True love is not true love unless you’re willing to accept all the parts of the person you love. Seo Ri gets told the whole story, except Hae Ran’s part is left out of course. Poong Yeon has to deal with the cursed side of is beloved Yeon Hee but refuses to accept it. Seo Ri’s love has shifted but tragedy has her attacking Hong Joo just like her mother had 22 years prior.
Top 10 Moments:
- Sol Gae is confirmed as the Red Gentleman’s Robe
Whilst Jun is attacking Yo Gwang, and asking for the reason to his stupid and rash act, and Poong Yeon is asking Yo Gwang where Yeon Hee is at, Seo Ri is at the moment being tied down by the Red Gentleman’s Robe who reveals herself to be Sol Gae (I’m still hoping there are several Red Gentleman’s Robe because the thought of Sol Gae being a serial killer has me crying already). Sol Gae looks mildly touched (?) or disturbed at the sight of Seo Ri, but leaves and whilst Yo Gwang, Poong Yeon and Jun come to meet Hyun Seo who asks where Yeon Hee is at, Seo Ri is at the moment getting her face to face meeting with Hong Joo who blames her for all the deaths that has been happening (seriously, someone point it out to Hong Joo that she is the one responsible for all the deaths. I’m tired of everyone blaming innocent Seo Ri!). She also adds that because Seo Ri was born as a result of her mistake, then she must be the one to take Seo Ri’s life (Wait what? What happened to her brother being the one who must kill her?). She tells Seo Ri to be calm as it won’t take long, then heads to the room of an unconscious Sunjo who she tells that he shouldn’t feel too bad since he’s the reject that has already had his chance at the throne. Just as she’s about to snap the talisman on him, Sunjo grabs her hands, opens his eyes and orders her to leave (admirable, but I don’t think your strength is enough to hold down Hong Joo and the Red Gentleman’s Robe your highness). Except, we see that it’s actually Hyun Seo talking through the mouth of the king (Wait what? So now he’s possessed by Hyun Seo? Why does this king keep getting possessed by everybody?). Hong Joo isn’t concerned though as she knows that Hyun Seo can’t stay in the body for long and as if to confirm her words, Hyun Seo doesn’t even have the strength to use Sunjo’s body to strike at her. Seeing this, Hong Joo uses some of her black magic which enters Sunjo and has Hyun Seo coughing up blood at his temple and at the way the skin at the back of Hyun Seo’s ear turns back Yo Gwang draws back in shock.
2. Poong Yeon and Jun saves Seo Ri
Poong Yeon and Jun sneak into Hong Joo’s temple and whilst Poong Yeon sets out to engaging Hong Joo’s henchgirls in a fight, Jun sneaks in to go rescue Seo Ri and just in time too because Hong Joo is heading to the sacrificial room with Sunjo possessed by the Crown Prince and the Red Gentleman’s Robe by her side. She spots Poong Yeon but Poong Yeon is not able to stop her and rescue Sunjo because the Red Gentleman’s Robe enters the fray and starts to fight him. Meanwhile, one of the Palace Eunuchs has run to Queen Shim to deliver the news of what he’s seen, whilst Jun who has almost gotten to the room ducks when he sights Hong Joo. Hong Joo gives the Crown Prince in Sunjo’s body instructions on how to kill Seo Ri at the same time, Sol Gae as the Red Gentleman’s Robe prevents Hong Joo’s henchgirls from killing Poong Yeon. When Poong Yeon is able to successful get her mask off, she runs away before he can see her face. The Crown Prince meanwhile draws the dagger to stab Seo Ri but can’t bring himself to stab her. When he does finally make himself attempt to do so (courtesy of Sunjo pushing through the Crown Prince’s reluctance to stab his sister), Jun jumps into the fray and pushes Hong Joo back with a sword to her neck. Being in the presence of the human talisman has Sunjo fainting as the Crown Prince’s spirit rushes back into the jar and turns Seo Ri’s hair back to black. Hong Joo notes all this, plus the presence of the talisman burned into Jun’s skin with surprise. But Jun isn’t home free as Hong Joo’s henchgirls rush into the room and start to attack him. Soon, they have him surrounded and Hong Joo says that he must be Seo Ri’s human talisman whilst Jun tosses right back at her that she must be the one truly behind the murders (You hear that Seo Ri? Hong Joo is the one actually responsible, not you. Thank you for calling it as it is Jun). When Hong Joo tells Jun that he must be aware that him facing her is him wagering his life, Jun answers right back that he doesn’t care. Just as Hong Joo gives the command to have Jun killed, Poong Yeon jumps into the fray and has his sword leveled at Hong Joo, giving Jun the leverage he needs to get Seo Ri out of the place, although their escape is seen by Queen Shim who catches a glimpse of her daughter.
3. Hong Joo tries to feed Poong Yeon her poison
Alone with Hong Joo, Hong Joo wonders how Poong Yeon is still standing considering Princess Yeon Hee’s curse that all who love her and those she loves will die; meaning either he doesn’t love Yeon Hee anymore or Yeon Hee doesn’t love him anymore (she might be right Poong Yeon but don’t let her get into your head anyway. It’s not your fault that Seo Ri prefers Jun, the man who didn’t run away from her when he saw her curse, to you, the man who ran away. You win some, you lose some). She tells Poong Yeon that now that he’s broken free from the curse, he is clearheaded enough to make a choice: kill the cursed princess for the sake of the kingdom and the king. Poong Yeon isn’t having any of that though as he tells Hong Joo that if he kills her, then the real Yeon Hee would return to which Hong Joo tells him that if he kills her, then the curse on Seo Ri would remain and she would forever look like that horrifying creature (dude. She just has white hair and pretty eyes. Some would say she looks smoking that way. What are you afraid of?) who is nothing like the girl Poong Yeon loves, hence the reason why they must kill her (yeah right. Because killing her so she is not that horrifying creature will bring back the girl you ‘love’. If you buy this crap Poong Yeon then you’re utterly stupid. Really stupid). When Poong Yeon makes to kill her anyway, Hong Joo informs Poong Yeon that she’s the only person who can save the princess and the king (yeah, believe the woman who a couple of seconds ago was chomping to kill Yeon Hee and is now claiming that she wants to save her). Poong Yeon unfortunately ceases to use his brains and drops the sword (Drats! But then again, this is a dark drama so maybe Hong Joo shall die in the most terrifying way possible. I’m looking forward to seeing that happen).
4. Seo Ri replaces her love and Hyun Seo tells Yo Gwang the truth
A very relieved Seo Ri opens her eyes to meet Jun’s. At the sight, she bursts into tears wailing that Jun had promised to never leave her and to stay by her side. Jun apologizes as he holds her close and promises that he will stay by her side and as he speaks, the mark of the curse appears behind his ear (Sorry Poong Yeon. She no longer loves you. Jun is the one with that honor now). Meanwhile, Yo Gwang helps an ailing Hyun Seo into his seat. Whilst Hyun Seo is wondering why exactly Seo Ri’s curse is no longer affecting Poong Yeon, Yo Gwang asks Hyun Seo exactly what Hong Joo has used her black magic to do to him, to which Hyun Seo confesses that the only reason why he’s alive at the moment is because of Hong Joo’s black magic coursing through his veins. He tells Yo Gwang that considering he can’t even command his body to attack Hong Joo, it must mean that his death is imminent as soon, he won’t be able to control his body at all. His only regret is that he still has so much to tell Seo Ri which he hasn’t shared with her yet (then I suggest you get to telling her everything. Stat!)
5. Hong Joo plans a seed of discord
Whilst Hyun Seo apologizes to Queen Shim who tells him that he’s done well enough to avert the tragedy although she knows Hong Joo wouldn’t give up that easily, Hong Joo is apologizing to Sunjo and laying the blame of the failure of the ritual at the feet of Poong Yeon who she claims was the one that interrupted the ritual and prevented its completion. When she asks how much Sunjo trusts Poong Yeon, Sunjo wonders if she’s trying to create strife between him and his friend to which Hong Joo replies that she just wants to know how deep the trust runs as she knows that Hyun Seo was the one that raised the princess as his own daughter and called her Yeon Hee, but she’s sure that Poong Yeon had no idea otherwise he would have told Sunjo immediately (you lying snake. I hope your end is really as horrible as Hae Ran prophesied).
6. Seo Ri learns the truth
Morning has Yo Gwang bringing Jun and Seo Ri to a nondescript house in town. He asks Seo Ri to go in alone where a tearful Queen Shim is waiting to meet her surrogate daughter (sorry Queen Shim but I cannot think of Seo Ri or the Crown Prince as your children. You killed their mother and stole them from their mother’s womb after all). When Seo Ri asks who she is, Queen Shim offers to tell her the whole story (please do! Leave nothing out. She needss to be fully aware of what’s going on. No more hiding things to protect her). She starts with when she’d been barren and she’d used Hong Joo’s help to conceive, leading her to the birth of two beautiful babies (wait, so you’re going to skip Hae Ran’s part? That’s not telling the whole truth. Sheesh! That’s one more secret Hong Joo will use to devastate Seo Ri when she drops her bomb. Why can’t you all see that?). Her twins however had been born with a curse and so she’d been told to move the curse to one of the babies to save the other. In order to protect the royal family, she had chosen the Crown Prince as the child to be saved, and had cast Seo Ri, her own child away. Seo Ri is as expected disbelieving, convinced that Queen Shim has mistaken her for someone else whilst, Queen Shim asks for forgiveness, and offers to shoulder all the blame. She continues though begging Seo Ri to break the curse and tells Seo Ri that the previous night, Hong Joo had tried to kill Seo Ri using the Crown Prince’s spirit so as to spread Seo Ri’s curse to the rest of the royal family (so to the very end, it’s all about the royal family and not about her, the person, Seo Ri. How unbelievably selfish). She begs Seo Ri to break the curse and free the royal family and her big brother. When Seo Ri makes to run, Queen Shim calls her “my child” to which Seo Ri tells her to never call her that again, and then she runs away (good for you Yeon Hee. That’s not how you approach a daughter you’ve abandoned for 22 years Queen Shim. Have some tact. Sheesh!). Meanwhile, Yo Gwang notices the curse mark behind Jun’s ear. He’s barely able to deal with this sight when Hyun Seo joins them and Jun asks him about whether or not Seo Ri’s curse is actually linked to the king considering Hong Joo’s insistence on killing her and Hong Joo referring to the king as “Crown Prince”. When Seo Ri runs out from her meeting with the Queen, she spots Hyun Seo who she runs to embrace. Hyun Seo whose hands have blackened as a result of the curse can’t hug her back however, although Seo Ri doesn’t notice as she instead explains to him that the woman inside has been telling tall tales, calling her princess and whatnot. When she asks what’s going on, Hyun Seo steps away from her to give her a formal bow and addresses her as princess. He explains to her that he’d locked her away in the Black Forest in order to protect her from her own curse and tells her that she should please break the curse as she’s the only one who can do so. Seo Ri not able to deal with all, runs away and Jun follows her.
7. Sunjo might or might not still be an idiot
Poong Yeon on the other hand is meeting with Sunjo who he informs that Hong Joo is the one behind the Red Gentleman’s Robe’s killings and she should be arrested and contained. Sunjo though replies him by telling Poong Yeon that Hong Joo told him to keep Poong Yeon at arms length and now Poong Yeon is telling him to keep his distance from Hong Joo. When Poong Yeon exclaims, Sunjo just smiles as he says that of course he trusts Poong Yeon over Hong Joo (I hope you mean that king, because trusting someone you just met over someone who has been your confidant for years is just plain stupidity) because he cherishes and believes in Poong Yeon’s loyalty to him. He tells Poong Yeon that he no longer wants to believe in Hong Joo’s deceptions and lies. He asks Poong Yeon if truly the princess’s name is Yeon Hee and tells Poong Yeon to bring him Yeon Hee by the next morning if Poong Yeon has found her and tells Poong Yeon not to let his trust in him be broken (wait, so he’s totally forgetting the part about Hong Joo being the one behind the Red Gentleman’s Robe? You know, the one that has been digging out the hearts of his people? Okay then Sunjo. Let’s concentrate on the princess. That’s what you’re meant to do. Idiot).
8. Jun is simply the best and Hong Joo is suspicious
Whilst they wait for Poong Yeon to come and meet Seo Ri by the riverside, Jun asks Seo Ri exactly what she wants. She replies that she wants Poong Yeon to deny all that Queen Shim and Hyun Seo told her. When she wails about not even knowing who a mother is, Jun answers her that a mother is someone like his mother who wiped away his tears when he was teased by the boys in his neighborhood and he is certain that that’s how all mothers are. When Seo Ri points to her mother telling her that she threw her aside because of her curse and now Seo Ri doesn’t know who she is, Jun answers her that the her that he met at the Black Forest, the her he met once again at the mountains and the her that is sitting right in front of him are all one and the same: Yeon Hee (Awwwww. Jun you just know the right words to say to get us in the heart). So whether she has black hair or white, whether she’s cursed or not, whether she’s a princess or not, she will always be Yeon Hee to him (double awww. Seriously Jun, you’re just the best). Poong Yeon meanwhile is leaving the palace to go meet with Yeon Hee, information he tells Sol Gae who finally shows up by his side. The words take Sol Gae back to the previous night when Hong Joo had been tending her wounds and had asked her if she’s developing feelings for Poong Yeon. When Sol Gae claims that she only hesitated because Poong Yeon is a formidable opponent, Hong Joo offers to get rid of Poong Yeon for her, to which Sol Gae replies that the only reason she’s been hanging around Poong Yeon, as commanded, is because they both know that Poong Yeon would meet up with the princess. She says she will make sure to find out where Yeon Hee is hiding and Hong Joo simply tells Sol Gae to be wary about her emotions as they can be quite destructive. And those emotions are probably what’s driving her as Sol Gae begs Poong Yeon not to go after Yeon Hee. Poong Yeon though just smiles as he tells her that he’s fine and then heads out to meet Yeon Hee.
9. Seo Ri gives away her hiding spot but admits to her true self
Whilst Hyun Seo voices his belief that the reason why Jun hasn’t been affected by the curse which has appeared on him is because he is a human talisman and is thus technically protecting himself also, Poong Yeon comes to meet Yeon Hee at their meeting spot. They split into teams of two with Jun hanging with Sol Gae who whilst pressing her for any new information on the Red Gentleman’s Robe, notices that she’s bleeding. Seol Gae though just snaps at him that she knows nothing and tells him to mind his own business, although she looks worried. Yeon Hee on the other hand asks Poong Yeon if he knew who she really was this whole time, to which Poong Yeon answers that he only just found out. Seo Ri wonders what she can do as she just wants to live as Hyun Seo’s daughter and Poong Yeon’s sister. When Poong Yeon answers that nothing has to change and he will stay by her side as before, Seo Ri answers that too many people have died as a result of her curse and she doesn’t want Poong Yeon getting hurt either. Poong Yeon answers that he doesn’t care about her curse (yeah right) and grabs a hold of her hand as he tells her to come with him and he would find a place like the Black Forest for her to live in (See the difference between you and Jun, Poong Yeon? Jun is all for her coming out into the world and being her own person and you just want her locked up in a cage). Seo Ri’s answer is to take him to the temple up in the mountains (no. no. no. Not your haven. Sol Gae works for Hong Joo!!! You just gave away your safe place to the enemy. I understand you wanting to show your brother but couldn’t you have insisted that only your brother come with you as he is the one you trust. What the hell were you thinking Seo Ri?!). She shows him the candles and explains that she’s been trying to light them all so she can break the curse and be reunited with Hyun Seo and Poong Yeon again. Poong Yeon tells her that he will help her break her curse so she never takes on that horrifying form again (I repeat, not horrifying. Some people might actually think her pretty cute with her white hair). Seo Ri stops him though by telling him that her normal and ‘horrifying’ form are both who she is (hurrah for Seo Ri accepting herself for who she is. You go girl!). Poong Yeon wouldn’t hear those words though and turns to go, but when Seo Ri begs him, he tells her that her ‘ghastly’ form is not really who she is, and then he leaves (And that’s the reason why you would never get the girl you idiot. Focusing on the outer expression when true evil looks pretty on the outside but is dark and rotten on the inside, case in point Hong Joo and Sol Gae).
10. Hong Joo stabs Jun and Seo Ri loses control
After breaking Seo Ri’s heart, Poong Yeon spends the afternoon drinking and telling Sol Gae how terribly he feels for not only breaking Yeon Hee’s heart but also considering sacrificing her to save the king (you are an idiot Poong Yeon). Filled with new resolve, Sol Gae visits Hong Joo who she delivers the news to. Jun meanwhile is getting a pep talk from his mother about getting into the King’s good graces so that when Jun comes to strike back, he would be in a place of authority and Jun wouldn’t be able to touch him (Hahaha. Seriously woman, it’s because of you that your son has turned out so stupid. Quit filling his head with illusions of grandeur and maybe he might stop making a mess of things). Poong Yeon pays a visit to his father asking him why he’d not just told him the truth, that way he wouldn’t have taken Yeon Hee out of the black forest and none of this mess would have happened. When Hyun Seo tells him that it would all be alright as long as Poong Yeon’s feelings don’t change, Poong Yeon answers him that Yeon Hee is still the only woman he loves but he just can’t get over her changed appearance to which Hyun Seo tells him that Yeon Hee hasn’t changed. She’s just fallen into danger and Poong Yeon should protect her as her older brother. Poong Yeon refuses the role though, and Hyun Seo asks him what would have changed if he had known about the curse before because if Poong Yeon can’t accept the curse now, then he most certainly wouldn’t have accepted the curse in the past. He tells Poong Yeon to protect Yeon Hee, if not as a man, then as a brother. But Poong Yeon doesn’t care for cursed Yeon Hee or princess Yeon Hee. What he wants is his Yeon Hee back (you idiot!). Seo Ri and Jun meanwhile are awakened by Hong Joo and her minions who have come to kill Seo Ri. Hong Joo smiling at her ‘victory’ attacks Jun and stabs him, although she can’t push the sword fully in because Jun’s talisman repels her. But the stab is enough to cause some damage and Jun falls to the ground. At the sight, Seo Ri’s hair turns white and she screams, sending shockwaves that has both Yo Gwang and Hong Joo’s henchgirls falling. Next she levitates Hong Joo and then brings her flying to her, wrapping her hands around Hong Joo’s neck as she screams at that Hong Joo should die, in a move so reminiscent of Hae Ran that even Hong Joo flashes back to that instant.
Character I wanted to bitch slap:
Because seriously dude, not being able to accept all the parts of her; making her feel like she’s in any way or form a monster is cruel. And the worse part is you’re doing so in the name of love. Argh, I so want to slap your face.
Headache inducing moment:
Thankfully, none in this episode. In fact, I’m more thrumming with energy as although I know that Seo Ri won’t kill Hong Joo just yet (we still have 9 episodes to go), I’m tingling to see Hong Joo dead.
This episode’s a Blueberry Mojito. So damn good you just want to keep drinking and not stopping with all the sweetness and all the tension that has you screaming for more and hoping that maybe, just maybe Hong Joo loses at lease a limb, if she’s not going to die yet. What? A girl can hope can’t she?