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100 Days My Prince: Episode 11

Today’s episode offers up as much cuteness as you could ever want between the crown prince and his first love, but there’s a feeling of dread looming in the air as the time for them to run away nears. Even as they make all the necessary preparations, the crown prince’s past is rushing to catch up to him—whether or not he wants to know who he is and where he’s from.

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP

On his way to Songjoo village to investigate the rumor that Crown Prince Yul is alive, Minister Kim is surrounded by a group of assassins. Beom, the man who broke and told Minister Kim about Yul, is killed in the attack, and although Minister Kim is pretty deadly with a sword, he and Hyuk, his other pet assassin (the one who seems close to Moo-yeon), are overpowered and surrounded.

Meanwhile, Hong-shim asks Yul what happened when he was in Hanyang, and if he regained his memories. He simply says that he wants to live as Won-deuk and stay with her. Hong-shim asks him tearfully if he’ll go with her when her brother comes for her, and he just hugs her.

Hong-shim asks why he’s not answering her, Yul says he already answered that he wants to stay with her, but first, he asks for time to pack up his silk clothes and fancy furniture, ha. Laughing, Hong-shim says they’re not leaving right this second, but they should go tell the others that she found him.

They walk through the village smiling and holding hands, and a strange ajumma tells them to leave by the south side of the village when they go. Hong-shim confirms that she’s a shaman and asks where they should go to live to be happy. The shaman says to be good to her husband because he’s unlike any other man, and Yul preens.

The shaman says that Yul has only loved one woman his whole life, since he was a child, making him more noble and pure than most men. Hong-shim tells her that they only just met, but the shaman snaps that Hong-shim is the same way. She goes into a trance and sees a day when flower petals were falling, then she suddenly wakes and urgently tells them to run quickly or they’ll be killed.

The shaman sees Yul holding a bloody sword, and pointing the sword at Hong-shim. Yul pulls Hong-shim away, telling her not to be worried, but Hong-shim says breezily that everything the shaman said was wrong since they didn’t meet when they were children. Yul points out that she did get the “man like no other” part right though, ha.

While Minister Kim is gone, Moo-yeon’s loyal friend Hyuk grabs him, still unconscious, and quickly sneaks him out of the house. Soo-ji sees him, but Hyuk fibs that Minister Kim told him to bring Moo-yeon.

The attack on Minister Kim was orchestrated by Minister Jung, on the king’s orders, and he’s forced to report that, though wounded, Minister Kim got away. The king goes into a panic, frightened of retaliation, but Minister Jung assures him that his assassins will chase Minister Kim until they find and kill him. He urges the king to put aside his fear and trust in his plan.

The rest of the palace ministers are forbidden to leave the palace, though Minister Kim and Minister Jung’s absences are noted. Finally King Neungseon joins them, Minister Jung in tow, to announce that he’s ready to install Prince Seowon as the crown prince. Minister Kim’s crony, the minister of war, objects to this decision being made without Minister Kim present, but he shuts up when the king reminds him that disobedience is treason.

Hong-shim catches Yul looking worried that night, and although he’s been thinking about the shaman’s prediction, he says that he’s just worried if her brother will like him. With a bit of hero worship, Hong-shim says that her brother is a perfect man — handsome, smart, athletic, and warm-hearted.

She teases that her brother might judge Yul inadequate, since he’s not polite. Dad breaks in to insist that Yul is the manliest of men, which makes Yul puff up with pride. Hong-shim is happy to tell her dad that Yul will be coming with them, and the first thing Dad does is tell Yul that he needs to learn to speak more respectfully to his elders.

Yul complies with hesitant jondaemal, which earns him a proud booty-pat from Dad. Yul objects that that makes him uncomfortable, but Dad announces that as elder, he can do anything he wants, and he goes after the other cheek, hee.

Later, Hong-shim offers to pack Yul’s clothes for him, but he doesn’t see why folding clothes has to be a woman’s job. He tells her to go on to bed, and she asks why he doesn’t try to get her to stay with him anymore. He perks up and asks if she wants him to stop her, but she says she’s just curious.

Yul says he won’t make her to do anything she doesn’t want to do, and that their wedding was for show anyway, since not even they wanted it. So when her brother comes, he plans to ask his blessing to marry Hong-shim for real, and they can save the consummation for afterward. Looking a little annoyed, Hong-shim is all, that’s very commendable of you… After she leaves his room, she admits to herself that she’s disappointed.

At the magistrate’s office, Je-yoon looks at Yul’s signature and recalls his familiar voice, and wonders if the crown prince really could be alive. He’s startled by Town Official Park, who scolds him for wasting candles by working so late, and blows the candle out in a fit of pique (“Why did you summon a gisaeng when I’m the one who needs one?!” LOL).

Yul wants to sell the cottage, but Hong-shim reminds him that they’re leaving in secret. She affectionately calls him a dummy, but he says that oddly, it doesn’t bother him, because he feels like he was called that as a child.

Hong-shim decides to sell his fancy cabinet to earn traveling money, but Yul plants himself in front of her and refuses. Je-yoon shows up to talk to Yul, and Hong-shim bristles at him, remembering the archery contest where Yul was shot at.

Yul takes the blame for the idea, saying that he was helping Je-yoon befriend Master Park. Hong-shim is horrified that Yul volunteered to be shot at, but she apologizes to Je-yoon. Yul doesn’t care for Je-yoon’s dreamy expression and stands between him and Hong-shim, which Hong-shim seems to enjoy, ha.

In private, Je-yoon tells Yul that he accidentally spilled water on the Hanyang tribute paperwork and needs Yul’s signature again, and he asks why Yul seemed traumatized in the archery yard. Yul says that he remembered something and got confused, but he doesn’t answer when Je-yoon asks what he remembered.

Instead of writing his name again, Yul opts to simply trace his hand as signature, claiming that he doesn’t know hanja. He explains the expensive furniture by revealing that he was scammed by a loan shark, and says that the books in the room were part of the scam. Je-yoon knows that Yul is hiding the fact that he can read and write.

Yul dismisses Je-yoon, but Je-yoon has already seen something that interests him… the way Yul puts his fingers to his head when he’s thinking. He starts to ask one last thing before he goes, but changes his mind.

Queen Park is quite pleased by her son’s promotion to crown prince, but Seowon asks him to revoke the order, reminding the king that he’d already declared the title to remain vacant until So-hye’s child is born. He asks why he’s going against his word, and why Minister Kim is missing.

King Neungseon admits that because he’s been an incompetent king, he’s attracted a sly subject. He says that he’s severing his relationship with Minister Kim, which would only be strengthened if So-hye’s child was installed as crown prince. He continues that he’s scared Minister Kim will take his throne by force, so Seowon apologizes and agrees to accept his orders.

So-hye is upset by her father’s disappearance, and Soo-ji agrees that it will be bad for their family if Seowon is made crown prince. So-hye orders him get Beom and Hyuk to help him find Minister Kim, but Soo-ji tells her that Beom was killed, and Hyuk took Moo-yeon and left.

He’s feeling powerless because of the order that nobody can leave the palace, but when So-hye reminds him that he used to fake illness to get out of studying, he “realizes” that he’s developed a very sudden stomach problem. So-hye orders him to find Minister Kim and bring him back before Seowon is installed as crown prince.

So-hye goes to see the king, and when his eunuch refuses to let her in, she calls through the door asking why he’s changed his decision about her baby. She calls on her place as Crown Prince Yul’s widow, but King Neungseon doesn’t respond.

In the village, Hong-shim forces Yul to sell his precious cabinet, but Ma-chil offers him less than half what he paid for it, so poor Yul says a sorrowful goodbye to his cabinet. He asks Ma-chil if he destroyed his contract when he paid him back after selling the king’s gifts, and Ma-chil says he did — except the contract is sitting right there, ha.

Yul snatches it up and tells Ma-chil not to cheat people anymore, since he has the face of someone who will do something grand for the nation. Then he asks for more money for the face-reading, HAHA.

After they leave, Yul admits that he’s not a face reader, but that with positive encouragement, Ma-chil might just do something good anyway. Hong-shim is impressed, and Yul complains, “How many times will you fall for me?” then poses so she can keep admiring him. So darn cute.

They’re approached by Ae-wol, who asks for the help of the Solution Agency in finding something. Jealous, Hong-shim volunteers, but Ae-wol insists that she wants Yul to do the job. Hong-shim tries to forbid him, but he reminds her that she said she’s fine with him being alone with other women.

Ae-wol tells Yul that she lost her Dano fan, which was a gift to her from one of the king’s officials. Noting Yul’s refined speech and mannerisms, she asks if he’s from Hanyang, but he says he picked it up in the military. He objects to her flirty smile, snapping that he’s a married man.

Je-yoon finds Hong-shim grumbling over whether Ae-wol can sway Yul. He asks if she’s worried Yul will get seduced, but she insists that she’s worried for Je-yoon, that his gisaeng may fall for Yul. She apologizes again for yelling at him about the archery contest, and he asks for her help shopping.

He takes her to the bookstore, making her wonder why he urgently needs an erotic novel, lol. She says that his plan regarding Master Park must be important or Yul wouldn’t have helped, but she asks him not to get the villagers in trouble in the process. Je-yoon promises that as long as he’s here, he won’t make the villagers suffer.

The bookseller wakes from his nap and asks Hong-shim why Yul hasn’t been copying books. He tells Je-yoon that he’s holding one of Yul’s copies, and it’s obvious to Je-yoon that Yul is much more literate than he lets on.

Yul quickly finds Ae-wol’s Dano fan, but his oddly specific knowledge tells him that the fan is a fake. He advises Ae-wol to avoid the person who gave her the fan, and he refuses payment, but she insists on paying him as thanks.

Of course, the whole thing was a setup planned by Je-yoon to test Yul’s knowledge, and Ae-wol draws a picture of Yul on Je-yoon’s request. Je-yoon is summoned by Master Park, who gossips that Minister Kim is missing and Seowon is being made crown prince. Je-yoon asks a favor, saying that he needs to get to Hanyang.

Yul finds Hong-shim making rice cakes for the neighbors, citing the upcoming Dano holiday as an excuse to do something nice before they leave. He guesses that she used the cabinet money to pay for the ingredients, but he doesn’t mind, since he just made a big chunk of change for finding the fan.

Still grumpy, Hong-shim mentions that the gisaeng was awfully pretty, but Yul says that looks aren’t important to him. He says he goes for disposition, so Hong-shim says it’s not her then, but Yul says that’s why it’s her. It backfires when Hong-shim asks if he’s saying she’s ugly with a good personality, but he just laughs and calls her pretty.

That makes Hong-shim worried, and she tells Yul not to recover his memory or go anywhere. Yul laughs again and offers to sign a contract not to leave, so Hong-shim jumps up for paper. He stops her and kisses her instead, saying, “That is my contract.”

Later he takes some rice cakes to Town Official Park, who praises him for being responsible and selling his fancy cabinet. Yul tells Town Official Park that he should take the exams to become a state official, and when he leaves, Town Official Park wonders why he seemed strange.

Hong-shim takes a whole bunch of rice cakes to Gu-dol, and some pretty shoes to Kkeut-nyeo, who guesses that she’s leaving and hugs her tearfully.

King Neungseon seems to be having a bit of a psychotic break — he imagines seeing Minister Kim standing in his rooms, holding a bloody sword. He screams and cowers when Minister Kim attacks, and although there’s nobody there, he tells his eunuch to make sure palace security is extra tight.

Some ministers gather after receiving secret letters, arguing bitterly over whether it’s time to align themselves with the queen now that her son is about to be crown prince. But everything is forgotten when Minister Kim walks in. He says he’s heard about Prince Seowon, but instead of being upset that his own grandchild is being cast aside, he tells the ministers to prepare well for Seowon’s installment ceremony.

His right-hand man urges him in private to depose the king, since they know he ordered Minister Kim killed, but Minister Kim is determined to put his own grandson on the throne so he can train him from birth. He orders his assassins sent to Songjoo village.

When Moo-yeon finally wakes, Hyuk tells him that he had to move him, because their third, Beom, is dead. Hyuk says that he thinks Beom told Minister Kim that the crown prince is in Songjoo village, but they were attacked on the way there, and he escaped and went back for Moo-yeon. Moo-yeon wants to go to Songjoo to protect Hong-shim, but they don’t know if Minister Kim is alive or dead, so Hyuk says he’ll join him.

A letter is delivered secretly to So-hye, along with a bracelet made of red string. The letter is from Moo-yeon, and is an apology for leaving suddenly, and a return of the bracelet she once gave him. He says it’s protected him, and now he hopes it will protect her. He wishes her a healthy birth, and a child that takes after her.

So-hye decides to go after Moo-yeon, but her lady pleads with her to think of her child. Holding the bracelet, So-hye sinks to the floor and cries, “Why does everyone leave me? Why??

After making it back to Hanyang, Je-yoon is turned away at the palace gates due to the king’s increased security. Instead he asks to speak to Guard Kwon, and he shows him Ae-wol’s drawing of Yul and asks if he knows the man in the picture.

Guard Kwon instantly recognizes Crown Prince Yul. He tells Je-yoon that Seowon’s installment ceremony is in four days, but Je-yoon says he needs to return to the village immediately. Guard Kwon asks who the man is who looks like the crown prince. Je-yoon replies, “The man who looks like the crown prince… is the crown prince.”

Yul finds Hong-shim outside looking sad about having to leave the cottage she’s lived in for ten years. She heads inside to pack, but Yul childishly refuses to leave anything behind, so Dad offers to carry his clothes for him. Yul only agrees to abandon some of his stuff when Hong-shim mutters that her brother doesn’t like materialistic people… aww, he’s so pathetic!

He objects when Hong-shim packs her pretty shoes instead of wearing them, and when she worries they’d wear out, he argues that things are meant to be used. He doesn’t want her to wear straw shoes and hurt her feet, and Dad just watches them, beaming ear to ear.

But Hong-shim grows worried the following day when her brother doesn’t show up as promised. Yul says he’s probably getting things in order, but Hong-shim argues that he seemed very determined to leave when the ten days were up. Yul says she can trust him, and gives her a husbandly order to rest until Moo-yeon arrives.

Moo-yeon and Hyuk ride to the village as fast as possible, but Moo-yeon’s shoulder bothers him so much that he looks like he may pass out. Minister Kim and his men are also riding in that direction, and we see that before Beom died, he confessed that Yul is alive in Songjoo village and has no idea who he is.

Dad urges Hong-shim and Yul eat before their journey, but Hong-shim says she has a bad feeling. Yul agrees to search for her brother tonight if he doesn’t show up, and they decide the best place to look for him is the bridge. Gu-dol comes to ask why they aren’t at the Dano holiday celebrations, so Dad tells Yul and Hong-shim to go, since waiting around won’t make her brother come any faster. Hong-shim isn’t in the mood, but Yul says they may have to move to a place that doesn’t celebrate, giving Hong-shim such a pitiful face that she relents.

There’s another notice posted in the village, but nobody can read it (I love this running gag), so Ae-wol tells them it’s about the installment of the new crown prince. Gu-dol eyes her up and down appreciatively, and gets slapped by Kkeut-nyeo for letting his gaze stray.

By the time they get to the celebration, Hong-shim is cheering up, and Yul is even nice to Meok-goo, who leads them to a magic show. Yul is fascinated by the way the magician pulls coins and a dove out of a handkerchief, but he gets huffy when the magician pulls Hong-shim onstage by the hand.

Hong-shim is laid down on a table and covered with a cloth, and the magician makes her disappear. Yul tells Meok-goo that it’s not really magic, but he jumps up worriedly when Hong-shim doesn’t reappear like she’s supposed to.

She does reappear eventually, and Yul is visibly relieved, though he tries to be cool about it. He gets frowny-faced again when the magician pulls a rose from behind Hong-shim and gallantly presents it to her.

She coos over the rose, it being the first one she’s ever seen, but Yul snatches it from her and tosses it to the ground. He complains that he doesn’t like seeing her happy with a flower given to her by another man, then walks away, telling her to wait there.

Je-yoon makes his way through the crowd, and when he spots Yul buying flowers, he connects the way Yul and the prince both put their fingers to their heads while thinking, and their voices, along with Guard Kwon telling him that the man in the drawing looked like the crown prince.

He watches while Yul takes the flowers to Hong-shim, and as he presents them, Yul says he will marry her. Hong-shim says that he may be of noble birth with a family looking for him, and she asks if he’ll regret leaving with her. He replies, “I believe I would regret leaving you more.”

Hong-shim takes the flowers and tells Yul, “This is my answer,” then kisses him on the cheek as fireworks explode above them. Yul smiles shyly, then turns to watch the fireworks as he shakes his head and grumbles good-naturedly, “There goes the taxpayers’ money. But they’re so beautiful, as if they’re blessing us.”

When he turns back to Hong-shim, she’s gone. Yul thinks she’s playing a joke, but she doesn’t reappear this time, and her flowers are on the ground being trampled. Yul bends down to pick them up, but suddenly he’s surrounded by assassins, as Hong-shim is being carried away, unconscious.

Minister Kim walks over and asks if Yul recognizes him. Yul demands to be let go, but instead, Minister Kim orders his men to show him respect. They kneel, and Minister Kim tells Yul, “You must return to the palace, my crown prince.”

 
COMMENTS

I think I see where Minister Kim is going with this — he originally planned to have So-hye’s child declared successor, and Yul needed to be gone/dead since he was the only one who knew it’s not his child, and therefore not a royal baby. But now that King Neungseon is about to bypass the child entirely, Minister Kim wants to get Yul back in the palace believing that the baby is his, and securing So-hye’s baby in the line of succession because then Minister Kim can control the monarch. He’s taking a huge risk, because his plan counts on Yul not remembering that he never touched his wife, while putting him back in familiar surroundings that could trigger his memory to return at any time. And Yul will be fighting the idea that he’s ever loved anyone other than Hong-shim, which is something Minister Kim won’t be able to control.

I think it’s pretty clear at this point that Moo-yeon is the true father of So-hye’s unborn child. The fact that she gave Moo-yeon the red bracelet cinches it for me — the red string is symbolic of a spiritual connection between them. If there wasn’t something serious going on, why would Moo-yeon even bother writing So-hye a goodbye letter, and why would she cry and want to go after him? It makes sense that they fell in love, since they’ve obviously lived in the same home for many years, and it would explain So-hye’s contempt for Yul if she were forced to marry him when she already loved Moo-yeon.

I thought the king was showing strength lately — maybe not making the best choices, but at least doing something rather than let himself be yanked around on Minister Kim’s chain. But he’s proving now that his attempt to be a strong king was mostly bravado, and he’s falling apart at the seams with Minister Kim missing. It’s hard to watch King Neungseon losing his sanity, but considering what he’s been forced to do and what he’s allowed to be done in his name, the only surprise really, is that it’s taken this long for his mind to start slipping. And I do find it interesting to watch a sageuk where the king isn’t either a tyrant or a puppet, but just a man who’s just trying to survive in a situation he never wanted, and avoid making the same mistakes twice.

I knew the time would come when Yul and Hong-shim were separated, but I’m really not looking forward to their misery when one of them is in the palace and the other is left behind. It makes me so happy that Yul has decided to marry Hong-shim on purpose to make their marriage “real,” and now they’re going to be ripped away from each other! My hope is that Moo-yeon learns what’s happened and decides to help them, since he’ll want his sister to be happy, and despite his past actions with Minister Kim’s orders, I don’t think he’s a bad person who personally wants Yul dead. I want Moo-yeon to redeem himself by helping make things right, both for the kingdom and for Yul and Hong-shim, and while I still worry that he won’t make it to the end of the show alive (that arrow wound just isn’t healing), at least if he does that, he will have earned some of my forgiveness for the terrible things he’s done. After all, he only did them in order to earn his freedom and be with Hong-shim again, and you can’t fault a man who loves his family enough to do anything for them.

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I always get sad & frustrated at this point of any drama where the main couple gets seperated. Its just hard to watch. I hope the two adorable love birds gets back together soon!!

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Does anyone know of a reputable site on which to watch this program (as well as Terius) now that Drama Fever is gone?

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Gonna have to go for the not-so-legal sites unfortunately.

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I know Kocowa has Terius but not 100 days. I guess we’ll just have to go to not-so-legal sites for it

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Kocowa doesn't have Terrius available in the United States (at least not from the Rakuten Viki site.)
Thank you LollyPip and DramaBeans for the recaps of 100 Days! Now that Drama Fever is gone, I need to rely on your recaps to follow the show (as well as the recaps for Terrius). We'll see what happens with the Drama Fever refunds for premium subscriptions.

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Sadly, the Cow does not share everything with Viki. Most things, yes, but there are a few shows here and there that Viki Plus doesn't get. Terius was one of them. So you can watch it on Kocowa proper, but not Viki.

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Thank you for that info, it’s so difficult now to watch K-dramas in the US. Either you pay for all the subscriptions or use illegal sites. Geez!

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I would not count on a refund.
We'll have to watch the remaining episodes surrounded by porn ads and with the uncomfortable feeling of breaking the law

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Get adblock! How do you even go on the internet without it? I cant stand ads.

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When you went to the website yesterday, it said that everyone who had paid for a subscription would be refunded, but yeah. I'm not really hopeful about it.

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Aaaaand I'm looking at the website now, and it's showing the regular main page but with no dramas on it. So that's strange and confusing.

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I always watch at http://kissasian.sh
They sub fast too

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@momoflag Are you subscribed to Kocawa? I am in the US and I can watch Terius. I'm not counting on the refund as well.

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I have a Viki sub, but Terius is not included. Kocowa wants $7 a month for me to watch one show, so the pirate sites are seem to be my option.

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@Mrs. Z I subscribe to Viki Plus but not to Kocowa, as I had the annual premium subscription for DramaFever which covered most shows between Viki and DramaFever. I googled Terius and found it with English subs on Taxiasian and Kissasian, both available in the US. Can anyone recommend either site?

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I've watched ep. 11 and 12 on quickdrama(dot)com without any problem. Although I'd prefer a legal site (Viki, Netflix), I doubt that a broadcast license will go through with only four episodes remaining.

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Kissasian.ch

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Go with viu

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Viu not available in the US.

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kdramahood.com

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I cried at exactly two moments in this episode.
1. When Hong-shim gave Kkeut-nyeo the shoes.
2. When Won-deuk became frantic at Hong-shim's disappearance at the end.
Also, I rescind my sympathy for So-hye.

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Yeah, I'm not feeling as sympathetic towards so hye as others are. :/

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I don't think beom died at the hands of the assassins. The vice premier was only accompanied by Hyuk. I think Beom was killed by the vice premier after he spilled the truth about Yul being alive.

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@superwhopotterlock,

I, too, thought that Left Minister Kim bumped Beom off after he revealed that Seja survived the ambush and was living in the village, minus his memory. Kim has been so ruthless in other scenes that I expected he would cut down an unarmed man without a second thought. We just didn't see it onscreen.

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Oh there is no way that Kim would let Beom live. So-hye knows her father well and that's why she told him to run away.

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Beom seemed to have a death wish. Or maybe he figured he'd just be hunted down, since that was what he'd been doing himself.

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I am so frustrated with this drama. I enjoy Won Duk and Hong Shim and I am glad the plot is moving, its just moving too slow. I still suspect that WD already knew who he was, since he was having flashbacks of the palace, but was just refusing to believe it because of Hong Shim.

MY is definitely the father of Crown Princess's baby. They all but confirmed it. I am sad for him, because I don't think he will make it through to the end.

Minister Kim us taking a HUGE risk. I'm not surprised though, I see his thought process. But I don't think its going to work. I think we will have maybe one more episode of amnesiac Yul before he gets his full memory back.

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Looks like So-hye is going to miscarry from the stressing over losing Moo-yeon and having to keep up with all the lies.
Yul being in the palace will help trigger his memory faster than being outside the palace.

Yul has changed so much. He is much wiser and will be fair so I'm trusting him to do the right thing when everything is revealed.

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exactly! i wonder how they are planning on wrapping up the plot in the last 3 episodes.

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My plot predictions:

The king will have to give up the throne due to mental instability. Yul will be crowned.

Hong Shim's identity will be revealed. Yul will realize that she's his childhood first love, as the shaman said. Minister Kim will try to have her killed since she came from a "traitor's" family. Moo-yeon will kill Minister Kim, and will also be killed.

The father of the baby will be revealed, so Yul's marriage will be over and Crown Princess will be sent into exile. Leaving Yul free to take Hong Shim as his Queen. That's got to be the last fifteen minutes of the show. Hong Shim's friend from the village will be her most trusted court lady. Yul will give Hong Shim cherry blossom shoes.

Je-yoon will be the new prime minister, and his friend Kwon Hyuk will help him navigate faces. Je-yoon and Yul will be friends after all.

Other things that have to happen -- the eunuch who is secretly recovering will come forward and tell his story about Minister Kim. This will be part of Minister Kim's downfall. The Queen will also either die or go into exile after the King retires.

Three people I'm not sure about -- Prince Seowon, Minister Kim's son, and the helpful gisaeng.

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Not a bad ending :).

Yul is free to take as many concubines as he wants. Since he already have a wife, Hong-shim will just have to wait a little bit as a concubine (if she choose to) till the writer is done trolling us with this baby daddy issue.

Prince Seowon: if he is not the father of the baby he will be ok. He will live outside the palace as the grand prince like Yul's father. He won't be allowed to participate in any government affairs.
The crown prince's male sibling's were seen as threats to the crown prince position and that's why they were separated once Yul was crowned.

Kim Soo-ji: Legally he would be implicated with his father even though he didn't do anything wrong. Minister Kim and So-hye will not only ruined their own lives but the whole Kim family too.
It's like "guilt by association."
Maybe Yul will take pity on him and save his life.

Ae-wol: She may be a low class gisaeng but she is smart. She is well trained in her profession, she can read and write (hanja and hangul). That's why she was able to read the posted announcement that the villagers couldn't understand.
Her freedom from being a gisaeng can be bought with money so hopefully Je-yoon would do that for her since she has been his spy at the gibang.

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I can live with these endings. I hope they don't kill off any of the adorable village characters. If something happens to Gu-dol, Kkeut-nyeo, dad or official Park, I'll be mad! :=D

I don't see HS as a concubine, even if that's a possibility for them to be together. They always seem to derogate from the dignity of women for being one and I don't think the Korean audience appreciates that for their main lead.

This writer is throwing one curveball after another, so I hope she settles down and gives us a satisfying ending. Don't get me wrong, I am enjoying the ride with all its twists and turns. I am just antsy for our lovable leads and want some of their attributes to shine through. There are still 3 (or 4) more episodes and a lot can happen.

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@vasisht

I think it's a given that Yi-sul would be Yul's wife in the end based on the very first episode.
Here is hoping that the writer hasn't forgotten that she is writing a rom.com dress up sageuk.

You do have a point with the concubine.
This drama's timeline is confusing so I'll spare us the headache of trying to figure it out.
The king's royal concubines were forbidden from becoming queen by (King Sukjong 19th king of Joseon 1674 to 1720) so let's just say that this story took place after.
Hong-shim/Yi-sul will wait it out at the village till So-hye is deposed.
Her family's noble status will have to be restored first before she marries him too.

"This writer is throwing one curveball after another, so I hope she settles down..."
No kidding.

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I really hope it goes that way, but most sagueks don't have that happy of an ending. Most likely they will be separated unless she agrees to enter the palace or he abdicates.

I'm hopeful that they go against the grain and have a happy ending.

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Most sageuks are based on real life historical figures who are pretty much dead so they do have an obligation to at least follow the history.

This is pure fiction so it's up to the writer.

I think it's possible for everyone to survive in the end except for Minister Kim.

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Even though its fiction, I dont expect there to be a happy ending. I am hopeful, but they will probably be happily separated.

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I just don't see how those two concepts, "happily" and "separated," could possibly coexist. They are separated and they are miserable. This is a romantic comedy, not Seven Day Queen.

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@lindag latebloomer,

I suspect that gisaeng Ae-wol might just end up with Je-yoon. She comes from a similarly-disadvantaged background, is literate and well-educated, and materially assisted him with facial recognition (!!!) in his investigation of Yul, just as Officer Kwon did. Plus, she cares for him, but maybe he literally cannot see it. She might have to write him a steamy novel to plight her troth. LOL! He knows that Hong-shim is already spoken for, but has accepted that fact, and may be ready to move on. Plus he trusts her, even with dangerous missions -- which she courageously accepts. These two would make an unbeatable team, both for themselves and for King Yul's administration. All he has to do is ennoble them and they're good to go.

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Je-yoon is most likely to end up with Ae-wol because he's not going to get Yi-sul.
Sounds like they met before when they were younger.

Je-yoon's story feels more like "Arang and the Magistrate." Lee Jun-ki's magistrate character was a son of a concubine and Arang did ask him to take her to see the flowers.

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@kiara,

Thanks for the reference to ARANG AND THE MAGISTRATE. I agree that Je-yoon's character arc is very similar to Eun-oh's. I totally loved the dramaverse in that show, along with the Mugyo and folkloric references. I still laugh my butt off just thinking of Jadey and Hades busting each other's chops over their baduk board, and Jade Emperor's flowery goat in the celestial garden. Lee Joon-gi is my favorite magistrate ever, although Kim Min-jong is a close second as the righteous magistrate in MOON RIVER / RETURN OF ILJIMAE (with Jung Il-woo in the title role). ;-)

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Am I the only weirdo who thinks jung sa yeob is still the father? I know they've barely had any interactions, but he just makes sense if the official character description is to be trusted. Idk, mooyeon just feels like unrequited love.
Watched ep 12 and all i have to say- bring tissues. And nam ji hyun is the best korean actress in her 20s. that's all.

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Although I think the baby's father is Prince Seowon, Jung Sa Yeob is a good guess too.

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You’re not alone, I also suspect that MY is not the father, or he might not know that he’s the biological father of the baby. He didn’t show any affection towards her that makes believe he has feelings for her.

I also have my suspicions about the young prince because he defended the crown princess before and he refused to be the crown prince at first. I know it’s unbelievable though but can’t help it.

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I can't seems to come up with any logical reason why Jung and Seowon would be the father.
This is the crown prince's wife we are talking about. They are going to be punished severely and will gain nothing in the end unless love or revenge is the reason and they don't mind dying for it.

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That was quick! Hope you're all better @lollypip.

I enjoyed the cute moments in this episode. You could sense the anxiety from HS and WD, but they tried to have fun despite the impending crisis. That ending though! I always thought JY would help with WD/LY's return to his former station while plotting something together against Min. Kim. I didn't expect Min. Kim to find him first. But the cards have changed, and Min. Kim just adapts and rolls with the punches which makes him quite formidable. Nothing seems to faze him. I hope LY can keep up and I pray that he has something up his sleeve and doesn't play right in to his FIL's hands. Even if they spend an episode or two on LY finding his bearings at the palace while going along with what Min. Kim wants him to believe, I hope we are reassured that he is feigning ignorance while plotting a glorious retaliation. Please put LY's smarts to good use! I am more anxious than I thought I would get!

I hope HS doesn't treat LY like the enemy now. It was sad when she said she's afraid that she's happy. After losing her family and having her life destroyed like that, surviving all these years on her own (with dad, of course!), you do feel for her. I hope she remains firm and strong till the end. I wish that LY-HS-MY-CPss (and JY) team up in some form, take Min. Kim down and each find their own happiness.

A few other random thoughts:
How did Min. Kim survive that attack? He was all alone at that point with an assassin flying towards him and we cut to another scene. I wasn't convinced with the way that scene played out. And he calls for a secret meeting within a couple of days? What about his injuries?

Whatever happened to LY's heart condition? He seemed to clutch his chest after a tense conversation or after serving some rosy burns on ministers. Will it make a return?

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He still had his sword with him. And he was very skilled. Maybe he was able to fend them off. Also who knows after how many days he called the meeting. It's a serial, maybe that's why it felt like a couple of days.

LY's heart condition seemed more like a psychological thing. He used to have it during a particular time of year, probably coinciding with the time he lost his mother and his first love. Now that he's happier and more relaxed and unknowingly reunited with her, maybe it no longer troubles him?

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@vasisht SamVas, @superwhopotterlock,

Re: absence of Yul's chest pains

Being away from the palace has done him wonders. Until recently, he has lived a much less stressful life (aside from the fish-out-of-water incidents) since losing his memory and being rescued by Hong-shim's kind and compassionate dad. He hasn't had to live in a state of constant fight-or-flight wariness, and he sleeps a lot more soundly at night. Because everyone thinks he's already dead, they've quit wishing him evil.

But perhaps most important of all, no one is poisoning him. That was the first thing I thought of when the pains were mentioned. ;-)

I hadn't considered the possibility that the pains could be related to a certain time of year. It makes perfect sense that they would manifest around the death anniversary of his mother and his first love, whom he assumes has died in the aftermath of the coup.

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I thought that health problem was because of the attempt of poisoning him...true that they mentioned how he was suffering from it periodically, but at the same time they put it as if he was faking it to avoid sleeping with the crown princess

But it was too long ago, maybe I don't remember the details well ^^

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His Court mentioned Yul was always sick during some time periodically but the worsening heart problem in earlier episodes was mostly due to the attempt to poisoning him; Yul himself said he felt better once he stopped drinking the spiked medicine.

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Exactly, you said it better than me! XD

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Wasn't that just because of the poison that was in his food? Once he stopped eating the food/poison that was given to him, he got better.

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The thing that bothered me was that it’s taking so long for Moo-Yeon’s arrow wound to heal and Minister Kim just took it out and he still paint the town red as if nothing happened. Is it because his evilness is so strong to be subdued by mere wound? Does he have Park Il do’s support? Hahaa

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Haha Joseon villains and their instant superhero healing abilities. Eat your heart out Wolverine 🤣.

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All I can say is, well played, Minister Kim, you sly fox! I love it when villains are one step ahead of our heroes. Keeps them on their toes.

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Minister Kim seems to have better martial art skills than Hong-shim's father who was supposed to be the king's former commander of the royal guards.
He is also the most interesting character in the palace to me, thanks to Jo Sung-ha's performance.

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I cracked up reading about Minister Kim's "pet assassins". They do look better than the Ming canine.

I'm glad I found this episode on YouTube. Thank goodness, because Dramafever disappeared like Hong Shim during Dano holiday.

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Thanks for the recap.
I finally caught up with this little gem of a drama.
vice-premier Kim is really sneaky btu also playing with fire. He should have left Yul in peace. Getting him back to the palace will just trigger his memory. He knows that Yul hated to be Crown Prince...
I wonder if he will be the one that gets HS back to Yul in order to better understand what to do, to get Yul to like his official wife more or something like that.
I cannot see MY to help HS to get to the palace since his plan is to stay hidden, plus there is the fact that she cannot marry the prince and risk having her identity revealed.
Still not understanding how the magistrate could not recognise Yul after having talked to him face to face so many times withing the palace or is the light in there just so bad? ahaahha

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Je Yoon has face Blindness. He has difficulty identifying people by their faces. They explained his condition in the previous eps, when he met the gisaeng who likes him and also when he met HS by the bridge. That's partly why he's intrigued by HS, because he can recognize her face. But he's slowly getting suspicious about WD/yul, because he remembers the mannerisms and speech of the crown prince.

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Thank you. I think I missed that bit while not paying attention to the subtitles.

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Face blindness seems like the quirk of the season. I don't remember coming across it before, and now it's a key issue in two very different dramas airing at the same time.

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@latebloomer,

I think that prosopagnosia figured in another Kdrama within the past year or so. I have a feeling of déjà vu, and it's really bugging me. I just looked through my Kdrama log, but couldn't find anything that rang a bell. Maybe I read a DB article on casting or Premiere Watch, but did not actually see it. Shucks.

Excelsior! One of the characters in SURPLUS PRINCESS has face blindness. But I could have sworn it was in another, more recent drama in addition to THE BEAUTY INSIDE and 100 DAYS MY PRINCE. ;-)

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Rich Man (with EXO Suho)...it's a remake of a Japanese drama ;)

Not sure if there were other examples this year! ^^

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October 18, 2018 at 10:35 AM

Thanks for mentioning it. I haven't seen RICH MAN or even read anything about it, so this is yet another drama with face blindness. It's turning into an epidemic in Kdramaland. ;-)

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Oh dear! It really is an epidemic! 😅

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The only drama I remember having Prosopagnosia other than "Rich Man, Poor Woman" and this new set of drama, is "The Girl Who Sees Smells"

The villain couldn't remember faces.

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The magistrate, you mean Je-yoon?
He has a condition that prevents him from recognizing faces.
He uses other means to remember people; the only thing that made him suspicious about WD was the voice, but that's not enough for him to just know he is Yul (still dead, as far as he knows)...that's why he investigated! :)

If you meant someone else, instead, forget I said anything! ;)

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I really don't get Je-yoon's character. What the heck is his purpose in the story? He is more of a triangle in Won Deok and Hong-shim's relationship than anything.

It's a leap of faith for a son of a concubine to be holding the position of the governor but then add prosopagnosia to it and he is "currently" useless.

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I agree. His presence has been quite inconsequential so far. He did his little investigation on his own but it didn't help advance the main storyline. He had such little screen time and most of it was to siphon some jealousy out of WD. Clearly, LY saw him as an important ally, enough to leave a secret message for him. He may make himself useful in the next two weeks.
Related question: Did we ever learn what that message meant? The heel/elbow/follow character. Perhaps I missed it?

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the message hasn't been truly deciphered yet either by Jeyoon or Minister Kim; I'm waiting for Jeyoon to get his thought together and show Yul the message, it might help Yul fully recovers his memories a lot faster.

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@fairyfeast,

Good idea! Je-yoon is still wondering about that character, and so am I.

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I do hope as well that his presence will finally have some purpose. As for now he managed not to solve the secret message and acted only like a messenger for Yul and HS.

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this drama has a quick story development, so I'm guessing Jeyoon's narration about choosing between loyalty (to Yul) or romance (with Hong-shim) seen in Ep 13 preview will get resolved quickly and the battle/war shown in the opening scene of Ep 1 happens next week. I really don't want to see Jeyoon negatively (and as simple as Yul's romance rival because duh) and imho his character is already so interesting even without that rivalry.

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I too am frustrated at Je yoon at times. But I feel that he will play an important role in assisting Yul with his investigations. He’s the only one on Yul’s side who knows what’s going on and probably the only one Yul can trust now. He also “saved” Eunuch Yang (who will be able to testify Minister Kim tried to silence him for realising Yul’s corpse isn’t him). I think the writers just gave him too many roles.. being posted to Songjoo and having face blindness is just a convenient way to plant him by Yul’s side throughout his amnesia without us questioning why is he there and why can’t he recognise Yul. So he’s the only one who knows what’s going on this whole time.

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@bel29,

Yes! Je-yoon has great presence of mind, even if he cannot recognize faces. Perhaps because of prosopagnosia, he pays a lot of attention to small details that other witnesses might not have noticed. That has to be good for something.

His quick thinking enabled Eunuch Yang to survive for now. He is also trustworthy. And his thought processes are similar to Yul's.

I think you're right that the character is wearing too many hats. On the other hand, that makes him versatile, and more valuable to Seja.

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Thank you for the very quick recap, LollyPip! There is one element that I find very touching in this drama, and that is how much Dad loves Yul as if it were his own son. He is proud of Yul's accomplishments and wants to protect him at all costs. The contrast with how the King behaves towards Yul is striking. I think the King loves Yul too, but he is too weak and too distracted by all the power struggles at the palace to show it properly. Anyway, I am looking forward to the moment when the Yul the Crown Prince meets Dad again, and see how that goes.

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Maybe Yul will extend most-favored-nation status to Dad the way he allows Hong-shim to be the only woman who can touch him without his permission. Dad will be the only guy who can give him an affectionate pat on his royal derrière. ;-)

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Dad is also unfairly branded as a son of a criminal. He needs to be free of it.

Yul has a lot of paying back to do especially to those at Song-jo village. Fortunately he has shown a lot of wisdom and he sees the world through the common people's eyes.

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@kiara,

It won't do for the Royal Foster Father-In-Law to be a criminal on the lam any more than for Yul's Queen to be the daughter of a traitor. Setting the record straight will be one of his first tasks, and not only for soon-to-be in-laws of the royal family.

Perhaps Yul will put Town Official Park in charge of redressing false accusations of treason. His meticulous attention to detail would be warranted by such a task. And you just know that he won't stop until every T is crossed and every i is dotted. I just hope that he finally gets to marry so he has a life outside of paper-pushing.

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@pakalanapikake

Something like that to start with.
I can imagine eunuch Yang returning to his position.
The half yangbans were not allowed to take the civil exam but Ye-joon seems to be well educated so what do you see him doing?

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@kiara October 17, 2018 at 7:21 PM

Eunuch Yang returns to work when he is fully recovered. He has to. Yul misses him -- and trusts him.

If Yul cannot open up the civil service exam to half-yangban, then maybe he could institute a parallel exam for them and other lower-borns that puts them on a career path in a meritocracy -- with the possibility of ennoblement in reward for truly meritorious service. Then they can take the doggone exam and get on with it. It could be like Officer Candidate School in the military.

Je-yoon may opt to take a page from Hong-shim's playbook and set up his own Solution Agency. Yul could keep him on retainer as an outside consultant and troubleshooter -- or confidential investigator. He and Ae-wol could become the Joseon version of THE THIN MAN, and maybe end up with a Pekingese named Astro. LOL!

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This drama having no specific timeline gives the writer a lot of freedom.
Things change throughout Joseon's 500+yrs confucian ruling, like the rights for female widows to remarry, the concubines becoming queen etc.

I believe King Sukjong did allow the half yangbans to take more important positions in the government.
Maybe they did take the civil exams by then.

It would be something if Je-yoon ended up in a high position like his noble brother Jung (realistically it would take a very long time to get there).

Yul can be our King Sukjong and give the commoners and half yangbans opportunities to advance based on their talents instead of their status.

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@kiara October 18, 2018 at 7:04 AM

I like your idea for making Yul the analogue of King Sukjong. Opening up the civil service exams to half-yangban and giving talented low-borns a shot at serving the nation are both very appealing to me.

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I have to admit at first I think this episode moves too slow, despite having tons of adorable moments. but after watching Ep 12 then maybe it was the intention all along to make this the last laid-back episode since the story moves to a more heavier plot from Ep 12 onwards.
I also adore the scene where Yul sincerely tells Town Official Park that he's very thorough in his job and should apply to be state officials; should he later stays in the palace as Crown Prince/King, at least he has someone by his side in the palace.

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I was going to comment on Yul and his sincerity towards Official Park because he so deserve to be in a better position.
Yul has been great at observing those in power and putting them in their place because he knows the law.

It gives me hope because it feels more like a set up for his future administration. These guys might be the ones that he will call on to fill positions in the government when he ascend the throne.

No one does their job better than official Park. There is no friends with benefit. Park wouldn't even let him take the records from the magistrate's office because he is not allowed to.

Yul could use talented and trustworthy people around him like official Park.
I'd love a scene with Yul watching over Park while he take the civil/state exams.
If Park placed first in the exams, he'd be given an official position right away.

Historical Reference: King Sejong was known for hiring men of talents who were lowborns to help him run the country despite oppositions from his elite officials.

Can I say that there is hope for people like Ma-chil? Yes he is a con-artist right now but Yul sees good in him. "He has the face of someone who will do something grand for the nation."
Who knows, he might be useful in foreign trades where he would use his skills to make profits for the country.

Je-yoon, when he finds his marbles would be of good use to Yul. Thanks to him Yul will have a credible witness in Eunuch Yang.

I think there is enough episodes (since they are long) to wrap things up since Yul is already inside the palace.
He could play dumb( the amnesia card) in the next episode and caught the baddies off guard.
Hopefully we'd have a formal royal wedding at the end.

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Even with amnesia, Yul has a discerning eye for talent, character, and honesty. LOL at his scouting his future appointees while he himself is still a peasant. What a headhunter! I can't wait to see the looks on their faces when they realize who is summoning them to the palace for exams and job interviews. LOL!

Yes, please, give us a royal wedding, Show. With a nice epilogue to show that Yul has cleaned house in the bureaucracy -- and settled down at last with the love of his life amidst a bower of blooming cherry trees. ;-)

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I acuatlly wonder if in the end he will still be the crown price or if he will decide to live as WD. His half brother can take the throne as he himself never wanted it.

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"I can't wait to see the looks on their faces when they realize who is summoning them to the palace for exams and job interviews."

It'll be like an episode of 'Undercover Boss'! :=D

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thanks for the historical reference.

I still have hope for a happy ending, whether about the romance or the palace politics, because Yul finds more people he can trust now that he had a 'life' outside palace where he used to only have Dongjoo by his side and some of these people (I agree about Ma-chil and his future roles in trades) have the potential to work in the palace with him.

Jeyoon is still useless so far (even in Ep13 preview) but Guard Kwon has also helped Yul so that's another trusty people who can work for Yul later. so I also agree with you since I'd like to think that the scenes where Yul appreciates these people are a foreshadow for his future administration as King.

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This to me felt like the best episode yet: we had a lot of highly needed happy and cute moments with Wonshim; Je-yoon finally uncovered the truth (and he looked pretty clever while doing it, to me ^^); the king started to do something, even though he's still very affected by min. Kim existence, despite him not being physically there.
I liked the general pace of the episode and the build up to the heartbreaking ending; I found it interesting how they teased Hongshim disappearance with the magic trick earlier in the episode; it was a nice touch.
In the end I didn't expect that turn of events, really. I'm actually glad that the separation was a forced one and not the couple's choice, though...I'm curious about how that will turn out in the next episodes.

On another note, what was Je-yoon waiting for?!? Just go to ahead and do something, instead of looking around! But now I feel like he can still make min. Kim believe he remains by his side and use this at his advantage.

I'm not sure about min. Kim surviving against those assassins...but it's not like he could have died there, anyway, so I'll just go with it...maybe they should have made his escape a little bit more believable! LOL!

On the other hand, I was surprised of how realistically they handled Moo-yeon's injury, but I suppose it was just because it benefited the drama, plot-wise, while min. Kim had to be up and running immediately to go and do his evil deeds!

Contrary to others I don't think the plot is moving too slowly...but I do think we don't have enough episodes, though...a bit of a contradiction, I know XD
I really liked the pace of the story thus far, but there is a lot of stuff still unsolved and so little time...I keep holding my hopes up but I'm a bit worried anyway.

On a happier note, I loved WD so much in this episode!! He was the cutest!! The interaction with HS's father, the time when they were choosing what to leave and what to pack (I think I saw a glimpse of Kyungsoo there XD), the way he teased HS about the gisaeng and that contract-kiss!!! 😍😍😍
I loved jealous HS (super cute!!) and disappointed HS when WD told her they shouldn't sleep together yet, they need her brother's blessing before! XD
An abundance of cute moments to ease the pain of their separation...so considerate of you, tvN! 😭😭😭

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honesty Jeyoon ended up becoming one of the most frustrating characters to deal with; Yul/Wondeuk had his fair share of frustrating moments but he was always blunt with his feelings even when he hadn't remember anything, Hong Shim who basically has a lot to deal with also finally understand her wrong approach to Wondeuk and return his feelings, Sohye has her share of sad moments but really she kinda dug her own grave by getting pregnant with another man in the first place.

I'm not sure whether the final episode count is till 15 episodes + 1 special since we already have the unexpected special before episode 1 aired; but if it ended up being 16 episodes then maybe the story will tie up all loose ends, including who the baby daddy really is (rather than the viewers guessing on their own).

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Thank you for your recap, @lollypip!

I had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I heard Minister Kim address Non-deok as Seja. Although I immediately understood his change in tactics, it still took my breath away.

I also cannot help but wonder if Non-deok has recalled enough bits of personal memory (as opposed to memorized book learning) to be playing amnesiac to the hilt until he can take down his treasonous father-in-law. He has been so poker-faced for so much of the show that I really do not know what is going on in his furry little mind. But he's such a brainiac I would not put anything past him. Nor would I ever play cards with him. ;-)

Monday Morning Quarterbacking from the Peanut Gallery: Minister Jung's assassin archer should have put a couple more arrows into Minister Kim right at the start of the ambush, and incapacitated his sword arm first. Heck, they should have had a bunch of snipers. Once Kim got his hands on a sword, he quickly made mincemeat of the ambushers, who must have been third-stringers. There were about 10 of them against professional assassin Hyuk and his snake-in-the-grass yangban boss. Oopsie.

I was confused by that last swordsman who came flying through the air right before the end of the scene. Was he a third member of Minister Kim's party? Or was that an editing error?

There's a nice twist on the old “Never buy shoes for your lover” trope, which telegraphed separation, but not for the usual reasons. Hong-shim did not run away, but was taken into protective custody by Orabeoni. Yul was “rescued” and dragged escorted back to the palace by his traitorous father-in-law. Hong-shim gave her best friend a new pair of shoes because she herself was leaving, and Kkeut-nyeo instantly knew it. I'll bet her reason was to spare her friend's feet and help her move forward in life, just as that had been Non-deok's rationale. – And then there's the magic show during which Hong-shim disappeared. Can we take it as a good omen that she eventually reappeared? Non-deok looked “uncomfortable” indeed until the incantation finally worked.

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I really was touched by the benedictions Non-deok bestowed on his acquaintances as he prepared to leave town. He encouraged loan shark Ma-chil to get into a different line of work because he had not yet become a totally bad person. He praised Official Park's meticulous, well-organized records, and planted a bug in his ear about taking the civil service exam. I suspect that traces back to his having met half-yangban Je-yoon and wanting to encourage talented individuals to serve the nation regardless of social status, although he might not recall it explicitly. – It was sweet to see that Non-deok had gone up in little Meok-goo's estimation, and that they had mended fences.

Hong-shim's and Non-deok's encounter with the old mudang in the lane as they walked home was as ominous as it was cute as a cosmic hint that their paths had crossed long ago. When he presented Hong-shim with his own bouquet of flowers, he told her he would marry her – the same way he had done when they were children. Har! It was later echoed by the fireworks, which reminded grown-up Yul of a blessing, and maybe of the fluttering cherry blossoms of that fateful/fated night. The imagery of Yul with blood dripping off his sword mirrored the King's daydream of Minister Kim entering his chamber. It also harked back to the attack on Hong-shim's household. Perhaps it will jog Yul's memory of the murder of Hong-shim's father, which he witnessed.

The red string bracelet finally confirmed that Moo-yeon was indeed the father of So-hye's baby. I cannot help but be reminded of Ahn Ye-eun's “Red Ties [Hong Yeon]” from the REBEL soundtrack. Given Beom's fate, I hate to say that Orabeoni is looking doomed as well. His fate was sealed with his father's murder, and he's been living on borrowed time all along. Lately he's been looking like hell.

The green rice cakes (surichwi-jeolpyeon 수리취절편) Hong-shim made for the neighbors in celebration of the Dano festival contain the leaves of a medicinal thistle plant, Synurus deltoides. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. I had thought that mugwort (Artemisia, wormwood) gave them their green color, but that variety of rice cake is called ssuk-jeolpyeon 쑥절편.

Rice cakes & ingredients:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeolpyeon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synurus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chwinamul [linked from Surichwi]

Dano festival itself:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dano_(Korean_festival)

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"His fate was sealed with his father's murder, and he's been living on borrowed time all along."

This! Absolutely!
He gave his life to save his sister that night after his father's death and, even though technically he's still alive at the moment, I don't see him surviving till the end of the drama...We'll see, I guess!
I'm still fond of him despite his assassin job 🙈

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@cubely Lelly19,

I hope that Moo-yeon somehow manages to survive, too. Or if he has to bite the dust, that he's the one who takes out Minister Kim, thus securing a royal pardon and the sparing of his child. I could see him going out in a blaze of glory to ensure his sister's survival.

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Yes, I wish he could survive, too! :)
If not, I can definitely see him dying to save his sister, or something on that line.

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I think he has to be the one to take out Minister Kim, since Minister Kim murdered his father and enslaved him as an assassin all these years. This will be tragic for the Crown Princess, because she has to be deposed before the story is over, and she won't be able to go live some quiet life with Moo-yeon if he kills her father.

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@latebloomer October 17, 2018 at 5:56 AM

I totally agree that, if there is any justice at all in this sageuk, Orabeoni will be the one to bump off Minister Kim. As for Seja bi, she hates her father and what he's done to her, and would probably dance on his grave if given the opportunity. If he is declared a traitor, it might not be considered unfilial for her to do so, but don't quote me. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake
I am still going to try find a logical way for Moo-yeon to survive. Same with So-hye because they probably had the same budding relationship that Yul and Yi-sul had before Kim's coup détat separated them.

When daddy Yoon died he said to Minister Kim "but I thought you were my friend."
I think the Kims and the Yoons knew each other long before the coup happened. That would be long enough for Moo-yeon and So-hye to have some kind of relationship going.
Maybe they were even supposed to marry each other until Kim decided that preying on the weak like Yul's father would benefit him more.

So-hye was screwed the minute she married Yul. There was no way out for her but she risked her life to be around the man she loves.

I know they are both screwed right now but the writer is too busy playing this guessing game instead of making their relationship clear.
Like when did she give him the bracelet? He wouldn't have accepted it if he didn't have feelings for her.
It is clear that she visited her father's resident (to see Moo-yeon) more than she should as a crown princess.
The important details is not reveal yet otherwise we'd know for sure who the baby's father is.
This kind of trolling drives me nuts.

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@kiara October 17, 2018 at 8:52 PM

Thanks for the reminder of what Lord Yoon said to Minister Kim about thinking they were friends. Now that you put it that way, I can easily see Moo-yeon having been engaged to So-hye. Sheesh. That makes it even worse.

I hate this stupid guessing game, too. There would have been even more juicy angst if Writer-nam had used the pair as a parallel to OTP. It would have made for a more compelling story as far as I'm concerned. Instead we chase our tails over this "mystery," just like the dopey misdirection by omission in THE KING IN LOVE. (I still enjoyed the show, but the ginned-up ambiguity of the object of the female lead's romantic affections was utterly maddening.) It makes me uncomfortable. Grrrr! ;-)

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If Moo-yeon and So-hye ended up paying for their crimes with their lives then it's the most obvious logical thing. I won't disagree with that.

We already have figured out some logical ways for Moo-yeon and So-hye to escape the death penalty. In the end it will be up to Yul and I hate to be in his shoes.

Yul loves Yi-sul and So-hye loves Moo-yeon.
According to Joseon laws and customs, Yul won't suffer any consequences for having a relationship outside of his marriage but So-hye will get the death penalty for having a relationship with Moo-yeon.

I do hope Yul will take that into account. He should know what it feels like to love someone and being forced to marry someone else.

So-hye is also a human being with human desires to be loved and protected.

This whole mystery about the father of her baby doesn't garner any sympathy for Moo-yeon or So-hye. Their relationship is revealed bit by bit and we just don't really care to invest in that.

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I wish they’d show how Minister kim survived that flying sword and how did he manage to escape and treat his wounds that fast, he doesn’t seem injured to me I nearly forgot he was attaked.

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@grapes,

We'll probably find out that Minister Jung hired his assassins from Hitmen 'R' Us, the local temp franchise which is owned by Minister Kim.

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I love your analysis', they are always so well thought out. I also LOL'd at Hitmen 'R' Us, I told you to shut up in my head. haha

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Is Won-deuk still amnesiac? Even if he does not remember most of what happened before he lost his memory, the Crown Prince could still know that Minister Kim is not the good friend and righteous subject he pretends to be.

Ye-yoon asked for Won-deuk's help to become friends with Master Park in order to uncover some illegal dealings of the higher ups. We are not given many clues as to what the issue can be, but there is a scene in Ep 10 with Minister Kim and another Minister where they discuss how they did not get "the premium goods" because the rain ritual was cancelled when the rain finally came. Are they stealing from the King on top of everything else? I would say: most probably.

If Ye-yoon told WD that Minister Kim is a suspect in such a case, amnesiac as he might be, Crown Prince Yul would still know that, and would not trust his father-in-law.

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When I heard "premium goods," it sounded to me as if they were running a smuggling racket that dealt in import-export of high-end merchandise (aka stolen royal tribute) with Ming. Up until a certain point, Korea also paid tribute to the Chinese Emperor with regular levies of both male and female slaves -- and hostaged members of the royal family -- during the earlier Yuan (Mongol) and Goryeo dynasties, but not Joseon, IIRC.

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The tribute to Ming includes women. I don't know how often but it happened even from King Taejong's time and he was the 2nd king of Joseon.

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@kiara,

I had a suspicion that Joseon might still have done so, but I'm iffy on the details as to when Korea finally ceased sending live human tribute to Ming. Thanks for that info on King Taejong's reign.

BTW, The Korean has some interesting things to say about tribute and trade between China and Korea, including the fact that the trade monopoly was so lucrative that Joseon sent tribute 3-4 times a year instead of once every 3 years:

http://askakorean.blogspot.com/2014/06/korea-was-never-part-of-china.html

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I think it changes with every new dynasty.
Joseon was worse than later Goryeo as far as protecting the country and the people.

The tribute to Yuan ended because Goryeo fought back. If Queen Noguk didn't die King Gongmin would've continued with his reforms and made Goryeo a more independent country. Sadly he went nuts after his queen died and he didn't care anymore.

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@pakalanapikake

I suspected earlier that they would follow the synopsis and that Yul will return in his current condition which makes sense that familiarity of the palace would trigger his memories.

The shoes trope to me was a sign of "temporary separation" and that goes for Kkeut-nyeo too.

I am positive that our Song-joo crew will meet again, preferably over a village style drink party with 2 incognito royals who are supposed to be in the palace at all times.

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@kiara,

Oh-ho! I should have paid more attention to the synopsis. As it is, I'm beginning to feel kind of amnesiac myself. Okey dokey, then. Non-deok has been loading his current memory with scads of observations that will make him reeeally "uncomfortable" once he's back at the palace. ;-)

As for the temporary aspect of the separation, I'm nervous about how much can be accomplished in a satisfying manner in the remaining 4 episodes. Or maybe it's just my paranoia talking. Fingers crossed that the ending maintains its steam and structural integrity while avoiding Ye Olde 11th-Hour Plot Wipeout.

I'm all for undercover shenanigans in the village after the the dust has settled. Here's to Yul and Hong-shim keeping Dad's house as a pied-à-terre -- complete with the beloved mother-of-pearl inlaid cabinet, comfy pillow, screen, and all the furnishings. With a healthy, pardoned, restored, and retired Orabeoni keeping an eye on the premises and growing roses against the wall for his sister. ;-)

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I guess dad owns the house but I don't think he owns the land since Lord Park sent those thugs in earlier episode to trash their home.
Lord Park probably own most of the land which explain his power over the villagers.

The tribute to the king that Gu-dol and Won Deok took to Hanyang was part of their responsibility to their land owner.
It's called a tributary tax if IIRC which was separate from the land and grain tax.

I hope Yul will do something about that and Lord Park needs rot in jail.
Adding more to Yul's to do list when he ascend the throne lol.

I believe we talked about the land laws during REBELS?

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@kiara,

We probably did have a discussion of land laws in the REBEL recaps, but it eludes me at the moment. Did it have to do with Yeonsangun's clearing the residents, having their houses demolished, and turning a large area into a royal hunting reserve?

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It was episode 2 :).
http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/02/rebel-thief-who-stole-the-people-episode-2/#comments

We were talking about the land distribution and how it was connected to SFD.

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Not sure about the king...he gets influenced by everybody. If it is not minister kim than it is by the queen. He is unable to show strenght and he is probably slowly realising that the coup was a bad idea as he really did not gain much from sitting on the throne.

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I loved all the cute scenes in this episode. Instead of swooning over the male lead actor like usual (lol), I swoon over this couple because they are so cute together. I really thought Minister Kim was out to get Yul! No doubt he’s risking it by bringing Yul back alive because it is the only way to stop Prince Seowon from becoming Crown Prince. But what will he do when Yul’s remembers? Threaten him with the life of Hongshim?? Is that what the Shaman foresaw?

And I thought Je Yoon’s priority was to protect Yul but he ended up following Hongshim instead! I think more than finding Yul alive, he’s more excited that this may mean the marriage is nullified and he has a chance with Hongshim.

In earlier episodes, I had suspected that Prince Seowon could be a baby’s daddy candidate, but from ep 10, the way he didn’t recognise the stolen love letter that Minister Jung reported to him, suggests that the letter was not intended for him. I still find it odd that Moo-yeon did not question why he has to kill the Crown Prince when (he thinks) the Crown Princess has the Crown Prince’s baby. Wouldn’t he think it doesn’t make sense? And why would she need to hide the love letter to Moo Yeon when she has an easy/direct line of communication with Moo yeon? Like how he passed her his letter this time? And her lady also recognised Moo yeon and stopped the carriage for them. If they were lovers, there wasn’t a need for her to hide a letter. But then again, there isn't any other clear answer to me. lol here I am still speculating even though it is very clear to every one that it is Moo Yeon!

Prince Seowon is a good person. If he really held a torch for So hye, it’s an even more sad story for him. I hope he does not get kicked out because of his mom. He can be a good friend to Yul who seems so lonely in the palace.

I think that the drama’s underlying message is to not be greedy and we can be happy with what we have. The people in Songjoo, Hongshim and friends, are all so happy even with little. Contrary to that, nobody in the palace is truly happy. Minister Kim has everything a King has (power, money, influence over the King) without the problems of a being a King, yet still wants more, and because of that, caused more misery, broken families and unnecessary bloodshed.

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If MY is really the baby's father, I can't wait for the day he will be reunited with Crown Princess.. I really do want the best for MY. He deserves that. And.. Hong Shim will become the one and only woman for Won Deuk a.k.a. Crown Prince. It will be ackward, maybe, to have your husband's ex-wife as your sister in-law now.. XD

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@freey4 justfreeya

"It will be ackward, maybe, to have your husband's ex-wife as your sister in-law now."

I can just imagine how "uncomfortable" holiday dinners will be. ;-)

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Exaxtly @pakalanapikake.. :D

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Exactly! :D

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Oh boy, and they were so cute, but at least he won't be killed, I was wondering how they were going to resolve that. Welp, angst for the next few episodes.

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I really am so thankful for the recap and comments, I would be moping about our couple being separated if I didn't read what people thought could happen next. Gives me a bit of hope for a happy ending hahaha.

This episode was so so cute, I was so happy for Wondeuk and Hongshim expressing their feelings and just finally being a couple! I was smiling throughout all their scenes together. The way they walked and held hands, the way Hongshim admired Wondeuk (and he continued posing lol so cute), the way she grew jealous of Ae Wol, her not wanting him to regain his memories or get distracted, the contract kiss (this kiss is my favorite I get butterflies thinking of it)!!! The scene when they were all packing for their trip was so pleasant and warm and funny, they all love each other, sigh. I love abouji and Wondeuk together as well, WD can keep saying he's uncomfortable but he's definitely grown fond of abouji. And how quickly WD changes his mind when HS says orabeoni won't be okay with this or that! The conversation on getting orabeoni's blessing before they marry and finally consummate marriage, lol at HS' disappointment HAHAHA

The proposal with the flower and the fireworks was so so sweet, and I'm sad it's their last moment together as Wondeuk and Hongshim. I'm glad and sad they gave us a happy couple episode before tearing our couple apart. I was so scared for when they would separate and now it's happened :(

VP Kim really knows how to make situations work to his favor, huh. I can't stand his ambition and greed, I can't figure out what more he could want. I wonder how well his plan will work once Yul's memories fully return. He must have something ready. I hope Yul keeps up the amnesia act long enough for him to figure out a solution to everything.

Je Yoon frustrates me, just wanted to say that lol

Tissues for ep 12, the previews were not easy to watch, what more the ep :(

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That's the thing with power. Once you taste it, there is no going back.
Minister Kim's power is threatened by Yul. He is not like his father. He is smart with a chip on his shoulders.

Yul is pretty much aware that if he have a son with So-hye he will be eliminated.
I'd like to think that, that was the reason why he didn't want to consummate his marriage and not because he hates her.

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I am still pissed and heartbroken that Dramafever has been shut down :( Thanks @lollypip for the recap! I will have to rely to the recaps until I find a decent site to watch this beautiful drama.

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Smae I was in the middle of a couple different dramas that I can't get anywhere else

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episode 13 recap be ready? 100 Days My Prince, and where can I watch with English subs? Thank you

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Where do you guys watch 100 Days now that DF shutdown?

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A few sites that have it are these:
- fastdrama (the one I use, the fastest to get subs, in my opinion)
- dramabus
- kissasian
- myasiantv
...downside, you have to deal with ads opening every time you click on the page...adblock helps a bit, but some sites don't let you play the episode if it's activated, so it doesn't always help..

I've seen them on YouTube too, subbed and usually uploaded in parts...the quality is probably worse, but at least there are no questionable ads popping up :)

Ads are annoying, but personally I never experienced getting any virus/malware from them...I just close them very fast! XD

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There is also dailymotion, similar to YouTube.

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Right!
I feel like they get removed pretty fast there, though! But it sure is an option! ^^

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Thanks @cubely @isabelg! Will try. Last time I watched on non DF/Viki sites I got malware.

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I think Dailymotion is OK. For the other ones, I use Firefox with the in-built ad blocker and tracking protection, the Privacy Badger and the UBlockOrigin extensions, plus the Win10 Defender and a program called UnHackMe against trojans and rootkits. I haven't caught anything nasty (yet? fingers crossed) since I installed all this at the beginning of the year.

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Ok I’ll give Dailymotion a try. Thanks for the tip, @isabelg!

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wow!! That's some protection, you got there! 👍🏼👍🏼

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Did anyone know what is the flower given to hong shim by the crown prince?

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