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Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: Episode 9

Just when you thought the prince couldn’t get any swoonier, there he goes, being more swoony. And who can resist all his heartfelt expressions of care and his unwillingness to let an impossible situation defeat him? Which is a character trait that’ll surely come in handy, what with all the vipers and backstabbers littering the palace. Lucky for him, he’s managed to outsmart them pretty successfully… for now.

 

 
EPISODE 9: “The moment the heart’s latch is opened”

Yeong makes his full confession to Ra-on, giving her one of the eternity bracelets and calling her the woman he loves. Stunned, she asks, “You… knew?”

He confirms it, and she asks if he’d known back in the garden, when he kissed her. He nods. Ra-on asks, hurt, “Knowing it all, were you mocking me?” His face falls; that wasn’t what he’d meant at all.

Byung-yeon has just discovered her true identity as well, having heard from her adoptive father that the rebel leader’s lost daughter Ra-on is the Hong Sam-nom who is now at the palace. He rushes back to the palace, full of purpose.

Yeong apologizes, adding, “But I have never thought of you lightly. At first I was shocked, and then I was joyful. And after that, I could not speak.” He smiles down at her, continuing, “When I sat comfortably in a palanquin, you walked, and when I walked, you had to carry an umbrella. While I sat on silk and you sat on a dirt-stained seat, how could I say that I treasured you as a woman?”

Ra-on takes a step backward, face averted, and says that it was all part of her duty as a eunuch. Yeong takes her hand, saying, “But that is not is something a man should do to his beloved.”

At that, she looks up, and he clasps her hand in both of his. He vows to treat her as the most precious lady in the world: “I’ll block the wind, and cover you from the sun, and cherish you. May I do that?”

Overcome with emotion, she cries as he wipes the tears gently from her face. And as they stand there looking at each other ardently, around the corner, Byung-yeon stares in shock, then quietly slips away.

But Ra-on moves slightly away from Yeong’s touch, and his face takes on a look of worry. She looks him in the eye and replies, “Yes, I am a woman. But I have never lived as a woman.”

He tells her she can start now. But she shakes her head, telling him, “In a place I should not be, I did something I must not do. I’m sorry. I will not cause any more harm for you—”

He cuts her off, saying he doesn’t blame her: “I blame myself, for not recognizing you sooner.” But Ra-on doesn’t let him say more, and excuses herself to return to her duties.

She steps outside and stares at the bracelet, thinking of his declaration to treasure her as a woman, while Yeong remains standing inside, replaying her refusal. They turn longingly back in the direction of the other.

Now that he’s the first to discover the rebel’s lost daughter, Byung-yeon is wrought with conflict over what to do with that information. He takes out his frustrations on the training field, mulling over his two allegiances: the prince, who wants to find the daughter before the prime minister’s faction does, and his rebel leader, who needs the daughter as a figurehead who would galvanize their scattered ranks.

And now that he’s befriended Ra-on, Byung-yeon thinks of her too, and how she’d declared him her hyung. It feels like a no-win situation, and he comes to no conclusion.

That night, Ra-on can’t sleep and catches Byung-yeon’s eye as he sits in his spot above. She asks if something is worrying him, and he replies that he has a question for her. He asks what Ra-on did before becoming a eunuch, and she tells him she was part of a traveling performance troupe. He asks what she did before that, and she says she lived with her mother. She heard her father died when she was very young, and never knew his name.

“It must have been difficult for you,” he notes. He asks if she still likes the palace. She thinks for a long moment.

The next day, Ra-on requests to be reassigned, and the queen’s Eunuch Sung passive-aggressively crows that he knew she wouldn’t last. He adds that the prince was headed for trouble the moment he took on the regency and brings up the recent assembly that none of the ministers attended. In light of that, Eunuch Jang warns Ra-on that every little thing could reflect badly on the prince.

Yeong has canceled the regularly scheduled civil service examination after finding its results rigged to favor the Kim clan, but this brings the scholars to court, begging the king to reconsider. They argue that this is the only opportunity for applicants from far-off regions to travel to the capital and take the exam, and Prime Minister Kim pressures the king with that argument.

Yeong replies, “If you open the road, you must also open the gate at the end of the road.” He points out that applicants can’t be given a chance when the winners have already been predetermined.

Back at his palace, Yeong notes that Ra-on isn’t around. Eunuch Jang thinks it’s because the prince was mean to her, and that’s why she she’s taken on other tasks outside.

Ra-on is currently delivering writing supplies to young (mute) Princess Yeongeun, who is playing hide and seek with her companions. Ra-on offers to wait while she plays her game, and sits by herself on the lawn.

Princess Yeongeun hides successfully from her playmates, but her face freezes in fear when she spies Prime Minister Kim walking across the courtyard. She ducks into a storeroom, only to have a court lady lock the door, imprisoning her inside.

Yeong finds Ra-on sitting alone and asks if she’s running away from him. He asks why, and she replies that she has committed a crime in deceiving everyone with her identity, and doesn’t think she can face him.

“Don’t you know?” he asks. “I’m hoping that you, not as a eunuch, but as yourself, will take one step closer to me.”

Ra-on returns, “Do you not know, either? I have flouted palace law in impersonating a man—other than as a eunuch, how could I stay at your side?”

That’s when the princess’s companions run by looking for the princess, a little frantic at her prolonged absence. A search party is convened to scour the palace grounds, and Ra-on spies a lone brush dropped on the ground. She looks around and tries the nearby door, and hears the sounds of sniffling inside.

Inside the storeroom, Princess Yeongeun looks up in hope as the doors start to open… but it’s Prime Minister Kim’s ominous face that appears in the doorway. She gasps in fright and falls over unconscious.

But it’s really Ra-on standing there—the princess had imagined it in her fear—and she rushes to the girl’s side. She’s taken back to her mother, Royal Consort Park, and Yeong sits by her bedside as she sleeps fitfully.

He recalls how bright and bubbly she used to be, while her mother sighs that her inability to speak must be frustrating for her. She thanks him for teaching her to read and write, allowing her to be as happy as she has been.

Yeong thinks back three years, to when Yeongeun had been a scared, withdrawn little girl. He had told her he would write down the name of her favorite season, and she had watched closely as he traced the lines in her palm.

Now Yeong asks Consort Park if the princess is still unable to recall anything about “that day.” Her mother confirms it, supposing that the illness was too much for her body, and that after suffering fever for several days, it had been erased from her memory.

Yoon-sung is stopped from going to the palace by his uncle, Minister Kim, who argues that the politicians are mid-plan to tame the prince. His grandfather, the prime minister, calls him aside to ask if he’s feeling sorry for his childhood friend. Yoon-sung replies that he believes the prince was right in his decision to cancel the examination.

The prime minister says that only doing the right thing doesn’t help the people prosper. But Yoon-sung informs his grandfather that he cannot agree with their side—what does strengthening their clan’s power have to do with the people’s happiness?

Prime Minister Kim warns that politics is not about making friends with the people; those with power rule over and lead the people. Yoon-sung asks if the plan to marry him to Ha-yeon is another way of maintaining their power, and his grandfather readily confirms it.

Yoon-sung asks him to find another way, because he objects to that kind of marriage. If he is to marry, he wants it to be with a woman he can talk to and share his feelings with. He’s quietly emphatic, and the prime minister looks distinctly displeased.

Ra-on sits with Ha-yeon on one of her visits to the palace, and Ha-yeon admits that she has another reason for coming by, other than seeing the princess and borrowing books. She confides that the man she has feelings for is the crown prince, and Ra-on can’t speak for a moment. She does her best to cover up her reaction, and Ha-yeon says ruefully that she’s tiring of finding excuses to talk to him, especially when he’s so curt.

She accidentally knocks her books off the table, and both ladies reach down at the same time, which gives Ha-yeon a glimpse of the pink eternity bracelet Ra-on wears. She recognizes it but doesn’t make the connection, and just explains that it means that even if the couple wearing the bracelets are separated, they are destined to reunite.

Ra-on hadn’t known that, and Ha-yeon laughs that if Ra-on received a gift without being told the meaning, her gift-giver must be as hopeless as Ha-yeon. Ra-on smiles and thinks again of Yeong’s declaration.

That night she thinks back to being a young child, dressed as a boy as she longingly watched neighborhood girls playing games. Her mother had pulled her away quickly, and Ra-on had asked how long she had to live this way. Her mother had asked her to wait just a bit longer, but Ra-on had asked angrily if she was to be kept in the dark till she died.

Yeong meets with Teacher Dasan in town, noting that rumors of the government’s turmoil are running rampant. Teacher Dasan mentions another rumor that all the scholars in the nation now start and end their days by cursing the crown prince. Ha, is he needling him on purpose?

But Yeong says that the fight has already begun, and intends to continue with his plan to hold a special examination in place of the standard one. Teacher Dasan leaves him with a bit of wisdom from his own grandfather: that a marital spat that is fought with the intention of winning leads to the ruin of the household.

Yeong asks what he’s getting at, and Teacher Dasan notes that the prince naturally began fighting with the intention of setting right wrongs, but suggests that he may have lost sight of that: Is he fighting to win, or is he fighting for change? Yeong doesn’t have a ready answer for that, and it makes him think.

After her accidental shut-in, Ra-on finds Princess Yeongeun huddled in a corner of her room. Ra-on suggests communicating with hand gestures and starts to demonstrate a thumbs-up, but pauses when she sees that the little girl is near tears.

So Ra-on corrects herself and says that it’s fine for the princess not to make any response and shares, “There are many things I’m hiding.”

The girl looks up curiously at that, and Ra-on says, “I don’t know what it is about, but I think I understand a little how you’re feeling. Because I am still trapped too. I’m hiding against my will, and, thinking that someone may open the door and find me out, I shake in fear. When do you think will we be able to open the door with our own hands and walk out?”

Yeong informs Prime Minister that he intends to carry out the civil service examination according to the original plan. He explains that his intentions were always to ensure that the best talents were chosen, not to shake up the government.

Prime Minister Kim looks wary, but says that if Yeong will make the wise decision to return everything to normal, the politicians will all return to court and assist the prince. Yeong assures him that he will abide by their principles, according to their wishes, but he looks so confident that I have to think he’s got something up his sleeve.

And so, the civil service examination is administered. The essay question is hung on a scroll: “Whose nation is Joseon?” Some test-takers look smug and pull out cheat sheets, while others—like the princess’s penpal lover, Young Master Jung—look appalled but can’t do anything about the cheating.

And then, Yeong’s arrival is announced. Everyone jumps to their feet and Eunuch Jang presents a new exam scroll, to the shock of everybody present. The new question asks about “an opposition for opposition’s sake” and how they would persuade someone in that scenario.

Yeong announces that there is no predetermined answer: “Simply persuade with your own thoughts.” He encourages them to put forth fresh new ideas for the future of Joseon.

That night in the library, Ra-on looks at her eternity bracelet, and is surprised with the prince arrives to find her here. He notes that she’s avoiding him well, only going to places where he won’t be. And because she knows him so well, if she hides, there’s nothing he can do.

She says that there are so many eyes and ears on the prince that if she’s with him, she would be unable to be comfortable for even a minute.

“But what about me, without you?” Yeong asks. “Do you think I would be comfortable?” Ra-on says that as a eunuch, she felt her usefulness. But not now, when she worries constantly that she would bring harm to him, and it scares her from being able to take that step toward him.

It looks like he’s about to step toward her, but she tenses and he pauses. She looks away, then places her bracelet down on the table.

“I know it is shameless of me,” she says, “but if you will allow me to leave the palace, I will not forget that kindness and will live well.”

Stung, Yeong’s face hardens, and he asks if that’s what she truly wants. She says yes.

He says insistently, “There are hundreds, thousands of things I can do for you, that I want to do for you. Is that the only you want from me? You would hide and run away and not see me—is that the first and last thing you would ask of me?”

She blinks back tears, and replies, “It is.” Angry and hurting, he says he understands. He dismisses her, and takes the bracelet she left behind.

Little Princess Yeongeun musters her pint-sized courage, then enters a room and approaches an armoire with trepidation. She opens it, and looks inside.

A flashback takes us back three years; she’d been able to speak then, and had hidden here during a game. Hearing sounds approaching, Yeongeun keeps quiet as a court lady runs into the room and tries to keep pursuers out.

Prime Minister Kim and two of his henchmen corner her here, and he demands to know what she had been trying to tell the prince, growing angry when she stands up to him despite her obvious fear. The court lady challenges him to kill her and cover up the truth, and he complies without even batting an eyelash: His man stabs her in the gut, just feet in front of the princess’s hiding spot.

Yeoungeun sees the woman fall, who vows with her dying breath to never leave this place and to reveal the truth of the queen’s wrongful death. Princess Youngeun tries her best to remain quiet, but something catches the prime minister’s attention, and he looks curiously in her direction, approaching the armoire and sloooowly creaking open the door.

But then, the princess’s companions come running by, and the men quietly leave the room. It leaves her undiscovered, but also terribly traumatized.

So now, Princess Yeongeun faces the empty armoire bravely, holding back her tears. It must have been quite upsetting, because a short while later, Yeong hears something about her condition and heads out immediately in concern.

Ra-on is with the princess and asks why she’d gone to that place, because she had disappeared suddenly to go there. Yeongeun looks conflicted, clearly wanting to say something but unable to speak the words. Ra-on tells her she doesn’t have to reply, but the princess reaches for her writing materials and writes down her thoughts for Ra-on.

The princess reminds Ra-on of her words about opening their own doors and walking out on their own. Ra-on smiles down at her, and from the doorway, Yeong watches the exchange.

Afterward as they leave, Ra-on trails behind Yeong as he leads them away. He stops to tell her that he regretted letting on that he knew of her secret.

If he’d known she would run away at the first sign of the truth, “I would not have deliberated over whether you were a eunuch or a woman, but over how to keep you with me just a little longer. That I could not more deeply understand you—I am sorry.”

She can only bid him goodbye, and she starts to walk away. Yeong grabs her arm to stop her, and entreats, “But even despite all that, can you not endure it? Not anywhere else, but here. At my side.”

Aw, Young Master Jung passed the civil service exam. He arrives at the palace in court dress, having been granted a government position, and is amazed and nervous at his future here. His manservant cautions him to out himself to the princess, but at least she doesn’t know what he looks like.

That’s handy, since she happens by just then, arriving at the palace newly slim from her temple stay. The first thing she does after exiting her palanquin is trip on her own skirt, and she sprawls in the dirt.

Young Master Jung hurries to offer a hand, and for a second she looks a bit moony-eyed before she recalls herself and continues on. His servant thinks she looks awfully familiar, but Young Master Jung sniffs that her sharp, skinny features lack affection, and that women should be plump like his beloved princess. HEH.

Yeong meets with Prime Minister Kim about the results of the examination, noting that even with the change, seven Kims were able to pass properly. He says that he will be sure to uphold the politicians’ principles in rewarding talent based on true merit—heh, he’s sly, using their own words as his rationale for enforcing what he wants. The prime minister can hardly argue the point.

The anxious king is relieved to hear that the government is back to normal operations, and that the politicians are back at work. Imagine that. It reinforces for the king why he’s been such a failed leader, and he asks his eunuch, “Do you know the reason I have become such an incapable king? I do not have people, people who are mine.” He adds that there is not one person who is truly his in the entire palace—everyone belongs to the prime minister.

It also makes him resolve, “I cannot let the crown prince become like me. No, I must make them—people who are wholly the prince’s.” The king tells his head eunuch to prepare for the prince’s marriage.

That evening, Princess Yeongeun drags Ra-on along by the hand, smiling impishly, then stops at a particular spot and runs off. Ra-on turns to see Yeong in the pavilion, meeting with a group of politicians, just as he turns to see her standing there.

Ra-on bows politely and starts to leave, but Yeong steps toward her, holding a hand out to her. Then he clasps the hands together, as though sending a message.

In a flashback, we see that Princess Yeongeun had told (er, written notes for) her brother of the hand messages that Ra-on had taught her. He’d been pleased at the thought that with those messages, she could communicate without carrying around her notebook, and had asked her to teach him the gestures.

So now, he stands there with a group of ministers watching curiously, and motions with his hands. She reads the words as he motions them: “I… like… you. No—love you.”

His voice takes over the narration: “So please…” He clasps his hands together entreatingly.

In flashback, the princess asks Ra-on for the gesture meaning “don’t leave.” Ra-on thinks a moment, then comes up with the motion, which Yeong performs now: a hand outstretched, brought close, then clasped with the other, and eyes closed as in prayer.

“Don’t leave, and stay by my side,” Yeong asks. He looks down at Ra-on with a smile, and she looks back at him with tear-filled eyes.

Then Eunuch Jang asks curiously what the gesture means, and Yeong improvises with a waving motion, “It means to stay far away.” Haha.

Later that night, Ra-on regards her hanbok and cosmetics and recalls the question she’d asked the princess: “When will we be able to open the door with our own hands and walk out?”

She flashes back to that encounter with her mother, when she’d asked if how long she would have to live as a boy. Her mother had grabbed her sternly and said, “Until you can protect yourself. When you’ve grown old enough that you are not daunted by me being gone. Then, live as a girl.”

Ra-on thinks of the prince’s request to endure the pain to stay with him. She thinks, “Mom, I’m fine now, aren’t I? In the ten years without you, I’ve been brave and grown on my own, so I can protect myself.”

The next day, as Yeong reads by himself in the garden, a figure approaches, dressed in hanbok. As Ra-on stands there before him, he looks up and takes in the sight with surprise and amazement.

Getting to his feet, Yeong steps closer and asks, “What would you like me to call you?”

“I am Hong Ra-on,” she says, giving him her name for the first time. “Hong. Ra. On,” he tries.

Then he smiles, and calls to her, “Ra-on-ah.”

 
COMMENTS

Gah, is this show great with the episode endings or what? I thought we’d hit the peak last week with those heartfelt confessions that somehow were swoony without being embarrassing or cheesy, but then we had this hour of heartache capped off with another poignant revelation. One of the things I like best about this show is its ability to walk that line between sappy and sincere, dramatic and corny. It’s partially due to great delivery, but the moments are given their impact by the subtle handling of the tone, edits, music, and overall cohesion. I wish all romances were given such fine-tuning of emotional calibration, so that you feel every pause and flicker in the eyes; it makes me react with the character in the moment, and it’s not as common an effect in dramaland as I wish were the case.

Princess Yeongeun’s storyline was a sweet way to act as a bridge between the characters; I like that we were teased of her situation and trauma well beforehand so that her place in today’s story feels a bit more organic than a Plot of the Day device. It also makes sense that she would become a potentially crucial key in Yeong’s standoff against the prime minister, because right now the old crony isn’t even aware he’s got a massive loose end, and I’m always bloodthirsty for ways that Yeong can one-up him.

The civil service examination itself seemed rather simple as a problem, because if he could just stroll into the proceedings and change the answer, was it really necessary to do a whole replacement exam that would serve the same purpose? But it was a minor point, and I like that the solution was simple, because it drives home Teacher Dasan’s point about Yeong losing his focus and getting waylaid by other intentions. Really, he proved that it was the simplest solution that netted him what he wanted, plus he got to evade that political war he’d nearly instigated with literally every single minister in the court. (Speaking of that lone duck point, I’m getting nervous for the whole marriage subplot that’s surely coming our way, because historically speaking, let’s just say that it doesn’t entail the crown prince marrying anyone named Hong. But I suppose we’ll have to cross that unpleasant bridge when we get there.)

I particularly liked the sign language as the thing to finally convince Ra-on, because there’s something so sweet and visceral about that kind of communication. It’s also a lovely way to tie in Princess Yeongeun as a sort of messenger and bridge between them, both in the literal sense (that she delivered Ra-on to that spot) and the figurative one, where they both found themselves worrying about her in the same way, and then comforting her in the same way by finding language outside of the one she’d lost. In that way, both Ra-on and the princess were able to step outside of their locked doors by finding ways to speak their hearts that didn’t involve standard words, which weren’t working. And Park Bo-gum just gave his sign language such a perfectly beseeching feeling, which really made the moment land.

Most of all, I’m beyond relieved that Ra-on is finally onboard this romance, because even though I found her reasoning credible and never thought she was out of line or being stupid or even nobly idiotic, I did wish for her to find a way out of her closet of fear and indecision, so to speak. I have no idea where their relationship could feasibly go from here, even if she’s able to reclaim her life as a woman, but that’s part of the curiosity propelling me into the next step of our story; I liked how they’ve dealt with the eunuch plotline, both comically and seriously, but I’m ready for us to move on to whatever’s next. Especially if that involves more cuddles and smiles. I mean, come on, it’s been forever since we’ve seen her smile freely, isn’t it? And now she’s got a billion and one reasons to keep it up.

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I just about swooned into a puddle of melted hearts when he spoke to her in sign language. These two will be the happy death of me.

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i think i've already died from all the swooning and the happy and the feels and the gummie-ness about a thousand times now. resurrected in time for the next episode only to repeat the cycle over again!

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+1!!

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Haha... yes!! Can definitely relate ?

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Drowning in happy tears for the sign language of love

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That sign language scene they exchanged is perfect literally and figuratively. It fits perfectly with the theme of the episode. And PBG and KYJ's delivery was brimming with emotion that I understood their conversation even without the subtitles.

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I also cried when Raon FINALLY wore a hanbok for Young. This drama! Never have I cried just because a girl wears a hanbok for her man!

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And thank God it's a different hanbok, and not from the one Yoon-sung gave her. I think it'd be weird for her meeting with the love of her life, with another man's gift.

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Amen to this! I wondered for a bit how she was able to get another hanbok, but I'm really happy that she didn't wear the one Yoon-sung gave her. It makes this new hanbok even more special!

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Did she buy one for herself or does it belong to her mother? I don't remember seeing that hanbok before.

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Last scenes are always preview to next... i'm sure it has more story to it & CP gifted this to her

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Ok then, I thought I may have missed it.

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it was from when she danced... It was the hanbok that was supposed to be wornby the dancer...

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No, that's a different hanbok.

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I think she probably did. Ra-on did hold onto the fact that one day, she'd want to live as a woman, I think maybe the hanbok is like her hope that someday she gets to wear it, and when she did, it's for Yeong!

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That makes sense. Thanks.

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and when did I realised that calling your name informal way could be so intimate . . . . .

Ra-On ah (there go my heart)

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I just added a gif of it Sancheezy! For you! go check it out and swoon. XD

*blows a kiss*

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ooh thank you . . . you are the best!!

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I'd never been affected much or given any thought at all when someone called someone's name informally before, so I'm pretty sure it's just to do with pbg.
When he called her Ra On ah, I had a flash back to the way he used to say "Dukseonah"in reply1988, which had me turning into a googy puddle every time. Has to be the pbg effect.

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omg i thought of the same thing!!
park bo gum is just too swoonworthy!! <3

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Ra-On ah...... my heart must have stopped for a second

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Like the first time Mr. Sheffield called the nanny Fran instead of Miss Fine in The Nanny.

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Yes.. the sign language scene was so touching. And I was swooning loudly when CP called her "Ra On-ah".. Yoo jung also was very pretty in hanbok.

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Yes! She was so pretty! But, it would have been nice if they had given her a hairstyle like chae soo bin's with all those pretty hair clips!

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haha right,
I thought they make it messy because it's the 1st time,
kinda like that . . .

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I didnot mind if she didnot wear pretty hair clips as long as she take back the bracelet from Yeong. Because it has deep meaning.

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I actually liked the way she looked, since it's her first time, it even makes sense that her hair is not done pretty. It just gives that innocent vibe of coming out of her she'll and exploring what it would be like for the first time. So pretty to looked at in a different way. Pure and simple, our Ra On ah!

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Absolutely adored the hand-sign confession. I felt so emotional watching the whole scene unfold. Nothing was said, but so much was conveyed in the eyes between CP and Ra-On. And was extremely ecstatic when Ra-on finally decided to wear a hanbok for CP.

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ikr??? Like lower me to my grave please... So happy!! <3 <3 I'm currently in driving school, where it's dead silent, and I near about squealed as I read this... Bogum-y and Yoo-jung-y love!! <3 <3

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love this drama :) thanks for the recaps, love seeing others view on everything. fantastic chemisty, youjung is young but a very good actress

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Been waiting for this.. Thank you ????

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"SPEECH IS OF TIME, SILENCE IS OF ETERNITY."

The sign language expression of CP's love for Raon is ICONIC!

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Ahh yes, the sign language of love! ❤️❤️❤️

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His hands!!!!
Manly, veiny hands! I like!

Maybe the writer noticed them too and decided to write sign language bit!

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That wordless conversation of OTP got me in the heart once again. There were people around them, but they were in their own world where only the two of them understands what is going on. It was poignant.

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Yes. definitely one of the best scenes. So beautiful.

They say a picture paints a thousand words. That scene was definitely a novel in how to confess love in the most special way possible. <3

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Oh and I want to add that it was extra extra special because of the way the producer decided to splice in Ra On and Prince Yeong doing the hand sign simultaneously. That was just so meaningful and added that extra little bit of perfection to an already moving moment.

I love how Ra On unintentionally always manages to move Prince Yeong into confessing his feelings. Previously it was also because she asked him if unrequited love was not worth confessing, and that spurred him to confess the first time.

I love how the 2 of them are so intertwined with one another and how much Ra On affects Prince Yeong, and how they visually showed that in the scene with the hand signs.

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+1 to this. I think it's basically the 1st time Yeong has given his heart to a girl, so he's doing everything he can to keep her by his side.

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Yes! I love that part to when they simultaneously showed Ra-on and Yeong doing the hands signs and their voice-overs speaking the same words. It was beautiful.

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Gosh. This PD/editor/music director - I know they always try hard to make (at least) 1 super-swoony episode for the climax, I prepared myself for it, but it always gets me EVERY TIME. Such a beautiful scene - and well acted by both leads too.

That poddle of goo in tears? Yep that's me.

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I just love how much in each episode of Moonlight there is a resolution. Granted it is not a resolution of the bigger problems, but at least the small hurdles are not dragged on. I was prepared for the angst between OTP in this episode, but it was just the right amount. I think they are saving the ever-flowing spring of angst around the time that all hell breaks loose about Ra-on's family background and Yeong's marriage. It's inevitable. But please allow the OTP to have time together before you separate them. For now let me stay in my happy, swoony bubble while I still can.

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YES. If it were any other drama, Ra-on would stew in indecision and fear for a good 2-3 episodes.

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I don't mean to glorify this drama but I like this game

Before Ra-On confesses, she heard about the marriage, and then sad, Yoo Sun saw that and he said to the prince that he can't make her happy and YS can do it,
Realised that Ra on rejected him, the prince said to ra-on to stop the love relationship and there we go,
the almost confession from the girl left in cold . . . . .

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Awww.so this will what happened on episode 10.oh my g..I need more tissues later while watching

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Yeah, I just love the flow in this drama, with just enough amount of angst, anger, frustration, payoff, and happiness.

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I'm in that happy, swoony bubble as well! hahaha

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Me too. I'm in swoony bubble as long as i can. Angst please go away.. lol

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It almost mind blowing to see just how well each problem is resolved no matter how trivial they may seem. I feel as though the drama has reached a point where it can do no wrong. It has exceeded my expectation in so many ways that it has ticked pretty much every box in my expectation list, even ones that were not there in the first place.

Come hell or high water (in this case the political marriage) I somehow feel that they will be able to solve the problem in the most satisfying manner. This is of course me being hopeful but I think the writer is just as smart as she makes her Crown Prince to be.

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"all hell breaks loose about Ra-on’s family background" glad that key to this hell is with Kim hyung.. (Time for loyalty and Bromance).

Yeong’s marriage: Hoping that whatever yoon-sung does please fail.. I love him but I hate marriage angst ... let our OTP be happy

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I am worried about this marriage plot because on some posters, Ha-yeon wears the royal clothes...

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I just hope that when Yeong found out Ra On's dad's identity, won't think that she got closer to him with some hidden mission. PLEASE DRAMA DONT EVER LET THAT HAPPEN. "anxiety level:king"

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I nearly passed out when the King said marriage. I love these two, and for them to be separated is just cruel to us audience....

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I'm also glad they don't drag things on for too long too. I'm glad that there was a resolution to all the angst between CP + Ra-On. I'm like you--i hope the happy bubble CP + Ra-On are in can stay intact for a few more episodes..

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Ohhhh, that scene where he's signing to her. OMG, I'm still a puddle of feels! Thanks for the crazy-fast recaps so I can squeeze with the rest of my db pals!!!!

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Me too! And he did it in front of his subjects without any hesitations. I lost it when he told Eunuch Jang that it means they need to stay away from him! Hahaha

I love the ending as well and how happy he looked when he called Ra On's name.

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And the way he awkwardly came up with an explanation kills me! Haha! Though really, she was just downstairs and no one was stealing glances or look her way at all?

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it palace rule not to look at the Royal with head up when they were standing as I remember because they are not in the same status, but ofc someone saw it, (that's how the rumour start and eunuch jjang too)

ooh god, the prince and ra-on (plus the moon background) also symbolised their status,
the almighty crown prince, high and surrounded by a lot of followers and the lone Ra-On standing near but on the ground, she looks up and he looks down, the sign showed how their world can get connected,

I can't believe I can think this way

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MDBC Effect? :-)

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ooohhhh nice! That's a good one! That scene does depict their vast difference. The imagery is perfect. He's a royal thus he's above, while Ra-on's a eunuch and below Yeong.

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Eunuch Jang was the perfect comic relief after such an emotional scene haha. Loved how CP shoo-ed him away

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+1.. i loved eunuch Jang so much.. lol

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it's his earnestness!

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I added a gif of this scene in honour of Eunuch Jang. haha. Do check it out! Because it still made me laugh the second time I watched it and it deserved to be saved for a rewatch. haha. Enjoy!

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wow.. thank you for the gifs!

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Michkydrama- where can we see these gifs?please oh pretty please

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Check out michykdrama's great blog at:

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I swear this drama makes my heart go up and down like a rollercoaster ride. Lee Yeong and Ra On drive me crazy and they make me feel like I am experiencing my first love in my teens again. I usually don't care much about the secondary characters but I find myself caring about them in this drama. Oh my heart~ I can't seem to stop it from fluttering. I know there is heartbreak coming soon, but please don't make it last too long.

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It is rare for a drama to make me care for more than the leads and here I care for them all (except for the bad guys of course). The last drama that made me care for everyone was Pinocchio.

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I love that Raon just didn't give in to the confession. She has this inner struggle where she can't even live as a woman so how can she love as one? That's just so poignant throughout and it just really stays true to the drama's coming-of-age arc.

When she was recalling her mom saying that she can only stop pretending being a boy when she can finally protect herself. Ugh. *tears*

And of course, I love the fact that she is brave enough now to be herself as she wears the hanbok infront of Yeong.

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agree . . . she didn't just accept him and that gives her moments to be herself by her own decision in the classic thinking,

"when I can protect myself", isn't this a very good message?

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I really love that we were shown her personal and inner struggle. It wasn't easy for her to come to such a decision. But I loved that it was a choice she made, after much struggle, deliberation and angst.
I also love that she came, not knowing how they will proceed from now on, hell, its still going to be a challenge for them to be together( not even factoring in the marriage). But just like Crown Prince, who was ready to confess his feelings, knowing that there was almost no way their love could ever be (he thought she was a man, plus she is also a eunuch, a servant) but wanted to tell the truth anyway, not expecting any breakthrough or solution, its the same for Ra On. She's facing her identity, its not going to be easy. Its not some breakthrough for them to be together, but its the truth. Its brave and its open and sincere. I'm sure they will find a way forward... THEY MUST!! Victory shall be ours!!!
That little Princess is so adorable!! I loved her story and was so touched when she went back to open the door her self! It was such a brave step. Say what you want to say, let the words come out. Honestly I just want you to be brave!!!

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+1 For a show that's anchored by the big, declarative moments, RO's struggle was written and acted in a quiet, raw way that really resonates with me.

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If I can sum up in one word, I'd say the show is smart. It's smart because it lets the characters make wise and honest decisions. It feels like the writer trusts the characters to carry on this burden. In turn, it makes us viewers feel smart because we get to see their inner struggle and learn from them. Gosh I love you show

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+1.. Plus she has already lived like a man in her whole life so she will be scared to live like a woman now. It is a big risk because her mom never said the reason to her.

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Exactly! It's interesting because she lived the life of a man for so long and she became somehow comfortable as one. However, upon entering the palace she had to guard her secret, so pretending to be a man was difficult for her. On the other hand, being a woman poses even more difficult because she deceived the Palace. Moreover, like you said, if she finds out her real identity, living as a woman will pose a lot of risks for her, especially since she was never told why she had to be a man.

Looking at it, Ra-on is pitiful because it seems she can never be free to be herself at least until all things get resolved on all fronts. For now, she's in trouble whether she lives as a man or a woman.

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Yeah, I really feel for RO. She's in an impossible situation with little upside either way.

I love how alike RO and LY are, in terms of being trapped by the circumstances of their birthright. I was slayed by the parallelism of RO in her hanbok vs. LY in his crown prince gear in an earlier ep, with each telling the other their real name and all pretense falling away. SLAYED.

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Ahhhh been waiting for this recap all day! Off to read! Thanks! ?

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So so grateful the recap is up!

I was all by my lonesome squealing at that scene with the improvised sign language from the prince!!!!

I just wanted to say thank you for the recap I've yet to read. :)

*flies off to read said recap* SWOOOSH!

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Oh, and of course, major SWOOOOOOOON!!!!

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yesterday'sepisode is so good..
but my heart hurts for yoonsung.. he's so pitiful ㅠㅠ

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I have to say, I'm really really liking Jinyoung in this. I couldn't imagine him in a sageuk, but he fits right in.

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I love, love, love, the characters, but this episode seemed to drag on so slowly for me. Am I the only one?

I am excited for Kim Hyung to approach ..Ra On (!) now about all that exciting identity/political uprising business. And I missed Yoon Sung-Ra On interactions this episode. I can't wait to see another face off between him and our Seja!

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After watching this episode, I felt the same way about it dragging it bit! And I kept scratching my head, wondering why, because the acting is still wonderful and things DID happen that moved the plot forward. But I think it's because I miss the fun and silly dialogue/scenes between all the characters. I miss laughing out loud at ridiculousness due to misunderstandings or simple facial expressions between CP and RO. I know that it's because the point of this episode was for RO to get over her fear of being with CP, so it was more angsty. But I really hope we see more of spunky Eunuch Hong again.

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It dragged a little for me too, I think I spent most of the episode waiting (a little impatiently) for Ra On to take the one step towards Yeong after he took the other 99. But it was also immensely satisfying to watch him break her resolve little by little to give us the last scene... *sighs happily while ignoring the looming angst*

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You're so right - it was immensely satisfying to see him not giving up and then to see her resolve crumble under both his feelings and her own!

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And I was waiting for her to tell Yoon Sung she'd like his help leaving the palace...even though I know all roads lead back to the Crown Prince.

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YES. I dig your insights, there! I felt the same confusion for the same reasons.

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I felt the same way somehow too. However, I wouldn't call it dragging. For me, dragging means there's nothing happening that makes the plot move forward. For me, this episode is just slower than before, but not necessarily dragging. What adds to its slowness were the quiet, but emotional moments necessary to somehow resolve the conflict within Ra-on.

I agree that there were not that many laugh out loud scenes and I guess that adds to the slow feel of the episode. Hopefully, we'll get more in the coming episodes. However, I am not counting on it that much. We've reach the point that all hell will probably break loose soon.

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To be honest, it's just too much bluff without much plot development for me. I look more forward to Moon Lovers where there is more substance.

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Well, this has always been a character-driven piece and the actors sell it well. And "substance" is very preferential.

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we have plot development in this episode,
the female protagonist chooses her way to open about her identity in 1 episode, she deserves an episode,

god byeon yeon doesn't know what to do with information about ra-on, does prince knew ra-on is the hong gyeong wan daughter?

the scholar doesn't get his way and our small prince gathers his people,

we see yoon soong actually have the same idea with Lee Young
and he rejected the marriage,
Scholar Jang enters the palace ,
teacher ahn naesang starts to support the prince,
the kings start to really support the prince
the little princess remembers her trauma and key information,
we have a secret code language,
the pieces are gathers and now we can play,
I mean how can you just play and slash everything without giving enough support?

this ep is rather slow(many mute moment) but this episode is dedicated for Ra-on and she deserved it,

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It didn't drag for me as well. I think I expected this outcome and I welcome the angst, because our seja cheoha can't just have everything he wants, he needs to learn the way to a woman's heart, there's no shortcut to that.

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Yes! This was as much an episode for the Prince to grow as it was for our poor Eunuch. While Ra-on had to make peace with the Prince's affection, Yeong got to learn over and over again that the words he says don't always get heard the way he meant them to. He tried to be subtle when he mentioned the beautiful woman of his heart, but she couldn't read between the lines. When he was playful, she thought she became a joke. When he was sweet, well, it sadly put her into a difficult situation.

In the end, they have exhausted all the words they had to express his love, her worries, her white lies, his frustration, her evasions, his heartbreak. Words got them nowhere, yet, because they were still engrossed in their own personal dilemma and couldn't yet see things from each other's point of view.

I wasn't 100% on board with his persistence to persuade her. She's having a really hard time, ok? How is the relationship gonna work exactly? Besides, she's already got two other guys in line with very good excuses to get her out of the palace. But boy am I glad to watch this episode's resolution, so so so satisfying. My worries, like Kim hyung's dilemma, will just have to come back at a later episode.

The sign language exchange was such a beautiful poetic end to their angsty game of hide and seek. No more words spoken where they couldn't look straight into each other's eyes. Just simple, earnest gestures this time, gestures that were meant to help the Little Princess communicate, so they're naturally bridging the two loving hearts. A private language just for them, heart to heart.

I have no idea how their relationship can proceed next, but it was a relief that Ra-on finally allowed herself to come to the Prince, and that he fully acknowledged her hardship. Can't wait to see them fight the battle from the same side now. Not that they will have the luxury of time for that. (Damn you W for making me so cautious of happy scenes now)

Was it a slow episode? Yes, because most of it was separation and angst. Had I had to edit it, though, I wouldn't know what to cut out to speed it up. Everything felt significant. You just can't rush internal struggles. (Or else you end up with the much criticized lightweight romance that is W)

Please forgive my W jabs, it's still very much fresh in my mind... I didn't think I would find another show to love so soon after W, but here I am, smitten. W was a 1000 piece puzzle that kept my brain awake trying to put together the full picture. Moonlight, it's the most satisfying bowl of ice cream that my heart can't get enough of. They compliment each other so well for me these past few weeks. The more thrills and stress W caused me, the more I appreciate the well done heart throbs and good feels in Moonlight. Thank you drama gods, we've certainly been blessed this year.

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I don't exactly qualify it as draggy but rather... slow. Draggy for me is when there's nothing happening but here there are a lot of things happening, so many things revealed. I don't think we can truly appreciate Raon's dilemma if we didn't feel that limbo of her not knowing what to do. And I don't think that her decision of showing herself to Yeong would be as impactful if there were lots of silliness along the way. But yeah, for me, this is the show's slowest episode yet.

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I agree with everything you said. For me, it wouldn't feel right if she easily accepted him. Her internal struggle was real and I understood her reasons. It was a slow episode for me too, but not dragging.

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It was a slower episode but it's definitely one of the meatier ones so far. I really appreciate how this episode delved into Ra-on's demons. That ending scene feels so much like a victory since it took great courage (and will to finally open up to the one she loves) to put herself out there, as herself.

I love this show.

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Her hesitation made perfect sense...it was certainly not "noble idiocy" but love prevailed.

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Exactly. Love indeed prevailed ((but we don't know yet how far they'd go for their love) and I love how in the end, she finally allowed herself to be cherished. It's really been such a long time since we last saw Ra-on genuinely smile.

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Yes to this! I love that she wanted to be with him so much that she was finally able to let go of her fears.

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The slow pace of this episode actually fits with the situation that RO faced. It's only logical that she needs to take time of reflection and self-assurance before she can make a big decision with a great impact on her future. It would be a plot hole if she just readily accepts the CP love right off the bat without hesitating or contemplating first.

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agree, this ep is slow but I think I'll sit uncomfortably is she just accept him because he is a good man,
It's one episode when she thought he plays her like a fool, realised that all the things he did are man to woman, realised that he is a crown prince and her just a commoner,
it's a big burden, she hesitates because her mum is the only thing she wants for a long time and now she chooses to grow up and achieve what she wants because like ha yeon said, it kinda stupid to hesitate,

She realised what he feels and his point of view and shows her true self,
it's quite a big loop for her character,

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agree, this ep is slow but I --don't---think I’ll sit uncomfortably is she just accept him because he is a good man,

edit : just the "don't " change the whole meaning. . . . T.T

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I didn't think it drag but it was a little slow. Although, I thought maybe it was due to some editing issue. I can't put my finger on it but it seem like it was out of place somehow. I don't about editing so please excuse me.

I still LOVE LOVE LOVE this show.

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The slowness of the plot was a deliberate choice in order to develop Ra-on's character and her conflicted feelings for Yeong. The editing is perfect as usual (except for the bit with Princess Myeong-eun's hair).

I never felt that the show was bogged down at all. It's not as zippy as the earlier episodes, but that's pretty much a given at this stage, when happiness and hope and hurt and fear abound. I really appreciate that the show takes its time to let the characters breathe and develop. The plot is nothing to write home about, but the characters are lushly written and well-acted.

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Well just like a melody in a good song sometimes it needs a fast pace and sometimes a slow pace. The slow pace is needed to better reflect RO situation

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Ah I see. I didn't think like that but it make sense and I'm so glad that CP give her that time and yet still able to confide how he feel to her.

What I love about this show is that the characters are so well written and acted.

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Lee Young is too perfect. I can't.

He's sweet, caring, romantic, swoony, manly, humorous, cheeky.

Now you've set the bar waaaaay too high for the next male leads to even even you.

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I agree 110% with everything you just said especially about setting the bar too high!

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Me too! Yeong is a great character. He has consistently been amazing and thank goodness he's not a jerk.

Btw, your name hihi :))

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Oh Beanies! I'm Still in that Moonlight Happy Bubble!

My favourite moments were like lessons from the show:

How to make me melt within the first 5 min? The first confession scene was sweet but that gentle stroke of Ra On's cheek really did me in. *melted into a puddle*

How to make Byung Yeon even cooler than he already is? His martial arts moves were kick ass, but it was his internal conflict as to whether to follow his head or his heart that had me swooning. Bromance ❤️

How to make me love PBG even more? Put him in a scene with a little Princess that can't talk and have him teach her to read. I died Beanies. I seriously died.

How to redo a confession scene and make it even more poignant? Rope in a little Princess and use sign language of course. I have a soft spot for sign language because I've been teaching it to my son to communicate, but seriously this scene was special. Ra On was me- seriously I had tears in my eyes.

How to make a useless King even more annoying? Make him decide to play matchmaker! Did anyone else go "WHAT?!?" when the King said he wanted to prepare for Prince Yeong's marriage?? (To Who?!? Because in my head I was chanting Ra On! Ra On! Ra On!)

How to end off a show with excitement but fearful anticipation? Reveal Ra On in a dress. I was so excited but darn it if I'm not worried about how and what is going to happen next. ?

And YES- I am gif-ing them all. (Except the King scene. Lol) Gifs up soon! And maybe a few more to come...

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Kim Hyuuuuung! <3

Loving PBG and his relationship with the Princess too.

Thank you so much in advance for the GIFs!

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Yaaaaaaay for your gifs! Thanks! I wait with baited breath. And so, my Tuesday morning shall be glorious before I go to work. Thank you!

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I had a blast reading your How Tos hehe!

"How to make me love PBG even more? Put him in a scene with a little Princess that can’t talk and have him teach her to read. I died Beanies. I seriously died."

The child actress who plays Princess Yeongeun is so precious! And damn she's good in acting!

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Yes, the child actors are really great as well.
She did all the scenes without saying a word. how many adult actors/actresses can do that and still deliver the emotions needed?

Reminds me of how impressed I was with SJK in werewolf boy because he had so few lines, but I still felt every emotion he felt because the acting was just that good.

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Plus she is pretty although she is still very young. Maybe in the future she will become prettier like yoo jung.

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Yep, I also thought of Song Joon Ki in Werewolf Boy. Speaking of which, since this drama has brought shades of SKKS, I'm currently watching in episode 5 right now. I first saw Song Joon Ki in Werewolf Boy. HOW IS THAT THE SAME PERSON? His cheeky and flirty here and I just sit in incredulity every scene he appears in chanting " Cheol Su?", " I can't believe this is Cheol Su! " or " Cheol Su is so handsome!" . Anyway just a shout out. He really is quite talented.

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Argh. You are making me eager to watch SKKS. Got to find time to watch....

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@Michy, you have to. *puppy eyes*

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ahhh @mary you brought out the *puppy eyes*!!

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@Michykdrama - you absolutely MUST must MUST!!!!! watch SKKS. It is truly one of the greats and a necessary watch for any serious drama watcher who doesn't want to miss a drama labelled as one of the "classics". SKKS is a total joy.

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*begins refreshing Michykdrama's posts looking for gifs* Hahaha ?

But for reals, this episode was amazing! I loved how it started with a confession and ended with yet another confession. And as you said, SOMEHOW they figured out how to make it even more of an amazing experience! Gosh, this drama is amazing.

Let us hope our Crown Prince successfully fights tooth and nail to protect our Ra On from whatever is about to happen to her!

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One more How To:

How to ignore all contact with other humans and personal hunger and fatigue? And pretend that I don't have 1000000 things to in Real Life?

Why, watch Moonlight of course! XD

Gifs are up Beanies! To add to our addiction and for us to continue to ignore everything else. #sorrynotsorry ;)

https://mydramalesslife.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/my-moonlight-happy-bubble-are-you-going-to-join-me-inside/

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Thank you so much for the lovely gifs!

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Your gifs and this recap made my day... my really really busy day. I had to sneak in between work reading the recaps and leaving comments. Thank you for taking the time to shower us with the lovely gifs!

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❤️
Hope your day is winding down and glad you had time to sneak in to comment ?

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Thanks @michy for your thoughts. My day just got worse. Work is killing me. My workplace is killing me. But I feel all cheered up at the thought of going through your GIFs once again when I get home while waiting for tonight's ep 9 on KBS world and ep10 on live stream ?

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Thank you! I just discovered your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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oh my!!! thank you so much for expressing what all of us are feeling rite now..swoooooning~~~

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Yay Mitchy you're the best!!! <3

Agree with all of the above especially that the King is the worst. "Our CP needs loyal people beside him, so of course we have to marry him off to a stranger right away!"
I mean cause his Queen is so loyal to him after all.

Sigh. This show. "Ra-On-ah-by-Bo-Gum.mp3" is officially my phone's notification sound. Heeee. ❤️

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hmmm should I change my name to Ra-on too? hahaha It will be a perfect alarm and ring tone. hihihihi

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Michykdrama, loved your how to's... yes, I went- whaat? Way to go at being a good father.... and rolled my eyes. I cant believe the idjit(idiot with single digit IQ). Was that the only way to get people on your side?

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Ugh I know right what is wrong with king-dad!

I know I'll be one of the minority when I say that the sign language double-down confession was a little too much/over the top for me - in front of all his ministers who'd just come back on board (I hate PDA okay). BUT I love that there's this parallel in the way they're helping little princess communicate when she can't - whether it was through writing or signing - and she went further by encouraging her to "open that door" herself. Love. I love good people and I love when good people love each other, like Kim Hyung's sword-dance of angst. Happy bubble of love. I mean the only thing that was missing from that sequence was a broody shower scene, come on.

In terms of tropes though, the way this episode was structured I actually find it quite interesting/impressive that they had the main couple meet several times to discuss the same dilemma with different outcomes (her asking to be sent away, him asking her to reconsider and stay) - it feels belaboured when it's all piled on in one episode like that (hence the slowness that some people have commented on - we repeated the same scene how many times!) but that reinforces the fact that it's not a Nobly Idiotic decision and saves us from drawing this angst out over several episode! Hopefully this doubling down clears the way for more plottiness in the coming episodes -rubs hands in longing? I mean, anticipation-

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I like that the couple communicates,
what he wants, what he means by that because he can't answer it and he realised it,
what she afraid of, what makes her hesitate, and we saw her transformation when she stops seeing just her and him but takes advice from the little princess, even from ha yeon to see what we (viewers) see,

Confession by male lead used to be the symbol of starting in kdrama when for me the acceptance is the real symbol, you can confess and get rejected in a rational way even if you loves him,
it too fast and let the girl have moments to realised what she really wants despite all the beauty and the kindness she feels,

this is like a second lead moment, when the 2nd lead is good to the girl and she rejected him and viewer like why??
oh, she needs time to thinks, and after thinking, she keeps rejecting the 2nd lead because the male lead is somehow her love??
while this shows that the love comes from inside and she's ready

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Totally agree, noble idiocy occurs when you don't communicate and just ~assume~ feelings omg. I love all versions of straight-shooting PBG.

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Yes, I love that they talk. I love how their relationship grew. Little by little. It will make you root for them more when their bond is tested.

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True. Yeong and Ra-on communicate. They tell each other their true feelings even if the words will somehow hurt the other (e.g. Ra-on's initial hesitation/rejection). They are honest and I just love how Yeong is doing his best to understand her and see things from her perspective. He did make mistakes in the past, but he made amends.

I also love how our couple learn from each other. Ra-on is no scholar, but she is filled with wisdom. She inadvertently teaches Yeong some important things about life and living. On the other hand, from Yeong's confessions and actions, Ra-on learns to not be afraid to open up.

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That scene was swoony, yes, but I hear you that it was over the top. I was nervously glancing at all the ministers and servants standing next to the Crown Prince while he forgot the world, completely engrossed in speaking signs. I'm glad that the show sort of address that with the humor of eunuch Sung getting shooed. All that longing in his eyes though. Even if the other people couldn't understand the gestures, they must know he's in love now! Eeep, now I'm even more nervous!

I was also surprised at how many times the Crown Prince tried to convince her to stay. I see her struggle but, yeah, who could ever say no THAT many times to him!

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More gifs Beanies! *blows kisses*

Added:

Eunuch Jang- because he made me laugh too

Ra On's mother- because giving your kids what they want is easy, but being tough because you have to is something that deserves to be honoured and remembered.

Prince Yeong calling Ra On- ah. (Yes Sancheezy, I definitely swooned at this point too.)

Enjoy! :)

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I added 2 more gifs- this time of Yoon Sung because as other Beanies mentioned, he was awesome standing up against Evil Granddad.

2 Gif updates in one episode. You know my Moonlight Fever is real. :)

And that's it... Till tomorrow! haha.

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You are right on, on all points. I felt like kicking the King through my screen. When he was talking about people, i was thinking from the new candidates that are not KIM family, and he says marriage.

Please let it be with Ra-On.

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I am a little annoyed that there can be a conflict for Byung Yeon - if he truly considers himself and crown prince friends. You never. Betray. Friends. Just never. Out of question no matter what. no dilemma here. the real conflict is, what do I do to keep myself and my friends safe from trouble? and if he thinks like that, he is a future leader.

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A thousand of ladies across the country were reportedly passed out on monday night in their respective residences.

They were mostly dehydrated after hours of watching and rewatching highly rated korean drama moonlight drawn by the clouds, in particular during the scene in which the crown prince declared his love using sign language.

Officers say they’re still investigating whether park bo-gum's excellent acting was responsible for this incident.

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Lol. This is hilarious.

But surely true. ?

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