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My Sassy Girl: Episodes 23-24

There’s a distinction between lying and withholding information, and our lovebirds learn that sometimes the latter is done to protect the person we care about, even though it may come across as a deceptive and suspicious move. Meanwhile, a new and mysterious threat has entered the picture, and this time, no one, not even the seemingly untouchable, villainous ministers are safe.

 
EPISODE 23 RECAP

At the monastery atop the mountain, Gyun Woo asks the court lady-turned-monk what exactly happened ten years ago. With her back to him, she answers that she knows nothing since her life now belongs to the grim reaper and requests that he stop inquiring. But he remains persistent, and his answer as to why he’s so curious touches a nerve: “I’m trying to find the mother of the person I love.”

Still, the monk doesn’t budge and says the queen was deposed because of an affair with Prince Chuseong, ergo, searching for the queen will be a dangerous endeavor. Gyun Woo presses for more details, and the monk finally turns to face him… and we see that she’s actually the deposed queen herself(!).

As Gyun Woo and Byul descend from the mountain, Gyun Woo sadly recalls Hyemyeong’s dogged determination to locate her mother despite everyone else’s opposition.

They find Hyemyeong anxiously awaiting their return at the palace, eager for an update. But she’s alarmed to learn from Gyun Woo that the monk had nothing to share. Hyemyeong tries to leave to meet the monk face-to-face, figuring she’ll be able to drum up some memories, but Gyun Woo stops her and holds her, telling her not to be discouraged — he’ll find another way.

Back at the monastery, the deposed queen starts to cry in the middle of prayer as her mind flashes back to her heartbreaking separation from Hyemyeong ten years ago. When she turns around, she faces a man dressed in peach-colored attire, but his identity isn’t revealed to us. Uh, Choon Poong, is that you?

Elsewhere, Minister Jung meets with Minister Lee, who reads the letter that was threateningly delivered to the former by a mysterious masked figure. Minister Lee says it’s identical to the letter he received the night before. Minister Jung notes that the letter’s signature and seal belong to Prince Chuseong, which Minister Lee finds hard to believe since the prince has since perished, but Minister Jung wonders if Prince Chuseong has returned.

In flashback, we see that Prince Chuseong warned Minister Jung that even after death, he will haunt them, before he strode toward a burning house, eventually becoming engulfed by the flames.

In his room, Gyun Woo apologizes to a drawing of Hyemyeong for his uncertainty over whether or not the deposed queen’s alleged affair is a fabrication by Minister Jung or the truth, but adds that not knowing is what’s best for her currently.

He’s then notified of a guest, and next thing we know, he’s quickly leaving the palace with a look of concern after Young-shin had informed him that Hyemyeong had left for the monastery.

That evening, Hyemyeong and Byul reach the monastery, but right as she’s about to enter, Gyun Woo arrives and pulls her back. She tells him that she thought it over and felt it appropriate to meet with the “monk,” but Gyun Woo says that they should head back now, since it’s late. She asks him if there’s a reason why she shouldn’t meet with the monk, but he doesn’t have a definitive answer, so she gets out of his grasp to go find the monk.

But another monk informs them that woman they’re looking for already left after Gyun Woo came by. Hyemyeong looks crushed by yet another dead end as she, Gyun Woo, and Byul head back to the palace.

Hyemyeong faces Gyun Woo and pointedly asks if the monk was withholding information. Gyun Woo insists that isn’t the case, but his grave expression and attempts to explain anger her, and she sharply retorts that she doesn’t want excuses.

She adds that she thought that at the very least, Gyun Woo would be on her side. She walks off, and Gyun Woo finds himself in front of a blank poster that suddenly comes alive with the characters, “Maeng Mo Sa Mang Ji Kyo.”

Gyun Woo’s startled to find a child version of Hyemyeong appear next to him. She reads the characters aloud, and then we see him awaken from yet another nightmare.

The next morning, his mother finds him looking worn and asks if he’s reconsidered resigning and moving to Jeonju to ease her worries and his recurring nightmares. Gyun Woo says he’ll do no such thing and heads out, and Gyun Hee, having overheard their conversation, asks her mother when Gyun Woo was sick in the past. But Mom’s in no mood to explain.

Gyun Woo waits outside Hyemyeong’s chamber, but Young-shin tells him that she wishes to stay in and rest. He asks about her health, and Young-shin admits that she didn’t sleep a wink last night.

After speaking to Gyun Woo, Young-shin updates Hyemyeong and says that Gyun Woo appeared exhausted too, but she snaps that she’s not curious about him. Young-shin wonders if he should toss the wilting flowers in the vase, and Hyemyeong’s face softens when she remembers receiving them from Gyun Woo during happier times.

While the little prince is reciting Confucian values, Gyun Woo fixates on Hyemyeong’s disappointment when she accused him of hiding information from her and not being on her side. The prince notices Gyun Woo’s distracted state and encourages him to spill so that he can offer advice, and Gyun Woo eventually gives in. The prince determines that honesty is the best option to fix the pickle that Gyun Woo’s “friend of a friend of a friend” (heh) is in with his girlfriend.

Hyemyeong runs into Choon Poong at the medical services bureau. He wonders if he’ll spot the princess volunteering, and Hyemyeong feigns ignorance and changes the subject by asking why he’s here. He says he has a stomachache from drinking too much, so she offers him a remedy.

Grateful for her help, he offers to ease her concerns when he notices her sullen face. After hearing her story, he says that the man hiding something from her must have a valid reason for doing so and is consequently probably always distressed. He suggests that she trust the man’s heart, which makes her smile, but when he asks if the man is someone he knows, Hyemyeong deflects. Choon Poong, what/who don’t you know?!

As she’s peeling roots, she’s reminded of when Gyun Woo helped her drape a bag of herbs over a beam in that same room before assuring her that her feelings mattered most to him. Distracted by that memory, Hyemyeong accidentally cuts herself with the blade. While she insists it’s a minor injury to panic-stricken Young-shin and Byul, Gyun Woo suddenly appears, saying it’s not insignificant before he picks her up and carries her out of the room.

He carefully treats her wound, and when she says it hurts, he admits that he hurt immensely yesterday. In flashback, we see that the prince had advised Gyun Woo’s “friend” to not lose the person he loves or lose the right words to say by bungling the timing.

Back in the present, he’s about to explain why he withheld information from her, but Hyemyeong surprises him when she says he doesn’t have to disclose anything because she understands that he has his reasons. She apologizes for her harsh words from yesterday and asks why he keeps staring at her, but Gyun Woo just replies that it’s because she’s pretty before pecking her on the lips. Hyemyeong then reciprocates and kisses him, and they both smile shyly.

At the teahouse, Da-yeon’s girlfriends do what they do best: gossip. They chat about how Da-yeon’s ill in bed, possibly from rage after Gyun Woo sent Prince Dalhan away, and also about Gyun Woo and Hyemyeong’s lovey-dovey times at the medical services bureau. From another table, Chang-hui’s bros overhear the conversation and decide to meet with Chang-hui.

Chang-hui practices his sword skills while his bros watch and express concern that he went from drinking to overworking himself following Da-yeon’s rejection. Chang-hui catches Da-yeon’s name in their conversation, so they have no choice but to give him an update on her.

Meanwhile, Da-yeon’s looks pale in bed as she remembers her father’s request to get over Gyun Woo and accept that it’s over. Meanwhile, her attendant, Mal-geum, grumbles about Se-ho not reaching out to her since they parted.

Da-yeon sits up to greet Gyun Hee, who came to see how she’s doing. Gyun Hee asks if she’s ill because of something Hyemyeong said to her, and after some urging, Da-yeon decides to speak on the condition that Gyun Hee keep this a secret from her brother, which Gyun Hee readily promises to do.

 
EPISODE 24 RECAP

Young-shin and Byul wonder where Gyun Woo and Hyemyeong have gone and find the lovebirds holding hands inside a room. Hyemyeong tries to let go once they’ve been discovered, but Gyun Woo proudly holds tight. Aww. Young-shin doesn’t want to ruin the moment, but he says they really need to return to the palace, so Gyun Woo requests just one minute with Hyemyeong before they head back.

Young-shin and Byul give the two some privacy. Hyemyeong asks Gyun Woo what he plans on doing in just one minute, and he quips that she has a dirty mind. He kisses her on the cheek and suggests they simply sit together while holding hands, so they do, perfectly content in each other’s company.

Chang-hui gives Mal-geum bundles of medicine for Da-yeon and requests that she not mention that they’re from him. Once inside, Mal-geum serves Da-yeon the medicine from Chang-hui, but she refuses to drink it despite days of not eating and angrily knocks it out of Mal-geum’s hands when she learns that her father has remained silent.

Over at the bookshop, Kwang-soo just isn’t feeling Se-ho’s uncharacteristically dreary (instead of steamy) lines of dialogue, and Se-ho says it’s because he’s unwell.

Suddenly, Mal-geum enters and suggests they talk. Se-ho follows her to the teahouse, where she expresses how disappointed she felt when he didn’t chase after her, all because she told him not to. But Se-ho says he did follow her — he just wasn’t able to keep up because she ran too fast.

Mal-geum grumbles that handsome men are trouble, and Se-ho cackles while fanning himself, flattered that she finds him the most handsome man in the world. He takes her hand and offers to buy her dinner, calling her “baby” (in a nod to the classic Lovers in Paris).

That evening, Hyemyeong hands Gyun Woo a pouch and tells him to open it when he gets home, since its contents will help him sleep. He smiles and says that it’s only right that she assumes responsibility for him since she keeps appearing in his dreams and disrupting his sleep.

He doesn’t want to leave her, so Hyemyeong suggests they both leave at the same time at the count of three, but neither budges after the count. They both linger adorably, all smiles and dimples.

Joon-young witnesses this before turning away solemnly, reminded of when Hyemyeong would make silly faces at him just to make him smile. Aww, poor Joon-young!

Inside her room, Hyemyeong happily opens a notebook, where the pink flowers from Gyun Woo have dried nicely.

Gyun Woo finds dried persimmons in the pouch from Hyemyeong with a handwritten note saying that they’re good for fixing sleep issues. He takes a bite out of one and closes his eyes in enjoyment, when suddenly, Gyun Hee barges into his room and jolts him out of the moment. She chides him for not sharing and snatches a persimmon from him, only to take a bite and learn that it’s just an ordinary dried persimmon, nothing special.

He asks her why she’s here, and she’s about to share some dirt on Hyemyeong (courtesy of Da-yeon), but Gyun Woo cuts her off, refusing to hear any of it. He tells her that it’s dangerous to hear one side of a story without all the facts, regardless of the subject matter. Gyun Hee protests, saying that he should know how shameless Hyemyeong is, but Gyun Woo stands firm, uninterested in what she had to relay.

Gyun Woo’s parents remain concerned about their son’s health and the recurring nightmares, and Mom wonders if Gyun Woo’s memories are coming back or if there’s something wrong with his head. Minister Gyun says if Gyun Woo keeps up his refusal to move to Jeonju, he’ll go so far as to deliver his son’s resignation to the king himself. Mom wonders if there’s more to Gyun Woo’s condition that she isn’t privy to, but her husband swiftly dismisses the notion, although Mom doesn’t seem convinced.

That night, the queen meets with Wol-myung in secret. She smiles at the sight of him, but he reminds her that seeking him out is a risky move. The queen doesn’t seem to mind in the slightest, and is instead moved by the fact that he’s still the only one who looks out for her.

We flash back to several years prior, when the queen was just a commoner with Wol-myung as her lover. Wol-myung had eagerly informed her that he passed the royal guard exam and that they would no longer struggle if she married him, but she wanted more and told him that his sixth cousin, Minister Jung would bring her to the palace and make her spouse the king, and not some lowly guard like Wol-myung.

Their romantic relationship had ended when they both moved to the palace. Once there, she became queen, and he became a royal guard. But even then, she secretly met with him to ask favors; she instructed him to kill Prince Chuseong and become Minister Jung’s right hand man, expecting him to comply only because she was the one issuing the orders.

Back in the present, she asks Wol-myung what Minister Jung is thinking and whether or not he’s plotting a rebellion. He wonders why he should answer her question, and the queen replies matter-of-factly that he’s her person.

But moments later and back in her room, the queen fights back tears, devastated by Wol-myung’s declaration that he is no longer her person.

On the rooftop, the masked figure from before fires an arrow at a floating lantern, cracking it open so that its contents — flyers — flutter to the ground below and reach the masses.

Da-yeon’s girlfriends, the kooky bookseller, and Chang-hui’s bros all read the flyer that paints the Minister of the Left as a power hungry man who sits above the king and reigns from above. The flyer describes the king as foolishly helpless and accuses him and the Minister of the Left for the downfall of Joseon, threatening to punish them now.

Minister Jung reads it as well, and his cohort says that a masked figure is behind the flyers.

Minister Gyun gives the same information to the king, adding that the people have started to call this mysterious masked figure “Ghost Mask.” He says the handwriting and type of paper is different from previous flyers, and the king wonders who’s behind all this.

In the garden, Hyemyeong eagerly asks Gyun Woo if the dried persimmons alleviated his sleep problems, and although he replies that he slept very well last night, she senses that something’s wrong. She correctly guesses that he’s hiding something from her and tentatively asks if it’s another matter he can’t expound on, but Gyun Woo hands her the new flyer with a sigh. She reads it, and he says it doesn’t seem to originate from the Minister of the Left this time.

The flyer weighs heavily on Hyemyeong’s mind, and Joon-young greets her to let her know that he’ll be accompanying her on her volunteer trips. She declines his service since Byul suffices, but he says that the city is unstable due to the flyers and asks for her cooperation.

At the medical services bureau, Hyemyeong overhears patients gossiping about Ghost Mask and how he has the audacity to target both the king and the Minister of the Left. She freezes when they mention that the Ghost Mask may be Prince Chuseong and that he wears a mask to conceal burn scars, which prompts her to immediately leave for the palace with Byul and Young-shin.

The queen dowager expresses concern over the rumors swirling about Prince Chuseong as Ghost Mask to the king, and the king assures her that it’s only plausible that someone else is pretending to be the prince. The king is unsure what that person’s goal is, but he’s certain that Ghost Mask is dangerous.

At the bookstore, Gyun Woo fails to recall who Prince Chuseong is and also the fact that he led a rebellion ten years ago. Se-ho and Kwang-soo fill him in, saying that Prince Chuseong was thought to have died when he walked into a fire, but that he may have returned for revenge as Ghost Mask and is now targeting all the ministers of the left. Strangely, none of this rings a bell for Gyun Woo.

From behind a wall, Gyun Woo watches as the Minister of Personnel orders his men to guard his home before meeting with Minister Jung and Minister Lee.

During their meeting, Minister Lee states that the Minister of Personnel’s home is the last residence Ghost Mask has yet to strike, adding that it should be protected accordingly. But Minister Jung proposes that security be removed, since Ghost Mask shouldn’t be aware that he’s being hunted.

Meanwhile, Gyun Woo witnesses the Minister of Personnel return to his home and order his guards to not secure the residence.

Hyemyeong hurriedly returns to the palace, and Byul and Young-shin wonder why she’s in such a rush. She explains that the day her mother was deposed, Minister Jung said he had found evidence that Prince Chuseong was plotting treason, so she concludes that there may be a connection between her mother and Prince Chuseong.

She quickly heads to the queen’s quarters for answers. The queen isn’t thrilled to see her, but Hyemyeong mentions the flyers and says that she must learn more about Prince Chuseong. The queen smirks, warning her that she’ll get hurt by learning about him, but Hyemyeong says that shouldn’t matter since the queen delights in her pain anyway.

The queen divulges that Hyemyeong’s mother was deposed for having an affair with Prince Chuseong, who tried to cover up that crime, started a rebellion, and ended up dying. With glee, the queen tells Hyemyeong that this was the secret everyone withheld from her all this time and the truth behind her mother’s deposition. Hyemyeong tenses as she registers what the queen is telling her.

Gyun Woo’s still outside when he hears someone call out, “Ghost Mask!” Another flyer attached to an arrow has been delivered, and Gyun Woo whips around to find Ghost Mask on the roof, aiming his arrow straight at Gyun Woo.

 
COMMENTS

Wow, I feel like quite a lot happened in this episode. It was unexpected but no less welcome, since it finally feels like we’re heading somewhere with the big mystery surrounding Hyemyeong’s mother. I could finally detect the wheels of the central plot kicking into gear, and while it’s unfortunate that the show took this long to rev up, I will say that it’s better late than never… but really, it would’ve been nice to have this pace and momentum from the get-go.

We know that Hyemyeong’s mother is still alive, but the circumstances that drove her and Prince Chuseong out of the palace ten years ago still need to be uncovered. I wish I could see Minister Jung sweat for once and fear that his master plan won’t come to fruition because he seems to get away with literally everything while never appearing fazed, but I hope this means his demise will be all the more satisfying.

It’s interesting that we have another “villain” in the mix, but from what I can tell, it seems that Ghost Mask’s ideals probably align closer to the good guys. I don’t know enough about Prince Chuseong to determine if he’s Ghost Mask, but seeing how Hyemyeong’s mother narrowly escaped death, it seems possible. But I also have this niggling suspicion that Choon Poong is Ghost Mask because Choon Poong is all-knowing and all-seeing, and that man manages to spring up at the most opportune moments! (On an unrelated note, Ghost Mask reminded me of Gaksital, which then made me wish Joo-won picked a meatier role before heading off to army.)

The queen’s backstory was presented to us, as well as her history with Wol-myung, and though it surprised me, it felt rather random. She didn’t seem to have changed much since she was greedy for influence even then, and it seems like that greed has only multiplied since she became queen. But I almost didn’t recognize Wol-myung in the flashback because he appeared so bright and happy (and sans mustache!). In the beginning, it seemed the queen and Minister Jung were one team, but as the show progresses, their alliance appears to be splintering, and they’re no longer relying on and communicating with each other. I don’t remember what their end goal is, other than domination or disruption of some sort, but I wonder how long their tenuous partnership will last.

In addition to court politics and new flyers, we also had some adorable moments with Gyun Woo and Hyemyeong. I liked how neatly and maturely the two lovebirds resolved their first tiff, by seeking solid advice from others and being open, honest, and understanding of each other. I wish Gyun Woo’s chivalry made me swoon and/or squeal, but it merely struck me as cute. The two aren’t the most exciting couple, but the dynamics of their relationship do seem more realistic and relatable (especially with the conflict of communication and transparency), and I suppose there’s merit to that.

 
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Love love love this show<3
I love the adorableness of the otp. JW and OYS sure have fantastic chemistry.
I can't wait for more mystery to unfold... GW nightmare of the young princess is creepy but intriguing.
I wanna know moooreeeeeee!!!

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How I love that Gyunwoo sought advise from the dimply (future brother-in-law) prince! The changing dynamics of student-teacher! ?

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Yes, I love this scene! It was adorable. But I also thought the prince would somehow figure out who the "friend of a friend of a friend" is. It would've been funny if he had lol.

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Ha,you are right the thing which caught my attention is"friend of a friend of a friend". This line surely has traveled for a long time, so it's even used in joseon. It reminded me of Hae soo from Moon lovers who wonders the longevity of the pickup line "U are first girl to treat me like this".

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Haha yeah! It probably originated from Joseon. XD

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Ghost Mask - my prediction is he is either Prince Chu Seong, Choon Pong or Wol Myung. I also think Gyun Woo is not his parent's actual child, so whose child he is? He lost memory for some important part in his life, and now it started to get back to him. Can't wait to know what happened.

I was wrong to think Gyun Hee is more than what we see her, because she is just being annoying little sister. I don't know what she and Chang Hui likes about Da Yeon. Chang Hui should just move on, and meet new girl. I think he deserves better girl than Da Yeon.

Since there will be two weeks left, there will be no noble idiot in this drama, right? LOL. I love our OTP, they are just cute and understanding with each other. Our little Prince and Chun Poong gave a great help for these two ❤

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I was actually hoping that the Hye-myeong's mother learnt some badass moves, and now she's Ghost Mask. But that's just wishful thinking.
The dreams that Gyun Woo is having is also a mystery. Why is he having them? And did he know the Princess when she was little?

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omo, if her mother turn out to be the Ghost Mask, she will easily be my fav female character in kdrama ? Like you, that's just my wishful thinking as well lol.

My prediction, Hyemyeong was harmed when she was a child, and Gyun Woo was probably witnessed it. I think Minister Jung created some situation which threatened Hyemyong's life when she was child, as a warning to the King. That's why king and the queen mother are always worry about the safety of Hyemyeong, and even agreed to send her to Qing because they are worried about her safety.

This old incident left a big trauma for both of them, and seeing that Hyemyeong also started to dream it, i think both of them really forgot of what happened.

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Hmm interesting theory!
I agree...I think that both sides rather prefer that the past remains a mystery. Like you said, they fear for the safety of their children. So it makes sense that they would rather send their kids to a far away place where they can never find the truth.

Like you said, Gyun Woo may have seen or even tried to help the princess while she was either being threatened or even about to be killed.
But I do wonder why Gyun Woo and Hye-myeong are remembering these details now. Was there something that triggered them?

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That's what I want to know as well Maybe that is why GW's mother trying to prevent hom becomes close with HM - they don't want the old scar to be opened again.

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What meatier role???
I love JooWon in here so much. I love that his acting is much more subtle and expressive.
His character Gyun Woo is smart, loyal, and straight forward. Rather than the tryhard character of the other show where the male lead was supposed to be a wise king but ended up being annoying.

Just one wish. Please don't separate my otp again. They make me so happy every week.

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I'm impressed that Hye Myeong was later understanding towards Gyun Woo for not revealing the reason why she should not meet the "court lady". That, and also how she approached the queen to answer her questions instead of someone else. The masked figure is quite intriguing, and I'm definitely anticipating his appearance in future episodes. I absolutely adore the main couple; there's something about them that instantly brightens my day. As for Da Yeon and Gyun Hee, both are so frustrating to watch. If Gyun Hee was truly an understanding sister, she would not force Gyun Woo to accept Da Yeon's feelings, but rather accept Hye Myeong as his lover. And Da Yeon! Stop pursuing him with your evil antics! Do embroidery or something for goodness sakes! I also appreciate Gyun Woo for not being swayed by Da Yeon or his sister's words.

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"Do embroidery or something for goodness sakes!"

Hahaha....I think that's some therapy there. Just stab the cloth with the needle, maybe it will make her feel better.

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My goodness, Gyun Hee is annoying to no end! In retrospect I am glad she didn't turn out to be Hong Gil Dong's sister.

Little Prince however is <3 and already a wiser man than his useless father. I'm glad to see Ghost Mask also calling the king out for being weak.

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@WishfulToki,

"My goodness, Gyun Hee is annoying to no end!"

I have an overwhelming urge to stuff her -- and Da-yeon -- into a rice chest. Along with the Queen. Does this make me a bad person? ;-)

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Yes, it does but I still love you for suggesting the rice chest.

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We almost had HyeMyeong and Gyun Woo to be stuffed in rice chest in early of this drama, but it turned out to be only GW's dream lol. ?

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I was annoyed what show did to Jung Da Bin in Rebel, but I'm more annoyed with what they did to her in this drama lmao! But she is still young so I don't really mind. I'm not a big fan, but since I have watched her from when she was little kid, I feel like want to protect her lol ?

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LOL, so I wasn't the only one annoyed by her in Rebel. But @seralovestteobokki are you sure you weren't jealous because she nabbed Mori in the end ?

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I wasn't annoyed with her character, she was underused and the plot of "who is Gildong's sister" stayed too long that it's annoyed me?

I kind shipped them though ? I was jealous a bit but there are other oppas so I didn't that jealous ?
But now Mori will be in a new drama, how can I bear to see him to have a loveline with another girl... ?

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You should have a loveline with Mori then you won't have a problem.

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I also love that Gyun Woo and Hye-myeong resolved their misunderstanding pretty quickly. The last thing we need is noble idiocy, and unnecessary separation to ruin this show. Especially when it's doing so well; with introducing a mystery in the form of Ghost Mask and bringing back Hye-myeong's mother. I can't wait to find out more about how she survived and if Choong Pong had anything to do with it.

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I can't wait to know who is CP actually! He might turn out as a distant relative to her mother!

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Yea he may be! Or he could be related to that other prince that was involved with Hye-myeong's mother...the one that died in the fire.

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I detect no lies in the latest flyer. The Minister of the Left is power hungry and the King is totally spineless.

Gyun Woo and Hye Myung are adorable. Dimples and cuteness indeed.

JooWon is playing Gyun Woo as a truly deliberative, reasonable man, befitting the character. I appreciate how sensible he is. I can see how a viewer might want a little more bombast an intensity from a drama, but his level-headedness rings true for this character.

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I agree that Gyun Woo acts like a rational, reasonable person -- now that Princess is no longer acting like a loose cannon. Here's hoping that the scholar will show off his fancy footwork in at least one good sword fight against the baddies. ;-)

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Little Prince you are bloody marvellous. What a way to show your teacher that you're learning and displaying more wisdom than adults allow you. Thanks. You are a bright ray of sunshine young Prince. I can see that the Princess and the Little Prince are indeed siblings. Which brings me to another set of siblings who couldn't be more far apart from each other. Ay Gyun Hee what is wrong with you?! Methinks it was wrong to think more of Gyun Hee. Hay. I was quite surprised by Chang Hui's action which somehow tells me that Da-yeon doesn't even deserve this guy. Heh. Choon-poong is like the Joseon equivalent of Lookout's Do-han. What's with this guy? And ooooh is Joon-young back in the love game? But he has a lot of catching up to do!

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@annerl,

"Choon-poong is like the Joseon equivalent of Lookout's Do-han."

Yes! And he may really be pulling off an undercover operation himself.

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When I saw the Ghost Mask, I wonder if they are parodying Gaksital. It's quite funny that this time, it is Joo Won who is at the receiving end of the arrow.

Did anyone see the preview? I thought Gyun Woo's arm was grazed by the arrow and he fell. If that's the case, how can the Ghost Mask possibly be the good guy? Unless he's a terrible shooter ? and had not intended to land his arrow anywhere near Gyun Woo's body.

I think the so called 'problem' with Gyun Woo is that he's actually a sensible and composed guy. He's therefore not prone to impulsive or dramatic behavior. Lack of conflict and given a princess who's no longer crossing swords with him in every encounter, he comes off as boring. I won't deny I wish Joo Won had taken a meatier role but I can't fault him for his acting here.

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I'm just confused that at the beginning of the drama he seemed like a vain peacock just arrived from China, and had some kind of rivalry with Chang Hui. So maybe I expected him to be a little less sensible lol. I guess he deserves his scholarly reputation after all.

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It kinda true that Gyun Woo is no longer butting head wih the sassy princess that it takes away the comedy but i love it that now he is always at the adoring side.. <3 . All he wants tocdo is protect her from any harm. Even a small cut on hee finger makes him overact..

Don't you love a level headed male lead without the need to be overdramatic then ended up doing stupid things. Smarty panr Gyun woo and sassy princess. Perfect combo if they work together till the end

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I guess that's one way to look at it.

At least they didn't keep crying and hugging each other over unnecessary angst.

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Like King said, the Ghost Mask is a dangerous guy.

Plot twist : it turns out Chang Hui is the real Ghost Mask ?

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Then his himbo act is just a cover? Wow! I'd love that!

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We should see next epi!

But seriously, I know love is blind, but I still want to know what made him attracted with Da Yeon ?

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Maybe he's faking it to get near to her father? Or the man just has no taste.

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It would be brilliant if it is the actual case ?

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Thank you for the recap, chickachunga!

Several tantalizing revelations during this week's later installments have added to the mysteries swirling around Hyemyeong and Gyun Woo. The deposed queen has survived after all, and is impersonating a former court lady who is now a monk. It has been a good strategy if even Min Sabu was unable to find her for three years.

The deposed queen's survival amplifies the question in the back of my mind as to whether Prince Chuseong, the King's uncle accused of adultery, might also have survived. Did he have immediate family? We don't know. But if he did, his family and servants would have been executed for treason as well. I have an inkling that Choon Poong could be a relative who has survived by passing himself off as a frivolous bon vivant. He might even be an undercover inspector, perhaps a colleague of Min Sabu.

Gyun Woo's nightmares point to a nasty trauma when he was young. I have no solid evidence, but have a feeling that he may not be the biological son of his parents. I suspect he is the child of a close friend or relative, maybe even the son or young sibling of Prince Chuseong.

The back stories that surprised me the most, however, are those of the scheming Queen and villainous operative Wol-myung. And then there's Ghost Mask prancing across the rooftops, triggering flashbacks to various iterations of Iljimae and Hong Gil-dong. I haven't seen GAKSITAL or HEALER yet, but it wouldn't surprise me if they will be referenced, too.

The Queen has been odious from the get-go. The manner in which she slithered into her present position disgusts me. I would never have guessed that she and the enigmatic Wol-myung had been an item before their paths took them to the palace. I felt bad for him when he came by to tell her he had passed the exam to become a royal guard, and was now be in a position to marry her. The way she dumped him was heartless. What was even more heartless was her later insistence on calling him "my person," and using him to do her dirty work. I cheered when he eventually informed her that he was no longer her person. Hmm... Was he perhaps actually a double agent who infiltrated Minister Jung's clandestine operations? That might be too much to hope for.

The way Gyun Woo and Princess got past their spat was lovely. Getting advice from others, and then actually heeding it, was boringly mature and realistic. It wasn't that long ago that such a low-key resolution would have been impossible for this pair to achieve. I especially enjoyed the Prince's recitation of Confucian precepts. He really has his tutor's number.

Someone please lock Gyun Hee in a closet and throw away the key. Her barging into her brother's room without knocking, and then swiping one of his medicinal persimmons, was rude and obnoxious to the nth degree. Seriously, Gyun Hee, go play in traffic. And take Da-yeon with you. Grrrr.

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I know maybe everyone already mention it, by i really like the beautiful & colorfull of the princess's hanbook. Here to hope that GW & HY will have much more swoon moment

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