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My Sassy Girl: Episodes 27-28

At long last, the fragments of Gyun Woo’s recurring and cryptic nightmare come together, and we learn some surprising and heartbreaking truths that may end up tearing our sassy princess and wise scholar further apart. Gyun Woo’s reticence to disclose information — no matter how possibly damning it may be — just ends up making things worse, though it’s hard to blame him when he’s already so busy blaming himself.

 
EPISODE 27 RECAP

Ghost Mask eyes two lanterns floating in the night sky, and unbeknownst to him, Wol-myung throws a dagger from behind, but it misses Ghost Mask entirely because Gyun Woo suddenly tackles him, and the two end up tumbling down a hill. From a distance, Hyemyeong spots a motionless Gyun Woo sprawled on the ground and frantically runs to him while Ghost Mask quickly leaves the scene.

Joon-young captures Wol-myung in no time, but looks concerned as Hyemyeong cries for Gyun Woo to wake up.

We travel to the past when Gyun Woo was just a child, albeit a very bright little scholar who won the king over with his recitation of morals and values. Adorable! Outside, he overheard two women gossip about the queen’s alleged pregnancy and affair with Prince Chuseong, which made Little Gyun Woo shake his head in disapproval.

Little Gyun Woo entered a brush shop operated by a couple to purchase new brushes, and the calligrapher noted that the boy must be studying very hard since his brushes never last more than a month, to which Little Gyun Woo answered that studying is necessary in order to become a noble man.

He noticed the baby in the wife’s arms, and the man asked Little Gyun Woo if he could bestow a name upon the baby, since Little Gyun Woo is considered the treasure of Joseon.

The request made him smile, and that evening, Little Gyun Woo came up with the name “Ga-on,” in the hopes that the baby would become a beautiful and warmhearted person.

Little Gyun Woo eagerly returned to the brush shop, but was alarmed to find the place empty and in complete disarray. He spotted a flyer reading: “I can’t help loving you, Prince. I am willing to give up the title of Mother of the Country.” Puzzled by the flyer, Little Gyun Woo’s eyes grew wide in alarm when he spotted the calligrapher on the ground, wounded and bleeding.

With all the energy he could muster, the calligrapher offered Little Gyun Woo a brush and instructed him to “let the people know.” A blood-curdling scream by a woman outside prompted Little Gyun Woo to run out.

With the brush firmly gripped in his hand, he stopped a royal guard to tell him about the brush store incident, but the guard pushed him aside because he was already on his way there to extinguish the fire. Upon learning about the fire, Little Gyun Woo concluded that the calligrapher was murdered in order to cover up the adultery and that the shop was set ablaze to get rid of evidence, so Little Gyun Woo decided to let the people know about this and make this news public so no more people would be hurt. Uh oh.

In his room, Little Gyun Woo wrote a flyer: “The blind mother ruins everything. A foolish mother ruins the king, the people, and the government. The nation’s mother is ill-mannered and is bereft of every speck of shame. Who should the poor look up to? The truth must be disclosed to the world, and sinners must be punished.” After drafting it, he posted it on the public bulletin. Eek.

The next day, a slew of flyers were on the ground, and passersby were furious to learn that the queen was adulterous, abetted in murder, and plotted treason with Prince Chuseong, which was grounds for deposition.

Little Gyun Woo picked up a flyer and was startled to find the content identical to the one he wrote. He ran to the bulletin where he posted his flyer the night before and was shocked to find it removed.

He returned to his room, wondering who tampered with his writing. His eyes landed on his brush collection, and he held up the one from the calligrapher right before his death. Little Gyun Woo twisted it and found a tiny note rolled up inside, and was surprised by what he read.

He marched outside and told himself that things had gone terribly wrong and that the queen was innocent, planning to put a stop to all this.

He tried to enter the palace to speak to his father, but was not permitted entry because the queen had just been deposed.

As he struggled to leap over the palace walls, he watched a young girl (Hyemyeong as a child) carefully scale the roof and jump over to the other side right in front of him, and was surprised to learn that she was a princess.

In the forest (that appears in Gyun Woo’s nightmares), Little Hyemyeong wondered why he was following her, and he sheepishly admitted that he, too, needed to meet the queen. As they walked, they came upon a horrific sight: the murdered bodies of the queen’s retinue surrounding a palanquin.

The children were shaken, but after sensing Little Hyemyeong’s fright, Little Gyun Woo offered to take a closer look. He walked past the bodies, opened the flap of the palanquin, and found it empty save for a blood-stained cushion. He informed Little Hyemyeong that fortunately, it appeared as though her mother managed to escape.

The next day, the two wandered and shouted for the queen until nightfall. Little Hyemyeong faltered, but refused to return to the palace until she found her mother, so Little Gyun Woo offered to piggyback her.

He noticed her shivering when they stopped for a break, so he removed his vest and draped it over her shoulders before getting up to locate a nearby house that could shelter them. But during his search, he stumbled and fell unconscious.

Back in the present, Gyun Woo wakes with a start and finds Hyemyeong by his side, wondering if he’s all right.

Outside, Byul and Young-shin worry about Gyun Woo’s state, and Gyun Woo’s parents and sister arrive shortly thereafter, simultaneously concerned about Gyun Woo and disappointed that Hyemyeong is with him.

To Hyemyeong’s alarm, Gyun Woo is visibly shaken with eyes brimming with tears, unable to answer Hyemyeong’s question as to whether he’s hurting so much. Just then, his family bursts in, and Minister Gyun instructs Hyemyeong to return to the palace.

Meanwhile, the queen is enjoying her time with the prince until her attendant informs her that Wol-myung has been captured, which makes her panic.

And as we see, Wol-myung is bound to a chair, though he remains silent while Joon-young interrogates him.

Minister Lee advises Minister Jung to get rid of Wol-myung since he knows too much, but the latter warns against hasty action since that can put both of them in danger. He cryptically states another idea: borrow someone else’s knife.

Hyemyeong and Gyun Woo sit in their respective rooms with a lot on their mind. Gyun Woo reflects on how much Hyemyeong longed to see her mother before coming to the sad conclusion that everything is his fault. Poor thing.

The next morning, Hyemyeong patiently waits outside Gyun Woo’s residence, but the door doesn’t open until Young-shin repeatedly hollers and bangs on it. Finally, Gyun Hee and her mother appear, but they’re not eager to see Hyemyeong, who stopped by to check in on Gyun Woo and drop off medicine.

Mom coldly declines the medicine and requests that Hyemyeong no longer get close to Gyun Woo before closing the door.

Hyemyeong runs into Se-ho and Kwang-soo next, who suggest that she join them on their way to see Gyun Woo, unaware that she was turned away.

So instead, Se-ho and Kwang-soo deliver Hyemyeong’s medicine to Gyun Woo and ask if he’s hit a rough patch with Hyemyeong.

At the medical services bureau, Choon Poong happily greets Hyemyeong, but she appears depressed. He tries to guess why she’s feeling so down and correctly guesses that her lover is ill. He asks if he’s severely ill, and Hyemyeong dejectedly answers that she’s unsure.

In his room, Gyun Woo appears conflicted as he holds the medicine from Hyemyeong. He glances at the ornate bureau in his room and decides to open it, taking out a small wooden chest.

In flashback, we see Gyun Woo as a child, battered and bandaged, and unable to tell his parents why he went out because he doesn’t remember anything that happened that year. Minister Gyun had advised him to stay with his grandparents in Jeonju to recover.

Then we see him packing up his brushes into the wooden chest, pausing at one brush in particular (the one from the calligrapher), but with his memory wiped out, he merely adds it to the chest with the others.

Back in the present, Gyun Woo grows emotional and stares intensely at the wooden chest, but he’s unable to muster up the courage to open it.

Minister Gyun stops by and informs his son that he asked the king to approve of their resignation requests so that they can move to Jeonju together, but Gyun Woo replies with a question: “Have you heard of ‘the blind mother ruins everything?’ Do you know that I was the one who wrote it then? Is that why you told me not to get along with the princess?”

Minister Gyun is stunned into silence, and once he gathers himself, he asks if Gyun Woo’s memory has returned. In flashback, we see that Minister Gyun held up the only flyer that was handwritten, and the king asked him if he recognized the handwriting. Oh dear.

Back in the present, Minister Gyun answers, “How could I not recognize your handwriting as your father?” He says he wanted more than anyone to know what really happened, but after Gyun Woo lost his memory, he decided to bury it in the past so as not to ruin his son’s life. Still, he says, Gyun Woo can’t be with Hyemyeong.

Outside the room, Gyun Hee eavesdrops (ugh) and wonders what the significance is of “the blind mother ruins everything.”

Minister Jung unexpectedly pays the queen a visit and informs her that Wol-myung has been captured, though he’s surprised by her calm reaction. She explains that there’s little she can do but stay quiet and wait like he instructed, but her curiosity is piqued when he says he needs her help.

Da-yeon offers red ginseng to Gyun Woo’s mother after hearing about Gyun Woo, and Mom appreciates the gesture, even sympathizing with her when she assumes that Da-yeon fell ill because of Hyemyeong. Gyun Hee reminds Mom that that was supposed to remain a secret, but Mom says it’s okay since it’s just between them.

Gyun Hee takes Da-yeon to her brother’s room, but he’s not in. She finds the medicine from Hyemyeong on the table, and Da-yeon’s smile drops immediately, but Gyun Hee assures her that she has nothing to worry about since Hyemyeong and Gyun Hee can’t be together.

Da-yeon asks Gyun Hee where her certainty comes from, and Gyun Hee fills her in on a secret. Gyun Hee, you are a recipe for disaster.

 
EPISODE 28 RECAP

From across the river, Gyun Woo watches Hyemyeong leave the medical services bureau with Byul and Young-shin. His eyes never leave her as he matches her pace on the other side. Hyemyeong stops in her tracks as if she sensed his presence, but she takes a look around and resumes walking; he’s too far for her to notice.

While Gyun Woo drowns his sorrows in alcohol, over at the palace, an arrow flies right in front of Joon-young’s face before striking a post. Joon-young spots Ghost Mask atop the roof, but the elusive figure disappears seconds later. He reads the letter affixed to the arrow and appears uneasy.

The queen visits Wol-myung in prison, and with puppy dog eyes, she asks if he’s okay. He wonders if she came because Minister Jung sent her here, but she says she came because she was worried about him. She promises to get him out since she was the one that put him in this situation, and though Wol-myung interjects to say that he chose this path, the queen apologizes nonetheless before giving him his favorite porridge. Uh, I wouldn’t eat that if I were him.

When the queen returns to her quarters, she declares that he must die so she can live. Gah!

In his cell, Wol-myung sits before the porridge and picks up his spoon. I hope that spoon changes color or something…

Hyemyeong sadly touches the dried flowers from Gyun Woo as the young prince enters her room. He says that he wrote Gyun Woo a letter to cheer him up and asks her to deliver it to him on her way to work tomorrow.

Mom waits up for her son and is relieved when Gyun Woo finally comes home, although from his wobbly steps, it’s clear he’s been drinking. He tells Mom he’s fine before heading to his room, but it’s clear he’s still very much hurting.

The next day, Gyun Woo waits for Hyemyeong in the garden. She’s glad to hear that he’s feeling better, and Gyun Woo asks her to spare some time for him today.

They have some chrysanthemum tea over at the teahouse since it relaxes the mind and body, but Hyemyeong says Gyun Woo probably needs it more than her. He hands her a pouch of dried chrysanthemum and advises her to make tea whenever she needs some peace, which reminds Hyemyeong that she has something for Gyun Woo, too. She gives him the prince’s letter, and Gyun Woo reads it.

The prince wrote that Hyemyeong has been sighing all day long because of Gyun Woo and asks him to get well soon and return to the palace because he misses him. Hyemyeong asks to see the letter, but Gyun Woo says it’s a secret between the two guys.

She takes a gander and finally recognizes the teahouse, which makes Gyun Woo smile as he recalls their quarrelsome encounter in which she caused a scene and accused him of being a pervert. Hyemyeong remembers how funny his bewilderment was.

They move from the teahouse to a studio where an artist sketches the two sitting together. Hyemyeong asks for two drawings so they can each take one home, but Gyun Woo says just one will suffice, to Hyemyeong’s surprise. He takes her hand, and the two smile for the artist.

Afterward, Hyemyeong quips that Gyun Woo looks more handsome in the drawing while she’s more beautiful in person, but Gyun Woo agrees with her joke. She wonders why he gets to take home the drawing when he asked for just one, and Gyun Woo says it’s because he paid for it, heh.

Elsewhere, Minister Jung asks Da-yeon if she’s finally decided to listen to him, but she replies that she has something to share regarding Gyun Woo that he’ll be pleased to hear. Moments later, Minister Jung repeatedly utters the phrase, “The blind mother ruins everything,” as if to place a memory.

In flashback, we see that Minister Jung had seen the flyer on the bulletin and ordered Wol-myung to make copies of it to leave throughout the capital.

Back in the present, Minister Jung smirks as he realizes that Gyun Woo was the one who wrote the flyer on the bulletin.

Gyun Woo takes Hyemyeong out for dinner, and of course the main dish is fermented skate, her favorite. She eagerly reaches out to grab a piece of skate with her hands, but catches herself and resorts to chopsticks instead. Gyun Woo encourages her to eat comfortably, and she happily chews.

She takes away his glass since he’s not well enough to drink, but he surprises her when he takes both her glasses and lines up a third to pour a drink for her and the person sitting in front of her, with the third serving as the toast shot. He advises her not to drink more than three shots starting from today, and Hyemyeong says today, she’ll just drink one shot for him, since he cares so much for her and is unable to drink.

She happily downs the shot before they return to the garden. Hyemyeng wishes she can stay with him a little longer and eagerly suggests they eat raw octopus tomorrow (sans alcohol). Gyun Woo turns serious since he has something to say to her, but he changes his mind and looks on sadly as Hyemyeong bounces off, completely unaware of his anguish.

The “blind mother” line weighs heavily on Minister Gyun’s mind when Minister Jung unexpectedly arrives to share a drink with him. Minister Jung gleefully states that he has a story to tell about a poster that outlined the queen’s misdeeds and made her deposition a breeze.

He asks Minister Gyun if he knows who drafted the poster, and the ensuing silence confirms what he already knew. Minister Gyun asks Minister Jung what he wants, and the latter requests that Da-yeon marry Gyun Woo.

Minister Jung meets with Da-yeon afterward and informs her that Minister Gyun turned down the marriage offer, which means that she must give up on Gyun Woo as promised.

Meanwhile, Gyun Woo sadly gazes at the drawing of him and Hyemyeong and apologizes to the princess. He then opens up the wooden chest and holds up the black calligraphy brush. Twisting it, he removes the tiny scroll.

The next day, Da-yeon approaches Hyemyeong at the medical services bureau, and Gyun Woo pays a visit to the king. He removes the tiny scroll from the brush and hands it to the king to read. It reads (in the current queen’s voice): “Write up a love letter of the queen to Prince Chuseong. Write as if she lost her head over him. Refer to the enclosed letter for the queen’s handwriting.”

The king gravely asks Gyun Woo where he found this, and Gyun Woo vehemently apologizes, saying that everything stemmed from his negligence.

Back at the medical services bureau, Da-yeon tells Hyemyeong that there’s something she must know, although Hyemyeong replies that she doesn’t trust Da-yeon at all. Da-yeon suggests she listen first before deciding whether to believe her or not.

Moments later, Gyun Woo and Hyemyeong spot each other at the palace. She greets him calmly enough and says she heard something so weird and nonsensical that she believes it’s a lie, but asks if it’s true that Gyun Woo caused her mother’s dethronement.

Gyun Woo remains silent as Hyemyeong pleads with him to confirm her belief that it’s false and that she was lied to. She looks at him for answers, but he still doesn’t say a word and is unable to meet her eyes. Hyemyeong begins to cry and orders him to speak up and renounce the lie, but all he’s able to say is, “I apologize, Your Highness. I apologize.”

 
COMMENTS

Up until this episode, I really didn’t think Joo-won was showing us his full capacity as an actor. After all, the role of Gyun Woo is rather straightforward and vanilla. However, I was surprised to find that I truly sensed the pain and the immense guilt that was eating away at him and making him physically ill as a result of a mistake he made ten years ago as a child. I never expected Gyun Woo to have been the one who sped up the deposition process by publicizing the damning rumors regarding Hyemyeong’s mother, nor did I entertain the idea that he and Hyemyeong’s paths crossed much earlier when they were both kids. I think the reveal was well done (visually, I loved how the magenta and royal blue hanboks of the kids stood out against the dark backdrop), but probably could’ve been more impactful had the lead-up to it been more compelling. In other words, if previous episodes were more focused and the tone less inconsistent; some well-executed suspense in order to heighten our anticipation would’ve done the trick.

I think it’s a bit of a stretch to say that Gyun Woo “caused” the queen’s deposition because the rumors of her alleged affair were already swirling before he drafted that poster; unfortunately, he unintentionally aided the bad guys when he thought he was doing the right thing. But I do understand why Gyun Woo feels entirely at fault, and I don’t think it’s unreasonable for him to be so guilt-ridden. It’s a heartbreaking and overwhelming realization that surfaced ten years later that Gyun Woo was involved in the queen’s deposition, the event that shattered Hyemyeong’s life forever. The fact that Gyun Woo made this mistake when he was just a child renders the whole situation significantly more tragic because he was just an innocent youth who jumped to conclusions, but sadly, that was all it took to bring about such tremendous devastation.

As duplicitous as Minister Jung is, I couldn’t help, but laugh when, out of the blue, he tried to blackmail Minister Gyun into approving the marriage between Gyun Woo and Da-yeon. And then moments later, he told Da-yeon to give up already, heh. There’s really not much Minister Jung actually does; he’s usually conspiring in his room or someone else’s room, and I’m growing less interested and less fearful of his machinations. As for Ghost Mask, I’m still not sure who he is, but it would be pretty awesome if Hyemyeong’s mother was behind the mask and the sharpshooting.

I hope Gyun Woo eventually speaks up and sorts matters out with Hyemyeong, and that Hyemyeong’s own memories (wherever they are) fill in the gaps of the puzzle so that they’re both on the same page and ready to work together to bring Minister Jung and his cronies to justice. I just hope Hyemyeong finds it within her to actually listen to Gyun Woo’s side of the story and that we don’t have a repeat of her bulldozing him with her stubborn beliefs. I still remember how persistent she was in accusing Gyun Woo of stealing her jade ring, and it was not fun to watch. Fingers crossed they quickly patch up their relationship come finale week.

 
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Noooo. ???

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did anyone else notice the "i believe" theme song from the original movie being slipped in conspicuously?

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I diiiiid! Hahaha. They should've added the song the earlier eps, but I guess the song was the only thing they can manage to squeeze in reference to the original movie ???

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I unconciously sang it when it was played and was shocked when realization hit me!! Hahaha, never thought i would hear it here tho.

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who's singing that song?

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I did! It brought on a feeling of nostalgia when the realization came. LOL...

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Somehow... I think Choon Pong is the ghost mask. The deposed queen's figure doesn't fit ghost mask figure. Hers seems a bit petite.. I could be wrong tho...
Gyun Hee... Yeeshhh.... She is annoying. Why would you blabber about your brother's secret when obviously you also heard how your dad tried to keep it as well in the past?? It must be very important, you ignorance girl.... I don't know why she alwas try to kiss Da yeon's ass...
Da yeon... I guess she comes to the route "if I can't have him, so neither can you". Meh....

Finally, i think this drama tries to send a message about how dangerous it is to post something without confirming the truth (hoax/prejudice/assumtion) to the social media. It is so related to our current social situation.. Where people nonchalantly post gossips or bully someone on social media without thinking the consequences to that person.

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The Ghost Mask is definitely male. So prolly Prince Chuseong who's alive and on constant ran with the deposed queen. And yes, for me, I'll be happy to be rid of both Gyunhee and Dayeon.

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Welcome. You have now reached the noble idiocy portion of our program. Make sure you are wearing your seat belts, since we will be going through some turbulence. In case of extreme annoyance, please use your nearest exit. However, since we are so close to our destination, I would suggest you sit and bear it. Oxygen masks will be available to those people who can't stop screaming at their screens.

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Hahaha!

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Lmaooo

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ROFL!! This is gold! ???

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Love this! This should be warning in all dramas where around ep 13/14 the noble idiocy begins

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I actually don't think it's noble idiocy .
From his memory he was one of the cause for queen's dethronement so he directly came to the king and confessed.
What other thing she he do? Run away?

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TALK to her! EXPLAIN what happened! But he just went on a good bye date and admitted what he did and now he will keep his distance, because when he was a CHILD he was confused and made a terrible mistake.

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LOL. You took the words right out of my mouth.

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I really don't understand why Gyun Woo's mother and sister are so disrespectful toward the princess. She's literally royalty so isn't that prohibited? Shouldn't they get in trouble or at the very least be scolded by the princess' attendants? The little sister is an annoying little ass and I can't wait to se how stupid she feels when she finds out how Da Yeon used her and lied to her about ...well...EVERYTHING.

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Seriously, every time I watch a new episode I get annoyed at his mother and sister. I understand why Gyun Woo's parents don't want him to be together with the princess, but the sister??? She is such a kiss ass she can't even see through the obvious lies that Da Yeon are pulling

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That'w what I'm saying! How is it that even after they learned Hyemyeong is Princess, they never treated her differently. They even treated her worse! And that door-slaming to her face! God, Gyunwoo's family is rude. I vote for the Prince of China coming back and helping in clearing the deposed queen's name, reinstating her and live happily ever after!

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MAYBE, from a political zeitgeist point of view, the writers are trying to knock down the nobility to show they are just like the rest of the 99%. After all in recent months, the Korean public have been fed up with the rich 1% and their holier than though attitudes. The sitting president was sacked. I for one from a socialist point of view can understand why they are knocking on the princess.

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Here comes the separation phase in kdrama, but it won't be long since we just have two epi left. ?

Gyun Woo owns this epi, I feel his pain a lot. After all remembering the lost memory which was a painful one, not only that, it's also related to his lover. ? It never crossed my mind Gyun Woo did that, he unintentionally aided the bad guys ? We were never being teased with it.

Now we can only pray the real Queen is safe and can go back to the Palace. Only that can make our couple to be together again. Baddies in this drama don't seem that active & smart, so it's about time for their downfall. LOL, I can't wait to see Da Yeon demoted to slave (and it will be awesome if she switch role with Mal Geum).

Ghost Mask - I think he is Chun Poong. Although it will be so much awesome if it is the Queen! Also I hope Wol Myung is still alive. He is part of them, but he also the real witness here! I wished he never joined them from the beginning, he was a good guy though ? Why guys in kdrama seem to be so loyal to their love ? He seems to know that Queen sent the poisoned food, but again Queen, is she that stupid to deliver the poisoned food (if it is true) by herself? But maybe that's part of Minister Jung's plan..

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Sameee. I can't wait for Da Yeon to be punished! She's just a rude, spoilt brat who believes that she has a right to trample on everyone's heart. Does she really expect Gyun Woo to fall for her?
In this instance, an apple really doesn't fall far from the tree!

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She is so delusional! I was expected to see her using her brain but she is just a spoiled brat who thinks she is above everyone else. Wait.. that day will come.

My only fav second female lead in current sageuk in Myung Hee in SDQ, her obsessions & manipulations are understandable and I'm ready to see how far she will go.

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Like father, like daughter.

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but but but in real life we all know that Da Yeon's of the world rise to the top. such is how the real world works sadly.

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I think it's part of Min Jung's plan bec she went to prison right after meeting with Min Jung, right?

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Yes I think the same too! And Min Jung actually wants to use Queen right?

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I can't wait to see Da Yeon demoted to slave (and it will be awesome if she switch role with Mal Geum).

I second this, I can't wait for Mal Geum to slap her back too, make sure Da Yeon has a palm tattoo forever on her face.

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Haha yes! Get your revenge, Mal geum!

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Speaking of Mal Geum, not sure how her relationship with her boyfriend (forgot his name) will work out, since they both belong to different social classes! (He can never take her as a wife, only a concubine)

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Anything can be possible in this drama lol!

I always forgot that Se Ho is from higher class ???

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2 more episodes and we're done! All I'm waiting for is the royal wedding (princess and Gyun Woo), bad people getting punished, and original queen comes back and reclaim her throne.

I can't wait to see Da Yeon being downgraded to a slave. Hah.

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I'd love to see her a slave! Such annoying b*tch face! ?

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For all i know. She can die in her beauty sleep.. i thought she has been protesting by not eating for days... please continue to do so

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hahahaha!

you're so evil!

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Thanks for the recap!

I feel like right now I'm really super super pissed off with the way the show has written the female characters.

Byul started off pretty badass as the bodyguard. Now she's no better than Eunuch Young-shin in trailing and losing the princess. Sometimes, the way they lose Hyemyeong feels so silly, like they're very useless. I feel like there's so much more she could be doing, besides looking for leads on the queen off-screen.

And Gyun Hee. I'm ready to kill her now. How much more vapid and self-centred can she get? And so pathetic that she's like Da-yeon's lackey, without any ability to think for herself. Why the fuck are you giving away grave family secrets? I really really want her gone. Maybe she was stupid and fell off a cliff or something - whatever that doesn't induce guilt on the rest of the family. Or at least that she'll be spectacularly (and soon! I can't wait!) betrayed and embarassed by Da-yeon.

The Queen Dowager is portrayed as a nice grandma who still has some wits about her. But, when the King brought up that maybe the Queen is alive, that maybe they've wronged her... the Queen Dowager only wants to sweep the past under the carpet, with the princess and prince's safety as an excuse. Can't they assign Lt. Kang to do secret investigations instead? She made that decision so fast it's like she didn't even register regret for betraying the young Queen's trust in her.

Now, more than ever, I'm also beginning to see the cracks in the lack of chemistry between Hyemeyong and Gyun-woo. They're just doing polite courtship and there's just no sparks. I don't understand how they went from bickering frenemies to the other extreme of incredible politness. And come on, Joo-won, you gotta find a better way of expressing that you're haunted by the nightmares or the past, without looking like you're pretending to faint. He is slightly better in the tail end of this episode, but I still find him a bit wooden. Bah.

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Oh, I almost forgot. Da-yeon. I get it that she's supposed to be a vile second lead. Fine. But why make her so pathetic that she keeps trying to snare him behind his back (instead of being actually caring/helpful towards him) even after all the rejections? He's not going to suddenly change his mind and love her just because they're married. She wouldn't be that stupid, so this plot point is frustrating.

It'll make more sense if, after his earlier rejection, she actually became purely motivated by revenge towards him. So that way, the show can keep Da-yeon on the antagonist side, without making all its female characters, including villains, so painfully ridiculous.

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interestingly, the actress playing Da-yeon was slated to play the lead sassy girl. but the production team wanted a bigger name for the sassy girl so they got the competing girlfriend role instead.

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No you're wrong. The original actress is currently acting as a lead in Unni Is Alive. Pls get your facts right.

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The best thing that this drama did was to play "I believe". Its like my prize for sticking up with this show.

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Joo Won sang "I Believe", now where can I find the full version?

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I hope they release it soon.
If you want to listen the live one from his last fan meeting, you may check here.
https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1532166273482956&id=431826266850301&ref=bookmarks

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It's pretty amazing on how many female characters I dislike in this show. The airhead Gyun woo's mum and sister, the unbelievably bland and petty Da-yeon, all those good for nothing but gossip ladies who always follow Da-yeon. I'm beginning to think that in this era, noble women are all stupid (except for the princess, thankfully). I guess it's because the women thought that they just need to look pretty and one day they'll be married off to successful noble men that they don't really need to have brain.

Anyway, I'm quite sad that My Sassy Girl is turning into a mediocre show. If only they tap more on all the interesting characters or maybe more background story for Liet. Kang and if only they can make the evil characters more.. evil. I dunno. Anyway it's near the end, so I shall persevere. Meanwhile, I'll probably re-watch Gaksital to remember Joo Won at his most glorious moment.

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YES. They're not giving enough meat to any characters, not even the main cast.

Right now, I think I'm only interested in the little prince and Choon Poong. -_-

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I forgot to say, Hye Myeong's sleeping gown & Gyun Woo's pyjamas are the prettiest clothes in this show! Now where can we get it? ❤❤ I can't wait to see them wearing it together!

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Hye Myeong and Gyun Woo sittin on a tree
k-i-s-s-i-n-g
first comes looooove
then comes marriage
then comes the baby in a carriage.

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Gyun Hee has to be the single stupidest adolescent of her times. Didn't her parents teach her anything? Like don't trust your family's enemy and his family? Uh, this sideline is excessively frustrating for me.

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She doesn't inherit any of GW's smartness nor the father wisdom.
She is like a picked up child lol
Just dumb

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Picked up children can still learn, they are not stupid. She just doesn't think at all.

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Yes ... true
I was just trying to find reasons why is she so dumb lol

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she's not "dumb". she's socially connected to her peers and friends. like most adolescent, they are influenced more by their social peers and social norms than by what is right.

this is a good lesson on why kids should avoid "going with the flow" and following their social peers and social norms. it's how a society of obedient citizens are created.

"The strongest bulwark of authority is uniformity; the least divergence from it is the greatest crime."
- Emma Goldman

“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient allover the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”
― Howard Zinn

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Really?

A kid made a rumor on a street and made a queen dethroned? Sigh.

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Did youa actually watch the drama or just making baseless assumption?
The rumour was already everywhere.even palaca maid were already talking about it. The caligrapher who wrote the pamphlets was threatened and then murdered by the evils ( maybe of his conscience to reveal the truth) .
His last message to Gw kid was to reveal the truth . Young GW thought that what the queen did was true and copied the caligrapher handwritIng until he found a paper hidden in the brush then he knew the truth

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Yeah, I haven't watched the epi yet but I still can't comprehend that a kid is the one who set things in motion on a court level dethronement politic issue but that's just me.

Maybe it's supposed to scream tragic that his prodiginess got him made a grave mistake, I'd prefer him to simply be message bearer and notices the hidden message right away, but hey how are we going to have noble idiocy in sageuk if the male lead didn't cause death or dethronement of the female lead's relative or vice versa. :))

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In his memory he assumed that might be the cause of adding oil to the fire.
It's not noble idiocy actually. Evil minister offered marriage to spare him but instead of giving in.. he was honest by going straight to the king with evidence.
Noble idiocy would be him taking other people blame or marryig DY.
I think he might notice in later eps that the real culprit is Minister Jung.

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hey, it's better than other american series endings where you find out it was all a "dream".

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'I Believe' was played 2 times in this episode.
The first time was original version which was played in the painting scene.

The second time in the last scene..It's by Joo Won. ❤ They also used it in the next preview.
Listen carefully..you'll see the difference.
(Joo won likes this song a lot. He used to sing it in his fan meeting. He sang it in his his last fan meeting in Korea too. )

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Is it just me, I am really curious about what happened to that baby whom gyun-woo named "ga-on". Maybe a birth secret hidden somewhere but reading comments pointing gyun-hee that she neither takes after her father of brother I am hoping is that her. But seeing gyun-woo's wish that the baby will grow up into a "warm hearted"person I doubt that haha she annoys me a lot, plz stop doing these things otherwise I may end up hating u more than da-yeon. Anyway those childhood gyun-woo was really adorable.

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In midst of all the chaos, the baby must have been dropped head first onto the ground. That will certainly explain!

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i finished watching the whole series.

that sitting queen, boy is she good at facial twitches! she's master of subtle but not so subtle facial ticks and tells. of all the actresses on the show, she's got them beat with her facial muscles.

Hyemyeong is master of crying on command.

Da-yeon is epitome of botox injections with no facial expressions.

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