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100 Days My Prince: Episode 4

It would be an understatement to say that Hong-shim and Yul are having a tough time adjusting to married life. Yul can barely handle life in general, what with his instincts contradicting everything everyone tells him about himself, and Hong-shim is already fed up with his spoiled attitude. They’ll both have to do a lot of changing if they want this marriage to work.

 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

After a run-in with some highwaymen, Yul and Hong-shim find themselves wrapped up together in a straw mat. Yul accidentally gropes Hong-shim while trying to free his hand, so she says they’ll need to roll themselves out. But Yul grows very serious and tells her, “I don’t want to roll. I want to stay this way.”

Hong-shim accuses him of enjoying this, but Yul whispers, “Behind you… a rat.” He freaks out when he and the rat make eye contact, but Hong-shim sneers that a little rat is no big deal.

Yul breathes that they’ll squish the rat if they roll, and Hong-shim is all, Isn’t that better than it jumping on your face? Tired of his prissy refusals, Hong-shim rolls the both of them over with Yul screaming bloody murder.

It turns out that Hong-shim’s dad hired the “highwaymen” to stop Hong-shim and Yul from traveling to the upper village to speak to Won-deuk’s military commander about his pay (since Dad made up Won-deuk and his military service). He finds Hong-shim and Yul in the shed after unrolling themselves.

Hong-shim says that nobody was hurt, but Yul barks in a traumatized voice, “What do you mean nothing happened? I killed someone!” Awww, the rat did get squished. Dad says that this wouldn’t have happened if they’d stayed home, and Yul snaps that he doesn’t need the money and refuses to ever go to the upper village again.

King Neungseon is beside himself with worry over Yul’s disappearance, to the point that he can’t even eat when he’s served Yul’s favorite dish. Queen Park points out that she had them made special, but he just flings the table over, furious at her thoughtlessness.

He accuses her of secretly hoping Yul never returns. She pretends to be upset that, every time Yul gets hurt, there are rumors that she harmed Yul in order to make her own son, Prince Seowon, the crown prince. Prince Seowon backs up his mother, and the king admits that he overreacted.

Back in the village, Yul tells Hong-shim that he’s getting depressed thinking about being a poor man. She tells him to get some exercise, but he whines that he’s too tired. Annoyed, Hong-shim says that he seemed to sleep just fine, and when he argues that he hurt his arm, she raises a hand as if to hit him, and he reflexively snaps up his arm in defense. Hong-shim grins triumphantly, but Yul just moans, “It’s my other arm.”

Hong-shim tells him that they have to work to pay taxes and buy food, but Yul intones that he just won’t eat. She’s ready to hit him for real, but Dad stops her and offers to gather herbs while they both stay home and rest. Hong-shim angrily gives Yul some chores to do before stomping off.

She goes to see her friends, who tease that she’s just cranky after missing out on sleep last night, wink-wink. They ask if Yul is the take-charge type, but Hong-shim sighs that he’s not satisfying during the day or at night.

She tells them that Yul may be handsome, but he’s penniless, and Kkeut-nyeo says she thought Hong-shim had known him for a long time. She says she did, but it’s just getting more irritating the more she thinks about it. She smacks her hand down and pricks her finger on a straw basket, making her worry that it’s a bad omen.

Meanwhile, Yul lingers at the house, talking to the dog and eyeballing the pile of manure that Hong-shim ordered him to clean up. Town Official Park comes to see him, and he objects to Yul’s speaking like a noble when he’s clearly a peasant. Yul looks hopeful that he might actually be a noble, but he just gets accused of day-drinking, lol.

Town Official Park is here to pick up the loaned wedding clothing, but Yul doesn’t want to return the nice boots that came with his outfit. When Town Official Park presses the issue, Yul makes a run for it, quickly outpacing the older man and ending up in the village marketplace.

He checks out the stalls with nice clothes for sale, realizing that he’s strangely knowledgeable about fabrics and colors. He asks one vendor to bring out her finest bedding, but when he admits he has no money, she yells at him for wasting her time and throws salt to get rid of him.

Hong-shim is taken to where several noble boys are kicking and beating a peasant boy, Meok-goo, for being too scared to climb a tree and retrieve the young master’s kite. Hong-shim stops the boys and says she’ll get their kite down, then borrows the young master’s slingshot and knocks the kite loose with one stone.

Little Meok-goo thanks Hong-shim for saving him from the beating, and asks why she’s nice to him. She tells him that she once lived in the same neighborhood as a boy she called Dummy, and that Meok-goo’s smile reminds her of her old friend.

Somehow dressed in nicer clothing, Yul keeps walking and comes across a restaurant. Stomach growling, he goes in and orders some food. He notices a man getting a free meal by winking at the ajumma owner, and when she asks how he liked the food, Yul says the food was terrible, gives her the blandest wink ever, then turns to go.

She demands payment, and he says in shock that he just paid, winking again just to make sure. He keeps winking every time she says he has to pay, which is even funnier than it sounds because he’s so confident that a wink is the appropriate method of payment.

Hong-shim and Kkeut-nyeo find Yul fighting with the restaurant ajumma about his inability to pay for his meal. The ajumma tells Hong-shim that Yul tried to dine and dash, but Yul says that another man paid for his meal just by winking (HA, he demonstrates, and both Hong-shim and Kkeut-nyeo flinch).

Yul threatens to have the ajumma punished, but when she asks who he is, he reluctantly admits that he doesn’t know. Hong-shim pays the ajumma, explaining that Yul’s her husband, the ajumma gives him the stink-eye and Yul grumbles, “That gaze makes me uncomfortable.”

Je-yoon continues to agonize over Yul’s order to stop investigating the palace physician’s murder, wondering why he’s investigating it himself. Soo-ji visits and is disappointed to see Je-yoon busy, but Je-yoon relents when Soo-ji complains that he has no friends to drink with.

As she leads Yul home, Hong-shim asks if he’s really lost his memory, or if he’s just stupid. She suddenly notices his expensive clothing, which he says he got “from a hyung.” He points out the fine silk and delicate pattern, but when Hong-shim reaches to touch, he smacks her hand like she’s a naughty child.

His new clothes are the least of Yul’s surprises — Hong-shim is shocked to see her humble cottage being cleaned, flowers being planted, and a bright awning in the yard. Her simple belongings have been replaced with silk blankets and fancy screens, and she asks Yul where the money came from.

He tells her that a man saw him getting salt thrown at him in the marketplace and had told Yul that he’d pay for whatever he wanted. Hong-shim correctly guesses that the man had a mole on his left cheek, and she screams for everyone working on the house to leave. She storms off after vowing to deal with Yul later.

Hong-shim finds Yul’s “hyung” in the marketplace and accuses him of fooling a clueless man into taking out a loan. She tells him to take the money back. and he happily agrees, interest included of course. He names a sum that makes Hong-shim cough, and when she refuses to pay him such a ridiculous amount, he cheerfully threatens to sell her if he doesn’t get the money in fifteen days.

Gu-dol likes Yul’s fancy new digs, but Dad wails that the “hyung” is actually a loan shark. Gu-dol tells Yul to get on his knees and beg for forgiveness when Hong-shim gets home, and when Yul insists that a man doesn’t kneel before a woman, Gu-dol says dryly, “I think you must. If not, you might die.”

Je-yoon follows Soo-ji to a famous gibang, where he can’t help but notice all the beautiful gisaengs. They’re led to a private room, and on the way, Je-yoon notices a young gisaeng smiling nervously at him. She asks the madam if she can serve them, and when she’s informed that they asked for privacy, she says, “I’m not just anyone — I’m Ae-wol.”

When Hong-shim isn’t home by dark, Dad worries that the loan shark did something to her. Even Yul seems concerned as he regrets not putting up more lanterns. Gu-dol demonstrates to Yul how he should kneel, give Hong-shim the puppy-dog eyes, and beg for forgiveness, warning that he’s dead meat if he doesn’t do it.

Hong-shim returns and throws the loan shark’s contract at Yul, snapping that he borrowed enough money to buy a whole new house. Yul looks betrayed as he says that the loan shark didn’t tell him that — if he’d known, he’d have bought a new house, ha.

Hong-shim picks up a sickle and approaches Yul with murder in her eyes. Just before she reaches him, Gu-dol kicks Yul in the back of the knees, forcing him into a kneeling position, but she says it’s too late and raises the sickle. Dad screams at her not to do it, but she walks right past Yul and into the house to cut the sash on Yul’s wedding shirt, which would mean divorce.

Dad stops her, arguing that the magistrate will be furious if he finds out, but Hong-shim is scared that the loan shark will sell them as slaves. She runs back outside to point her sickle at Yul and growl that he’s done for, and he’s smart enough to look chastened.

She takes him inside to discuss his shopping spree, and when she glares, he slowly fixes his casual posture, ha. He says that at least the room is nice to look at now, and Hong-shim notices that he’s handsome, and not terrible to be around — when his mouth is closed. She forgets herself as she admires his fit body, making him curl up under her ogling.

Yul asks for food when his stomach growls, but Hong-shim croons that he should have bought food with all that money. She tries to kick him out of the room, but he declares that this is his room since he decorated it. Hong-shim tells him prettily that since this is his room, decorated with his debt, that he can live in it alone and pay off his debt alone.

She moves her bed into Dad’s room, and when he say that she should sleep with her husband, she retorts that she’s only planned to marry Yul only long enough to satisfy the authorities then kick him out. But now she decides to scrap that plan, and keep Yul around as a workman until his debt is paid off.

Soo-ji gets sloppy drunk at the gibang and tells Je-yoon that he knows something that’s top secret in the palace. Je-yoon swears not to tell, so Soo-ji reveals that the crown prince is missing, sobbing that he and his entire family are done for if something happens to Yul. Je-yoon reassures Soo-ji that he’ll be fine, having placed first in the state exam, but Soo-ji whispers that actually, he switched the answer sheets.

The gisaeng Ae-wol lets herself in, pretending that she got the wrong room. She asks about Je-yoon by name, then lets her hair down and asks if he recognizes her from three years ago. He eyes her suspiciously and brandishes his chopsticks, telling her to begone if she’s a ghost.

Suddenly he cracks a mischievous smile and apologizes for being bad at remembering faces. Ae-wol pouts that her face isn’t that forgettable, and she tells Je-yoon that she’s been waiting to repay his kindness. She says she’ll do anything he wants, so he asks her to charge tonight’s bill to Soo-ji (who passed out on the floor).

Later, as he’s carrying Soo-ji out, Je-yoon runs into Minister Jung, Queen Park’s co-conspirator. Minister Jung asks if Je-yoon is here with Soo-ji in an attempt to make a connection with Minister Kim, sneering that someone so low-class can only get ahead by becoming someone’s dog. He tells Je-yoon never to come to this gibang again, since it’s only for high-class people.

He looks smug that he just put Je-yoon in his place, but Je-yoon says jovially that Minister Jung should also stop coming here, because it’s smart to lay low in turbulent times. As he walks away, Je-yoon hears the minister laughing that he’s a mere concubine’s son, but he holds his head high.

Hong-shim hangs a sign outside the house and tells the neighbors that they will solve any problem for a small fee. Kkeut-nyeo asks why she wants to be paid now when she used to help people for free. Dad also thinks that this plan won’t work, since the village is so poor.

But Hong-shim says that people will pay for for someone to fix problems that are dirty, difficult, or dangerous, and she’s got a husband who has nothing better to do. Yul frowns that he didn’t agree to this, but Hong-shim reminds him that she didn’t agree to him taking out a loan, either.

Je-yoon takes the arrow that was used to murder the palace physician to a fletcher, who says that it’s not an arrow that many people make because it’s expensive and hard to control. Under Je-yoon’s threat to tell his wife that he saw the fletcher out after curfew, he suddenly recalls its maker.

Moo-yeon watches, then runs to get to the arrow’s maker before Je-yoon. The frightened fletcher stammers that he doesn’t keep records of his sales, but Moo-yeon says that even without records, the fletcher still knows who bought the bow and arrows. He steps closer, backing the fletcher off an embankment to his death.

Yul returns from a neighbor’s house saying that he was asked to find a ring the neighbor dropped in a barrel full of dung. Instead he’d shoved the neighbor ajumma’s hand in the dung and told her to find the ring herself. He sits and orders Hong-shim to bring him some baesuk (steamed pears), but when she asks what that is, even Yul can’t recall.

Another neighbor drops by with a problem, saying that Yul would just need to stand still, which is how Yul finds himself knee-deep in a muddy stream, waiting for leeches to attach to his legs. He asks what leeches are, and when the neighbor explains that they’re the blood-sucking creatures currently snacking on his blood, Yul splashes out of the water screaming.

Moo-yeon reports to Minister Kim that someone was asking about the arrows he uses. He says that he shot the prince (he doesn’t know that he actually shot Yul’s bodyguard, Dong-joo), so they can’t let the body be found or someone will connect the two murders.

Minister Kim tells him to pin the physician’s murder on someone else, and to get rid of all his old arrows, but to keep the bow because it will come in handy one day. Moo-yeon asks if he should go to the mountain (to look for the body), but Minister Kim says that he’ll go himself.

Hong-shim is surprised to see Yul back from his errand so soon, looking traumatized and with his legs covered in leech bites. He declares that he’s not going out again for all the money in the world, and Hong-shim says that she only wants him to earn back the money he borrowed. Yul concludes that they need to earn the money all at once rather than a few pennies at a time.

He hides when he hears Town Official Park bellowing his name, still trying to get the expensive boots back from him. Hong-shim says she’ll get the boots right now and snatches Yul from where he’s trying to climb over the wall.

When Minister Kim approaches King Neungseon for permission to search for Yul, he says that he initially thought the prince had survived due to his fighting skills, but he’s worried because there’s been no news. The king confides that the day before his disappearance, Yul told him that he was trying to solve a tragic issue.

He wonders if Yul knew about the planned ambush, unable to shake a bad feeling. He asks Minister Kim who he thinks is behind the attack, but Minister Kim just replies that the answer is on the mountain. He promises to find the prince and punish those responsible.

Yul (wearing straw shoes) tells Gu-dol and Kkeut-nyeo that he doesn’t want to go home because Hong-shim is evil. Gu-dol says that Yul and Hong-shim, as newlyweds, should be “crackling like sesame seeds,” but Yul misses the point and just gets hungry, ha.

Master Park and the town nobles walk by, and Yul watches as everyone bows to them. It sparks a memory of people bowing to him, and he tells Gu-dol that he doesn’t think he’s ever bowed to anyone. He says he needs to go home, but not to Hong-shim’s place, which isn’t the place for someone like him.

He goes back to the cottage where Hong-shim tells him to make straw shoes, and when he refuses, she says that everyone has to work to feed themselves. She asks why he won’t work, and he says, “Because I am not Won-deuk.”

Master Park and the other nobles greet Minister Kim near the village and invite him to tea, but he says he’s not here to eat and drink. Master Park asks what’s going on, so Minister Kim tells him that the guards are doing secret training and orders him to provide whatever they need.

Yul explains to Hong-shim that there’s no way he’s Won-deuk, listing several clues he’s noticed. First, when he woke after his injury, Dad asked him his name, and what’s more, the name Won-deuk doesn’t trigger an instinctive reaction. The second clue is that he knows he’s never bowed to anyone, indicating that he’s of noble birth.

To demonstrate the third clue, he steps closer to Hong-shim until she’s on her back on the platform with him looming over her. They both deny that their hearts are racing, and Yul says that if they’d spent a night at the watermill together, they wouldn’t feel this calm.

But Hong-shim has her own proof that he’s Won-deuk, pointing to the cherry tree he had planted in the yard. She says it’s her favorite, so he must have instinctively chosen it for that reason. She links their pinky fingers and says that he promised to do anything for her if they married. He asks why he’d make such a promise, and Hong-shim looks disappointed as she says, “Because you loved me.”

Remembering a real event in her life, she tells Yul that he proposed to her under falling cherry blossoms. She says that’s why she waited for him and even got flogged, and that the man she loved is good at keeping his promises.

She beds down in Dad’s room again that night, complaining that the savior she’d hoped for turned out to be an enemy. She says he’s even pretending not to be Won-deuk to get out of working, and she asks Dad to tell her more good things about him, which makes Dad nervous.

Yul stands under the cherry tree, wondering if he really made Hong-shim a promise. At the palace, Crown Princess So-hye thinks about her father’s warning that until he confirms the prince’s death, she can’t let anyone know she’s pregnant.

In the morning, all of Yul’s nice clothes are gone. Hong-shim asks him if it’s better to have three old outfits or ten new ones, and when he says the latter, she points to the humble but clean clothes he’s wearing and says that she got them for him.

She tells him to go with Gu-dol, who has a job lined up carrying water to the guards on the mountain. She pointedly sharpens her sickle and mentions that the neighbor still hasn’t found the ring she dropped in the dung bucket, and Yul literally runs towards the mountain, hee.

While carrying water, Gu-dol gets nervous when he sees the camp, sensing that something bad happened. Yul is too busy trying not to let the water jugs he’s carrying tip him over to pay much attention. They enter the camp, and something triggers a memory in Yul’s mind — an arrow lodging itself in a woman’s throat, and another arrow coming at him.

He clutches his head in pain as he remembers a horse being shot out from under him, and being forced to run for his life. Minister Kim looks in Yul’s direction, but all he sees is a peasant passed out on the ground.

Gu-dol runs to tell Hong-shim that Won-deuk caused trouble again. She goes home to complain that they’ll have to pay for the water jug he broke, and she accuses him of doing it on purpose to get out of working. She doesn’t believe Yul when he says that’s not what happened.

She vents her frustration with the crown prince for forcing her to marry someone so useless. Yul just says softly, “You said that I loved you. You said you waited for me.” Hong-shim says it doesn’t matter since he can’t remember anyway, and she turns to walk away.

But Yul stops her with a hand on her arm, saying, “It’s torture for me, too, because I don’t know who I am. Please help me remember how I loved you.” He collapses again, this time into Hong-shim’s arms.

 
COMMENTS

I’m still confused about Hong-shim’s relationship with Won-deuk — it seems as though she thinks he really exists, but only because Dad has told her so much about him. I think she’s telling Yul stories about her childhood friend who said he’d marry her, but that she thinks he’s really this mysterious Won-deuk person, because Dad told her so. And I think that Yul asked her to help him remember their love, not because he’s feeling anything for her (yet), but because the memories he just recalled are horrible and traumatic. He’s probably hoping that the truth is that he’s a simple peasant and not someone that’s been forced to fight for his life.

I’ve been feeling this way since Episode 2, and I’m just going to admit it now — I absolutely adore this drama. Sure, it’s almost entirely made of tropes, and very similar versions of this story have been told before many times, but it’s all in the execution. The show knows when to pour on the drama and when to back off and lighten up, and I never feel the tonal transitions to be jarring or unbalanced (though the actual editing can be rough at times). The characters are endearing and quirky and lovable, the dialogue is quippy and hilarious, and best of all, the casting is absolutely spot-on. Nam Ji-hyun and Do Kyung-soo/D.O. are just living the characters of Hong-shim and Yul — but then I knew they would, because they’re both talented, seasoned actors who have a way of giving their characters a unique spin. But I’m delighted by most of the rest of the cast, too, particularly Kim Sun-ho as Je-yoon and Jung Hye-kyun as Hong-shim’s adoptive father. All of the characters feel like living, breathing people, which just makes an already extremely watchable show that much more entertaining.

Yul is already my favorite character despite (or maybe because of) his defensive wall of disdain and self-importance, because you know he’s still a decent person with solid morals and ethics underneath. He may be arrogant, haughty, and snooty as hell, but despite Hong-shim calling him dumb as a child and now, he’s the furthest thing from stupid. You can see him already learning to adapt after only one day of marraige, even if it’s just a survival instinct and not because of any romantic feelings (for now). He still resists suggestions to be humble, such as when Gu-dol told him to kneel to Hong-shim in apology for borrowing from a loan shark, but when Gu-dol kicked him to his knees, Yul was smart enough to stay there. Just like he learned as a boy to respect and admire Hong-shim/Yi-seo for her brains and spirit, I think he’ll soon start falling for her all over again for the same reasons. He’s just got sixteen years of fear-laden palace conditioning to overcome first, which makes him an adorably grumpy kitten out in the world, but it won’t be easy for him to break through it considering that he doesn’t know why he’s got such fancy taste and disregard for others in the first place, or see those things as a problem.

I mentioned this before, but it breaks my heart to see how stiff and disdainful Yul is, knowing why he’s that way. He didn’t always see peasants as beneath him and we know he can change his way of interacting with others (remember when he offered to let Yi-seo’s slave friend play the general next time?), so it’s painful to realize that he’s so horrible now out of fear and self-preservation. He’s spent most of his life in the palace, in constant danger, and he’s tried so hard to keep his moral compass pointing north while not letting his disobedience get him killed. It’s like there are all these layers of attitude and anger he’s built out of self-protection, and while I expect to see him peeling off those layers as he gets to know Hong-shim and the villagers, it’s going to take some time.

I still love Hong-shim too, though she wasn’t quite as likable in this episode — she was so angry and naggy that I don’t blame Yul for not wanting to do anything for her, even though he was wrong to take out the loan. I think that Hong-shim had every right to be resentful, and she absolutely should expect Yul to work to feed himself and pay back the loan, it just made her harder to connect with because she was so relentless about it. I get why they’re so wary of each other — Yul was forced to marry a stranger on faith that he was who she said she was, and she had to settle for the lesser of two evils — but I still wish they would both just give each other a break. Yul needs to stop looking down his nose at everything and everyone, and Hong-shim could stand to just relax for a day or two and get to know her new husband a little before putting him to hard labor when he’s clearly not used to it.

 
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I've had a major Shopping King Louis flashback when Won-deuk took out a loan and went on a shopping spree because it reminded me how Louis did the same before and most importantly, both boys bought items that are just for themselves! These amnesiac boys needs to give my girl, Nam Ji-hyun, a break and let her live a debt-free life. 😂

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I'm 100% behind you, Hongshim. Yul needs to pay back the money he spent. BUT -- I have to say I'm with Yul on the leeches. You couldn't pay me a million bucks to stand there and let them suck the life out of me.

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I wish the leeches was the cure for amnesia. It's one of the worst tropes in my book.

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Honestly, how am I supposed to stay angry at him taking out the loan only to see the situation he's forced in to make some money. NO way would I agree to have leeches on me or to search through a huge pile of poop.

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I was totally in support of Hong-shim in this episode. Watching her get even more hopeless with every mistake Won-deuk made really made me resonate with her. If I was in her shoes, I'd have divorced him and fled. There's no way in hell I'm getting sold into slavery for a debt that's not even mine.

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Not gonna lie. I almost didn't finish this episode because of frustration with Won Deuk. Amnesia or not, it seems like common sense to me that Won Deuk realize he has no means of paying back his enormous debt. And the repercussions of not doing so. He's naive, not an imbecile.

I think Hongshim's reaction was incredibly lenient considering the terrible predicament Wondeuk put them in. I'm probably taking this too seriously, but it just seemed like heavy-handed writing to me.

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He does not care and has made it pretty clear. I am with you, I could not wait for this episode to be over and it does not have me excited to see ep 5.

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To be brutally honest, me too. It's one thing to be a haughty amnesiac used to always getting your way, but to callously put someone in such a dire position and show absolutely zero remorse when repeatedly confronted with the enormity of the harm you've done them? I also won't lie, I wanted to reach through the screen and knock the self-importance right out of him with a frying pan. Just the quality you want in a hero... the blood-boiling desire to pummel them... but I digress...

I really want to like this drama so I'll stick it out a bit longer, but unless he (and not Hong-shim) feels the full force of the consequences of his actions and the profound contrition that should follow I don't know that I'll make it much longer.

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It's almost certain that Yul's current (extreme) selfishness and haughtiness are setups for his self-realization, contrition and growth. Given the fast pace of this drama, it's likely that that growth will happen soon. These fish-out-of-water hijinks, funny while they are novel, get old fast, and viewers get frustrated and bored.

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That is the tried and true pattern, but this show has veered from the formula a bit by not giving him even a glimmer of remorse (or concern for others) for us to hold on to as a promise of things to come. It's one thing to eagerly look forward to a character's comeuppance, it's entirely another to need it so you can stop hating them and enjoy the show. I want to sympathize. I want to be happy for him when he grows. If I didn't, I wouldn't care so much. I haven't written off him or the drama quite yet, but call me sadistic, unless he experiences some serious karma but quick, I can't see myself rooting for him or see him as a worthy romantic hero.

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Looking back at the episodes, Yul's irresponsible buying spree happened in episode 4--all in one day--a day or two after the wedding. Thus, expecting him to show remorse within a couple of days after he undertook those irresponsible actions seem hurried and unrealistic, especially since the only consequence of those actions so far has been HS's scolding. There has been no tangible, negative impact of his actions yet to motivate his remorse and self-growth. Personally, I'm okay with the pace so far because he's only had amnesia for two episodes and, realistically, he needs to see real, tangible consequences of his irresponsible actions before he'll grow.

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On that note, I hope Yul's lack of understanding about having to pay for a meal and pay back a debt is the result of the amnesia rather than not knowing about those things in the first place (i.e., being sheltered from living in the palace). A crown prince poised to rule a country and make laws, but don't know the basics about trade, is just not credible.

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I'm pretty sure anything in relation to the nation's economy is part of his education. So loan, taxes and interest etc should not be lost with his amnesia.
He was able to do the math for the highwaymen in the earlier episodes.

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Yeah, actually, I'm confused what's retained or not because math is retained but what a baesuk is isn't. Either way, I was actually also thinking that he also didn't know the value of money? So he's all too casual about the loan because he doesn't realize just how much difficult it is to earn money? But I do agree that a little remorse from his side would have felt better for us audience.

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Therein lies my confusion. Given that it's unlikely that an amnesiac patient would forget basic principles (e.g., you pay for what you buy), and Won Deuk's command of math and other knowledge, it's hokey that he would think that he could pay for a meal with a wink, or that people would give him money for free. These acts produce a laugh and drive a plot point, but don't make sense logically.

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Absolutely felt the same while watching this episode! I kinda skipped some parts because it was getting too annoying. I mean, as a kid, you don’t need to teach compassion, but apparently for this prince, it’s a lesson to be learned.

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Yeah totally agreed. An entire episode of this man who's supposed to be crown prince yet have no real common or practical sense ... surely he can do better!

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I quit about 3/4 way through. Just got frustrated with him. Didn't find the situation funny or the poop stuff passing for humour. Anyone watch Black? He was the same scornful character type, and there was low humour, but his fish out of water circumstances and expressions were truly funny. This show just isn't hooking me - not the characters and not the actors either, sorry to say. I know they're favorites but they could do a lot more with their characters to change up the one notes we're getting.

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It's difficult to tell what the drama is trying to say about Yul/Won-deuk's behavior here.

Did the head injury also impair the part of the brain that is meant for good judgment and normal common sense (i.e. if you buy something, you need to pay for it). He did hit his head on a rock on the way down the slope.

Or is the drama saying amnesia=losing all your smarts and instincts? Yul was a prince and before that, a noble, but he was definitely not sheltered to the point where he doesn't know anything. So I'm going to side-eye this.

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EXACTLY MY FEELINGS! I said I'd give it one more episode. If he's a wise and learned prince he should know how the world works, right? He was simply idiotic and insufferable in this ep imo!

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Wow, I cannot believe the recappers credit to Yul and criticism of Hong-shim. Yul's actions are having serious consequences and for the recapper to call Hong-shim a nag and angry about his complete disregard for that is amazing.

So Yul is smart, that just tells me that his actions at this point shows he does not care ( really dude, you did not read the contract from the loan shark). That is a problem and no amount of excuses for him or 'self preservation' is going to change that.

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Well, lets just say that it's hard for a crown prince to empathize with the poor from inside the palace wall. Hopefully this experience will make him a better crown prince "for the people."
He was raised as superior to the common people who are too filthy to touch him or even look him in the eye.
I think he'll learn to care for them but he needs time to come down to earth from his throne above.

The wife was expected to be obedient to her husband etc etc. Deep inside she is more than frustrated but I think at the end day Hong-shin still tries to do her duty as a wife.

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I'm with hong shim on this one. Yul may have lost his memories, but certainly not his marbles. How can he not understand their living situation? And not even being apologetic about it? HS was much much more patient with him than I would've been. That sickle would not have just stayed in my hand.

Even I'm confused about HS memories of WD. Seems like she did know someone, when she spoke of his promise to marry her, But also seemed like she doesn't know much about him, because she keeps asking her father about him.

I felt really bad for JY. His background overshadows his qualifications. I'm glad he stood up to that jerk, who probably is his half brother I think, because he called him hyung? Or maybe I'm mistaken.

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I agree... I know it's for drama's sake, but Yul should understand their living situation and I am disappointed in HS... where is the feisty girl gone? why is she so soft on him?

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Her father is stopping her.

I know for a fact I would have kicked Yul and his fabrics out of my house.

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But if she kicked him out, she would still have to pay back the loan. Because everyone knows he's her husband. And it's not like she can run away right now. It's actually a good idea to keep him and make him pay off his debt.

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I think she's being lenient because he lost his memory and also his father said he was injured in the military.

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She begged him to save her so that's another.

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Yes but that does not mean she needs to let him behave like a spoiled brat. She's just nagging instead of being the fierce lady she really is. She can be fierce without having to send him away.
But I am hopeful he starts to see glimpses of the past... let's get the amnesia out the way and time for the intrigue to start.
Or is this a Rom-Com? I'm confused now

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This drama is set in the Joseon era. No woman would dare slap her husband around in a male oriented moral system.

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Those are the kind of episodes that make me glad I live in the 21st century where being an independent woman is an option. Having to be forced to marry someone and then accept their debt is not something I would have enjoyed either. I feel sorry for Hong-shim.

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Oh I like the Intrigue which starts to point its little ugly head. We start to see the lines get less and less blurred on the political front. Am I the only one getting annoyed with the whole identity thing now? I really hope he can get his memory back already and start to plan his revenge. Interactions between the leads are funny and cute, but i'm here for the Revenge bit so give it to me already (or is that too early? LOL)

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I agree the revenge part will be exciting, especially given Yul's deductive reasoning skills and his fearless resolve. However, I think the pace is just right.

The premise of this show is about an amnesiac prince who is husband to a commoner for 100 days. Having him fully recover his memory after four episodes (especially since he only loses his memory at the end of ep. 1) would be a let down to those viewers who began watching this show for its original premise and the storylines that develop from that. Besides, it's unlikely that Yul would stay at the village if he recovers his memories immediately because he hasn't developed an emotional connection to HS yet. After episode four, even if he fully recovers his memory, he wouldn't be able to seek revenge from the village because he has no one he could trust and no money/power/resources at the village. If Yul leaves the village after being married for a couple of days, then there wouldn't be 100 Days Husband. Haha.

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Yul is a prince, even if he doesn't have a sens about how much cost the things, he must know that people are poor and have to work a lot to pay their food. So even if he likes beautiful things, he should know they're not free... Common sens doesn't exist for a prince ?

Hong Shin was very desesperate but it's true it's not fair to lie to Wong Deuk about their love story because he doesn't remember about the past anymore.

For the acting, I'm not convinced by DO yet. He's still little bit stiff for the rom-com part.

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if someone signed up for a massive debt that might cost you your life and then said he was going to run away and leave you to pay it i bet youd be ok with telling a tale to make him stay. he dont care at all she might end up a slave in a brothel somewhere to pay for his silk curtains.

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I was talking about the wedding not about the debt.

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I found it interesting that he was so into beautiful things. Prince Yul didn't seem like the materialistic type, especially after the trauma of watching his crush's dad get killed so that his dad could be king.

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I was expecting a sweet, romantic moment but Won-Deuk was like ''Behind you. I see a rat''
The Crown Prince personality and habit didn't change. Sometimes old habits die hard.
I keep remembering Shopping King Louie. When Louie got amnesia his personality and habit didn't change. Louis habit of being a shopaholic didn't change even when he becomes poor, he doesn't have money but still finds a way to shop. But he has a good taste even though he buys clothes at a garage sale.😂 The prince is a modern replica of Louis he doesn't have money but he has the guts to spend now Hong Shim problem. The way he winked for food.😂😂
It seems to me, that he will remember rapidly, it already feels like he is, what with how quickly he's puzzling things together and deducing. He has a brilliant mind already, as they took time to showcase before his amnesia.
I see him pretending eventually, at least to a degree. He may not be fully the prince for a while.
I'm not really liking Hong Shim's brother, the cruel way he killed that poor man that made the arrows. He's becoming like his evil boss.
Everyone in village thinks that Crown prince is lunatic, shameless husband, but I want to see their face when they'll know the truth.😂

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Idk. I've been feeling detached from Hong-shim since the last episode. Whatever her dad told her about Won-deuk, it doesn't change the fact that she's still deceiving him about their relationship. It was uncomfortable (hur-hur) to watch her pretend in public that she already had sex with him to pressure him into marriage especially since she knew he was in no position to contradict her. It was also uncomfortable to see her twist Yul's tree into a completely false romantic backstory. I get why she feels frustrated and resentful at his thoughtlessness throughout the episode (because good Lord is he an idiot who needs to be knocked down several pegs), but I think I would have been more on her side if she at least acknowledged (even if only to herself or her dad) that she's also been wronging him.

I wish the marriage setup could've done away with the relationship lie altogether. Yul and Hong-shim being random strangers picked up by officers on the street and forced to marry at swordpoint would have made the animosity on both sides more amusing to watch. As it is, it just makes me uncomfortable.

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its clear the recapper is giving a free pass to the pretty boy lead in episode 4. he refuses to do anything at all to pay back a enormus debt that would end up with his wife being sold as a slave but the recapper says hong shim is too relentless about it? hong shim is 100 percent in the right her and that useless leech of a husband is entirely wrong. he did nothing worthy of praise and is dam lucky to be unscarred after the way he treated hong shim. bigger problem is still her killer bro though. only 11 left thats gonna be an ugly family reunion when she realises her oppa wants to kill her oppa

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The writing is to be blamed for all the issues we have here. I am sure Won-deuk's lack of awareness, empathy and remorse weren't intentional. They are to drive Hong Shim nuts and the situation so ridiculous that it's funny. Guess they totally ignore the damage to Yul's character. The last thing I want to see is Yul being all nice to Hong Shim and the village folks just because he regain his memory of his love.

I am still enjoying the show because I am ignoring these flaws. The only person I was rooting for is Hong Shim's Dad. Jung Hae Kyun plays this kind of characters so well.

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This is me! I'm in it to enjoy a drama with actors I really love so I'm willing to ignore flaws so I wouldn't be all too frustrated.

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Yeah it's definitely a writing issue. And prolly an editing one as well. I feel like the PD accidentally cut a crucial scene where Dad briefs Hong-shim on Won-deuk.

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Is it only a writing issue (which I admit is all over the place)? Could it be that the male lead cannot portray the very subtle emotions that would have to show on his face to convey anything like a promise of a remorse? I know D.O is a star and all, but he is a bit too stone-faced for my taste. Just throwing it there as an idea that has not been expressed in this exchange.

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At the risk of sounding biased, Kyungsoo is actually a pretty good actor capable of emotion, see It's Okay It's Love and I Remember You, I'm going to chuck his blank-facedness up to the character he's currently playing.

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Definitely not the acting. At least it wasn't for me.

I don't know who D.O. is, all I get is that he is some kpop idol. Reading @rushda29 comment below, I vaguely recall seeing him in IRY. So I far from bias. If anything, my bias is against kpop idol actors. Some, however have proven me wrong. It' a nice surprise and most of the time, it works because they were cast in the right roles.

D.O. is doing a good job. He's playing the role of an arrogant and entitled prince to the tee so much that I can imagine him being an arrogant and entitled kpop star in real life. I don't think Yul is supposed to display remorse. There are subtle emotions which he has displayed like disappointment, anger, sadness and fear. Much remains to be seen as he continues on this journey of growth and becomes a better person.

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Yay I love discussions! Anyway, I am absolutely adoring this drama but I'm also not blind to the things/plot points that make me feel uncomfortable. Heh.

For one, it would have been so much better to see even just a tiny bit of remorse from Yul for the loan he took. He's not even willing to work to pay for it. Like Gu-dol and Kkeut-nyeo said, Hong-shim is being extremely lenient and patient at the moment with him. Does he not know the value of money? Maybe. Does he not know how hard it is to earn money? Maybe. In the end of the episode, he's willing to work now to pay for it, being scared of Hong-shim, so I was a bit placated. But yeah, I disagree too with the opinion that Hong-shim should have dialed back being naggy and relentless. I mean, aside from saving her for being flogged, she even paid for the meal Yul ate. Yul isn't just useless, he's even bringing her down. I mean, we know that he's the Crown Prince so we can find ways to explain his actions but if I put myself in Hong-shim's shoes, without any knowledge of Yul's real identity and even knowing he has amnesia, I would have steam out of my ears. Haha!

As for Hong-shim, I'm confused at what she knows and what she doesn't. She lied about the night they spent in the watermill to pressure him to marry her... And then now she lied about him loving her and all that under the cherry blossom tree. I know she's working at self-preservation mode and Yul has caught her being contrary (you're saying you were just forced to marry me but you said a while ago that you waited for me) but I kinda wish she stopped lying. It's kinda hard to root for a relationship built on lies, instead of just, you know, two consenting adults agreeing/forced to marry because it's the lesser evil.

The king is so useless, gah. Every scene with him I just hope we get So-hye or Je-yoon or Moo-yeon or the evil Ministers.

But even if my mind is being nitpicky, I'm still so putty with this drama. I guess that can't be helped because I really love the actors (not only the leads) and it really does bring smiles to my face and elicits laughter from me. The heart wants what it wants, after all. Haha!

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I agree. I'm disappointed in HS's attitude, I wanted her to be feisty and stand up for herself by being strong, instead she nags. Give that boy a slap so he can come to his senses. He won't get his memories back, but i'm sure he already grasps the situation he put them in.
Get the amnesia out the way already and let's start to work together (HS and Yul) on the revenge plan. Big Brother's arc also I want to know more of.

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While I want to watch Hong-shim and Yul and maybe the rest of the village too work together, I don't think we could get the amnesia out of the way immediately and just proceed to that. Since they have to be close first and all that. At this point, if Yul gets back his memory, like I dunno, next week, there'd be no emotional stakes.

I do hope they won't drag out the amnesia. The hijinks and forced proximity would only buoy a drama for so long. Plot needs to take over at the right time too. I really am excited with the revenge plan though! But I'm also a sucker for the rom-com part of this drama so I don't want it to leave yet too. Hee.

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Oh yeah, I forgot that he didn't know he was taking a loan. But when he did know, for a while he didn't want to work. But he did try to work in the end that's why I felt placated already and wasn't too bothered until I got on the comments section and realized that maybe I was too focused on it being a comedy that I wasn't really bothered while watching.

I was more confused by what Hong-shim knows/thinks about Won-deuk.

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The rat incident was hilarious (poor CGI rat...).
Although I do like the show (maybe because I don't overanalyze it and just enjoy the ride?), I still feel like something's missing, like something could be better. Maybe this frustration, as someone noted above, is intentional and next week we'll see more development in Hong-shim's and Won-deuk's relationship? I'd like to see them on the same page, but our haughty prince has to get off his high horse for that.
Also, so did Won-deuk ever exist or not? What is it with these contradictions on Hong-shim's part?

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Yeah, the contradictions are confusing me! Is it the script? Is Hong-shim lying? Am I analyzing too much?

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Yeah, that's what keeps bugging me. It just doesn't add up! I get that when she was talking about the cherry tree she was referring to Yul himself, but otherwise...

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Okay, but seriously, what is it with the such bad CGI animals??!!

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I know, right? The deer earlier was hilariously bad, too! With the show being pre-produced, I thought they could do better.

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poor cgi rat.... lol! Yeah, I'm also confused with whether Won Deuk was made up or not and how much Hong Shim knows. I could have sworn Hong Shim was the one who originally made up the name "Won Deuk" in the beginning to avoid an arranged marriage. So when her (adoptive? fake?) father brought this amnesiac guy, I thought she knew it was a lie and this guy's identity was unknown. I thought she was just playing along at first. Then she started acting as if Won Deuk was a real person and I was lost... And you know, honestly, before watching this show I thought that her and "Won Deuk" would both be in on the lie. I thought that their marriage would start out a bit like a business deal. She needs protection from becoming a concubine and he needs a home as he tries to put his broken memory back together. Then she would help him retrieve his memories. That makes more sense of a storyline to me than the lie her and her father are weaving. And Yul... that oblivious doofus...

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That would be a better approach.

I'm guessing the most plausible explanation is that the Won-deuk she came up with is a lie, but there just so happens to be another Won-deuk (whom the audience and the Dad knows is not named Won-deuk) with a similar backstory. But the backstory of Won-deuk #2 is also fake because the Dad faked it to save Hong-shim.

Now I'm just twisting my brain into a pretzel trying to figure this out...

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I think HS in the early episode had made up WD to escape from being punished.
But then father bring someone with the same name as her fictional character.
Cause you can see her confused look when dad brought Yul to magistrate office and claimed him as WD. I think she didn’t realize that WD is an actual living person, hence all the questions she gave to her dad.

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That would make the most sense. It's still so weird to me though. Fake dad brings some guy at the last moment and claims that the guy just so happens to have the same name as her imaginary fiancee and she believes her dad? Why isn't she suspicious of him? Why isn't she asking him questions like, "Is this guy really who you say he is? How much do you really know about him?" It's so confusing....

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The recapper probably understands that this is a comedy and the loan plot was made for hijinks. They probably also understand that Yul along with amnesia was put into a situation that he wasn't aware of at all and everyone telling him to do something or someone he was before is overwhelming. In the episode he did not know that he was taking a loan he just thought that a "big brother" was giving away money. And yes he should know that no ones gives anything away for free so that part I understand. But to be honest every time Hongshim asked Yul to do something, he has. So he is not being callous or showing no remorse. He married her so she wouldn't become a concubine so we know he as a good heart.

Or this was just the writer's way of showing how useless Wondeuk is.

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Thank you! Reading all the previous comments almost made me feel bad about enjoying the episode as much as I did :/
I don't think we're really supposed to take all that happens so seriously...most of the scenes are just for laugh, imo...plus all of this happened in one episode which was like a single day in the story, it seems...we can give them some more time to adjust

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I really enjoyed it too! Coming here is when I realized that "oh yeah they could have been slaves" and all that. I just really get swept up with the drama while I'm watching!

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Hopefully we'll know next week what's the deal. Haha.

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I get where some of you are coming from. Wondeuk was pretty annoying in this episode but you have to remember, wondeuk is basically what yul would have been had he not met yisuh. He has all of the spoiled entitled behavior of yul except without all of the humanizing experiences. Because all of wondeuks behavior is run off from yuls true personality, he is basically stupidly bratty and rude. Royalty are waited on hand and foot, they dont blink an eye at money or servants, therefore wondeuk wouldn't understand why he needs to care about paying for or acrruing debt. Hes doesn't truly know what it means to be poor and he doesn't understand how hard life is and how hard you have to work for survival. once he meets more people and learns through experience that he can't just expect to be waited on, we will see meaningful character growth. it wont happen in one day for someone who is basically a blank slate

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You really speak my mind. People shouldnt expect him to be a perfect and romantic man in just one day. this drama literally is "100 days my prince" so of course wondeuk will take time to adapt with new situation. We have another 11 more episodes to go. Im sure we will see much more interesting and intense episodes. I cant wait for next week!!

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I'll admit that his attitude and actions REALLY frustrated me, but I get where you're coming from. However, I don't want to just see growth for his character, I want to see a little bit of karma. I don't want to just see him become a good and kind person, I want him to properly apologize for his actions as well. But mostly, I don't want to see people excusing Won Deuk while criticizing Hong Shim. His actions can be explained, but her actions are more justified

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That's got to be the lamest rat ever (perhaps even literally?) if he can't dodge two big stoopy humans rolling around on the floor.

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And it ain't even trying so hard to be stealthy/quick. It's so out in the open. In the daylight! Hahaha!

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They must have been sedated in order for 2 men to roll them both up in the mat in broad daylight lol.

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I love how while you are commenting this, your Profile pic is of a cat... XD

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If only all rats were so slow and easy to attack. Part of the stress of catching mice and rats is their ability to get away at lightning speed.

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Reading this after giving 3 hour paper and 'cackling like sesame seeds' reminds me of my mom's tadka and now I am hungry too. Hong Shim has the world's patience I swear. I think dad has told Hong Shim some story about a guy named Won Deuk but I don't think she has ever met the guy. That is why she was referring to him as a complete stranger. Also curious about the baby daddy. Also is the son of a concubine the olden day counterpart of an illegitimate child?

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When it comes to Won Deok, Hong Shim think of him as "young Yul" who told her that he will marry her.

Yes, all the concubines' children were considered illegitimate. Only the main wife's children were legitimate.

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Honestly I didn't expect to see so many disappointed people in the comments, for me this was just another funny episode and whatever flaw I might have spotted wasn't enough to prevent me from enjoying it.
Overall I'm just having a lot of fun watching and I already am at that stage of craving a new episode as soon as one ends :)

The only thing that actually confuses me still is the exact relationship Hong Shim and Won Duk have based on her point of view: for sure he was made up by her dad and she believes he is a real person, but I don't know how her "memories" fit into the picture...she might just be lying, but it feels like she actually believes they're true...I'm not sure if it's intentional or possibly an inaccuracy by the writer 🤔

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Welcome to the confused club!
But, ditto, I keep enjoying the show – it's fun, it's not meant to be taken too seriously and it knows it's not serious.

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I don't find it that strange for his brother to "enjoy"" his job (in a twisted way, maybe)...we don't know the effect it had on his personality/mind seeing his father being brutally killed (or attacked at least)...as of right now the only people he hurt were related to the royal family and in one way or another involved in the death of his father (Yul too, being the crown prince)...for me he his either forced to be in that position or staying quiet planning for revenge, or both...
I think the assassination plot (?) is the one we might take more seriously in this show :)
But that's just how I see it ;)

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the physician was a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time when she ended up finding out stuff that got her killed and the fletcher was just a guy doing his job. neither of them had anything at all to do with his fathers death. or palace politics but im sure the show will give him a pass for not just killing innocent people but looking like he enjoyed doing it in the case of the fletcher

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In some way they worked for the people responsible for the assassination, that's how they were involved...
but we still have a lot of episodes left, we can just guess what he actually is thinking, for now..
(Btw, we didn't see who killed the woman, or did we?)

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I doubt the show will go easy on the killer. At least I hope it will not, but who knows, it's drama land and we always have to suspend our disbelief at least to some extent...

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Thanks for recapping, LollyPip.

After the Traumatic Leech-Baiting Incident, "Yul concludes that they need to earn the money all at once rather than a few pennies at a time."

Maybe Yul will add his expertise with textiles as an interior decorator and wardrobe consultant to Hong-shim's list of service offerings. But since their dorf is dirt poor, he'll have to find patrons with deep pockets. Perhaps a high-end gibang could use an interior design consultant. ;-)

While they were rolled up like two bugs in a rug, the look on Yul's face when he spotted the rat heading towards them was priceless.

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You know, I'm waiting for him to use his brain and help himself and these people which I think will come later.
Maybe he'll figure out a way to relieve the low class from heavy taxes and find a way to improve their living condition.

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What a novel idea -- engaging the old gray matter. If Yul does eventually do anything to cut the lowborns some slack, you can bet the ranch that the ministers and yangban will scream bloody murder -- and put out another hit on him.

It may be putting the cart before the horse, but one thing that's been in the back of my mind is the issue that Yul will have if he goes back to court when his memory returns and he learns Hong-shim's true identity. Even if the Crown Princess's adultery is revealed and she is executed for treason, along with her father and the rest of the family for overthrowing Yul's uncle, he'll still have the same problem his father did: Hong-shim will be of too-low standing to be a queen (in addition to her being a fugitive). It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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Well, if King Yeongjo who was borned to a lowly mother and was able to cut taxes for the people than our fictional prince should be able to come up with something.
Je-yoon would be the perfect man for the job.

Yul has enough dirt on Minister Kim to cut a deal to support him in his cause in exchange for his silence.

If I were Yul I'd find a way to start a war between the two ministers and watch them destroy each other.

I think Hong-shim is noble enough to sit on the queen's seat once his father's treason is proven to be a set up.
The great generals pre-Joseon were able to marry into the royal family.
A commander should be above a general right?

I'm just speculating so I'm not sure if it makes any sense lol.

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Please keep speculating! And thank you for the reminder about King Yeongjo. There is a historical precedent, even if Yul is fictional. And yes, Je-yoon is practically made to order for the job of cutting taxes and other burdens on the common folk.

It wasn't clear to me from the subtitles just how high a rank Hong-shim's father held. If he were the equivalent of a modern Chief of Staff, or a five-star general, I imagine that would make him the supreme commanding general answerable only to the King. But even if he weren't the absolute top banana in the military, it seems that his rank was sufficiently high for his daughter to marry the son of a grand prince.

Considering what a snake in the grass his father-in-law is, Yul shouldn't attempt to blackmail Minister Kim into supporting him as a long-term strategy. I love the idea of instigating the two ministers to destroy each other. Yul still has to watch his six as Queen Park is bound and determined to put his half-brother on the throne.

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@pakalanapikake

You are right! Blackmailing will only get him killed.

You are much better at explaining the military ranks than I do.
Goryeo's military ranks was clear but I'm clueless when it comes to Joseon since they just kind of avoid going to war with any country.

I was thinking about Yul when it comes to his knowledge of fine silks, style, colors etc (you might have mentioned it before) and how great it would be if they end up running their own clothing shop instead of forcing him to do things he doesn't want to do.
I mean, I don't blame him for not wanting to shovel manures and fed the leeches with his blood. No one would want to do that, especially a prince.

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"Yul concludes that they need to earn the money all at once rather than a few pennies at a time." - I'm convinced the next scrape he'll get into is gambling... How else can you earn money all at once?

and how else can you also lose money all at once too...?

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@asianromance ar,

Hmmm. You do make a good point about gambling. So now Yul can have even more loan sharks chasing him. Oh nooooo! One of my least-favorite tropes! ;-)

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I could not stop laughing throughout this episode, Wondeuk in trouble is so funny to me from squishing the rat to the boots to the wink (LMAO) and the odd jobs for their "solution agency". And that he said "Do you know who I am?" in that tone? HAHAHA at least he knew to stop whenever Hongshim had the sickle lol. I would have been pissed about the loan too. Very. Hahaha

The last 10 mins of this ep feel like the show's tone might change a bit in future eps? He's remembering fragments and asked her help to remember how he loved her, are his walls starting to come down? I feel the previews suggest that in a way. I'm curious to see where the show takes us from there.

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yeah i think the tone will change for sure. its gonna get darker. shes gonna find out her big bro is a guy who kills to order and enjoys doing it and that he wants to kill the love of her life and that the love of her lifes dad is a spineless weasel who allowed her father to be butchered for his own gain and probably started her psycho hitman bro on his path to gory glory. real laugh a minute stuff there. sweet romance done rite for sure

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I would have been able to accept Yul as a decent person that made some bad decisions if he had purchased anything at all that wasn't purely for himself. But the way he called everything his and then refused to work to pay for it just made him seem incredibly selfish. And I'm with Hong-shim when she calls him stupid. He was well aware of his financial circumstances, getting depressed about it even, and still chose to take out a loan.
And much like a lot of others I find myself confused by Hong-shim's believe that there is a Won-deuk.

That being said, I still enjoy the show. It was just a sort of angry enjoyment for this particular episode.

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When the casting is done right, the dramas with the same storyline could sail smoothly as its own colors and get everyone hooked. Perfect example for that.

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I actually think Hong Shim is conflating a Won Deuk her dad told her about and the prince she met as a child. It's vaguely hinted at that she was injured when her dad found in the woods. So she may not remember the prince's face, which is why she doesn't recognize him. This comes from the trauma of losing Her family in one night. She only met the prince 3x, so probably doesn't even know his name. Her father may have told her about a Won Deuk as a way to convince her that she was engaged to someone, so she could stay with him. He was muttering that to himself while burying the clothes.

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This might actually make sense...
I just don't understand why they didn't make the situation clear: was it a deliberate choice or it's a weak point of the story?? I don't know, but I wish we'll find out soon..

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Hopefully they clarify because it is confusing

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I was thinking this same thing too, especially when she talked about the proposal under the cherry tree.

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The cherry trees where blooming when young Yul told Yoon Yi-seo that he was going to marry her, and they're blooming again now. I agree that Hong-shim has probably conflated the little prince with a fictional character her adoptive father invented and has only spoken of to her in passing. He's cooked up an excuse for her to fend off prospective suitors so he can watch over her while she continues to try to find her brother.

I also think that she was in shock after the escape, and may have suffered a nervous breakdown or some other emotional trauma.

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That's what I have told myself when I was confused for the first time on hongshim-wondeuk storyline,,what I remembered is that little hongshim never knew little Yul/wondeuk's name, but all the wonderful moments of their childhood must be etched on hongshim's mind (the hair tie she gave to the boy, proposal under the tree), and I thought 'she must have told dad about it all these years, and dad put a name wondeuk to the boy in her story), and finally told hongshim that the guy he has saved is wondeuk from her story,, remember that scene when dad said to hongshim 'you know,,this guy is actually..', but we viewers didn't get the rest of that conversation..

anyway,,as long as it's story (or a messy one) still bearable to watch, I'll stick with this one,,it's sure a fun drama up until now :))

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Yes, you articulated this better than I did. I agree.

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@azkiya,

I like your idea that Dad came up with a nickname for the anonymous princeling.

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I would like to say first that some people here are being overly critical. This is a fictional story so everything doesn't have to fall into place or to make sense, just like animes don't make sense or other fictional kdrama doesn't completely make sense. The writer is free to go whatever way he/she likes. If you want something that is close to real life then you should watch a based on a true to life show. But of course you are free to express your opinions, I'm simply saying that you can't enjoy the show for what it is if you're always looking for nuances. Secondly, about Yul's unrepentant attitude, remember that it is his original personality. He hates the whole world except for his closest aides. If he feels uncomfortable, he gets happiness from making others feel uncomfortable too. So regarding his loan, though he was tricked into it and he found out about it, his careless attitude fits the bill because why should he care about WS and her family when they are the one who forced him into that uncomfortable situation. So they also should feel uncomfortable too, right or else it won't seem fair to him. He probably did not do it intentionally but what can he do when his that's what his princely self is telling him to do. And last one, about WS, I agree with the recapper that she's being too naggy. She conned the poor guy since he can't remember anything so whether he gives her a hard time, she should like at least repay him with a bit of kindness but it seems like she doesn't feel any guilt at all. Maybe because she looks down on him being penniless and all and thinks of him as a no good person. Oh, and about the king being useless, for a prince to shine in that kind of drama, the king always has to be either useless or dead or that's how it always seems to be. So stop complaining :p

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It's understandable that some would find the crown prince's character unlikable.
Ranting and squeeing is what this discussion threads are for imo.
Fiction or nonfiction doesn't excuse any writer from crappy writing. (forgive me if I'm missing your point).

Amnesia or not I think Yul should care about Hong-shim and her family for saving his life. Even a pompous royal would reward such act.

It's his royal order that forced Hong-shim to get married in the first place so now he gets to experience what it's like for a powerless peasant to be forced into a marriage he/she doesn't want.
In time he will learn to accept and love his wife and all this misunderstanding will probably be forgotten :p.

Hong-shim wasn't always a peasant. She was a noble lady but thanks to Yul's weakling father her family paid severely for his seat on the throne. No one can make up for her loss.

To me they are all responsible for the forced marriage. Directly and indirectly.

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@kiara,

Preach it, Sis! Karma returning like a boomerang in 3... 2... 1! By the time this show is over, Yul will have earned a Ph.D (Piled Higher and Deeper) in Counting One's Lucky
Stars and Looking for the Silver Lining. LOL!

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Obviously this is a standard rehash. I wish I liked Nam Ji hyun more but she's one of my least favorite rom com actresses. She elicits ZERO chemistry from her leading men. It looks like this drama will pretty much be the same.

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Last comment for today, maybe...
I don't think I've ever encountered this much negativity in a comment section for a drama recap I followed, on this site (I didn't follow a very big number, but still)...this is a simple rom-com with a more dramatic sub-plot/back story...I don't know what everyone was expecting it to be, to be honest.
Plus the story was just introduced and is already progressing quite quickly, yet we still have a lot of episodes left where we will see further developments and get more explanations...

Sorry for ranting a bit...I usually enjoy reading comments and exchange opinions with people that have a different view/interpretation, I find it very interesting, but this time I feel like I'm watching a totally different drama and liking it almost by myself...I don't know :/

(Maybe I'm being too dramatic too, who knows, lol XD)

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When Yul speaks with that high and mighty language and tone in his peasant's clothing and in humble surroundings... It makes people think he's even more of a fool. Wait till they find out his true identity. Haha

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Ikr? They'd be chanting "Seja kill me now" lol.

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Still feeling like I really want to like this show, but I keep tripping over some serious flaws. The biggest one is a lack of coherence/consistency. This show doesn't know what it wants to be, and it doesn't know who it wants Hong Shim to be. Is she really a noblewoman in disguise? ( don't feel it, except when she put her pretty outfit on. (Where did she get that anyway?) Or a smart peasant girl who only remembers life in the village? Or just a really practical young woman who isn't fussy about her lifestyle and can handle whatever challenges come her way? And is this a romantic comedy? I'm not feeling it when her brother is backing a guy over a cliff to his death. I think the whole story would come together better if a little more thought had been put into Hong Shim. Also, Yul knows he's not Won-deuk, so why is he asking Hong Shim for help to remember how he loved her? At this point, does he have any reason to trust or care about her? Other than that she is spunky and is the first person in his life to stand up to him?

Just for comparison, Moonlight Drawn by Clouds had mistaken identity/cohabitation hijinks mixed with a serious palace intrigue plot, and there was plenty of blood. But it all held together much better than this does.

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In answer, she got the dress from the magistrates office. They let you borrow it for a wedding. As for the rest, fair question. Although methinks she has a little amnesia too, but we shall see, if you continue watch haha

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Not that dress, the one that she wore to meet her brother.

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She got that from a bookseller, it doesn't explain how she knows the bookseller, but that is where she changed and got it.

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She's lived in the village her entire adult life and she's clearly well liked, I don't see why the book seller won't be willing to loan/gift her one outfit.

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I so agree with most everyone’s comments here! I really don’t like Yul’s character, he has no compassion watsoever which is worse when I think about how he’s supposed to be the crown prince, and I don’t understand why he doesn’t realize the severity of what he did! I thought he read a lot? So I am confused with his development.
I am also confused with HS! I thought she knew that Won Deuk was not real, I remember they had a conversation on this on ep2?
Then HS brother, I don’t understand the path he is taking as well, being a lackey to the man that killed his father? The moment he killed the arrow maker just confused me as to his intent.

So overall I’m confused (LOL) and a bit disappointed on this drama, I am almost tempted to drop this and just read recaps. Let’s hope for next week, maybe there’s a light.

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It's kind of confusing to me because of insufficient data. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it makes more sense as exposition proceeds. ;-)

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I am mainly watching this for D.O. (Doh Kyung-soo). He does come off as stone-faced in certain scenes but he has his moments of pure brilliance. Scenes that stood out to me were when he rejected the crown princess in his room and when he confronted her in ep. 2. The amused look in his eyes, the contemptuous and mocking smirk and disgust were spot on. I think he’s playing the troubled, miserable, depressed and sadistic crown prince quite well.
As WD, his surroundings seem alien to him, not only due to his amnesia, but because his body doesn’t remember being this uncomfortable with his clothing or shoes or doing physical labor. He doesn’t understand it yet and is taking everyone else’s word for who he is. I think his character shows no remorse because he is self-absorbed and is in denial that he is a poor, penniless man. He already surrendered a little at the end of ep. 4 and has asked for help, which is a huge step for him. I'll stick with this to see how he continues to play this character. If you’ve seen his web drama, you know that he has a hilarious, comical side to him as well.
I like that HS is strong and self-aware. The part where HS says that it was her plan all along to marry him and then kick him out after a while, did bother me a little. She never, not once, considered giving WD, a stranger, or the marriage a chance. Then again, this is one of those drama tropes that you accept and move on.
My interpretation of HS's knowledge of WD is that her dad may have mentioned a while back that a certain WD he knows (a real person), is in the military. So HS used this real but unknown (to her) person to save herself when she was questioned. But when dad says WD is back from the military but has lost his memory, she assumes that he is the WD that dad talked about and truly believes him to be a poor but ill-mannered village person.

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On Kyungsoo's acting, one of my favourite moments was when he went to his father to talk about his issue with his wife being pregnant and the king shut him down without even hearing him out. The way his eyes went from disappointment and disillusionment to pure hate really resonated with me. I am reminded that Kyungsoo doesn't just get casted because of his good looks or star power, he's actually talented.

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I agree. He has a very interesting and unique look that doesn't fit your regular flower boy roles. He is intense, mysterious and unassuming and often surprises you with micro-expressions or sudden bursts of emotions. He is memorable in his roles. He picks roles which are often difficult to execute, but allow him to shine. I won't pretend that his star status or fan following doesn't contribute to his casting or that another lesser known actor couldn't do better. I think he seems to genuinely enjoy playing different characters and has capitalized upon his popularity that gets him abundant opportunities to do just that.
There goes my Kyungsoo rant of the day!

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for me this episode is queit good and Won Duk is so funny. the only thing bother is me is Hong Shim behavior to Wonduek. I assume that this wonduek guy is only fake name she use to avoid marriage, but then she actually believe this wonduek guy is real. maybe we have explanation in upcoming ep . the royal politic is bored me, i had to ff a few scene

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I am so ready for some character development because at this point I find Won Deuk INSUFFERABLE rather than comical or charming!

Even if he has always acted arrogantly and had all he wanted as a prince, he was supposedly smart. So why is he being idiotic? If he was an educated prince he'd know a little, at least, about how the world works. How money works, what position he is in now, or at least what position his new family is in. He's behaving as a buffoon!

There, I said it!

LollyPip I see we are viewing our two main characters oppositely (hooray for the yin and yang of viewership!) because I thought that Hong Shim was WAY too easy on him. I would have really honed in on the whole "possible future slavery" consequence of his actions. And I wanted her to sell him or smack him several times as well. 😂

But I loved reading your comments LP, and seeing the situation through your perspective. It does allow me appreciate your appreciation of the show, and opens my eyes a bit! I am still looking forward to tomorrow's episode, and I hope that I can look more favorably on Yul, based on (fingers crossed) some character development and also a fresher perspective based on your write up! :)

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