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My Sassy Girl: Episodes 21-22

As Hyemyeong and Gyun Woo bask in their new love, Da-yeon plots against them, determined to do everything she can to tear them apart. Meanwhile, Minister Jung finds himself in danger of being exposed as the corrupt official he is, but his attempts to cover his tracks may lead to some unexpected consequences.

 
EPISODE 21 RECAP

On a bright day, Prince Dalhan leads his entourage on horseback and admires an impressive black folding fan, adorned with a golden dragon. A small smile touches his face as he thinks back to his conversation with Gyun Woo.

In flashback, we see that Prince Dalhan was outraged to hear of the potentially treasonous intent underlying his arranged marriage to Hyemyeong. He’d praised Gyun Woo for his loyalty in finding out about the scheme, but after Prince Dalhan offered to tell King Hwijong of his merit, Gyun Woo had clarified that he acted not out of loyalty, but for his own sake.

He handed the black folding fan to Prince Dalhan and asked him if he recognized the golden writing, which read: “I want to keep you here no matter what it takes.” Gyun Woo explained that the Emperor gave the fan to him in the hopes that he would stay in Qing, and Prince Dalhan had added knowingly that the Emperor had also promised to grant Gyun Woo’s wish if he ever took out the fan.

Gyun Woo then told the prince his wish through misted eyes: “Please give up on the royal marriage. That is all I want.” Unsettled, Prince Dalhan had stared back at Gyun Woo as he processed his new friend’s request until finally, he smirked to himself and called him a jerk in Korean.

Gyun Woo recalled lying to Prince Dalhan at the tavern after Hyemyeong drunkenly called him a jerk. Gyun Woo explains that he intentionally mistranslated the word to Prince Dalhan, since he’d said that it meant Hyemyeong was feeling happy. Prince Dalhan smiled almost sadly at Gyun Woo and granted his wish. What a wonderful man.

In the present, Prince Dalhan studies the folding fan and thinks to himself, “If you desperately long for something, it brings you a miracle.” He then closes the fan and journeys back to Qing. (No, don’t leaveeee!)

Sometime later, Hyemyeong reads a letter from Prince Dalhan with Gyun Woo. It’s a simple and sweet letter, wishing Hyemyeong happiness and thanking her for everything she taught him.

When she’s done, Gyun Woo gripes that Hyemyeong looks a little regretful. Hyemyeong doesn’t deny it, citing the prince’s good looks. Grumpily, Gyun Woo tells her to go follow him then, and so Hyemyeong turns the questioning on him, asking if Gyun Woo is upset that she complimented Prince Dalhan.

Gyun Woo scoffs at the absurd idea, and Hyemyeong continues to tease him. Abruptly, she sighs to herself and calls herself crazy for thinking that this “petty man” is better than the prince. Ha.

Gyun Woo leans in closer to ask her to repeat herself. She complains that he heard her, but he denies it, so she whispers, “You are more handsome than him.” Pleased, he whispers back that she’s beautiful, and they giggle together.

Elsewhere, Joon-young interrogates the Minister of Finance and warns that the minister will never see the light of day until he reveals the identities of his partners. He adds that none of his powerful friends will be able to set him free, but the Minister of Finance remains tight-lipped.

In the throne room, the very people the Minister of Finance colluded with implore King Hwijong to execute him. Other ministers, including Minister Gyun, advise the king to conduct an investigation and question the criminal, since he probably did not act alone.

The king turns to Minister Jung, who’s been silent thus far, and asks pointedly what he should do. Trapped, Minister Jung is forced to agree that an investigation would be a good idea.

Hence, the king announces an official investigation in three days and invites all his ministers to attend. Afterward, Minister Jung and his lackeys panic about the investigation, and so Minister Jung recommends that they get rid of the Minister of Finance before he has a chance to speak.

The king praises Gyun Woo for helping to catch the Minister of Finance. Gyun Woo defers recognition, which makes the king smile with pride. He decides to reward Gyun Woo by granting him any position he desires. Gyun Woo refuses, but the king is insistent, and so Gyun Woo looks up and smiles.

Later, Gyun Woo reports to Hyemyeong about getting his old job back as the prince’s tutor. Hyemyeong is surprised he didn’t ask for something better instead.

Gyun Woo comes clean and admits that as the royal tutor, he’ll be able to see her more often and easily, and she’s touched by his reasons. He also gives a serious answer and says that he believes that educating the prince to be an upright and good leader is also very important.

Hyemyeong looks toward Gyun Woo affectionately, and when he asks why she’s looking at him, she replies, “Because you are so lovely.” Aw.

In her room, Hyemyeong giggles to herself as she recalls the exchange. She’s so caught up in her thoughts that Young-shin has to shout to get her attention. He calls her out on daydreaming about Gyun Woo, and at first she pretends not to know what he’s talking about, but soon she blushes and acts embarrassed to be caught.

Da-yeon destroys her room in a fit of rage, furious to learn that Hyemyeong’s arranged marriage was called off because of Gyun Woo. Minister Jung soon hears the news as well, and later that night, he recalls Gyun Woo questioning him on the exact origin of Hyemyeong and Prince Dalhan’s marriage request.

Meanwhile, Minister Gyun orders Gyun Woo to resign from his post as royal tutor. He warns his son that achieving too much success in his career too quickly will only invite harsher criticism and opposition. Gyun Woo shoots back that he will need to endure the opposition in order to grow strong, and requests that his father trust him.

Outside the room, his mother encourages Gyun Woo to follow his father’s wishes, because she worries about the nightmares he’s been having. She tells him to think over his decision carefully again. Gyun Woo retreats to his room and takes out the portrait of Hyemyeong that he has hidden inside a book before smiling to himself.

That night, Gyun Woo dreams of the eerie palanquin surrounded by dead bodies, and the young girl who begged him not to leave.

This time, thoughts of the young girl cut to Hyemyeong, and we see her chanting those very same words, begging him not to go once as she slept. Gyun Woo wakes from the dream once again, but this time, instead of confusion and terror, a worried look washes over him.

The next morning, Hyemyeong takes extra care in getting ready for the day, excited to see Gyun Woo. But she’s interrupted when Young-shin rushes in as she surveys her shoe collection to inform her that the queen dowager wants to meet.

The queen dowager comments on how much brighter Hyemyeong looks, recognizing how hard it must’ve been for her to conceal the news about the deposed queen for so long. She also acknowledges how Hyemyeong’s behavior seemed so “uncivilized and sassy” from the outside, given her frequent trips outside the palace and her determination to protect her secret.

The queen dowager then suggests that Hyemyeong reinvent her image to the public and show people a different, and more dignified, side of herself.

During their tutoring session, the prince cheerfully thanks Gyun Woo for convincing Hyemyeong to stay in Joseon. Gyun Woo just replies that her staying mattered a lot to him as well. The prince asks if Gyun Woo is happy, and the question catches his tutor off guard.

Slowly, Gyun Woo breaks into a goofy smile and laughs to himself until the prince says Gyun Woo must be so happy to return to work. Ha. And all Gyun Woo can do is agree sheepishly.

Hyemyeong arrives with some honey rice cakes for the hungry scholars, pretending to be surprised to see Gyun Woo there. The prince is wary after hearing that Hyemyeong made the treats herself, so he generously offers Gyun Woo the first bite. Gyun Woo finds them hard to swallow, but he manages not to hurt Hyemyeong’s feelings and even agrees when Hyemyeong asks if they taste good.

On the other hand, the prince isn’t as tactful and spits out the rice cake after one taste, calling them disgusting and way too salty. He asks Gyun Woo if he really finds them delicious, and Gyun Woo nods as he eats another piece to reinforce his lie. He swears they are perfectly seasoned for his tastes, but when Hyemyeong tries one herself, she realizes her mistake, causing her to look at Gyun Woo tenderly.

They lock eyes until Gyun Woo suddenly leans over to gently blow off the rice flour left on her cheek. Embarrassed, Hyemyeong shouts at him for acting rudely instead of just telling her that she had something on her face.

In mock outrage, she orders Gyun Woo out of the room to receive his scolding. Outside, she tells Gyun Woo that today is also her first day of work, explaining how she’ll begin working in the medical services bureau as punishment for constantly escaping the palace. They flirt a little, and Gyun Woo wishes her luck.

Joon-young visits the Minister of Finance again, who still refuses to name his cohorts. Joon-young even intercepts the minister’s food and tests it for poison, and though the minister seems shaken when the spoon turns black (indicating that his food was poisoned), he stubbornly maintains his silence.

Joon-young reports back to the king, and he surmises that the minister must still believe that his friends will rescue him. Elsewhere in the palace, Minister Park informs Minister Jung that he failed to poison the Minister of Finance.

Minister Jung goes to visit the queen at her behest, and she throws a fit at their failure to send the princess as well as the Minister of Finance’s imprisonment. Minister Jung implies that he didn’t know anything about the smuggling, and the queen points out that Minister Jung was the one that suggested the marriage.

His gaze hardens at the accusal, and he growls that the Qing were the ones who suggested the union. The queen catches herself and agrees with him, but her eyes betray her. He warns her to mind her own business, or she may end up putting herself in harm’s way.

Hyemyeong heads over to her new job, accompanied by Young-shin and Byul. Young-shin nags Hyemyeong for dressing down, since the people are expecting to see a beautiful princess. She doesn’t take well to the insult, but says that her job is to help sick people, not show off her beauty.

Just as she says this, she sees a huge banner welcoming her to the medical services bureau. The officials come out to greet her, but none of them realize that she’s the princess. The head official later apologizes for his gaffe, and Hyemyeong assures him that it’s no big deal.

She’s alarmed when the official assumes that she’s there to laze around, so she asks to be put to work. Thus, she busies herself with tending to the sick and preparing medicinal tonics. She’s a capable and hard worker, and the head official notices.

Meanwhile, Gyun Woo gulps down cup after cup of tea, prompting the prince to ask concernedly if he’s okay as he adds that Gyun Woo should not have eaten all those salty rice cakes Hyemyeong made. Gyun Woo replies that he’ll understand when he’s older.

Gyun Woo heads over to the medical services bureau to wait for Hyemyeong to finish with her duties, carrying some flowers in his hands. He gives them to her and tries to act all cool about them as he lies that he was just in the area, but she sees right through him.

 
EPISODE 22 RECAP

Se-ho and Da-yeon’s attendant (whose name is MAL-GEUM) meet at a teahouse to discuss her recent confession. He asks her straightaway if she’d like to start dating, and soon, they’re roaming the marketplace like a couple in love.

It lasts about thirty seconds before Se-ho spots Hyemyeong and Gyun Woo nearby, prompting him to shove Mal-geum into a corner to hide. She sees Hyemyeong and figures out the meaning behind his actions, asking if he’s embarrassed of her. Without even thinking, he admits to it, earning him a slap to the face.

He calls after her, but she warns him not to follow and calls him “ugly” before running off. He chases after her, yelling her name, but as Mal-geum returns home, we hear her complaining about Se-ho not following her after all.

She’s startled to see Da-yeon waiting outside for her at night, and lies that she was spying on the princess all day, which piques Da-yeon’s interest.

At the bookshop, Se-ho is deep in thought. Thinking of Mal-geum, he turns to Gyun Woo and blames him for his misery, adding that if not for Gyun Woo, “I could have eaten taffy.”

His best friend Kwang-soo guesses that Se-ho was dumped, and Se-ho adamantly denies it before stomping off. Kwang-soo assures Gyun Woo that Se-ho will get over it in no time. He asks Gyun Woo about his return to work, which makes Gyun Woo smile.

Joon-young is trying to decipher of all the clues given to him by Choon Poong, and in doing so, he follows up with the noble later and treats him to dinner. Joon-young tries to question Choon Poong, but the latter asks if Joon-young suspects him before resuming his happy-go-lucky fool act again.

The next day, Hyemyeong returns to the medical services bureau for another shift and is surprised to see Da-yeon and her entourage of ladies there to volunteer as well. Seeing Gyun Hee in the group, Hyemyeong greets her happily.

Da-yeon pipes up to ask if Hyemyeong remembers her, then apologizes for her rude behavior before. The rest of the ladies echo their apologies, and surprisingly, Hyemyeong does so as well, even bowing to the group.

The women get to work, leaving Gyun Hee and Da-yeon to sort through medicinal herbs in the storage room. Gyun Hee uses the opportunity to flatter Da-yeon for taking the higher road with the princess. She also mentions how her mother was so impressed with Da-yeon’s gift.

Gyun Hee expresses her annoyance that if not for her brother’s infatuation with Hyemyeong, Da-yeon would be the perfect candidate for Gyun Woo’s wife. She stops herself mid-sentence, realizing that she’s said too much, and the comment causes Da-yeon’s good girl veneer to slip off her face. Gyun Hee recovers and tells Da-yeon that she wishes they could be family, and Da-yeon replies ominously, “Then we should make that happen.”

The rest of Da-yeon’s entourage are assigned to take care of patients with grave illnesses, but they freak out when one of the patients starts coughing, afraid that they’ll come down with his illness.

The doctor directs the patient to apologize to the noble ladies, and as he does so on his hands and knees, Hyemyeong walks into the room and witnesses the alarming scene. She reprimands the ladies and says that they should be the ones to apologize as she warns them not to act all high and mighty anymore—otherwise, they can leave.

Down at the river, Hyemyeong chastises the ladies for daintily pounding the dirty laundry, her innate drill sergeant sassy girl emerging.

Da-yeon and Gyun Hee come over to see what all the fuss is about, and Hyemyeong explains that the ladies were struggling with their duties, so she was helping them to do their work properly. Da-yeon casts her friends a menacing side-eye, which makes them shrink.

Hyemyeong invites Da-yeon to join them, but Da-yeon asks to speak privately with the princess instead. They step away so that Da-yeon can apologize for her friends’ behavior. Hyemyeong calls the conversation unnecessary, believing it to be time better spent working.

Da-yeon continues with her sweet act and comments on how Hyemyeong is exactly as Gyun Woo described, claiming to have heard much about the princess from him (all good things, she adds). But this only leaves Hyemyeong confused as to why Gyun Woo would talk to Da-yeon about her.

Da-yeon replies with false shyness that she and Gyun Woo are to be married, and even points out the norigae she previously received from Gyun Woo.

Hyemyeong is taken aback by the news and insists that Gyun Woo never said anything about an engagement. Da-yeon answers, “I guess he had no reason to do so. Why would he tell you such private matters?”

Deeply hurt, Hyemyeong works without energy. Young-shin tries to cheer her up, only to undermine his own efforts right away. And when Gyun Woo visits again, Hyemyeong gives him the cold shoulder.

He picks up on her mood, and though she begins to ask him about his engagement to Da-yeon, she loses her nerve at the last moment. She tries again, but this time she attacks her query from the side, asking if he ever gave a woman a norigae before. Uh oh.

He’s shocked that she knows about that, which seems to confirm Hyemyeong’s fears. Young-shin pulls Gyun Woo to the side to fill him in on the situation and presses Gyun Woo for the truth. Gyun Woo denies the engagement rumor, leaving Young-shin unable to understand why Da-yeon would lie then.

Gyun Woo returns to Hyemyeong in an attempt to clarify her misunderstanding, but she doesn’t give him the opportunity. Finally, he finds a moment to explain himself, but Hyemyeong doesn’t believe him at first.

When he explains that the norigae was a gift of gratitude rather than a token of love, she asks why Da-yeon would lie to her about their relationship. Instead of answering, he says that he doesn’t care, because the one he cares about is the person right in front of him.

The romantic gesture seems to convince Hyemyeong a little. He asks if she feel better now, but she just grumps, and so he pulls her into his arms until she’s fully convinced.

Later, Gyun Woo walks Hyemyeong back to the palace and informs her that he won’t be able to visit her since he’ll be at the investigation tomorrow. She wonders if the Minister of Finance will be persuaded to implicate Minister Jung, and Gyun Woon replies that he’ll have to see to it no matter what.

Minister Park visits the Minister of Finance in prison, who is eager for news from the outside. He tells the Minister of Finance to answer honestly and reveal everything during the investigation tomorrow—but as he speaks, he surreptitiously drops a key into the cell.

Late at night, the Minister of Finance escapes, but the alarms sound almost immediately, with Minister Park leading the charge. He instructs the officers to capture the fugitive no matter what, and to kill him if necessary.

The Minister of Finance overhears the order from his hiding place nearby and gasps at the betrayal. He tries to jump the wall, but is shot in the back before he can escape. He dies after glaring hatefully at an unrepentant Minister Park.

Joon-young reports back to the king, who’s upset that they killed the prisoner instead of capturing him alive. Joon-young says that Minister Park was behind the order, and it’s enough for the king to suspect conspiracy.

Gyun Woo and Hyemyeong return to the palace and are met at the entrance by Minister Jung, who tells them of the Minister of Finance’s death. Though she says nothing, Hyemyeong and Minister Jung exchange loaded glances.

In her chambers, news of the minister’s death reaches the queen, and she realizes that Minister Jung is capable of abandoning her too. Coming to a decision, she announces that she cannot wait around for him to strike her first.

At home, Minister Jung speaks with Da-yeon about the brewing situation at the palace and tells her that she needs to give up her ambitions to marry Gyun Woo. She refuses again, enraging Minister Jung, but he doesn’t push the matter any further.

Minister Jung wanders outside in his yard, vexed, when suddenly a dagger whizzes by and lands on a nearby tree. He spins around and sees a masked figured dressed in black staring back at him. Attached to the dagger is a note, which reads: “Right will prevail in the end. You reap what you sow.”

In the royal garden the next day, Hyemyeong looks defeated as she asks Gyun Woo if Minister Jung can ever be stopped. But just then, Byul hurries over and says that she found a court lady who worked for the deposed queen ten years ago.

Hyemyeong rushes out the meet the woman at once, but Gyun Woo stops her and tells Hyemyeong to let him go in her stead, since it may be dangerous. He manages to convince her, and so he and Byul travel to a monastery where the court lady now lives as a monk.

The former court lady claims not to know anything about the deposed queen, but when Gyun Woon continues to ask for any information she can offer, she asks why he is so curious to know. Gyun Woo replies that it’s because the woman he loves wants to find her mother.

The statement makes the former court lady pause, but then she answers that the princess should not look for her mother, since she was deposed after being accused of adultery with Prince Chuseong, adding that the princess could be endangered if she continues her search.

Gyun Woo is alarmed to learn about the alleged affair, and when the woman turns around, we see that it is in fact the deposed queen herself.

And in her room, Hyemyeong stares longingly at her mother’s jade ring.

 
COMMENTS

If I try to remember what happened in last week’s episodes, I would probably struggle to recall anything other than Prince Dalhan. Sigh. I expected him to leave very soon, but I didn’t expect to feel his absence to such a great extent in the rest of the episode. He is such a thoughtful, decent, and dreamy character, so everyone else seems a little shallow and immature in comparison. Well, it was fun while it lasted. I like that Gyun Woo and Hyemyeong acknowledged what a cool (and handsome) dude Prince Dalhan is, because it comforts me to know that they’re not blind, given that I sometimes wonder what they see in each other.

All their romantic scenes seem to be hitting the right cues, but I don’t feel anything in my heart. There’s this mechanical quality to Gyun Woo and Hyemyeong’s interactions, and I wonder if it can be attributed to the lack of chemistry and cheesy dialogue. I don’t dislike them, I just want an extra oomph to convince me that this drama should not have been set in Qing, with Prince Dalhan appearing in Episode 1—he just made everything more dramatic and sparkly. Don’t get me wrong, the main couple was kind of cute together today, but there’s just something missing for me.

That aside, I’m glad that Gyun Woo and Hyemyeong sorted out their misunderstanding regarding Gyun Woo’s status as a single man pretty much right away. At this point, Da-yeon’s attempts are just sad, and I wish the show would build on her refusal to lose anything to anyone, but I suspect that might be asking for too much character depth from her.

I’m a little worried about Gyun Hee, because after Da-yeon eventually self-destructs over Gyun Woo, she won’t have any friends left. Then again, maybe everyone will turn their backs on Da-yeon and shift alliances to Hyemyeong (not that she needs friends like those ladies). As a person, Gyun Hee is kind of vapid and annoying, but in my mind she appears to be a bit younger than the other girls, and is so desperate to be liked that she’s tripping over herself trying to ingratiate herself with Da-yeon, who is clearly the top dog. I may be giving her more layers than she deserves, but I find myself wanting to sympathize with her and help her get out of Da-yeon’s shadow.

The person I feel the most sorry for is Lee Jung-shin. Most of Joon-young’s scenes are with the king, so all his character does is report things he learned two seconds ago. The other half of his scenes are with Choon Poong. Speaking of, I’d like to know what his deal is, but I’m not exactly dying to know. I was really interested early on, but the intrigue petered out, especially since his act is fooling nobody at this point.

Hopefully this shift to the deposed queen plot line as well as the queen’s threat to turn on Minister Jung livens things up again. But in the meantime, I’m going to go rewatch those Prince Dalhan scenes and dream about what could have been.

 

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Dalhan come baaaack!

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I'm sad that Dalhan just left like that ??? But it was hilarious that he called Gyun Woo: "Nappeun-nom" though GW told him it means you feel glad. I was expecting Dalhan to mention it to one of the Korean ministers but I like it more that he said it to GW instead ? Dalhan knows what it means, right?

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These 2 love birds are so adorable
I was squealing thorough the episode with some times holding my urge to punch the screen because of crazy Da Yeon and his evil daddy

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No chemistry?? You said these 2 lacking chemistry??????
That's the most ridiculous thing i've heard from this show lmao. Their chemistry is oozing and so intense
Don't know what they see fromceach other???
The princess is in fact better than any refined, noble ladies. She acted rough and doesn't act like the norm princess but can you see hee growth? Her reasoning with her pain?
Gyun Woo saw all that with the fact she comes to tend the sick with peasant clothings. Doing all those dirty laundries show how gracious she is
How can you not fall in love with her?
And Gyun woo is such an upright man. They way she rejected and shade that evil minister along with his bratty dayeon perfect. A perfect loyal man who always protects the princess

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This episode is cute. I like it. The character of the strong, kind, cute princess really grows on me and can we just take a moment to appreciate how healthy this main couple's relationship is? No possessive partners, stupid misunderstandings. Full of mutual trust and respect. +1

I am glad that the plot has become more interesting now and everything starts making more sense as I am able to connect different characters and stories together. The PD know what they are doing (unlike YongPal) and I appreciate that. But I wish they created angst in the earlier episodes and simply put in much more work to live up to the expectation that we all have of a pre-produced show. Shouldn't you have more time creating a better product?

I think that because My Sassy Girl's script isn't an interesting one, whether it succeeds or not depends on the chemistry between the leads. Joo Won, unfortunately, isn't an actor known for his romance chemistry on screen. (He succeeds mostly because of the intense emotions he can deliver through acting, especially in the roles that are complex.) Some people may feel chemistry; some may not. And frankly, the way that Joo Won is interpreting Guyn Woo and acts isn't creating the type of male that fans often swoon over. This GW is so reflective, careful, cute, but uninteresting because of those traits. I am still glad though, because I see a different character that Joo Won created (even if it is a boring character on paper). This is unlike any he has ever played before and I can definitely see tidbits of his personality through Guyn Woo (filial, reserved, thoughtful).

Anyway, to this point, I can safely say that My Sassy Girl is a sweet memory I can easily forget to move on with JW's post-army works.

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And also, personally, I think OYS and JW have so much chemistry (and that's because they are good actors). In the past, I didn't really like any of JW's co-stars. OYS is easily the best one.

I would have shipped JW and OYS if I haven't already shipped him with BoA. I ship them so hard that I can't see him with anyone else LMAO.

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I ship them so haard. The best chemistry Joowon ever had with his female lead.
But i have to stop myself because he already have his own real life lover lol

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LOL I love BoA and JooWon so much <3.

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This episode was a bit slow, but I think it has more to do with the lack of any real conflict than the Qing prince leaving. This drama probably should have been shorter than 16 episodes.

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I agree. it was too saccharine for my taste.

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Whatever happened to Joon-young's storyline? It was only in the past episodes when he asked if the Princess wanted something to eat that I remembered that he used to be someone that Gyun Woo used to be jealous of. Now he's just doing stuff in the sidelines! And Choon-pong is still a big question mark. Is he running an intelligence network or something? What is he and what are his motivations and how the hell does he know everything that's going on? Moving on, despite Gyun Hee seemingly wanting to be in the good graces of Da-yeon I somehow got the niggling feeling that she's actually scared of Da-yeon. I'm not expecting anything from Da-yeon's character except growing more unhinged and evil. ? Hehe.

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Thanks for the recap, murasakimi! I fully concur that Dalhan is the epitome of princeliness. I'm sorry to see him return to Qing. He is such a class act. The embodiment of graciousness. Kudos to Kris Sun for his memorable portrayal. Manseh!

Hmmm. I'm beginning to wonder if Gyun Woo is really the son of Prince Chuseong who was raised by his father's loyal best friend after being spirited out of the residence that was later torched. His nightmares point to a nasty trauma early in life.

Maybe Choon-Poong is related to Prince Chuseong, and is out to avenge him. Or might he be a friend or relative of Princess's murdered tutor?

The scene of the prissy young noblewomen at the water's edge doing a half-baked job of washing laundry reminded me of one of the interludes in HYANGDAN. It looked like the same setting. I loved how Princess "motivated" them. HAR! The earlier scene in the infirmary of them complaining that the sick patient was coughing in their presence made my blood boil. I could just imagine the dressing down they would have gotten from Heo Jun. What a bunch of maroons.

Da Yeon might as well change her name to Cleopatra. She's the Queen of Denial. Grrr. I'll enjoy it so much when Daddy Dearest crashes and burns, and she's reduced to washing dirty laundry as a traitor's relative. (For some bizarre reason, I'm feeling very vengeful. I don't know what's come over me. LOL.) Her toadying sycophant, Gyun Hee, continues to irritate me with her lame attempts at social climbing. Not funny, Sis. *blows raspberry in her general direction*

I'm glad to see the deposed queen has survived. Here's hoping the baddies don't get wind of her.

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in real life we all know that sociopaths like da yaen and her father will win most of the time. but this being a show, I suspend my expectations.

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Whoa whoa, wait, did I miss anything about Chuseong? Did he have a son? I suppose that's an interesting proposition but... I kinda doubt that Gyun Woo's mom can keep a secret that big. She's just not composed enough for something like that... But I don't have a better theory yet. Initially I thought the nightmares were because he discovered the massacre in the forest. But subsequent nightmare scenes suggested that he actually interacted with some people from that night, which just threw me off. It's so mysterious I almost wanted to come up with a shaman-style theory, but I doubt this is that kind of drama...

At the beginning I thought Gyun Hee was kinda cute. Just a little misguided. But she's beginning to grate on me so much by being such a stupid dog (that's even an insult to dogs) to Da Yeon. SERIOUSLY? And I don't know if it's because of the irritation, but I'm beginning to think that actress only has a big-eyed expression, and a playful expression. *sigh*

I really think Choon-Poong is a friend/relative of Chuseong. Initially I suspected that he might be hiding behind the mask, but I guess it's more likely that Chuseong somehow survived the blaze and had to keep a mask on. o_O

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Ultimately i love this couple more than anything.
Gosh their chemistry made me squeaaaal!!!! I love how they only care and trust each other that no crazy b*tch words could sway themZ
They are so lovely beyond words.
I'm loving the mystery too but can we please solve at least one??!! This identities are making me confuse.
Who is that man with the ghost mask?
Is he on the evil or good side!?

Anyway as long as i can get these 2 dimples smiling and being giddy. I'm super satisfied <3

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I love that the adorable little Prince is soooo into Gyun Woo-Hyemyeong ship! He'll be a really supportive brother-in-law! ? How cute are those 3 characters full of dimply smiles in their scene? ?

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He's the ultimate matchmaker haha. I hope he suggests Gyun Woo to the king and queen mother!

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Okay, can someone please tell me what's the pun with the taffy? I mean, it must be a pun or the word sounds like something naughty, right? Both times Se-ho says "taffy", everyone looks totally scandalized. I want to know what I'm missing :)

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I did not watch the show so I may be very wrong and my Korean is limited, but I understood it like this: in Korean, "eat taffy (yeot)" means to trick someone or to be tricked in a bitter way.

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To say that there is a lack of chemistry is a bit of a stretch, but I definitely agree with some of your other points. Lieutenant Kang never felt like a second lead to me and I do have sympathy towards him. As for Da-Yeon, I just want to punch her every time she strives to interrupt the main couple's relationship. I do wish there was some more character depth in her besides always plotting and pining after Gyun Weo, but that seems impossible with so few episodes left. Am I only one who didn't find Prince Dalhan as charming as everyone else is finding him? Anyway, though this show was heavy on comedy in the beginning, I much prefer the angsty vibe and am greatly anticipating the next episodes.

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Prince is okay. Just glad that he wasn't some annoying 3 rd wheel and letf the couple alone with grace. I find him a bit too greasy and cheesy. He bought all the shoes without thinking what the princess wants, on the other hand Gyun Woo who always think about the princess feelings first is the best for me

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I also do not find Prince of Qing that charming. He was okay and necessary for the plot. I just appreciate his presence that because of him Gyun Woo and Hye Myung become sure of their feeling for each other and this interpreter job was an awesome idea that compelled Gyun Woo to take matter into his own hand. I also like the fact that they didn't make the Prince stay long. He wasn't annoying but he could have been, if he stayed long. He came and left just at the right time.

While he was okay, I can't imagine how people can ship him with the Princess. Even Little Crown Prince pointed out how the Prince was not thoughtful while presenting all those shoes to the Princess.

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OYS-JW has one of the best chemistry ever that i think this drama main charms are their characters and interactions.

I love Hae Myung 's character growth and how Gyun Woo is such a loyal man staying by her side protecting her.

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Chun poooooooong is back! I like how he turned a pointed question into a joke. he knows more than he let's on. Who is he? of all the characters he's the most intriguing of all. the lead love bird characters are losing their appeal since they are too predictable. princess has become just another 2 dimensional character.

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Well, other than Prince Dalhan's departure, i liked this episode.
I expected the Qing Prince to stick for atleast half the episode. I liked how Gyun Woo laid everything out to the Prince though, except for the "wish" part.

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Thank you for fast recap! I am about to watch epi 23-24.

I'm sad Dalhan left, but I am more grateful that he is so cool. At least all of them have great memories together. I feel bad for Joon Young but I don't think his character is insignificant. Lee Jung Shin's performance so far also didn't left me craving for more of him, but I guess it is more on how his character has been written.

Our OTP ❤❤ I think this is the first time Joo Won has the chemistry with his co-star. I loved him and Kim Tae Hee in Yong Pal, but I wished their relationship was not the romantic one. It would be better if their relationship was like Song Yoon Ah - Ji Chang Wook in K2, who overshadowed Ji Chang Wook - Yoona in the same drama. ? Oh Yeon Seo is a queen of chemistry, she even has the greatest chemistry with both Rain and Honey Lee in Come Back Ahjusshi.

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I think Joo Won has the best chemistry with Uee in Ojakgyo Brothers. He's quite good with KTH in Yong Pal too especially at the start where I thought they were both very natural and there was this palpable attraction. In the hands of a better writer or perhaps if the writer had handled the romance development better, I think Queen Crocodile and Koala Bear would have very good chemistry.

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The writer of Yong Pal & K2 is a male writer - so maybe that's why he can't really write romance story? LOL. The thing with this writer, he really writes very interesting female character, but he failed to do some balance. He is like can only focus for one character and can forget the rest. I have no complaint at all how awesome of his female characters, but I also understand Joo Won's fans frustrations in Yong Pal. I didn't really buy with his chemistry with Uee, although I enjoyed their relationship. Maybe during that time, I didn't really like both of them lol. My weakness is if I dislike this particular actor / actress, I tend to ignore their parts. I'll still watch, but I don't really care. Maybe one day, if I have time I'll rewatch Ojakgyo Brothers.

Tbh, imo, Joo Won is actually better when he has the intense relationship with his female partner - like Han Chae Ah in Gaksital. I didn't finish Good Doctor and his other few drama so i can only comment based on what I watched.

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Hahaha...intense relationship with Han Chae Ah. There was certainly more sexual tension between Kangto and Lala. For his romance with Mok Dan, it was sort of one-sided. Tbh, I wasn't sold on the childhood love. Nonetheless, perhaps Kang To always looked like he was ready to die for his Boon Yi, I didn't mind it that much, LOL.

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Aww Gyun Woo is so thoughtful! Not only he wants his old job as the crown prince's tutor to be around Hye-myung but by being in this "low" post, he can get married to her.

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I echo what @javabeans said of this drama at BOTWG recap :"...I find myself wondering what on earth the producers of My Sassy Girl were thinking in invoking the original when they could have just made it its independent show." I don't understand either.

This isn't a bad show by any means but I kind of wish it had stuck to one genre. Although the start was jarring and over the top, I had hoped that this saeguk would be unique in going all out on the humor. I am not complaining about the deposed queen story line and palace politics but I think I can find better saeguks in this genre.

I just feel that Joo Won and Oh Yeon Seo's talents are wasted in this drama. Joo Won may be new to saeguk but I rather he takes on a more challenging one. I haven't watched OYS in any saeguks but I have read that she's good in her previous works.

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OYS was fabulous in Shine or Go Crazy as her first lead role in sageuk, although at some points Lee Hanui outshone her, but it is not because she wasn't good, but rather Lee Hanui's character was more complex and she, as you know a little too charismatic that it's hard to beat. In the hand of mediocre actress,
Lee Hanui could be unintentionally burn her character. LOL. Although SOGC is not the best written drama, but there are some aspects I love. I would still prefer this drama over Moonlovers (since it is based on the same timeline).

This drama is more suitable for some rookie actors, who are still experienced and never do sageuk. For eg half casts of Moonlovers are more suited in this type of drama. Talents like Oh Yeon Seo and Joo Won tbh are wasted here but I think the production knew this drama won't do well in rating if the leads are unknown - that could be the main reason why they switched the main actress since the female lead has to carry at least half of this drama. Joo Won is also kinda miss here, there are many times I can't figure his expressions or maybe he himself also unsure what should he do in his parts, sometimes. Even his scenes with Dalhan showed Dalhan had better expressions than him. I don't think JW is bad, but he looks like a bit unsure with his role, and the writing is also not really helping. But things are done, so I'll just enjoying this drama until the end and wishing these two have better projects in the future.

It's not a bad sageuk in general, especially if we compare to the overhyped Ruler and I can write one page essay about how this drama has better writing than it, but like you said there are other sageuk which have better writing in respect of political parts. I do curious about certain things, but I just can't wait for it to be revealed soon, and the baddies get caught. 16 / 32 epi is just perfect for this storyline and I'm glad it is not 20 /40 epi.

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A resounding no to 20/40 eps. As it is, there are dramas airing now which should have ended earlier.

I agree that this drama will be more suitable for rookie actors. However, I am fairly sure the drama will tank if they had done so.

If I look at it critically, Gyun Woo is quite a boring character. He's only funny when he was exasperated by the sassy princess in the earlier episodes and cute when he's a dork in love. Other than these, he's pretty flat. Could Joo Won do better? I guess he could but I doubt there's much he can do with such a character.

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They should have casted some idols for this drama, so it won't tank completely ? But I doubt I'll be watching this drama then lol.

I agree, sadly Gyun Woo is such a boring and plain character. He is too nice to be true. Luckily he is not stupid and clueless ? Maybe because he is just a scholar who is only focus on teaching the Prince that he is underutilized here. If let's say he is working as officer and working closely with the King, we will see more of him doing something different and in actions. I would have been very picky if I didn't decide to treat this drama as a real sageuk with heavy political stuffs, so maybe that's why I just closed my eyes with most flaws. I just want to finish this drama and expecting a happy ending.

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The good thing about this drama is that it's not overly ambitious like Ruler. Both writers are rookies and I still hold the opinion that new writers should not try saeguk unless it's fusion or light ones like this. If I didn't remember wrongly, Moon Lovers also had a writer that was a relative unknown. Interestingly, this drama was also supposed to be sold to China before THAAD happened.

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Yes, I think this writer can write a watcheable modern romcom next project. I don't become a fan, but I'll be sure to check this writer's next drama. At least the plot is moving and it is somehow entertaining.

Moonlovers' writer actually an experienced writer, she wrote Cinderalla Man (Kwon Sang Woo & Yoona) which I dropped in the early epi ? and also Save The Last Dance For Me (Ji Sung & Eugene) which I loved when I watched it 10 years ago but I don't think I'll love it again if I watch it now?

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I was super confused about the sudden shift in the weather - it went from being full summer to having snow on the ground with frosty breath then back to summer in about 20 minutes. Weird and annoyingly distracting.

I refuse to believe that Dalhan is gone. Maybe he can marry Gyun Hee in a few years, and in the meantime teach her about how to pick friends.

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"I sometimes wonder what they see in each other."

Are we seeing the same show?
If you really had to wonder what Gyun Woo- Hye Myung see in each other, I wonder how you have watched all these episode and actually why(?).
Gyun Woo is one most loyal and thoughtful boyfriend I've ever seen in K-Drama. And Hye Myung is such an uncommon, refreshing character as a Princess from Joseon. She's her own person despite how the society is always criticizing her. While Hye Myung can be impulsive, Gyun Woo is calm. Only Hye Myung can confuse and attract the smart Gyun Sabu..Only Gyun can be the understanding partner that the Princess needs. They complement each other.

While Lt. Kang is not being like traditional second lead he is playing his part really well which is looking out for the traitors. He is being loyal to the Princess and the country. It was a treat to see Lt. kang and Gyun Sabu working together to find out the bad guys. And I think Lee Jung Shin is doing quite Well.

"If I try to remember what happened in last week’s episodes, I would probably struggle to recall anything other than Prince Dalhan. Sigh."-
It's funny that when your busy watching Prince Dalhan , Gyun woo actually confessed to the Princess in his own way and the Princess actually heard him. Even Prince Dalhan could feel the spark of their love despite his language barrier.. ha ha ha ha.

You don't find main leads charming, you can't feel the chemistry, the only character you like (Prince Dalhan) is gone..Then what's the point of watching this show. Your recap is confusing.

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The prince was pretty awesome. I really felt the second lead syndrome quite strongly for this one. He was so gentlemanly and fair throughout, and honestly, I didn't quite feel convinced about how Hyemyeong and Gyun Woo developed feelings for each other, so the prince would have been more than a great "alternative"! I mean, he even tried to reassure the young prince!

I think the actor for the prince also managed to convey a lot of emotions and thoughts through subtle changes in expression, which actually made him the better actor than Joo Won at the moment...

Not gonna comment much on the plot till next episode, but I wanna repeat this again: The young prince is amazingly adorable. He's so cute and earnest, plus he always looks like a sage wisely looking on Gyun Woo and the princess' budding romance d= Can we get more of him, please? Now that Dalhan is gone. x=

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Thanks for the recap, murasakimi!

Prince Dalhan is such an awesome man!! He didn't end up being clingy or causing further conflict or heartache. A real man! Couldn't help chuckling when he called GW a jerk. XD

So lovely to see the lovey-dovey moments between our leads. And I agree with GW for his reasons to be reinstated as the young prince's tutor. ^^V

Awww GW is so sweet to pretend that the princess's snacks tasted good.

HM is a good worker and it's nice to see her mind heart through her actions.

DY is as annoying as always.

I hope GH will realize DY's true colours one day and embrace HM as her sister-in-law instead.

Well, safe to say the deposed queen is alive! Interesting how GW got to meet her first before HM. Hope the plot will get more interesting with everyone having his/her own agenda, from the ministers to the current queen to others...

P.S. Miss you loads, Prince Dalhan!!

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