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Moonshine: Episodes 5-6 Open Thread

Our bootlegger can’t seem to catch a break! Just when you think she’s safe, a new threat appears, but maybe our investigator and Crown Prince will stop bickering long enough to prove they’re useful allies.

 
EPISODES 5-6 WEECAP

Ro-seo, Young, and Sang-mok are still dangling over the edge of the cliff when we return to our story this week, and — unsurprisingly — Ro-seo loses her grip on Sang-mok, who falls to his death. No… wait… scratch that. Somehow Sang-mok lives?

Like our characters, I’m completely baffled as to how he survived the fall and managed to walk away. Admittedly, he looked like a straight-up zombie, and when I saw the way his head was lolling about, I legitimately thought this drama was going to go all Kingdom on us. Considering how many turns this story has taken so far, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if they added zombies.

Ro-seo blames their current predicament on Young, calling him out on being obsessed with her. She acts like this upsets her, but we know she’s secretly into it. Young is also in denial about his affection for her, and tries to cover up his concern by claiming it was in his own personal and professional interests to follow her and make sure she didn’t get into trouble. Their mutual denial is amusing, but things are even more entertaining when Pyo and Ae-jin become more entangled with our lead couple.

Jo-moon whispers in the right ears, and now Ae-jin is engaged to Young. She isn’t completely disinterested because Young has an attractive face, but it’s a face she recognizes. She’s aware Young is connected to Ro-seo, and — modern woman that I am — I appreciate her gutsy confrontation with him. She may claim that she only wants a pretty face to look at for the rest of her life, but her actions indicate she also wants someone who makes her his priority.

When Pyo hears of the engagement, he rushes off to see Ro-seo, presumably to swoop in and steal her heart while she’s feeling low, but is he actually romantically interested in her? There’s no denying that Pyo is fond of Ro-seo; he downright glows when she calls him her friend.

But… Pyo’s also petty enough to exploit Young’s crush as a means of payback. He’s not happy to have Young as his teacher, and he’s also frustrated that the unskilled Young managed to outwit him in a physical duel — not once, but twice! Maybe he is developing romantic feelings for Ro-seo, but at the moment his pettiness is definitely shining brighter.

Meanwhile, Ro-seo digs a deeper hole for herself. After finding out Sang-mok is still alive, she decides it’s in her — and Young’s — best interests if her creditor is dead.  Sang-mok knows too much, and dead men tell no tales. Luckily for Sang-mok, his fall off the cliff gave him amnesia,  which makes Ro-seo hesitant to kill him.

Young and Pyo realize what Ro-seo is about to do, and put aside their pissing contest long enough to hatch a rescue plan.  Before they locate her, Woon-shim catches Ro-seo mid-murder attempt and offers to cut a deal. Woon-shim will dissolve her debt if she agrees to supply the alcohol for Woon-shim’s future tavern. Ro-seo ain’t no fool, so she accepts. After all, the King isn’t getting any younger, and prohibition is bound to die with him when the Crown Prince ascends the throne. Assuming Pyo ascends the throne, that is.

All signs point to the queen being pregnant with a boy, which pleases the members of the royal court. Up until this week, I found it odd that Jo-moon and his allies were so against Pyo, especially when the King’s biggest concern for his heir is that Pyo will be easily controlled by the court officials. Wouldn’t they want someone easily manipulated on the throne? Turns out, their issue with Pyo is the fact that his mother and uncle, Shi-heum, used to be servants. Their status was elevated when Shi-heum betrayed his master and made a deal with Jo-moon.

The inequality of the classes is a recurring theme and point of conflict for our characters. Chun-geum thinks she’s too good for Choon-gae and aspires to be a concubine for a noble family, and before Ro-seo softened Young’s beliefs, he did not see women and servants as his equal. He’s shown some growth and was downright embarrassed by the way his father treated Ro-seo, but in the end, he still agreed to the marriage with Ae-jin and moved into his future father-in-law’s house.

His midnight trip to Ro-seo’s house to apologize for his abrupt departure is poorly timed. Just when you think Ro-seo has escaped the worst of her troubles, another trigger-happy bootlegger arrives in town, and DAE-MO (Jung Young-joo) incorrectly assumes that Ro-seo had something to do with her son’s disappearance. While Dae-mo points a gun at her, Ro-seo says some harsh words she doesn’t mean in order to get Young to leave, and our almost-couple parts ways thinking their friendship has come to an end.

Ro-seo accompanies Dae-mo to Gwangju, where they agree to join hands, but their business dealings are cut short when Merchant Shim arrives to eliminate his competition. Young also happens to be in Gwangju, and the sound of gunshots directs him to where Merchant Shim and Dae-mo are duking it out.

It’s not really much of a fight, and Merchant Shim proves that — in this time period, at least — it’s actually better to bring a knife to a gunfight, and quickly subdues Dae-mo. Next up is Young, but in this modified game of rock-paper-scissors, sword also beats arrow (but only because Young is so righteous that he refuses to actually harm Merchant Shim).

During their scuffle, Young recognizes the scar on Merchant Shim’s forearm and has another flashback to the night that’s been giving him PTSD. Ro-seo saves Young from Merchant Shim with a well-fired gunshot, and even though her face was covered, Young recognizes her. When he returns to Hanyang, he immediately visits her house to confirm his suspicions, but she’s not alone. Pyo is there, and Young stares in shock as his crush plays house with his nemesis.

 
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Thank you for such a wonderful recap!

I am absolutely loving the comedic beats in this show - it's been a long time since I've laughed out loud so many times in one sitting.

I'm really not fond of the trope where the male leads fight over the female leads wrist/hand by grabbing her this way and that but I absolutely died of laughter when Young got so petty with Pyo that he tried to peel Pyo's fingers off of Ro-Seo's hand one by one while they squabbled like toddlers!

Something I'm cautiously excited for (and i say cautious because Woon-Shim's intentions are very opaque) is this potential tavern and the partnership between Ro-Seo, Dae-mo and Woon-Shim.

100% think the big master behind Merchant Shim is Shi-Heum, just putting that out there.

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Thanks for the recap @daebakgrits!

I too am a loss at how Sang-mok survived that fall. For once Cliff of Non-Doom got an extended cameo and showed off all its jagged rocks, but Sang-mok still got away! Plus he got the amnesia trope, which just lol.

My favorite relationship so far is between Nam Young and the Crown Prince. I can see them becoming partners and friends. I'm not a fan of Ro-seo. She's supposed to be a "fallen noblewoman" but she does not act at all like a noblewoman (I think Hyeri's delivery adds to this, because she tends to yell her lines). There's also a contradiction in the way she insists on covering her head occasionally - but not always - and generally acts like all other social norms do not apply to her.

I'm not going to talk about the former-government-slave who became Chief Royal Secretary... that's too far-fetched for me @kiara are there any cases of this happening in history? I shouldn't ask this drama to be historically accurate, but it's really bothering me.

All in all, I think I'm watching for the potential bromance.

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Hi Toki,
I'm not watching, but I agree, unless this former government slave was a fallen noble who got reinstated.

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I am also looking forward to the NY-CP bromance. It seems they both have childhood traumas that have to be dealt with and worked out.
The CP medicates himself with booze. Perhaps on the other hand NY pushes himself to be perfect. Both Yoo Seung-ho and Byeon Woo-seok are presenting their characters quite nicely.
BWS looks quite dashing in hanbok. Being the CP he can afford quality clothing.

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Just not seeing Hyeri as a Joseon maiden. She is becoming good a really good actress role by role do t get me wrong but she just seems very ill cast here.

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There was a scene from the first or second episode when Ro Seo was running away with coins in her head cover. She got knocked out by Nam Young, felt and lost all her coins. Her head cover felt on the ground and got stormed by people. Ro Seo was sitting, helplessly and humiliated by what happened. She looked at her head cover and that acting instance of Hyeri caught my attention. It felt like a metaphor of her noble status got shattered by her circumstances. I would not expect Ro Seo to act as a noble woman with all prides which society puts upon on. After all, she was too poor, too desperate to survive. Who would act as a noble if that person didn't mind digging in cow poops for pennies, washing blood stain clothes to make money, chopping woods and eating servant food. Her best friend is a servant and even the servants class looked down on her. Ro Seo is a different heroine. Because of her struggles and resiliences and her thirst for freedom, I expect Ro Seo to grow as a strong and independent woman - pretty much like a modern woman nowadays. Nothing is more attractive than a woman who knows what she wants, has goals and go for it. This is quite interesting concept in a historical drama.

About Hyeri, I think this is the second best role of Hyeri after Reply 1988. I think Hyeri is doing very well. I don't see any shadow of Doeksun here and my feelings for Ro Seo is stronger actually. Hyeri is a strong woman herself despite of her friendliness appears. I hope she got recognized for her actings because she deserves it.

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Agree!

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Quite on point and also that she was still young when her world changed after her father died,so from a young age needed to work and survive in her new reality adding the brother who rather than be of help and umbrella in hard times is the one adding it more and more...
Think she realized pretty fast or in a hard way after she became poor that her noble title is just that and won't get her to live and eat...
If we indeed saw her just loosing everything now it would be more in tone to see her acting her ex-status...

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Surviving a cliff fall and walked by himself to get the treatment....what! K-dramaland you should really look into this..that by any means scientifically, biologically or even physically it is possible? lol, The same thing with a truck of doom comes from nowhere and crushed the person brutally and in the next episode, he/she survived. Intern doctor afraid of blood, FL throw herself from building in the hope the ML will save her. what is this?

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HAH! Just another day in K-dramaland. Not currently watching this show but enjoying the comments. Will try to find the Cliff of Non-doom scene as I happen to like cliffs.

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It was a great scene. Total fake out. My first reaction as this guy bumped down the cliff was, “wow, a true Cliff of Doom”! When he landed the camera focused on his face which I thought might be some kind of clue. When the guy was missing the next day (or whenever they checked) I really thought for a moment a ‘zombie’ plot line was being introduced. Maybe something he ingested from his kidnappers brought him back from the dead. I guess not.

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That was actually a prize winning cliff fall. The dude even bounced four times. Was he blind drunk? I've heard of people who are completely wasted emerging from horrendous car wrecks unscathed.
Oh dear, amnesia is the only effect. Not watching anymore, sorry, that's one trope too far.

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He's kind of growing on me in the way you grow fond of a stray cat that shows up at your place with part of his ear bitten off and battle scars everywhere (clear signs that he's a bully and troublemaker). The way his bones creak and pop now me of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN. He even has the pirate hairdo.

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I know what you are saying. Which reminds me @wishfultoki I have to get to the film THE PIRATES (2014) which is on my Viki watchlist.

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oy. did you say zombies?

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