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The Crowned Clown: Episode 12

Every time our clown catches a break in one area, something explodes in another area, and it’s starting to feel like he’ll never be able to have a moment’s peace. The longer he impersonates the real king, the more chances there are that he’ll slip up and say or do something that will tip off the wrong person that he’s not who he says he is. His only hope is that when (not if) that happens, he’ll have enough time to think of a clever explanation.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Ha Sun follows So-woon to a cliff where she’s planning to kill herself, and he begs her to live, even if only for him. Before she can answer, an arrow flies past them. Ha Sun throws his arms around So-woon to shield her, and takes a second arrow in the back.

Luckily, Moo-young followed Ha Sun, and as Ha Sun collapses in So-woon’s arms, Moo-young runs over and starts knocking arrows out of the air with his sword. He and his men go after the assassins, leaving So-woon begging Ha Sun desperately to wake up.

Minister Lee faces his own impending death at the hands of the Ming envoy, who is offended that the king didn’t come himself to greet him. But just as the envoy is about to slice Minister Lee’s throat, a voice calls to him to stop. It’s Minister Shin, who apologizes on Minister Lee’s behalf (HA, Minister Lee rolls his eyes).

Minister Shin tells Minister Lee to apologize, but Minister Lee refuses. He says he represents the king, while Minister Shin is here for personal gain, and that he won’t dirty himself or his king just to save his own life. He says that surely the Ming envoy doesn’t wish to sever ties with Joseon, and the envoy reluctantly admits that he’s correct. He says that he’ll go to the palace tomorrow, but that he wants Minister Shin to serve him.

Ha Sun wakes in a strange room, and he’s surprised and a bit scared when So-woon enters. He asks if she was hurt, and she admits that she was frightened to think that she might lose him, more frightened than at the thought of dying. Ha Sun asks hopefully if she’s decided not to die.

So-woon tells Ha Sun that she felt guilty that she was ignorant of her own sin (of loving him without knowing who he truly was), so she thought she should pay for it with her life. But now, she says that even if the world condemns her, she wants to live by his side.

Ha Sun hugs her gratefully and tells her that she just saved two lives, because he’d have killed himself if she’d died. He lies down so So-woon can clean his arrow wound, ans he makes her promise never to leave him. It’s a promise she makes happily.

Moo-young sends a guard back to the palace to tell Minister Lee that Ha Sun is okay but they couldn’t catch the assassins. Eunuch Jo wants to go get Ha Sun and bring him home, but Minister Lee has to be at the palace when the envoy arrives. When he does, with Minister Shin in his wake, the ministers all wonder why the king is absent.

The envoy is predictably angry when the king isn’t at court to greet him, but Ha Sun appears in the doorway just as he’s screaming his displeasure, quipping that he’s got a good grasp on their language. The envoy is only slightly mollified, wanting to know why the king wasn’t waiting for him.

He actually talks down to Ha Sun, reminding him that disrespecting him is the same as disrespecting the emperor. But Ha Sun brings in a huge tiger pelt, and he tells the envoy with his most charming smile that he personally went hunting for the banquet, and was a little delayed by the tiger.

The envoy seems reluctantly impressed, though he notices that the pelt is missing its tail. Ha Sun chuckles that he only noticed the tiger had no tail after he killed it, and claims that it makes the pelt that much more rare and valuable. (Ha, Eunuch Jo can barely hide his snicker — he knows exactly what happened to that tail.)

They sit down to talk, and the envoy expresses surprise that the king would dismiss someone as loyal as Minister Shin. He tells Ha Sun that the emperor wishes him to reinstate Minister Shin, and Ha Sun offers Minister Shin a new title, having heard how Minister Shin served the envoy in his absence. Minister Lee stares at Ha Sun, but his expression gives nothing away.

In Ha Sun’s chambers, Minister Lee admits that he was scared Ha Sun wouldn’t return in time, but Ha Sun grumbles that he gave his word. He thanks Eunuch Jo for tipping him off that the envoy would request Minister Shin’s reinstatement, since he might have caused an angry scene otherwise, though he’s upset that Minister Shin used the envoy to get his job back.

They’re all worried about who might have attacked both the king and the queen. Minister Lee says that he thinks it’s the only person who noticed that Ha Sun wasn’t in the palace — the same person who demanded he hand over the king’s seal and plaque.

Sure enough, the queen dowager screams at Prince Jin-pyung for failing to kill Ha Sun yet again. She asks if she can trust him enough to include him in her future plans, and he insists he’s the best person to help her. She snaps that if he’d kept his word he’d be king already, then curtly dismisses him.

That evening, So-woon performs a tea ceremony outdoors. Minister Lee sees her praying, and when she’s finished, he tells her that he’s grateful she decided to return to the palace. She says there’s no need for thanks — she fled to avoid punishment, and returned to pay the price for her sins.

She says that her only duty now is to protect the person they both know, and that she’ll willingly face whatever she must to do that. Minister Lee tells her that that person once narrowly avoided death, and that he said the exact same thing afterward — that he wanted the power to protect something precious.

Minister Shin has a private drink with the Ming envoy and thanks him for helping get his position back. The envoy retorts that he only did it for the ten thousand soldiers Minister Shin promised.

Ha Sun finds So-woon still outside later and brings her a cloak to stay warm. He tentatively asks for her hand, and when she holds it out, he places several hazelnuts in her palm. She remembers the first time he did this and smiles, and he reminds her that if she cracks one open, a house goblin will grant her wish.

So-woon asks when he’ll stop speaking formally, wanting him to talk to her comfortably like he used to. Ha Sun is nervous to do that now that she knows he’s not really the king (or her husband), but she says it will help keep his identity a secret, so he makes himself lower his speech.

She tells him that she’ll return to her chambers after praying for three days, then says, “I’m So-woon. My name is Yoo So-woon.” Ha Sun repeats her name reverently, and eagerly tells her his name when she asks. So-woon smiles and says that Ha Sun is a warm name.

The following day, Ha Sun learns that Ming wants Joseon soldiers to help them defeat their enemy, Later Jin. Minister Lee tells Ha Sun that if they refuse, Ming will just invade them first, but if they send the soldiers, they’ll make an enemy of Later Jin. Scared, Ha Sun asks if there’s any way for Joseon to avoid the war, and Minister Lee says that from now on, the two of them will walk on a tightrope.

Minister Shin returns to court with his son, Yi-geom, and accepts congratulations on his new position of Head of Privy Council. When Ha Sun enters the court, Minister Shin says that they need to fulfill their duty as a vassal state and help Ming fight against Later Jin.

Ha Sun barely controls his knee-jerk emotional reaction and looks to Minister Lee, who says that this is something to discuss with the court. The Minister of Taxation recommends they deny the request since they are short on rations due to the drought, but Minister Shin argues that they owe Ming after they aided them similarly during the last war.

Ha Sun refuses, and Minister Shin gets on his knees in false grief that the king is choosing to be an ungrateful son. Ha Sun says that if Ming is the father of Joseon, then he is the father to his people, and he won’t send his sons to their deaths. He says he would rather commit a sin against Ming than against his own people, and Minister Shin accuses him of betraying law and courtesy.

He asks angrily how Ha Sun will endure the scholars’ appeals after saying such a horrific thing. Ha Sun says he’ll gladly grant Minister Shin’s wish, and gives the officials and scholars permission to go fight, Minister Shin along with them. Minister Shin goes quiet, and Ha Sun bellows that he cherishes his own life, but he doesn’t care about the lives of the people. He slams a fist on the table and yells that the officials should be ashamed, then storms out, leaving Minister Shin fuming.

Minister Lee visits the Ming envoy again to deliver the king’s message. He tells the envoy that in Joseon, they don’t train soldiers, so in order to provide military support they’ll have to draft and train the men. He asks for two years to prepare soldiers and provision them, and the envoy counters with one year.

Minister Lee takes Ha Sun a letter he’s drafted to General Nurhachi of Ming regarding their inability to provide troops even if war breaks out. He asks Ha Sun to stamp it, but Ha Sun hesitates, unsure whether he has the right to use the royal seal. Minister Lee tells him that he’s the only one who can, and after a moment, Ha Sun does it.

Minister Lee gives the letter to his spy, but something about his expression is worrisome. The spy doesn’t get very far before he grows nervous and unsheathes his dagger, but when nothing happens, he puts it away again.

Minister Shin summons Prince Jin-pyung to his home to introduce him to the Ming envoy. He gives the envoy a box full of silver ingots, presumably from Prince Jin-pyung as proof of his loyalty to Ming. The envoy says that he’s angry over Minister Lee’s request for a year’s grace period, and he warns Prince Jin-pyung to come through on his promise of twenty thousand soldiers within half a year. Prince Jin-pyung says that he’ll do anything to secure the throne.

Ha Sun and So-woon make a surprise visit to the queen dowager, who’s annoyed to see So-woon back, and says that she has no shame for not killing herself for having left the palace. Ha Sun snaps that he approved So-woon’s return, but the queen dowager sneers that So-woon disgraces her title as queen because he goes easy on her.

She demands that So-woon step down as queen before the court deposes her and makes her drink poison. So-woon respectfully refuses, and the queen dowager accuses her of disgracing the entire royal family. Ha Sun has had enough, and he tells the queen dowager to stop harassing So-woon, or else.

The queen dowager says that she knows he feels no duty to be filial towards her, and that he can try to do whatever he wants to her, but she won’t go down easily. Ha Sun tells her that he knows she demanded his seal and plaque while he was gone, and he wonders what the people will think when they find out.

The queen dowager stammers that she had to do it, but Ha Sun also wonders who would believe her when they found out he was almost assassinated. He orders her again to leave So-woon alone or he won’t forgive her, takes her silence as agreement, and leads Woon-shim away by the hand. The queen dowager sinks to her knees, then screams in fury.

Ha Sun gets some good news from Ho-geol — they they’ll be able to implement the rice payment law sooner than expected. Ho-geol beams under Ha Sun’s praise and promises that he’ll keep up the good work, and poor Ha Sun has to get Eunuch Jo’s help to make Ho-geol and his giant man-crush leave.

Since the rice payment law failed once before, Ha Sun decides to go on a procession to ask the people what they think. He asks Minister Lee where Dal-lae and Gap-soo are, though he says he knows he can’t see them, but that it’s necessary to make a better country for them and everyone else.

He asks Minister Lee to find them a safe place, which will make it easier for him to cut ties with his past. Minister Lee agrees to do that for him, and Ha Sun hands him a pouch with four hazelnuts inside to give to Dal-lae.

Moo-young scares ten years off Ho-geol’s life by grabbing his shoulder while he’s doing math in his head, hee. Moo-young says that Minister Lee will be coming for Dal-lae and Gap-soo, and Ho-geol looks a bit disappointed to be losing his houseguests so soon.

Eunuch Jo brings Ha Sun a bedtime snack of dried persimmons, though it’s obvious that Eunuch Jo wants one more than Ha Sun does. He practically drools as Ha Sun tries them, but instead of offering Eunuch Jo one, Ha Sun takes one more for himself then asks Eunuch Jo to take the rest to So-woon, because treats should be shared.

BWAHAHA, Eunuch Jo gives Ha Sun the saltiest look as he picks up the box again. Ha Sun takes pity on him and gives him the second persimmon, and Eunuch Jo loves him again. Their bromance is so freaking cute.

So-woon received the persimmons and a note from Ha Sun, which says that he’s going on procession tomorrow and asks her to come with him.

Ho-geol watches Gap-soo and Dal-lae pack their things, wondering how they even have things to pack since they arrived empty-handed. He playfully yanks something out of Gap-soo’s bag, which turns out to be the poster accusing the king of being an impostor.

Ho-geol glares at them suspiciously, then chirps that they must love the king as much as he does. Dal-lae asks in surprise if this is really a picture of the king. Ho-geol says it is, and that the king is even coming to their area if they want to see him in person.

He leaves for work, promising to cook them one last feast before they leave tonight. After he’s gone, Dal-lae runs off to see if the king really looks exactly like Ha Sun.

When the procession starts, Ha Sun’s first stop is at an outdoor tavern, and after asking the people not to bow, he orders a bowl of soup and rice. He asks the peasants how life is treating them, and gets the expected, “It’s wonderful all thanks to you,” answer.

He asks them to be honest, so one brave man says that he cultivated some unclaimed land to make some income, but a noble said it was theirs and took it. He asks Ha Sun to return the land he cultivated, and Ha Sun immediately gives his permission.

He warns that he’s about to implement the rice payment law which will only tax landowners, and asks the man if he still wants to own land. The peasants agree that paying taxes according to your wealth is fair — it’s being taxed when you’re broke that’s the problem. Ha Sun agrees, and that opens the floodgates of complaints, with the entire courtyard of people begging to be heard.

Nearby, So-woon watches Ha Sun, dressed as a noblewoman to hide her identity. She smiles to see him treating the people so fairly, and he catches her eye and smiles back.

Yi-geom happens to be in the area, and his eyes go wide to see the king here, but he keeps walking. A little way down the street, Dal-lae is trying to find the king herself, but instead she finds herself facing her rapist. She ducks into an alley to hide, and luckily Yi-geom doesn’t see her, but his father’s right-hand man does.

Gap-soo sees asks Dal-lae if Yi-geom is the guy who hurt her, and she nods fearfully. Gap-soo asks a shopkeeper ajumma to keep an eye on Dal-lae and follows Yi-geom, grabbing a harvesting knife from a merchant’s table on the way. His first wild swing only slashes Yi-geom’s arm, and it takes four men to bring Gap-soo to the ground, screaming in frustration.

While that’s happening, Minister Shin’s man sneaks up behind Dal-lae, and when the shopkeeper ajumma looks again, the alley where she was huddled is empty. Minister Shin’s man gives Minister Shin the dragon knife that Dal-lae was carrying, and Minister Shin tells him to make Dal-lae “comfortable.”

When Ha Sun returns to the palace, he’s told that Yi-geom was attacked in the marketplace by a clown named Gap-soo. Ha Sun wants to see Gap-soo, but Minister Lee stops him by saying that this is likely a trap laid by Minister Shin, and he asks Ha Sun to trust him and wait while he scopes out the situation.

Ho-geol is already at the jail looking for Dal-lae, who he believes must have been brought here with Gap-soo. Minister Lee confirms that Gap-soo was alone, but Ho-geol had assumed she was arrested for possessing the dragon knife (only kings were allowed to have the dragon symbol). Minister Lee remembers Yi Heon being given a dragon knife when he became crown prince, but he can’t tell Ho-geol how Dal-lae must have gotten it.

Minister Shin arrives at the palace to see Ha Sun, and a nervous Eunuch Jo asks Ha Sun to refuse him. Ha Sun agrees to speak with Minister Shin alone, and after Eunuch Jo leaves, Ha Sun says that he heard about Yi-geom being attacked, but Minister Shin says that he’s not here about that.

He gives Ha Sun a box which contains the royal dragon knife. Ha Sun has never seen it before, but he demands imperiously to know why Minister Shin had it. Minister Shin says he got it from a girl named Dal-lae who was with the clown that attacked Yi-geom, and he asks Ha Sun if it’s the same dagger that the Ming emperor gave to him.

Thinking fast, Ha Sun says that he had the dagger earlier when he left the palace, and must have dropped it. Minister Shin asks if he’s sure, and when Ha Sun says he is, Minister Shin tells him that in fact, the former king gave him the dagger when he fled the country and made him crown prince. Dammit.

Ha Sun immediately realizes that he’s made a fatal mistake. Minister Shin orders him to reveal his true identity, or Dal-lae’s life will be in danger.

Shaking, Ha Sun silently reaches into his desk and pulls something out. Keeping his fist clenched, he stands, then tosses something at Minister Shin’s feet — the two yang he paid Ha Sun for Dal-lae’s virtue. Ha Sun says in a gruff voice, “I am the one you paid two yang,” and after a moment of shock, Minister Shin begins to laugh.

 
COMMENTS

AWESOME. If Ha Sun had to admit his true identity to Minister Shin, at least he got to do it in the most in-your-face way possible, which had to be very satisfying. Say what you will about Ha Sun, but you have to admire his guts and sense of showmanship. He used the tension of the moment to make his big reveal, and by now I trust his intelligence enough to feel confident that he’s not just giving Minister Shin his true identity in a fit of anger — he’s got a plan, or he’ll come up with one quickly. Between Ha Sun and Minister Lee, they generally “walk the tightrope” well and use seemingly damning information to their benefit, so let’s hope they’re able to do that this time, too.

Ha Sun is really turning into an amazing king, and I love it when he says or does something that makes even Minister Lee look at him in surprise and respect. It’s not so much what Ha Sun does as how he does it, and his intense dedication to serving the Joseon people is particularly impressive. I expect him to be able to adopt a commanding presence, having been a performer all his life, but he goes one better by being quite intelligent and always managing to say exactly the right things at exactly the right times. I believe that it’s this that will give Ha Sun the edge over Minister Shin when it comes down to it — Minister Shin has the same talent, but it’s entirely self-serving, while Ha Sun uses his speaking skill to protect and defend others.

I don’t know why it made me cry when So-woon told Ha Sun her name, except that maybe it’s partly because I hadn’t realized he never knew her name until she confronted him. It makes sense once I think about it, that in a society that would have exclusively referred to the queen by her title, a mere peasant would never know the queen’s name. Somehow, nobody ever though to tell Ha Sun when he began impersonating the king (they really didn’t prepare him very well at all), except that they told him to avoid her and didn’t expect them to ever cross paths, much less fall in love. But that moment when she said, “I’m So-woon,” and asked Ha Sun his name in return, felt every bit as intimate and romantic as a confession of love. It was as if, by telling Ha Sun her name, So-woon was breaking down the last wall separating them and inviting him into her most private world.

I feel compelled to mention what an incredible job Kwon Hae-hyo is doing as the conniving Minister Shin. If I remember correctly, I first saw him in Lie To Me, what feels like a million years ago. He played a sweet, supportive ajusshi character, and those types of roles are mostly what I think of when I think of him. This is the first time I’ve seen him as a truly evil character, and to be honest, I didn’t think I’d buy it at first. But he’s really selling Minister Shin as a shifty, grasping, power-mad manipulator, and I’m having a lot of fun seeing him do something different. I hope he’s enjoying doing it as I’m enjoying watching him!

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Thanks for pulling weekend duty and writing recaps @lollypip! I flipped my table when Dal-Rae scurried off to see the king. I was sure that she would see Ha Sun and yell “orabeoni”, but instead she ran smack into pervert Yi Geom. 😫

I flipped the table again when Ha Sun let Minister Shin in for an audience, against Eunuch Jo’s very wise counsel to refuse. You brought this upon yourself Ha Sun, although the truth was bound to come out sooner or later. I guess it’s better like this than be outed by Dal Rae in the marketplace (So now my table is upright again? Ok). I’ve seen episode 13 so I’ll wait to comment further.

On Kwon Hae-hyo: I first saw him as the corrupt and inept manager in RADIANT OFFICE, and then as the horrible adulterous dad in LINGERIE GIRLS GENERATION. So my mind is programmed to see him play an evil character.

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The scene in Radiant Office where he's showing to Kim Dong Wook as the new CEO how it works and he made him accept Ha Suk Jin's proposition by mistake. He was like "Don't worry, all the directors have to agree too" and they do in one minute. It was so funny. I watched it so many times :D

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What's funny is that I JUST watched that scene. But what's also funny is that scene. Radiant Office had some fun stuff in it.

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I liked Radiant Office. The female character was nice and funny. It was a nice office drama.

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I just watch it today, I know I'm super late to the party, but Maybe I caught up episode 8 to this episode in space of 1 day, I don't find it slow like some suggest. It's so far a well pace and intriguing. I thought the drama will lost it's moment the moment the real king disappear. But no, for me it's keep getting more interesting. If the king is still alive, might be we wouldn't be able to explore the other side of the story and spend more time about him and Ha Sun.

I can't wait to watch The real Ha Sun and Min Shin face to face, facing Ha Sun real grudge from their encounter in earlier episode.

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I don’t know why it made me cry when So-woon told Ha Sun her name,

Yes, I cried too. And I also found this scene way more romantic than the confession and kiss scene in the snow. It's probably mostly due to the fact that there are no more lies between our leads but the way they looked at each other and smiled had my heart fluttering like crazy. That, Gabsoo ajhussi's attack on rapist (I cried so much!) and that tense ending scene were the highlights of this episode for me.
I'm happy the ratings are great but I know a lot of beanies are losing interest in this drama. It still has my complete love and attention though. Unless they kill of Eunich Cho. Then it's bye bye for me.

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They CAN'T kill Eunuch Jo unless they want a riot on their hands.

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True. Better not pull that stunt, show.

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*readies my pitchforks, just... in case*

Eunuch Jo and the mathematician with the king crush are the most pure characters in this show. I don't know if I could keep watching if they kill them off...

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I need more of the mathematician. He needs to have a portrait of the king to moon over.

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Gab Soo chasing down Mr Rapist and Dal Rae cowering in fear was the most emotional scene. I cried, I screamed no and yes at the same time, I devour the epic background music and slow motion, I feel their emotions... Wow.

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Ho-geol throwing little hearts with his eyes to the King is so funny! He can't hide his love for him :D

The end was shocking. I like how the author doesn't wait the end of the drama to kill the King or to reveal Ha Sun's secret. Thus, we don't really know what will happen next.

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I found the part where Sowoon introduced herself to Haseon to be super sweet. It's like giving Haseon a very personal part of herself, allowing their relationship to have better and much stronger grounding. I also really liked the part where Sowoon gave her final respects to Yi Heon.

Haseon really has the makings of a great leader for the people. He's becoming even more self-reliant in his role as the King, fighting for the rights of the lowly people along the way. What he lacks though is proper lessons in navigating the politics. He is smart but he he can also be very reckless which is a huge part of his upbringing. He grew up as a clown, knowing that every performance is putting his life at risk. But as he plays the role of an actual King, the stakes are now so much higher.

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Finally, Ha Sun is doing something again. That verbal beat down of Shin about not sending soldiers was oh so satisfying; not to mention the showdown with the dowager queen. I think having So-woon in the know will be helpful because she's a fighter. Let's hope we're past the weepy-self-pity-I-must-die-for-my-sins phase and let's get back to what our characters do best: being fierce and not backing down.

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You know whats cuter than Ha Seon and Eunuch Jo bromance? Eunuch Jo himself! I squealed so much when I watch Eunuch Jo's reaction receiving the persimmon! ADORABLE! 😍😍😍😍 TAKE MY LOVE EUNUCH JOOO

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I showed this drama to my friend. We watched 5 episodes together and then she watched the rest at home within a day. And now she says she's obsessed and can't wait till monday to watcj rhe next one. Haha. When you watch it you don't feel like its dragging at all. It's the most fast paced historical drama i ever watched.

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Thank you for recapping this show @lollypip. I will admit after episode 10 I found that I was so anxious and afraid some new horrible thing would happen that I couldn't watch the next episode. So I had to wait to read your recap and be assured that nothing happened to Eunuch Jo.
Now I'm back on board and am impressed by how they are playing out the struggle between the good and bad - it is kind of like a chess game.
What is truly impressive is how Ha San is growing into his role. He plays the ANGRY stern man (like the real king was) so well - but for different reasons. I LOVED how he smacked down the ministers and suggested they go to war instead of sending everyone else's sons.

Ha San is truly coming into his own role by using his acting skills and personal values to change the rules of the game (sort of).
In a sense, he is still playing two roles.
His little sister makes me crazy, but I understand the writer using her as one of the main sources angst. We need to remember that he is her only family and of course she is right to be worried, but her actions have created such tension. Then again, that is her role, isn't it?

Aren't younger siblings in this world to bug their older brothers or sisters?
Looking forward to talking about the next episode!

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Yeo Jin Goo really plays the caring-older-brother role well, almost makes me wish he was MY older brother HAHA.

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I waited until today (Sun. Feb. 24) to watch Ep. 10 too. First I was waiting for complete captions. Then I just couldn't handle the tension and allowed myself to be distracted by fluffier fare. Readying myself for Ep. 12. I still love this show—nothing gives me the shivers like The Crowned Clown.

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yep yep - I did the same thing! Only I watched RIBB before getting up my nerve to watch ep of Trap.

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After ep. 10 I thought I would be bored, instead eps. 11 and 12 were really interesting and now I am curious about the consequences of the last revelation.

I love the relationship between Ha-seon and the Queen and in particular the scene in the Q.Dowager's chamber, the way he stands in favour of her no matter what.

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I have mixed feelings... on the one hand, this episode was nice since it had some good plot progression ~ I especially loved Gap Soo chasing down the rapist (gosh definitely the most emotional scene this week), and Ha Sun defiantly revealing himself to Minister Shin (if you can't deny it, own it!).

On the other hand, I am not a fan of the queen and clown's love story. You can hate on me for this, but I don't think she should have gone back to the palace or declared her love for him. Forgiven him? Maybe, sure. But decided to be complicit in covering up the death of the king? Nope nope nope.

Anyways, I am not sure where this story is going, but I'm going to stay for uri Eunuch Jo, uri adorkable mathematician/chef (I would so ship him with Dal Rae if she was a few years older), uri lovable, protective clown Gap Soo (he's going to die, isn't he?), and uri tsundere guard. Drama gods, I promise if you give them happy endings I promise I will start drinking instant coffee, ginseng, and even buy the pink post it notes and strawberry cushions you try to sell me!

PS Drama gods, if you can't save them, can you at least have uri King Cray Cray rise from the dead and wreak vengeance? I will vow to buy the expensive skin care products if vengeance can be his!

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I'm not okay they are covering up King's death too. That's just too much. One day, it's need to be revealed. And one of the reason why this story won't end well or a happy notes for our protagonist.

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Exactly, they’ve both become the sort of conspirators that don’t get happy endings in sageuks

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I like that it's been less predictable than most sagueks I've watched. That's why I'm fine with her wanting a relationship with him. They both want a better country for the people and this is a good chance for that. Ethics, moral high ground... who needs that in this fictional world?

Don't order your ginseng just yet. We have a few episode to go. I wonder how ginseng and instant coffee will taste in your hot cocoa?

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I just wish she had properly mourned the king. I wish she had felt more conflicted. I wish they didn’t tie up all her feelings neatly with that arrow. Anyways... just my feelings. I wish she was more complicated then this.

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I can respect that.

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@hotcocoagirl,

Methinks the Queen was very conflicted, but did not say much about it because she was not in a position to. She was furious with Ha Sun, and the look she gave him did the talking. I think that under the circumstances, three days of tea offerings was the best the Queen could manage as a secret memorial observance for her late husband. And even then, I'm concerned that prying eyes are upon her. The point is that both she and Chief Royal Secretary Lee have observed funeral rites for him. -- Unless we're being trolled, that is.

I agree that Ha Sun's getting shot was the Joseon equivalent of a near-fatal incident with a Truck Of Doom guaranteed to get the impostor out of the royal dog house and back into the Queen's good graces.

It's tough being a paragon of virtue in a snake-infested court. Aside from putting the Queen at a disadvantage as she contends with adversaries who do not burden themselves with ethics and morality, it reduces her to a stereotypical plot device. At least Chief Royal Secretary Lee indicated that he advocated for her being Crown Princess precisely because she had no ambition for the position. She did her filial best as a pawn in a no-win situation, and for that, I have to give her credit.

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IMHO and in so woon's defense ha seon did a lot for her. Saved her father and saved herself many times while her own husband ordered to kill her father knowing he did not commit a crime or without a proper hearing. Gladly so woon doesn't know he ordered to kill her as well or she'll be very much disappointed in him. And so woon confessed on loving ha seon ( without knowing thats not yi heon ) and she said she never felt this way before. So she only respected maybe loved yi heon out of duty as his wife and queen it seems. Ha seon took an arrow to save her so how she could not forgive him. And she was already in love. Thats why she tried to kill herself as well. Because in her mind she felt guilty. But yes still, not revealing yi heons death is covering up a crime. So woon believes yi heon died due to his illness. Haksan never told her about killing him (of course he can't ). Both ha sun and so woon cannot be blamed for yi heons death. But they will both end up dying if it is revealed. So i don't want it to happen. Of course the writer can pull off something like someone secretly sending them off or so. But I rather see joseon people have a happy and prosporous life under ha sun and so woon rulling than seeing cunning jinpyong on throne.

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Minister Yoo digged his own grave when he was out smart by Shin in front of the whole court. He was told to leave Shin alone because the only way to bring him down is treason.
By that time Yi Heon sentenced him to death, he was already half cray-ish from the drugs.

So Woon was having an emotional love affair with clown without knowing that he wasn't her real husband.
Yi Heon did sense that she had feelings for someone else which is cheating and that is treason. She would have slept with Ha Sun anyway.
He sentenced her according to what he knew at the time.

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Its not someone. he knows who the other guy is and its totally his fault to leave his woman with another man without telling her about the other guys identity. He cannot expect the queen to not to meet the king at some point. Minister Yoo was trying to bring yi heon to his senses. Yoo was trying to do a moral thing. Thats why we cant expect everyone to act high and noble and then incredibly smart all the time. People do mistakes intentionally or unintentionally. Most dramas shows the titular character as the symbol of nobleness and all but thats not how it happens in real life. I like how this drama tries to show us that.

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@ndlessjoie mugyuljoie,
The unpredictability of CROWNED CLOWN has been a refreshing switch to me, too, even if it's giving me gray(er) hair.

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If there is ever a sageuk where everyone (the greys with good intentions and baddies alike) needs to pay for their sins in the end, this would be it.
All the main characters and most of their followers have blood on their hands, directly or indirectly. They all have committed treason secretly and openly. So if they all die in the end then it'll make sense.
I'm the real villain here muhahahaha....

I love Jin-goo and Lee See-young to pieces but I'm not feeling this coupling for some reason.
This kind of morally ambiguous romance can be pulled off by someone like Yoo Ah-in with a writer who pays careful attention to every emotional details like Jung Sung-joo.
(It'll come with maturity and experience).

Romance is a quite a challenge for Jin-goo except when paired with Kim Yoo-jung and Kim So-hyun. I think it's more believable and natural with those around his age group.

Anyway, I want something exciting to happen and I'm counting on the Queen Dowager. She lost not only her father but her son so I've been waiting for her to go all revenge crazy when the truth is revealed.

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I think they have great chemistry the king and queen 😇. Its hard to survive in a palace being a total pure character. In reality society mostly consists of grey characters so this seems close to more reality. 😅

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I think the evil king and the queen has more chemistry than the clown and queen.

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This episode has revived my interest in this show. I’m liking how things are going for Ha Sun and how he isn’t intimidated by anyone like he used to be. He’s learning to tackle each problem bravely and wisely. Though not in the way Minister Lee wishes, he’s not a burden to the his allies. Watching ep12 and 13 back to back was very satisfying because justice was served.

I need someone to find out Minister Lee killed the king. Right now I don’t think anyone knows and I’m not ok with that.

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Ha Sun says he’ll gladly grant Minister Shin’s wish, and gives the officials and scholars permission to go fight, Minister Shin along with them.

That line was profound on so many levels. I loved Ha Sun for saying that. What a most gratifying moment. It was right in the faces of those hypocrites who preached about loyalty but expecting other people to do it on the behalf on their sorry posteriors.

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of their sorry posteriors. Apologies for the typo

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It was a moment of triumph. Scenes like this is what makes the political side of the drama awesome.

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Thanks for recapping, @lollypip.

Chief Royal Secretary Lee sent the secret letter to Nurhaci, Manchurian founder of Later Jin. He's the Jurchen leader. Later Jin went on to whoop Ming, ushering in the Qing [Manchu] dynasty. I have a bad feeling about the traveling salesman who's acting as courier. I would like to think that Lee has someone tailing him to ensure he gets safely on his way.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nurhaci

Lord Shin is such a piece of work. I agree that Kwon Hae-hyo is putting in a great performance. Just when you think Shin cannot possibly top himself as a self-serving traitor and all-around waste of oxygen, he pulls another fast one. His waltzing out to "save" Chief Royal Secretary Lee from being shish kebab'd by the Ming envoy was brazen beyond belief. His wheedling the King to dispatch 10,000 Joseon troops (and how many women?) to Ming made me see red. I loved it when Ha Sun told him and the rest of the ministers that they should go to Ming themselves to serve as troops. Touché!

Speaking of Ha Sun, I don't know whether he's nuts, or simply an adherent of the philosophy "The best defense is offense" when he threw the two yang at Lord Shin's feet in response to having his cover blown. Unlike his abject submission when the Queen discovered his true identity, this time, he came out swinging.

I've been waiting for Dal-rae's impetuousness to come back and bite her and the rest of her family, and it finally came to pass. This is what happens when you try to keep people in the dark instead of telling them what's really going on so they can make informed decisions.

On a happier note, I got the biggest kick out of the Dried Persimmon Incident. Ha Sun's gentle pulling of Eunuch Jo's chain was so doggone cute.

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Can someone elaborate on the meaning of the tail-less tiger?

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In one of the early episodes Ha Sun used the tail when he was hunting (to make the hunting dogs submissive to him).

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Though ha sun was bragging about hunting the tiger it is just the tiger skin that hanged in his bed chamber. He previously cut the tail off of it to calm the hunting dogs 🐶 in ep. 3. Thats why it was tailless 😅

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Back around the time CROWNED CLOWN premiered, I speculated as to whether Prince Jin-pyung is analogous to Grand Prince Neungyang, who became King Injo following Gwanghaegun's dethronement in a coup. At least I think I did, but perhaps I didn't post it.

The King's secret letter to Jurchen leader Nurhaci of Later Jin also turned up in THE KING'S FACE, as I recall. In GRAND PRINCE, there was a variation on the theme, with traitorous Evil Uncle, Grand Prince Yangan, conspiring with a Jurchen band to kidnap nephew Lee Hwi.

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Thanks for the recap. I was throwing things and yelling at Ha Sun for revealing his true identity to Minister Shin, but your take on it made me feel better; he chose the moment and manner in which to reveal himself that, upon reflection, probably does indicate he has a bigger plan. Hopefully he and Minister Lee will cook up some plan to get out of this particular situation, but this show certainly never lets an episode go by without giving us yet another thing to worry about.

This is yet another episode in which all the actors, the writer, the director, and the cinematographer work together to give the viewers something splendid. This is my favorite show on TV now, and between this and Haechi, with one of my favorite actors, Jung Il-woo, I am a happy camper.

I am coming to realize that I may prefer the sageuk dramas more than any other genre, or at least when they are inspired by actual Korean historical kings, princes, and people. With the gaps and missing information in recorded history, the writers can take known people and events and create speculative, but believable in the context of historical fiction, dramas that give the characters a rich, complex background. Plus there are all the fabulous costumes!

Historical fiction and fantasy make up about 95% of my pleasure reading, and I am an avid reader, and am always reading or rereading a novel/series in my free time. The well done sageuks are just my cup of tea. And now that some of my favorite actors who are more into the romantic dramas are back, or heading back, from their military service, I also look forward to seeing something more contemporary, with Lee Min-ho, Ji Chang-wook, Kim Soo-hyun and Im Siwan (who I loved in Miseang, one of my top three dramas ever) in the next few months. (Although seriously, is Lee Min-ho's first project going to be a sequel to Heirs? I really didn't like that series, and only kept watching for Min-ho and Kim Woo-bin, who I also hope to see return to the little screen, but am worried that he's not in good health since he's been gone for so long after finishing his medical treatment).

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First of all thank you for writing wonderful recaps. we enjoy them immensely. I am sorry if lollypip is sick or have study/family commitments. But i noticed the recaps are always quite late. I am not sure but i think more comments will be under this thread had this was posted earlier. After watching an episode we are quite impatient to talk about it. But since the recaps are late some might forget about it after a while or just simply lose interest. In fact Ep 15 broadcasted today and yesterday also so much happened, yet we are still on last week's episodes. I know it is hard to post right away. But if you can at least post within the week that would be great. Anyway if you are stuck with other commitments then its fine. Just my opinion. I am sorry if i offended anyone. was not my intention.

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