Seven Day Queen: Episode 9
There’s a touch of brightness today that’s reminiscent of the childhood camaraderie that I loved so much—when our prince wants to be charming, there’s really no defending against it. But there’s also a hint of more weighty matters on the horizon, as well as the touch of darkness that always threatens to erupt into full-scale disaster between the two brothers. It just seems to intensify with every encounter, which is great for the drama’s narrative arc, and maybe less good for my blood pressure.
EPISODE 9 RECAP
As Chae-kyung begs the king to be punished instead of her father, Yeok interrupts by walking right into the palace and announcing his return, like he either has a death wish or a mighty crafty plan up his sleeve. Please have a crafty plan!
Yeok states his name and addresses Yeonsangun as hyungnim, and everyone gapes at the prince who’s returned from the dead. Yeonsangun puts on his trademark smirk but it quivers, not quite confident.
The guards immediately lower the swords they’d been pointing at Yeok’s throat, stepping aside as the king approaches his brother. There’s a long, tense moment as everyone watches for his reaction, and then Yeonsangun pulls Yeok into a bear hug.
It’s entirely for show, and he declares, “You were alive!” His tone is meant to sound relieved, but it comes out half-accusing.
Yeonsangun orders the unconscious Chae-kyung to be taken to the doctor. Then he yells that his dead brother has returned, spurring the court ministers to bow in respect, his smile so forced it makes him look manic.
Yeok greets each minister personally with warm words of recognition, while Yeonsangun watches with laser eyes.
A bit later as the court convenes in an official session, Yeok asks the king to clear himself and Chae-kyung of false charges (of being the thief and abetting him). He argues that the fault lies with the officials in charge of managing the government stores of food and cloth, and Secretary Im scoffs that he’s making accusations with no proof.
Yeok asks pointedly how he will explain imprisoning someone for a crime if there was no proof. He declares that the real thief is somewhere in the ministers’ midst, which prompts protest that the accusation is unfounded. That’s when he holds up a scroll and unfurls it—allllll the way down the length of the floor. Ooh. Is that the intel gathered from his pawnshop information exchange?
Yeok points to entries of government tributes that were supposed to be sent as relief. Then he points to more entries that list unusual items, like the gold-embroidered hats and vests used in a child’s first birthday celebration.
He asks which ministers have had a grandchild celebrate a first birthday recently, saying that the real thief is the one who takes advantage of a royal order meant to help the citizens and instead provides for his own interest. He looks directly at Secretary Im, who nervously says that there’s nobody like that here, and that the issue must have happened while the goods were being transported. He promises to find the culprits and punish them.
One minister asks about the recent raids of the ministers’ storehouses, and presents the letter left behind by the thief. Yeok laughs, saying that anyone who would dare forge a king’s order would have no compunctions over forging his name.
Yeonsangun cuts in to declare that Yeok and Chae-kyung have been unjustly accused of a crime, and that their innocence will be made known public. Moreover, Secretary Im will be responsible for capturing the thief who impersonated the prince.
Minister Shin, who is still kneeling out in the courtyard, is told of the pardon. Yeok meets his eyes as he leaves the building, and the two men exchange bows.
Yeok starts to head off in one direction, and Deputy Commander Park informs him that he’s heading toward the infirmary, and that his mother’s palace is the other way. Hint taken. Yeok turns and heads off to see his mother.
Yeonsangun practices his archery while Secretary Im tries to argue that everything Yeok just said was a lie. Yeonsangun whirls on the man and shoots the hat right off Im’s head. “You just died,” he says. “For what crime?”
Secretary Im stammers that he dared dishonor the king before the other ministers. Yeonsangun shoots another arrow—this time narrowly flying through the space between his arm and his body. “You died again,” he says. “What crime?”
Secretary Im quakes harder and says that he flouted the king’s order to kill the prince. A third arrow pierces the floor right in front of him. “You died again.”
The secretary grits out, “For making the prince return alive.” This time, the king tells him to live as though dead and not interfere. Secretary Im grabs for his leg to beg mercy, so Yeonsangun grabs a sword and slashes it through the air. Secretary Im jerks back, his arm cut, and Yeonsangun holds the blade to his throat.
“Must you truly die in order to come to your senses?” he demands. Secretary Im insists that there is unfinished work that only he can do, and begs the king not to throw him away.
The queen dowager is not at all pleased to see Yeok back in this capacity, rebuking him for coming back merely to save Chae-kyung and negating all her efforts. But Yeok smiles at her and asks for a hug, and gets up to embrace his mother. “See, is it not good that we are able to be together like this?” he asks.
He assures her that there will be better things in store for them, and promises to make that happen. They embrace for a long moment.
Deputy Commander Park speaks up to call Yeok’s actions rash, but Yeok adds that he didn’t return just for Chae-kyung’s sake—the king had caught on that he was alive. Remaining in hiding would have only endangered those around him, knowing that Yeonsangun and Secretary Im would stop at nothing to get to him.
Deputy Commander Park asks what his plan is, because the conflict with the king will intensify now that it’s out in the open. Yeok merely replies, “I will use hyungnim’s people.”
Nok-soo suggests to Yeonsangun that they plant a spy in Yeok’s midst to find evidence to use against him, which will enable them to get rid of Yeok for good. Moreover, she has just the person in mind: Chae-kyung.
Yeonsangun opposes the idea, but Nok-soo points out that if they use a different minister’s daughter, Yeonsangun will not trust any of those ministers as he does Minister Shin. Instead of replying, Yeonsangun just prepares to make a visit to the queen dowager.
Yeok shocks his mother by declaring that he will marry Chae-kyung, while off in the infirmary, Chae-kyung wakes. Hearing that the prince has truly returned, she starts to get up immediately, but her mother tells her to wait for her father, who has something to tell her.
Yeok makes his case for marrying Chae-kyung, reminding his mother that she wanted the match. As the daughter of the king’s most trusted official, he would be freed of some of his constraints. Once he marries Chae-kyung, he intends to win over her father to his side.
Myung-hye argues that Yeok’s plan is purely in order to protect Chae-kyung, and Yeok replies that it’s also beneficial to them. The queen dowager counters that the most beneficial course is to find the previous king’s secret will. Both Myung-hye and Commander Park jump on this plan, wanting to find that hidden historian to recover the letter—and just outside, the king arrives and prevents the court ladies from announcing his presence. Ack! Everyone, stop talking!
Myung-hye suggests that Seo-no find his father, just as Yeok senses a presence approaching. He shushes her, holding up a hand to silence his group, just as Yeonsangun arrives on the other side of the door and holds out his hand to silence the court lady. Yeonsangun seems to notice that the voices go suddenly silent, but moments later the doors slide open, and Yeok greets him with a smile.
Deputy Commander Park and Myung-hye excuse themselves, and Park worries about how much the king overheard. Myung-hye says that Yeok has had a heightened sense of alert since nearly dying, and will have known as soon as the king stepped in the corridor.
Park expresses sympathy about Myung-hye seeing the prince marry someone else (“It must be like cooking porridge and having to give it to a dog”), but she forces herself to smile and says grimly, “I will be the one who laughs last.”
The king’s eunuch reads the royal order that pardons Yeok for his old crime (of freeing Seo-no’s father from prison) and restores his former position to him. Yeok bows to the king, and the queen dowager thanks him effusively.
Yeonsangun tells her to be at ease now that she doesn’t have to hide it anymore. He’s so tricksy with his words, because that insinuates that she knew Yeok was alive. She quickly adapts, saying that it was difficult to hide her sadness when Yeok was dead, but she will now be as happy as her heart desires.
Servants carry in a mountain of gifts from the king, and Yeok’s face takes on a wary look before he puts on his friendly act to thank his brother.
Yeonsangun invites Yeok to have drinks, and arranges to meet later. The second he leaves, Yeok warns his mother not to speak of the secret will again: “Have you forgotten that it was because of that one thing that hyungnim suspected me, restricted me, and even tried to kill me? I do not want to hang my fate on one measly letter. Even if it takes time, I will seek out the throne on my own strength.” And that starts with marrying Chae-kyung.
Minister Shin presents Chae-kyung with that letter from years ago—the letter she took as an excuse to run away to Hanyang in the first place. He believes it’s time she knew why she was hidden away in the countryside, and Chae-kyung reads the prophecy predicting the calamity that would befall the royal court if she met any of its members. Her mother tells her it’s up to her to avoid her fate now.
Outside the king’s chambers, Nok-soo tells Secretary Im that she’s working on convincing the king. Then she stiffens at the sight of Minister Shin, who warns Secretary Im sternly that he will let things go this time, but that he ought to consider his a life lost and gained and thus do a good job from now on. Secretary Im chafes at the rebuke.
Yeok arrives at the appointed pavilion, where a lavish spread is laid out, but is left waiting for a long while. Yeonsangun doesn’t appear to be in a rush, and takes his time reading over royal appeals. He instructs his head eunuch to assign Secretary Im’s work to Minister Shin instead, and to have Im assist Shin. When the eunuch states that everything has been prepared at the pavilion, Yeonsangun doesn’t even acknowledge it.
So Yeok is left waiting, and one eunuch nervously suggests telling the prince that the king is running late. But the head eunuch chides him for not seeing the obvious: The king is purposely doing this to tame the prince. For his part, Yeok is entirely aware that this is meant to be a test, and remains seated.
Night falls, and still the two brothers remain unmoving. It’s like the war of the two brick walls; this is why you two need Chae-kyung to do anything. And finally, Yeonsangun arrives.
Over food and drink, they reminisce a bit, with Yeok laughing about how he thought for sure he would be recognized when they ran into each other at the inn. Yeonsangun chuckles that he didn’t recognize him, since the cute young prince turned into such an ugly man, sighing that he’d wished for his kid brother not to grow up. You’d almost think some of their true affection were creeping in, but Yeok thinks darkly to himself that Yeonsangun didn’t want him to grow up because he didn’t want to hand over the throne to him.
Yeonsangun asks whom Yeok believes tried to kill him five years ago. Yeok answers that it was surely mountain bandits, and how nearly dying made him feel so wronged that he wanted to track them down and get revenge—but he also thinks life is too short and precious to live with such resentment. “I change my mind about a dozen times a day,” he says.
Yeonsangun asks if he ever thought it would have been better to die. “I did,” Yeok says. “But recently, I found new resolve to live. I have even found a simple dream. To become a strong person, so I can protect myself and those I love.”
Yeonsangun asks if the dream came true. Yeok shakes his head, saying, “I have only just recovered my name.” The king notes that his name isn’t a light one to bear, and Yeok agrees before lightening the mood by reminding his brother to keep his promise earlier to give Yeok all the things he wanted.
Laughingly, Yeonsangun asks what he most wants. “Shin Chae-kyung,” Yeok replies.
Suddenly the mood darkens and Yeonsangun’s hand shakes ever so slightly. Yeok explains that he cares for her and wants to be with her, and Yeonsangun bolts to his feet suddenly, ready to leave. He declares that the liquor has gone to his head, but I’m pretty sure it’s all the jealous rage.
Myung-hye returns to headquarters and lights into the guys (Seo-no, Gwang-oh, and Seok-hee), angry that they tricked her into leaving and supported Yeok’s plan to reveal himself. The boys explain that they tried to talk him out of it, but Yeok insisted that hiding wasn’t the right answer. Seo-no adds that they were able to save people who’d been falsely accused, and that changed circumstances call for changed plans.
Myung-hye scorns the plan to use marriage for their ends. Seo-no says he doesn’t love the idea of using Chae-kyung but won’t oppose it, because it won’t be an arranged marriage—they’ll love for real. “And if not, then what will you do?” Myung-hye challenges. “There is no need to do anything,” Seo-no says. “It will certainly happen that way.”
Chae-kyung reads the prophecy over and over in disbelief, which foretells the bloody strife that will befall the royal court if she were to meet a member of royalty.
That’s when Yeok arrives outside the infirmary door and calls out to her. Chae-kyung asks her nanny in a panic to tell him that she’s sleeping, not knowing that her voice is loud and clear out in the hallway. Nanny heads out to turn him away, and Chae-kyung quietly makes her way to the door.
Suddenly the room goes dark, and Yeok claps a hand over her mouth from behind, offering to let her go if she promises not to scream. She agrees, but the second he lets go, she calls out for her nanny. So Yeok hurries to clap his hand back over her mouth, and it sends them tumbling backward… into bed, him landing on top of her.
Chae-kyung pushes him back, her tone cold as she asks him to leave. He asks if she’s not pleased to see him, and she says she isn’t, because she can’t trust him when everything he says is a lie.
She opens the door and waits for him to leave. Instead, he pulls it closed again and admits that he lied to her all those times. When she tries to step aside, he holds her back, pressing her against the door.
“The biggest lie of those was that I didn’t miss you,” he says sincerely. “I missed you. Very much. Very, very much.”
She asks angrily why he’s saying this now, after he declared their promises invalid and returned her token. “Why did you come back?” she asks.
“Why do you think? Did you forget what I said after that?” he asks. “The reason our promise was invalid, the reason I returned the ring. That meant I would soon fulfill my promise to return.”
Chae-kyung thinks back to the moment he left the ring with her, and now we see what he said afterward, that the promise was invalid because he would be fulfilling it. Now he smiles down at her, asking her to praise him for coming back safely.
Chae-kyung is moved at the realization, but pushes him aside again anyway. She declares his promise fulfilled, but asks him not to come back, her face stony. This time he does leave the room, and when he calls out her name, she firms her resolve and ignores him.
Once alone, she thinks of his request for praise, while he thinks of her request to leave her. Chae-kyung goes to bed holding that ring, which she still wears on her neck.
A bit later when Nanny announces a visitor, Chae-kyung asks expectantly if it’s Yeok—but it’s Yeonsangun. He asks if she’d been waiting for Yeok, and she says no.
They step outside for a walk, when suddenly Chae-kyung kneels before him, saying that she is indebted to him because he saved her life. Yeonsangun helps her up, reminding her that she also saved his life. She says that wasn’t really saving, and apologizes for lying to the king without intending to.
Yeonsangun concedes that he wants to tell her it’s fine, but that he was quite disappointed. He asks if she can’t trust him, and she hurriedly assures him that that’s not it—she merely didn’t want to cause problems for another person again. She promises never to lie to him again, and it seems to ease his mood, prompting him to very nearly touch her bowed head. He pulls back and pats her shoulder instead, and accepts her promise.
Yeonsangun is in much brighter spirits as he returns to his quarters chuckling, and thinks of her promise as he falls asleep.
As Yeok walks through the city that night, he catches on to a trio of armed men on his tail. He joins a table of drinkers at a crowded tavern, paying for their drinks, and feigns drunkenness when he rises. He slips out through a back door and pulls a dark cloak on, and manages to lose his followers.
Yeok returns to the Snail Bride headquarters, where his team is assembled—along with an unannounced visitor, Deputy Commander Park. He states that with Yeok out in the public eye, they need someone to lead the revolt, to handle matters while Yeok is pursuing his plan by marrying Chae-kyung. Ah, are you trying to take over?
Yeok bristles when Park reveals the wall behind him, freely looking at the names and plans that Yeok’s team have put together. Announcing a gift for Yeok, he leads him outside before a gathering of noblemen, scholars, and warriors who have vowed loyalty to his cause.
Yeok looks surprised at this display, and moved as well. He introduces himself, and the crowd of men drop to the ground in bows.
Chae-kyung’s parents puzzle over that prophecy, recalling that the priestess had initially declared that Yeok and Chae-kyung were a heavenly match. And yet, some time later, she warned them not to trust the late king and left them that dire prophecy.
Minister Shin guesses that something happened between the king and the priestess. They speculate that the priestess betrayed the king, who had her killed. But they don’t know why she was killed, and what that means for Chae-kyung’s fate, and thus all they can do is be watchful.
Back at home that night, Chae-kyung broods about the prophecy and her father’s explanation. After Yeok was born, the previous king had summoned Chae-kyung and proposed marrying the children, and the priestess had explained that they were fated to protect each other. The priestess had tattooed Chae-kyung’s back to mark the promise and act as a talisman for her safety.
Her father explained that after the tattoo was done, previously sickly Chae-kyung was healthy for the next few years. Then one night the priestess showed up badly injured and warned him not to trust the king, and uttered the prophecy.
Upon hearing this, Chae-kyung had asked if all the misfortunes that had befallen Yeok had been because of the prophecy, blaming herself for his fate. Her mother had told her it wasn’t her fault, but because they are a match that cannot be, they must do what they can to avoid it.
And now, with these thoughts weighing heavily on her mind, Chae-kyung looks at the tattoo on her back and calls it a curse, not a talisman.
Then, a whistling sounds from outside. It’s Yeok, peering over the house wall, whistling the tune she taught him. When she opens her window, Yeok calls out her name and indicates that she come out to meet him. She shakes her head no, so he props himself higher against the wall and motions to jump over the wall, which makes her smile. God help her when he’s being charming.
She ends up joining him on a walk, and asks where he’s going. He replies, “I’m on my way to win your heart.” She says she has no intention of giving it, but he isn’t swayed and takes her wrist to lead her along.
He takes her to the pawnshop headquarters and invites her to sit. Chae-kyung stubbornly feigns disinterest, so he pulls out a book and explains that he’s written down every lie and mean thing he’s done to her, and everything he needs to explain to her. Ha! She insists she doesn’t care to hear anything, primly telling him not to bother.
Yeok flips through the pages for wrongs to explain, then asks, “Aren’t you curious to know how I lived?” Aha, a flicker of interest. Chae-kyung forcibly turns her head away, but Yeok begins with his exile and ambush, adding in thrills and intrigue like a master storyteller.
She does the worst job ever pretending this is boring her, and even starts asking questions before catching herself. He explains how he was rescued in the woods by the owner of this pawnshop, who buys information from Yeok’s crew and uses it to make deals with aristocrats.
Yeok flips through the book to say that she’s in here too, but teasingly holds the book out of reach as he reads her description, which includes a dig at how she’s unable to be married, and how she gets drunk every year on the anniversary of Yeok’s death, and how she asks anyone who resembles Yeok if he’s a ghost.
Chae-kyung jumps all over him trying to get to the book, but he just tucks it into his top and he says he won’t believe she’s not curious about his life when she missed him so much. She demands to see the book, so Yeok lifts his arms out of the way and thrusts his chest at her, inviting her to grab it out of his shirt. HA.
She turns her back and practically rolls her eyes—but then whirls and rips his shirt open to get the book. Mwahaha. She starts to gloat, then realizes that she’s staring at his bare chest and freezes.
But it’s not so much the skin that gets to her but the multiple scars he bears. Chae-kyung stares with teary eyes and says there is one thing she wants to know: “Were you very injured then? Does it still hurt now?”
He tells her he’s all healed, but she asks to see just once. She blows out the candles in the room, saying that she’ll close her eyes and just feel to see if they’ve healed, to check that they don’t pain him anymore.
So Yeok takes off his top, revealing more ugly scars on his back, and Chae-kyung feels the first scar in his side, asking if it hurts. He tells her he’s fine, and remains still as she walks around to his back. She opens her eyes to see the arrow wounds in his shoulder and sobs at how the lovely young prince came to be this way. He attempts a joke, asking if she’s insinuating that he’s ugly now.
Chae-kyung dismisses the word ugly, saying firmly that he grew up strong and brave. Then she grabs him around the waist and hugs him tight, saying, “Thank you. For living, thank you.”
Nok-soo reports to Yeonsangun that Yeok has been evading their attempts to keep track of his movements—how can they prepare to fight him if they don’t know what he’s doing? Yeonsangun asks pettishly if the spy has to be Chae-kyung, and Nok-soo replies that it must be.
“It is love,” she declares, saying that unlike the rest of the world, a lover is not as easily fooled, nor easily ignored. Which means that such a person would be the best sort of spy.
Yeonsangun fires back that this makes Chae-kyung even more unsuitable, spitting out the word love angrily. “It is merely pity and a guilty conscience,” he insists, saying that they’ve barely met enough times to feel something as deep as love. Getting increasingly agitated, he declares that if what Chae-kyung feels for Yeok is love, then she could love everything in the world.
Nok-soo calmly replies, “Of those things, the prince must be special.” Yeonsangun fumes.
As Yeok and Chae-kyung walk back to her house, she asks about the pawnshop family and his two friends. Yeok explains that there’s one more, and her mind flashes to the time she saw him and Myung-hye kissing. But Yeok informs her that it’s Seo-no, and how he sought him out first after making his recovery.
Surprised and pleased, Chae-kyung says he should have brought Seo-no today, and instructs him to bring him to her house tomorrow. Yeok’s face actually falls at that, and he asks, “Between Seo-no and me, who did you miss more?” LOL.
She starts to say, “Of course…” and Yeok puffs up expectantly. So she finishes, “Seo-no.”
He calls her out for lying, and she says that it’s true, and that right now she’s looking right at Yeok, so she misses Seo-no more. He says impatiently, “Who asked about right now? I was asking about the past.”
“Right now is more important,” Chae-kyung says. “And the future even more important. So take a good look at my face. Because in the future, you won’t be able to see it.”
Startled, he asks what she means just as Yeonsangun rides up on his horse, watching from a distance. She answers that she came out today knowing it would be the last time: “Let us not meet anymore.”
She walks toward her house, but Yeok calls out after her, “No.” He beelines for Chae-kyung and pulls her to him, and she cries as he holds on tightly.
As they embrace, Yeonsangun hears Nok-soo’s explanation that time makes no difference where love is concerned, and that it can happen as quickly as a gaze, or a breath, or a grazing of hands.
I absolutely love what this drama is doing with Yeonsangun (and what Lee Dong-gun is doing with the portrayal), because he is so incredibly conflicted and layered. All of his emotions are recognizable and understandable, but the true anticipation comes in trying to predict which will prevail. In any encounter with Yeok, you can sense that even as he’s sparring with his brother, he’s also fighting with himself, as well as fighting to maintain the image of being in complete control of his feelings. Basically, Yeonsangun is in perpetual fight mode, and it highlights his loneliness and fear—but the power he wields (and, more importantly, the willingness with which he wields it) is so great that we can’t ever rest firmly in sympathy territory. I always find it more tragic when people are the authors of their own demises, and he’s the classic example of that.
It’s what makes it particularly poignant when Yeonsangun shows that rare glimpse of pleasure or happiness, as he did after forgiving Chae-kyung and returning to his room practically humming. This is such a common scenario—the cold-hearted villain being melted by a plucky heroine—that it’s not the setup itself that sucks me in, but the particular way this drama works it, because it makes complete sense to me why he would be so fascinated by Chae-kyung. And while I think that the farther along we go, the more his interest is romantic (at least in part), I do really love that it didn’t start that way, and that even now it’s more complicated than a man being jealous that his rival is winning the heart of the woman he loves.
Chae-kyung is family of sorts, and she was the first one to claim him when she didn’t have any cause to, just at the time when he was being unclaimed by actual family—by his stepmother, and by his dead father even from the grave. She’s just a kind, thoughtful person who sees good instead of bad, and in that way she’s the perfect foil for the paranoid man who sees in everything a cause for suspicion. In that regard I see her as one source of light for both brothers who have pretty dark personalities otherwise—and for one, the only source of light. I fear what will become of Yeonsangun when he loses her entirely.
But I suspect that Yeonsangun will deserve what he brings upon himself, so he’s not wrenching me from my OTP ship by a long shot. I loved all of Yeok and Chae-kyung’s moments today, which was helped in large part by the fact that we finally got to see the lighthearted side of adult Yeok emerge, which I’d missed. (I’m still so taken with the familiarity between the child and adult actors that it really facilitates full immersion in this story, down to the way they joke and brood.) Man, when Yeok is actively trying to win over Chae-kyung, I don’t know how she resisted as long as she did, particularly when he listed all his lies and counted “I didn’t miss you” among his biggest offenses.
It was a sweet interlude before whatever twists come around the bend, because with Yeok assuming his place publicly as prince, I foresee a lot more conflict on the horizon. It was a nice moment when he saw the gathering of men who’d already sworn loyalty to him, and maybe a moment of truth to him that the fight is on, and the machine already in motion.
I found the scene where Chae-kyung realizes the extent of Yeok’s pains really very moving, because it was so characteristic of her to think immediately of the pain he suffered, even as he was assuring her that he was fine. But it was also lovely as a way to affirm her gratitude that he’d survived despite it all. I do find the prophecy a teensy bit unconvincing in light of everything else, even though I get Minister Shin’s point about merely being careful to take precautions. But it makes sense to me that Chae-kyung would take it for a dire warning, given how traumatic it was to lose the prince the first time and believe herself responsible, and on that point I could understand why she’d decided to never see him again. I’m just glad that he’s left his denial behind just in time to save her from hers.
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