At the moment when it most counts, Queen Shim rises to the occasion and becomes a mother. Hong Joo’s still dying and she’s now desperate. Sunjo’s crossing over to the dark side and he doesn’t even know it. Poong Yeon is willingly crossing over to the dark side all for the sake of a love that isn’t love but pure selfishness and Seo Ri and Jun are pairing up and doing great things together.
Top 10 Moments:
- Seo Ri makes a stand
Hong Joo is pleasantly surprised to see Seo Ri, especially because according to her, she’s been searching for Seo Ri for years. When she asks Seo Ri if Seo Ri’s there to see her brother, Seo Ri glances back at the ceramic jar with the Crown Prince’s spirit and using her powers levitates it over to herself (ha! I see the jealous look you gave there Hong Joo. Your own power is all black magic and dust but this awesome girl can move things with her mind). When she asks if Seo Ri wants to kill her brother and insists that Seo Ri can’t make that decision because she’s the one who created them and she’s the one who decides who lives or dies, Seo Ri, who is now as awesome as ever replies that she figures that since she’s the one who’s actually alive, then she should be the one to live. As she makes to tip the jar, Hong Joo comes rushing at her and Seo Ri just simply levitates her up into the air (hahahaha. Hong Joo struggling like a bound fish is just classic) and then uses her shock waves to send the henchgirls flying back. When Hong Joo dares her to tip the jar and see if truly it’s only through the Crown Prince Hong Joo can use to kill her, Seo Ri grabs the jar and walks away, saying that she will figure it out herself. As she leaves, Hong Joo drops to the ground and breaks into a smile (Argh. We have 7 more episodes for this woman to wreck as much havoc as she can and I’m not looking forward to it). Meanwhile, Hyun Seo is so far gone that he attacks Yo Gwang and even Yo Gwang begging him to snap out of it isn’t enough to get him out of his rage. Figuring that out, Yo Gwang escapes the moment he can.
2. Sunjo joins in the hunt
Hong Joo immediately goes to report to Sunjo that Queen Shim is hiding the Princess in the palace because the Queen had discovered their plan to sacrifice the princess in order to heal Sunjo. Her plan therefore is to hunt down the princess within the palace and to do so, she needs Sunjo to give her full reign within the palace. Sunjo though, mad with the desire to one up Queen Shim and eager to get cured smiles as he says it would be more fun for him to do the hunting himself, whilst Hong Joo smiles as she says then she will do the spectating (honestly, you both fit each other. Why not marry and have creepy babies that will all have your creepy smiles). In the meanwhile Queen Shim is meeting with Seo Ri who places the jar with the Crown Prince’s spirit in front of her and tells her that they have to perform the funeral rites in order to send the Crown Prince’s spirit off in peace. She however doesn’t know how to do the rites but she’s sure Hyun Seo will be able to help (Right. She doesn’t know that Hyun Seo died from making the talisman and is now being controlled by Hong Joo). When Queen Shim asks for just a bit more time with her son, Seo Ri agrees, but Queen Shim aware of what Hong Joo is capable of states that Hong Joo wouldn’t give them that respite to perform the ceremony and will most likely have intensified her search for Seo Ri (and you forgot to add the mad and thorny king who is still looking for the girl that’s been brought right to his doorstep). Seo Ri then tells her that there’s something Queen Shim must do. It turns out that Queen Shim is right though because Hong Joo is at the moment meeting with Hyun Seo who’s come to her temple. He’s back to himself, but the black magic in him prevents him from stabbing himself with her blade. Hong Joo takes the blade from him as she tells him that he shouldn’t be able to act or move on his own because his soul and body are hers. She touches his face as she tells him that he shouldn’t despair and he should just stay the way he is at the moment. When Hyun Seo brokenly tells her that he wants to live like a person, she holds out her hand and tells him that she can help him. The minute he takes it, his eyes turn black and evil Hyun Seo is back.
3. Poong Yeon blindly trusts Sol Gae
Jun meets with Poong Yeon to thank him for the help he’d rendered to him whilst he’d been ill at Banchon. Poong Yeon, slightly huffy tells him that he did it for Seo Ri (actually, you didn’t want to do it at all. Admit it). When he tries to make Jun leave, Jun turns the question around to Sol Gae, asking if she always follows Poong Yeon everywhere he goes, and asking how loyal she is to him. Poong Yeon coldly tells him that Sol Gae is his right-hand woman and his sword who he trusts with his life (wonder how heartbroken you’ll be when you realize your sword is not only a serial killer but the one who keeps trying to lead the woman you claim to love to her death). Jun then informs him that the reason why he’s bringing up the topic is because of the King’s search for the Red Gentleman’s Robe and then he asks Poong Yeon what he would do if Jun were to catch the Red Gentleman’s Robe. Poong Yeon admits to no longer being the Captain of the Royal Guard but tells Jun that he’s willing to offer his help if it will be of benefit to the King and Seo Ri (so you’re no longer concerned about the people who are actually getting their hearts ripped out? So if the Red Gentleman’s Robe doesn’t pose a threat to the king and to Seo Ri, you wouldn’t be bothered?). Jun then informs him that there’s someone he suspects to be the Red Gentleman’s Robe and that when he’s certain the person is the Red Gentleman’s Robe, he’ll be sure to tell Poong Yeon. As he leaves, Sol Gae joins them and Jun calls out ‘Red Gentleman’s Robe’, which clearly startles Sol Gae, and then he tells Poong Yeon that he will be sure to hand the person over to Poong Yeon when that person is caught. Meanwhile Sunjo is meeting with Ok who’s apologizing for having lost Poong Yeon’s sister after he’d seen her. Sunjo just smiles as he tells Ok not to bother. He does confirm with Ok though that Ok got a good look at the sister’s face and then smiles as he tells Ok that there’s something Ok must do for him.
4. The search is on but not for long
Poong Yeon meets with Queen Shim to tell her that he’s aware that Yeon Hee’s in the palace and so he’s brought clothes for her to wear, but he would like to give them to her himself. Queen Shim tells him that she is well aware that he and Yeon Hee didn’t get a proper farewell, but he won’t be meeting Yeon Hee himself and so he should leave the package behind (good. We can’t have him knowing exactly where Yeon Hee is and Sol Gae finding out by extension). Poong Yeon explains to her that they both know that there’s someone after Yeon Hee in the Palace and so he would like to take her with him (hell to the no). Queen Shim reminds him that Yeon Hee is the princess and she’s also doing something to help the royal family and so Poong Yeon shouldn’t worry and should just take his leave. When Poong Yeon asks if she’s not concerned about Yeon Hee’s wellbeing, Queen Shim is about to snap at him when Sunjo barges into her chambers with soldiers in tow. He brushes against Poong Yeon asking the latter if he betrayed him to side with the Queen (thorny king, not everything is about you), and then he turns to Queen Shim to tell her that he brought the soldiers there for her protection. He hands the floor over to Ok who bows and states that he’s been pursuing a witch who he thinks poses a threat to the country and he saw said witch enter Queen Shim’s room, which was the reason why he reported the event to the king. Queen Shim laughs as she tells Sunjo to bring a more legitimate reason because what he’s accusing her of is akin to treason. Sunjo simply settles down in front of her as he says he has no reason for kicking her out, as she would step down anyway once his sickly body is cured. He gives the order and soon the soldiers swarm in, searching every corner of the room. Ok notices the screen behind Queen Shim (that leads to the room where she’d hidden Seo Ri), and both he, the soldiers and Sunjo himself all rush in, even as Queen Shim and Poong Yeon look worried. But the search turns up nothing as Seo Ri isn’t there and Sunjo storms back out angry whilst Queen Shim smiles. One of the Palace eunuchs comes running in to say that the King’s court members are waiting for him and Sunjo leaves. When Sunjo gets there, he (and we all) is surprised to find Yeon Hee waiting there, all dressed up (and looking mighty pretty if I may say so myself). When he asks who she is, Queen Shim walks in behind her, proclaiming her as the twin sister of the Crown Prince: Princess Yeon Hee. Yeon Hee bows as she tells Sunjo that she’s there to formally introduce herself (hahahaha. I love ballsy Yeon Hee. Love her!). Sunjo smiles as he turns around and asks Queen Shim why they’re all just hearing about this. Queen Shim answers him and the rest of the Court that she’d learned that the daughter who she’d thought had died in childbirth was still alive and had searched far and wide to find her. Sunjo though casts aspirations on the fact that Yeon Hee was born a twin; an aspiration that Queen Shim shuts down immediately as she answers that she’s not the one who determines that because twins are in themselves the will of the heavens. Sunjo then brings out the big guns, saying that he’d heard a rumor that Yeon Hee is the cause of the curse of the land and the one responsible for his illness. When Queen Shim says that he has to prove that, and if it’s the case, then she will take responsibility, Sunjo demands she takes the responsibility now and give up her title. When Queen Shim asks if Yeon Hee’s return isn’t a cause for celebration, Sunjo gives Yeon Hee one of his creepy smiles as he tells her that of course he’s happy that the princess he’s been searching for all along is here (dude, if only you knew that you have a higher chance of your illness being cured by begging Yeon Hee for help, you won’t be saying all this crap).
5. Seo Ri’s got the fake Crown Prince… or does she?
Away from the meeting, Seo Ri asks Queen Shim if she’s really alright. Queen Shim isn’t bothered though as Seo Ri’s safety is paramount to her. On their way, they run into Hong Joo who bows in greeting to Princess Yeon Hee. Queen Shim makes a dig about Hong Joo keeping her head bowed from that moment on at the princess. She also warns Hong Joo that should anything happen to the princess, she will hold Hong Joo responsible. Even as Hong Joo is telling Queen Shim that that isn’t fair, Yeon Hee adds her two cents that they intends to perform funeral rites for the Crown Prince at the Imperial Taoist temple and she would like for Hong Joo, as the Chief Shamaness to join them. Back at her temple, Hong Joo smiles as she learns that the Red Gentleman’s Robe is still out of sight and holding on to the jar (ha. So I guess the one with Seo Ri is a decoy then. Smart move Hong Joo). Except, as Sol Gae, the Red Gentleman’s Robe is on her way to Hong Joo’s temple with the jar in hand, Jun pops up to greet the Red Gentleman’s Robe (hahahah. And I love the smile on his face too). They soon get to fighting, but Sol Gae’s carrying the jar and injured so Jun quickly overpowers her and places his sword at her neck, even as he tells her that she most likely didn’t use the medicine he’d given her. He yanks off her mask and sure enough, it’s Sol Gae beneath it (Gah! Why the hell isn’t Poong Yeon there to see this?). When he asks Sol Gae who gave her her name: the people who sold her or Hong Joo, Sol Gae, who looks very faint tells him that if he tells Poong Yeon who she is, she will kill…. and then she slumps into a dead faint (if you were about to say Yeon Hee, I shall hope they rip you apart from limb to limb). Jun’s reflexes are fast though as he catches both her and the jar before they hit the ground. As Hong Joo watches Seo Ri head into the temple, she smiles as she mentally tells Seo Ri to keep acting foolishly confident, whilst not realizing that the jar she holds is a fake. Hong Joo soon joins Seo Ri and Queen Shim at the temple. Queen Shim mentions that they were just about to start and says that seeing that Hong Joo was so close to the Crown Prince, it’s only fitting that she be there to say her farewell to him as well, seeing how much Hong Joo cherished him and all. Hong Joo is all supercilious as she tells Queen Shim that although it pained her greatly to let the Crown Prince go, she’s sure her grief isn’t as much as Queen Shim. At the words, Seo Ri asks her why then had she swapped the Crown Prince’s cremains with a fake. The words startle Hong Joo (and us too. I mean woah! You knew all along Seo Ri?), and she’s even more startled when Seo Ri calls for the Crown Prince and his soul responds within the jar (wait what? How did she pull it off?). When Seo Ri growls at Hong Joo to say her farewell, Hong Joo wishes the Crown Prince a pleasant afterlife, whilst Queen Shim tells Hong Joo that she’s resolved that both herself and Hong Joo will pay for their crimes. At the words Hong Joo stomps off and Queen Shim feeling faint, soon follows. When they leave, Jun comes out from behind the curtain and we see in flashback that he’d been the one to bring Seo Ri the original ceramic jar (awww. So cute. Especially that look on both their faces when they saw each other again, with Jun now well and whole and Seo Ri, the crown princess who’s come into her own. Gah! I love these two).
6. Poong Yeon is getting dangerously possessive
Even as Jun is getting the confirmation from Seo Ri that the minute the funeral rites have been performed for the Crown Prince, then Hong Joo can’t kill Seo Ri, Yo Gwang comes running in, relieved to see that Seo Ri is alright. When Seo Ri asks about Hyun Seo, Yo Gwang is just working himself up to answer her (you’d better tell her the truth Yo Gwang. You remember how much of a mess you made when you kept things from her. Remember?) when Hyun Seo comes in, seemingly well and ready to perform the last rights for the Crown Prince (please tell me no one will be leaving him alone with the Crown Prince). He has Seo Ri and Jun head out to call Queen Shim (no.no.no), thus leaving him alone with Yo Gwang who asks him if he’s alright. Hyun Seo says he’s fine (but that look on his face as he lays his hands on the jar has me very worried). Outside the temple, Jun asks if he has to start calling Seo Ri, crown princess now and Seo Ri tells him that it’s just a protective measure to keep her somewhat safe. When she tells Jun that he doesn’t need to worry about her safety, Jun replies that he’s more worried that he will be separated from her (Gah! You two are so adorably cute it’s not even funny. Too cute!). Their cute moment however, is intruded upon by Poong Yeon who’s pulls Seo Ri away from Jun and hands her clothes she can change into so he can get her out. Seo Ri isn’t going anywhere though, and even Poong Yeon telling her that the king is also after her isn’t enough to get her to budge as she tells Poong Yeon that everyone who is after her is in the palace and so she intends to stay there so she can see for herself what they’re planning. She adds that that’s her first priority and she doesn’t have the time to think on her relationship with Poong Yeon (Awesome Seo Ri!). Poong Yeon, looking hurt tells her that he tried his best not to avoid her when she transformed and he tried his best to push through his fear (she doesn’t want you to fear her you idiot but to love her, all of her), and he’d wanted to protect her, as a man and yet she won’t give him a chance. When Seo Ri answers by giving him back the golden bell he’d given her and makes to walk away, Poong Yeon grabs her hands and in a frighteningly low tone tells her not to turn her back on him (what the fuck? Dude, the girl isn’t interested. Suck on it and move on). Thankfully, Jun is there to break the hold as he tells Poong Yeon that he’s sure Poong Yeon is hurting Seo Ri. When Poong Yeon tries to shake Jun’s hand off, Jun wouldn’t budge. Seo Ri then tells Jun to let go of Poong Yeon’s hand and tells Poong Yeon to let go of hers. When Poong Yeon tells her that if he lets her hand go, she won’t ever see her older brother again, Seo Ri pulls her hand free and walks away.
7. Queen Shim has an oopsie moment
Alone with Yo Gwang, Hyun Seo’s taken over by black magic when Hong Joo starts her ritual in her temple and he swiftly attacks Yo Gwang. By the time Seo Ri, Jun and Queen Shim get in, the ceramic jar is gone, as well as Hyun Seo. When asked, Yo Gwang lies that he was attacked by several people who snuck up on him (seriously Yo Gwang? You’re going to lie in this situation. How many more times will you lie to supposedly spare Seo Ri the pain? You idiot!). As expected, Hyun Seo brings the jar to Hong Joo, but he steps out of the room early enough that when Queen Shim, Seo Ri and Jun get there, it’s only Hong Joo that they find, holding the jar. When Queen Shim confronts Hong Joo about what she wants to do with the Crown Prince, Hong Joo replies that it’s now up to her to either kill the Crown Prince (you mean kill him again don’t you?) or make him king, neither of which is Queen Shim’s business seeing that it was Queen Shim who had chosen Yeon Hee after all. Queen Shim though blames it all on Hong Joo because none of this would be happening had the Crown Prince been alive. She adds that it’s Hong Joo’s fault because had Hong Joo killed Yeon Hee properly the first time, then the Crown Prince would still be alive (and that is what you call an oopsie moment your highness because the daughter you just casually discarded is right behind you. Which I shouldn’t be surprised about considering you’re only a surrogate and not her biological mother), Hong Joo smiles as she asks Seo Ri if she gets it now, the reason why the Crown Prince’s life is more important than hers. Queen Shim horrified turns to Seo Ri who stares at her ‘mother’ with pain and tears in her eyes. Jun, not able to bear it all tosses an object at Hong Joo’s hands, causing her to drop the jar which has Queen Shim shouting for her son. The jar doesn’t hit the ground though as Seo Ri stops it and then levitates it to herself (I repeat, I can’t get over how cool her powers are). She then carries the jar and tearfully hands it over to Queen Shim. With that done, she walks away whilst Jun tells Queen Shim that she’d cruelly tossed aside Seo Ri, even though all she’d ever done was protect Queen Shim. With that he too walks away, but everyone (and us inclusive) is shocked when Queen Shim smashes the jar on the ground (well, that’s one way to start redeeming yourself mother dearest. You have a long way to go, but it’s a good start). The Crown Prince’s spirit leaves and Queen Shim growls at Hong Joo to never again mess with her children. With that, she walks away.
8. Seo Ri grants her mother a wish and a candle is lit
Outside the temple, Jun worried for Seo Ri asks her if she’s okay. Soon they’re both mixing potions (awww. The couple who mixes potions together, stays together) together. When the dream elixir is brewed, she takes it to Queen Shim and offers it to her, telling her that she should drink it before she sleeps so she can see in her dreams, the person she most wants to see. And sure enough, Queen Shim dreams of being with the Crown Prince as they both happily watch a staged muppet play (awwwww. So sad. I’m crying right now) and the Crown Prince is making a portrait of her (still crying here). As it’s all happening, we hear the Crown Prince’s voice saying that if he were to take one memory with him to the afterlife, it would be this very moment, the moment when he spent the day with his mother, just laughing about nothing (crying harder) and that he will hold onto the memory until they’re both reunited. In the dream Queen Shim cries as she smiles at the Crown Prince’s working on her portrait and in the physical realm, a sleeping Queen Shim cries as she smiles and up in the mountains, another candle is lit. Hong Joo breaks down with the force of it and crawls up to Hyun Seo as she tells him that he’s her last hope and he has to kill the princess this time around with holy fire (wait, can he still call on Holy Fire considering he’s filled with Black magic?).
9. Hyun Seo tells Yo Gwang about the final sacrifice
Seo Ri is praying in front of the candles at the Imperial Taoist temple when evil Hyun Seo shows up with his hands outstretched as he tries to strangle her. But actual Hyun Seo wars with the spirit and soon he’s restored. Although it’s not soon enough because Yo Gwang noticed it all. Away from Seo Ri, Hyun Seo passes the last page in the Grimoire of Curses to Yo Gwang and tells him that only the sacrifice of someone who truly loves Yeon Hee can light the final candle. He warns Yo Gwang that Jun’s life would be in danger if Hong Joo ever finds out and tells Yo Gwang to kill him should he turn evil again. When Yo Gwang states that he won’t, Hyun Seo begs him as he tells him that should he ever become a danger to Yeon Hee, then Yo Gwang mustn’t hesitate. He begs Yo Gwang to please kill him before Poong Yeon or Yeon Hee see him in his evil state.
10. Poong Yeon has lost his damn mind
Poong Yeon mopey and depressed and still holding the bag of clothes he’d gotten for Seo Ri in a fit of anger, tosses them away. He goes back to them and makes to grab the pile, but changes his mind and walks away. As he does, the clothes catch fire (wait what? So, what? Poong Yeon can also call down holy fire? Is he the one Hong Joo is going to want to use to kill Seo Ri? Will he allow himself to be manipulated into that situation?). Meanwhile, Jun runs into Hong Joo’s temple and places his sword against her neck, all with a smile of course (Gah! I love Jun so much). Hong Joo halts her henchgirls and they put back their sword, and with the smile still in place, Jun sheaths his as well. When Hong Joo asks him what it is that he wants, Jun tells her that he wants an apology from her for stabbing him (hahahaha. Ballsy Jun. I love it!). Hong Joo though believes that people only come to her either to threaten her or to plead with her and so she asks which one Jun is there for. Jun just wants her to stay away from Seo Ri and to stop killing people and he wouldn’t say a word about the girl she’d stuck on Poong Yeon. Aware that Jun is the one who got Seo Ri the urn and who most likely has Sol Gae, Hong Joo has some of her henchgirls tail him (Jun, you’d better have been expecting this and it had better all be part of your plan otherwise I will scream). Jun leads them all the way to Soon Deuk and when Soon Deuk is surprised at his uncharacteristic behavior and the tail he’s picked up, Jun tells her to hush and continue eating. Hong Joo meanwhile gets Sunjo’s indirect permission to kill Queen Shim, and she visits Queen Shim with a lantern of black magic and leaves it beside the sleeping Queen, all the while telling her that she will send her off to meet her son soon. When she gets back to the temple, she’s surprised to see Poong Yeon waiting for her with a question: Can black magic be used to win over someone’s heart? (and it is at this point that we all realize that Poong Yeon has lost it. Completely lost it).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
You would have thought that Yo Gwang would have learned what happens when he keeps secrets from Seo Ri. But he hasn’t learnt and he is once again lying to her about something extremely important all to spare her from being hurt. Like doesn’t he think that Seo Ri might meet with Hyun Seo alone one day and have no idea that he can be controlled at will by Hong Joo. At the moment Yo Gwang, you’re being a big idiot.
Headache inducing moment:
Because at this point, I knew very well that Hyun Seo was going to knock out Yo Gwang and steal the jar for Hong Joo. I knew and as much as I screamed, everyone left him alone with it. Argh! I still blame you for it Yo Gwang.
This episode’s a Passion fruit mimosa. It just keeps getting better with every sip and leaves us happy and so intoxicated. From Seo Ri coming into her own, to Jun plotting and scheming and being an utter badass, to Queen Shim getting her redemption to the Crown Prince finally being set free; every moment of this episode was Daebak.