Ji Hun learns the truth although he’s back to being his pig-headed self, even though he has no idea about anything. Myeongjong continues to come in contact with Ok Nyeo and is intrigued by her and So Jung starts to see Ok Nyeo as a rival. Ok Nyeo though isn’t concerned with such petty squabbles as her victory is all about successfully feeding the prisoners in her care.
Top 10 Moments:
- The gang decides to play hard to get and Lord Yoon sets the ball rolling
Woo Chi and Ok Nyeo meet with Lee Ji Ham and tell him the good news. Lee Ji Ham though tells them that they’re not home free yet as Jung Nan Jung is a fearsome target. He suggests that they leave her hanging by getting her to think that Woo Chi’s also considering striking a deal with Jae Myung’s merchant organization. To that effect, Ok Nyeo meets with Tae Won who she’s surprised to learn is the new head of Sosoru. As she leaves, she’s spotted by So Jung who tries to learn of Ok Nyeo’s relationship with Tae Won from Tae Won himself. Tae Won though doesn’t allay her fears as he just admits that Ok Nyeo’s a special person to him, and then leaves. Meanwhile, Ok Nyeo gets to Jeonokseo where Treasurer Ji’s been waiting for her to ask her if she’d really promised to get rice for the prisoners. When Ok Nyeo says that it’s true, he expresses his worry but Ok Nyeo’s convinced she can pull it off. Treasurer Ji then drops another piece of news, informing her that someone from the police was there to see her although he doesn’t know what the man wanted. Meanwhile, the person who came to see her is at his office remembering his adopted father’s words whilst the Queen Dowager is in the palace remembering Myeongjong’s words. Lord Yoon enters and when she shares with him her dilemma, he’s quick to point out that Myeongjong is now an adult and the Queen Dowager should let her son have a voice (oh yes Lord Yoon. Take you for removing the first layer of sand that’s over the hole you will be buried in).
2. Jung Nan Jung likes to play with fire and Chun Doong and his minions are in big trouble
Jung Nan Jung calls back the mining surveyor to inform him that she’s interested in private mining and to ask him for his help. The man politely refuses as he schools her on the fact that the reason why Joseon’s banned private and state mining is so that the country doesn’t need to pay more gold as taxes to the Ming empire. After he’s left his meeting with Jung Nan Jung, he instructs his men to keep an eye on Jung Nan Jung’s house because he’s sure Cho Dal Ho has approached Jung Nan Jung with a private mining offer and he wants to use the chance to capture the man. Unknown to him however, Mak Gae overhears the conversation and comes to report to Jung Nan Jung, warning her to be careful. Even Dong Joo suggests that Jung Nan Jung not do business with Cho Dal Ho but Jung Nan Jung loves the danger involved in the whole affair. Meanwhile, Chun Doong and his minions are unaware that Dong Joo’s henchman is following them around, having been briefed by the merchant working for Jung Nan Jung that they were the ones who robbed him. They capture Chun Doong and his minions and beat them up until Chun Doong confesses that he stole the money for Tae Won. The henchman immediately reports to Dong Joo who orders him to find out exactly what Tae Won had spent the money on. Chun Doong calls Tae Won immediately to let him know that he’d implicated him. Tae Won though doesn’t take it to heart as he’s aware of how brutal the henchman is and figures Chun Doong even got off lightly.
3. Jung Nan Jung’s a backstabbing bitch
Tae Won leaves Chun Dong for a meeting with the gang where Woo Chi informs everyone that Jung Nan Jung has chosen the location for their meet. Wary of anything going wrong, Ok Nyeo states that she will be guarding Woo Chi from a distance. Turns out she was right to worry as the minute Jung Nan Jung’s palanquin heads off from outside the Yoon household, the mining surveyor and his men follow it. Except, Jong Geum is the one that steps out of the palanquin as smart Jung Nan Jung had used it as a decoy while she goes to meet Woo Chi on foot. Woo Chi’s brought into the house and unknown to the guards, Ok Nyeo scales the wall (love how she does that) and follows after him. Woo Chi upon seeing Jung Nan Jung smiles as he reiterates his request that Jung Nan Jung help finance his expedition. Jung Nan Jung though brings up the fact that Cho Dal Ho’s a felon and immediately Woo Chi’s surrounded on all sides by armed men as Jung Nan Jung tells him to tell her where the gold is or die. Woo Chi refuses to talk and Jung Nan Jung has her men drag him away as she tells Dong Joo and Mak Gae that they can’t do business with Woo Chi so it’s best to just get him to confess. Ok Nyeo relates the events to Lee Ji Ham and Tae Won and so she and Tae Won head out that night to free Woo Chi. Except, Woo Chi doesn’t want to leave as he believes leaving would put everything they’ve planned at risk. He’s confident that Jung Nan Jung would leave him alive until he tells her what she needs to hear. When Ok Nyeo reminds him that he’d get tortured Woo Chi replies that he doesn’t care as right now Jung Nan Jung has made it personal.
4. Officer Yang betrays Chun Doong and Dae Shik learns they’ve been duped
After getting caught pickpocketing, Chun Doong and his minions are brought in front of the Police Bureau. Chung Doong isn’t worried though seeing that Officer Yang is the one in charge for the day and he figures he would let him go. His hope is further strengthened when he notices that Officer Yang releases everyone. Except, when it gets to their turn, Officer Yang orders Chun Doong and his minions to be sent to Jeonokseo, stating that unlike the others, Chung Doong didn’t pickpocket because he was hungry (hahaha). Meanwhile, at Jeonokseo, Hyo Sung wonders where Ok Nyeo’s been. Dae Shik though is keeping it a secret as is Treasurer Ji and he just replies that she’s running some errands. Jong Hwe interrupts their conversation to inform them that the Officer of Law Enforcement they’d seen had not been the real officer. Whilst Treasurer Ji chuckles at the thought of the officer soon entering the Jeonokseo cells on the charge of fraud, Dae SHik wonders who would dare to fool him (hahaha. You guys have no idea).
5. Lord Yoon plans an event to host a king and Woo Chi wins out
Gyo Ha is surprised to receive Lord Yoon but not as surprised as when she hears his request to make sure that he and his guest are the only customers at Sosoru that night. He also requests for ten of her best dancers and singers and when Gyo Ha assumes that more people will be joining his party, Lord Yoon insists that they will only be two. Gyo Ha runs into So Jung and another gisaeng and briefs them on Lord Yoon’s request. They can’t figure out who the guest is although when Gyo Ha guesses that it could be the king, So Jung and the other gisaeng laugh at the impossibility of it. Meanwhile, Hong Joo’s henchman reports to her that Tae Won used the notes to buy pure gold from a mine (uh-ho). And moments later, she’s looking on, with Jung Nan Jung and Bak Gae as Woo Chi’s beaten. Woo Chi reminds Jung Nan Jung that killing him would lose her the gold and tells her to not let her greed get in the way of her getting a lot of gold. She finally tells her men to stop and then asks Woo Chi how much he needs to develop the mine. Woo Chi replies that he would need 10,000 nyang (wow!) and he would need them all in silver pieces, not promissory notes. Jung Nan Jung agrees to provide the funds but warns that should he not keep his promise to her, she would see him dead. Outside of Jung Nan Jung’s house, Mak Gae meets with Woo Chi and informs him not to think of the treatment as Jung Nan Jung torturing him, but to see it as her testing him instead. And sure enough, when Dong Joo asks Jung Nan Jung if she can trust Woo Chi, Jung Nan Jung answers that she can because Woo Chi values and believes in the gold more than he values his own life. Dong Joo is not totally convinced though as she shares her suspicious with Mak Gae that Tae Won is colluding with Jung Nan Jung. But Mak Gae tells her that it’s a risky assumption to make and so she should keep it to herself.
6. Ok Nyeo schools the king
Lord Yoon brings Myeongjong over to Sosoru and informs him that that night, he would like to suggest that Myeongjong think of himself not as the king, but as the nephew Lord Yoon has brought out for a night of fun and games. When Lord Yoon departs to go call the gisaengs, Ok Nyeo shows up, surprised to see Myeongjong there. Still assuming that he’s the officer of law enforcement, she sarcastically points out that the people and the prisoners are all starving and Myeongjong sees nothing wrong in coming to a gisaeng parlor to come and get drunk (hahahaha). Her tone has one of Myeongjong’s attendants trying to shush her but Myeongjong stops the man as he points out that Ok Nyeo’s right. He asks Ok Nyeo what he’s meant to do seeing that he’s merely a government official and asks what she is doing with regards to the situation. Ok Nyeo though isn’t for Myeongjong possibly finding the money needed to alleviate the plight of the masses. What she wants is for him to aware of it, that somewhere in Joseon, a mother accidentally killed her children and her in-laws by feeding them poisoned fish and the only reason she survived was because she’s chosen to not eat anything so her children could eat more. The words clearly sadden Myeongjong and his attendants but the moment is interrupted by Tae Won who Ok Nyeo’s at Sosoru to see in the first place. With that, she leaves and Myeongjong leaves as well, figuring that Lord Yoon should be able to party without him.
7. Everyone’s curious about Ok Nyeo
Ok Nyeo informs Tae Won on the reason for her visit: Jung Nan Jung has fallen into their trap. He’s delighted and praises her contributions and it’s this easy banter that So Jung sees. She heads straight to ask Gyo Ha if she knows Ok Nyeo and when Gyo Ha offers to find out more about Ok Nyeo, So Jung informs her that she will find out herself (girl, I hope you don’t go discovering anything that would harm Ok Nyeo. I will never forgive you if that happens). The next morning, Dae Shik fills Ok Nyeo in on Ki Joon not being the officer of Law enforcement. She’s curious as to who he could be, unaware that Ki Joon or Myeongjong is at the moment thinking of her words about why Jeonokseo’s food rations have to be cut off when it had never even happened during the former king’s reign and her story about the woman who had accidentally killed her family. Myeongjong then calls one of his attendants to find out more about Ok Nyeo.
8. A very successful con
The mining surveyor meets with Jung Nan Jung yet again to try to convince her not to partner up with Cho Dal Ho as there might be serious consequences. Whilst Dong Joo exclaims that he’s threatening Jung Nan Jung, Jung Nan Jung isn’t bothered as she informs the mining surveyor that he needn’t worry about the matter. Of course she’s not concerned because she meets with Woo Chi moments later, unaware that the men Woo Chi brought with him to help him carry the silver are Tae Won’s men. The exchange is made: the silver, for the mining map and Mak Gae informs Woo Chi that he will be coming along with Woo Chi to see the gold mine. Just as Woo Chi makes to leave however, he’s shot with an arrow as the mining surveyor’s men come running in. Soon a fight is ongoing with Woo Chi lying on the ground, not moving and Dong Joo urging Jung Nan Jung that they should run. Jung Nan Jung is momentarily concerned for her money but Mak Gae cries that that isn’t what’s important: saving their lives it, and they take off running. Once they’re alone, the mining surveyor taps Woo Chi awake. Turns out Woo Chi had put on a roll of lard as a Joseon type bulletproof vest and so the arrow hadn’t penetrated his heart. He’s alive and Lee Ji Ham, Ok Nyeo and Tae Won pop out of their hiding spot. Woo Chi then introduces them to the mining surveyor who turns out to not be a mining surveyor but is yet another con artist trained by Woo Chi (hahaha. Oh that’s hilarious. Utterly hilarious). As Woo Chi crows at Ok Nyeo that Jung Nan Jung would never know now that she got conned, everyone laughs. And sure enough, Jung Nan Jung is all chomping at the bits for Lord Yoon to intervene. But Mak Gae and Dong Joo both warn her against it because she’s extremely lucky in that all she lost was the money and not her life. Should she report the incident however, then things could get very ugly. Jung Nan Jung can only stew at the matter (wow. I really didn’t think of that but this con’s perfect. Now all that’s left is for a Joseon plastic surgeon to give Woo Chi and the fake mining surveyor new faces. What do you mean it can’t be done? How do these two expect to get away with it then?).
9. Jeonokseo prisoners get fed and Tae Won learns the truth of how he was released
The next morning, the prisoners at Jeonokseo are grumbling at the lack of food and Dae Shik’s at his wit’s end because the rice they have left won’t even be able to last the whole day. But then, Yoo Geum comes running in and asks all the officials to come outside Jeonokseo. And surprise surprise, Ok Nyeo has brought along wagons and wagons laden with rice to feed the prisoners. She even makes it better when she tells a delighted Dae Shik that she has enough to last Jeonokseo for three months. Everyone is stunned and happy and Dae Shik keeps telling her that she’s done a great job. And then it’s the prisoners turn to dig into the rice they’re given as all the officials and Ok Nyeo smile and tell them to eat their fill (awww. I’m so touched right now). Meanwhile, Jae Myung who’s at his merchant organization office remembers his meeting with Lord Yoon who had explained that Tae Won doesn’t want his help and had instead stared at him like an enemy upon their first meeting. When Jae Myung had brought up the death of Lord Yoon’s first wife as the reason, Lord Yoon had immediately gotten angry as he insisted that Jung Nan Jung couldn’t have been the one to kill his wife. He does tell Jae Myung though that he knows Tae Won won’t accept his help directly so he’s going to secretly offer it by helping Jae Myung’s organization without Tae Won knowing. The words disturb Jae Myung who broaches the subject of their organization being supported by Lord Yoon with Do Chi and Jak Doo. Do Chi immediately shoots it down as he points out that Tae Won will never go along with the idea. The moment is interrupted however by a message from Lord Yoon asking to meet with Jae Myung. Jae Myung leaves and Do Chi heads to Sosoru to inform Tae Won about Jae Myung meeting with Lord Yoon at the time when Tae Won had been framed for treason. He explains that it was because of Jae Myung begging Lord Yoon that the latter interfered to rescue Tae Won but states that he feels that there’s still something going on between Lord Yoon and Jae Myung.
10. Ji Hun learns the truth but he’s still a bullheaded idiot
Whilst Shin Hye heads to the Police Bureau to talk with her fiancee (interesting that she and Ok Nyeo are the same age but Ok Nyeo seems so much wiser and Shin Hye seems like a spoilt little baby), Ok Nyeo meets with Ji Hun, stating that she heard he’d come looking for her. Ji Hun then asks about his birth parents. Just as Ok Nyeo’s about to speak however, Shin Hye shows up and upon spotting Ji Hun talking with Ok Nyeo assumes that Ok Nyeo’s hitting on her fiancee (seriously? This girl’s completely blind and dumb I swear). She walks up to Ji Hun and tries to get him away from Ok Nyeo but Ji Hun sends her away, stating that he’s on duty and then invites Ok Nyeo into his office so she can tell him everything she has to say. Ok Nyeo dives right into the story, telling him about Park Tae Soo and how he was imprisoned for 20 years by the Queen Dowager for being a traitor. Even as Ji Hun’s screeching about how dare Ok Nyeo tell him his grandfather was a traitor, Ok Nyeo drops an even bigger bomb on him by informing him that the person who framed his grandfather was Lord Yoon, his soon to be father-in-law.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Well, welcome back Ji Hun. Why am I not surprised you’re back here. Your thickheaded skull seems to have forgotten the fact that you were a witness to exactly how Jung Nan Jung and Lord Yoon can create fake treason that leads to a whole lot of people dying. Meaning, you should be very much aware of how possible it is that your grandfather was framed. Obviously, a bitchslap is in order to put your head right.
Headache inducing moment:
Because of course Ji Hun will go back to his screeching self instead of taking his time to try and figure out the facts. How the hell did Park Tae Soo birth such an idiot for a grandson? And now he’s going all out and accusing Ok Nyeo of telling tales. Argh!
This episode’s a French 75 because let’s forget the idiocy of Ji Hun and revel in the satisfaction in the con that was carried out on Jung Nan Jung. It was brilliant with twists and turns that even we didn’t see and it ended with a clear finish for our good guys who took the silver not for themselves but to feed the starving prisoners. Truly the drink is for the con and for the amazing men and woman that they are.