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100 Days My Prince: Episode 9

As if Yul’s identity crisis and resulting marriage weren’t confusing enough, just when he starts coming to terms with his situation, everything gets flipped on him and leaves him more confused than ever. He takes matters into his own hands, but it’s dangerous enough having a presumed-dead crown prince walking around a mountain village without him waltzing right into the palace. Yul has no idea that he might be about to make his situation a whole lot worse.

 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

Yul returns home from his errand in the next village over to find Hong-shim setting out a nice dinner. He ignores the food to ask if she sent him there to learn that he’s not Won-deuk, and she says she did. She admits she doesn’t know who he is, and that she lied to him because she didn’t want to get married according to the crown prince’s edict.

She tells Yul that her choices were to be beaten to death, or become Master Park’s concubine, so she used Yul to avoid both options. He asks if she’s telling the truth now because she no longer needs him, or because his desire to sleep together became burdensome?

Instead of answering, Hong-shim tells him that he can cut his wedding shirt (and end the marriage) if he wants, but that he can still stay here until his memories return. He asks darkly, “My heart… what will you do about my heart?” Oof.

Later that night, Hong-shim finds Yul’s straw shoes outside his room and lets herself in. His wedding shirt is still intact, but he’s sleeping on the bare floor, so Hong-shim tucks a pillow under his head and covers him up. After she leaves, Yul opens his eyes.

Moo-yeon’s arrow wound is tended to by his men, and when Crown Princess So-hye comes to check on him, they tell her that he’s not critically wounded, though he still hasn’t woken up. So-hye confronts her father, asking if he tried to kill Moo-yeon, but Minister Kim says that if he had, he wouldn’t now be letting Moo-yeon recover in his home.

He mentions that So-hye and Moo-yeon were alone when he was shot, but she defends herself and says that she was only paying him for a great service he did for her, to prevent future trouble. Minister Kim just tells his daughter to rest, because if she loses the baby, everything will be in vain.

Dad brings Hong-shim two eggs to share with Won-deuk, but she grumps, “He’s not Won-deuk anymore.” Dad is worried about what Yul will do, but Hong-shim only says that her brother came back for her so she’ll be leaving soon, after she pays off Yul’s debt.

Dad finds Yul staring at the breakfast Hong-shim left for him, and he attempts to take the blame for the whole Won-deuk fiasco. Yul wants to see where Dad found him, so Dad takes him to the spot. But when Yul asks about the clothes he was wearing, Dad refuses to show them to him, unwilling to help him regain his memories.

He says that someone obviously intended to kill Yul, and Yul asks if that’s how he came to raise Hong-shim. Dad tells him that his family, and Hong-shim’s family too, were killed due to false charges. He says that he couldn’t let a little girl die, and that he felt the same way when he saw Yul.

Yul asks what he’ll do if Yul turns out to be a criminal. Dad says his instinct says he’s not — but that even if he’s the worst sort of criminal, he’s not that person right now. Dad asks if he could just stay as Won-deuk, his son-in-law, and if not, if Yul would at least ease up on Hong-shim while he’s off doing his duties, because this is not her fault.

While in the forest harvesting herbs, Kkeut-nyeo teases Hong-shim for not wearing her precious flower shoes. She asks if Dad stayed at her house last night to give Hong-shim and Yul time alone, and Hong-shim is deliberately evasive. Hong-shim asks if Kkeut-nyeo likes being married to Gu-dol, and Kkeut-nyeo says that he’s thoughtless, but he’s also sweet and kind.

She asks about Yul, and Hong-shim says, “He’s strong, so strong that I keep depending on him. I used to be so independent.” Kkeut-nyeo tells her to just be independent when he’s not around, and when she starts talking about marrying their children to each other, Hong-shim’s chin wobbles and she starts to cry.

Yul is walking in the forest when an arrow strikes a tree right beside his face. He imagines himself in the soldiers’ camp where he had his first flashback, and he cringes away from several more arrows, but when he comes back to reality, there are no arrows at all.

Hong-shim tells Kkeut-nyeo that Yul is not Won-deuk, but Kkeut-nyeo is a good friend and reassures her that Yul won’t leave her even if he regains his true memories. Hong-shim hugs her, saying that she’s always considered Kkeut-nyeo a sister, and Kkeut-nyeo complains that it sounds like she’s saying goodbye. Then she tosses Hong-shim into the pond, hee.

Yul sees their water battle, and when she gets home later, he sneers that she was smiling and laughing after how she made him feel. He says he doesn’t like that she seems fine, and tells her to sit so he can check something.

He says he wants to know how much she lied, and she confirms that the magistrate’s office was the first place they ever met, and that he never proposed to her under a cherry tree. Yul wants to know who did, and Hong-shim fibs that she made it all up.

Yul wants to know if the night at the watermill really happened with anyone, admitting that he’s jealous. Hong-shim confesses that her father asked if she’d like to marry a boy named Won-deuk who lives across the river, but that she never met him because he joined the army. Yul seems relieved that there was never a night at the watermill with Won-deuk, and tells Hong-shim that the real Won-deuk is unattractive. PFFT.

He scoffs when she says that looks aren’t important, but she suddenly notices Yul’s pretty face, and she stammers that looks are maybe a tiny bit important, ha. Yul says that she started the marriage, but only he can end it: “Until I end it, you are my wife and I am your husband. Remember that.”

Je-yoon and his friends go to the gibang to celebrate his promotion to magistrate, though they tell him to come back to the big city soon. Guard Kwon figures out that there must be a lady Je-yoon likes in Songjoo, which would explain why he’s not all that sad to be leaving, and Ae-wol’s smile slips at that news.

Later, Je-yoon thanks Ae-wol for allowing his letter to be “stolen” like they planned. She asks about his earlier promise to take her to see the flowers in bloom, and he says he’ll keep his promise, before handing her a beautiful little mirror. She looks at it in puzzlement and Je-yoon says that since she’s pretty as a flower, there’s no need to go looking for other flowers. Before he goes, he asks her to spy on Minister Kim if he ever comes here.

Yul sits up late that night, then finds Hong-shim to talk. He tells her that marriage is one of life’s biggest events, but that his was ruined by her lies. He wants compensation, and he accusingly shows her his frayed sleeves, calling his clothes insufficient compensation for saving her life.

Hong-shim asks if he wants new clothes, and he says pointedly that he could tell her what he really wants. RAWR, but Hong-shim quickly agrees to make him new clothes, ha. Next, he wants a new name, since he’s not Won-deuk. He says that he feels strongly that his surname is Lee, and he makes Hong-shim write down all the names he thinks of to go with Lee.

When he hits on Lee Yoon, it sounds almost right to him. Hong-shim is nodding off, and Yul quickly sticks his shoulder under her head before she faceplants onto the table. LOL, Yul is mostly upset that Hong-shim can sleep while in the same room with him.

She snuggles into the crook of his neck, and he looks like his heart might explode. Then he smacks her head and bellows at her to sleep in her own room. After she leaves, poor Yul can’t figure out what to do with himself.

Je-yoon’s first job as magistrate is to check on a man who was found with a terrible injury (it’s Eunuch Yang, who evidently survived Minister Kim’s attempt to silence him). Je-yoon tells the doctor that the man must live no matter what.

Someone sneaks into Yul’s room that night while he’s sleeping, unsheathes a sword, and brings it down… but it’s just a nightmare. Yul recalls his memories of being shot at, and wonders if the attacks were all by the same person. He thinks, I must figure out who I am so that I can make a decision — whether I can stay with you, or have to leave you.

In the morning, Yul visits the magistrate’s office and requests to read the records of the area. Town Official Park doesn’t want to show him the records since he’s a peasant, so Yul leaves, but Town Official Park wonders belatedly how he even knew about the records.

Hong-shim is at home dealing with the noble whose horse Yul took when he rescued her. She offers to find the horse to prevent the man from going to the magistrate over it, and the noble gives her one day.

Soon she’s galloping through town and right past Je-yoon, who squints at her as she passes. She’s having trouble controlling the horse, so Je-yoon cuts off her horse with his. Her horse rears, throwing her off its back, and Je-yoon leaps to catch her and cushion her fall.

Hong-shim whines at Je-yoon for letting the horse get away, then gapes when she belatedly recognizes him. She tells him that she’s married, but he thinks she’s just saying that to get rid of him. He says he can’t leave the village because he’s the magistrate. But not even that piques her interest and she just deep-bows before running off to catch the horse.

Je-yoon meets Town Official Park, and something about Town Official Park makes him wary. He takes note of his voice and hands, since he won’t recognize his face later. He asks Town Official Park to have Na Won-deuk brought to him while he gets settled at the office.

Meanwhile, Yul lets himself into the library and finds the book that mentions the search of the mountains, which is how he learns that the men he brought water to were palace guards. He hides when Town Official Park leads Je-yoon in, but Je-yoon spots him.

He stops Yul as he’s leaving and asks what he was doing in the library. When Yul turns around, Je-yoon peers at him curiously, but his face blindness prevents him from recognizing Yul as the crown prince. Town Official Park introduces Yul as Won-deuk, so Je-yoon rewards him with four rolls of silk from the king for exposing the former magistrate’s corruption.

Gu-dol tells Yul that he’s going to the palace in Hanyang to help deliver the village’s offerings. Yul takes the silk to Hong-shim to sell and to pay off his debt, but he says he needs to go to Hanyang, “… to find my memory.”

Hong-shim packs for Yul’s trip, and he promises to return. She calls out “Won-deuk-ah!” and he turns, though he says he hates that he’s used to the name. Hong-shim says that she hopes he gets his memory back, and watches him go a little sadly.

Dad is startled to see so much valuable silk, so Hong-shim explains that one of the books a villager asked Yul to read was Magistrate Jo’s ledger. Yul bought it, and Hong-shim gave it to the royal inspector, exposing the magistrate’s misdeeds, so the king sent the silk as a gift.

She tells Dad that Yul went to Hanyang to deliver the king’s tribute and hopefully regain his memories. She adds woefully that she doesn’t think he’ll return. But at least now she can repay the debt and leave with her brother. Dad says that he knows she cares for Yul, and he tries to go after Yul, but Hong-shim stops him.

Je-yoon has a letter from Minister Kim warning him about Master Park. Minister Kim says that if he wants to work for him, Je-yoon must first prove his loyalty to Master Park.

He steps outside to meet the villagers, but he fixates on Hong-shim and has to be prompted to introduce himself. He tells the villagers that despite his young age, he’s not a spoiled aristocrat, but merely the son of a concubine. He asks them to trust him since he’s practically one of them, and invites them to come to him with any problems in the future.

He asks Hong-shim to speak privately, curious if it’s true she’s married. She says she is, but that she wore her hair down when they first met because she wasn’t married then. She explains that she married quickly due to the crown prince’s edict.

When the men arrive in Hanyang, Gu-dol wants to eat since the palace seems far away, but Yul says it’s not, as if he knows. When they finally get to the palace, the guard at the gate peers closely at Yul, but doesn’t say anything.

Je-yoon meets with Master Park and his spoiled little dog, which Master Park boasts was a gift brought directly from China. Je-yoon greets the dog in Chinese before asking Master Park respectfully why Master Park didn’t come out earlier during his greetings to the village. Master Park says he was busy attending to his affairs. The village has somehow escaped the nationwide drought, but recently his well dried up, and Je-yoon offers to help with that.

The villagers are called to the magistrate’s office again, where Je-yoon asks them to bring water from the stream to Master Park’s well. Hong-shim argues that you can’t refill a dried-up well, but Je-yoon asks them to try, which causes the villagers to declare him worse than the last magistrate.

While inside the palace, Yul looks around at the buildings, but what feels the most familiar are the swords the palace guards carry. He follows a pair of guards who report to Guard Kwon, but when Yul tries to follow him, he’s stopped.

Luckily Gu-dol intervenes and leads Yul away, disbelieving Yul when he says he thinks he knows Guard Kwon. They pass Soo-ji, who gets a good look at Yul, but he convinces himself that he’s seeing things because the crown prince is dead.

The men get clear of the palace, but Yul goes back for another look. He comes within a few feet of Minister Kim, but thank goodness, Minister Kim doesn’t see him.

Minister Kim meets with one of his informers at the gibang, and the man tells him that the queen is conspiring against him. To prove he’s not planning against him right now, the informer says that a rumor will soon surface that the crown princess is not carrying a royal baby.

Outside the room, Ae-wol hears this, and quickly hurries away.

Moo-yeon finally wakes after being shot by an arrow. He finds Soo-ji pacing outside, worried he might die. Soo-ji confesses that he saw a man at the palace who looked exactly like the crown prince, but Moo-yeon says it’s not possible.

Yul is still watching the palace that evening, and when he sees Guard Kwon leave for the day, he follows him. He hears the bookseller hawking Elementary Learning, the book that young Hong-shim shamed him into reading, and while he’s hesitating, Moo-yeon spots him.

He follows Yul out of the city, and draws his sword, But when he attacks, Yul easily avoids his swings and disarms him in seconds. Yul asks Moo-yeon, “You must know who I am. Tell me. Who am I?”

Annoyed at having to pour water into a well that will never refill, Hong-shim leads Je-yoon to a spot where she says there’s plenty of water for a well. She tricks him into falling into a hole, and when he asks for help out, she tosses him a stick and cheerfully tells him to start digging, since he’s the one who said that anything can be done with hard work. LOL.

She finally throws him a rope and tells him that he seemed like a nice person in Hanyang, and his lantern helped her find her brother, but that she’s disappointed in him now. She hopes not to be disappointed in the future, and he grumbles, “What about my disappointment?”

Queen Park instructs two terrified palace ladies to spread the rumor about Crown Princess So-hye, just before Minister Kim is let into her chambers. He asks her who the father of the princess’s child is, since she knows so much about it, but she says that of course it’s Yul’s baby.

Minister Kim tells her that he made her queen because her fortune said she wouldn’t bear a child, but she gave birth to a son. He says that he let her and her father’s treachery slide but he shows her his blank scroll with the king’s stamp on it, and asks what will happen if he writes her name on it.

Hong-shim runs into Gu-dol, who says that Yul stayed behind in the city. She walks home slowly, wondering why she’s disappointed when this is only a fake marriage and Yul isn’t her real husband. But she lights up when she sees Yul waiting for her in the road.

Hong-shim says that she didn’t think he would return, and asks if he found his memories. Instead of answering, Yul just steps in, takes her face in his hands, and kisses her. After only hesitating a moment, Hong-shim kisses him back.

 
COMMENTS

Awww, finally they kiss, and it’s a good one! But that scene was also tinged with sadness, and my guess is that Yul knows who he is now, whether or not he remembers it himself, and that kiss was like a goodbye. If he’s the crown prince, then he can’t stay with Hong-shim, at least not for now. That kiss definitely feels like a sad farewell.

While I appreciate that 100 Days My Prince is attentive to detail and that there’s an explanation for everything, it’s frustrating that we get the explanations so long after we’re thoroughly confused. It would have been nice to know, oh, three weeks ago, that Hong-shim genuinely thought Yul was a guy named Won-deuk at first, but that she was telling white lies about their relationship to convince Yul to marry her. It would also have helped to have had the magistrate’s ledger explained before all the hoopla surrounding it was over and done with. It feels like the writer is holding back details in an attempt to create tension, but it’s not been done very well and is only creating confusion. Too bad the show is pre-produced and it’s too late to change it, but at least most things seem to have enough explanation to make sense now, and the things that remain mysterious (like So-hye’s baby’s father) are simply mysterious in an intriguing way, and not a confusing way.

But back to the show — of all the reactions I expected from Yul when he first learned he isn’t really Won-deuk, I wasn’t expecting his primary emotion to be hurt, thinking that Hong-shim lied because she didn’t want to sleep with him. That just shows how much he cares about her, that the main thing he was upset about was his assumption that she didn’t want him the way he wanted her. But he was upset about Hong-shim and her father’s lies, too, and I don’t blame him for being as upset as he was with them. Lying to him the way they did was incredibly cruel — what if he’d had a family waiting for him (well, a normal family)? He was entirely at their mercy, forced to trust them, and they lied about who he was, made him marry a girl he didn’t know, and put him in situations where he was very out of his depth. I’m glad that the show didn’t gloss over all that and let Yul be angry (and Hong-shim be ashamed) for a while, because the wrongness of what was done to Yul needed to be addressed.

But I also love how Yul’s world is becoming all about Hong-shim, and whether he can stay with her as her husband. Even his desire to rediscover his identity is largely so that he will know if he can stay with her or not. I’m a little concerned about his existing wife, So-hye, and what he’ll do when he remembers that he has a crown princess, because he’s already shown that he’s not the sort of man who would set her aside for getting pregnant by another man (which would likely result in her death). On the other hand, I’m not that concerned about So-hye getting in the way of Hong-shim becoming Yul’s real wife, because I have a feeling that So-hye and/or her father will sign their own death warrants well before, or shortly after, Yul returns to the palace. And Yul was there the night Hong-shim’s family were branded as traitors, so I have confidence that he could clear her name so that they could stay married once So-hye is no longer his wife. In the meantime, I’m just enjoying how, no matter how dark things get or how angry Yul is with Hong-shim, he’s still hoping for a way to stay with her.

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How many episodes is this drama? Wiki says, without source, that it's 15 episodes + 1 special. It would end on a Monday if it's 15 episodes. Other sites says 16 episodes. Just curious.
Congrats on getting 10.3 avg ratings on ep. 10. Kokobop.

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If I understand correctly it's going to be 15 eps. Which basically mean, our story ends at eps 15 and eps 16 is kind of a discussion on some of the highlights from the show.

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Wait! In celebrating the 10.3 ratings for ep. 10 yesterday, Nam Jihyun said in her Instagram that there are 6 episodes left. I hope what she says is true.
But if you are right, bummer.
Thanks for the info!

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It's kind of confusing because technically there is a total of 16 eps but the last episode says "special episode" which usually means "highlights." That's how it has been done in past sageuks so I'm assuming that it's the same thing.

Believe me, I hope I'm wrong cause I want more of these two and 15 and even 16 is not enough at least for me.

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According to Wikipedia, Ep 0 was the special (already aired and available only on tvndrama youtube channel). There are 15 rows for ratings on Wiki, but everywhere else they make it seem like there are 16 episodes (Exo website, Dramafever, Asianwiki, etc).

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Yes I saw the special episodes' rating.

So maybe wikipedia is wrong? Dramawiki which I usually trust says 16 also.

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Ok, I went back to check...last august a cast or crew member posted a pic of a script that said "ep 15 - last episode"...and they captioned it: finally the last script came out...
So wikipedia seem to be right, sadly...

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Thanks for checking. However, if the source of the "15-episodes" news is actually speculation based on a SNS photo, I don't know if it's credible. Pre-planning an odd-numbered drama that ends on a Monday is abnormal and would warrant an official statement explaining the programming irregularity. I thought I had missed the official statement. However, if the "15 episodes" news is merely speculative, then I'm inclined to think that it's actually 16 episodes, like a normal drama. Fingers crossed!

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It might not be an official statement by tvN, but it's not speculation either...
This is what I'm talking about:
http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dkc28_uUUAA-xfV.jpg

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Interesting...
Let's both hope I'm right. Haha...

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I really, really wish So-hye would be spared. I have sort of grown fond of her because she has been placed in this situation because of her father's ambition. I hope she is allowed to live somewhere with her baby at the end of the show away from the palace and all the politics.

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Yeah, I'm hoping yi seo/hong shim takes her place as yool's official wife and she can live peacefully outside the palace with her child.

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I really feel like she's as much a victim in this power play as Yul is.

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I'm thinking exactly the same

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She's a victim, although I want to resist the idea that she's as much a victim as Yul. She's definitely been ensnared as a result of her father's ambition, but she has also engaged in a lot of independent wrongdoing, which is something that can't be said of Yul. She committed adultery (say what you will about Yul's neglect, but I don't think she particularly liked him either - although it's unclear whether she disliked him because he was neglectful and so was just responding in kind or for some other reason - and neglect would justify her cheating even if she were a saint) and tried to commit mariticide.

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You're right, she's not as much a victim as Yul is and she did briefly consider killing him, but I wouldn't hold her extra marital baby against her. I'm normally of the opinion that adultery is unacceptable just because one is unhappy in a marriage because you can just leave the union, however her situation is a lot different. In any case, I hope she doesn't get a death penalty, if anyone needs to be punished here, it's her father who caused this whole mess.

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If I remember correctly, the reason why her father planned the assassination attempt during the rain ceremony was because she told him that Yul refused to sleep with her and also figured out that she was pregnant. So IMO, she's responsible for whatever situation he's in right now.

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I do understand where you are coming from. A Joseon woman was supposed to be faithful only to her husband while her husband is allowed to have as many women as he wants. This kind of double standard always irritates me even though I'm supposed to look at it with a different mindset.

Since the writer decided to take it that far with the crown princess, then I'm going to ride with it.
So-hye is doing this fully knowing the consequences of her action but for her, it's worth it at least for once she'd get to live for herself.

Just because she was suppressed by laws made by men for their own benefit doesn't mean that she doesn't want the same right for herself and the only way for her to get it is to break it even with her life.

Call me crazy but I don't think I can judge her for that or even throw a stone at her. I'm just glad I didn't live during her time.

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@superwhopotterlock her father is the cause because of his ambition. He committed multiple murders and sold his daughter off into marital slavery for ambition. Even when he found out his daughter was pregnant, his first thought wasn't to be remorseful for his action but to find a way to use his unborn grandchild to move up in the world.

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@rushda29 You're right. But we can't say that she's not to blame at all. She brought some kind of powder initially, to poison him (even though she didn't follow through). And also one of the son's of a noble was killed, presumably on her orders, to convince her father that she had killed her baby's father.

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A few quick things:

1.) I think it's basically a tautology to say women were treated horribly in Joseon in this time period. But I'm not convinced this gives the Crown Princess justification for how she's treated Yul. As far as we know, before he lost his memories, he had never had sex with anybody else, had not pursued other women, etc. If her husband were adulterous or had concubines or something, I'd be totally cheering her on. But in this context, it's hard for me to look at the unfairness of the society's in the context of polyamory and think that justifies how the Crown Princess treated Yul. She literally tried to execute a poisoning plot against Yul using his medicine, and she's been a consistent co-conspirator in her father's efforts to assassinate Yul. She also appears to have killed one of the Scholar's sons to hide the identity of her real baby daddy. Those are hard things to justify, even in light of the context.

If she had been plotting to kill her father (who is basically the chief architect of her oppression as far as we can tell), my opinion would be different.

2.) I definitely have a lot of sympathy for the Crown Princess; I hope she isn't punished and is allowed to live a good life with her baby and her child's father. My point is just that I think it's misleading to think she and Yul have both been equally wronged. Again, this is just my opinion.

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That and the fact that she lived in that kind of patriarchal society.
She is more of a victim than Yul would ever be if we look at it that way.

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I would be very careful about this type of inference from a very general - and, indeed, incontrovertible - phenomenon (the oppression and violent subordination of women in a society) to something very specific, namely whether a particular person is oppressed and to what degree that person is oppressed. Undoubtedly living in that sort of society would impose psychic costs on the Crown Princess and we've seen real instances of her autonomy being overborne (particularly by the Left State Councillor), but I'm reluctant to say that makes her more of a victim than the person she has consistently tried to kill...

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I'd leave it be if this writer didn't open this can of worms.
Yes it's misleading if we look at it from episode to episode. Maybe I'm looking at the whole picture with my emotion instead of comparing her sins to his and who did it first.

Currently, they have both cheated on each but the punishment for her sin would be paid for with her life and that was her choice.

Yul's moral track is well covered. He found his first love but that's not cheating because you know, he has amnesia and he can have more than his current wife because that's normal for men in that era.

It's hard to judge fairly when the rules are not fair in the first place.

Does that makes any sense to you?

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Thank you for the recap @lollypip! FINALLLY THE KISSS AND IT WAS EVERYTHING WE ASKED FOR. I must admit i love the show for the interactions between the leads and the villagers, but all the politics are getting a tad tedious. Now that they kissed, can we get a few episodes of cute before the inevitable melodrama?

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I posted this on Twitter after watching this episode:
The way he kisses her cautiously at first and she responds by not knowing if she's dreaming. Then he deepens it when he notices she's not rejecting him. She even holds his shirt like she's scared he's going to disappear. AND HE BIT HER LIP. I'm screaming, WonShim is so cute!

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Yay! Not a dead fish kiss! Manseh!

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I like your interpretation better. I thought of it like this:

Nam Jihyun: Shoot, Exo fans aren't going to kill me right? I'll be careful.

D.O: Okay, I can do this. Oh, I've got this. My fans will survive.

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To be honest, i'm a bit disappointed because we should have had that kiss 2 weeks ago and get on with the cute and politics.
I hope with 6 episodes left, we're not gonna get robbed of one or the other

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Agreeeeedd!! Passing and reveal of mysteries of the plot are the big vices of this drama!

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DUDE!!! Finally we passed the second gear.
Ep 9 and 10 were really good, I really wish the episodes stay that strong to the end, if they finish strong, I can rewatch the whole thing and maybe change my mind. It was a slow boredom up to here but now, Stakes, Romance, Rivalries... I'm starting to love this.

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The guy who Je yoon left in the doctor's care seems to be the head eunuch who unwittingly told the vice premier that the found body was not Yul. I hope he survives.
Same goes for .vice premier's son, who actually seemed to like and miss Yul. Also Ae wol- spying on important officials seems like a very dangerous task

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OH YOU'RE RIGHT. It's Eunuch Yang! I couldn't see him very well but now I realize it's him. I'll try to get that fixed.

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You are recapping 2 shows. I don't know how you do it but I hope you know that we appreciate your recaps.

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I also thought it was the head eunuch, which is kind of ridiculous considering his throat was slashed horrifically... otherwise the Vice Premier is really bad at using a knife.

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IKR! Maybe after all these years, he has forgotten how to use it, seeing that he has people to do his dirty job. Anyway, it's a good thing. Yul has too many enemies inside the palace. And the vice premier is way too powerful. All things seem to go his way. So this is a good thing if he survives.

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Vice premier underestimated the thickness of his neck.. Gosh, I sounded like a sadist here.

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That leap of faith and suspension of disbelief is sometimes part of this show :).

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LOL yes. Just go with the flow..

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Wait, WHAT??? He's alive? I totally missed that!

Sometimes I wonder about the shows I'm watching that aren't being recapped. I bet I miss a lot of stuff that I don't get the benefit of other beanies informing me about.

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I know what you are saying. I forgot about Eunuch Yang and I did not pick up that in the palace it was Guard Kwon that Yul followed. Thank you @lollypip. It makes sense because he had given Guard Kwon the message for Je-yoon.

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DO gives good kiss, Anyoung Chona, his ahos continue to amuse me and I want him to smile more, it lights up his entire face as opposed to the expressionless thing that he does. That being said I'm enjoying the show, it's found it's stride.

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The man with the injured neck whom Je-yoon visits and says that he must live at all costs is the Crown Prince's main servant who was ask to identify the dead body but noticed the difference in the fingernails. Minister Kim had slit his throat with a knife, but he must have survived the attack.

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Oh my gosh! Someone already pointed this out in the comments while I was slowly typing this out. Sorry for the repeat suggestion!

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Thank you for the recaps @lollypip!

I'm sorry but I'm going to disagree with you on the kiss.
I don't think it was a goodbye kiss at all. He has been gone for 4 days and they missed each other. That saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder" really applies here imo.
That was the most sincere admission that they do care for each other very much. He was going for it and she knew it was coming cause she never took her eyes off of him.
That was nicely done! I died of happiness after that haha.

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I agree with you on everything you said. But it's spoiler from ep 10.. so let's wait till ep 10 recaps come out to fangirl on that instead :)
I'm still waiting for ep 10 recap to remark on ep 11 preview, lol :p

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Hi June, this is just a friendly FYI that discussing previews of upcoming episodes in a recap is against Dramabeans' commenting policy:

NO SPOILERS. This means anything that has happened in a series beyond the recap in which you are posting. If you post spoilers, they will be deleted, you will grow warts on your toes, and javabeans will learn how to make voodoo dolls to stick you in effigy. Don’t make her come after you.

Previews can be discussed on the Open Thread, but it's considered polite to mark the spoilers so people can skip them if they want to.

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Ohh...You’re right sorry, I thought it’s episode 10’s recap because I read the comments I didn’t read the recap, and here i was wondering why people thought it’s a goodbye kiss!!!
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I think the man who Je-yoon visited before he began his magistrate duties was the eunuch who knew about Yul being alive.. The Left State Counselor tried to silence him by killing him right before Je-yoon had a chance to visit him first.

Thank you for the wonderful recaps!! Your analysis is always so helpful in catching the unspoken things.

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Oops! I realized that someone already typed this out.. Should’ve read all the comments first :) Sorry!!

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Thanks for the recap! I see that you've already realized that the dying man the doctor was tending to was LY's Eunuch Yang.

I have to respectfully break with you about the confusion you mentioned in your final comments. Both those issues were pretty clear within a few minutes or within the next episode. When HS wanted to collect WD's military dues, it was quite apparent that she believed him to be real, but dad was trying to keep them from going there. That she may have heard about a WD from dad that he was away in the military was a safe bet. Regarding the ledger, the subtitles were enough to make the connection - that WD acquired it some way because he paid money for it and HS found it, realized what it was and used it to rescue WD. Personally, I was ok with that subtlety without having it explicitly spelt out for me. This episode just confirmed what I'd already guessed. But even if one was confused about this, it shouldn't have deterred the viewing experience.

Overall, great episode! But the moment I squealed was during the kiss scene, not because of the kiss (I had spoilt it for myself by perusing Twitter that morning. Not even sorry!), but because of the OST in the background. KIM. JONG. DAE. #$&%^@! Can't wait for the official release on the 16th. It fits perfectly and elevated the emotions in the scene and took years off of EXO-Ls' lives. 3 more weeks and a Kyungsoo OST is still a possibility. Fingers crossed!

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Someone mentioned how poetic it was that Jongdae sang the OST for Kyungsoo's first acting role and now for his first lead role. Kyungsoo has always talked about how much he loves Jongdae's voice so I was all up in my feelings when I heard the song in that scene.

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I didn't even know who sang it, just it sounded really nice and i went to search for ost 3 immediately after that episode ended lol. This show can be more generous with osts, bombard us pls! Especially one by DO!

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Yes, they have been so stingy with the OSTs...I've never watched a drama with this little songs released..I'm a bit disappointed about that ㅠㅠ

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It was a pleasant surprise to hear Jongdae's voice as Wonshim couple kissed, it brought me back to Kang Woo on his bike and Jongdae singing Best Luck in the background. Fingers crossed Kyungsoo gets an OST too!

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I waited all episode for the kiss and was starting to think maybe we'll have to wait until tomorrow or last week's preview was a fake out, but all I could think during their kiss was does he know? Did Orabeoni let him go because I hope Guard Kwon saved Yul? I was surprised Yul didn't recognize Moo Yeon as Hong Shim's brother.

Even if it were part of his plan, I was so disappointed in Je Yoon for contradicting himself in helping Master Park when he just said the villagers could come to him for anything. I found it odd Je Yoon never wondered why Hong Shim was no longer a noble.

Je-yoon’s first job as magistrate is to check on a man who was found with a terrible injury

Actually, Je Yoon was the one who saved Eunuch Yang, hid him away, and brought the doctor to treat him. Je Yoon knows Eunuch Yang knows the truth. But seriously how can Eunuch Yang not be dead after slitting his throat?

I loled at "Lee Hwang? That sounds like a deceased person's name." and "His first day here, and he's already hitting on a married woman." Thanks for the recap, @LollyPip!

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Yul didn't see her brother's face if I remember correctly. He just saw her hugging him. I think his back was to him or maybe he was bending down.

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That's the same explanation I gave myself too...I wonder if he recognized the uniform, though...if he did he still didn't make the connection, it seems

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Plastic surgeon Eun-soo made a house call, just as she did for Princess No Gook in FAITH. She specializes in slit throats. ;-)

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That’s exactly what I thought: “Bring Hwata!” 😂

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Regarding Jeyoon "helping" Master Park, I think his assistance is part of his plan for something else (e.g., to gain Park's trust to investigate Park, etc.). Jeyoon told HS that the reason he ordered the villagers to fill Park's well was because he knew that it would rain soon. This implies that he only wanted to give Park the impression that he was helping him (since the rain water would fill the well).

Also, Jeyoon was curious about HS being a noble. At around 29 mins, he told HS that he was always curious about why she would go to Hanyang in noble clothing, but hadn't planned to ask her about it. This implies that, despite his curiosity, he respected her decision to keep her secret.

Personally, I'm curious why Jeyoon and Yul would plan for Master Park to shoot that arrow at Yul being the human target. I get why Jeyoon would shoot (because he would purposely miss), but they couldn't control Park's aim. What if Park shot Yul accidentally. I guess the show will give the reason in the next episode.

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omg... so sorry. Just realized that I got the episodes mixed up and part of what I wrote is from ep. 10. Sorry for the spoilers.

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Love that Hong Shim's first guess at Yul's real name was 'Do Do'His reaction to the suggestion was equally precious..aah the joys of fusion sagueks
My guess is that orabeon is week in body and in motivation to do away with Yul right now.It would be interesting if his love for HS stands against his apparent devotion (love?) for the princess.
I also got the impression that may be it is the princess who got him shot(non fatally) to keep him around?

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@ashes2ashes,

That's an interesting idea as to how Princess could be keeping Moo-yeon around. Talk about "You Always Hurt the One You Love."

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Right??I always dislike it when that line is used to excuse all ki ds of despicable behavior but can't deny it is very true.
It could be a stretch but Seja bi is twisted enough to literally hurt her live to keep her with him.Also their relationship seems to be particularly layered.He is forced to serve her fam but also seem to have warm feelings for his enemy's kids.
She first met him when he had a sword to her throat and must have grown up watching him doing evil things for her father.
Given their characterization so far ,i have no doubt in her having his kid and doing mostest to keep it but him fathering the kid also seems a bit far fetched.The guy is super repressed(what being a hand for hire to his father's killer since teenage days)

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@ashes2ashes, every time I hear that phrase, I think of the song, which I've posted for you on my fan wall in two versions. Listen to the one from 1944 first. ;-)

Maybe we'll find out that Moo-yeon really is not the father of So-hye's baby, although she seems to be awfully concerned for him. It may have been misdirection when she rewarded him for doing that unnamed but important task. Could it have been delivering that hand in a box to her father as proof that baby's dad had been killed, rather than siring the baby?

I'm still confused because I thought Moo-yeon was supposed to retrieve Yul's remains, but we haven't seen evidence of his doing that.

As for his friendliness with Seja bi and her brother, I wonder if he might have started out as their bodyguard before becoming a full-fledged assassin. Sooner or later we'll find out what's really going on.

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Thanks a ton for the songs @pakalanapikakekpika 😍
I was firmly on the Mooyeon the baby daddy camp and then she went and offered him that reward.My read was that the service is probably killing off the medical lady before she could reveal the baby secret.

as of now I am assuming it is money that was in the pouch and so struck as super callous to have offered your baby daddy money.Makes me curious of their dynamic. I would happily watch a separate series of their relationship.

As for the hand in the box,I thought that was Moo yeon presenting Kim with proof that he really did kill of the seja.Kim seemed convinced that a noble's son that perished in a 'fire' was the baby's father.

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You're welcome. I love the rendition by Spike Jones and His City Slickers.

Paying Mu-yeon for killing the female doctor sounds fine to me.

I had recalled that Left Minister Kim wanted Yul's head, so I didn't understand why Mu-yeon delivered Thing's Joseon ancestor as proof instead. I recall that a nobleman's son died, and had thought the hand was just proof, an. Oh, right. In which case his hand would not have been amputated.

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First thing first, thanks for the recap @lollypip and sorry for doubting you, TvN. I truly thought that you trolled us with the kissing scene in the preview but boy was I wrong. As penance, I ate a foot-long Subway sandwich for lunch today - forgive me TvN, like how not-Won Deuk forgives Hong Shim? 😘😘

I truly enjoyed today's episode - time flew by so quickly. My ❤️ was full by the end. I mean how could it not, what with the kiss, the shoulder rescue and the conversation about the watermill. I love how he wore his heart on his sleeve. And judging by Ep10 preview, I have to prepare my heart for some more heart-stopping moments. Bring it on though...I'll just have to do whatever the “exercise” Yul attempted in his room to relieve his "stress" 🤣

I'm glad that MY survived the arrow and did MY told Yul the truth? I can bet my runaway horse that whatever he told Yul, it has to be one of the reasons he went back to Hong Shim. Oh...and I am happy that Yul's eunuch survived (sure he's still on death's door but I am wise to kdrama ways by now). Yay for the good guy catching a break! A tad disappointed with Ju Yeon making the villagers collect water for the despicable Park but I suppose he needs to get into Park's good grace for his long con to work.

All in all, looking forward to the rest of the episodes and I truly hope that there are 16 episodes altogether, not 15!

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While watching the episode the other day I was finding so many interesting points to discuss and things to talk about...but everything got wiped out after the last scene!!
The double kill D.O. + Chen was the end of me!! I'm so weak!! lol

(More serious thoughts coming later XD)

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Same here. I have a lot in my mind but couldn't put my thoughts together and express it coherently lol.
That kiss is partly responsible. One of the best that I've ever seen in a sageuk. Mood, music, timing, both were into it couldn't be so perfect.
No need to say I miss you or love you.

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I agree, @kiara, @cubely Lelly19. That is one of the best sageuk smooch scenes ever. For me, the hollyhocks in full bloom in a riot of colors against the fieldstone wall made a glorious backdrop. And when the clouds opened up, it was in the sense of heaven raining down blessings. I took it as a good omen for our OTP as well as the nation. I love the cinematography in this show, especially the scenes with long vistas late in the day as the skies become moody. They have been magnificent.

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That heaven’s rain saved the kiss from ending in an awkward way. It was awesome from beginning to end and after.
Thank you @pakalanapikake.

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Thank you for recapping, LollyPip. I agree with you that the bass-ackwards revelation of the magistrate's ledger was clumsy and frustrating. It's not the end of the world, but it was unnecessarily confusing.

Other than that slight beef, I've been pretty happy with how the plot has been unfolding. Thanks for the reminder of Je-yoon's prosopagnosia, which had slipped my mind. I was beginning to go batty at Je-yoon's non-recognition of Yul, and had posited that the new governor was simply not letting on that he recognized his erstwhile boss. I'm watching THE BEAUTY INSIDE, which also has a character with face blindness, and methinks my wires crossed and shorted out. ;-)

Have we ever gotten an answer as to the riddle / significance of Yul's single-character message (heel / to follow) to Je-yoon?

I was relieved to learn that both Eunuch Yang and Moo-yeon survived their brushes with death. Yang will literally come back to haunt Left Minister Kim.

I feel bad that Yul is so pained by the revelation that his name is not Won-deok, and that Dad and Hong-shim have been lying to him like rugs. Flashbacks and nightmares have been plaguing him. Now he's recalling memories, or they are calling him.

The scenes of the hollyhocks against the stone wall were truly gorgeous, as was that beautifully melancholic kiss. The brilliant colors of the flowers, the lushness of the foliage, and the natural lighting all combined to produce a feast for the eyes.

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So, after I collected myself, and re-watched the episode (with subs) I came up with some, more or less, coherent thoughts! ^^
For starters I really liked how WonShim keep being mostly honest and open with each other about their feelings and things that they go through...they cleared out the initial lie and now they can at least have an honest relationship while WD tries to find his identity back...or did he already? What did MY tell him? I saw some people speculating that he might have told him the truth and Yul decided to stay with HS despite that, at least temporarily...I'm not sure if Yul the crown prince would do that, honestly I'd rather wait and watch the next episode to see what they reveal! :) (which I did, but that's for ep 10 recap)

I loved the kiss scene so so much!! ❤️❤️❤️
The look in WD eyes when he finally reunited with HS was so passionate and showed so much longing...it was almost like he found his first love after many years (did he? xD) and the kiss itself was very beautiful!
I was so relieved that the shot they shared in the teaser wasn't the only good one; the scene to me felt very natural, and sweet and passionate at the same time!
Chen voice on the background was the icing on the cake, I almost didn't recognize him, but when I did I was kinda freaking out a bit (ok, maybe a lot).

Shocking moment number 2 in this drama: the eunuch is alive!!!!!! I really didn't see that coming at all!!
It's amazing what doctors at the time could do with almost nothing available and just by checking someone's pulse XD (as seen in other episodes)
I'm not sure if it's a smart move or an easy way on the writer's side, yet...but I was surprised, that's for sure.

I didn't expect Moo Yeon to die, tbh, I was just curious about the origin of that arrow...did I get it wrong or was it implied that there was the crown princess behind it? I'm not sure..

Special mention to Kim Soo-Ji, (So Hye's brother)...he has been freaking hilarious since day one, he makes me laugh a lot XD

Overall I really enjoyed the episode (more than ep 10)...can't wait for next week, though I'm dreading the end already...15 episodes are not enough! 😭😭😭😭

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@cubely Lelly19,

I was totally surprised to see that Eunuch Yang was still nominally among the living. It's a good thing that Je-yoon had his own contacts at the prison so he could spirit the corpse away. Considering how many times Dong-mae got shishkebab'd in MR. SUNSHINE, it's within the realm of Kdrama possibility for the eunuch to survive. Did they toss him off the Cliff Of Non-Doom to guarantee his survival?!

Heo Jeong-min (Kim Soo-ji) first grabbed my attention in SHINE OR GO CRAZY. His gambling led his desperate sister's path to cross with that of incognito Goryeo prince Wang So (Jang Hyuk). He was a scream. He is also a hoot in OH HAE YOUNG AGAIN as stoic Park Do-kyung's kid brother, frustrated screenwriter wannabe and author of PASSIONATE BOTTLE OPENER. ;-)

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Hid best work that I have seen is in 'Married not Dating'.He plays a weasly,spoiled man-child and somehow makes him funny and a little pathetic.

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That's right! I saw that drama, actually!! I didn't recognize him at all!!
Cool, thanks :)

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@ashes2ashes, @cubely Lelly19,

Ah, another show to add to my ever-expanding to-watch list. I didn't know Heo Jeong-min is in it. Thanks for the tip-off! ;-)

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I think the crown princess has something to do with Moo-yeon being shot. It wasn't supposed to kill him.
I've always suspected him to be the father of her baby and she probably couldn't let him go knowing that.

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Yes, same thought, actually :)

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I actually had the theory that the Crown Princess isn’t pregnant at all and this was just a clever way to gain the upper hand over the Queen as well as her own father... she could adopt any random baby.
However, the drama delights in hinting that the Prince or Mooyeon care for her, so now I’m not so sure.

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I thought about that too and with this kind of writing, anything can happen.
There is no way out of her miserable marriage and her father is using her for his own ambition.
I love seeing more from the 2nd lead other than being the bitchy jealous 3rd wheel for the main lead's relationship.
I'm rooting for her to do something and not just sit there and take it.

If she is pregnant, I don't think that baby will make it. There is not enough time but I could be wrong.

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in the horse scene despite his face blindness.

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In a previous episode he mentioned how Hongshim is the only face he could recognize :)
That's why she is so special to him ;)

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But he can recognise the gisaeng and so many others also. Puzzling indeed.

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With everyone else he memorizes their voices and mannerisms.Hence him sfiling away official Park's voice and thick fingers.
However it does stretch the drama's internal logic when he fails to atleast be suspicious of Yul ,a supposed peasant who still speaks in his haughty royal tone, uses the refined hanyang accent and carries himself with the same gravitas as when he was Princey.
At this point the show has me hooked enough not to complain too loudly.

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No he doesn't. He has studied people's mannerisms and voices to remember who he is interacting with. When he first arrived in the village, they show him studying Officer Park, so he can remember him. He can remember what they are wearing, so a gisaeng with an elaborate hairdo should give him a clue, even she doesn't speak first. Moreover, he didn't recognize Ae Wol the first couple of times she is introduced.

He is drawn to HS because hers is the only face he seems to be able to recognize and that piques his curiosity about her.

He has met LY only once. His clues about LY are his voice and his writing. So it does explain why he doesn't recognize WD as LY with so little information.

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I went back and took a look at ep 9. He only hears WD speak once in that ep. WD says, "I'm happy", in response to why he doesn't look happy when he received the gift from the king.

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Er yeah we are both making the same point about him managing to recognize other people without remembering faces.
And I am not claiming that he recognize Yul from their brief convo.It s more of the fact that Yul s overall demeanour and way of speaking (which is very distinctive) from the other people of his station didn't evoke Jo Yeon 's investigative instincts.the guy is shown to be quiet observant (although second to Yul). I am guessing he would identify Yul when they interact more but there are these minor inconsistencies that take out complete enjoyment from an otherwise good show.

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But it kinda did, though...not a lot in this episode since they really didn't interact that much, but the next one delves into it more, I feel like...I think it's better to keep this discussion for ep 10 recap, maybe, it's hard to talk about it without spoiling the next episode ^^

As for ep 9, to me Je Yoon already looked quite suspicious about WD, but at the same time there still wasn't a big enough reason for him to start investigating yet..

That's my take, at least! ^^

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Sorry. I was probably typing my response when you submitted yours. I see what you mean. But as @cubely has said, as of ep 9, he hasn't had enough time with WD yet. He catches him sneaking out of the library and there's a very short interaction after that. He just reads him as arrogant and peculiar for not showing sufficient gratitude for scoring the king's approval and gift and has no other reason to suspect him yet. Waiting to dig in to this in the ep 10 recap!

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Ohk. @vasisht , @cubely I see where you guys are coming from now.in ep 9,I didn't sense that JooYeon was suspicious of Yul (well, not suspicious enough)and I thought that to be very out of character for him.You are both right ep 10 recap certainly is the right place to carry this one forward.😊

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Let's just say that he has selective prosopagnosia lol. He only recognized Hong-shim's face.
I think he can identify the gisaeng mostly by her voice.

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Thank you for that reminder that Je-yoon can recognize Hong-shim, which also escaped me. She is the exception.

FYI, Beanie Wag-a-muffin posted some of her own firsthand experiences of face blindness in the recap threads for ep. 1 of THE BEAUTY INSIDE. They start here:
http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/10/beauty-inside-episode-1/#comment-3315853

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Wow! That's really interesting!! Thanks for sharing! ;)

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One thing startled me - What on earth is that weird, disorienting, beef-jerky-loving fluff-ball!? Ming dynasty foo dog? What's more shocking is that it's real! It's pug-like but a little sheep-faced too. It messed me up. I still don't know how I feel about it. I couldn't look away because its form is so fluffy and cute (more in ep 10) but its face is so bizarre!

Anyway, I had to get that off my chest! :D

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I had to rewind to make sure it wasn't a baby lamb. It's a Pekingese. Google image the adorableness.

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I loved that dog! I envied Mister Park for having to cuddle with it. Although I admit, I didn't know Pekingese dogs can be this fluffy!

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ROFLMAO @vasisht SamVas!

I thought that self-propelled dust mop was a pug, but their breed standard prohibits a woolly coat -- only short, smooth hair. It looks like a cross between an electrocuted Pekingese X pug X dachshund. Watching it waddle around was the funniest thing. It reminded me of an extremely mutant version of a Himalayan cat I used to know, who thought he was titled nobility, and didn't like being patted because it messed up his hair.

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👌😂😂
There was also some sort of fluffy waddling dog in My Sassy (Joseon) Girl. Seems like pet dogs from Ming were all the rage among Joseon nobles.

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You're right! I was wondering where I'd seen a Chinese lap dog that had a title of nobility or some such. It was Gyun Woo's (Joo Won) Master Doggie whom he brought back with him from his studies in Ming.

I loved how Je-yoon greeted Master Park's pooch (actually, Park was dogsitting for another yangban) with "Nihao," only to be reprimanded for not being polite enough as the dog's rank was higher than his own. LOL! Way to rub in his half-yangban status. So he good-naturedly got out a trowel and laid it on thick. It totally cracked me up.

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Few things that I like and learn from this episode:

1. Joseon people were great record keepers. Probably enough (without any modern technology) to put today's journalism to shame.
Official Park did an impressive work compiling detail information on the town's daily activities.
That kind records is probably meant to help keep those with power in check, like the magistrate.
Maybe secret agent Heo would have done his job earlier if the ledger wasn't taken from the magistrate's office but it made a hero out of Won Deok so I'll move on.

2. Power always involved a loss of humanity.
One is learning to embrace humanity at the bottom of the social class and the other is losing his humanity on the way up.

3. Friendship: Hong-shim and Kkeut-nyeo. We all need a friend to hold our hands when things gets ugly. I think Kkeut-nyeo would make the best lady in waiting for our future crown princess/queen.(dreaming of a happy ending).

4. References: Magistrate abandoned in a pit. That reminds me of a scene in Moonlight.
Yul standing and sitting like he is exercising reminds me of a scene from Moon/Sun.

5. Funny scenes: Looks aren't important? The way she changes her mind quickly when he gave her the look was pretty funny.
Brainstorming names, Yi Do and Yi Hwang and Hong-shim nodding off was a given. I'm sure Do Do was meant high and mighty but it's also a reference to Do's own real name. It's also the great King Sejong's name.
What a combination lol.

I love these two together. They've done a great job carrying the rom and the com in the last few episodes.
I'm in with hands and feet.

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Aw,thanks for the list @kiara
Yay for future lady in waiting Kku Nyo.She has consistently shown her self to be a great friend.And Gu Dol would be a great companion to the princey after the loss of his faithful guard/BFF.
Oh boy,just realized Yul is in for a series of heart breaks when he gains his memory back 😑

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Does a lady in waiting need to be single? Eunuch, if I remember, needs to be celibate.

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Correct. Totally forgot about that.

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@kiara October 13, 2018 at 6:21 AM

KING AND I has been on my to-watch list ever since I realized that Oh Man-seok is in the title role. He's one of my faves. It's the 60-something episodes that have delayed my watching it. -- That and a surfeit of live-watching.

Re: your earlier post on musuri, I looked it up on Wikipedia, and it sounded as if they included water maids like Hae Su in MOON LOVERS.

It also mentions that some of them lived outside the palace, which was also the case with some of the servants in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG (although that was set during Three Kingdoms era).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musuri

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Ooh that is a great point.damn historical facts.the royals of those time did demand complete and absolute surrender of the self.
But since this is a fusion saguek,may be we can bend the rules a little 😉I doubt Hong Shim would be a typical crown princess so she could have her BFF with her

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There were some who were married and would come and go like the musuri class in Jackpot. The famous Dong Yi actually belong to the musuri class before she climbs the rank and become King Sukjong's concubine.

Maybe they'll all move to the capital so they'll visit her and Yul often.

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Wow,did NOT know that.Thanks for the info,@kiara. Really would have payed more attention in history classes if I knew they would enhance my drama viewing experience😉.

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@ashes2ashes
I should’ve paid attention too lol. I’m really enjoying all these discussions because I learn from it so thank you!

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I recall hearing in another sageuk that eunuchs married gisaengs, so I suspect some of them lived outside the palace.

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Moonlight was one but I think she was a maid. I do recall the gisaengs and eunuchs but I don’t remember the sageuks name. King and I maybe?

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I sort of remember discussing the subject of eunuchs who marry... Was it in Grand Prince? 💔

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@kiara, @wishfultoki

Toki is right -- it was GRAND PRINCE. A gisaeng was making eyes at Hwi's eunuch, who only had eyes for their Manchurian associate, who only had eyes for Hwi, who only had eyes for what's her name.

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@pakalanapikake
I didn't watch grand Prince but King and I was written by the master himself, Jung Ha-yeon.
It has been a long time but it was based on Kim Cheo Seon was a loyal eunuch to a couple of Joseon kings.
I need to go back and rewatch it.

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Thanks @pakalanapikake for your excellent GRAND PRINCE inter-personal relations synopsis:

A gisaeng was making eyes at Hwi's eunuch, who only had eyes for their Manchurian associate, who only had eyes for Hwi, who only had eyes for what's her name.

My Saturday morning LOL. I can always count on you for one.
So now that you opened the door a bit, um how do I put this?
(I am in publisher mode.) Back in June you wrote and I posted to your fans on the GRAND PRINCE hijacked thread:

Plus I've got the ep. 20 recap for GRAND PRINCE that needs to be combined and edited from two drafts. Mental fatigue and too many finales & premieres had me run ragged. Really should finish it up for the sake of completion. ;-)

No pressure but can we expect something for GP ep. 20, maybe?
Btw. Isn't so nice that the need for DB hijacked threads seems to be over.
We have a cornucopia of recaps now on DramaBeans.

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@marcusnyc20 Bong-soo October 13, 2018 at 8:46 AM

I'm glad to know that I'm still cracking you up. ;-)

Funny you should mention GRAND PRINCE, as I was thinking about how I still haven't gotten my butt in gear to finish editing it. Now I'm swamped with live-watching, and can't keep up with the recaps & comments. Who am I kidding?!

Seriously, no pressure detected, "just" a lovely request from a Beanie buddy. I haven't forgotten. Need to rewatch the last two eps. and re-reread my ep. 19 recap to prime the pump. Please continue to respire (i.e., do not hold your breath) as this will take a while. And many thanks for your interest in my opinionated recaps. I truly appreciate it, Chingu. ;-)

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Thanks for all those nifty insights, @kiara.

1. Joseon record keeping is indeed amazing in its thoroughness and extent. Official Park really is quite the consummate paper-pusher, and I appreciate how he takes his job seriously.

If undercover royal inspector Heo had not been given the magistrate's ledger by Hong-shim, would he have just waited around until he heard complaints, and then made a surprise inspection and combed the archives for incriminating evidence?

Did my eyes deceive me when Yul was back in Hanyang, or was the bookseller hawking Elementary Learning actually royal commissioner Heo in disguise? It was mentioned in an earlier episode that she visited her cousin the book seller in Hanyang once a month. Is Heo one of Hong-shim's relatives, or a competitor?

2. I agree with you re: power and its dehumanizing effects the higher one climbs. In his defense, I got the impression that Je-yoon was currying favor with Master Park so he could prove his loyalty to Left Minister Kim, with the long-term objective of cleaning up Park's corruption once and for all. He isn't at liberty to disclose his modus operandi to the villagers. My sense is that his life as a half-yangban has been so miserable that he has great empathy for those at the bottom of the heap, and never forgets it. If anything, the grumbling and complaints of the villagers will be music to the ears of Park, and will help convince him that Je-yoon is just another greedy petty official. Maybe he could have gone about it differently. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt unless he does something really questionable.

4. Yul's agitation was hilarious. If it weren't for the fact that push-ups had not yet been invented, he would have been doing them. Oh, right. Not enough room, thanks to his interior decor. LOL! We all know that he would never go to the river for a Joseon cold shower. ;-)

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There is so much to talk about but my poor head is going to explode lol. I need me a Won Deok-ah.

Can you imagine the amount of information that was collected for the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty? Not everything was included. They only hand pick what they thought was most important and it went through many revisions and editing before it was approved to be a part of written history.

I think Heo was sent there by the king (maybe the former king) because there was rumors of corruption. Lord Park and Magistrate Jo were his main targets since his first appearance was at Park's birthday bash.

I'm with Won Deok, Heo was rather sloopy in his investigation, so it seems but there was no ledger at the magistrate's office for him to work with so he had to catch them in the act?

You and your eagle eyes! I'm impressed girl. He does look like commissioner Heo. He wouldn't work in an office since no one is supposed to know the nature of his work.
I'm not sure how he is related to Hong-shim. She would've recognized him at the village if he was her cousin? I was under the impression that she made it up to cover for her Hanyang accent.

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@kiara,

I know what you mean about exploding head syndrome. Too many details from too many shows. ;-)

I recall from REBEL that Gil-hyun hyung had been appointed an historiographer. I seem to recall a brief discussion of his duties and the care with which the pair of scribes/reporters assigned to the king were required to record everything, which would then be meticulously reviewed and scrutinized prior to publication in the official records. One screw-up and it would be off with your head, which is why the historiographers were so attentive to detail. There was also mention of Yeonsangun's reading the records even though he was not supposed to, IIRC. I cannot imagine how much data they manually compiled from which to extract the most important nuggets. I wonder if the raw source data is still extant. (I may be misremembering the source of my info -- it's possible it came from YOU in the REBEL recaps. LOL!)

It makes sense that the King sent his secret investigator to scope out Master Park and Magistrate Jo.

Aha! Now I recall what has been bugging me about this ledger business. When we first saw Yul reading it (or was he stashing it in the woodpile?), we may have gotten a brief look at the cover or open pages -- but there was no translation of the hanja, IIRC. It drives me bonkers when stuff like this happens. Signage, royal edicts, etc., often fly past without translation. If I could read hanja, I'd know what it said, and maybe I'd have known why Yul spent their scant money on the book. Drat. I think that accounts for why this book business has felt so clunky.

I was surprised that there was no ledger in the Magistrate's office. I would have thought that some government bureau or other would have issued a list of the types of records to be kept, and that failure to maintain and secure them would be dereliction of duty and a punishable offense. Maybe crappy record keeping was what prompted the king to send the commissioner. And mayhap the magistrate did not keep certain records so they could not be used against him. – I just can't figure out how anyone managed to filch them.

I was really surprised to recognize Heo as the bookseller in Hanyang myself. LOL! Maybe the camera lingered on him a bit longer than usual -- so that we would remember that Hong-shim had bought supplies there, as well as Yul's remembrance of his first love's busting his chops over being unversed in Elementary Learning. As a bookseller, one would expect the proprietor to be literate, and to have a stream of literate customers.

That's a good hypothesis re: Hong-shim's bookseller cousin in Hanyang. It gives a pretext for her visits on the 15th of every month as well as her accent.

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#2. Thank you for your thoughts on Ye-joon. I totally agree and so far he has good intentions. I just don't like the way he is using Ae Weol. It's dangerous even though she is willing to be used.

I think his tactics to catch Lord Park is reasonable enough and he is smart not give himself away.

I have a soft spot for the half yangbans. Ye-joon can change his destiny. Maybe with a little help from our crown prince.

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I'm sure the book seller and the royal inspector are different persons. They are indeed look alike but my ears hear different voices from them. If they are same person, Hong-shim should recognized him at the inn.

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@hallie, cc: @kiara

I'm glad you could tell the difference between their voices. My eyesight isn't the greatest, and this wouldn't be the first time I was fooled by actors with doppelgängers. LOL!

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One thing I just though about is how I find it hilarious every time we are reminded that the reason WD is married now is because of his own order...this episode too, in particular when Je Yoon was surprised by the fact that HS got married soon after he met her...and not to some random guy, but to the crown prince himself who ordered the marriage in the first place!! lol

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Hehe,yeah his 'why did you do that Cho ha ' when he realized his fave Princey caused the love of his life to marry someone else before he got to shoot his shot was hilarious. I suppose because he saw HS in her yang ban garb,hee assumed she got to get away with disobeying the royal edict just as he had?
If that is the case,i am surprised why he hasn't asked her why she is pretending to be a peasant now.

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Yep, exactly that line! 😂😂

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Thanks for the recap! I agree that the writers did not do a great job of creating suspense without creating confusion to the viewers. I actually was confused by how Hong Shim and her dad was treating the fact that she will soon leaving the village to join her brother.

Can someone correct me if I'm wrong? I thought Hong Shim was going to leave with her brother without her dad (because wasn't there a scene in an earlier episode where the dad wanted to leave with them but Hong Shim was reluctant because they would essentially have to go into hiding?) so this entire episode, I thought it was awfully callous (and unrealistically so) of Hong Shim to talk about leaving her dad as if it was no big deal and the dad being more concerned about Won Deuk being left behind than himself. The script sorted this out in the next episode, but I was mighty confused and frustrated because this is not the first instance where the writing threw me off.

Despite these shortcomings, I just keep coming back for more Won Deukie lol.

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I am really enjoying 100DMP and this was a terrific episode.
Now that Je-yoon has arrived as the new village Magistrate I am pleased that we should be seeing more of Kim Seon-ho.

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Bacause I first knew of DO as an EXO member, seeing him kiss a girl feels like seeing your younger brother kiss a girl. You're happy for him but you want to tease him to death. 😂😎😎

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Can we just appreciate the beautiful flowers at the background of that wonderful kiss scene?

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I was appreciating it until I realised how odd it was that all the trees/flowers/plants are so green and alive when they were supposed to have suffered drought for a long time.

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The drama gods just want us to see the beautiful flowers with the beautiful scene. With this drama, I mostly shut my brain off and just let my self feel the fluffs.

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the green and lush plants/vegetation could be symbolic of their own love: blooming and growing ;D

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I'm so excited to see more of their booming and growing love for each other. They really look cute together and every scene of our OTP really lightens my mood. I feel the love.

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If it helps you suspend your disbelief, hollyhocks are drought tolerant, and suffer in too-wet soil. ;-)

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I went through so many emotions with this episode - the pain in Wondeuk's expression as he learns he's been lied to, his curiosity as to who the supposed Wondeuk actually is to Hongshim (his jealousy if the watermill scene had actually happened HAHA AWW), his reaction to her falling asleep in the same room and trying to relieve him self (LMAO his comic timing!!!!), and ugh when they see each other after his Hanyang trip and just that look in his eyes before he kisses her, like after everything he'd learned this was the most important thing to do. GOD THE KISS I REALLY AM NOT OVER IT. He went for it, and she was unsure, and then she gave in, and wow. I really felt that.

Kyungsoo during the bts of the kiss seemed so nervous, his ears were so so red (and it showed in the scene, aww) but gathering from the general reception he delivered and did well (!!!) and Jihyun must have helped ease whatever nervousness he had, awww

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Yes!!!! That look in his eyes before the kiss!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍

And yeah, Nam Ji Hyun is definetly more experienced when it comes to kiss scenes and is a pro (I wonder if Ji Chang Wook had anything to do with her current skill XD) ...I really appreciate how she put KS at ease (as it seems from the bts video) so that the scene could come out the best possible way! And they totally delivered ^^

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(I wonder if Ji Chang Wook had anything to do with her current skill XD)

I second that. hahaha

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With Hong Shim's free-spirit and self-righteousness, I don't think she'll be the happiest living in the palace. Really not sure if I want her in the palace, as much as I love seeing her and Yul together. I don't know what will break my heart more - Hong Shim and Yul bittersweet separation or Hong Shim spending her whole life in the cage named 'palace'.

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Or she could use her solution agency smarts to solve even bigger problems that plague the country, as a true queen, alongside Yul, instead of the passive, trophy queens we're used to. ;=)

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I'm really enjoying this drama more than I thought I would. I watched it on a whim because I like Nam Ji Hyun and I was impressed with DO's acting in Along with the Gods.

I completely forgot Je yoon's face blindness and didn't know why he didn't recognise the crown prince! But I knew that the writers giving his character having face blindness would have something to do with crown prince's amnesia. I was so happy to see the eunuch still alive I literally got goosebumps.. his wound really looked fatal! Who would've known.

Regarding the So Hye's baby father... I feel that by now the father would be a character that we've already seen but there isn't one that's an obvious candidate... I don't think that Moo Yeon would have a romantic relationship with So Hye. He held a knife to her neck when they first met and her father told him to go ahead. She must've resented her father since then, and maybe became close friends with Moo Yeon because of their shared hatred/circumstances of being stuck under Minister Kim. I may be wrong though. Or is it possible that the father is the other younger prince? But he isn't aware of it? I forgot how old he is supposed to be though. I have to go back to see where she hid the love letter (?) though... Was it in a place in the palace..?

I think that Yul will get back his memories soon. In this episode, he understands that dad and Hongshim didn't have ill intentions when they lied to him. And also in the kiss (!!!) affirmed their feelings for each other. We're all set for him to recover his memories and not have bad feelings towards the father & daughter now. But what about Moo Yeon!! How will he forgive him.. I really wish he will get a happy ending too.

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>> Or is it possible that the father is the other younger prince?
Nooo! I have not read many comments on the half-brother, but he strikes me as a principled person, with the heart in the right place. I cannot believe that he would do that to his brother.

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I, too, think it is the other prince. I found it strange that when Moo Yeon heard that the Crown Princess was pregnant, he congratulated her. I don't think that response is normal if he was the father.

Another reason I think it is the other Prince is because I remember him saying that he admire her and at the time I remember asking, "To what extent do you like her?". He's suspicious to me. I'm waiting to see what his motivations are...

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Exactly. I thought it was weird that Moo Yeon congratulated her. If he is the dad, it is an odd thing to say. He should also know that the baby is not Yul's since he is ordered to kill Yul.. He also wouldn't congratulate her if he had suspected the baby was his since it isn't Yul's... So for sure he knows it is someone else's, and maybe the money she was giving him was to thank him for killing the fake-dad. So-hye and Prince Seowon's parents are enemies but who knows, it could be like Romeo and Juliet lol. And yes I also remember in an earlier episode he seemed to have feelings for her. For now, I'm not ruling him out.

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