five steps away.” Ra-on hurries to his side, and he grins that impish grin.

Yoon-sung works on a new set of drawings, all of Ra-on in her female guise, one of them inspired by that day in the rain when she’d held a lady’s cloak over her head. He hides the drawings when his grandfather, Prime Minister Kim, drops by, lying that he was reading.

The prime minister informs him of marriage talks with the minister of rites’ family—that is to say, the plans to marry Yoon-sung and Ha-yeon. After that, the prime minister intends to marry a young woman from their clan to the crown prince. That does tie up the court nicely in the Kim clan’s hands.

Yoon-sung protests that he’s not ready for marriage, but his grandfather barks that this isn’t about Yoon-sung (well, only technically!) and instructs him to do as told.

From a pantry, Ra-on hears whispered voices and instinctively ducks for cover. It’s Eunuch Ma and Princess Myeongeun’s lady-in-waiting Wol-hee, who have been carrying on a secret romance, although Wol-hee has grown tired of sneaking around. She wants for him to be able to declare openly that she’s his woman, but Eunuch Ma is much more concerned about the ramifications of their relationship being exposed. He points out that she could be hurt, but Wol-hee replies that that’s what their relationship is: “If we like each other, we get hurt.”

Before he can reply, the sound of approaching steps sends them ducking too, and from his hiding spot, Eunuch Ma meets Ra-on’s eye. Whoops.

After Wol-hee stalks off with hurt feelings, Ra-on explains that she didn’t mean to eavesdrop. Eunuch Ma just warns her to keep her mouth shut, for her own good.

Ha-yeon barely pays attention to the sit-ups she’s supervising Princess Myeongeun to do, thoughts fixated on the crown prince. He’s always surrounded by lots of people, but she supposes that there must be times he likes to be alone. The princess says that he sometimes goes for a walk in the gardens, and like that, Ha-yeon is off like a shot.

She goes straight to the gardens, pleased to find Yeong sitting there alone with a book. She plays it like a chance encounter, saying that she was just passing by, but finds that Yeong doesn’t respond quite the way she wanted. First he points out that it’s not really a “happened to be walking by” type of place, then gets a rise out of her by teasing that she crawled in through a hole.

So Ha-yeon gives up the act and admits that she miscalculated by trying to fake a fateful encounter. She smiles to see his book, then uses pretty literary words to suggest that he take a break from his book and walk with her.

Ra-on approaches with her arms full of books, but when she sees the prince smiling up at Ha-yeon, she takes a step back, spirits sinking.

What she doesn’t know is that Yeong declined Ha-yeon’s suggestion, which sends Ha-yeon storming off in a snit. She’s particularly annoyed that he gave his rejection with a smile, which had made her heart skip. But then she cheers up, and something tells me Ha-yeon is down but not out.

That night, a drunk Eunuch Ma parks himself outside Wol-hee’s door and bellows for her to come out. Before he can get himself into serious trouble, though, Ra-on darts in and grabs him, clapping a hand over his mouth.

Eunuch Ma turns the tables, grabbing Ra-on by the throat and asking why she’s following him around. Ra-on gasps that she’s acting out of concern for him, and he retorts, “Who’s concerned about whom? Acting like a eunuch—”

It sounds like he’s about to out her secret, but out of nowhere Byung-yeon intervenes and shoves Eunuch Ma aside. He checks that she’s okay and reaches toward her neck, but then his hand gets shoved aside by Yeong. But the intense moment begins to feel awkward, and Yeong tells Ra-on brusquely that she’s fine and turns to go.

Ra-on hurries after them, and asks Byung-yeon if entering the palace life makes it impossible to change your fate (as in, leave the court). Byung-yeon replies that it can’t be done without the king’s consent.

At that, Yeong cuts in sternly to tell Ra-on not to concern herself with the others’ relationship. He states that the law is the law, and while Ra-on concedes that that’s true, she asks how the direction of one’s heart can be right or wrong.

The next day, Ra-on broods by a tree, heavy-hearted at the memory of Yeong smiling with Ha-yeon in the garden. Eunuch Ma, sober today, sits down nearby to brood too before spotting Ra-on and getting huffy about the other night.

But Ra-on chides him for his series of bad choices: getting drunk, going to the women’s quarters, and raising a fuss. She asks what he means to do now, and Eunuch Ma says glumly that there’s nothing he can do. So Ra-on offers to help.

The king confers with the prime minister regarding an incident where bandits raided government stores of relief rations for the populace. The bandits have demanded the resignation of the vice minister of taxation, who has been accused of siphoning off those stores for his own gain.

The king asks why reports of the vice minister’s wrongdoings were left out of the report, but the prime minister asks why the king has been blinded by the words of the ignorant populace, and taken issue with only the officials’ “small flaws.”

Prime Minister Kim presents the king with the mask dropped by Byung-yeon in the chase the other night, and declares that every suspicious culprit involved in recent troubles have worn a mask like it. Moreover, the man at the center of these activities is Hong Kyung-rae.

The name sends the king flashing back to the death and destruction of the peasant rebellion that Hong Kyung-rae had led, and he declares that the man has already died. Prime Minister Kim agrees, but believes his supporters are searching desperately for Hong’s kin in order to revive their efforts.

Now that’s an alarming prospect for the king, and it stokes his fears. He orders the prime minister to have them all caught, insisting that history cannot repeat itself.

That night, Ra-on works on sewing a doll and suggests that a preoccupied Byung-yeon give it a try, to help get his mind off his worries. When he tells her to shush, she grumbles that he’s probably not even any good—which gets Byung-yeon to join her and show off his expertise.

Ra-on claps in amazement and heaps on the compliments, then asks him to do another. At which point he grumpily extinguishes the candle with his sword.

The next day, Yeong and Ra-on come upon a eunuch fistfight in the courtyard, which comes screeching to a halt at the prince’s arrival. A bloodied Eunuch Jang initially refuses to explain the reason until Yeong threatens to send him to the court tribunal, and then he blurts that the others had been spouting nonsense.

Yeong encourages him to explain further, and with great reluctance, Eunuch Jang tells him the rumor about Yeong being gay. The news comes as a shock to both Yeong and Ra-on, and his eyes briefly flicker over to her before he bursts into a big forced laugh, acting like it’s a silly joke that’s not worth the reaction.

But Eunuch Jang persists, saying that the rumors say that he looks at Ra-on like a lover, and that their closeness is out of the ordinary. At that, Yeong angrily tells him enough.

Later in the prince’s library, Ra-on reaches up to a high shelf and ends up dropping the doll in her hands, which she’d been sewing earlier. Yeong gets to it first, and when Ra-on tries to yank it out of his grasp, he pulls on it too, and the sleeve rips.

Yeong orders Ra-on to explain what she’s up to, and she replies that the doll is something to convey true feelings without getting anyone hurt. Exasperated, he reminds her that he’d warned her not to get involved with Eunuch Ma’s issues, but Ra-on counters that she won’t do anything illegal.

“Is it not futile?” Yeong asks. “Even if you know your heart, it doesn’t change anything.”

Ra-on replies, “One doesn’t not reach out a hand to the sky thinking it will touch it.” He asks why, then. She replies, “I know that it is no use, but how can you control liking someone? Even though nothing will change, I would like my feelings to be understood.”

But Yeong replies that it’s quite selfish for the departing party to confess their feelings for their own comfort.

Ra-on counters, “Is it not possible to confess to someone who cannot be?” She says that sending someone away well shows as much of a warm heart as love does. “The memory of having received love could become a lifelong source of strength.”

His gaze changes at that, and she adds, “Although you will not be able to understand that feeling.” She walks away, and he almost steps forward to follow, but stops himself.

Ra-on joins Yoon-sung under a tree, saying that she’s in need of its comfort. Yoon-sung’s face lights up at the sight of her, though he does ask in concern who’s been upsetting her.

“It’s me,” she answers. “I’m the one making myself the most angry.” She says it feels like she’s only causing trouble for the prince, and Yoon-sung asks cautiously if she means as a eunuch. She replies, “Of course.”

Yoon-sung relaxes at that and says that it’s probably the position itself that’s the problem; her uniform doesn’t suit her. He opens the box with him to show Ra-on the hanbok he’d bought before, which he’d said was meant for someone special. He’s been waiting for the time the recipient might accept it happily, and wants to ask her today.

Then he places the box in Ra-on’s hands and asks, “Do you not want to live as a woman?”

Meanwhile, Ha-yeon has tea with her father, and is taken aback at the mention of marriage. Ha-yeon is hesitant, saying that if she were to marry, she would like for it to be with the person she wants to marry, a response that leaves her father nonplussed.

Back at the tree, Ra-on takes a moment to get over her surprise, and answers that she likes things as they are. Yoon-sung presses, saying that it’s dangerous living here in disguise, and says he’ll help her leave the palace and live as a woman. The statement starts out as an offer, but ends as a request.

Yoon-sung tells her that this is what he’s wanted to say since the day he bought the clothes. Ra-on tries to laugh it off, but he remains serious and tells her he’ll wait until she figures out what she truly wants.

That evening, the eunuchs and court ladies gather for a puppet show—Ra-on’s big idea—titled (hee) “The Court Lady’s Man.” Do Ki and Sung-yeol work the puppets and narrate the story of Do-hwa, the most beautiful woman in the land who became a court lady.

Enter the eunuch who followed her around, whom she rebuffed because court ladies are only meant for the king. And yet, Eunuch Wang was the only person she found she could rely on in the palace. When Wol-hee joins the audience, Ra-on signals to Eunuch Ma, who takes puppets in hand, looking determined.

Outside, the queen’s Eunuch Sung hears of the puppet show with disapproval, but it isn’t until he hears Ra-on’s name that he snaps to attention .

Eunuch Ma takes over the storytelling as Puppet Do-hwa is about to spend the night with king, but longing for her lover. She asks Puppet Eunuch why he won’t call her his woman, and Wol-hee recognizes his voice and their story. Puppet Eunuch sends her away, because their love has no future.

Wol-hee starts to storm out, but stops as Puppet Eunuch’s declares, “I wanted to say these words! In a place with many people, in a loud voice! I love you! Truly, I truly love you!” Oh, tears. It’s exactly what she’d wanted of Eunuch Ma, which he’d been reluctant to do.

Yeong arrives just as Eunuch Ma adds, “You may just be one of hundreds of the king’s court ladies, but to me, you are the whole world!”

Gah, that is so freaking sweet. Beneath the stage, Eunuch Ma sobs, and onstage the puppets embrace. Ra-on looks at them with shining eyes, and Yeong thinks of Ra-on’s words about a warm farewell meaning as much as a show of love.

Yeong leaves quietly, and Ra-on looks over just as he walks out, her face falling.

Then Eunuch Jang storms into the courtyard in a huff, berating the eunuchs and demanding the instigator to step forward.

The next thing we know, Ra-on is kneeling before the smug queen, begging her pardon. The prince arrives, declaring that he took her bait in coming here, and will be taking Ra-on now.

But the queen refuses to allow it, stating that the rookie has overstepped his bounds. She reminds Ra-on that all court ladies belong to the king, and slaps her in the face, hard. She looks eagerly at Yeong for his reaction.

In fact, it seems everyone’s waiting for Yeong’s reaction, but he refuses to give it. After long moments, he starts to chuckle and tells the queen that a court-lady-and-eunuch love story is pretty standard parody stuff. He points out that even the king gets lampooned, and asks if she wants every satirist dragged before her for punishment.

That angers the queen further, but it seems he’s won this round. Yeong orders Ra-on to stand, and this time the queen doesn’t stop it. She does, however, warn that the king is already troubled enough and asks, “Are you not afraid of the scandalous rumors about you?”

Yeong stands his ground, and advises that she give it a rest and not blow everything out of proportion. He leads his entourage away, keeping his emotions in check—but not so well in check that it escapes the queen’s eagle eyes.

She’s positively gleeful, in fact, as she notes that he isn’t looking at Ra-on like one looks upon a eunuch: “That is the gaze of a man looking at his lover.”

On the other hand, Eunuch Jang assures Yeong that he did a good job not letting the queen get to him. Yeong turns to look at Ra-on, who bows her head meekly, then continues without a word.

In her quarters that night, Ra-on thinks of Yeong’s words about wanting to keep a eunuch close, and the queen’s reference to the ugly rumors.

The next day, a new crisis is upon Ra-on, because the king’s order to have all the eunuchs re-examined requires her to undergo another physical. She quakes in her boots and almost blurts her secret to Eunuch Sung.

That’s when Eunuch Ma interrupts, then plays off his interruption like it’s no big deal, he’s just off to make a really important delivery from the queen to the prime minister. Eunuch Sung balks because that’s his purview, and he grabs the delivery and orders Eunuch Ma to give Ra-on a thorough exam. Phew, one bullet dodged.

Then, Eunuch Ma just goes over to the exam table and stamps her certificate: PASS. Man, is Ra-on burning through her nine lives or what?

It’s a surprise to her, but he just gives her a little smile. She asks him how long he’s known, and he says it was since the king’s celebration. She apologizes, and he accepts that before then also thanking her.

It makes Ra-on smile, and she says that it offered her consolation to see them. Eunuch Ma tells her that she skirted this peril this time, but that the palace is a place where not even the king’s safety can be guaranteed.

She understands, and says sadly, “If I can leave, I should leave, shouldn’t I?”

Her mood is heavy as she attends on the prince, who notes her glum mood with curiosity. Finally he tells her to look at him directly, only to have her reply that her downturned face is the proper pose for a eunuch. Yeong asks if someone’s been scolding her, or if she’s angry at him for some reason.

With a playful grin, he leans down to look her in the eye, and Ra-on shrinks away, even stepping backward. He’s surprised, and she asks him not to be too nice to her: “I cannot be friends with you, or something else either.”

She adds that she was taught that a eunuch’s place is one step behind the prince—no closer, no farther.

“You’re my person,” Yeong reminds her, saying that nobody else can dictate the distance they keep. But Ra-on seems to have made up her mind, and requests, “Please care for me exactly as much as you do the other eunuchs. To me, that is something I’m grateful enough for.”

Yeong’s face hardens, and he turns and resumes walking, with Ra-on remaining one faithful step behind.

That night, Yeong replays Ra-on’s words about wanting to have her feelings understood, even if the result cannot change. He takes ink to paper.

Ra-on, meanwhile, looks over the pretty hanbok Yoon-sung gave her, thinking over his question: “Don’t you want to live as a woman?”

The next day, Yeong summons Ra-on to the garden, the mood very serious. He takes a long moment before speaking, then finally says, “I lied to you.”

He clarifies, “When I told you to stay by my side, I did not mean as a eunuch. Then why do you think I said those words to you?”

Ra-on looks up in shock, and he continues, “To put to bed this impossible chaos, every night I have asked myself countlessly, and found that answer.”

Yeong grabs her arm and pulls her closer. “Before I am the crown prince,” he says, “I am one person, and one man. That I love you—that is my answer.”

Oh. My. God.

Ra-on is so flustered that she barely knows what to do. (I’m so flustered I barely know what to do.) She shakes off his hand and stammers that he’s the prince—how could he love a man like her, or a eunuch?

“Do not tell me that my heart is wrong,” he says, reminding her of her own words about being unable to declare a heart right or wrong for feeling the way it does.

He has a point, but Ra-on is still left grasping at straws, saying that there are nice loves and bad loves, and that this is one that nobody would support. More than that, it’s impossible.

“I know,” Yeong says. “However, I mean to give it a try, that bad love.”

He steps closer, tiny step after tiny step, advancing as she takes equally tiny steps backward. Then he grabs her around the waist and pulls her close, toppling the hat from her head, staring intently at her face.

Ra-on is all aflutter with surprise and confusion and feeeeelings, but he lifts her face with a hand to her cheek, and she closes her eyes. Oh, he smiles at that.

And then, that kiss.

 
COMMENTS

Hold on, I think I need a minnit to gather my thoughts, because right now they’re just sitting in a pool of sloppy emotions at my feet. It’s going to take some effort to get them out of the primordial ooze of pure squee. I’ll give it my best shot.

Okay, first things first: The confession and kiss make this a pretty awesome episode, but I can’t overlook all of the other reasons I was so pleased with this episode, even before the last five minutes came and shoved those more civilized thoughts out my head. I was already thinking with the plot of the day that it was a lovely handling of a touching story, one that could have easily been a throwaway plot that was there merely to push our main couple along.

I can’t quite pinpoint why I found Eunuch Ma and Wol-hee’s story so moving, and it’s not purely the writing or the acting. But I do believe it’s the same inchoate element that makes Moonlight Drawn By Clouds as a whole such a winner for me—there’s just a really nice, balanced directorial hand that elevates all of the elements and really facilitates full emotional absorption. That’s a word (absorption) that gets thrown around in the Korean drama viewership extremely frequently, though it doesn’t quite get the same attention internationally: the degree to which a drama sucks you in, and makes you feel fully immersed in the world. When you’re wholly invested, you feel everything a little more strongly, a little more keenly, and that’s the quality that this show has in spades, which makes it better than its familiar plot and potentially juvenile premise.

So the eunuch-and-court-lady tragic romance was moving on its own (I shed such tears in Eunuch Ma’s shouted confession), but it was doubly effective for (1) mirroring the main lovers’ struggles, and (2) spurring on their behavior toward each other, giving them half-cover for their veiled confessions earlier in the episode. When I saw that the episode was titled “Confession,” I was both excited at the prospect and wary that of course we couldn’t be talking about the main couple yet, and figured it was a reference to the other storyline. And then the Yeong-Ra-on story up and went that way too, and I was happily surprised to get double the whammy.

I really appreciate this kind of layered storytelling, with the A and B stories running parallel and each getting their own resolution, while dovetailing at the emotional high point of the episode. The construction is pretty familiar in American television, and in the best episodes, the multiple threads all converge on multiple levels—plotwise, emotionally, thematically. There’s an added feeling of satisfaction and resolution when stories meet like that, so that by the time you reach our climax, everything resonates with extra vibrancy and clarity. It isn’t to say Korean dramas lack the ability, but the serial nature of the episodes doesn’t really lend itself to that. And also, I just don’t think that kind of writing is the style in K-dramas.

Frankly I think Moonlight was carrying an extra-heavy burden, because when you stand on the shoulders of tent-pole Hallyu dramas like Coffee Prince or Sungkyunkwan Scandal, you can’t just whip out a mediocre confession and achieve the same effect. Heck, you can’t even be as good; you have to find a way to make it fresh again, and I didn’t know if anybody would be able to top Gong Yoo’s “I don’t care if you’re a man or an alien” speech. (That phrase still gives me the shivers.)

But my hat’s off to Moonlight, because I was squealing pretty hard, and not in the least disappointed with the way Yeong made his grand confession. I love that it was straightforward and stated with clarity, and that he went there with the kiss, knowing what that meant with the historical context. Youth fantasy sageuk or no, it’s still a sageuk, and I do think that provides a heightened effect with regards to the gay-acceptance throughline. It’s also what makes me worry for the aftermath, because he’s a prince with political enemies dying to take him down, and the stakes have just shot through the roof.

But why worry about things that haven’t happened yet, when I can just rewatch that confession? Better that than sitting impatiently, waiting for tomorrow.

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OHHHH MY HEART. Watched it live last night and had the hardest time sleeping afterwards. I had no idea what they were saying at all but somehow I anticipated that he would kiss her. Boy, did I have to stifle my unearthly screams. AND I BET HE TOTALLY KNOWS HE'S A SHE. But even if he didn't, then that just means he loves Sam Nom for being Sam Nom, regardless of gender. I think that's a nice message.

Haven't felt this kdrama crack high since Healer and Sassy Go Go. What is it with this timeslot in KBS that makes me lose my wits?

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This show has my heart. All of it... Cannot believe I can feel soooooooooooooooo much. You just wanna SQUEEEEEEEE at the end of every EPISODE !!!!

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so I knew about the age that makes some people weirded out,
I personally feel it's okay cause she agrees,

She is 17 and it's all an act, I also heard that actress can have something in regard to kissing scene, like wanting it to play differently, an implied kiss as an example or rejected any kiss scene,
I also heard that she asked the Queen to really slap her for the realness effect and I think she takes it all as her job,
and the kiss is good, it didn't across to me as anything out of normal, especially when PBG looked young,

I sometimes didn't check the actor age just because I feel what they did on screen is an act to match the character description,

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KYJ even told PBG that he can push her for real in some of the scenes from the previous episodes where they were still Master and Puppy. lol She's very professional. And I also read that her mother is usually on set with her.

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They are two professional actors who are working well together. Nothing more nothing less.

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He knows. He's too perceptive to not know. Byung Yeon knows, too. And it's only a matter of time before the queen and Prime Minister Kim know. Yeong going above and beyond for Ra On was practically screaming to the world, "I'm in love with my eunuch"; of course the evildoers would catch on.

It's not like our leading men are exactly playing it safe neither: One draws her in hanbok at the same place his grandfather rummaged through his gisaeng paintings and invites her to run away with him and live as a woman at their not-so-secret hideaway where even Eunuch Ma retreated to. How do you expect her to hide the hanbok? How damning would it be for her to be found with it in her living quarters? Then the other confesses to her and kisses her in his not-so-secret garden where even outsider Ha Yeon could access. I found it dangerous for Eunuch Ma to confess under the guise of a puppet show, but these boys are playing with fire.

One of the theories floating around is their kiss is a dream based on the soft lighting of that scene. That would be disappointing, but honestly, this kiss wasn't a typical Park Bo Gum kiss, which I chalk it up to Kim Yoo Jung being underage. A big thanks for the recap, javabeans!

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Yeah, our crown prince is too sharp not to notice. I was doubting just a few days ago, but I'm sure now he knows. Plus I took a notice he said to Ra-on during his confession that he's a MAN, hello if it's not obvious enough, I noticed korean dramas tend to put emphasize on gender when telling someone they like em, which makes me think he knows and consciously admit to loving her as a man to a woman. And the queen possibly onto them as well, because she said Yeong was watching Ra-on with the eyes of a MAN to his lover. Again, gender emphasize. I'm probably reading too much into it, but then again, who hasn't?

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I can accept the dream kiss as long as the confession is real,

for me, it's not the kiss, it's the confession,
so I hope they don't let us down

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I think bo gum is really liking yoo jung. When I saw the promotion video of entertainment weekly, the way he cared for her ( not for CSB) and then he asked for going to trip. Awwwwieeeee. Yoo jung and bo gum. Please date.

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Park Bo Gum is naturally affectionate to every one of his costars. I shipped him with Hyeri like crazy after watching Reply's behind the scenes, while other fans swear he has a thing for Irene from MuBank. He is just extremely shippable, even with his male costars namely Seo In Guk. While I don't prefer noona romances, I still find Kim Yoo Jung a bit too young for him.

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PBG reminds me of LJS who is shippable to anyone he works with. lol He's naturally caring and sweet. Although I have to say that PBG and KYJ look super great together.

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Bogum is just that endearing in real life that you can't help but ship him with everyone! If you watch the BTS for Reply 1988, I Remember You and even Youth over Flowers he really connects with people well and has that charm. I would have to say Yoo Jung is still too young for him right now, although they look super cute together!

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When and how did Eunuch Ma get a pass for being a total snake just One Episode Ago? When sitting by the trees after the physical, instead of accepting thanks from Raon, why didn't he apologize for pimping her out to the Chinese ambassador? And if not a direct apology, we should have seen some remorse.

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Agreed, the writers suddenly redeemed him. I really like Wol Hee since she was so sweet to the princess that I want better for her. Sucks to see her end up with remorseless Eunuch Ma, but I guess the moral of today's episode is you can't choose whom you fall in love with. At least he kept Ra On's secret, and he better remember Yoon Sung's bullet still has his name on it.

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Yeah, I was a bit bothered by this also but completely forgotten about this thanks to the kiss, LOL. At least this sudden buddy-buddy between the two helped RO escaped the crisis with queen's eunuch.

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Yeah, I agree if we get some scene when he feels bad for what he did,
or it kinda like everything it's fair in love and war as if the palace is the war for the eunuch to get the highest position, people who serve the highest would also get the highest benefit,
would love to see that kind of scene

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I don't think Eunuch Ma feels he was in the wrong for sending Ra-on to Evil Envoy. For him, sending RO to the envoy must be like killing two birds with one stone: he can elevate his status as the envoy's favored eunuch and get rid of a risk to integrity of the Eunuch's Office (because let's face it, everyone there is at risk if word gets out that a girl managed to slip into their ranks). I didn't get the feeling that he was being friendly by the end of the episode. He technically commits fraud to repay his debt to her, but he also urges her to leave the palace soon.

What he did was a shitty, shitty thing and he should at least apologize for it, but (given historical context and Joseon social mores) I don't think we'll be getting this right now. Kim Hyung violently shoving him down is enough catharsis for me.

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SQUEEEEEEEE!!!
How many squeeeees have there been??!

That confession! Intense!!!

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Weeeeeeeee!!! They are soooooo cuuttteee. I am looking forward to the time when he'd tell her he knows she's a girl... Love is in the air!~ Thanks for the quick recap...I've been refreshing every minute....haha

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There had been a number of dramas that had almost made me break my silence - and I had been a lurker for so long- then that last scene happened.

And I also would like to confess that as a stay-at-home Mom, I should feel guilty that I had my husband wait for his dinner and I also had him babysit our infant son for an hour just so I could spend some "quality" time watching this episode, but I do not feel guilty at all.

Anyway, this is an amazin recap. Javabeans said everything I love about this episode and the show as a whole. Thank you for putting my thoughts into words!

Also, I am one of those who belong to the camp that thinks our CP knows that Ra-on is a girl. He is just too smart to not realize it by now.

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spoilers being removed is a worse spoiler in itself. I am like "A-ha!"

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Your cold eyes and words are the spoiler
In your every action, I see our end
I tell myself it’s not true but I feel the spoiler
Should I watch till the end? Or should I leave now?
What if there’s a twist?
I can’t let you go.

Epik High - Spoiler

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After 12 hours of hardcore fangirling (I streamed it live last night), finally my head could form some coherent thoughts. I do think the Crown Prince knows. He's too smart not to notice and too smart to let his discovery be known in fear for her safety. Lol-ed at the Bo-tox reference. Died a million death at the last scene.

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kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

that's all folks!lol

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The last scene. I can't.

[SPOILERS FROM PREVIEW REMOVED]

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Oh. My. Godddddddd.

I'm so happy that it breaks through 20% and we got the kiss. They kissed. Aaaaaaack

God-Byeongyeon can sew is the cutest thing ever ♡_♡ I love how Raon's positive vibe could make people like her, even Eunuch Ma is now protecting her identity yayyy. The Queen is seriously getting on my nerves, ha.

SEJA JOHA ♡ RAONNIE HOORAY HOORAY HOORAY

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Please. I'll be posting a question on the Open Thread. I can't! >.<

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He totally knows Ra On is a girl. We'll most likely get a flashback scene to exactly when he pieced it all together.

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Hahahaha! !!!!!!!
Going through those comment SQUEEEEE
I think everyone is enjoying this drama as much as I do.

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I feel that Yeong knew her gender since episode 1, that he just went along because he wanted to keep his/her friendship, and that he just wanted to wait for her to confess. He probably felt angry or confused , not by her gender, but rather if she was the dancer and if he was fallen for her.

As for this episode:
- I like how Ra-On called Yeong as Silver Spoon again. I missed that.
- doesn't Ra-On feel anything at all when seeing a shirtless Byung-yeon ?
- in the final scene , I kept worrying that Ha-yeon would show up in that garden again...
- the kiss was a pleasant surprise!
- now I'm worried about the next obstacles that our OTP will face...

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And also... The scene where the Queen slapped Ra-On... It was tense. I kept checking if Yeong would snap and wonder how he should react without falling into any trap and protecting Ra-On.

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"Ra-on is so flustered that she barely knows what to do. (I’m so flustered I barely know what to do.)"

Lo you cracked me up

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Right, I was laughing so hard at this.

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love everything about this drama :)

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Park Bo Gum is so brilliant that u can just make a silent drama with him and u will know exactly what he is trying to convey.❤️
My heart was beating so fast in the last 5mins. The dialogues were so well written and acted it blew my mind.

And ya a request to the production team. Can we have a Bombastic2.0 with Yeong,Byeong & Yoon Sung ?? to celebrate the 20% rating. Pretty please! ?

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I want a Bombastic 2.0 too with the cast this time, but it seems PBG is shy to do another. lol It was suggested, but instead he said they'd dress up and do a fansign event. For 30%, PBG and KYJ will go on Guerilla Date.

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that´s what I thought - he would have been a great competition in the silent movie era. he´d be perfect for that. but then he is just generally perfect everything

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Lol javabeans, did you blur out the news headlines in your last few screencaps just before the kiss? Such dedication!

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Oh wait, it's probably just really good timing on your screencapping behalf!

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The OST of this drama is so wonderful. I love how the music stops and everything goes silent in some scenes like that one before the kiss. It amps the emotion. I found myself holding my breath. I wished they did the same during Ra-on's dance wherein the only sound you hear are her footsteps.

I would have preferred Gummy or Ben's song for that kiss scene though because they're mellow. However, Sandeul's song worked too except that the emotion it evoked from the kiss is less intense and more fluff.

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I think the used of Sandeul's song is to tame the imagination, haha

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+1 I found myself thinking that Gummy/Ben would have made the scene even more epic. Sandeul keeps it in chaste, upbeat territory, so perhaps the director is saving the melo music for the next amazing kiss :)

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PBG's eyes. Swoooooooonnnnnnnn.

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Everytime I see pictures or gifs of this confession scene I feel so gleeful and giddy.

Overall this drama has just the right amount of emotions and serious plot in it. :D I love it!

It's my feel good drama!

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Could someone please translate the running script about the earthquake that occurred right before this episode? Thank you.

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am i the only one who suspect that the prince might be dreaming? because its coming out of nowhere in my opinion. its not easy confessing that youre a gay. even in today's society its not an easy subject. and he is from a time when this kind of thing is extremely weird, plus he is a crown prince. tho i love it, i still hoping its not actually happen.
and that kissing scene, somehow i imagine what if ra on is one of prince special squad like prince wang so's squad in shine or go crazy. He often spend some time with the spy girl. But lets just make ra on into 100% soldier like kim hyung. She can be bad ass. Also she doesnt have to hide that she's a girl, everyone just assuming prince's squad is all male. Maybe i should write a fanfiction ?

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The show and the response I've seen here and elsewhere has prompted a question I'd like to pose to the ladies (if I may).

Can someone help me to understand:

What is it about faux homosexual romance/kissing that women find so appealing and "squee-inducing" (for lack of a better term) in Korean dramas?

To my eyes, there seems to be something about this particular scenario that really seems to emotionally connect with the majority of the viewers here and elsewhere (who I would presume are mostly female).

The huge ratings success of the shows Coffee Prince and Sungkyunkwan Scandal as well as Moonlight would suggest as much. I recall similar responses to those shows depictions of faux homosexuality.

As a guy, I've really enjoyed the show. But the faux homosexuality does not for me elevate the show any more than any other of the standard trappings of the romance genre would. To be honest I'm rather indifferent to it.

Forgive me if I'm incorrect in my assessment. However, I'm honestly curious! I've struggled to understand this for some time, so any help would be immensely appreciated.

Thanks!

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Well not really all of them. There's Scholar Who Walks The Night, To The Beautiful You and Nail Shop Paris which were all cross-dressing shows but weren't ratings hits.

It's just that Coffee Prince, Sungkyungkwan and Moonlight are very well-made shows and succeeded to hit the viewers' sweet spot, notwithstanding the girl-pretend-to-be-a-man premise.

I can't speak for others but for me, it isn't really about the faux homosexuality. It's more on the thrill of anticipating when will the lead guys find out and all the super fun gender-bender hijinks that comes with it.

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It's not the faux homosexuality for me too. Moonlight is a well-made drama wherein the leads have great chemistry hence the squeal for their moments. This drama could have used something else/ a different set-up and I'd still squeal for it if it remains to be a well-made drama and the acting spot-on and the chemistry believable.

Just like what @Emanresu said, "the faux homosexuality does not for me elevate the show any more than any other of the standard trappings of the romance genre would." The faux homosexuality is not what makes this drama special (and squeal-worthy). It's the delivery/execution and the ability of the characters to make you feel/to connect with emotions.

And like what @Omomo said, there are other dramas with the same gender-bender set-up that failed because the delivery was not good and the viewers could not connect with the leads.

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I think it's the loving despite the forbiddeness of it, the angst it brings, the pay-off when they finally get together because a "gay relationship" is so looked down upon. The male lead basically loves the female lead for her "soul" and not because of the physical. I dont think it will work as well as it does if say an American drama tackles a cross-dressing drama since being gay is okay here in general, but in Asia, especially in the old times, it is a big no no. So that jump amps the stakes even higher.

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The acting and chemistry between the leads sell it (as in most romances, really). When it succeeds, it's phenomenal (like in this drama, CP, and SKKS) but it fails when the acting is flat and the chemistry nonexistent (as in Scholar Who Walks the Night and To the Beautiful You) just as with other conventional romances. It's overdone on paper so everything lies with the execution.

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As you presumed that most of the viewers are female, I think it is because they (viewers) KNOW that she is a SHE. Otherwise, it might not happen this smooth in real life situation when a man is interested in a man as it is still a sensitive issue especially in Asian culture.

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I agree with the ladies here. It's not to do with gender but romance related.

The swoony bit to me is the idea that there is a love that is worth sacrificing everything for. In this case it is not just gender- it is also that they are worlds apart status wise, and even if Prince Yeong knows Ra On's true gender, this still holds true. She can't ever be his wife. And he could lose everything by confessing his love for her especially as a eunuch- becoming interim King, his reputation etc- and still he did it. And it made it extra special because he was pushed to do it by something Ra On herself said.

Also, in this case part of the magic is the belief that a guy will fall in love with a girl despite her outward appearance not being appealing, or even if she doesn't even try to attract at all. Because he can see her inner beauty and he can't help but fall in love. And in this case both Prince Yeong and Ra On seem to be their true selves only with each other.

And lastly is my belief that True Love Can Conquer All. This show makes me hope beyond hope that it will happen, and I'm rooting for the couple to defy all odds and win.

So yup. I swoon for this amazing type of love. The girl falls in love with the most unattainable of men, who falls in love with her as well, and sacrifices everything to confess his love for her, and together they will overcome all obstacles in their way and Live Happily Ever After. ?

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Indeed and when you have PBG and KYJ who play the roles of the lovers= swoon to the moon and back

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I ponder this question myself as well. The boy love, yaoi genre is puzzling and yet I am myself strangely attracted to seeing pretty boys being attracted to each other. Somehow the yearning and angst is much more palpable because social norms frowns upon it. The rush of doing something forbidden is much higher, I guess.

Faux homosexuality, I feel, is a trope that has a built-in escape hatch which is a fantastic way to do boy love but with a way out, in that he's-gay-but-actually-he's-not way that satisfies everyone.

Perhaps, the same way that men are fascinated by lesbian love, then women can be fascinated with gay love too?

In any case, this drama is re-treading an old story but doing it in a different way that is getting plenty of approval so kudos to the production team.

Thanks for the recap!

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as someone who can't really enjoy the same sex "loving act" . . . It's not that I have some biased, it just doesn't moved me as much as much as the straight one (even if I keep blabbering about Hisoka and Illumi),
and I also not a big fan of skinship either, I appreciated it but it isn't a must for me,

So.. I take the sincerity value, even with the straight couple, it's the sincerity that moved me,
More than the kiss, the confession moved me, one of the thing that make me adore BBJX and NIF is the loyalty.
maybe the question is not really for me but I hope this comment helps,

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It is not the faux homosexuality that got to me either but the true love conquers all / love is love is love / love you for who you are kind of love.

I love this drama for the feels - there's something about young love that elevates all the stakes - I think it is the combined, cinematography, direction, writing and acting.

As for the other dramas, I liked SKKS but not for the OTP (it might actually be my least favorite part) and loved Coffee Prince - it was the original candy needs to disguise story - it will always have a special place in my heart. :)

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The mention of homosexual gross me out. Its because i know that Ra On is a woman that i am able to enjoy this show. And because its such a well-made drama that makes me love it.

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PBG... This episode... This ending... Squuuuuueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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Oh... this episode!! I cant even!! I have melted into a puddle here.. I just keep starring stuoidly smiling at the laptop... This cuteness!! That confession!! Am jus incoherent.. This drama has me so invested in it that am physically feeling what the characters are feeling..And boGummie!! I could watch your impish smile and kisses all day.. AWWWWWW.....

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DAEBAK....soooo DAEBAK! !! Love love Moonlight. ..so much emotions are there & my stress reliever:)) Hwaiting Bogummie n Yoojung^_*:))

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I don't understand why some people think this is a lesser version of sungkyunkwan scandal when this is so much better acted, directed, written, i could go on and on. This is the best cross dressing drama i've seen, sageuk or not. They're doing such a good job!

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It's definitely not the lesser drama. I love SKKS so, so much - it's been my top drama for the longest time - but the production team here is better and it shows. SKKS was also let down by a rushed ending (which hopefully won't happen here). This is the first drama since SKKS that made me feel this giddy and excited, and I really, really love both shows.

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No offense to anyone but i got bored with sungkyunkwan scandal after watching 5 episodes so i didnt finish watching it. Maybe some people like its story better. Diff people has diff preferences afterall.

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I stopped watching when I saw that there's no hope for my OTP YAI/Moonjaeshin-Park Min young to be the endgame.

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I did not finish SS as well. haha I should one of these days.

@Feuder I have not seen comments saying this is a lesser version. What I've seen are comments saying that Moonlight is like SS, but not necessarily lesser. Those who say that it is like SS are not in the wrong because it uses the same gender-bender set-up and they are not the only two in dramaland that used it.

It's interesting because I do not see any reference to SS among the Korean viewers in their online comments. Maybe because SS was years ago and since then there have been tons of other dramas with the same set-up.

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I saw the same comment but I don't see the similarity, I think people said MDBC lesser because park min young looked more like a guy than kim yoo jung,
for me, I think yoo jung is really pretty but also convincing in the story as a guy.
SKKS is more of the cross gender and cohabitation hijink,
but is s so popular internationally and many people 1st drama so it hold a special place for some people.

I remember my 1st cross bender in drama are Queen Seon Deok and Mulan the movie,

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Why do i get the feeling that the kiss scene is just a dream? Thanks for the recap & congrats to MDBC for hitting 20% ratings!

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I love the lighting of the last scene in the garden. It's soft, delightful, like a sunset. The hours prior to sunset with the soft sunlight really could compliment skin tones and make the owners look beautiful and gorgeous.

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I just want to insist on how Park Bo Gum is to die for ?❤❤❤ and making me feel anything he wants with this acting. For the first time I understand the feeling of those saying that they would watch anything their bias are in, and feeling that you cannot be wrong whatever it is, haha!

Today's episode was a delight to watch. Everything was almost perfect. I have only two complaints:
- BoGum's orange lipstick in the library scene... :D
- Yoo Jung's scared face during the whole second half of the episode, even during the kiss scene she looked too scared all the time...am I exaggerating?.. Not that this small detail takes the joy of finally getting the OTP kiss :D

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Wishing for Moonlight to reach 30% because I am dying to see PBG and KYJ in Guerilla Date. They will be mobbed lovingly by adoring public for sure. It'll be fun to watch.

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first time here and ready to join this squee-party

SQUEEEEEEEEEEE! \^O^/

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PBG's acting never fails. He makes me feel every line delivery from the deepest corner of my old cynical heart jaded by all kdrama cliches, down to my toes. His eyes are so expressive. I just read this recap over my lunch break and I can't wait to catch the episode later.
Ohh Bogummy you make this Noona's heart flutter.

I know alot of people seem to have been bitten by SLS but Yoon-Sung's nice guy pushiness is irking me.

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Cliches - when executed well - can still touch my awfully jaded heart.

Coffee Prince haunted me for a long time and nothing came close to Choi Han Kyul's confession since then.

That spell was finally broken last night.

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"He makes me feel every line delivery from the deepest corner of my old cynical heart jaded by all kdrama cliches, down to my toes."

Me too! I usually roll my eyes when watching them, but like what @Akiddo said, when executed well, even the cheesiest of the cheesiest lines/scenes work to perfection and touch your heart.

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Kyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Squeeeeeeeel indeed. My face have so many scratch marks after this eppy!! Was waiting for the recap for hours so I went out and came back and there's already so many comments!

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Really glad I gave this show another try when I heard it was a lot like Coffee Prince. I have been enjoying it a lot and look forward to each episode now.

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Man, this drama keeps outdoing itself. Yeong's confession - slayed. His smile - dead. Ra-On's closed eyes - yup, goooone. But that kiss gave me LIFE.

I'm so happy that all the characters continue to be written and acted as nuanced people who we can engage with on an emotional level, whether positively or negatively. Second lead YS lost me a little last week - seriously, that vanilla archetype needs to stay in 2005 - but the earnest way he ran to check on RO and the actor's worried eyes drew me back in. I also like that HY admitted to her sneaky manoeuvre to LY. That actually endeared her to me and it gives me hope that she won't just be another stock second lead. Plus, the way LY humours HY is adorable, can we stick with these dynamics forever? I dread the upcoming angst and mistrust between everyone. But ah, it'll hurt so good.

Eunuch Ma is still in my bad books for instigating the Qing fiasco and Jong Ra(?) could totally do better but I did tear up at his declaration so props to the actors (and the music!). And props to the queen and her batshite crazy eyes.

Can't wait for tomorrow, keep slaying me Bogummy oppa.

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So I got totally spoiled by Twitter this morning! I didn't know how I was able to function the whole day at work, and it was pure TORTURE waiting for 5PM to roll by so I can go home and watch. Total spazzmo mode, my husband had to kick me out of the bedroom since I SQUEEEED so hard! Hats off to Bogummy and his confession and THAT KISS. So innocent yet so perfect.

Given this is KBS and KYJ's age, I already expected non-tvN levels of kissing, not even Taek-DS kissing but this? This is perfect. I was concerned with how they will handle the kiss, but it was executed very well and appropriate! I'm sure there will be another one, but on different maybe sadder circumstances :(

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I was spoiled by twitter last night when it aired. I'm following Korean fanbases and they posted clips. OMG Now I decided not to touch twitter or IG hours before it airs in Korea and until I get to watch the subbed version the next day. haha!

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I mean I didn't mind the spoilers, it's how I was trying to hide my fangirling while adulting. It's hard work, I tell you.
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"adulting"

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I'm definitely going to poach this for future use. Just giving due notice... :)

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Use it away! :D I try to pretend I'm an adult most of the time anyway, except when I turn into a total fan girl!

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This drama is just fine storytelling isn't it? When I saw the previews, I was worried about all the court rumours and how much typical angst-ing our characters would go through. But while there is angst, with Yeong in the picture, you always know there'll be a payoff. And there you have it - Yeong always has an ace hidden - in this case, it's a swoonworthy confession to cut through all that angst just right.

I've always loved Park Bo Gum so I can pretty much go on about him but I just wanted to say how good Kim Yoo Jung was during his confession. As much as I have liked her before, sometimes, I've felt she pulls the doe eyed expression of surprise a bit too often. But her confusion and her hesitation and all her feelings were all so on point in that scene!

Also can I also just say that I give extra points to Yeong for clearly choosing the most romantic place he could to confess in! Such pretty visuals!

Finally, remember that scene before the confession, where he sat and thought about the whole situation. I am really curious to know what he wrote and whether we'll see it sometime later?

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I don't even think it really matters if the Crown Prince thinks Ra-on is a boy or girl, it's all loooooooooooove! LOVE! I can't get enough of it. So glad I picked this up as my first sageuk lolll

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Wow! This is your first sageuk?! Nice! I hope it will continue to be good until the end so you will have a wonderful experience with your first ever sageuk!

Having PBG as you first sageuk lead is great in itself. You're lucky! hehe!

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This is my first saguek too! During their intense scenes in previous episodes, I wondered when they will kiss. But, then thought since this is a saguek they might not kiss except maybe in the end. But, this is the BEST SUPRISE EVER!!! <3

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Man, woman or alien - it didn't matter. Just loving the person just as they are. How wonderful is that.

Saguek is not my cup of tea but I really like PBG and KYJ. This is an unexpected treat (to say the least) as I didn't have high hopes.

My favourite of all Sagueks is Painter in the Wind. Moon that Embraces the Sun was better in the beginning but i finished it anyway. Think Moonlight Drawn by Clouds ranks high up there but let's wait for the series to be over to revise the rankings. :D

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I'm picky when it comes to sageuk. The first sageuk I finished and kinda liked was Moon Embracing the Sun. That show had so much potential plot-wise, but it didn't go beyond. The lead actress lacked in emotion and it was KSH carrying the acting and the love story until the end. The good thing I took from it was being introduced to the talented young cast including KYJ.

This sageuk may topple all other modern-day/contemporary drama in my top list. Let's wait and see. I hope it continues to be good until the end.

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Let's hope that the love, kisses and feels continue all the way till the end. I am so excited about tonight's episode.

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Is it wrong that keep repeating watch the kiss scene over and over and never get boring!!!!! I mean their chemistry was so much......Gah!!!!! I almost drown in park bo gum eyes that shows his sincerely love toward Kim yoo jung... and I hope you guys are right about the crown prince knows that Ra-on is actually a she....so thanks for the recap...Congrats to the cast,everyone that involved in this Awesome drama!!! I love this drama so much!!!

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UGHHHHH the FEEEELLLLLs are here to stay! Man I got so shy watching the last scene, holy moly lol. Their moment felt so private that I felt like an intruder. I'm in love with this couple!!!! *rewinds confession scene*

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These two adorable kids are just killing it along with the rest of the cast.

Whenever KYJ fixes her beautiful eyes on PBG or the camera, how can anyone resist those EYES??? Whenever PBG smiles, come on, I need to hear that cheesy angel choir music from Cinderella and Four Knights and everything must blur into soft white halo lighting! Grrrrr!

This director is brilliant and he picks up everyone's facial angle and coaxes out their expression so well.

KYJ is awesome and I sincerely hope that she achieves every success in her field and never get waylaid because don't deprive us of those eyes, EVER! She can already do so much with her eyes without much makeup, imagine what she can achieve when she matures into a woman.....phew! Don't ever touch that face, KYJ! PBG is already a treasure, no need to mention anymore.

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It's a pleasure to watch KYJ grow as an actress. She started so young and has so many works under her belt. I hope she gets more leading role in different genres, so she can grow more as an actress. Also PBG. I just love these two.

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I haven't been so absorbed in a drama since You're Beautiful (2009)... I'm practically an ahjumma to our OTP and I feel crazy because I cant talk to anyone in real life about all the feels I get from this drama hahaha... I'm actually going to visit Seoul for a family vacation with my husband and kids next month and I'm embarassed to admit that "what to do if we meet PBG" actually crossed my mind...
I was reading live comments on soompi last night.. watched the raw around midnight.. and watched the subbed version early in the morning.. then I scoured the net for any info/bts scenes.. then looked for recaps.. and I even watched 2d1n episode with PBG .. that's all I did today ?

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Well you've come to the right place to let out all your feels for this drama. The Bogum Effect is real and it cuts across demographics. My mom is being all motherly loving to him. haha! She's a huge fan.

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@bobacha - don't worry, you're in good company here!

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if I met Park Bo Gum, I would stop in the middle of a road grinning like an idiot until I am hit by the truck of doom.

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I think I have ELS - Every Lead Syndrome.

They are just all so squee-worthy. The sewing, the patient giftgiving, the kissing...

I hope they use the extension to give all of them a satisfying happy ending and, because I'm weak and a romantic, a satisfying love line to ninja-gat and yoon-sung :)

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@mushmush - ELS - that's so brilliant! I like the other male leads well enough but for me, PBG is in a league of his own!

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PBG's onscreen charisma and real life charm give me so many feeeeeeeeels. I'm afraid he's setting the bar unrealistically high for my maiden heart...

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