Sometimes people surprise you with the level of stupid, they can sink to. Ji Hun is still stupid and blind. Jung Nan Jung manipulates Lord Yoon out of prison. Ok Nyeo learns of Tae Won’s history and Tae Won is caught in the crossfire of his father’s manipulation.
Top 10 Moments:
- Lee Myung Woo didn’t kill himself and the Yoon household knows something about it
Ok Nyeo calls the prison chief out to explain to him her belief that Lee Myung Woo was murdered. She points to the fact that the knot for the hanging was tied by a right-handed person, whereas Lee Myung Woo was left-handed. But even stronger proof is the fact that Lee Myung Woo’s tongue was hard, indicating poison, and it had rolled back into his mouth, instead of hanging out as it would if he had committed suicide. She shares her suspicions that someone had given the prisoner some poison to knock him out, then hung him. So when Lee Myung Woo had come to, his jerking about had completed the act, thus giving him the rope marks that would make it seem like he had committed suicide. The prison chief however is terrified of what it would mean for him if it was discovered that someone had killed a prisoner on his watch and asks Ok Nyeo not to share her suspicions with anyone. Ok Nyeo informs the prison chief that her silence won’t change anything seeing that the truth would be revealed when an autopsy is conducted. Except, Jung Nan Jung’s assistant had already informed Ji Hun not to have a coroner conduct the autopsy and our self-righteous Police Chief who thinks he’s more honorable than anyone else, sends out the other police officers so he will be the only witness to the conducted autopsy. Which is why when the prison chief comes to visit one of the police officers to ask about the autopsy results, he is delighted to hear that the coroner ruled the death a ‘suicide’ and the case was thereby closed (Ji Hun, you keep sinking so low and being so idiotic, I wonder if there’s redemption for you, or if I will even care).
2. Ok suspicions continue to grow
Tae Won and Do Chi are busy planning how their merchants organization’s partnership with Lee Myung Woo would put them on the map and put them in direct competition with Jung Nan Jung when Ok Nyeo pays them a visit. Having not heard the bad news yet, Tae Won happily tells Ok Nyeo about his plans to meet with Lee Myung Woo and close the deal that afternoon when Ok Nyeo drops the bomb that Lee Myung Woo committed suicide. She is just about to share her suspicions about it being murder when she changes her mind and keeps it in (seriously Ok Nyeo. Listen to your instincts! Since when did you start doubting yourself?). Tae Won, wanting to take his mind off it all, invites her to come with him to visit Lord Yoon’s wife. On their way, Ok Nyeo asks Tae Won how long Lord Yoon’s wife’s maid has been working with her. When Tae Won answers that she’s been there since she was a child, Ok Nyeo’s attention is caught by Jung Nan Jung’s assistant who she spots glancing furtively as she leaves the market center. Bidding Tae Won to go on ahead of her, Ok Nyeo trails the woman till she sees her meeting Ji Hun, who she then leads into Jung Nan Jung’s house. Ok Nyeo looks contemplative of the sight but does nothing. Instead, she returns to Lord Yoon’s wife’s house and is about to go in when her instincts has her stopping outside the kitchen to look at the maid, although she doesn’t go enter the kitchen either.
3. Jung Nan Jung creates fake treason and Ji Hun gets roped into it
After having done as she’d ordered, Ji Hun asks Jung Nan Jung why she wanted the death of Lee Myung Woo ruled a suicide (wait. So you ignorant child didn’t think to ask her that before you broke the very law you’re sworn to protect. Truly, idiocy, thy name is Sung Ji Hun). Jung Nan Jung spins it that the ruling was to help get Lord Yoon out of Jeonokseo. When Ji Hun still doesn’t get it (and quite honestly, neither do we), Jung Nan Jung explains that the only way for Lord Yoon to get back in favor with the Queen Dowager is for him to do what he does best: quell a treason attempt; but considering that there is no actual treason in play, Jung Nan Jung’s plan is to create a rumor of a financial one, and name Lee Myung Woo as being part of it, and since dead men can’t tell tales, there is no one to confirm whether or not it’s true. She gives Ji Hun a look as she tells him it would be easier all round if he just went along with her, and Ji Hun looks pained as he stays silent. (And I don’t feel sorry for him one bit. The guy’s an idiot. Hope someone opens his eyes to his idiocy sometime soon).
4. Ok Nyeo shares her suspicions with Tae Won
Ok Nyeo soon joins Tae Won and Lord Yoon’s wife, as she greets the latter and explains to her that she’s been busy at Jeonokseo which is why she hasn’t be able to visit. They’re still talking when traitor maid comes carrying Lord Yoon’s wife’s lunch. She’s clearly spooked as she sees Ok Nyeo but she presents her mistress with her food and leaves. Lord Yoon’s wife who has no appetite decides to have just a bit of the soup, but is stopped by Ok Nyeo who uses a silver needle to test the soup. Although the needle suffers no discoloration indicating poison, Ok Nyeo tells Tae Won that it doesn’t mean they have an all-clear as Tae Soo had told her once of special poisons that silver needles don’t react to; popular amongst the Ming court ladies who use them to assassinate political enemies by feeding them the powder in small quantities which leads the victim to start coughing. Eventually, the victim would end up coughing up blood and dying. Ok Nyeo, wanting to be completely sure, takes Tae Won to a royal physician she’d met when he’d been incarcerated in Jeonokseo. The physician comes as to check on Lord Yoon’s wife, and tells them that she’s in very critical condition. Ok Nyeo then brings out a packet of the powder she’d managed to procure and shows the doctor who confirms it to be the rare undetectable poison, not common to Joseon. Tae Won though is certain that the maid isn’t acting on her own, and Ok Nyeo tells him about seeing the girl meet with someone from Lord Yoon’s household (Ha, I see. She doesn’t know the woman is Jung Nan Jung’s assistant does she?). Tae Won spends the night, going over Ok Nyeo’s words as he watches over Lord Yoon’s wife.
5. Lord Yoon is back to being his snotty self
(Drats. And here I’d thought he would be treated like a common criminal for just a bit longer). Now feeling like he owns the place, what with the merchants pampering him and all, complete with beef jerky which he eats with gusto, Lord Yoon comments on the fact that the human palate is a fickle thing seeing that he would never have touched beef jerky on a regular day, but now here he is in prison, enjoying it. He relaxes, like a man surveying his kingdom and calls the head of the merchant organization by name, stating that he remembers him now as the thorn in his wife’s side and wonders exactly what it was that Gong Jae Myung did to get on Jung Nan Jung’s bad side. When Gong Jae Myung asks that he plead with Jung Nan Jung on his behalf, Lord Yoon promises to do so, after all, it’s because of Gong Jae Myung that his stay in Jeonokseo is now a pleasant one. He is feeling pretty pleased with himself until Gong Jae Myung asks Lord Yoon what he did wrong that he is now in Jeonokseo. And just like that, his good feeling is gone as Lord Yoon begins to yell that he is Yoon Won Hyung, the man whose words become law in Joseon and who is just in the prison to do an inspection of how the common man’s stay in Jeonokseo is. (Hahahaha. Are any of them actually buying this?) Away from his cells, one of the prisoner who Jung Nan Jung had bribed brings him word from her, as well as a note detailing exactly how she intends to get him out of prison. Lord Yoon smiles at the sight.
6. Jung Nan Jung puts her plans in motion
To start her plans to get her and Lord Yoon back in the Queen Dowager’s good graces, thus resulting in the release of her husband, Jung Nan Jung has her brother and her assistant hand out treasonous posters to several men, and put them up all over the capital city in the course of the night. As her brother and assistant marvel at the evil mastermind that is Jung Nan Jung, Jung Nan Jung spends the night playing her gayageum whilst the deed is being done, and although Chun Doong nearly gets into trouble when he runs into one of the men, he is lucky that the one who catches him is someone he knows. The man warns him to keep his mouth shut and runs away, giving Chun Doong the chance to hide when the patrolling police officers pass by. And sure enough, Jung Nan Jung’s plans work brilliantly well, as the city is in uproar over the posters, calling for a revolt and an end to the wicked ways of Lord Yoon, Jung Nan Jung and blaming Queen Munjeong and her incompetent son the king who have done nothing about curbing Lord Yoon and Jung Nan Jung’s excesses. (It really is a brilliant plan. No one would think Jung Nan Jung or Lord Yoon would put up posters insulting themselves now would they?). The news gets to the Queen Dowager who upon reading the poster for herself, sends for Jung Nan Jung. Jung Nan Jung receives the news with a smile, even as she sends her assistant right back out to the messenger to tell the Queen Dowager that she wouldn’t be able to come and visit because she’s been ill due to the fact that she’s been distraught since Lord Yoon incarceration and hasn’t been eating, drinking or sleeping. The Queen Dowager buys the excuse and asks for a royal physician to go pay Jung Nan Jung a visit.
7. Ok Nyeo is a very smart spy
Having put together medicine that would serve as a good counter for the poison Lord Yoon’s wife has ingested so far, Ok Nyeo meets Tae Won at Lord Yoon’s wife house and hands him the packet of medicine. When Tae Won asks if the medicine would be enough of a cure, Ok Nyeo replies that it won’t be easy but they will try their best. Their exchange however, is noticed by traitor maid who immediately dashes out of the compound to go tattletale. Except, unknown to her, she’s picked up a tail: Tae Won, who follows her all the way to Jung Nan Jung’s merchant enterprise and sees her meet with Jung Nan Jung’s assistant, who decides to handle the matter herself without bringing it to Jung Nan Jung’s knowledge. Tae Won comes back to confirm that Ok Nyeo was right and Jung Nan Jung really is the one behind it. When Ok Nyeo wonders why Jung Nan Jung would want to poison the kind lady, Tae Won drops the twin bombs that the nice lady is Lord Yoon’s first and legal wife and he is Lord Yoon’s illegitimate son. He tells her the whole story of how Jung Nan Jung had led to Lord Yoon abandoning him and his mother and how Lord Yoon’s wife had adopted him and raised him as her son, even as he too now sees her as his mother. When Ok Nyeo suggests taking the evidence of the poisoning to the police, Tae Won discourages it, saying that the police chief is marrying Jung Nan Jung’s daughter and so cannot be impartial in the case. He tells Ok Nyeo that he would find some way to handle it and leaves.
8. Jung Nan Jung’s plan works
With a face sufficiently made up to make her look as ill as possible, Jung Nan Jung makes her visit to the palace where the Queen Dowager comments on how ill she looks. With Jung Nan Jung sitted, the Queen Dowager asks her if she knows who is behind the treason plot in the capital. Jung Nan Jung, acting to the hilt, looks tearful as she tells the Queen Dowager that the only person who can settle the situation and promote the unity of the country is Lord Yoon and even though he made a grave mistake, the Queen Dowager herself is aware that Lord Yoon is the only one that resolves issues of treason better than anyone else. She adds that even if it means that Lord Yoon would go back to Jeonokseo after resolving the treason issue, it is best for the Queen Dowager to bring him out now so he can get to work. The Queen Dowager has barely been left alone when two ministers, sent by Jung Nan Jung to finish the work she’s started, start pleading with the Queen Dowager, asking forgiveness that they were not able to quell the rebellion before it took root. They blame it all on the former Queen’s followers and tell her that it’s a good enough reason that they can use to eradicate the followers. One of them speaks up about it being the most opportune time to put Lord Yoon to work and ask if it’s true the Queen Dowager dismissed him from all his posts and tossed him in Jeonokseo. The second minister claims that if truly the rumor is true, then it’s the ideal time for Lord Yoon to be taken out of Jeonokseo and used to quell the crisis. And sure enough, the Queen Dowager isn’t able to resist the twin combo and has a gloating Lord Yoon released. Lord Yoon struts out of prison, but not without threatening Ok Nyeo that he would never forget what she’s done (says the asshole that tried to kill her!)
9. Ji Hun gets sucked further down the rabbit hole
Still playing the role of the dutiful future son-in-law, Ji Hun is waiting with the Yoon household when Lord Yoon is carried in. Now a member of the inner sanctum comprised of Lord Yoon, Jung Nan Jung, her brother and her assistant, Ji Hun is handed Lee Myung Woo’s account book by Lord Yoon and is told to fish out those Lee Myung Woo offered bribes to and select them as traitors who all collected funds from Lee Myung Woo for treasonous plans. And like a watchdog let loose, Ji Hun does just that, going after everyone on the list and rounding them up as traitors and soon they’re all being tortured and asked to confess even as Lord Yoon looks on gleefully (Yoon, I hope when it’s time for you to go down, you’re tortured as well. Just beheading you without us seeing you being tortured wouldn’t cut it for me). But Ji Hun doesn’t just stop at those that were bribed as he targets Tae Won next because he met with Lee Myung Woo outside of Jeonokseo. He arrests Tae Won on the basis of their investigation and leads him out.
10. Tae Won gets tortured and Ok Nyeo wants to stir up even more trouble
After dragging Tae Won out of the merchant office, Ji Hun has him brought to the Police Bureau where he informs Tae Won that he’s being charged with treason for being in cahoots with the treason mastermind: Lee Myung Woo. When Tae Won asks if Ji Hun has any proof as to Lee Myung Woo being a traitor, Ji Hun claims that Lee Myung Woo confessed to his crimes (yeah, keep digging yourself in idiot) and then hung himself out of guilt. Except, Tae Won remembers Ok Nyeo telling him that Lee Myung Woo didn’t commit suicide but was murdered, although she’s not sure the exact reason why. What she finds strange however is the fact that the coroner ruled it a suicide even though she’s sure it’s a murder. Even as Ji Hun screams about torture, Tae Won realizes that Lord Yoon and Jung Nan Jung really did fabricate a treason attempt and had killed innocent Lee Myung Woo to start it all. So when Ji Hun tortures Tae Won asking him to confess, Tae Won spits right back at Ji Hun asking him if he’s so desperate to succeed that he has become Jung Nan Jung’s lapdog. The words make Ji Hun even angrier as he screams that the torture should continue. Jung Nan Jung on the other hand is thrilled that Ji Hun is torturing Tae Won for treason and figures him as one threat contained, meaning she can now focus on Lord Yoon’s wife. Ok Nyeo on the other hand remembers the promise of the head of the Palace Guard to help her should she be in need of his help, and runs to him asking to see the Queen Dowager as she has proof that the revolt was fabricated (Good for you Ok Nyeo! Although I worry for your life my dear. Lord Yoon and Jung Nan Jung aren’t enemies you want to have).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Wow Ji Hun. You and King Sunjo of Mirror of the Witch seem to be competing for longest running bitchslapped character. So, now you’ve thrown your morals and are okay with being puppeteered so you can marry a girl you don’t like and be with a family that has doom in its future? All the best to you oh worthy idiot. But before you leave, here’s a slap form me to you.
Headache inducing Moment:
Because it was at this point, I hold to hold my head in my hands and scream. Like seriously, how can anyone be this stupid, this retarded, this moronic. How?!!!! Plus, you know the treason is fabricated. You are in on the plot you imbecile!
This episode’s a slightly sour glass of Palmwine. It’s not as sweet as it used to be, nor does it give you the high you used to get. It’s just… there, bland and ordinary. Here’s hoping today’s episode is way better.