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100 Days My Prince: Episode 2

Prepare yourself for some more palace intrigue as Yul digs deeper into the mystery of who might be trying to kill him. He’s both shocked and not at all surprised as he learns some unexpected truths, and he decides that if he’s going to survive palace life, he’s going to have to do it alone. But an unexpected turn of events lands him in a situation he never expected, and he’s about to find himself facing the toughest struggle of his life — marriage.

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

Having traveled into town to look for her brother, our heroine Hong-shim dresses in her upper-class finery and heads out. Crown Prince Yul spots her under a cherry tree, admiring the drifting blossoms, and he’s struck by how much she reminds him of his first love, Yi-seo.

Not far away, Je-yoon, who works for the Capital District Office, also sees Hong-shim. She sees Yul watching her and runs, and Yul gives chase. They pass right by Je-yoon, who purposely steps in front of Yul and bumps into him, slowing his pursuit and giving Hong-shim time to hide.

Yul eventually gives up, and he gasps to his guard, Dong-joo, that Yi-seo would have looked just like that woman if she’d lived. Dong-joo reminds him that her whole family was slaughtered, and he asks why Yul can’t forget her. Yul says that she stays in his memories because he exchanged her life for royal robes.

Je-yoon finds Hong-shim huddled under the bridge and pulls her out. He introduces himself and asks why she ran away, noticing that her pack doesn’t match her clothes. He asks to see it, so Hong-shim attempts to escape using some martial arts skills she knows, but instead she finds herself with both wrists locked in his grip.

Her fighting skill just makes Je-yoon more suspicious, so she tells him she’s Yeon Hong-shim from Songju Village. Je-yoon asks if she’s in Hanyang (the capital) to see a lover, but Hong-shim snaps that she’s visiting her brother, whom she promised to meet on this bridge on the 15th of every month.

She takes offense to Je-yoon’s questioning, so he tells her boldly, “I’m interested in you.” Hong-shim just stares at him, then huffs wordlessly and goes on her way. Je-yoon trails after her adorably until she asks why he’s following her, and he starts talking about how pretty the moon is while grinning right at her. Right, the moon is pretty.

Hong-shim warns him not to dare hit on her, so he says he’s protecting her in case those men chase her again. He guesses that her brother isn’t coming, and says he’ll see her here on the 15th of every month, then saunters off with a jaunty wave.

With their only witness to the poisoning (the lady physician, Song-sun) dead and her killer escaped, Dong-joo wonders how Yul can get proof that someone is trying to poison him. Yul thinks about the fletching on the arrow that killed the physician, gets a crafty look in his eye, and says, “I need to throw a feast.”

He dresses in his finest robes for the feast, and he and Crown Princess So-hye sit together at a table just below the king and his new wife. His father tells Yul that he’s glad he feels better in time to celebrate his birthday, and Yul diplomatically (yet somehow sarcastically) credits the queen for praying for his recovery.

Queen Park notes that the crown princess doesn’t look well, so So-hye explains that she didn’t sleep well last night. Yul just says he’s proceeding with the next phase of entertainment, and the king mentions that Yul asked for bows and arrows for his birthday and must be anxious to see his gifts.

Yul’s plan, as outlined to Dong-joo, is that arrows may all look the same, but they are actually unique to their makers. He’d noticed that the arrow used by Song-sun’s killer was made of rare wood and feathers, and notching unique to a level of assassins that only the rich can afford.

As the nobles present Yul with sets of bows and arrows, he examines them and declares them excellent, but none of them shows the characteristics he’s looking for. Last is Queen Park’s eldest son, Grand Prince Seowon, who brings Yul a set he says that his mother chose. But as soon as Yul sees the arrows, he realizes they aren’t what he’s looking for.

Minister Kim remarks that with all of these fine bows and arrows, Yul will be an even better archer than he already is. The king notices that Minister Park hasn’t given Yul a gift, offended that his son’s father-in-law has no gift for him.

Minister Kim explains that he’s worried Yul will be disappointed in the quality of his gift, but when Yul opens the case, he immediately recognizes the arrows. Minister Kim says that he uses these very arrows for hunting, and Yul levels a glare at him, wondering if he killed the physician Song-sun, and if he’s trying to kill him, too.

He can’t help but remember witnessing Minister Kim killing Yi-seo’s father, and hearing him order the children killed as well. Minister Kim takes his expression as disappointment in the gift, but Yul says darkly that it’s exactly what he wanted. He abruptly declares the feast over.

In private, Yul goes over what he knows: Minister Kim had Song-sun killed, almost certainly to cover up his plan to kill Yul. What he doesn’t know is why Minister Kim wants him dead, but his musings are interrupted by the crown princess, who asks to speak to him alone.

So-hye reveals that she knows Yul left the palace in disguise, which makes her skeptical that he was actually sick or if he faked it to avoid sleeping with her. Yul sneers that he’d never do something so cheap and dirty, making it sound like he’s referring to sleeping with her, not tricking her.

She picks up on this and says that her father risked his life to help Yul’s father become king, but Yul scoffs that Minister Kim gained a lot personally from that “risk,” and is even richer than the royal family. So-hye asks if that’s why Yul hates her, but he asks why she’s suddenly making an issue of this when they both know their marriage is for show.

She says that she knows he studies every night because he’s trying to make up for his lack of royal education when he was young. But she adds that without a son, he’ll never be considered an acceptable crown prince.

She requests for the first and last time that he sleep with her tonight, and places his hand on her cheek. He touches her lips as he whispers that it must not have been easy to ask that, then leans in close to hiss, “However, my heart cannot seem to persuade my body.”

He tells So-hye that he doesn’t have the luxury of worrying about a future without a son, and orders her to leave. Furious and humiliated, the crown princess goes straight to her father to tell him that her plan failed. She says she doesn’t have much time left, and Minister Kim nods that he understands.

On her way back to her village, Hong-shim is nearly mowed down by the village official, who stammers that he’s seen a ghost. He blames the ghost’s presence on Hong-shim’s unmarried state before running away. Hong-shim just sniffs and heads home to her adoptive father, who greets her with dinner.

While she eats, he asks her not to go to Hanyang next month, because she has more important things to worry about, like the men who came to nag him about her marriage while she was gone. She tells him that she’s already told the officials about being promised to Won-deuk, but her father just mumbles in annoyance.

In the morning, Yul shows Dong-joo the bow and arrow set from Minister Kim. He mentions the story of the frog who gives the scorpion a ride across the river only to get stung, making both of them drown. He says he wants to know why the scorpion stung the frog, as he looses an arrow and splits another arrow straight down the middle. Damn.

He sends Dong-joo to the royal infirmary to retrieve the pharmacy journals, but they’re mostly missing, having been taken two days ago. Yul learns that it was Je-yoon and goes to confront him, finding him working on royal advisor Soo-ji’s question, wanting the promotion that goes to the man who answers it.

Yul tells Je-yoon that his answer (“to harbor”) is both right and wrong, and asks why he took the pharmacy journals. Je-yoon says that he’s investigating the murder of the physician Song-sun. Yul asks Je-yoon what he found, and learns that it wasn’t a crime of passion, because nobody had a grudge against Song-sun.

Je-yoon thinks that it was a premeditated murder caused by issues in the royal infirmary. He says that Song-sun was still in training, but on February 14, she was asked to take another physician’s night shift. The journals don’t say exactly what happened on that day, but the following day, Song-sun was put in charge of the crown princess’s chambers.

Je-yoon continues that on the night Song-sun was murdered, someone saw two men at her home, but Yul stops him there and orders him not to investigate any further. He concludes that if Minister Kim tried to kill him, then the crown princess must be involved, and he wonders why she wants to kill him and why she met Song-sun that day.

He imagines that the crown princess ordered Song-sun to steal the list warning Yul of the foods he shouldn’t eat. He goes looking through the medical notes on the crown princess, and sees that on the day she promoted Song-sun, she didn’t undergo her monthly physical examination. Looking back, he realizes that she’s been skipping her exams every month, and he tells Dong-joo that he’s known the answer to his suspicions all along.

So-hye is surprised by an unexpected visit from Yul. He dismisses her attendant, getting her hopes up so much she backs into the door, ha. So-hye can’t hide her tiny smile, until Yul bluntly says he’s not pleased to be here, and brings in a physician.

The sight of the doctor makes So-hye cringe in on herself, and Yul says that he noticed that she’s missed some examinations. The physician reaches to take So-hye’s pulse on Yul’s order, but So-hye claims to have indigestion that will show in her pulse and asks to be examined later when she feels better.

Yul dismisses the physician, and once they’re alone, he says to his wife that they’ve never even held hands, and asks how she could be pregnant under those circumstances. Oooooh. Although she claims not to understand, So-hye’s expression gives away the truth.

Yul tells her that a friend’s wife got pregnant when they’d never slept together, and he asks So-hye how the woman should be punished. So-hye calls the situation tragic, but Yul retorts with a triumphant snarl that she should go down in history as a lewd woman who disgraced her family. He says he would tell the woman that her and her family are doomed, but before that, he’d give her time to make her own decision.

King Neungseon admits to his advisers that the continued lack of rain is worrying him. Minister Kim suggests that he not participate in the upcoming rain ceremony, warning that it could look bad if yet another ritual fails to work.

Yul finds his father when he’s ordered to perform the rain ceremony and asks that the order be revoked. He says he’s trying to resolve a difficult problem, but King Neungseon accuses Yul of trying to humiliate him when the country is in chaos and he’s being blamed.

Yul tries to hide his hurt as he asks why his father isn’t even asking his reason. He says that he’s his son before he’s the crown prince, so his father should be concerned about the struggle he’s facing. The king just moans that whatever it is can’t be worse than the complaints that are pouring in.

He’s all, Fine, let’s hear it, but Yul just spits that compared to the burden of the country, his struggle is light as a feather. King Neungseon says accusingly that Yul has looked at him with those eyes for years, condemning him for killing thousands of people in order to take the throne.

He heaves a huge sigh, then says that he knew he was the former king’s next target, and that if he didn’t take out his sword, he and Yul would both be dead. He tells Yul that he has no right to resent him, but Yul replies, “No. I will resent you. At least for today, I will resent you all I want as your son. But after today, I will not see you as your son, so I will not resent you anymore.”

He says he’ll participate in the rain ceremony, and that afterward, whatever he does will be for the country. He warns his father not to stop him, then turns and leaves.

Yul goes back to his room and writes that he’s a horrible son, because his resentment towards his father has never faded since he entered the palace. He pulls out a box, and inside is the ribbon that Yi-seo tied around his injured arm all those years ago. He thinks, “I know that you will not come back alive, and my heart will not be lightened. But I still have to take revenge. I will make them pay for killing you and humiliating me, no matter what.”

Minister Kim brings So-hye the sulfur that she requests, and when she tells him that she’s pregnant, he immediately guesses that it’s not Yul’s baby. He asks if she’s planning to kill herself, but she only asks for time to protect their family. She says that if she fails, she’ll resolve it by killing herself, or Yul. He asks who the father of her baby is, but So-hye just tells him not to worry, because her baby will be the next crown prince regardless of his father’s identity.

Later she recalls Yul’s threat that she and her family will be destroyed, and wonders if she’ll have to use the poison. Her attendant informs her that Yul will be at the next rain ceremony, and she tells the woman to get rid of the sulfur. She thinks to herself that Yul started this, so he has no right to resent her.

Her father meets with the same assassin who killed Song-sun, whose name is MOO-YEON. He tells Moo-yeon that he has an urgent mission, and Moo-yeon asks where the crown prince will be heading. Minister Kim wants to know why he never asks him why, but Moo-yeon says ominously that he doesn’t need a reason, but this time he needs a promise.

In the village, Hong-shim’s father nods off, then jerks awake with a loud yell that scares them both. He whines that he had a terrible nightmare where Hong-shim was walking down a road being followed by an old, drooling dog. He tried to scare it away with a stick, but it wouldn’t leave. Hong-shim says that’s just a silly dream, and won’t come true.

They’re called outside by Master Park, the richest man in the village, who giggles excitedly as he delivers treats which he explains are meant to lesson Hong-shim’s hardships. She awkwardly says she’ll share them with the neighbors, but Master Park forbids it, saying they’re all for her. Uh, I think we found the “old, drooling dog.” He practically slobbers all over Hong-shim as he talks to her about the herbs she’s gathered, but he eventually leaves.

Bodyguard Dong-joo isn’t happy about Yul’s leaving the palace for the rain ceremony and orders guards to follow them in secret. They stand on a mountain, and Yul comments that it’s uncommonly beautiful here, looking more peaceful than he ever does in the palace.

Dong-joo asks about Yul’s tragic secret, but Yul just asks if Dong-joo thinks he’s too serious sometimes, warning that if Dong-joo keeps it up he’ll find it “uncomfortable,” but he’s very nearly smiling when he says it. Dong-joo fires back that it makes him uncomfortable every time Yul says that.

This time Yul does smile as he tells Dong-joo to forget about palace affairs while they’re out here. But his smile drops as he adds, “Because when we return, it will be a bloodbath.”

Yul and his entourage travel through the forest nervously, startling at every little sound. They don’t hear the true danger — the assassin, Moo-yeon, drawing his bow. Luckily Yul sees the arrow flying towards his head just in time to duck, and his men surround him.

But they’re quickly overcome by a whole gang of assassins, who take out a large number of guards and even court ladies with a single volley of arrows. Dong-joo urges Yul to escape, but instead he draws his own bow and starts picking off assassins one at a time.

Moo-yeon draws on Yul, but Yul sees him and takes aim back at him. They fire almost simultaneously, and both manage to avoid serious injury, though both arrows draw blood. Another arrow hits Yul’s horse and he’s thrown to the ground, and Dong-joo guides him away from the fighting.

Moo-yeon sees them escaping and takes two of his men to pursue them. He fires an arrow into Dong-joo’s leg, and when Dong-joo stops to pull the arrow out, he reassures Yul that the palace guards will rescue them. Yul is more worried about the arrow Moo-yeon shot at him, which he recognized as the same ones that killed the physician.

He realizes that Minister Kim set up this ambush, and he tells Dong-joo that he has five arrows left, so he can take out ten assassins if he can hit two at once. Plus, he says, he’s as good with the sword as he is with bow and arrow, and Dong-joo snaps that this is no time to brag, ha.

He tells Yul to escape and let him stay and fight, but Yul officially orders him not to fight for him anymore, and to protect himself instead. When it looks like Dong-joo will continue arguing, Yul rephrases it: “Do it for a friend.”

Dong-joo apologizes, but says that Yul will be uncomfortable no matter what he says. He suddenly grabs his sword and whips it up to Yul’s neck. NOOO, Dong-joo, what are you doing??

Moo-yeon and his men creep up on Dong-joo and Yul’s hiding place, only to see them break and run in two different directions. Moo-yeon and another man follow Yul, while the third assassin follows Dong-joo. The third assassin manages to land an arrow in Dong-joo’s shoulder, causing him to roll down a hill, hitting his head on a rock on the way down. The assassin leaves, figuring Dong-joo dead.

Moo-yeon chases Yul to the edge of a cliff, but he doesn’t realize that it’s not Yul — it’s Dong-joo dressed in Yul’s clothing. Dong-joo loads one arrow into Yul’s bow, but as he spins to shoot, he’s struck in the chest by Moo-yeon’s arrow. He falls backwards off the cliff and lands in the river, and the assassins watch his body float away.

Hong-shim’s father develops a sudden upset stomach and runs for the latrine. As he’s reaching for something to wipe with, he’s startled by the sight of a man’s bloody hand in the bushes.

At the battle site, a guard wakes, and he’s horrified to find himself the only survivor. He makes his way to the palace to report that the crown prince is missing. Stricken with grief, King Neungseon orders all available troops sent to find Yul immediately, and the culprits identified and arrested.

But Minister Kim says that the people’s resentment towards him is at a new height due to the drought, and if they heard the crown prince was attacked, their regard would only get worse. The ministers believe that Yul must be alive since a body hasn’t been found. They advise the king to keep this a secret and have the guards investigate quietly, and he puts Minister Kim in charge.

Crown Princess So-hye must know of her father’s plan to eliminate Yul, because as she works on her embroidery, she thinks, “You must return as a dead body. That is how I wish to see you.” Meanwhile, the queen prays fervently for Yul never to return.

Hong-shim takes all of her herbs to Master Park to sell, but he’s more interested in her. He offers to marry her (which would make her his fifth concubine, gross), but she says she’s already engaged. Master Park warns that tomorrow is the deadline for all singles to be married, and that she could be flogged to death for waiting for someone who might not return.

He asks if she would rather die than be his concubine, and Hong-shim is all, So, I gotta go… He buys her herbs anyway, so she takes them to the storage room, but while she’s inside, someone closes and locks the door. In the morning, Master Park comes to see if she’s changed her mind. Hong-shim gives him a firm no, and he chuckles that that’s too bad.

While she’s gone, Hong-shim’s father takes home Yul, who he found in the bushes, and doctors his arrow wound. Even though Yul has been unconscious for days, Dad can’t resist his handsome, regal features, and reaches out to see if his skin is as soft as it looks. Yul twitches and wakes, so Dad helps him sit up and asks his name.

But Yul only gasps, “I… don’t remember.” Dad guesses that the blow to his head knocked him stupid, earning some vicious side-eye from Yul. HA, I love that he hasn’t lost that royal haughtiness.

Gu-dol comes running up to Dad and Hong-shim’s home, wailing that Hong-shim is going to die. He says she’s been taken to be flogged, and Dad nearly runs off and leaves Yul alone in the house, but he stops, getting an idea.

Hong-shim is flogged about thirty times before the magistrate asks if she’d like to change her mind and marry Master Park. She sobs that she’s already engaged, but the magistrate says that it’s the last day, and she won’t survive disobeying the crown prince’s order.

Hong-shim bravely asks if the crown prince ordered punishment for those who don’t get married (oh, good point, he did not). She demands to see the crown prince herself, but the magistrate just orders her flogging resumed. He asks one last time if she chooses marriage or flogging, and her glower answers the question eloquently.

Before she’s struck again, a loud voice calls out a halt. It’s Dad, who runs in and falls to his knees, screaming that Won-deuk is back from the army. Hong-shim looks confused, knowing that Won-deuk doesn’t exist, and the magistrate accuses Dad of lying.

But Dad yells, “Won-deuk-aaaaaah!!”

Into the courtyard walks Yul, carrying himself like a king despite his filthy clothes. Hong-shim cranes her neck to see him, and he stares her directly in the eyes.

 
COMMENTS

Oh, how fun! I hope this means we can start in on the funny part of the show, now that the backstory is laid out all nice and neat. The promos definitely sold this drama as a comedy, and while I don’t mind dramatic sageuk angst, I came here for laughs and fun. I do care what happens in the palace, and I’m terribly sad for Dong-joo’s sacrifice, but the show has been heavy on the drama and light on the humor, so I’m all ready to flip that and have some serious fun next week. It’s going to be hilarious to see Yul trying to fit into this village of peasants with his haughty air and snooty way of speaking — it will be like when he and Hong-shim were kids all over again, only this time, he’ll have no idea what’s really going on.

I actually haven’t minded how politics-heavy these first two episodes have been, because it’s an interesting mystery, and watching Yul use his intelligence to figure out what’s going on behind the scenes in the palace has been pretty exciting (especially considering how Yi-seo always called him dumb, when he’s anything but). That said, I think the groundwork has been well-laid, and I’m ready for some mistaken-identity unwilling-marriage cohabitation hijinks. The story has been heavily weighted in Yul’s favor, and I think Yul is great, but Hong-shim is also great and I want to see more of her. As little screen time as she’s gotten, Hong-shim has shown herself to be intelligent, resourceful, fearless, and loyal, as proven by her determination to go look for her brother every month, even though he never shows up.

Is anyone else worried that when she finds him, Hong-shim’s brother will end up being someone horrible, like Moo-yeon the assassin? I considered that it might be Je-yoon, but 1) he has a crush on her and that’s icky, and 2) they were too old when they were separated not to recognize each other easily. Whoever he is, I do think that Hong-shim’s brother will create quite a stir when he’s eventually found, probably just when Hong-shim and Yul think they’re safe.

What I like about Yul, despite his being a total grump (understandably!), is his rock-solid set of values. Even before figuring out that his wife and her father are probably trying to kill him, he actually had a noble and admirable reason for dodging his princely duties. He witnessed the coup that put his father on the throne, and he saw innocent people killed, including (he believes) his first love Yi-seo. So he doesn’t walk around miserable and refuse to behave as the crown prince should out of laziness, or fear, or rebellion — he’s protesting the very fact that he’s the crown prince at all. Added to that, he was forced to marry the daughter of the man responsible for everything, so it’s no wonder he’s refusing to play the dutiful husband. It makes me feel a bit less weird about Yul’s upcoming marriage to Hong-shim, because his marriage to So-hye may be legal, but it’s certainly not a real marriage in any sense of the word.

But there are moments that show that life in the palace hasn’t completely beaten Yul down. When he stood on that mountain and remarked on its beauty, he looked serene and almost happy in a way he never does in the palace, and he even cracked a joke. He’s proved that, even in the grip of great betrayal, he still harbors kindness, such as when he gave So-hye a chance to make her own decision about her illegitimate pregnancy, when a word from him could have her whole family killed and solve his problem in one fell swoop. I think that Yul found the best of himself when he met Yi-seo, and since (he believes) she died, he’s just been trying to stay alive and alert in order to get revenge. So I’m really looking forward to seeing him turn back into that smiling, happy, carefree boy who just purely loved the girl who saw his true self, because I think that the Yul who still loves Yi-seo is going to be a pretty amazing person once he’s set free… after being put in his place a few times, of course.

 
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This episode was even better than yesterday's! Loved how Yul evolved into a freakishly smart guy. (omg he figured out the pregnancy, DANG). I wonder if his amnesia-self will be smart or stupid? These two characters set a smile to my face, just like Park Bo Gum and Kim You Jung did at the beginning of Moonlight. Can't wait to see them interact with each other next week (I can already see the chemistry in the previews!)

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"I think that the Yul who still loves Yi-suh is going to be a pretty amazing person once he’s set free… after being put in his place a few times, of course."

This. I was thinking the same after watching the latest episode. I can't wait to see Yul to just not have all the burden on his shoulders and forget everything (which he did) for a while and be able to breath freely and enjoy for the first time in years. He totally deserves it. And hong shim is going to tune down all his royal haughtiness and thats something I am eagerly waiting to see. It's going to be amazing. Hehe!

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Thanks for the recap @lollypip!
I’m ready for comedy and romance fsctor to come in as well!!

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Yes thank you for the recap.
It helps alot. As I read the recaps it makes me realize how much I missed - I like Drama Fever but their subtitles/translations obviously missed alot.

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Yeah, plus some cultural aspects doesn’t get explained quite as well either

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This episode was much more interesting for me than the first. I don't know if it was the storyline or if D.O. is just more engaging than the other adult actors. I think Mooyeon is the brother, out to take revenge for his family, but I'm not sure why he's not killing Minister Kim.

I'm pretty sure Dongjoo is not dead. He fell off the legendary Cliff of Doom which has about a 3% kill rate. He'll be back...

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I think Moo-yeon is the brother too and he's trying to bring the Kim family down from the inside. It would be totally understandable for him to become an unscrupulous assassin because all he'll want is vengeance for his family's murder and he won't care how he gets it. He also has every reason to hate the royal family so him bringing them down as well would be killing two birds with one stone. I love that the crown princess has no affection for Yul though, that's one half of a love triangle gone.

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That makes sense. If only the innocent people that he was ordered to kill were not part of this then I'd say I hope he is the brother.

I'm totally guessing here that he is the father of the Crown Princess' baby. He killed the nurse/doc per her order so there is something going on between them.

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I'm also in support of the idea that he is the princess's baby daddy, it would be daring of this show to go where no other sageuk where the bodyguard is secretly in love with his charge has gone before by actually allowing the love to not only be reciprocated but also consummated.

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Not quite NO other sageuk - this exact arc was a major part of My Only Love Story. A fusion sageuk but still.

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This writer has never written a sageuk before lol.

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But they thanked actor Do Jin Han (DongJoo) for his special appearance at the end.

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I really hope they would go the unpredictable route and NOT make Mooyeon the brother.

If the brother is Mooyeon, how did Minister Kim not recognize him? Did Mooyeon train in secret for 10 years and then join Minister Kim as an adult?

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Please don't let Dong-joo be dead!

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I'm pretty sure he's dead :( The show thanked Do Ji-han for his cameo at the end of this episode.

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Darnit! I totally forgot about that part of the credits.😔

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I know, it makes me sad... but I love that he went out like a badass hero, saving his friend's life!

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Shocking! The Cliff of Doom actually worked. Or maybe Dong-joo also has amnesia and will just spend the rest of the story wandering around off stage.

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And somehow got the same fate as Yul, got into forced marriage.

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Please, please, please let this be revealed in the last episode!!! It seems cruel to show Dong-joo as a child hanging out with Yul and then have him killed off in episode 2.

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Please no :-( I was hoping he would stay for the remaining 14 episodes. I blamed myself for being overly excited seeing him in last episode. *Oh My Heart*

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Noooooooooooooooooooooooo

LollyPip crushing my hopes and dreams.

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Me too though! I didn't realize he was a cameo until I saw that :(

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I was literaly curled up behind my laptop begging the show not to kill him

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With the backstories and palace politics laid out on the first two episodes, I am so ready for the show to turn into full comedy and have the amnesiac husband trope next week! Imagine Hong Shim being herself and Yul being the dumb (which he really isn't) husband. Can't wait for next week!

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I was totally blown away by the fact that So-hye is pregnant! I don’t think I’ve seen that in a sageuk. On the other hand, why do I feel that that father might be Yul’s half-brother? It would be hard to believe that Yul is the father so wouldn’t she need someone else who is royal to make her child legit for the throne? I could be wrong though. Moo Yeon is also a great option too!

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Ah, now THAT makes sense! I assumed the killer was the baby daddy, but the other prince makes more sense in many ways. She would have been hedging her bets - married to one Prince, with a child by the other one. I really DON'T want the killer to be the brother of NJH's character

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I just assumed because the Queen kept mentioning if So-hye was ill. And she did mention that she already had a plan to guarantee her son gets the throne. I’m pretty sure that’s why. If her son has a heir to the throne then Yul will have to be pushed to the side by the King.

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I think it's Soo-ji. He gave her a weird, goofy smile during the banquet, and she glanced at him but didn't respond. It felt very "Don't give away our secret, you moron."

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Yah, but wouldn't his little brother be only like 15 or 16? Since the King couldn't take his current wife to the throne with him, wouldn't that mean he took another wife after he got the throne?...

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I have a feeling it’s not. So-hye seems to be quite ambitious or rather her father is and I’m not sure having Soo-ji’s kid would benefit her at all.

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Committing adultery is a major sin in Joseon's Neo Confucian ideals. That would not only destroy her but her entire family.
Having a baby with her husband's brother is basically admitting adultery. Royalty or not she is going to die and that baby is probably not going to be spared either.

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I've been thinking the same thing. I cannot see how this could be some kind of sure-fire succession plan. It sounds like an automatic bowl of Ye Olde Poison to me. Hence my thought that it was part of a revenge plot.

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We are thinking old school sageuk but this writer may take the shock factor route.

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I've buckled my seat belt and strapped on my crash helmet. ;-)

I cannot forget that there was a certain amount of bloodshed and collateral damage in MY SASSY [JOSEON] GIRL. Given that this show starts out with a coup and extermination of the heroine's family, I'm expecting that there will be comic interludes interspersed with bloody palace politics.

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The Queen knows that this is the brothers baby- but absolutely no one else is ever supposed to know- that would be death for brother, Princess and baby. So Officially this will be the child of our Crown Prince.

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This is even more serious than ordinary adultery- it is treason. 2 of King Henry the eighths wives were put to death for this.

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I'm in this drama for the duration. Hong Shim is my girl crush and I'm loving her determination and spirit. I'm liking Yul too, I like @lollypip analysis of him protesting being a prince, it gave me prospective. I did feel a little bad for his wife before she tried to kill him though, it's not her fault she is married to Yul either, but I wonder who the baby daddy is? Escandalo

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Please don't kill off Do Ji Han this too soon!

I really wasn't expecting the Crown Princess to be the one who plotted the assassination and I am wondering who is the baby's daddy is?

And can I say how much I love the last few minute of this episode. That amnesiac with that princely strut is sooooo cute.

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It should be fine. I've never seen anyone jump or fall off that cliff and not survive. They always do!

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I have faith in that cliff too

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LOL. But as @lollypip clarified above, they thanked DJH for the cameo post credit roll.

Sob. Sob.

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Aw. That's kinda dumb then. His only friend, taken by The Cliff.

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I always love your recaps @lollypip! They are always insightful, and not just a summary of the events, specially your introductory paragraph (before the recap itself).

Loving the show so far. I also feel like the assassin is the heroine's brother. Looking forward to a light and funny drama!

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Having watched episode 2 I am having grave doubts about this show. As things stand right now this is no romance, or comedy – and it is seriously compromised in terms of plot logic even if this is supposed to be more of a historical drama. I was excited for the premier of this show- now I do not know if I will be completing One of my favorite shows is "Marriage, Not Dating". I remember being excited to watch "Shy Boss"- because it was from the same writer. It was awful- because the back story essentially crushed the main story. (FYI to future writers- do not start a future rom-com by showing someone committing suicide.) I am afraid that something like that may happen here- that the backstory overwhelms the main plot theme.
But there is an even more serious flaw here. A huge plot hole that one can drive a Truck of Doom through- and, given that Crown Prince Yul’s only friend is now dead, the Truck of Doom has in fact done so. Yul has figured out, from the arrows, that Minister Kim was part of the assassination attempt. His first mistake: He stops the party early, making Minister Kim suspicious. His second mistake- failing to remember that his mother was killed against the explicit orders of his father. Which, taken together with his knowledge that absolutely everyone knows that he has not slept with the Crown Princess, lays the ground for his absolutely colossal blunder (as Talleyrand described Napoleon’s invasion of Russia- and pretty much at that same level): He has figured out that the Crown Princess is pregnant. This simple truth is absolutely all that Prince Yul needs to destroy Minister Kim- the father of the Crown Princess. Here is what you do not do with this information: You do not visit the Crown Princess and tip her off. You do not give her the option of committing suicide- if she does, unless she leaves a written confession the result will more likely be to save Minister Kim’s hide- because Minister Kim can claim that she did it out of despair because her husband would not sleep with her- and now Minister Kim really hates your guts, if he did not do so before this. You also do not go to dear old dad and throw a tantrum. You keep this information quiet- and go to dad privately, and lay the facts before him, remembering that his father probably hates Minister Kim almost as much as he does. Then you get your best friend and others that you can trust and immediately arrest Minister Kim and his traitorous, unfaithful daughter- and have the Royal Physicians examine her before the King. This plan must prepared quietly and done very quickly. If Prince Yul is really as capable as he is supposed to be this is what he would do. Instead he blunders- and thereby proves beyond all doubt that he is not fit to sit on the throne.
I will watch episode 3- but you will pardon me if I am now very deeply skeptical of this show.

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Agree with your points - kdramas often ask me to suspend my disbelief over matters I would howl over in American media. OTOH, ignoring this stuff sometimes pays off in kdramas if other aspects are good, so I'll continue to watch too. Those kids won me over.

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One question - dad didn't agree about killing his wife initially but he seemed to accept it all too readily later. I assumed he had changed his mind.

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I doubt that he changed his mind as such- rather he accepted the inevitable. Because he is weak- but such people are vastly more likely to harbor a very deep seated resentment which in turn will find its release when opportunity offers itself- which at this moment it would have.

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I quite like his mother.... too bad she had to die early for plot movement

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I agree- just one more reason to wonder about this show

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He actually was going to tell his father
Note: when he was told the king wants to see him, his response was; Good timing. The kings reaction was what annoyed him, he couldn't even pretend to care about what's wrong with him to have rejected the task given to him at that moment.
You can see the hurt in his eyes, that's why he decided to take matter into his own hands.
I agree with the other points too, giving his enemies a chance to escape 😑

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I agree. His father the puppet king wouldn't do anything about it anyway. He seems to care more about keeping his throne than saving his son.

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I'm sure it would've made a difference if he just listened to him.
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In regards to yul choosing to allow sohye to sort things out herself, I dont think he wanted to be the judge, jury, AND executioner. He witnessed as a child the bloodshed that follows palace politics and precisely because he hates minister kim so much, he wants no part in spilling more blood, something minister kim excels at. I mean even after all these years following the massacre he witnessed, he has never plotted to kill minister kim. And as much as he says he hates sohye, I dont believe he wants her dead simply for sleeping with someone else, he doesn't even like her and he never wanted to bear children with her anyway. He wants revenge and he wants justice but he'd rather not order execution in order to accomplish those things

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Isn't that the Crown Princess' unborn baby has a lower chance of becoming the next Crown Prince/King than the current Queen's son? The Queen's son is already a grown adult thus has a better chance of becoming Crown Prince after Yul's death. I don't see how assassinating Yul's benefits the Crown Princess in anyway.

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Yul's half brother would replace him as crown prince. I think that's why the queen was praying for Yul not to return.

Crown Princess would get to keep her secret and pass off her baby as Yul's. I don't think anyone else knows that the baby is not his.

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But the crown princess is already plotting Yul's assassination/poisoning even before he knew that she is pregnant. So what is her motivation of doing that? Or is she not the culprit in the poison scheme?

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She is 3 months pregnant- so she probably was not plotting this before now. She actually has nothing to do with the arrows- that was her father.

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I don't think she tried to kill him before she found out she was pregnant. She is not even the queen where she could become the Queen Dowager.
She'll be nothing more than the crown prince widow without an heir to the throne to keep her relevant in the palace.

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The half-brother would marry his brother's widow- and would keep the secret that this is, most likely, his baby.

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Was levirate marriage practised during the Joseon era?
I can't seems to remember but it was definitely part of the custom during the 3 kingdoms era and Goryeo.

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I think Joseon widows were not allowed to remarry. They were expected to remain faithful to their husbands beyond death. Some even died with their husband to show their devotion.

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While taking a gander at the Gabo Reform in Wikipedia, I came across mention that the first set of changes in 1894 granted widows the right to remarry.

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It's sad that it took that long.
Joseon was done for in 1897 but at least something was done.

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Confucianism was very strict though, especially among the yangban and royals.
Even the king will have a hell of a time changing the law.

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Lollipop nailed it in the comments for me. I especially agree re the genre. I can see the rom in the works, but where's the com? The first two episodes were so dark aside from the kid's cuteness that it didn't set up for comedy well. Hopefully we've got some laughs on the way.

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Thanks for the recap, LollyPip!🌷

Of course Drama God fell asleep when I wished this drama shouldn't go Bermuda Triangle route.😧 Now just hoping that Jeyoon-Hongshim arc would be oppa-dongsaeng only, DO YOU HEAR ME DRAMA GOD? I've prepared Maxim coffee to bribe you☕️

Lol-ed at Dad admiring Yul's feature😂 I mean who doesn't. A bit sad now that bodyguard Dong-joo is no longer beside Yul, he's practically alone.

Also, poor Hongshim got flogged, my blood boiled, I can't imagine living in that time. 😬. And thank God quick-thinking Dad saved the day.

Now I'm tapping my foot for Monday~🌺

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That scene with Yul and the king broke my heart. I felt like looking at a child who just got rejected by the only family he has left. D.O really sold that scene.

I wonder though what kind of issue(treason? off with her head!) it would cause later on. He's married to the Crown Princess and will get married to Hong-shim. Will that make her a royal concubine? How would this work? I know I'm way too ahead with only 2 episodes in but still...

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I think that'll make her the royal concubine too. However, since this drama is not based on any actual Joseon royalty, the writer can spin the ending however she likes.

I forsee that by the last episode, Crown Princess will be disposed/removed from the picture in some manner and true loooveeee will prevail with Hong Shim as the new crown princess

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The Crown Princess will be executed for her adultery. Hong Shim will therefor be the new wife in fact- assuming that the writers want a happy ending. But that is just a guess.

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Joseon men were only allowed to have one wife. The rest were concubines.
Since he is already married to the crown princess, Hong-shim would become a royal concubine. That's if their marriage is considered legal since he lost his memory.

Eventually the crown princess' will be deposed and off with her head for her crimes.
(I think Yul probably wrote down all of the crown princess' scandals in his diary so he has proof.)
Hong-shim would take her place and her noble status would be restored.

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That is how I see it too.

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Thanks for your recap and comments, LollyPip!

You make a good case for Capital District Officer Je-yoon's not being Hong-shim's long-lost orabeoni. Like you, I initially thought he might be hiding in plain sight under an assumed name and watching out for his sister's boyfriend. The siblings should have been able to recognize each other, so I don't think Je-yoon is him. We'll just have to wait and see how that subplot pans out.

Hats off to @yyishere YY for another photogenic turn as the Cliff Of Non-Doom. ;-) I hope to see Yul's bodyguard Dong-joo back in action at some point. Alas, that thank you for his guest appearance at the end of the episode makes it sound like it was curtains for him after all. Drat.

I wasn't expecting the crown princess to be pregnant, so that came as a juicy, provocative plot twist. I honestly don't know what to make of it at this point. Could Hong-shim's orabeoni be using a fake identity to play footsie with her in a bid to disgrace the Left State Minister and his family?

This is my first drama with Do Kyung-soo, and I'm enjoying his performance. I've seen Nam Ji-hyun in only one show up until now, ANGEL EYES. She's doing a great job. I like her spunk.

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"I wasn't expecting the crown princess to be pregnant, so that came as a juicy, provocative plot twist."

Haha provocative plot twist indeed.
So when did it happen with eyes and ears everywhere in the palace?

I fell in love with Nam in the Great King Sejong but her more popular role was young Deokman in QSD.

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Thanks for the pointers to GREAT KING SEJONG and QUEEN SEON-DEOK, @kiara. ;-)

Maybe we'll get a flashback to explain how the crown princess managed to avoid being caught in flagrante delicto. I'm sure all sorts of secret chambers and hidden passageways are involved. Unless she went the cross-dressing route and sneaked out of the palace. But I don't get that vibe from her.

I assume that Minister of the Left saw to it that Seja and his daughter got hitched pronto. That means the lad has been avoiding her like the plague for 16 years. Everyone in the palace knows that Seja wouldn't touch her with a 10-foot barge pole. He's put a new twist on "Lysistrata." Har!

When Seja remonstrated with Pops that he never wanted to be heir to the throne, it made me wonder whether he might actually opt to not return to the palace when he gets his memory back. That's one way to cock a snook at his evil father-in-law, the crown princess, and his scheming stepmother.

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Here is the thing. Only the crown prince resides in the palace. He'd have his own palace separate from the king and the queen.
His siblings would be living outside the palace.

Hmmm secret chambers and hidden passageways did exist.
Remember Tree With Deep Root? Jeong Dojeon who designed the king's palace built a secret underground passage that only a few of his trusted comrades knew about it.

As provocative and unbelievable as it may seems I can't really blame the crown princess. She has to survive too and she was as much of a pawn as Yul.
I get that he hates her father and he hates her too because she is her daughter but she doesn't deserve to be treated like crap.
She tried and got rejected for 16 yrs.
I say good for her for doing what she wants to do haha.
Joseon and it's double standards always gets on my last nerve. Really, men can sleep around and got a slap on the wrist but the women would get the death sentence.

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As a woman, I can commiserate with the crown princess. Through an accident of birth, she has a monster for a father. It's bad enough to be married off in a marriage of political convenience, but then to be treated so disrespectfully on top of it all because of Evil Dad is truly unfair.

On the other hand, her unwilling husband is in the same boat, and has an axe to grind. When you're as powerless as he is, resistance is his only option, as far as I can see.

As for paternalistic Joseon double standards, they drive me bonkers, too. People with brains are discriminated against because they have ovaries. I am especially galled by the mindless begetting of so many disenfranchised half-yangban sons of low-born concubines. With all the Confucian filial piety that gets spouted, you'd think that supposedly well-educated scholarly men would exert a modicum of self control. But we would be plumb out of protagonists for sageuks if upper-class men behaved themselves. Sheesh.

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Well said!
I do feel for our female characters, especially those who are inside the palace.

In order for the queen to survive, her son should be in a position to protect her.
Right now, Prince Seowon is 2nd in line to the throne. She wants Yul gone.

I also don't think she is in cahoots with the crown princess. If she provides an heir to the throne and the king dies. She'd be confined in a temple for the rest of her life and her son Prince Seowon will have nothing.

Living in the palace is no fairytale. It's kill or be killed.

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I agree that it is every woman for herself. Yul's father-in-law, wife, and stepmother all have it in for him, and his father is in the crosshairs, too.

The more I think of it, the less this looks like a rom-com. Methinks it will be more of a historical romance leavened with melodramatic and comic bits. Then again, it may veer off into the wild blue yonder. I have to keep reminding myself that this is the screenwriter's first sageuk. Anything is possible. ;-)

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You are so right about the crown Princess.She was as much of a pawn in this 'marriage' as our Seja was and seemed to have done something about it that I have never seen done in a sageuk before!In fact she is the second Female lead that we always want-the one who gets a clue that it ain't happening with the main dude and goes about living her life.Except this is Joseon and she can't leave.So she does the next best thing and tries to pass the baby off as Seja s.of course she seems to have atleast some of her father's ambition and wants to claim the throne for her decidedly un-royal baby.Mother's love I suppose ;)
She is problematic in trying to kill Seja of course but it seems icky to apply our modern ideals of love and marriage onto a Seja bi who if true to her time doesn't have many alternatives that would leave her and unborn baby alive.

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the arrow used by Song-sun’s killer was made of rare wood and feathers, and notching unique to a level of assassins that only the rich can afford.

Hmmm. Why exactly does he know so much about assassins and what the good ones cost and what they use? Instead of worrying about Yul's life expectancy, should we be worried about the evil minister? The new queen and her son? Is it written in stone that male leads and "good" crown princes can't fight fire with fire?

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Thank you @lollypip for the recaps <3.

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I'm astounded at the crown princess guts, I've to say this is pretty new in dramaland.

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She is audacious- but also extremely foolish. If this story has a happy ending then she has destroyed her entire family as well as herself.

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I actually like her. She'd either die a virgin or live long enough to see herself become the villain lol.
(Thank you Harvey Dent).

She has guts indeed to live for herself and knowingly pay for it later.

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Yea! I admire her guts.

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I'm happy they added some political issues to the story and the first 2 episodes were there to explain the context. Because when there is only funny and cute moments, I tend to loose interest to all the drama like What's wrong with Secretary Kim.

My only issue (and it's not a big one, more a detail) is that I can't see D.O. as an adult prince but more like a rebellious teenager.

For her brother, it's interesting because they didn't show him in the relationship chart. I don't think it's Jung Je-Yoon either. Even if he didn't recognize her, he would have remembered about the 15th of each month on the bridge...

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I loved that the reasons for killing Yul were personal and not political - much more exciting that way. I also love that Yul confronted the crown princess when he found out, that she was pregnant. In so many dramas characters find out huge secrets and do nothing with it and we miss out on great tension filled scenes. This episode was completely refreshing.

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I loved this episode more because we got to delve deeper into the backstories and I'm sure next weeks episodes will be even better with the comedy playing out.
Thanks @lollypip for these lightning fast recaps! 💖

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What gripped me the most in this episode was when Yul said to crown princess that he was such an unfortunate person. It felt as if he was thinking "wow, I didn't expect you to really love me and care for me, but I didn't expect that you even had the guts to betray me". I think this points back to Yul's ever working moral compass, even though he hates the crown princess (and everyone else), he does not do anything unjust to them.
What I appreciate about D.O is that I cannot comment that he's a "good actor" because I don't even feel that he's acting. He's expressions are so minute but very accurate that he seems like a real person. I've watched a lot of kdramas and I know you guys would agree that there's a certain way koreans act, and only a few people are able to successfully get out of that mold but still be very effective actors. Anyway, really excited for Hongshim to show us more, I really love her and how her aura really matches with D.O.

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Am I the only one who actually interested with the political arch?? I mean, damnn, I wish Yul could get back to the palace and eliminate that cheater crown princess, minister Kim and queen Park... Let's revenge!!!! Gasp... Am i that bloodthirsty?? 😱

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You're not alone, @alyad Just Alee. I enjoy a good political story arc when its done well. What I cannot abide are Snidely Whiplash villains and good guys too incompetent to punch their way out of a paper bag. ;-)

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If you truly understand the situation then you know that Crown Princess, Minister Kim and the queen need to be eliminated not for personal reasons but for the health of the nation as a whole- remember our Prince's comments about how the Kim family now has more wealth than the king? That means that there are massive levels of corruption in the country which is depressing the economy. Which is why the bloodthirsty response is actually the just response.

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Wouldn't it be something if our second male lead were actually a villain? For some reason, I feel a little suspicious of Je-yoon (and I wonder if there is some significance in his choosing "to harbor" in answer to the king's riddle). What desires does he harbor? Maybe I'm just reading into things. Could he be one of the contenders in the whose-the-daddy contest? I know that he was investigating the death of the nurse, but maybe that was part of his deception?

Then I'm also wondering if the Minister of the Right could be a contender, but he seems to support the Queen.

Don't mind my thoughts, Beanies. LOL

It's still too early, so I'll keep searching for more clues.

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Fuhhh, just finished with 2nd episode and it was amaaaazing! Love DO n NMJ’s actings here.
On a side note, Im almost sure that Moo Yeon is Hong Shim’s brother due to the way he’s holding the sword.
Remember in the first episode, MY’s hand gesture while holding the sword is almost similar to Seok Ha’s (Yi Suh’s brother)? And he seems too determine to kill Yul too adding nicely to my suspicion.

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being a princess in requited love with her bodyguard may not be good for an actors career, the actor who played that part in my only love story has hardly done anything since :)

im more interested in what happens if the assassin is the brother of njhs character. the doctor he murdered was basically only guilty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and then following orders. he put an arrow in her throat. if he is the brother will they ignore the fact hes a killer or will he die in some redeeming way?

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Correct me if i am wrong, but Are you refering to The King in Love?? My fave drama!!!
If you do, Then I think the difference is in TKIL, the crown prince is in love with the girl, while the girl is in love with cp's friend. CP's friend is avoiding his feeling.
While in 100D, the cp and his wife are not in love with each other...

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They mentioned the name of the drama as "my only love story" it was a Netflix K Drama in which the Princess and her bodyguard were in love and also lived happily ever after. Someone said no sageuk had done a story where a princess both loved each other and consummated that love. But this one was a time travel fusion thing so not a strict sageuk

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sorry I just copied the OP's mistaken naming of the Drama. It was "My Only Love Song" not "Story"

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Owww... I am sorry. I didn't see the OP wrote My Only Love Song as the refered princess and bodyguard. I didn't watch it, but I know the drama... And I am not sure which actor that hardly done anything after this. I hope OP does not refer to Lee Jong Hyun 😅

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ok now ive read the amusingly translated character sketches i get why so many think the assassin is hs brother. that does it make it real dark though. lead's missing brother possibly/probably slept with other leads wife and definitely has killed to order? anything goes for revenge? much pain and misery from this i think unless he gets a total free pass somehow.the first two episodes and the character sketches shows kdrama writers would call king lear a romcom. and complain it was too light

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LoL king Lear being a light romcom

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This episode had me sold.
This is the first time I am 1000 percent agreeing with the 2nd female lead.
Girl gotta live her life and no amount of joseon laws can stop our girl.. yay!
But I think even Yul realizes the fact that it is fault on everyone's side in the 1st place so he was willing to give her time to rectify her "mistakes".
But seriously didn't joseon women have any knowledge of contraception or even abortifacient drugs; that would prevented the conflict in the 1st place.
Really looking forward to the reluctant cohabitation hijinks!!!

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Very impressed with D.O. here. I've seen him in other stuff before and liked his work, but here, he looks perfectly cast. He has that judge-y, insolent stare down, and I'm glad the king mentioned the look in his eyes. Nam Ji Hyun is also great at the cheeky/insolent/impudent stares too. I can't wait to see the two team up and just wreak havoc on everyone.

I was surprised Yul was able to graciously compliment to each set of bow and arrows he received.

I just wish there was more Hong-shim time.

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Ok,I am on board, but also have some questions.may be seasoned beanies cab help:
1)My girl Hyung shim claims she is 28.But in the subs that I was following,it's 10 years since the coup.That would make our leads 22-23 at best🤔doesn't help that the leads also look their real age and can't really pass for mid to late twenties but may be joseph era peeps had better skin care routines
2)Also from other sagueks it is no biggie for the men folks to have multiple concubines.So if Seja has made known that he objects to his Seja bi in particular,wouldn't the all powerful court have made him take in other royal concubines to get a royal heir?May be FIL kim was the road block to that train of thought?But still I would a think that the ministers of right who seem to favor Seja would have persisted
3) ok so this one isn't a question as such.i can't believe this sagueks pulled an reply series on us and pulled a 'who s the daddy'on us this early on.every one s suspect.
I would pointed to the other prince but he ain't nothing but a kid,at best 15 also the queen would gone and pulled a stop to it
The moody assassin is the current best bet and it would explain his quest to kill his baby mamma s 'real'. hubby but I was zoning in on him as our HS s long lost bro and him being both would be morally icky?
Since this show has surprised us already will it go all the way and turn our second leads into a couple that literally is rivalling with the mains
And lastly like our revered recappernim Lollypop i too have clocked Soo Yi s untimely goofy smile at the feast.Was our Seja bi so enamoured by his goofy self that she risked her life and familys' ?somehow she feels more layered and ambitious than that but then again love is blind
Also love that except for the price,all 3 can be contenders to be the brother of the FML or father of SFML s kid or ooh may be both.Grear job hooking us into guessing games from the start,show.
Keep up the good work

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The problem is the subtitles, someone in twitter made a thread abt that, she based on chinsese sub, in eng sub it said "10 years" but in chinese it said "over 10 years"

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Dramafever subs say 16 years

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My subs said it was 16 years later too~

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After 2 episodes, I'm sold on this show! I'm really happy and impressed with D.O.'s performance. I was already impure with him in It's Okay It's Love, but here I can really see him filling up the screen with his presence. Looking forward to the rest of his performance!

Nam Ji Hyun is awesome as usual, and i too can't wait to see more of her! I'm so happy to see Kim Seon Ho here. His voice is mesmerizing.

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*i was already impressed with his performance

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Well, for me, being impure with him works too HAHAHA

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I was super busy last week that I wasn't able to comment on the recap but I just wanted to say that UGH THIS DRAMA I'M ALREADY SO OBSESSED

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A little more palace politics than I'd like to see (especially since I was somehow expecting a lighter sageuk), but it's good to see our heroes connect, finally!

Yes to your first paragraph in the comments, LP! Except I am not in the mood for the angst. Onward toward the silliness!

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