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Three Musketeers: Episode 6

Dal-hyang and Sohyeon finally get to make good on their bet, even if one of them has no idea the game is rigged, good intentions be damned—or not, since those intentions might’ve saved a life. Or yes, unless being set right cancels the wrong done to set things right? Either way, Dal-hyang has some soul-searching to do, as does the worldlier Sohyeon, since both are faced with some interesting revelations this hour. Some truths just hurt a little (or in this case, a lot) more than others.

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EPISODE 6: “Commander Kim Ja-jeom”

Yoon-seo doesn’t budge an inch from her place between the two dueling men, even when Sohyeon tells her to step aside. She stands firm as she tells Seung-po and Min-seo to get out of the sidelines and protect the prince like they’re supposed to.

They go reluctantly to Dal-hyang, while Yoon-seo looks her husband in the eyes and pleads for him to stop—isn’t it enough that he’s already bleeding? Sohyeon slowly lowers his sword, unable to deny her.

Dal-hyang is gagged and tied in the same library where Ingguldai is currently being held, and he is most definitely not happy to see the enemy general.

Seung-po tends to Sohyeon’s arm wound and tsks that the prince was just jealous of Dal-hyang. Sohyeon’s “Jealous? Me?” expression is truly priceless.

Of course, Seung-po takes this as a positive experience, because it at least means Sohyeon isn’t a total loon without human emotion. And then he tries to spin it so that he set it all up for Sohyeon to be jealous of Dal-hyang and appreciate his wife more, which, hah.

Sohyeon attempts to turn Yoon-seo away at the door when she comes calling, but she won’t be denied and pushes her way inside to tend to him. Seung-po couldn’t be any happier to step aside, even though his efforts to tell the princess that her man is feeling quite manly today are quickly cut off by Sohyeon.

Even though Minister Choi is of the same mind as Sohyeon and didn’t want another war starting due to Ingguldai’s beheading, he acts like a chicken with his head cut off when Seung-po tells him that they’re keeping Ingguldai safe in the prince’s library. He’s angrypleased!

Min-seo feels bad for having to tie Dal-hyang up, but he doesn’t exactly have other options, either. At least he fashions a bandage for the wound Dal-hyang sustained in the fight.

Dal-hyang can’t stop thinking back to Yoon-seo’s intervention, and how she only had eyes and thoughts for the prince (well, what was he expecting?). It’s enough to make him cry from behind his gag, which Ingguldai can’t help but notice.

When he removes Dal-hyang’s gag out of pity, Dal-hyang all but curses him for doing so when he should be dead. But instead, the enemy general is a guarded guest of the palace while Dal-hyang is a captive. Maybe it’s because Ingguldai can’t understand him, but at least he does seem understanding when he re-gags Dal-hyang.

Sohyeon is tight-lipped when it comes to answering any of Yoon-seo’s questions regarding Dal-hyang, but he looks just a bit more affected when Yoon-seo asks who that nameless mystery woman is.

She promises Sohyeon that he can tell her if he has a mistress, since she isn’t supposed to get jealous… but in the time it takes him to kinda-not-really-answer, she unconsciously tightens the bandage around his arm to the point where he lets out an Oww.

Instead of answering her, Sohyeon instead asks what kind of charms she pulled on Dal-hyang during that tiny amount of time she was in his village for him to have remembered her all this time. Yoon-seo shrugs that she didn’t do anything out of the ordinary, causing Sohyeon to scoff when he asks if she’s just that attractive to men.

Yoon-seo gives a little shrug with her “I suppose so,” which makes Sohyeon laugh. He doesn’t know what’s so attractive about her—especially since he’s never seen it himself. It’s a mean thing to say, but he at least frames it jokingly so Yoon-seo can quip right back, “It’s because you haven’t looked.”

So Sohyeon toys with her in his classic way, by suddenly pretending to turn serious as he asks her to show him what’s so attractive about her. At least when Yoon-seo mentions he’s going off-topic purposefully, Sohyeon commends her for getting stronger in standing up to him. She’s not as gullible as she used to be.

But he still won’t answer her about “that woman,” and he’s firm about it. Still, he pays her special attention by asking what she’d be comfortable with when it comes to dealing with Dal-hyang.

Her gaze suddenly goes distant as she says that she wants Dal-hyang to be kept away from them so that he and Sohyeon won’t have a reason to be at each other’s throats anymore. Above all, she wants Dal-hyang to be free to pursue his dreams… just somewhere else.

Sohyeon and Ingguldai converse freely in Dal-hyang’s presence, using Dal-hyang’s ignorance when it comes to Manchu to talk about him specifically. Ingguldai’s respect for Dal-hyang comes from having fought him before, and both he and Sohyeon agree that his skills are good—not the best around, but pretty good.

Ingguldai breaks the bro code by telling Sohyeon that Dal-hyang was crying like a girl earlier, to which Sohyeon poses a request: In order to tame the wild horse that is Dal-hyang, he has to beat him in a fight first… but since he’s wounded, he’s not at his best. He asks the general to tell him Dal-hyang’s weaknesses so he can gain the upper hand.

Then Sohyeon takes a sword to cut Dal-hyang free, but on the condition that they continue with their bet right here, right now. “Draw your sword,” Sohyeon challenges.

Seung-po isn’t surprised by this turn of events, leaving Min-seo as the only one out of the loop and very confused. But he’s the first to make a wager on Sohyeon’s insistence, though he puts his money on Dal-hyang because of Sohyeon’s wound. For the sake of variety, Min-seo must bet on the prince.

Sohyeon doesn’t really give Dal-hyang an option and turns his back, promising that if he whirls around on the count of three and Dal-hyang doesn’t attack, he’ll attack first. One… Two…

Three. He turns around, and Dal-hyang is standing with his sword at the ready. He lunges first, and the prince parries. As Ingguldai watches on, Sohyeon remembers his words of advice: Dal-hyang is straightforward and true, and won’t catch on quickly if he’s being tricked.

So, Sohyeon follows his lead in pretending to lose at first, making Dal-hyang think he has the upper hand. Then, he’ll flip the tables and use Dal-hyang’s momentary confusion to land a few critical hits before using a finishing move to knock the sword out of his hands.

The fight goes exactly as Ingguldai said it would, and ends with Dal-hyang on the floor without a weapon. Min-seo takes Seung-po’s money since he bet on the right man, while Sohyeon reminds Dal-hyang of the conditions of the bet they made: He’s now relieved of his meager title and duties, and has to go home.

Also, since he’s no longer a military officer, he can’t use the excuse of following the king’s orders to challenge Sohyeon anymore, nor can he speak about what transpired between them.

He does take a moment to school Dal-hyang on his foolishness in accepting the bet though, especially since he would’ve had to face Ingguldai if he’d won—and if that happened, he would have been killed.

“Be grateful that you’re alive,” Sohyeon adds. “Do you have anything to say?” Dal-hyang, looking defeated, just says no. Even though Sohyeon’s order to leave the palace must be devastating, Dal-hyang’s dignity stays intact as he accepts his loss.

He pauses at the door for only a moment, but no one says a word until Dal-hyang is gone. And of course it’s Seung-po who breaks the silence, since he knows Sohyeon well enough to know he is NOT skilled enough to best Dal-hyang in a fight and knows he must’ve cheated somehow.

When Ingguldai expresses concern over whether releasing Dal-hyang just like that will come back to bite him, Sohyeon isn’t worried—Dal-hyang wouldn’t risk turning the woman he loves into a widow for revenge.

After sending one last, longing look toward Yoon-seo’s quarters, Dal-hyang arrives at the stables in civilian clothes. Pan-swe is confused when Dal-hyang pays him for his services and tells him he can return to Seung-po, since he’s learned his place now. And that place doesn’t allow for him to have a servant.

Just like Sohyeon predicted, Dal-hyang has gained insight and perspective from losing the fight, since he now realizes he acted foolishly when he could’ve taken the three musketeers’ offer and become their friend. Now he’s just got his old-as-dirt horse. (Ha.)

While Ingguldai waits for Sohyeon to come through on his word to try and convince his father to retract his execution order (with the help of Minister Choi), he has to hide when he hears someone fumbling with the lock at the door—and though they don’t enter, they do replace the lock.

Min-seo catches the culprit: Yoon-seo’s lady-in-waiting, who claims the princess instructed her to find out what happened to Dal-hyang. At least Min-seo is suspicious after she goes, and is more than surprised to find that his key no longer opens the door. Uh oh.

While the two musketeers try to track down the lock-changing court lady, Dal-hyang and his horse sigh as they leave the palace…

…Only to see the suspicious court lady slinking off into the night. Remembering that there’s a spy in Yoon-seo’s midst, Dal-hyang sets to following her.

She hands over the key to No-soo, whom we haven’t seen in a while, though she admits that she might’ve been found out. Yes, that’s exactly what you say to a guy in an eyepatch, because it’s not like he’ll just turn around and ki—…

Dal-hyang happens on the scene right after the court lady’s throat has been cut, but loses sight of No-soo when he trips over her (not dead yet?) body.

Seung-po tells Sohyeon about the lock, and how the act of locking Ingguldai in rather than taking him out was meant to send a message that Sohyeon isn’t the only one in control of Ingguldai’s fate.

Cut to: Minister Kim Ja-jeom, whom we also haven’t seen for a while, back in court. Well, we know who was behind the lock and the message—but even though he was pinned for conspiring against the throne, he bows before the king like he’s been a loyal servant this whole time.

But it’s mostly that he’s finally got a bit of dirt on someone that isn’t him, since he proclaims to King Injo and the entire court that someone in the palace has been consorting with Ingguldai and swearing their loyalty to Later Jin (soon to become Qing), also exactly what Kim Ja-jeom is guilty of.

Kim Ja-jeom claims that he inserted himself as a spy to root out other traitors to the throne, leaving out the part where all of that’s not true. Of course, he also lies that his memory is foggy when it comes to knowing the identities of the other traitors, which Minister Choi calls him out on.

While his co-conspirators fret that he’ll out them, Kim Ja-jeom presents his “evidence” to the king, claiming that whoever was involved with Ingguldai the day he disappeared got into a fight and was injured. He looks pointedly over at Sohyeon when he mentions that—all this is his way of leading the king and the court to implicate the crown prince as a traitor.

Turns out that court lady wasn’t dead yet when Dal-hyang stumbled over her, since he flashes back to her last shuddering words about how she betrayed the princess because she was being blackmailed by Mi-ryung.

We go into a flashback within a flashback to the day of the ceremony for Dal-hyang and his fellow newly-minted civil servants—Mi-ryung attended the festivities in disguise and had even bumped into Yoon-seo.

The court lady had recognized Mi-ryung then, and approached her. She tells Dal-hyang that Mi-ryung was selected to be the prince’s bride five years ago, and how at the recent ceremony, Mi-ryung had sardonically asked her how it felt to serve Yoon-seo, the girl who replaced her.

It was at the ceremony that Mi-ryung had declared her vendetta against Sohyeon to the court lady, her blood boiling at the thought of him living so happily with his new wife after what he did to her.

The court lady relays that to Dal-hyang, but with the addition that Sohyeon was madly in love with Mi-ryung, so much so that the court lady was willing to do whatever Mi-ryung asked as long as she promised to stay away from the palace—because the court lady didn’t want Sohyeon finding out Mi-ryung was alive out of fear that he’d leave Yoon-seo for her. She dies after saying she might’ve been wrong in thinking that.

Then it’s back to the present with Dal-hyang (in the sun for a change), as he talks to the merchant who handled Mi-young’s hanbok order for the ceremony. Luckily for him, she’s just made a recent order of fabric that needs delivering.

After sending a secret missive to Ingguldai asking him to be patient and wait, Sohyeon and his musketeers visit Kim Ja-jeom at his lavish abode. Once they’re alone, Kim Ja-jeom doesn’t even hesitate to ask: “How is your wound?”

Since the fight happened the night Sohyeon caught Kim Ja-jeom and his co-conspirators at the gibang, both of them speak plainly about the incident—even though no one else saw or recognized Sohyeon, Kim Ja-jeom did. And that’s all that matters.

He hands back the key to Ingguldai’s library prison, claiming he doesn’t need it—he won’t tell anyone about Ingguldai either, since that’d be against his interests of working with him. Sohyeon tells him to get to the point as he holds up the key, because this sounds an awful lot like the lead-up to a bribe.

Kim Ja-jeom knows that Sohyeon is trying to prevent the impending war, and tells him how futile his efforts are. Maybe he can delay it for a few months, a year at most, but he can’t stop it from happening. “What’s meant to happen will happen,” Kim Ja-jeom adds ominously. “That’s how history repeats itself.”

His interests aren’t in influencing the war one way or the other, because he just wants to live through whatever happens. “Do you know what I regret most in this life? Making your father the king.” (Since he led the coup against Gwanghae to place King Injo on the throne.)

Sohyeon’s expression goes dark at this insult, but Kim Ja-jeom isn’t fazed at all, and keeps rubbing it in. But maybe he crosses the line when he adds that all he can think of now is that Gwanghae wasn’t so bad compared to Injo.

However, he’s been through this song and dance enough before to know that just pulling another coup would be useless—whether Injo would be replaced by Sohyeon or someone else, it’d all lead to the same conclusion. That’s why he’s so in favor of Later Jin taking over, because he’s lost faith in his country’s ability to govern itself.

And for a hot second, Kim Ja-jeom talks like seeing Sohyeon that night might’ve changed his mind about the future of their country… but it didn’t. He just thinks that Sohyeon might see his reasoning about how they’re bound to lose the impending war (however true that would turn out to be) and that it’ll be Later Jin/Qing who’ll usher in a new world. [Insert maniacal laugh here.]

After all that crazy talk, Kim Ja-jeom finally gets to the point, hopefully: He wants Sohyeon to join with him in deposing his father so he can take the throne. It’s what their future invading overlords would want. Then he gets uncomfortably close to Sohyeon in order to mouth-breathe the remainder of his delusions onto the prince’s face.

Meanwhile, Dal-hyang has followed the fabric deliveryman to where he hoped to find Mi-ryung, only to find a storage room instead. Instead of giving up, he tugs on a tiny piece of rope peeking out from the wall, and ends up opening a secret door.

He goes down the stairs and to the room at the end of what must only be the super secret ground level (those windows are pouring daylight in, so it’s not a basement), and finds Mi-ryung sitting in a room, all dolled up in a traditional Manchu garment and hairstyle.

Far be it for the femme fatale to be caught unawares, but neither is Dal-hyang when No-soo comes at him with a sword. Mi-ryung only has to nod for No-soo to disappear back to whatever corner he slunk out of.

Aw, I was looking forward to seeing Sohyeon lay the verbal smackdown on Kim Ja-jeom after he got to just talk at him for so long, but we only pick back up with the three musketeers as they ride from the minister’s house.

But Sohyeon has a lot to think about, since he flashes back to the ultimatum Kim Ja-jeom gave him: If Sohyeon doesn’t agree to join forces with him, he’ll tell King Injo about Ingguldai and make sure all the heat falls on him.

Seung-po, looking like he’s riding a horse on a lurching rowboat, advises Sohyeon to pretend to play ball with Kim Ja-jeom until they can figure out how to deal with him properly. That’s not what Sohyeon wants to do, even if he doesn’t have another solution yet. He has until tonight to find one.

The three musketeers are surprised to find Dal-hyang waiting outside one of their haunts, and when Sohyeon brings up the obvious (he’s supposed to be gone), Dal-hyang bows his head as he says that he’s still got a mission to complete.

Dal-hyang explains to Sohyeon that Mi-ryung wants to meet with him, and we find out why in a flashback, where she claimed she could be of help to Sohyeon against Kim Ja-jeom because she had documents that would ruin the minister.

But the condition is that Sohyeon would have to go alone. Even though she tried to convince Dal-hyang that she and Sohyeon will be fiiine after they settle the issues between them, Dal-hyang tells Sohyeon in the present that he definitely shouldn’t go. “It’s too dangerous,” he argues.

Sohyeon smirks at that, all, Wait, now you’re worried about me? Well, this is embarrassing. Haha. Dal-hyang argues that he’s still the crown prince after all, but Sohyeon doesn’t care about that—he’d believe it if Dal-hyang were worried about the princess becoming a widow, which he knows to be true.

So Sohyeon feels safe enough to ask Dal-hyang to go with him to meet Mi-ryung, since her recent existence has been a secret between just the two of them this whole time. (Aww, trust!) But Dal-hyang is only allowed to follow Sohyeon to the secret door, where No-soo holds him back.

Dal-hyang is so worried that Sohyeon actually has to pry his hand off his sleeve before he can go down the steps. For good measure, he orders Dal-hyang not to follow him.

Mi-ryung is waiting for him, looking nothing like she did all those death glares ago—now, face to face for the first time in five years, she looks almost frightened.

Her eyes gleam with unshed tears as she just stares at him, and Sohyeon is the first to break the silence: “It’s been a long time.”

An already-antsy Dal-hyang runs downstairs the second he hears a crash, but finds himself in an awkward position when the prince and Mi-ryung are engaged in an embrace.

He thinks he’s stumbled upon something he shouldn’t have… until he sees that Mi-ryung’s hand is holding a knife she’s stabbed into Sohyeon’s chest.

Even so, Sohyeon orders Dal-hyang to stay back, and Dal-hyang reluctantly obeys.

 
COMMENTS

Well, that outcome was probably inevitable, even if it does little to soothe all the burning questions still surrounding Sohyeon and Mi-ryung. Apart, both of them make for intriguing characters we can’t quite get a full grasp on, and if this is what we got from their first moment together, then it’s time well spent. More, please.

There’s no way of knowing whether the doe-eyed look Mi-ryung sported was at all genuine, because while I can believe she can put on a femme fatale act in front of everyone else, it’s not so inconceivable that she’d find herself reverting back to whoever she was when she was with Sohyeon. At the same time though, we saw them lock eyes during that ceremony a few episodes back, and if looks could kill, then this show would’ve been a whole lot shorter.

The thing is, I don’t feel like I know Mi-ryung well enough to say that she was definitely faking it or definitely not (or perhaps she wasn’t and then woke up, nobody’s perfect), which is something I like about watching her. She’s predictable in some ways and not in others, a trait she shares with the similarly-intriguing Sohyeon. His reactions are a little bit easier to guess and read, even if it’s still so unsettling just to watch him carry himself as a man of great principle when his past brings up so many questions, least of which might be: Who ARE you?

So on the one hand, I have to respect a character who can make me want so badly to forget how morally repugnant he might’ve once been (or had to be, or was coerced to be), but on the other hand, this conflicted feeling is a lot harder than knowing exactly how to feel. Sohyeon just seems like the kind of hero you’d want to be rooting for unequivocally, and I love that this show simply won’t let us do that. Part of the mystique is going to lie in the show’s ability to tease us without giving it all away halfway through the run, which I’m not too worried about if this is where we’ve ended up for now—this show is by no means perfect, but it seems to have a good grasp on which side its bread is buttered.

As far as Dal-hyang’s change of heart goes, if it’s true that he had no idea what trick Sohyeon was pulling (and I think he didn’t), then it makes Sohyeon’s cheating kind of terrible of him, doesn’t it? Sohyeon may have had his reasons and Dal-hyang’s best interests at heart, but he basically instigated a major personality shift that wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t resorted to unapologetic trickery—even if the results were good. Far be it for me to complain when puppy-eyed bromance is suddenly thrown my way, but if I had to make a bet between the two of them based on moral integrity alone, the only way Sohyeon would see a single cent is if it passed him on its way to Dal-hyang.

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Still not satisfied with the latest episode of the three musketeers this week. Even the previews didn't leave me intrigued, probably because there wasn't much of Bingung Mama and the Prince together. Miryung's oddly resonates a disquieting presence on screen. Don't like her with the prince even if how many times they show us her vulnerability when she's in front of Sohyeon. Dal Hyang, oh poor dal hyang, he's character is super adorable. I find it funny how he can be a principled man in one moment and child like innocent on the next whenever he gets into realisation of things. So happy with Yong jong hwa's improvement.

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I think Mi-Ryung is supposed to be disquieting, though? She *is* the villain, and she has a very twisted history with Sohyeon.

Do you think we're supposed to like her with Sohyeon? I think they had an undeniable chemistry, but I don't know if we're supposed to like them as a couple. I'm curious what others think about that.

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Agreed. The way the drama is set up, we're supposed to root for the prince and the princess together as a couple. Their interactions are laced with humor and are hilarious, while the Crown Prince and Miryung interactions have so much angst, attraction mixed with mutual dislike and antagonism that it's hard to root for them as a couple, though one watches them with fascination.

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I think the one episode per week format is also partially responsible. The long gap between the episodes make the progress of the story slower and the mysteries dragged out longer than they really are.

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I'm with you, Faye. I think we're *supposed* to not like her with Sohyeon and root for him to be with princess. I find Mi ryung really intriguing. Like watching Maleficent…kind of.

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Ooh, good analogy

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I think this dramas suffers from the once a week format...really, they should've just gone for the 2 episode per week format for however many weeks it takes to complete. I can't even wait 1 week for the next episode, what makes them think I'll wait a whole year for the 2nd installment... boo tvN boo

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wait, what??? a whole year until the 2nd installment??

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love this series!~ and thanks for the recap!
i love all the characters... and mi-ryung is still a mystery.. i love the prince and the princess especially~

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i really love this drama, this is my most addictive airing drama rigt now

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I thought this episode dragged a little at first, but the action picked up as it progressed. The highlights for me:

• Seung-Po teasing the Crown Prince about being jealous . . .then later, seeing him go crazy on Dal-Hyang, sighting regretfully and saying “I never should have told him he was jealous.” This show is really good at sprinkling little funny moments in between all the drama.

• Still loving the Crown Princess’s spirit, especially her getting in between the two guys’ swordfight, and her persisting in asking the Crown Prince about the mystery woman.

• Dal-Hyang thinking the general is feeling sorry for him when the general removes his gag . . . and then later, the general sneers, disgusted, “That one over there, crying like a girl.” Kind of sexist but funny.

• When Inguldae was describing Dal-Hyang’s fighting style to the Crown Prince – “Straight and sharp, not good with tricks” – I thought that seemed like a nice parallel to Dal-Hyang’s actual personality. He’s apparently a straight-shooter on both the literal and figurative levels. I don’t know if the writers did it deliberately, but either way, I appreciated the symbolism.

• Dal-Hyang not giving up on the mission even when he was fired. Yong-Hwa is really showing us Dal-Hyang’s inner spirit.

• That final scene between Mi-Ryung and the Crown Prince. Wow, wow, wow. I really like the Crown Prince and Princess as endgame, but these two have crazy chemistry. You could practically see the sparks flying from the second their eyes met. I really bought them as a couple with history. The actress who plays Mi-Ryung is so good; the way her eyes slowly teared up, almost in spite of her own will, was so affecting. That scene where Dal-Hyang bursts in and thinks they’re embracing, then sees she stabbed him went from funny to frightening in two seconds. Yikes. I’m not sure where they can go from there.

Thanks for the recap!

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Even though I'm shipping the Prince and the Princess like crazy, I like how everyone has chemistry with everyone in this show. Apart from the sizzling chemistry between Dal Hyang-Princess that we saw in the last episode, as much as I hate to admit, the chemistry between Sohyeon-Mi-Ryung in this episode was undeniable!

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oh the feels this episode! The terrible feeling of humiliation and embarrassment for and with Dal Hyang. And oh my the morbid eroticism ("the little death") of that last scene!

Thanks for the recap.

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LOL, Carole. I've always found the French phrase for orgasm kind of stupid, but I have to admit it was very on-point for that last scene!

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wasn't it, though?

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Wow, it didn't seem erotic to me! I will have to take a second look.

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:-)

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I don't think it was the typical romance-driven desire, for sure -but something about the way they were clutching each other and moving as she was driving in the sword, and they were gazing intensely into each other's eyes, was very erotic in a twisted way.

Or else Carole and I are just pervs, or have watched too many French art-house films :).

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I've always talked about how much I love the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess, but in this episode Dal Hyang won my heart too. Yong Hwa had some strong moments and I was able to feel for him as Dal Hyang.
The moment when he was crying after being tied up was very heartfelt. He felt both sad and wronged. Sad because he finally grasped the difference between him and the Princess, realized he has lost her for good.
Wronged because in his opinion he was doing the right thing..and to some extent he actually was. I couldn't blame him when he felt betrayed after seeing the General.

At the same time he was admirable because of the way he admitted his defeat without a further word and retreated like a respectable soldier.

Finally the last moment between the Prince and Mi-ryung was definitely of the strongest of the episode. I can't wait for all the mysteries to reveal themselves and give us a glimpse at the true intention of the characters.

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Feeling sorry for dalhyang when he was sobbing while being tied up, I could feel his pain upon seeing the one he loves care for another guy and not even look at him once even though both of them were bleeding. give this guy some love already! And it was funny how he still cared for the prince's safety.. just because he's the prince. Stop being so lovable!

Mi-ryung, love her much much more than the princess. yes she's the villain but she's oh so fine. can't wait to see what more evilness she has in stalled lol.

Sohyeon is a deep one, i can't say i'm loving this character too much for now but we shall see as the story progresses. He seems to have something up his sleeves whenver he does or say something, not quite sure what...

Dalhyang's servant .. what's his name? I actually find this character cute, not the typical servant you see everyday. and not forgetting the horse.. its almost like a character in the drama, they should just name it already haha!

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I really am curious what did the prince do to Mi Ryung that made her become what she is now.
Did she do something terrible? Was it a misunderstanding of some sorts or was she framed and the prince ordered her to kill herself. Anyhoo, I love her! I always loved the Milady character (like in the current bbc adaptation, the chemistry between Maimie McCoy and Tom Burke is wonderful)

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thank you for the recap HN2

I really like this drama & have been waiting patiently every week for recaps :))

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mmm did JB stop recapping it because she lost interest or was she covering for Heads from the beginning?

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from what i read on ep.5 recap, its the latter case.. JB is covering for Heads from the beginning-:)

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the feeeeeels! the scene between the prince and the princess made me super happy *v* two episodes ago, he told her he could see why dal-hyang likes her and now he's telling her he doesn't see how she's attractive to men. whatever. yiiiii!! .... and then the last scene had to happen. wonder how princess would react when she finds out that prince was stabbed while he was with and by his first love. :(

yongwa's acting has improved a lot. breaks my heart whenever i see him cry, and those heartbroken expressions, ugh.

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Yeah, I have loved this show from the beginning but I have to say, my love for the Crown Prince is waning. I have never been a Jung Yong Hwa fan but Dal Hyang is easily my favorite character here. He is just so great and so easy to root for and I truly wish I felt the same about the Prince. I know there will probably be some sort of reason for his actions brought out in later episodes but because this is a three-season drama, it probably won't be enough to suit me. Oh well, still loving the show overall though.

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for me its a lil kind of slow episode compared to its previous ones.. Im still puzzled out of Prince Sado's intention and whats going through his mind but its what makes the story exciting..right? Dal Hyang' s innocent and straight personality makes you root for him unexpectedly, everytime the clever Prince played tricks on him-:) thats in my case though...poor guy who lost his first love ti the Prince-:( Anyhow i like the fact that thru that loss duel, He comes with realization to find his right place.. I can still abide YH's acting yet im looking forward to his various contenance while the storyline progress in each episode..For Miryung's case im expecting her story to be told sooner hopefully, will get a glimpse of what really happened bewteen her & the Prince few years back..im really intrigue to know..but im afraid that these past lovers was a victim of political scheme.. im so looking forward for more revelations on the coming episode.. Heads thank you for the recap-:)

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so hard to type on the tiny mobile of mine..
typo is all over my post various * countenance* i mean

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again * rightful place

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I always have typos when I use my phone.

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lesson learned not to use it again when commenting-:)

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Woah the Prince and Miryung sizzle in that brief preview.

He's boring with the Princess. I prefer hot to cutesy.

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Ugh, I LOOOOOVE this show! I love all the layers in it, too, and how pretty much every interaction has so many different meanings and reasons and feelings and interpretations, like how the fight with Dalhyang and the prince was definitely more than just jealousy or the prince beating his authority into Dalhyang. I love how complex the prince is, and Miryung as well. I'm totally rooting for him all the way. I want the prince to develop a better relationship with the princess and love her (gah, I find her so charming and I love that she's growing stronger!), but I also love how we get to see a different side of him and different sets of complicated explosive emotions with Miryung.

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Dal-hung reluctantly stepped back because resurrected lovers' quarrels (perceived or real) are nothing to mess with, unlike political/enemy fights where jumping in would be heroic. Cliff hangers for once a week kdramas are killers.

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I love this drama.It’s got all the elements right. The actors play their characters well. I love the flow of the story. I’m even okay w/ the political aspect & how it’s being told & how it’s played so it makes me sad that it’s not getting much love it seems. This is my first saeguk & I’m enjoying it so much I even researched King Injo. LOL Anyway, the once a week episode is not helping this drama any traction to make a mark in the weekend timeslot. So I hope that if & when season 2 comes they may rethink this once a week format.

Jung YongHwa’s really improved, I can hardly believe it. He’s actually making me love him. He plays Park DalHyang well. I still love the Princess more than the Prince so I can’t completely root for them yet coz the prince is still blurry to me. Loving YGD & Miryung. Just love all the characters from major to minor roles. I even miss the inn keeper & DalHyang parents. ^_____^

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This episode was a bit slow at times. Kim Ja Jeom's long speech to Sohyeon was completely boring. I had to keep myself from falling asleep.

It was quite interesting to see Mi Ryung look so vulnerable right before she turned around and faced Sohyeon. Their chemistry was intense. THAT EMBRACE caught me by surprise and definitely made me more curious about these two's past. But I don't really ship them.

I don't really ship the Prince & the Princess either, but I enjoy their cute, humorous moments.

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Thanks for the recap.

Didn't you love the Villain JJ monologuing at the Prince forever, and the Prince's expression changes from disbelief to fear to disgust and anger and finally at the unnecessary close up to "OK crazy, whatever."

I have NO idea what the Prince is thinking almost ever. LOL.

I also don't like the Prince with MY because i get the impression as much as she is playing the victim here that she wounded him deeply. Nobody hates as much as he does unless they felt betrayed.

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I have similar thoughts. We know that Mi Ryung feels resentment towards the Prince because he ordered her to kill herself. But we still don't know what motivated the Prince to take such a drastic step. I have a feeling that there was some action on her part that made the Prince feel betrayed first.
In any case it seems there was some wrong decision made by both of them. May be that is why they still have lingering feeling for each other.

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Its been a long time since I watch a Kdrana that got me hooked and inttigued..I cant even remember the last time...Kdrama's this past few years are a meeeehhh for me....The Three Musketeers are turning great and I do hope it contibuous on. I wish it wssnt a one episode a week because waitingbis insane..kekeke

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I wasn't a historical drama fan but this drama some how got me hooked from the very 1st episode & I am so looking forward to the progress each weekend. Getting so interesting Miryung-Prince-CrownPrincess relationship. Poor DalHyang though.. love his character too much.. very straight & loyal guy. The royal guards I love An Min Seo .. too cute. PanSeo going back to SeungPo now? What will DalHyang's destiny be? Crown Prince, who will you love? Too many plots running in my head now. Looking forward for the next ep this weekend. The waiting part is driving me insane.. LOL

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Poor Dalhyang...little boy need some lovin too...Where the heck is Constance?lol.......I love the scene of Crown Prince and Dalhyang fighting but it still left me to think that just like any ordinary Prince, Sohyeon wanted a fine line between status. He wanted to tame Dalhyang cause the boy contradicted him with his own words. I hope Dalhyang be a hindrance to his calculated thinking..Wouldn't it be nice to see this two contradict each other to only patchy up at the end?lol....Anyway, Sohyeon's too calculating and I sometimes fear what he is thinking so my cents go to the innocent with potential kid Dalhyang.....kekeke

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The action scenes were much better in this episode :)

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im looking forward for the action scene to get better in each episode.. can't wait for the next episode..

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Agree that the action scenes are so much better in this episode!

Also , does anyone think that mi-ryung resembles angelina jolie? especially those lips

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"Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned"

With that said, I have to confess that I have a bit of a girl-crush on Mi-Ryung.

Oh, and Panswe! I wish he and Dal-hyang have more moments together. I am hoping something akin to Don Quixote and his sidekick kinda plot/episode.

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