Turns out blood is thicker than water and blood is strong enough to make Lord Yoon very very angry. Tae Won is saved by the father he wouldn’t have gone to meet if he’d been given a choice to do so. Ok Nyeo learns just a bit more about the Queen Dowager, even if she’s not totally believing. Lord Yoon and Jung Nan Jung are completely forgiven and Ok Nyeo loses a key witness in her fight to prove Jung Nan Jung’s treachery.
Top 10 Moments:
- Tae Won is concerned for everyone but himself
When Ji Hun takes a break from torturing Tae Won, the not so smart police officer (the one who was fake torturing Treasurer Ji and Chun Doong) gets Do Chi a couple of minutes to see his friend, not for any monetary gain but because he considers them all friends (awww. You might not be very smart and you might like hustling them all for cash, but when it’s the right time, you know how to come true for them police guy). Do Chi enters the room and is immediately worried for Tae Won who looks really bad. Tae Won’s first concern though is Do Chi himself and he is relieved to hear that no harm came to him. Next he tells Do Chi to go meet the head merchant and tell him not to implicate himself in the plot, but the head merchant should instead say that Tae Won brokered the deal with Lee Myung Woo all on his own. Next he tells Do Chi not to tell Ok Nyeo anything about what is happening to him (but why? She will want to know and repay the favor for when she too had been accused of treason. Tae Won why?!!!) but to instead tell Ok Nyeo to watch over Lord Yoon’s wife on his behalf. When Do Chi snaps at him for always putting himself last, Tae Won just smiles.
2. Ok Nyeo is denied a meeting with the Queen Dowager
After Ok Nyeo meets with the head of the Palace Guard to tell him that she suspects that the treason is fabricated, he leads her to his office to hear the whole story. Ok Nyeo leaves nothing out, starting from the fact that Lee Myung Woo had been in Jeonokseo where someone had killed him but made it look like suicide, and yet when his body had been taken to the Police Bureau, the Police Chief had ruled it a suicide. When the Palace Guard had asked her who is responsible for it all, Ok Nyeo tells him that she believes it’s Jung Nan Jung who is behind it all. The news startles the man, but not as much as Ok Nyeo’s follow up about her worries that the same Police Chief is the one investigating the present treason accusation, and he is betrothed to Lord Yoon’s daughter. When he asks her if she thinks Lord Yoon is also involved, Ok Nyeo replies that although her words might seem circumstantial, too many innocent people’s lives are at risk. The head of the Palace Guard takes in her words then tells her that she can’t meet with the Queen Dowager because everything she’s said is based on her guessing and she has no proof. When Ok Nyeo insists on still meeting with the Queen Dowager, he shouts at her to stop talking about it, and to never bring this particular matter to him again. He tells her to leave, and that he won’t share what she’s told him with the Queen Dowager for her own protection. When Ok Nyeo gets to Jeonokseo, she shares her visit with the head of the Palace Guard with Lee Ji Ham who tells her to never go see the Queen Dowager about such an issue again. Whilst Ok Nyeo stupidly talks about the Queen Dowager trusting her, Lee Ji Ham warns her that the Queen Dowager is not what she appears to be, especially because she has been profiting from Jung Nan Jung and Lord Yoon’s machinations to help her put her son on the throne.
3. Ok Nyeo turns to Gong Myung Jae
Do Chi meets with Ok Nyeo outside of Jeonokseo to deliver Tae Won’s message. When Ok Nyeo asks how Tae Won is doing, Do Chi forces out the lie that he’s doing well. But Ok Nyeo sees through it, knowing fully well that a charge of treason means they must be really torturing Tae Won. Her words are all the permission Do Chi needs to break down in tears as he talks about how badly beaten Tae Won is. But he also mentions that Tae Won told him to tell Ok Nyeo that he’s doing well and that she should look after Lord Yoon’s wife. When Ok Nyeo’s thoughts return back to the Queen Dowager, she remembers the warnings of both the head of the Palace Guard and Lee Ji Ham. But remembering Do Chi’s words about Tae Won’s torture has her arranging for a meet with Gong Myung Jae who she tells the news. The minute Gong Myung Jae gets back to the cell, he immediately tells his vice to arrange a way to get him out of jail. When the man laughs about how much of a rush Gong Myung Jae is in, when his trial is in just five days, Gong Myung Jae snaps that he wants out immediately. And he is right to worry because Tae Won is still getting tortured right as they speak. And although Ji Hun had a moment when he flashed back to Tae Won calling him Jung Nan Jung’s lapdog and Ji Hun asking Jung Nan Jung’s assistant exactly what Jung Nan Jung had against Tae Won, to which the the assistant hadn’t answered him, idiotic Ji Hun still has the police officers continue torturing Tae Won (someone, save Tae Won please! This is getting too much).
4. Ok Nyeo saves Myung Seon
Following the request Tae Won had made through Do Chi, Ok Nyeo pays a visit to Lord Yoon’s wife who is thankfully looking much better now that she’s following Ok Nyeo’s suggestion and not eating the soup she’s served. When Lord Yoon’s wife asks about Tae Won, Ok Nyeo lies that he’s been very busy with the merchant organization and so Ok Nyeo would be coming in his stead. The conversation then veers towards the traitor servant girl: Myung Seon who Lord Yoon’s wife said she noticed has been sad and nervous of late. Ok Nyeo steps out of the room and hears a cry in the distance. Racing towards the direction of the sound, Ok Nyeo sees some armed men about to attack the girl and jumps into the fight, easily defeating them. When the men see that they’re overpowered, they run away leaving Ok Nyeo to ask Myung Seon if she knows who the person who wants her dead is (I can name one and her first name is the same as her last). The girl says she doesn’t whilst Ok Nyeo says that it’s the person that has her poisoning her mistress, who is doing so in order to eliminate the sole witness to the crime. Ok Nyeo tells Myung Seon to tell her everything that has happened as it’s the only way to save her life. Myung Seon starts to wail. Meanwhile, the hired thugs report back to their leader about Ok Nyeo’s interference, and he in turn tells Jung Nan Jung’s assistant who says that Ok Nyeo’s presence can complicate things so she tells the thug leader to handle Myung Seon’s case himself. Ok Nyeo meanwhile has Myung Seo moved to the underground cell in Jeonokseo to keep her safe.
5. Jung Nan Jung uses Shin Hye to complete her plan
To complete her plan of getting the Queen Dowager to completely forgive Lord Yoon, Jung Nan Jung has Shin Hye visit the palace so that her daughter can work her way into the heart of the Queen Dowager, who loves her already, and would be able to get the Queen Dowager to completely pardon Lord Yoon. Shin Hye tells her mother not to worry as she knows exactly what to do. And sure enough, even whilst greeting the Queen Dowager, the latter already smiles at the sight of Shin Hye. She has Shin Hye sit right by her side as she asks her about her betrothed who Shin Hye admits is tall and good-looking, but just a bit arrogant. The Queen laughs at her words, then tells her to ask for anything as her wedding present. Shin Hye’s face falls as she asks the Queen Dowager to pardon her parents for the what they did to offend her, and says that that would be the best gift the Queen Dowager can offer her. The Queen Dowager smiles at her words and soon Shin Hye is hurrying out to tell her father the good news. When Lord Yoon enters to meet with the Queen Dowager, she tells him that he is the only one that she trusts and that he should never repeat such a mistake again. And just like that, all is forgiven.
6. Jung Nan Jung foils a Tae Won rescue attempt
After not being able to get Tae Won out of the Police Bureau through her own means, Gyo Ha decides that the next plan of action is to have Lord Yoon get Tae Won out himself. So Jung who is still in love with Tae Won volunteers to to convince Lord Yoon herself (wait, why does anyone need to convince him of anything? Wouldn’t a simple, Lord Yoon, you had your son arrested for treason and he is now being tortured, suffice?). To make their plans work, Gyo Ha gets across to Jung Nan Jung’s brother who relays the message to Lord Yoon that Gyo Ha wants to meet with him at Sosoru. Remembering So Jung, Lord Yoon smiles and makes his way there that night. Whilst Gyo Ha has him wait for So Jung who is getting ready, Jung Nan Jung arrives at Sosoru with her guards in tow, saying that she’s there because she was informed that her husband is there as well. Seeing how beautiful So Jung is for herself, Jung Nan Jung slaps her across the face, hard, and warns her to never attempt to serve Lord Yoon again. Getting the message, So Jung doesn’t go in to meet Lord Yoon, which is why it is Jung Nan Jung that enters to serve him and remind him of all the things she’d done for him in order to get him out of prison, and to also remind him of the warnings she’d given him about not meeting So Jung again if he doesn’t want So Jung hurt. Lord Yoon reluctantly nods in agreement.
7. Chun Doong gets caught
Whilst training his fence’s nephew and niece in the fine art of pickpocketing, Chun Doong notices the palace maid he has been searching for (the one with the same jade rings as Ok Nyeo) and immediately starts to tail her. Except, she’s either really perceptive or Chun Doong is a really bad tail because she immediately spots him following her and she starts to run. By the time Chun Doong turns the corner, she’s gone. Just as he exclaims at losing her, some men appear out of nowhere, holding their knives to him as they tell him to follow them if he wants to live. They then drag him to come and meet the maid who asks him why he’s been following her. Chun Doong at first acts like he has no idea what she’s talking about, but at the threat of death, confesses that he stole her jade rings and a warden at Jeonokseo named Ok Nyeo, who also has the same jade rings as keepsakes from her mother, asked him to find her. The maid hears the words and has her men knock Chun Doong unconscious. With him down, they run away.
8. Lord Yoon to the rescue
With Ok Nyeo’s message driving him, and no expense spared, Gong Myung Jae has himself released from prison, five days earlier than was planned. Now outside the prison, he focuses on getting Tae Won out of the false charges leveled against him by going to meet Lord Yoon and informing him that the person Jung Nan Jung tossed to the Police Bureau and who is being tortured at the moment is his son. Do Chi is of course adamant against the reveal as it’s something that he knows Tae Won would kick against, himself. Gong Myung Jae though, insists that that’s the only way he knows they can get Tae Won out of the hole he’s in, alive and has Do Chi make an appointment with Lord Yoon. Lord Yoon remembering that he owes the man from his stay at Jeonokseo accepts Gong Myung Jae’s visit. Whilst sitting across from Lord Yoon, Gong Myung Jae asks him if he remembers the name Yoon Tae Won. Tae Won’s name startles Lord Yoon but not as much as Gong Myung Jae telling him that Tae Won is at present being tortured at the Police Bureau on a trumped up treason charge. Gong Myung Jae explains that Tae Won was guilty of nothing, except for trying to do business with Lee Myung Woo, and if he accidentally slips and admits to being part of the plot in order to get some respite from the torture he’s going through, then Tae Won would easily lose his life. Gong Myung Jae begs Lord Yoon to save Tae Won’s life. Lord Yoon is still convinced that the Police would find out about whether or not it’s true that Tae Won sought to commit treason, but is stopped in his tracks when Gong Myung Jae explains the enmity between Jung Nan Jung and Tae Won which was what led to Jung Nan Jung having Tae Won framed for treason. When Lord Yoon meets with Jung Nan Jung, he demands that she have Tae Won released. Jung Nan Jung tries to manipulate her way out of the situation, claiming that the evidence stacked against Tae Won is just too much, but Lord Yoon snaps at her to have Tae Won released. Jung Nan Jung though puts her foot down, insisting that Tae Won has crossed her too many times and there’s nothing Lord Yoon can say or do to get her to change her mind about having him released. When Lord Yoon shouts that it’s his power and wealth that she’s using, Jung Nan Jung points to the fact that she has shed quite a lot of tears to ensure that he maintains that power and wealth, to which Lord Yoon asks if he’s now meant to just stand by and watch her murder his son? The question seems to shock Jung Nan Jung, and Lord Yoon completes the tirade by destroying some more furniture in the room and screaming at her to get Tae Won out of the Police Bureau immediately.
9. Tae Won gets released
Jung Nan Jung is so shocked by Lord Yoon’s outburst that she sinks to the floor in shock. It’s there that she’s at when her brother and her assistant burst into the room and tell her to do just as Lord Yoon says and release Tae Won, especially seeing as he’s Lord Yoon’s son. Her assistant further pushes the truth by telling her that nothing good would come from upsetting Lord Yoon any further and Jung Nan Jung should just concede this point and let Tae Won go. This is why Jung Nan Jung calls Ji Hun and tells him to let Tae Won go. Ji Hun is as expected resistant to the idea as he tells Jung Nan Jung that releasing Tae Won would not only tarnish his image but Jung Nan Jung and Lord Yoon’s as well. When he asks Jung Nan Jung for the reason for the release, Jung Nan Jung doesn’t give any, as usual, and just tells him to do as she said. Ji Hun therefore gives the order to the police officer (the slightly dimwitted one) to have Tae Won released. Which he is, into the waiting arms of Do Chi, the head merchant and the vice head merchant who carry him home, filled with thanks that he’s been finally released.
10. Myung Seon ends up not being saved at all
Needing advice as to the best recourse to take with regards to Lord Yoon’s wife’s poisoning and Jung Nan Jung’s involvement, Ok Nyeo talks to Lee Ji Ham who at first advices her to take the case to the Police Bureau seeing that she has the evidence (the poison) and a witness (Myung Seon) to the crime. But, smart Ok Nyeo points out the fact that Ji Hun is about to be married to Jung Nan Jung’s daughter, meaning that he is not in the best of positions to be an impartial investigator in the case. Lee Ji Ham then recommends the Chief of Law enforcement who he is sure would not tiptoe around Jung Nan Jung and her affiliations and who would take the matter to the royal court. They’re still talking when Treasurer Ji comes to deliver the message to Ok Nyeo that Tae Won has been released. She’s in such a hurry to confirm the news that she runs out of Jeonokseo, not aware of the fact that she’s being watched by the court maid and her boys who came to confirm her identity, and the henchman for Jung Nan Jung’s assistant, who can’t attack her because she gets to the merchant organization on time. Inside, Ok Nyeo meets with a recovering Tae Won who cracks a joke about wanting to see her before he died and being thankful that he pulled it off while he still has a chance at life. He turns serious though, when he asks about Lord Yoon’s wife and is relieved to hear that she’s been taking her drugs and is on the mend. He is not so relieved though to hear that Myung Seon was almost killed and is just a bit mollified that she’s presently safe at the hidden cell in Jeonokseo. Following the agreed upon plan, Woo Chi goes to call the Chief of Law Enforcement who meets with Ok Nyeo. But, the two of them are spotted by Jung Nan Jung’s assistant’s henchman who reports back to them. Jung Nan Jung simply tells her assistant to get rid of Myung Seon and the evidence. Myung Seon at the moment though, is with Ok Nyeo and Tae Won, who is angry with her but thankful that she’s decided to confess. All three of them go to meet the Chief of Law Enforcement who asks Myung Seon to confess with her own mouth exactly who it was that got her to poison her mistress. Just as Myung Seon makes to confess to the person’s name, she’s shot straight in the heart by an arrow shot by Jung Nan Jung’s henchman. The man flees the scene, but not before Ok Nyeo sees him and chases after him.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Probably because I didn’t see much of Ji Hun in this episode, there wasn’t anybody I was particularly interested in bitchslapping. Everyone’s safe this episode, and that includes you too Ji Hun. Hope the next time we see you, you’ve started to grow some sense.
Headache inducing moment:
Because the last time this had happened, I had been relieved to discover that it was part of the ruse to get Tae Won to follow Myung Seon to whomever it was that was paying her to poison Lord Yoon’s wife. This time around, there’s no excuse. I kept screaming at Ok Nyeo to look to her right, look around, but she wasn’t listening. Like seriously,the girl likes to have secret meetings in broad daylight, right outside. What the hell happened to staying indoors to share such conversation? The minute I saw the guy, I knew, this wasn’t going to end well for anybody, starting with Myung Seon. Drats!
This episode’s a Raspberry Gin Rickey; so much better than the last episode. There’s tension and humor and energy and fun. It’s a beautiful episode this one, very beautiful, very sweet and very strong. Just the way we like it.