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My Princess: Episode 16 (Final)

So I never would’ve put my money on this, but this finale rocks. It’s not only adorable and as cute as always, but there’s actual conflict, and it’s good. (I KNOW!) So weird. What the hell were you doing for all those episodes, Show? Saving your wad for the big finale?

What’s nice is that it’s actually a solid episode with a singular arc, which SO many finales aren’t—most are cobbled-together, resolution bow-tying heaps of dung—but this one actually nailed the tone of the show in a great hour-long plot that made me wish we had gotten to this conflict sooner. Also, never thought I’d say this, but how much do I love Kim Tae-hee right now?

 
FINAL EPISODE RECAP

So at the end of the last episode, I expected it to be a fakeout, and it was—Seol rides her bike to school two years after the vote, but then is immediately followed by her security team, running to keep up with her. When her main bodyguard catches up to her, he huffs and puffs that she still can’t manage to get her driver’s license in two years. Well, perhaps you could at least get bikes for your security team, to ride alongside you?

A crowd gathers to take photos of the princess, but this seems to be a common sighting, as Seol rides to school every day, intent on finishing grad school. It’s good to be a princess with goals.

She heads to class, where she’s met with her professor of archaeology for her final term: Yoon-ju? Aw, geez, really? Would it have killed you to take a class with Jung-woo, for our sakes? Or is he too busy being your cultural ambassador and whatnot?

Thankfully they’re still antagonistic towards each other, Yoon-ju making a point of announcing to the class that she doesn’t abide people who think they can get away with not coming to class. She smugly addresses Seol that she’ll just get another F if she thinks she’s exempt.

Seol chases Yoon-ju after class to ask if she’s going to fail her again out of personal ill will, but Yoon-ju just claims that Seol’s F last semester wasn’t due to her absences, but her performance. Seol tries to play nice because this is the last class she needs to pass before getting her degree, and even acknowledges that though she doesn’t like it, Yoon-ju is the one who knows the Hae-young Museum best.

She explains that she’d like to do a good job maintaining the museum, for its namesake. That just raises Yoon-ju’s ire, as she notes that Seol must be trying to appease her guilty conscience, since she’s chased Hae-young out of the country and made him live just like his father.

Seol disagrees—he’s choosing a life of purpose as a diplomat, and that’s admirable. So, one thing’s clear: Hae-young has spent the last two years abroad, probably in an effort to stabilize the monarchy and let Seol begin her reign without scandal, in regards to both Daehan’s money and their romantic relationship.

One of the things Seol has done as the princess is open the palace to the public, and we see groups of tourists snapping away photos, and in the main hall, they’re greeted by a cardboard cutout of Seol. HAHAHA.

As Seol gets ready in a traditional hanbok, her aides come to her with birthday phone calls from princes: one from Prince Harry, and another from Prince…Nichkhun. Ha. Her face falls, really wanting a call from a diplomat rather than a prince.

She goes in front of the cameras on a stage, in what seems to be a regular gig. She presents different parts of Korean culture, like traditional foods, and even plays a gayageum. So pretty.

The lights go out in the middle of the shoot, and the staff presents her with a birthday cake. Darn. I seriously had my hopes up for a romantic gesture by Hae-young. Too soon?

On her way out, reporters surround her, but she’s now become a pro at the press-walk-and-talk, ignoring and answering the right questions. She’s thrown by one comment asking if Hae-young has cut ties with the monarchy, and then when asked about recovering her grandfather’s lost journal (recently found abroad), she says she’s working on it.

Back at the palace, she’s greeted with a mountain of presents from her fans, and she lights up, as she asks, “Which of these do you think it is?” … “The one from Park Hae-young?”

Um…awkward…none of them are from him. She doesn’t believe it at first, thinking he’s prepared some extra special surprise then, but this time, it’s the truth. No present from Hae-young.

She stews for a while, staring at her phone, and then finally announces that she’s going to call him, “Because I’m cool!!” Hahaha. The way she shouts that is hilariously unconvincing.

She calls, totally put out by the fact that she has to call HIM on HER birthday…only he doesn’t answer. Cue princess outburst. “Is he…cheating? Aaaaargh! He’s cheating with some busty leggy blonde, I know it!” LOL.

The next day she takes her driving test again for the millionth time, and fails like always. I do love that she’s so flawed, and consistently so. She goes to visit Grandpa’s ashes, and finds that someone else has left flowers already. One guess who.

She tells Grandpa that Hae-young is abroad, and she knows he must miss his grandson; she does too. She says that he’s always away, and sometimes it even confuses her—is it for his job, or because of her?

Seol: So that’s why I’m asking. I know you always give me everything, without holding anything back, and I know it’s shameless of me to ask for more…but…couldn’t you give me Park Hae-young?

AW. I love that she’s the one asking for HIS hand. God, I LOVE that.

She gets an update from Jung-woo on her grandfather’s journal, and they vow to keep trying to get it back. Meanwhile, she goes driving again to practice, determined to beat that test.

She drives along like a little grandma, fine until somebody drives up behind her, honking. Yay! Reunion on the racetrack! She gestures at the driver to go around her (in the totally empty driving course, mind you) and she doesn’t put two and two together, so he goes around her and races to a stop up ahead.

Seol grumbles at the crazy driver to herself, ready to give him a piece of her mind…until she sees him get out of the car. It’s Hae-young, in all his shining glory, doing his best imitation of a car CF.

Her jaw drops open as she realizes that it’s him, and he just smiles at her, shaking his head. She inches closer, so slowly it nearly kills me, and manages to get so close to his car that she sandwiches him in.

I love the pairing of her little pink car and his manly black car, parked side by side when they reunite. It’s adorable, and probably a car commercial’s subliminal advertising, but I’m totally buying into it. Gah.

She’s parked so damn close that she can’t actually manage to get out of the car to meet him, and he doesn’t help matters by slamming the door in her face like a little kid. He totally neeener-neeners at her, though they’re technically both trapped.

She finally puts her window down and asks if he’s back for good, and she yells that she was worried. He says ditto—he read an article saying she failed her driving test yet another time. He reminds her that he said if she was going to drive like this, not to drive at all. Heh. Am in agreement there.

She decides she’s had enough…and leaps out of the window into his arms. So. Cute. Even Hae-young dies of cuteness, and hugs her with the biggest smile. Seol: “You can’t go anywhere anymore! Got it?”

He laughs and agrees to stay put, and they hug like a basket of kittens under a rainbow.

She makes him dinner at his apartment, and he basks in the happiness. Not one to skip over the important things, Seol asks why he didn’t send her a birthday present. Hae-young throws her the line that she taught him when they first met: “I didn’t want mine mixing in with everyone else’s.” Cheeky.

He’s impressed with her improved cooking skills, and she boasts that everyone’s calling her Lee-Jang-Geum now. She adds the not-so-subtle hint that it makes her ripe for marrying, and he just muses that someone would have to take her.

She goes to the bathroom in a huff, and he takes the opportunity to take out her birthday present—big fat diamond the size of Mars. He smiles at it, quite pleased with himself (what’s new) and gets interrupted by a phone call.

While he’s on the phone, Seol comes out of the bathroom, and sees the giant ring sitting out in front of him. Her reaction is priceless.

When she comes out, he puts it away hastily, and says he has to go meet the President. She just smiles to herself, pleased to know what’s in store. Oh, honey. Any writer will tell you—if you’ve seen the ring but he hasn’t given it to you, that means you’ve got a bout of angst up ahead before you can call it yours.

Sure enough, Hae-young goes to meet the President, who basically tells him not to marry the princess. He says that the country has barely found a way to harmoniously live with the monarchy, and Hae-young’s move to marry her will put the entire monarchy (and all those who supported it) into scandal.

Anyone else think that this would’ve made a much better conflict than the preceding fifteen episodes? That could’ve been cut short and the conflicts after establishing the monarchy would’ve been SO much more interesting. Whatevs. Too late now.

The President offers up a position in Washington, with the added push that Hae-young should pursue his ambition, rather than have his title become “the princess’ husband.” At home, he takes out the ring and weighs the big decision.

Over the phone, he tells her that he has something important to tell her, and they make plans for the day after. Seol squeals in delight knowing what the important thing is, and swoons wondering how he’ll propose.

But the following days are met with a big round of phone tag, as both their packed schedules keep pushing their date further and further. Seol’s finally had enough of the runaround, and storms over to Hae-young’s office like an angry girlfriend.

…Except she doesn’t really have the luxury of being the angry girlfriend when their relationship is so public, which he tries to get into her head, but she’s too upset to hear him. See, this is what happens when you see the ring first, and your expectations make your head go all haywire.

She lays into him for not making the time because he doesn’t want to see her, reminding him that he told her to be the princess, and basically railroads him into a breakup, just because he won’t leave his meeting RIGHT NOW. Hahaha. She very dramatically breaks up with him, but the whole thing’s hilarious because we know she’s just acting out.

He comes to the palace later to try and coax her back, but he’s met with a locked door and sounds of Seol wailing in heartbreak. Only it’s all an act, to set him straight. HA. He sighs and tries to get her to open the door, but she stands her ground, quite pleased with her own performance.

He waits it out, and tells her lady in waiting to give her the message that he’s really sorry. She says that it’s unlikely Seol will see him (since she’s coaching her to stay firm), and tells him that she must be doubly stressed because of trying to recover her grandfather’s journal.

Hae-young makes a phone call to a contact in England and gets a plan in motion to recover it, and then comes to see Seol with the news. She runs and hides under the covers, making crying noises and insisting that she doesn’t want to see him anymore.

He tells her that he’s here on official business, not as her boyfriend, and tells her that he might be able to get the journal back. She immediately throws the covers off and beams, clearly, not having cried AT ALL today. Hahaha.

She’s caught red-handed, but breezes past it in her princessy way, with a hair toss and a smile. Hae-young can’t help but just roll his eyes and smile back. He tells her that if he can recover the journal, then she has to take back the breakup. She says casually that people who break up can get back together. He muses that he’s got to make diplomatic phone calls to see his girlfriend’s face, and she just says, yeah duh—I’m a princess. Touché.

But there’s just one hiccup: the British Museum only wants to deal with Yoon-ju, since they have a long-standing relationship and they can trust her. So Seol goes to see her, putting aside her distaste to ask Yoon-ju for the favor. Yoon-ju is as icy as ever, scoffing that she must really think little of her, to assume that she’d help Seol do anything.

Seol admits truthfully that she’ll never forget what Yoon-ju said and did to her, nor will she ever forgive her, but she acknowledges Yoon-ju’s unparalleled skills career-wise. “I know that even if you hate me, you love history, just like Nam Jung-woo.”

Back at the palace, Seol tells Jung-woo that she thinks she failed, despite being pretty sure that her cool I-acknowledge-your-awesomeness approach would work. Jung-woo thinks it might have worked, and sure enough, in comes Yoon-ju.

Some time later, they get a letter announcing the return of the journal, and Seol jumps up and down in excitement, while Jung-woo smiles to himself, proud of Yoon-ju. (Grumble, grumble. Bitter grumble.)

Hae-young comes to congratulate her, and when the staff leaves them alone (throwing hearts, no less) Seol thanks “Hae-young-ee…oppa,” and plants a kiss on his cheek. He calls out to the staff that Seol is taking advantage of him, and she covers his mouth in a panic.

He teases her for being Ero-Seol and wonders what she’ll do to him if he does shut up. OH, you two. She finally just asks when he’s going to say his “very important thing,” and tired of going in circles, she just sticks her hand out and asks for the ring. Ha.

He’s taken aback, not only because he’s surprised she knows, but because he’s clearly still weighing the decision. She picks up on his hesitance, and worry starts to cloud her face. “Is it not mine? Is it for someone else?” Haha. I love this running gag of her always assuming he’s got other girls, when he’s never given any indication of being that guy. Not that I wouldn’t make the same assumption, with a boyfriend who looks like THAT. Just sayin’.

She tells him if it’s for someone else, to at least hand over the receipt…so she can get a rebate. Heh. Nice callback. He finally answers, “So what if it is?” She actually does start to worry, asking, “Did you stop liking me?!” Ha. What are you even supposed to do in the face of that kind of sincerity?

He sighs that he wished that were the case. “Then my heart would hurt less.” But before he can explain (not that he was going to, knowing him), they’re interrupted with news that her sister Dan’s been found.

Seol heads over to find her sister living in a tiny studio, with nothing to her name. She shouts that if she was going to do all that to betray her sister, she should be living it up. The shouting match turns into throwing things, and eventually they’re hitting and screaming, which is actually strangely touching, since they’re fighting like real sisters.

They get it all out of their systems, finally sitting side by side calmly. Seol tells her to come back home, and Dan says she can’t…not like this. She swears that she’ll get her life together and succeed—even more than Seol—and only then will she return. Seol: “Fine! You’d better succeed! Just you try and come back without succeeding!” Aw, it’s the only way she can show her love, and once she leaves, Dan cries.

I don’t like Dan or wish her well, but because she’s Seol’s sister, I do like her resolution. She’s family, so she can’t just be left dangling, but their resolution is both realistic and in character. Now Yoon-ju, I’d rather see scrubbing porta-potties for a day job, but Show doesn’t seem to want to do that.

Seol goes to see Mom to lie for Dan (for Mom’s benefit mostly), and tells her that Dan’s doing well, and will come see her once she’s settled into her new job. Mom asks if Hae-young is back and why he hasn’t come to the house, and when she says he’s busy, Mom just tells her wisely not to waste her youth, and to date other men.

In the same token, Seol’s right-hand-maiden makes her peace with Gunnie, content to break it off with the kid to play with men her own age, who don’t, say, spend two years circling first base, for instance.

Gunnie’s shocked at this turn from his noona, and in an outburst, cries, “YA! …I mean…noona…” Aw, he lurves her! He admits to not being a total idiot about things, and tells her that she’s of the age where if he takes things further, he’s got to be in the position to take responsibility for her (ie. marriage). So he waited. So she’d better not go anywhere! Cute. Adorably old-fashioned and totally unrealistic, Show, but cute.

Yoon-ju gets ready to leave for Egypt, and goes to see Jung-woo for one last date. He wonders what he’ll do if he wants to see her, and she tells him that he can come visit. Jung-woo: “If I do, will you greet me with a smile?” and she does, and they grin at each other like idiots. Gah, I’m annoyed that she gets Jung-woo, but the moment is kind of cute, which is also annoying.

Hae-young packs a bag, and then takes out the ring again for more pondering. He finally takes it and heads to the palace. He finds Seol out by the fountain, and tells her that he has to leave again…tomorrow.

Her face falls, and she asks where, how long. He looks at her intently, and then asks her to marry him. Right now.

Taken aback, she asks if it has to be right this second. She starts murmuring to herself about all her engagements scheduled for tomorrow, and wonders if they can’t do it later. He gets mad that she’s pushing it off, which is totally unfair when you’re the one springing ultimatums, mister, and Seol calls him out on it.

Hae-young: If you knew how much I want you right now, you can’t say that to me.
Seol: Are you the only one who wants this? What about me? For two years, I have to wonder if I’m going to even see you once a year, and then all of a sudden you want to run away, so I’m supposed quit being a princess and go with you? Why is it always what you want?
Hae-young: Even when you weren’t a princess, we were never easy.
Seol: Looks like we’re going to have to be a little more difficult.

She walks off, and he leaves the ring there, and goes.

They each mull over their choices that night, with heavy hearts. The next morning Hae-young goes to the airport, and looks around about a million times before dragging himself to the gate.

He gets on the plane and takes a glass of wine, but when he goes to drink it, a blinged-out hand stops him. It’s Seol, chastising him in her sageuk speak for not relinquishing a glass of wine to her highness.

He asks how she came, and she just says with a smile, “Because Park Hae-young wanted it. And because I wanted it.” She clasps his arm and declares that he can’t go anywhere—she’ll chase him to the ends of the earth.

She practically squeals at the thought that they’ll have thirteen straight hours of nonstop date time, and asks what he wants to do.

Um, one guess.

 
COMMENTS

Okay, so I totally didn’t expect this, but I loved the finale. It was infinitely better than the rest of the series. For one, the conflict was actually tense and believable, and not cobbled together with six legos, much like the main plot has been, for the past fifteen episodes. What the hell, Show? If you had been this good before, I’d have been on your train since Day One.

If they had passed the vote and made her the princess around Episode 8, then this awesome push-and-pull, ambition vs. love, duty and honor and all that jazz could’ve carried half the series, or more. Showing me what you could’ve been is almost making me angrier than if you’d gone out on a cute whimper, like I kind of expected.

Once the will-she-be-a-princess plot was resolved, their relationship (and the realistic conflict of maintaining such a precarious public affair) became a much more interesting focus, and one I really could have stood to watch for another few episodes. Can we go back in time and cut that Press Conference crap, and ditch the royal satchel, and replace it with this? Sigh.

Overall the series was as cute and fluffy as the string of princess outfits that Seol sported, and made me laugh and smile. And despite the fact that most of it was frosting on a hollow cake, it sure was delicious, pretty, lovable frosting. Who needs all those empty calories anyway?

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"what it could have been..."
so true. but it was good while it lasted :)
gf (jb n dramabeans n readers).....innumerable thanks n unconditional love is all i can offer n a promise to follow wherever u go...
whoa! that sounds cheesy, but, hey its kinda true.

the ep..nice. pretty good actually.
though like many others i too was hoping to see a wedding- a once in a life time wedding !! [b]*hint: City Hall- esque- it was b'ful!!!* [/b]
and a brood of babies...as cute as kittens wrapped in furry towels with little meows and pink legs n pink mouths with sweetie eyes n all cutie patootie with ribbons n tiny bells...(better stop). hmm..but idea of kids *smthng like secret garden*....i dunno?

but a WEDDING!!!!!!! U cud hav allowed us that Show!!!

n now...its all coming to a end. Tch! after next week, what'll become of me....no Princess...
no CRACK HIGH!!! :(
( although where i live -India- Dream High is only halfway. but i watch n read recaps online. so thanx agn, dramabeans +.+ )

i hope the upcoming dramas are just as good T_T

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oh... by the way, most ppl seem to want SSH for keeps.... what the HECK!!! I do too!!! :P

but i was wondering- hey! wat about gunnie!! i wud luuurrrve to hav him...n i m definitely younger than him...you won't need no noona darling, if you hav me ;)

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now that i hav seen that kiss...tch! I WANT SSH!!!!

way to go Seol!!! i love it wen girls go for it...n guys take a bit of time to wrap around- reality or the girl...whichever... ;)

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For those jonesing for some Hand Towel:

Could the man be any more beautiful?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwybGbmdS4Q

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its the way he is!!!!!!!!!
show me dat a gazillion times...n i still wont stop watching.
i remember a comment where sm1 said something like- its hard on the other side of the globe wen the best lukin' guys r on the opposite side.
for me, even wen m nearly on the same side(india;asia), its still so hard...tch T_T

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjCGdX1QzaM

Wonderful kiss sense in the last episode ^_^ check it out...

Thanks for ur recap JB

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I could watch this over and over again. best kissing scene ever. Thank you!

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I love it!!!! <3 :)

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So are they getting married or is she just tagging along? Cos we are not told exactly what their plans are. Kind of a suspension of disbelief ending. So yeah, I suspended thinking for one whole day, but my brain just woke up so I had to post this question. oh, well, who cares? She kissed him, he kissed her....that's what counts. Don't think.....don't think.....

The part where she kissed him on the cheek....I was hoping they'd hop into the car for a quickie make-out session, kind of like for old time's sake. I was disappointed when the car didn't play any major role at all. Damn. And she wiped it all so pretty and shiny and so READY.

The ending when she kissed him....the old lady next to them went on snoozing. Just saying. In case you guys didn't notice. That old lady sure knows how to sleep.

In my fevered imagination, they carried on kissing in the plane toilet cos the old lady woke up and had a scare seeing legs dangling in front of her face. They only emerged from the toilet 13 hours later when the plane landed at the airport. They continued to make out in the embassy car, all the way to their own hotel suite. As to whether they got married or not, gee, who knows? Who cares? it's all good. Grandpa must be yelling himself hoarse (with happiness) in heaven, or hell. Still can't decide where they sent him.

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hahahahahaha! YY!!!! I laughed so hard at your overactive imagination :-) That was one too many make outs right there, hahaha! Noticed that old lady sleeping, too. What was she doin' there? sleeping? she should've at least glared at them with non-approval or something to add zing to the already risque situation. at that rate, we dont know where those two will end up...diplomat and princess, mind your manners. in the plane! within earshot of the ahjumma. for heaven's sake. grampa will be sooo scandalised (yet secretly thrilled!) hahahaha! i hear giggling babies in season 2....

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"In my fevered imagination, they carried on kissing in the plane toilet cos the old lady woke up and had a scare seeing legs dangling in front of her face. They only emerged from the toilet 13 hours later when the plane landed at the airport."

change title from "My Princess" to "Mile High Princess."

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LOL! ;-)

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did anyone notice that shes wearing the ring on her middle finger? does that mean they are or arent engaged?

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I noticed that too but just decided to let it go. I like open endings but hate them at the same time. Wishing for a special episode or am I being crazy for that?

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I re-watched the episode again and LS says that her fingers have gotten slimmer since he last saw her to her lady in waiting, so maybe that's why? The ring didn't fit on her ring finger and she didn't want it to fall off so she wore it on her middle finger. That's my guess.

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haha...yea i think you're right loosee! anyways, it was a great series...totally would love a special episode too!

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In Asia or at least in China, I think the middle finger means you're engaged, and the ring finger means marriage. So I think it just means Seol is engaged

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ooo didnt know that! very cool! thanks!

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Lady in waiting number 1 and Gunnie were so ridiculously cute! :'( I'm really sad we didn't get more of THAT in the series.

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Just like Song Hye Kyo and Hyun Bin, I believe that these two just fell in love during the duration of the drama... If not, then I will make myself believe that they DID.. I mean, c'mon!! Did you see that kiss at the end? Did you? SHE was so into it.. HE was so into it.. I, for not one second, believe that it was all JUST acting.. Call me crazy, but from now on, in my eyes they are a COUPLE.. I will definitely follow them around from now on..

Couldn't ask for a better Finale.. I like the open ending.. I agree with GF that seeing more of how they handle their relationship could've been great but leaving it up to my imagination is also good. LOL.

Thanks for the recap!

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So true! I've never seen anyone be so into kissing someone like that in a drama...or we've been fooled and they're just really acting?
Let's cross our fingers and hope that this couple will get together for real!!! It will be hotter than HB-SHK pairing i believe. an explosion of rainbow and kittens LOL!

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Hahaha!! with lotsa damn Good Looking babies in the future!! Imagine THAT.. lol..

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Episode 6 My Name is Kim Sam Soon.

Hyun Bin didn't know his own name after Kim Sun Ah kissed him!

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lol. does that mean a killer kiss doesn't mean anything???
there goes my high hopes for this couple getting together in real life :(
i guess ill just re-watch this drama to fill the void.

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In MY world they're already a couple.. LOL ^_^

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why kim tae hae mouth is wide open in all her fotos

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it's her come-hither look ;-)

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Er....she likes her mouth open?

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understandable. might be very difficult to normally breathe when around SSH.

it's like jogging. you open your mouth or you let your nostrils flare for air. you have to choose which one looks more appealing/less disturbing. open mouth can disguise as "waiting for a kiss."

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after MY PRINCESS...i'll hook on 49 days...hope GirlFriday or Javabeans will consider recapping it...instead of Midas...hehehe!

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Girlfriday, THANK YOU! Kamsahamnida for the coolest recap ever! And Javabeans, you are prophetic to say the least :-) watching and deconstructing all those kdramas over the years did not come to naught. You were oh so right in picking out MP. But GF was also right in choosing DH. Who says only one kdrama has to be good/great? For some, MP is their best; for others, DH.

Now that "My Princess" is finally over I can take some needed rest and relaxation from kdramaland. I think MP is the best rom-com ever. It is the fitting season-ender for me if ever there is one. Nothing beats the PHY + LS characters and couple. They've raised the bar, so to speak, for this genre. KTH and SSH -- they made a solid and excellent performance here. Their chemistry is just soooo electric that you want them to be a couple in real life so much that you will stalk anything and everything remotely related about them in the news, etc. ('fess up!)

What makes royalty a no-fail formula is the deep sense of longing of all people to be part of a royal bloodline. In reality, we all are. Each one deserves to be someone's princess or prince. We are all created for greatness. It just depends on how we see ourselves. If we see ourselves in the eyes of our Maker then we know we are most special. He is orchestrating things around us even without our knowing. Just like HY to his Princess Seol.

I will miss the dramabeaners here. It was a blast having all of you...sharing your thoughts, angst, dreams, squeals and laughter. You are all awesome...you know who you are! Everyone did their part in making this a fun, funny, fiery community. You are all princesses...and princes, some.

Kamsahamnida! ;-) Til the next worthy kdrama, my friends. Anyong!

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anyeong! najung-e mannayo when the next good drama comes along. :)

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thanks, bella luna, you are the coolest! for some reason, you remind me of izzie :-) same humor, same wit...(yea, i miss that gal!) dont worry, will take a peek every now and then...pls drop me a note at [email protected] when you come across a kdrama worth-watching in the likes of MP, CP, SKKS and I'll be there in one breath, hehe...mwah!

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oh, izzie. she's crazier, I'm prettier! ahahaha! shh. don't tell her. ;)

what worries me is that there's going to be drought of good dramas for a couple of months. i'm so up for What's Up, but SBS withdrew its airdate. bleh. but hope to see you around still. trashing bad dramas is as much fun as raving. :)

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"trashing bad dramas is as much fun as raving"

you bet, haha! i think we do that when we need to release our pent-up emotions...boxing, anyone? ;-)

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I hope we see you back soon!

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Will surely miss yah, Jomo! It's been a fun wacky crazy ride with you there! Drop me a note when you see kdrama addicts like us congregate in one hot show's recap....will be there ;-) Mwah!

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It's a fun ride. You will be missed here too. I dont know what to watch after MP also...i might take a break too.
I will definitely revisit the recaps from the very start and read all the comments.

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I will be re-watching MP marathon-like in my slow days, too...thanks so much, Amber. Loved having you here in DB; your questions and insights are just cool! All the comments here are really the best...aside from JB/GF's amazing recaps! Have not seen such great minds and awesome hearts in one place. See you around! :-)

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Will see you around sam....watch out for the next mindless no-plot fluff....I'll be there.

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YY! hahaha! My memory of you and grampa will be forever etched on my brain! No kidding...you are one of the funniest, funnest, craziest person Ive come across with in a long long while. And that's a big compliment in my book ;-) I will surely miss yah. Drop me a note when you need someone to hassle with your crazy and dazzle with your poetry (same as Jomo), I'll be there in a click ;-) See yah soon...remember the pure, okay :-)

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Agreed. Though how long the next worthy kdrama will be is another question. :(

Hugs and kisses all around, people!! We will definitely be missing the Ya-seol Haeyoung couple!!

I WILL MISS YOU TOOO!!!! XOXO

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Group hug, clichique! Thanks for making the journey with HY-LS a head-tilting adventure and all-round fun, haha! You definitely rock! :-)

I know! We need a "My Princess 2"...a worthy replacement may be too far off ;-) They are the team to beat...

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could this really be the end????? i'm so going to miss hae young and lee seol and all their cuteness and bickering! really one of the best love couples i've seen

kudos to girlfriend who can really relay what the episode is like... just by reading your recaps i smile like crazy in the bus or at the train station!

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Thanks to the Dramabeans Team for you hard work. Without you I wouldn't have come back to this drama.

However...I must say enjoyed the previous episode more than the finale (bar the ending).

I found this one choppy.

But hey SSH was looking fine as ever and that was enough to keep me going to the end of the episode.

Wonder what he'll be doing next...

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I have to agree with the review. It was a cute finale but they could have definitely used the storylines here throughout the drama. They could have made her Princess like mentioned in episode 8 and then go through what happened during the 2 years and then what happened next.

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Hahahaha. I'm laughing so hard!!!

That was a great ending, but the last minute or so raised more questions than solved though.

I thought it was cute how she cancelled her princess activities to go on the trip with Hae Young, but she's the SOUTH KOREAN princess so she can't stay in another country for long right? I mean it would take some time for Hae Young to achieve his dream in Washington, and as the princess she can't get married in another country or anything.

Whatever...the golden rule...don't think. Anyways

the last kiss was SO HOT!!! Like seriously burning hot. It feels weird that an elegant and royal princess is having as well as initiating such a hot kiss ooolalala!
I mean seriously if SSH and KTH weren't dating that kiss WOULDN'T have been so hot. Just get married in reality as well already! <3

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I forgot to mention that for me the possible sweetest part (with tears in my eyes) was during the "last date" between Jung woo and Evil Yoon joo. I've hated her for the WHOLE entire series...until that point I guess. Unlike most dramas she never really changed much even for the conclusion, but where she cried and smiled and had nice pink lipstick (red = evil = she wore it all the time before this episode) with Jung woo, acting all shy and that. That was very adorable to me, like WOW this robot can laugh and smile and act happy. I guess this is what love is in real life!

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No JB review on this drama?
Well, I dropped this show long back, just followed your recaps. Love love the OTP moments tho. Thanks for your recaps.

*Sigh* I agree, if they focus on the conflict of being the princess and maintaining the relationship, it would be much mooooore interesting cuz it's kind of realistic.

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The last kiss on the plane felt like it should've been continued with SEX on the plane. Hahaha! Just felt that way....sorry for the censored content :P

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I'm having withdrawal symptoms now. : (
I'm going to miss them badly.
thanks for this!

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I actually disliked this ending because it was so vague. Was she still going to be a princess? Would she latter become queen? Did she elope? Come on writers, ya you wrapped up the romance but what about the monarchy?

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IMHO, even though DH isn't over yet, the fat lady already sang (quite a while ago)-- and she sang the DH theme song.

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i wish SSH and KTH were in a relationship in real life >.<

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Checked the vid, OMG the last kissssss was priceless!

Guys, you complained about the wedding scene, I think THIS ero-LS is much better. The kiss looked so cute cuz the other kisses didn't impress me. And it's nice to see SSH being harassed for once. Aww Yeah!

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totally agree!!! he looks so cute being harassed!!! esp the part in the museum...

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i think i have never seen SSH happier than in this show especially in this last scene, haha! did you see that smile? lucky guy :-) how marvelous can he get? being paid to do that!

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I think the ending is simple - Princess Lee Seol is going to process with the plan to be with her prince PHY. She is not going to give her happiness for the title. Likewise, it is a fact that she is a princess and nothing can change that. She is just temporary putting aside her duties to be with the man that she loves. She make the tough decision to stick with him despite the political issues and the uncertainty of how the public percieve it. This prove that she love PHY and desire to be with him.
On the other hand, Mr P is in a dilemma because what the president said about the political issues and the work commitment is true. PHY is ambitious in his work as a diploma, at the same time he loves Seol and wants to take her away from the burden of being a princess. He wants her for himself, though it seems like selfish on his part. But that is his love for seol.
At last they make a compromise or a sacrifice to have a long distance relationship. After married, they will both be fulfilling their own duties. This make their love stronger than distance and time. This drama conclude with a statement - " Love conquers everything"
MP is a highly entertaining fantasy drama. :) A big thank you to the main leads KTH and SSH. They did a great job as a cute couple.. Hope there will be some special episodes. But i am fine with this happy ending.

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I like the how the episode ends with them making out but I will also love to see more development on how their relationship will work out with the he is diplomat, she is princess situation.

Wish it is a 20 episode drama...then we have the time to address those issues plus see a wedding and kids

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Woooow! I love the final episode too much! They are really adorable! Love them!

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didn't expect the ending.... but this 2 are just so cute....

JD yup love the outfits as well...love seol's hair and headbands...

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I enjoyed the finale. But I must say one thing about it... her hair clips were distracting! I mean really, what 27 year old wears those kind of barrettes? The one that was pink with ribbons and about 5 inches long, stuck to the side of her head. The childish hair clips together with the sexy shoes really was an odd combo for me. Now, what SSH wore... awesome!

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gigantic hairclips/bands... reminds me of the diva in MSOAN.

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It's the fashion in Korea to have hair clips, etc. Korean fashion tends to be ahead of the curve a bit--so you never know. Your local fashion magazine may convince you that's the next biggest thing. ^.~

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it's the craze now, i heard...yes, even 27 year old princesses can wear them, haha! in fact she's the one who has set that trend not just in MP but in the real (or is it unreal? im confused, hehe) world now.

i would not dare wearing one, im not the type...but with LS its like her trademark. i saw in one interview that some of her attire/accessories in MP were KTH's choice. apparently she finished a degree in fashion design...i would say she put it to good use in this show. way to go, KTH!

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methinks the writer didn't wanna go through the difficulty of handling politics and what-not in the series. Too difficult? Notice that the plot is super simple and dense.

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That was it???? I'm gonna miss this....I think they intentionally ended it this way for My Princess Part 2....weeh!!! haha.....
~crossed fingers~~
I want to see a Royal Wedding!!! hahaha

Love this couple!!!

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I am on the same wavelength as you. With that ope-end ending, there's a strong possibility of a sequel! There are quite a number of issues to bring up in season 2, like conflicts of interests, long seperations etc. Let's hope we get to see our royal couple again!

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oh yes!!!!!! It's not that they have low ratings....I think they have lots of fans ...and..I also think with a simple plot and talented and gorgeous actors...let's have a campaign (~~lol) to have a part two!!!! WOOH!!!! conflicts as a princess like national problems and stuff...:D

I so love them SSH-KTH hwaiting!!!! most amazing couple ever!!!! :D

Let's wait for part 2!!! hwaiting!!!

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Thank you, can't wait to see this episode!

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I think this is the first time that I thought Kim Tae Hee was pretty. I got that she had the familiar qualities of a pretty face, but it never clicked in my brain. It wasn't until this drama that she actually appealed to me. She always seemed a little stiff and her eyes seemed empty. But for the first time, she was animated... Now I see it.

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The previous roles KTH had taken did her no favors; otoh, she simply shines in her CFs (she's up there w/ Shina Min ah and Jeon Ji hyun).

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my comfy and fresh hae young oppa <3
the drama was enjoyable, but truthfully the plot and alot of the characters annoyed me, i just watched it for the cute.
gosh, freaking yoon-bot annoyed the heck out of me -____-
but that last scene kindof made up for everything ;D

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yay happy ending.....so cute!

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I hate the 2 last ep .......
they had a good start out but the end was not great

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thanks for the recaps! i was wishing for the overall recaps you always do though.. :p

anyways, i'm wondering. so is she still the princess, or did she leave her princess title behind to be with haeyoung? wouldn't the country be panicked when they found out that their princess is suddenly gone and is in the other side of the world? hmm.. i really did hope that they become prince and princess.. cause i believe that haeyoung will make an excellent prince or even king! ahh and then when they become king and queen, they'll have little princes and pricesses.. extremely good looking ones considering the genes of seol and haeyoung :D ah how i wish kim taehee and song seunghun would really marry and have babies in real life :) <3

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i love this drama!!! personally i think this drama has done its part as a rom-com perfectly!! full marks! its so light and cute and wonderful... makes me melts... even the yoon ju and jung woo smiling scene is diabetic enuff...

and actuallie i think the plot is alrite to have this formally-princess-part now in the final episode... it might end up too draggy if they do this earlier. if it came earlier, it might make us wonder again why are they having this kind of conflict AGAIN when she is officially princess (and tat was the main plot of the show right from the start - whether she would be officially a princess).

yupz. so i find this finale satisfying! (esp with the kisses!!! awwwwwwww

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oh noes :( can't believe it's done already I AM SOOOOOOOO GONNA MISS this.

The ending was uhm guess I can say okay, but writer sir/mam you could've done so much more you could've done great instead of just plain ugh bleh :P

oh may but still, my princess definitely rocked my socks off, can't wait to see KT and SSH....ugh together in a new drama again perhaps :)) ahihihi

thanks GF you are by far ozzum :)

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Heheh. =) You guys always make me smile.

Although, I'm feeling a bit sad that this drama is ending... And a little cheated by a few things:

Most important peeve. Why on earth should Oh Yoon Ju get some love after all that hate she was showing for 14 1/2 episodes? I'd have liked to see her and Dan stuck in a room sulking. And KTH can have a field day pummelling them with feather-stuffed pillows.

Ah well... For the most part, I was grinning from ear to ear. SSH and KTH always make me smile when they are together. Such chemistry. Especially when they gaze at each other. Is it silly of me to wish they hooked up after the show? That kiss, the last one was a bit weird, as if SSH was actually surprised by it. Poor guy. Probably didn't know how to take it all in.

I love the cute overload and watched the entire episode without waiting for the recap. But as usual, I love coming here to read and compare my thoughts with all of yours. Hahah, awesome!

I'm gonna miss this series because although there was some conflict, I wasn't wanting to tear out my eyes like I did for Loving You a Thousand Times, Secret Garden (sometimes), among others. A little angst is good but when it's drawn out to the point that I feel like I've run a marathon, it's over for me even before the finale.

Ah *sigh*... SSH, please stick to rom-coms. It definitely loves you and we love you for it.

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Thank you for the recaps, but the ending is not impressive. Drama goes out in with a whimper, not a big bang.So stupid. No royal wedding?

Sounds like I'm confused about the ending as well as the rest of the people. They elope, and she's gives up being a princess? Not sure. Still don't get it.

Even though they try to redeem Yoon Ju, she still acts like a cold dead fish.

Loved it when Lee Seol starts to beat up her sister. I would have loved to slap her a couple of times on my own too.

Anyway, loved SSH and KTH wardrobes in this drama. SSH sure looks great, but he seems like he's lost some weight. He appears to be really thin at the end.

It was a cute comedy, and I really enjoyed it. Now I'm waiting for the Dream High's finale, and finally we get to find out who is K?

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I love the sister fighting scene! Nothing says siblings like fighting like that! xD

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I can not believe it over! My princess!♥♥♥

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Oh! this couple is so cute, so adorable! I watch this episode many times. Love it

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I thought that they will be happy married
with a big wedding..........etc.......I could not believe
that they ending the story like that it made
Mr. P did not has the gust to married her

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I watched my first full episode, which was the last episode, and thought it was a "eh". This is the only episode I was actually able to finish. I tried many times but could not hang on. The main leads are attractive indeed, and he is extremely good looking. Great eye candy but I need more.

I don't know what it is but there was a disconnect for me with the female lead that I could not overcome. She was acting too cute and innocent like someone really young but she looked older and the cuteness just felt contrived, superficial, and silly...

I would want a princess depicted who is elegant, regal, smart, and witty (e.g., Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday). Not someone who acts cute/adorable and is not quick. The character is not 16. I just could not get past it...

But I'm glad many people enjoyed it!

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BTW... Has anyone watched "The Duo"?

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Thanks for the recap.

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I love this drama from the very beginning. It's not perfect but the chemistry of Song Seung Heon and Kim Tae Hee is just amazing. I have not seen any of their dramas before but im glad i get to see them in a romantic comedy.

I love Lee Seol and Park Hae Young. Probably the best OTP in my book. And Park Hae Young is the ultimate leading man. He is dangerously handsome and deliciously hot.

Ever since i saw the shower scene post here in DB, it started it all. It has probably the most R Rated and hilarious comments ever.

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Thanks for the recaps, gals! I lurrvveeeddd reading every word of it! I'm still a bit confused on the ending though...still a princess? What was the ultimatum? I guess it doesn't matter?

Not trying to sound morbid but I laughed out loud when I read that Yoon-ju was going to Egypt. Hello...has she been reading the news or watching it? I understand that Mubarak was ousted but come on...not exactly the smartest move...ahem.

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thanks javabeans and girlfriday =) i had so much fun reading your recaps and thoughts on this drama. before seeing this i had my doubts but kim taehee and song seung hun's chemistry just killed it! i love them both here. thanks again you two. =D

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oh-em-gee!!!...major making out at the end!!

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