When the devil makes you an offer you can’t refuse, even a king would fall for the deceit. Yeon Hee starts to fall in love again. Jun gains a very intelligent gift. Sunjo’s repeating the mistakes of the past royal family and Hong Joo loses a captive.
Top 10 Moments:
- Yeon Hee almost gets caught by Hong Joo’s henchgirls
After rescuing an unconscious Jun, Yeon Hee gets a good look at him and recognizes him immediately. Remembering the night when he’d been shot with an arrow as he tried to protect her, she thanks him for staying alive, then is sad when she notices Poong Yeon’s bell amongst Jun’s belongings. She starts to ring the bell unaware that Hong Joo’s henchgirls are in the area. They, upon hearing the bell heard straight in that direction but thankfully, Yo Gwang gets to her first and carries her and Jun to safety. When Yo Gwang asks her if she knows Jun, she denies knowing him. Yo Gwang doesn’t have the time to dwell on the fact as he remembers the talisman that had started to burn when Yeon Hee left the mountain. Except, by the time he goes back to check, all the talisman were back to the way they were before: unburnt.
2. Jun’s a curious bunny
Jun wakes up to a deserted cave. Curious about all the things he’s seeing, he wanders around, touching and sniffing things, till he sees an elixir potion Yeon Hee had brewed to give someone instant intelligence. Thinking that it’s probably the same scam he’s been using to cheat people out of money and seeing the grimoire of curses, he thinks who ever is running the business is trying hard to make it look legit. He comes back to the elixir and downs the entire content. When the magic starts to work, he’s drawn to the grimoire and begins to memorize its content, but he’s so distracted by what he’s reading that he doesn’t realize he’s set his clothes on fire and then he accidentally sets the grimoire on fire. By the time Yeon Hee shows up, Yo Gwang tries to protect Jun but fails spectacularly when Yeon Hee notices the burnt Grimoire. She tries to have Heo Jun hung for leading to the Grimoire’s destruction, only to stop when he starts quoting the Grimoire. That intelligence elixir just saved your life Jun. You should thank it. And light a candle whilst you’re at it.
3. Ok goes crying to his mummy… as always
When Ok delivers the news to his boss that they weren’t able to retrieve Jun’s body from the river, his boss tells him in no uncertain terms that he’d already shared the good news with the king and so Ok should retrieve a body so they can get rewarded, because failure to do so would result in them being punished. Ok, as always goes crying to his mother who hatches a plan to bring his boss someone else’s body and claim it as the Red Gentleman’s Robe. How exactly do they then expect to explain it all, when the Red Gentleman’s Robe kills again? These two are not very smart.
4. Ok provides a body… Just not Jun’s
Following his mother’s words, Ok provides a body with a mangled face and claims that it’s Jun’s. When Poong Yeon comes to inspect the body and wonders at the damaged face, Ok claims that the body’s Jun, just that he mangled his face whilst falling from the cliff. Poong Yeon though takes note of the lack of markings on the body, remembering that he’d cut the Red Gentleman Robe on the night he’d found him trailing Yo Gwang. Ok, unawars of Poong Yeon’s thoughts continues spinning his tale about Jun having it in for the Ok family and so killing people so as to bring the family down. Dude, that makes no iota of sense! Poong Yeon goes back to Sunjo to deliver the news.
5. The king continues to perpetuate the lie
After Poong Yeon leaves to tell Sunjo the truth, the king is predictably stunned. What Poong Yeon doesn’t expect though is for Sunjo to continue with the lie by congratulating Ok on capturing the Red Gentleman’s Robe and promoting Ok to the position of an officer of the palace. Poong Yeon meets Sunjo afterwards to ask him what he’s thinking lying to the people like that, but Sunjo is convinced that what the people want isn’t the truth but someone to curse at. Poong Yeon then asks the question we’ve all be wondering at: What happens when the Red Gentleman’s Robe kills again? Sunjo, like an ostrich burying his head in the sand, claims that they would deal with the situation when it arises.
6. Queen Shim grows even more suspicious
Just as Poong Yeon tells the Sunjo in plain terms to thoroughly investigate the Red Gentleman’s Robe case, Sunjo’s ailment acts up and he starts to bleed. Poong Yeon, concerned, hurries to the king and just as Sunjo tries to quieten him, Queen Shim makes her appearance. Acting quickly, Poong Yeon moves to keep Sunjo’s bleeding hand out of Queen Shim’s sight. But, Queen Shim, suspicious of how Sunjo is acting and how physically close Poong Yeon is to the king tries to come closer to the throne. Sunjo however, stops her and claims that even though he tried to find some quiet time with a friend, the palace is still too noisy. After threatening to take some time off to go relax, Queen Shim takes the excuse and claims that he really should take the time off. Although, she still looks suspicious.
7. Jun gets put to work
After his quick thinking saves him from being hung, Yeon Hee gives Jun a day to restore the contents of the grimoire. Fortunately for him, he finishes it that very same night, and spends the rest of the day, trailing Yeon Hee around like an adorably puppy. When she snaps at him to be done with the Grimoire already, Jun claims that he’s feeling peckish and it’s affecting his memory. She feeds him, but he complains about the too salty food and the lack of meat, so Yeon Hee sends Yo Gwang into town to get him some food. Yo Gwang is of course angry and aware that Jun is just milking the situation but when he asks Yeon Hee what she would do about Jun’s memories of the place, she responds by having Jun narrate to her how to make the oblivion elixir. Say bye-bye to your memories Jun.
8. Jun and Yeon Hee share a moment
Jun follows Yeon Hee to her brewing station and begins to list out the ingredients Yeon Hee needs to make the potions as well as the instructions. He tries to stall for more time by pretending that his memory’s gone, but when Yeon Hee threatens him with Yo Gwang, he spills everything. As he goes about giving her instructions, they share a moment that clearly gets to both of them, and leaves Yeon Hee wondering about her reawakened feelings. She reminds herself of Yo Gwang’s insistence that Jun’s memory has to be erased and the memory spurs her to carry on with the plan.
9. Jun and Yo Gwang have their own bromance
After coming back from town, with all the meat Jun could ever desire, Yo Gwang feeds him, all the whilst prodding to find out whether or not Jun has finished transcribing the Grimoire. He also hands Jun new clothes, courtesy of Yeon Hee who had noticed that Jun was still wearing his burnt robes. But, when Jun takes off his robes, Yo Gwang notices the symbol that had been left by the taoist silver. He’s seen it somewhere before to the delight of Jun who has been trying to figure out exactly what it is, but he can’t figure out exactly where he’s seen it. His continuous prodding of Jun’s skin has Jun giving him the look, and Yo Gwang insisting that he only likes girls. Hahaha.
10. Hong Joo gets her meeting with the king and loses her captive whilst Jun makes a discovery
With Sunjo’s party camped out for the night, Poong Yeon and the guards keep watch over the entrance to his tent. However, they don’t seeHong Joo’s henchgirls release a black shadow which conjures up an image of Yeon Hee that can be seen by only Poong Yeon. Yeon Hee’s phantom walks away from the camp, and Poong Yeon falls for the bait by going after her. With Sunjo thus unguarded, the henchgirls are able to kidnap Sunjo and bring him to Hong Joo who tells him that she’s there to save his life. She tells Sunjo that she knows what the cause of his illness is. When Sunjo doesn’t believe her, she has him pull up his sleeves to reveal the thorns growing on his arms and using her magic she fades away the thorns, leaving his skin in its perfect condition. She does say however that she can only get rid of the symptoms (i.e. the thorns) and that they would have to work to uncover what the root cause of his illness is. The audition is enough for Sunjo. Whilst Hong Joo is still reveling in her victory, one of her Henchgirls brings her news: Hyeon Seo has disappeared. On the other side of the mountain, Jun reveals that he knows who Yeon Hee is: Persimmons.
Character I wanted to bitch slap:
Because nothing is as annoying as being willfully lied to. By committing to this untruth, Sunjo is not only outrightly lying to the people who trust him to make good decisions on their behalf but he’s also opening them to danger because people who think the Red Gentleman’s Robe is dead and they have nothing to fear would stop taking the necessary precautions needed to keep themselves safe from him. Meaning, hello late nights and ripped hearts.
Headache inducing moment:
Because it was at this point that I realized that Sunjo was about to repeat the exact same mistake the royal family had made twenty-two years prior: trusting Hong Joo. For a man who was focused on establishing the Taoist branch and who is so fond of Poong Yeon, you would have thought that the mention of a shamaness would send him running for the hills. A real pity.
This episode’s a hurricane. It’s a whirlwind of emotions, discoveries, findings, but tinged with the sweetness of a blooming love. A storm is brewing and we are all hanging on till the very end. Drama, keep doing your thing.