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100 Days My Prince: Episode 14

Too much politics, not enough prince and his lady togetherness! I know, we’re nearing the conclusion of the story so we have to wrap up all the palace drama, but we all know what we’re here for — the puppy dog eyes. Would it kill them to give us a little more romance to get us through to the finale?

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

Dad is shocked when Yul shows up in Je-yoon’s yard. Yul asks where Hong-shim is, and Dad pleads with him to leave her alone and not make her life as a traitor’s daughter and harder. But Yul says he needs to see her, so Dad directs him to Hong-shim’s bridge.

When Yul finds Hong-shim, he finally recognizes her, and he says hopefully, “Yi-seo. It is you. Yoon Yi-seo.” She asks how he knows her name, and he tells her, “It’s me. Dummy.”

Holding out her old hair ribbon, Yul says that he’s the kid who hadn’t read “Elementary Learning,” and whose arm she bandaged with her ribbon. He’d promised to marry her under the falling cherry blossoms, but they’d been separated on the night of the coup, when Hong-shim’s family was destroyed.

Shocked, Hong-shim asks why he still has her ribbon. He tells her that he’s missed her all his life, and she sobs that he really is a dummy. He agrees, because he didn’t know her even when she was right in front of him.

Yul says that he hasn’t regained all of his memories, only the ones of Hong-shim. He finally approaches her, but he walks just past her, then stops. He says that they’ll part ways today, but he’ll find her again soon.

When Je-yoon returns home, Dad tells him that Yul found them. He wants to pack up and go into hiding, scared that Yul’s visit could put them in danger, but Hong-shim refuses to budge until they find Moo-yeon. She reveals that her old friend Dummy is the crown prince, and that she thinks they were fated to meet again.

Dad reminds her that she’s been in hiding most of her life because of that one day. Hong-shim retorts that Yul was her savior, so she plans to indulge in missing him, and even see him if she can. She admits to being worried for him, alone in the palace with so many strange things happening.

Yul learns that he’s being followed on Minister Kim’s orders, and grows quietly angry that his supposed “people” are actually spies. He demands to know Minister Kim’s ulterior motives, and when the eunuch balks, Yul reminds him that ultimately, he serves him and his father.

He tells the eunuch that serving someone else above him is high treason, and Guard Kwon draws his sword. The eunuch begs to be killed now rather than at Minister Kim’s hands, so Guard Kwon prepares to do cut him down, but Yul says softly, “Do your job, and I will do mine. I have not forgiven you. You are dismissed.”

After the eunuch is gone, Guard Kwon tells Yul that he can’t let his entire staff stay if they’re spies. Yul says that he can’t kill them all because of it, either.

Moo-yeon and So-hye go for a walk, and So-hye tries to reminisce about the past, but Moo-yeon just wants an answer to his question of whether her child is his. She says it is, and although his eyes light up, they go blank again at her suggestion that they run away together. Seeing that, So-hye changes her answer and says that the baby isn’t Moo-yeon’s.

As she steps past him, she drops her hand as if hoping Moo-yeon will take it, but he doesn’t. Her attendant worries that her father will find out where she went, but So-hye says that he can’t kill her because of the baby, and she’s already in prison — the palace. She starts to follow her attendant, but this time, Moo-yeon does grab her arm to stop her.

That evening, Yul’s eunuch insists on serving him his medicine. When they’re alone, the eunuch says he’ll be drinking Yul’s medicine from now on, which he does. As he leaves, Yul wonders what Minister Kim is trying to keep him from remembering.

Moo-yeon explains that if they run away together, So-hye’s entire family will be doomed. He says that he’ll do as she wants, even run away with her, and to let him know what she decides. She leaves in her palanquin, and a few minutes later, something strikes Moo-yeon and knocks him out cold.

He wakes to find Minister Kim looming over him. Minister Kim asks why Moo-yeon didn’t kill the crown prince, but he also says that it’s a relief that he brought the prince back safe. Moo-yeon wonders if Minister Kim plans to kill him now, but Minister Kim says that Moo-yeon still needs to do something for the crown princess — find and kill her baby’s real father.

Yul wakes from a nightmare in which his younger self watches Minister Kim kill Yi-seo’s father, while Yi-seo and her brother flee in terror.

In the morning, Je-yoon heads back to Songjoo village. Hong-shim asks him to give a message to Kkeut-nyeo, while Dad asks him to tell Yang-choon that he’s okay, surprising Hong-shim. Dad acts like he’s going to bow to Je-yoon, but ends up with a giant arm-heart over his head (Je-yoon: “That’s too much. Only this much.” ~fingerheart~)

Guard Kwon finds Je-yoon and says that the crown prince wants to see him. When Je-yoon gets to the palace, Yul snaps petulantly, “I was first. You came next.” HA, are we really doing the “I saw her first” thing? Yul says that he recovered some memories, and that he met Hong-shim first, a long time ago. Je-yoon dares to make a snarky comment about how Yul didn’t remember someone as special as Hong-shim.

Yul says that he really needs to ask whose person Je-yoon is, because of Je-yoon’s connections to Minister Kim and Minister Jung. Je-yoon tells Yul that he originally tried to work for him, and even offers to submit to a test of his loyalty.

Je-yoon goes to Minister Kim to ask permission to be Yul’s librarian, which would mean serving Yul very closely. Minister Kim is suspicious, but Je-yoon says that Yul thinks they met in Songjoo, so he feels comfortable with him. Minister Kim tells Je-yoon to refuse, and that he’ll find Yul a librarian himself. Je-yoon warns that Yul suspects Minister Kim, and doesn’t trust the people Minister Kim appointed to him.

Minister Kim says that if he were Je-yoon, he’d have sided with Yul, since he’s next in line to be king. But Je-yoon replies that Minister Kim is the one who controls that king, smirking that growing up as a half-noble made him quick-witted. Sighing, Minister Kim decides to trust him after all, and tells him to take the appointment and report everything he sees.

Gu-dol, Kkeut-nyeo, and Yang-choon complain to Town Official Park about Master Park’s latest ridiculous order to chop firewood in the middle of summer. Kkeut-nyeo is feeling contrary, and says she wants to go to Hanyang and complain to the crown prince. Master Park is livid that his firewood isn’t ready, and gives Town Official Park three days to make it happen or else. Town Official Park grumbles that he should think about Yul’s suggestion that he study for a technical post.

Hong-shim decides to post a message for Moo-yeon, telling Dad that she’s writing it in a code that only the two of them know. Meanwhile, Hyuk begs Moo-yeon to give up on the crown princess, warning that Minister Kim is planning to kill him. Moo-yeon suggests they frame someone as the baby’s father to buy time, but Hyuk doesn’t think Minister Kim will fall for it.

Later, Moo-yeon sees Hong-shim’s notice, which says that she’ll be waiting at the bridge for him tonight.

Yul and Je-yoon meet to go over the note Yul left behind just before his accident. Je-yoon shows Yul how he deduced that the note meant to check the cherry tree that So-hye had cut down, which led him to So-hye’s quarters, where he found the talisman planted by the queen.

He wonders if Yul was trying to warn that the queen was behind his attack, but Yul doesn’t remember. Je-yoon sighs that he misses the old smart prince, making Yul bark, “Are you saying I’m no longer smart?” Je-yoon is all, Well, it’s hard to call you intelligent at the moment. LOL, Yul’s face.

Je-yoon gives Yul the same test Yul gave to him the first time they met. Yul guesses that the missing word should have three squares, and immediately picks the correct word. HAHA, Je-yoon is incredibly relieved that the prince isn’t an idiot, and Yul looks like he could cheerfully bite Je-yoon.

For a change of pace, Je-yoon suggests they go on a secret outing. They visit an old hermit, the former royal physician, but they’re really here to see his patient… Eunuch Yang, who somehow survived Minister Kim’s murder attempt.

Shaken, Yul recognizes Eunuch Yang right away, and at the sound of his prince’s voice, Eunuch Yang wakes up and cowers, terrified. Yul asks what happened to him, so Je-yoon explains that Eunuch Yang didn’t go to the rain ritual that day, was imprisoned for questioning, then cut his own throat out of guilt (Minister Kim left the knife in his hand after slashing Eunuch Yang).

Gently, Yul takes Eunuch Yang’s hand and says this is all his fault, looking deeply remorseful. Eunuch Yang struggles to speak, so they let him write his message: “I am truly happy to see you alive and well. I may die in peace now. I did not try to take my own life. The man who slit my throat is Minister Kim.”

Eunuch Yang tells Yul that he told Minister Kim that the dead body they were shown didn’t seem like him. He directs Yul to find his journal to learn what happened before the rain ritual.

When Moo-yeon meets Hong-shim at the bridge, he tells her to wait for him at a house he’s secured. She says she doesn’t trust him to join her after waiting at the bridge for years, but he explains that he stayed away to protect her. Deflated, Hong-shim agrees to leave.

Yul doesn’t even remember writing a journal, much less where he hid it. Je-yoon wonders if the riddle is a clue leading to the journal, but Yul hesitates. He admits that he’s afraid of what he’ll find in the journal, or what it might make him do, thinking about the shaman’s prediction of him holding a bloody sword.

That night, Hong-shim tries to follow Moo-yeon to see what he’s up to, but a stranger stops her. Luckily, Je-yoon and Yul are nearby, but when the stranger grabs Hong-shim by the throat and Yul tries to go to her rescue, Je-yoon tells him that it’s a bad idea. Instead, Je-yoon confronts the stranger, who tosses Hong-shim away and focuses on him.

Just as it looks like the situation will get dangerous, Yul grabs Je-yoon’s sword hilt and whacks the stranger with it several times. He tells the stranger that he’s more vicious than Je-yoon, and Je-yoon chimes in, “And he’s extremely skilled in martial arts!”

The stranger runs away and Yul goes to Hong-shim. Je-yoon accuses Yul of overreacting, but Yul says that it was serious for him. He tells Je-yoon to return to the palace alone, making it an order when Je-yoon tries to refuse, then he helps Hong-shim up and leads her away.

Hong-shim tells Yul that she’s out late looking for Moo-yeon, and when he offers to find her brother himself, she teases him for showing off his crown prince power. She jokes that he’s always done it, such as when he ordered all single people to get married, and he huffs at her for talking back to her husband.

They both still when they realize what he just said. Yul looks a little hurt when Hong-shim says he can let go of her hand, but she says that if they walk side-by-side, she can’t see his face. That makes Yul smile and agree that it’s not easy for him to sneak out of the palace, and he tells her to enjoy it while she can.

They stand for a long time, just appreciating their ability to look at each other. Hong-shim notes that Yul looks haggard, and he doesn’t miss a beat: “Because you are not in the palace.” Awww.

Finally Hong-shim says it’s time for Yul to go home and starts to lead him back to the palace. She spots a wooden archway and wants to take a different route, but Yul, having heard the legend that couples who walk through the archway will never part, takes her wrist and pulls her to it.

He tells her that he liked her the moment he saw her, then when she was twenty, he loved her even though he couldn’t see her. “And from now on,” he continues, “I will love you for the rest of your days.”

Hong-shim says sadly that she’ll cherish this memory, pointedly calling him “Your Highness,” but he says that he’s not the crown prince right now… “I’m Won-deuk.” Before she can argue, he kisses her.

Je-yoon slumps home to find the gisaeng, Ae-wol, pouting that he didn’t tell her he was back in the city. Pouring tea, she asks if he understands how she feels now, liking someone who doesn’t like her back. She warns him against ruining everything over love, but he sighs that he’s not sure which he wants more, love or loyalty.

In the morning, Yul presents his father with his plan to hire Je-yoon as his librarian. The king disapproves of Je-yoon, thinking that he’s one of Minister Kim’s people, but Yul says that he needs to learn who tried to kill him, and to do that, he needs Je-yoon. He guesses that the king is afraid to learn that the queen and Prince Seowon were involved, and he even offers to cover it up if that’s the case, though he says it wouldn’t be right.

Je-yoon reports to Minister Kim that Yul is searching for his journal, and that if he finds it, he’ll likely regain his lost memories. He asks what it is that Minister Kim doesn’t want Yul to remember, bu Minister Kim just says that a secret is a secret, and Je-yoon offers to find the journal himself.

Je-yoon goes back to Yul, who says that he would have written the riddle on Je-yoon’s level, yet Je-yoon solved it at Yul’s, so the answer isn’t the crown princess’s chambers. Je-yoon concludes that they have to find a place with five squares, but there are no hanja characters with five squares.

He thinks hard, then suddenly blurts out, “Doors. The journal is in a room that can be reached by passing through five doors from here.”

Je-yoon counts five doors from the prince’s chambers, which leads him to the item storage building. As he looks there for the journal, Yul walks around the palace, and when he runs into Minister Kim, he admits that he’s trying to jog his memory. Minister Kim tells him to take his time, but Yul says he’s in a hurry.

Moo-yeon gets a message to So-hye, which says that her father seems to know about them, and gives her three days to decide whether to run away with him. While she’s reading the note, So-hye’s father bursts in and tells her that he’s aware that when he ordered her to get rid of her baby’s father, she killed an innocent man.

She pretends not to understand, so he says that he knows that she’s seen Moo-yeon, and he warns her not to run away with him if she wants him to live. He tells her that she must become queen and fulfill his ten-year plan, and if she doesn’t, both Moo-yeon and her baby will die.

Instead of being afraid, So-hye yells at Minister Kim, for being unsatisfied with the power he already has. He asks darkly if she’s ever been so hungry she ate a mouse, or nearly died from eating rotten food, and whispers that he doesn’t know what will fill the ravenous need inside of him. So-hye cries that she hates that she’s his daughter.

Gu-dol and Kkeut-nyeo make it to Hanyang, but once they’re there, they wonder if Yul will even see them. Kkeut-nyeo complains of sore legs, so Gu-dol offers to piggyback her, but when she hops on, he just tips over and dumps her in the dirt, ha.

They bicker all the way to the inn, where they find Town Official Park stuffing his face with soup. Town Official Park claims to be here looking for Je-yoon, and at his name, Kkeut-nyeo thinks they can just stay at Je-yoon’s house.

Hong-shim’s dad decides that they should stay in Hanyang because Hong-shim and Yul are meant to be together. Hong-shim says they can’t just tell Yul to stop being the crown prince, but admits that they still see each other. They’re shocked when Gu-dol, Kkeut-nyeo, and Town Official Park show up at the house.

Yul and Je-yoon are still trying to find Yul’s journal, so Je-yoon visits Eunuch Yang again to ask the journal’s title. Eunuch Yang searches his memory, and finally remembers that the title is “Silence.” Je-yoon runs back to the storage room, then wonders if the square in the title of the book means to go back through one door, into the crown prince’s library.

Minister Kim somehow learns of the journal’s discovery almost as soon as it happens, and he leaves to stop Yul from reading the secret inside. But the library is on fire, and Je-yoon finds Minister Kim to tell him that he set the fire and destroyed the journal, and that he didn’t read it because he knew it would mean his death.

Kkeut-nyeo wonders how Hong-shim came to be at Je-yoon’s home, and Gu-dol assumes that Yul brought her there. That leads to speculation that she may become a concubine soon, but Dad waves it off. He asks why they’re in Hanyang, so they tell him about Master Park’s firewood and how Je-yoon practically went missing, and Dad tells them that Je-yoon works for Yul now.

The crown princess asks her father if he was behind the library fire, and he doesn’t deny that he was — indirectly, because Yul was about to find his journal. He tells So-hye to spend the night with Yul to reinforce his bond with “his” baby, and So-hye reminds him to keep his promise, too.

That night, Hong-shim follows the stranger who attacked her, ending up at Minister Kim’s home. She runs into Soo-ji and pretends to be lost, and he remembers seeing her with Je-yoon a few days ago. He offers to walk her out, and before they go, Hong-shim asks what family lives in the house. At the name of the man who murdered her father in front of her own eyes, Hong-shim freezes up.

Minister Kim arrives home and notices Hong-shim standing in the courtyard.

When he meets back up with Yul, Je-yoon reports that he checked the library carefully before setting the fire, but Yul’s journal from the month of his attack was nowhere in the room. Yul concludes that they’re still not solving the riddle correctly, but he thinks he knows the answer this time… and it leads them to the very room they’re standing in.

In the room is a chest made of cherrywood, which Yul guesses he had made from the cherry tree that So-hye cut down. Sure enough, when he opens the cherrywood chest, the missing journal is inside. Yul reads in his own words that he felt better once he stopped taking his medicine, which he’d suspected was causing his heart problems.

He’d written about his birthday party, where he’d learned that Minister Kim was guilty of killing the palace physician. He’d speculated that the royal physician was killed to cover the poisonings, but at that point, he still didn’t know why he was being poisoned in the first place.

Later he wrote that he’d uncovered the truth, but there was nothing he could do about it, and he was sinking into despair. He’d learned that his own father-in-law was trying to kill him because he discovered that Crown Princess So-hye was carrying another man’s child.

Yul heads out to confront So-hye and finds her walking in the courtyard. With a smile, he tells her, “Tonight, I plan to spend a very long time with you.”

 
COMMENTS

I love that final shot, where you can tell by So-hye’s expression that she thinks she’s got Yul in the palm of her hands, but his face clearly says that he’s about to bust this whole secret wide open. My hope is that Yul has learned from his past mistake of giving So-hye time to act on her own terms, and just burns her and her father’s plans to the ground in one fell swoop. The last time Yul tried to be compassionate, they started killing anyone who got in their way, and they’re not about to stop now.

A large part of me wants to give So-hye the benefit of the doubt, especially because I like Moo-yeon, who obviously loves her, and they’ve both been stuck in a terrible situation and had to do horrific things to survive. But I feel like they’ll both pay the ultimate price for the things they’ve done, so I still find myself reluctant to get too attached to either of them. So-hye will probably not get her comeuppance until after the baby is born, because I can’t see the show killing off an innocent unborn child, but sadly, I’m bracing myself for the possibility of a very emotional death scene for Moo-yeon next week.

I haven’t talked much about Je-yoon, because honestly, his character hasn’t made much of an impression on me until this episode. That’s a shame, because I think Kim Sun-ho is a fantastic actor with a really unique way of interpreting his characters. I blame it on the writer just not giving him much to do other than follow Hong-shim around sometimes, but in today’s episode, he finally got to be interesting and quirky and smart in his deliberately understated way. We got to see how Je-yoon’s upbringing as an illegitimate half-noble shaped his personality — he relies on his charm to make friends while downplaying his intelligence, which makes him likable and less of a political threat, but difficult to figure out. Thank goodness he’s loyal to Yul and willing to use his likability and understated intellect to Yul’s benefit, because I don’t think Yul could have done all this without him.

I’ve always found the palace machinations in this drama relatively interesting, and at least not so complicated that they’re practically incomprehensible like in some sageuks I’ve seen. But the truth is that the cuteness between Yul and Hong-shim is what hard-carries this show, and I’m disappointed that we only got one measly scene with the two of them in this episode. which wasn’t enough to lighten the slog through all the weighty political conversations. I agree that Yul needs to figure out who his enemy is and why, and that he has very little time to do it in, because his very life in in danger. I don’t mind watching him and Je-yoon try to solve riddles and visit old friends. And I understand that Hong-shim also has some serious family stuff to work out, but come on… the show is about Hong-shim and Yul as a couple. I want to see more of them together acting like a couple!

I feel slighted that Yul and Hong-shim hardly had any time together at all in this episode, but at least they got another great kiss, so mostly I’m just complaining to complain. Maybe I’m spoiled because the show went so abruptly from being mostly about the puppies and kittens and rainbows that is Yul and Hong-shim’s marriage, to mostly doom and gloom and baby daddies and greedy daddies, so it feels strange that our main pair hardly gets to see each other anymore. This show’s editing and continuity was always a bit of a weak point, so I’m not so much surprised at this as just wishing it were a little different. I’m confident they’ll end up together, but I want to see them together, and I’m worried that there’s not much time left to get to see that and feel satisfied.

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So this show was cut down to fifteen episodes? Or was it originally fifteen? I wanted more cute couple scenes. Im not gonna lie, at this put its all that keeps me on board and ugh there was only one scene of it in this episode!
Are we allowed to talk about previews for the next episode cuz my my i spotted rain hehehe

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there will be sixteen episodes, tvn confirmed it, as well as nam jihyun. hopefully we’ll be seeing more couple scenes in the the last two eps, especially the last one, since i feel they’ll be spending a lot of ep 15 dealing with the palace drama. hopefully we’ll see yool and hongshim finally consummate their marriage before the end lol

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Heck yeah! They have been married now for more than 100 days and it is about time! I am hoping that Yul will deliver the same line to the new Crown Princess Hong-shim: “Tonight, I plan to spend a veeeeeery long time with you.”

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lmao they’ve been teasing us the whole drama about them doing the deed so we’d better get some follow through!!

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Oh yes, I hope Yul for once will feel very comfortable.
(And by once, I mean many times.)

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I’m expecting 100 days of rain 😂😂

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@🍙kimbap n👀na

Yul has been feeling comfortable for a very long time but he has matured and respectful enough to wait.
It's Hong-shim we should be worried about lol.

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lmao they’ve been teasing us this entire drama about them doing the deed so we better get some follow through!!

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woops my bad didnt mean to reply twice

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Best line ever!!! Let’s hope writer is clever enough like our kimbap noona (and just as perverted 😉😉)

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I was thinking about this though... each episode is 15-20 minutes over an hour so it adds up to longer than a 16 episode drama anyway...

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I love the fact that the episodes are longer. Maybe they did that to make up for the original plan of only 15 episodes? Interesting - it would be good to know the backstory of why they were doing that, to begin with.

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tvN usually has longer episodes for most of their dramas...by being on cable I think they have a more flexible schedule time wise, so they can make the episodes as long as they need...
but I'm just guessing, here, really ^^

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I'm not ready to be apart from WonShim!

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Thank you for the recap, @lollypip! Hee..hee...unlike you, I was very satisfied with that one measly scene because, oh my gosh, we got the CP walking backwards and looking slightly cheeky while doing it, that smooth line about Hong Shim not with him in the palace (hmmm must try that line on hubby one of these days) and the cherry on top of all cherries, that kiss... how skilful is uri Won-Deuk to kiss her with the gat on (reminded me of the opposite gat scene in 7 Day Queen which caused me some heart palpitations too).

I also believe that Moo Yeon is headed for a tragic ending. I mean yes he is an assassin and all, his job is to kill etc etc so tragic ending should be a given but I think being the possible baby daddy (even if he is not, it is implied that they slept together or else this business of you are not the baby’s daddy scene won’t even happen), it will be hard to get out of this mess alive and I have to admit, him sleeping with the princess just diminish his character in my eyes (even though in my heart, he is the No.1 suspect for the baby’s daddy)

I was slightly perplexed with how they go about solving the riddle but a kind soul in Soompi explained it in great detail so yeah, that was rather clever! Now if only a kind beanie can tell me what is written on the door arch that CP and Hong Shim went through, I will send lots of finger-hearts your way and moony eyes 😍

Can’t wait for the last two episodes....

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The three characters on arch of the gate are:
愛 Love
完 Complete
門 Gate

Interestingly the 2nd character 完 can also mean "the end" but that would not fit Yul's description of what the gate symbolizes.

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Kimbap noona is the best!!!! As promised...

👉🏼💕 👉🏼💕 👉🏼💕 👉🏼💕 👉🏼💕 👉🏼💕 👉🏼💕 👉🏼💕

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😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍

& something extra, coz you are the absolute best

😘 😘 😘 😘 😘 😘 😘 😘 😘

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Thank you and manseh, @kimbapnoona! I've been dying to find out what the inscription on the lintel says. ;-)

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Maybe it means, Love till the end, that's why the 2nd character 完 can also means "the end"

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I was also impressed with the kiss with the gat on. I was wondering how many takes he did where he conked NJH in the eye with the hat.

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Practice makes perfect. Hehehe. ;-)

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Enjoyable episode. That bridge scene was so beautiful and poignant with flashbacks to their childhood. 💜❤️

I’m so proud of Yul. His village internship really taught him a lot. I think he is going to be a great king because he is by nature honest and smart, but now he has learned to understand people... look how he treated the eunuch spy, whom Guard Kwon was ready to cut down for treason. Yul spared his life and ordered him to do his job as he should. Mercy worked! The eunuch is now willing to drink poison for Yul! He wouldn’t do that willingly for VP Kim, just out of fear. Ultimately that is the reason why Yul will beat VP Kim and become a better king than his father: he will treat his subjects as people, and thus earn their loyalty.
Yes, I I’m slightly worried about the “bloody sword” prophecy, but I know he won’t punish anyone who doesn’t deserve it. Justice and mercy go together to be a good ruler.
Seja, fighting!

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Well-said, wishfultoki! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

That 100 days that he spent outside will definitely make him a benevolent and great ruler! And to find love is just the icing on the cake 🎂

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Yay! That's what I've been saying about Yul all along.

He is going to have some difficult decisions to make after everything is out in the open regarding Moo-yeon and So-hye but I know that he will be fair.

I'm not worried about the "bloody sword." It doesn't make sense whatsoever for him to strike Hong-shim down with it. The shaman only said it was pointing at her so it must be something to do with her brother.

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Village internship is a great way to put it!

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I really enjoyed this episode, although the writer made a few characters do some idiotic things (like Moo-yeon meeting Hong-shim in person after Minister Kim had caught him meeting So-hye, and Hong Shim entering the Kim compound instead of staking it out).

So glad that Kkeut-nyeo, Gu-dol, and even Town Official Park have arrived in Hanyang and can help protect Wonshim. Uri Crown Prince must've been ecstatic to learn that he wasn't the Royal Baby Daddy. I'm digging the bromantic partnership between Je-yoon and Yul that makes me cheer and laugh-- however, I don't think Je-yoon would've ever solved that riddle on his own!

I think the actor who plays Eunuch Jang deserves a special shout-out for his impressive performance in this episode. I've seen him in a few other shows (most recently in 30 but 17), but this episode made me want to learn his name: Jo Hyung-shik. 👏👏👏

I'm relieved that we'll get a 16th episode-- hopefully we'll laugh and swoon a lot, as well as get to enjoy some schadenfreude.

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Eunuch Jang is the MVP in this episode! Without him, the two of them would still be bumbling through the clues 😆

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Hear hear! He barely had dialogue from previois episode and now he even can't speak. Long live Eunuch Yang! ♥

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Nice @risaa for mentioning Jo Hyung-sik's (Eunuch Yang Nae kwang) performance in this episode. I really think he showed more acting chops (if you will) in that reunion scene with the Crown prince than he did in the entire series as one of the boys in 30B17, a drama I really enjoyed.

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Love this episode! ♥️ I love their scene at the gate! It was so sincere and romantic ♥️ and I agree with you Lollypip regarding Kim Seon-ho's character. I felt that this was the (only) episode when his character truly shined so far. He wasn't even that useful back in Songjoo Village other than making Yul jealous. I feel like even without someone else liking Hong Shim, she and Yul (aka Won-deuk) would've fallen for each other any way. ♥️

I also love that Hong Shim's character is not the usual sacrificial heroine. She actually articulated that she wanted to be with Yul. So I'm quite happy with this episode.

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I feel like this is one of the more wholesome episode so far, despite the never-ending guess on who's the baby daddy is (I still think it's Mooyeon's though, based on the scene where Minister Kim said to Sohye that he wished she messed around with some strangers rathen than with Mooyeon).

I don't know how amnesia is actually treated irl but I'm satisfied that this 'new' Yul found out almost everything that happened to him from linking his fragments or memories to his own deduction with (finally) the assistance of Jeyoon; because at the same time, Yul has also become more understanding on why he was targeted and how to make people be useful to him without needing to do whatever the greedy ministers do.

I agree that the show is unlikely to kill off the baby for the sake of Plot-- either Sohye is also bound to be killed or she and her baby can live outside palace in isolation due to her misdeed. I read that people weren't allowed to re-marry during Joseon, but if The King can re-marry after Yul's mom's death, does that mean Yul can also only re-marry if Sohye's dead?

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The Joseon laws cater mostly to the men. They were allowed to have one wife and many concubines. If the main wife died they were allowed to remarry. The women on the other hand were not allowed to remarry until towards the very end of Joseon when they were finally given the rights to.

When Yul found out that So-hye was pregnant he called her a lewd woman who disgraced her family and she would be erased from the history books.

To me that means that there is a chance that she might live in the end as if she didn't exist. If she is erased from the history books then there was no marriage between her and Yul. Hong-shim would be Yul's only wife on records.

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Thanks @kiara for putting things in context.

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That's me being hopeful @bong-soo.
It could also work the other way too, where she could be executed and erased from the history book.

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"...baby daddies and greedy daddies..." 😂
Thanks @lollypip, I needed that!

I actually held off on watching ep 12 - 14 until yesterday because my heart wasn't ready for the angst and separation, but then I felt left out in being unable to comment on the recaps so I had to get caught up lol. I'm relieved to learn that the angst was really only one episode.

Is it just me or was it weird that Yul's confession by the archway was "I will love you for the rest of your days" instead of "I will love you for the rest of my life?" It sounds ominous, like Hong Shim is going to die before him or something.

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Oh well, she could easily die before him...when she is 90 and after they had many babies together!! 😁❤❤

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I’m kinda confused about that journal scene. In the crown prince’s library, you can see Jeyoon finds the journal there. So after he burns down the library, I thought he had snuck the book out to bring to Yul. But then later, he finds the journal in that other room in the box. So could it be that Yul has 2 copies of his journal (the real one in the box and a possibly fake one with the same title in the library) to throw people off if anyone tries to expose him or steal his journal?

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He probably had different journals month wise. Je yoon said that he didn't find his journal for the month before the rain ceremony. I think Yul kept it separately because it had so many important secrets.

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He wrote a different journal every month and the only one missing was the one for March when he disappeared. He didn't put it with the others because he knew something might happen to him, which is why he gave the riddle to Je-yoon to find the journal if he ever went missing.

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Am I the only one who can't figure out HS's thoughts? All the scenes where she's with Yul, I can see her restraint and her sadness. At first I thought, it was because they were separated and could no longer be together. But even after Yul recognizing her, she's still holding herself back. Is she planning on leaving him once her brother returns? Because she told her father that she wants to see him as long as she's still in hanyang and also she was unwilling to go through the gate.

Speaking of her brother- What's he planning to do? Why did he suddenly want to leave with the princess? All this time, he had no such intention, even though I think he knew it was his child. Is he planning to leave HS again?

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I think it's because Yul is currently married with a baby on the way as far as she knows.

I think Moo-yeon "now" knows for sure that the baby is his and he wants to leave with the princess.
He is probably planning for all of them to leave together.

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That's going to be so weird. The not wife and the ex wife staying with the brother of the not wife who's also the lover of the ex-wife.....my head is spinning.

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Lol weird indeed, especially when he already know that his sister and Yul are technically married.

I do think that he feels responsible for So-hye's safety and his baby no matter how weird things are.

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I wrote this in the other forum, sharing it here as well cuz well I tot the puzzle thing is so clever.. but can be a bit confusing without seeing the Chinese words..

Starting with the puzzle Yul gave to Jisoo
民草 ___ 萬願
民has 1 rectangle, 草has 2, then blank, 萬has 4 rectangles, 願has 5.
民草means citizen, 萬願means 10 thousand wishes.
So the blank has to be a word with 3 rectangles and will connect the meaning of ‘citizen’ with ‘10 thousand wishes’.

罒 was Jeyoon ans which means ‘net’ (so the 5 words tog literally means ‘with citizens, you net thousands of wishes’)
Yul criticise tat this ans is too simple. The correct ans is 懷 (see the 3 rectangles?).
懷means to embrace or to conceive (making phrase to mean ‘citizen embrace thousands of wishes’ or ‘with citizen, thousand of wishes are conceived’)
******First puzzle solved*****

2nd puzzle : 踵
This was Yul msg to Jeyoon b4 losing his memory. In ep14, Yul explains tat he must hv set it to the level Jeyoon can handle (like in puzzle 1, counting rectangles) – CP so cheeky
In 踵, there are 5 rectangles. Yul thinks it means 5 doorways fr where his room. 4 places were identified but diary cannot be found.

When they found out tat the diary title is 杜口 which has 1 rectangle already, they minus this rectangle fr the 5 in 踵, leading Jeyoon to CP library which is 4 doorways away.
Jeyoon did find diaries there but not for month of Mar. He went ahead to burn the place to gain VP trust.

So now we move to the aim of finding Mar’s diary.
This word 踵 is also made up of 2 separate words 足 (foot) and 重 (heavy).
Going back to Jeyoon first explanation when he first started solving this, he looked for places where Yul footsteps will be heavy
-> leading to cherry tree
-> which was chopped down by the Crown princess
-> leading to Jeyoon searching at Crown princess premises (where he was caught)
-> where Jeyoon found the evil talisman place by the Queen
Leading to him asking Yul if the Queen is the answer to his 2nd puzzle. But Yul don’t remember.
So puzzle 2 is still not solved.

Tat scene after library was burnt gave the answer. Yul says, 踵 has to be coupled with cherry tree cos the secret letter has the cherry word as the seal. So the secret msg is not only the word in the letter but also the seal on the envelope (so clever)

In a way, Jeyoon was right in figuring out answer to 踵 is cherry. And in Chinese, cherry is written as 櫻 which has 6 rectangles.

Thus, the Mar diary is kept in a room tat is 6 doorways away from the CP library (which is 4 doorways fr prince room) and in the box tat was made fr the cherry tree tat was chopped down.

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Wow, I couldn't really digest it in the show - especially how they finally found the correct room - so thank you for breaking it down for us!

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👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Well-done and thank you so much for this! A lot of it went over my head and your detailed explanation helps a lot

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BIG thanks! :)
Just by reading the subtitle didn't help me to figure it out.. hahaha..

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Thank you, @ ah8ling, for explaining the riddle's many parts by supplying the hanja and their translations. It was very subtle. And the context (i.e., envelope's seal) had to be considered, too. I like the fact that Yul had had a box made out of the cherry wood. That alone tells you how important the contents were to him.

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The riddles are really cleverly done. Thank you ah8ling!

However it is difficult for me to imagine that with all of the Left Prime Minister's eunuchs and court maids they couldn't find Yul's journal that has been placed inside of a beautifully distinguished looking box sitting by itself eye level on a shelf in the middle of a room that doesn't seem to be hidden. Fortunately thinking uselessly hard still does not get in the way of me enjoying the drama.

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Going by @ah8ling's explanation of the puzzle, this room was 10 doors away from the Yul's chambers. I am willing to believe that this room may be quite out of the way for most people who work at the palace. And I think Min. Kim learned about the journal only after JY told him. So this may have been the perfect hiding place according to Yul.

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A big THANK YOU to you!! I couldn't understand at all how they made the deductions to find the journal while watching. Thanks so much!!

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@ah8ling
Bravo for taking the time and brain power to figure it out <3.

My problem with this writer is that things are not tightly written and we seems to always find holes somewhere that ruins things that is supposed to be clever.

This feels complicated for Je-yoon to have solved by himself without Yul's help.

Is it possible that eunuch Yang knows where it was hidden the whole time?

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I suspect that Eunuch Yang may well have known the journal's whereabouts. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if Yul had told him earlier to put it there in the event something happened to him. It's a strangely empty building. What would happen to the stuff if the building were to be repurposed?

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It feels like we've been stuck in "elementary learning" with this writer.
Why don't they just ask Yang if he remember where he put the dang box. He is the only one that Yul would trust with something this important.

Another thing is So-hye's baby daddy. Je-yoon have known the rumor for a long time that the baby is not Yul's. Why didn't he tell Yul about it?

I know I know this is not CONSPIRACY IN THE COURT and I wasn't expecting it to be but comeon we are not all in elementary school here.

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LOL @kiara. I don't know but I had a little bit of CITC deja vu going through @ah8ling's patient explanation of the puzzles. At least the explanation was not in archaic English.

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Haha archaic English for FTW.

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Given tat Eunuch Yang is key to solving this puzzle got me thinking abt 踵

Other than 'heel', 踵 also means 'to follow' and who else can tat be other than the Eunuch who follows the Royalties everywhere, right at their heel. Is that why Jeyoon went to find him and found him nearly dead? (sorry was skipping lots of palace scenes in the first 10ep so can't remember this very well ;p)

Agree tat Jeyoon would not be able to solve this puzzle alone. So the Prince's amnesia was used quite cleverly to help solve a puzzle tat he himself set. Like he says, he lost his memory (thus doesn't know where diary is) but not his knowledge (still clever enough to solve complex puzzle).

My 2 cents, I don't think Eunuch Yang knew where CP diary was hidden because it took him some effort to remember the title of CP diary, from a memory where he took a sideward glance. If he hid it, he would know the title immediately...

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Same, I think only Yul knew where he put the diary, after all

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@ah8ling

Thank you!
That makes sense and I hope that Yul was the only one who knew the exact place that his diary was hidden.

I also hope that the baby is not the only big secret that is written on his diary but also the detail accounts of the coup and how it is related to the demised of Hong-shim and Moo-yeon's family.

There needs to be stable evidence to clear her family's name from treason so that Hong-shim/Yi-sul's noble status can be restored. Obviously she can only become a concubine in her current state but not the crown princess or queen.

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We did see in the flashbacks to childhood that Yul definitely witnessed Minister Kim's killing of Hong-shim's father, and intervened -- and clearly recalls it. It would help if there were adult witnesses from that time. -- The new king himself did not agree with Kim's action, so that might be worth something.

I think that this is where Yul's conversation with Special Envoy Wang comes into play. Kim gave him that rock to deliver along with a request for a war. Wouldn't that constitute treason?

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I think Yul's journal and his status as a crown prince would be enough to put VP Kim away.

The deal with Envoy Wang is also treason. Thank you for bringing it up!

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I agree that Yul may have overestimated JY's abilities. But he probably assumed that their interaction while solving the first puzzle gave JY some insight in to Yul's mind - that the answer he sought was more complicated than just counting the number of rectangles. JY could have solved the second puzzle by himself if he hadn't missed that he had to use Yul's reasoning in conjunction with his own original line of thinking. He jumped staright to Yul's level and thought that was all there was to it.

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Thank you so much! This was a nice puzzle. I think the native speakers would have enjoyed the intricacies of this puzzle as it played out, but the rest of us needed this extra hand-holding to get us there. Sometimes, subtitles don't stack up to the actual dialogue and some subtle details get lost in translation.

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Thank you for the recap!

I don't know how it will happen but I'm really banking on Lee Yul's Songjoo village friends rallying around him at some crucial point. I thought it was a very poignant moment when Yul told Ma-chil the loanshark that he will one day do something important for the country - I really hope that wasn't just a throwaway moment!

Plus now that he promised the king to find someone suitable to take over the governor's position of Songjoo, and Official Park is conveniently in Hanyang... but Park will get promoted? =D I'm also super tickled that Kkeut-nyeo and Gu-dol that for all their disdain about Je-yoon acting like a suck-up to Master Park, they still trust him enough to happily assume he would let them stay at his Hanyang house!

At this point, the palace intrigue is more of a necessary evil to put up with cuz I'm way more interested in Yul and Hong Shim, Yul's bromance with Je-yoon, Je-yoon at Ae-wol, and all the friendly bickering with the village friends. Everything else is just a yawn, even Moo-yeon. I only care about Moo-yeon as an extension of my concern for Hong Shim. It's strange that he's been pidgeon-holed to seem so subservient and passive with the Kim household, that I still cannot understand how he might have let down his guards to even have one night of passion with the crown princess.

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Thank you for reminding me about the loan shark being a potential ally. He's got the street cred that could convince Minister Kim that he's on Team Evil-- wouldn't it be great if Won-deuk's encouraging lie turned the loan shark into a hero?!

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If Ma-chil were to team up with Seja, it would be a nice redemptive arc for him. He probably has the goods on Master Park, who is so cowardly I expect him to sing like a canary when Seja moves against Minister Kim.

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Good point! Master Park's singing like a canary would be quite entertaining. I think one of the many reasons this drama is doing so well is that the side characters are delightfully well-cast.

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Ahn Suk-hwan is one of my fave sageuk actors, along with Kim Byung-ok. The two of them make great officious harumphing sounds. I guess I'm easily amused. ;-)

Yep, the supporting cast is top-notch. ;-)

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The last scene, yul's eyes, his smile, and his voice, why that's soooo distracting, so sexy. Time fly so fast.... And the last 2 episodes is coming soon after tomorrpw

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I loved this episode a lot! :)

Yul and Je-yoon finally working together and finding the diary was great!! I was so glad they went back to eunuch Yang and he could help Yul! I can't wait till he can be to his side again!! Get well soon eunuch Yang! ^^

I wasn't really expecting any really happy Wonshim interaction yet, so I was pleasantly surprised when they gave us that "date" and the kiss!!!! It's what got me going through the week, to be honest!! XD
I'm so happy that Yul and Hong-shim didn't give up on their relationship for now, even if they can't be together (yet), they are still holding on their love for each other (ah...so cheesy lol!!) 💕💕💕

The last scene was great!! I can't wait to see how Yul is going to confront the crown princess!!

And please Hong-shim, be safe!!! Why would you go wondering around alone at night like that?!? Maybe Soo-ji will help her somehow!!

I'm really looking forward to next week's episodes, but I'm not ready to say goodbye!! I'm gonna miss them a lot!!

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Another thing...Moo-yeon is the father of the baby for sure, and I don't think he is going to survive.
I personally see him as the most pitiful character in the drama: he was forced to work for years for the man who killed his father and separated him from the only family he had left, Yi-seo...he fell in love with a woman he could never have an happy ending with, she is pregnant with his child and she didn't even tell him
He finally reunited with his sister, but that situation is a mess too...
I feel like the actor has been great in portraying Moo-yeon's constant internal struggle, sadness and helplessness; I feel so sorry for him every time he appears! TT

Lastly, I love guard Kwon Hyuk!! I'm happy Yul has someone still on his side at the palace!!

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Thank you for your recap and comments, @lollypip. I just rewatched the episode to refresh my memory.

What a great scene on the bridge as Yul calls the name by which he first knew Hong-shim, and holds out her hair ribbon that he has cherished since they parted during Minister Kim's attack on her home. I just about melted when he identified himself as Dummy. The look on her face was priceless.

I thoroughly enjoyed the little zingers between Yul and Je-yoon as they worked through the clues to locate his journal. Seja was and still is a cagey guy, and it has served him well. As is Je-yoon, whom I hope will finally have a shot at happiness himself. If there's any justice at all, Yul will ennoble him and whomever he marries so that he will not be doomed to sire another generation of half-yangban offspring consigned to life in the shadows.

Thank you for explaining that confusing meeting between Moo-yeon and Seja bi. First she says that he's daddy, then she says he's not. (For a while there I was wondering if Beom could have been daddy.) Later when Minister Kim tells Moo-yeon to kill the baby's father, I couldn't help but take it as an order for him to kill himself.

I was tickled to bits when Eunuch Yang was able to convey the truth of his near death to Seja. Jo Hyun-sik knocked it out of the ballpark during his reunion scene with Seja. I really enjoyed his eye-catching performance as one of Do-kyung's stalwart foley artists in OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN, and I'm glad to see him in a wide variety of roles. His turn as Chan's rowing teammate in THIRTY BUT SEVENTEEN was a blast. Hwaiting!

That closing scene of Yul informing Seja bi that he'' be spending a long night with her was a great cliffhanger.

But I'm still confused as I thought that ep. 15 is the finale. How are they going to wrap this up in one episode?

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Oh, and one more funny scene I enjoyed: OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN alum Kim Ki-doo's misbegotten piggyback ride for Kkeut-nyeo landed both of them on their butts. What a letdown after all that chopping of firewood. LOL! When Goo-dol complains about her weight and asks if she's pregnant, all I can think is that he's going to be sleeping in the doghouse for a long time. Swiftly followed by the thought that their child will be infinitely better off than Moo-yeon's.

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I also had a feeling that Kim was telling Moo Yeon to kill himself when he ordered him to find and kill the daddy... *gulp* he should have listen to his assassin friend Hyuk and left the Crown Princess when he had the chance...

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@wishfultoki,

Glad to know I wasn't the only one getting that vibe. And even though I've had a feeling that Moo-yeon has been a dead man walking ever since that fateful night long ago, I'm still bummed out at the prospect of his demise. He never had a chance, yet did everything he could to protect little sis.

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Hi @pakalanapikake. I agree with you how good Jo Hyun-sik's performance was in this episode.
A short comment on Kim Jae-young's performance as bro Moo-yeon. It was only today that I realized that KJY and D.O. worked together in one of my favorites HELLO MONSTER/I REMEMBER YOU.
KJY has given a wonderful performance as Moo-yeon. His face and body are an expression of pathos. What burdens that young man has had to carry his entire life!

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@marcusnyc20 Bong-soo,

Good to see you, Chingu. ;-)

Thanks for pointing out Kim Jae-young's earlier role in HELLO MONSTER / I REMEMBER YOU. I sometimes confuse him with fave ahjussi Kim Young-jae b. 1975 because of the similarity of their names. I haven't seen that show, but am impressed with the excellent cast. Some of my faves are in it, and Do Kyung-soo is now among them. ;-)

I did watch BLACK, and KJY definitely caught my eye as the druggie idol Leo who had a secret. Very nicely played. He also had a cameo as the new "skillful quack" gang doctor in YONG-PAL, which left an impression despite its brevity.

I totally agree that his portrayal of Moo-yeon has been touching. He started out looking like a cold-blooded assassin from central casting, but as we've gotten to know his back story, nothing could be further from the truth. He's done a great job portraying a stoic warrior who has lived for many years on the razor's edge to protect his sister. The wrinkle with his overlord's daughter cranked up the pathos. KJY's characterization has convinced me that, as if all his other deviltry were not grounds enough, Minister Kim deserves a special place in Hell for enslaving and corrupting the honorable nobleman Yoon Seok-ha. Alas, I fear that his character arc is that of tragic hero. I don't think he's going to get out of this alive, but I bet he'll do his damnedest to take Minister Kim with him. Seja could extend posthumous clemency and restore his nobility so that his child has a decent shot at life (with Queen Auntie's Dad). If he miraculously survives, he could take up his late father's post, or live in peaceful obscurity with the Crown Princess who will be struck from the history books. I don't want his sister's heart to be broken any more than it already has been. *sniff*

After his performance as Moo-yeon, I'll keep my eyes peeled for Kim Jae-young. ;-)

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Did VP Kim say he did not have a son during the conversation with Crown Princess? I thought his son is that guy who is always blissfully be in the wrong place & seems to have too much time in his hand.

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Sometimes our writer nim lost track of her own story.

VP Kim did say that he doesn't have a son. Even if Sooji was adopted he is still his son.

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I suspect something might be lost in translation or I take it metaphorically that he has no son because I think he found his son wanting, rather useless and not up to his ruthless expectation, unlike the Crown Princess. It has been demonstrated how ruthless she can be, killing an innocent man just to throw off the baby daddy scent. And it speaks to her character on how she dares to have an affair and even trying to pass off the baby as the Crown Prince’s.

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He meant him as a disappointment I think. He confessed to the CP that he is a failure in his father's eyes.

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You are correct, @momosa. I know I heard Minister Kim say that -- and forgot that his daughter allegedly has a male sibling. Did he steal someone else's son like he did Moo-yeon? Or is he too disgusted with goofball Soo-ji's lack of killer instinct to consider him his heir?

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MY's the daddy? He probably is altho the only thing confirmed is he definitely did 'it' with her for which man will ask if the babe is his if he did not do 'it' with her.

What bothers me is the timeline which kind of points to the location.. (of course, there are many other things about this sordid affair tat should bother me, not.... shallow, tat's me)

Journal b4 CP got 'killed' is March.

Princess has to be preg for at least 2 months before that for her to say that she's running out of time (to get CP to sleep with her so that she can pass off a full term babe for premature babe n still claim it's his).

Which puts the hanky-panky night in Jan, when it is winter...

Didn't she says to MY when they met in the open field if he remembers the last time they were there and it was snowing! Winter!

Pls don't tell me it was a night of passion in the open field in winter where you can easily get your butt frozen.. not to mention creepy crawlies may come visiting..

I just cannot imagine.. (not tat I didn't, but just cannot fully wrap my head around it. darn it, there goes my fanfic hahaha) .. maybe they went for a stroll after the deed...

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@ah8ling,

Pls don't tell me it was a night of passion in the open field in winter where you can easily get your butt frozen.. not to mention creepy crawlies may come visiting..

I would like to set your mind at ease over the making of whoopee in the dead of winter in Joseon. Because it was snowing, the cold would have killed off most insects, but ticks could still be active. *shudder* No need to worry about mosquitoes or stepping on a hornet's nest. Nearly all the wild varmints would be hibernating. No snakes would be slithering around. Feel better?

Re: exposure to the elements. I suspect that there's a good reason why the court lady had the palanquin park far away during the recent visit to the field, if you catch my drift. A bumper sticker in hangul reads: Don't come knockin' if this palanquin be rockin'.
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/637045/

Special bonus: No incriminating grass stains on the royal hanbok. ;-)

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/637049/

This one's for Won-deok & Hong-shim, but mostly Won-deok because he really started pulling his weight around the house, and planted all those flowers in the yard:
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/637057/

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I had heart palpitations when both Yul and Je Yoon left the door to their room wide open. I kept shouting, "Close the door!! Stop talking about the journal!"

Hong Shim makes me want to shake her for being so stupid conspicuously following her orabeoni. How could she just walk into someone's house? She is lucky she ran into Soo Ji who is even dumber. (I pitied Soo Ji when Minister Kim said he had no son.) Hong Shim would be dead had Yul and Je Yoon not saved her.

I am deeply invested in the crown princess and Moo Yeon's love story. "Do not worry. This baby is not your baby." means this baby is his baby. I am still in awe they actually slept together and how everyone close to them knows of their relationship like So Hye's attendant and Hyuk.

Je Yoon testing Yul's intelligence was by far my favorite scene from today. "Yes, you are the only one uncomfortable. I am not uncomfortable at all. Anyway, let us get back to the letter." HAHA.

Many thanks for the recap, @LollyPip!

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When we look at the law and the strict social class back in that era, I can't help but feel sympathy for Moo-yeo and So-hye.

I can imagine "filial piety" was a big deal back then in Joseon. One father died and told his young son and daughter to live. That was a command and last wish from a dying father.
Moo-young was a child himself who was left with the responsibility of being a parent and protector of Yi-sul. How do you even begin to do that on the run as a child of a traitor?
Moo-yeon bargained his life for Yi-sul's safety so he let his father's killer used him so he doesn't go after his sister.
Sadly, he did terrible things against his will in order for his sister to survive but what other choices does he have? Go to the police that VP Kim controls? Just die with his sister?

I do have sympathy for So-hye too but I'm too lazy to write an essay on her situation but I'll ask this. What would any of us do if we lived in that era with a father like VP Kim?

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"I am deeply invested in the crown princess and Moo Yeon's love story."

I am too and I wish the writer wasn't so stingy about exploring their relationship.
It's a tragic love story with zero survival chance so I can't help but root for them to make it.

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"Too much politics, not enough prince and his lady togetherness!"
LollyPip, you must be joking... right?
We've got plenty of togetherness in the slooooow episodes 3-8, most of them were dragging on too long.
Now that the show picks up and we finally got a political conflict, real stakes and a forbidden romance, this is what we should have had 6 episodes ago! so that we could wrap things up nicely and spend more couple time when it's all sunny and clear.
Instead, we're gonna get a rushed Finale week :(
Oh how I hope I am wrong.... Please let me be wrong and give us a nice ending without some deus-ex machina

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She is not joking...you finally got what you wanted now, maybe, while we have been enjoying the drama how it was all this time! ^^ 💕

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As cheesy as it was, I loved Dad's bow to Je-yoon that morphed into an arm-heart. For a second I thought he was turning into a ballerina! And then Je-yoon flashed finger-hearts back at him. ROFLMAO! I don't care if it were anachronistic.

When Je-yoon was puzzling over the riddle with Yul, he put his left fingertips to his forehead the exact same way Seja did. It exactly mirrored Yul's habit while cogitating. What a pair.

It cracked me up when Yul informed Je-yoon that he had met Hong-shim long before the latter did. Sure, it sounded a little petty, but Yul is nothing if not meticulous about details. ;-)

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I loved petty Yul too! XD

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The heart sign and who saw first have cracked me up :D
I love the chemistry between Je-yoon and Yul. i'd love to see the bickering each other all day. I wish the can be a friend longer than the episodes permits.

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