Sometimes, the best way for a king to hear the truth is for him to go out without the trappings of his position and for there to be an Ok Nyeo around to give him a piece of her mind. Ji Hun finally learns what Lord Yoon did to his grandfather, Tae Won finds yet another way to strike at Jung Nan Jung and Ok Nyeo continues to prove how amazing she is with her putting the prisoners first.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- Shin Hye just might be smarter than we’ve given her credit for and Tae Won confronts Jae Myung
Angry that she was kicked to the curb by Ji Hun, Shin Hye meets with Officer Park to ask him for the identity of the girl meeting Ji Hun. When she hears that it’s Ok Nyeo, she ponders on the name then remembers meeting Ok Nyeo when they’d both been children. She also remembers that Ok Nyeo was kidnapped in her place and tells the maids with her that she believes karma would have her suffering in Ok Nyeo’s stead (girl, you’re definitely smarter than I would have expected. And of course, karma will be coming your way. Just you wait and see). Meanwhile, Tae Won, thinking of Do Chi’s words, decides to confront Jae Myung and ask him if he really had met with Lord Yoon. Jae Myung admits it and also admits to having met Lord Yoon several times. When Tae Won splutters in outrage at the betrayal, Jae Myung points out that a son can’t sever ties from his father and besides, Lord Yoon feels guilty for having abandoned Tae Won all these years and now wants to offer his help in anyway he can starting with an offer to support the merchant organization. Tae Won isn’t having it and informs Jae Myung that should Jae Myung take Lord Yoon up on his offer, then he would severe his ties with Jae Myung. He makes to leave but Jae Myung tells him to consider it because when Jung Nan Jung finds out that Lord Yoon is supporting Tae Won behind his back, it would lead to the two of them fighting and Tae Won would have gotten his revenge, effortlessly.
2. Park Tae Soo’s last words to his grandson and Ji Hun learns the truth about Lord Yoon
Back at Jeonokseo, Ok Nyeo remembers her meeting with Ji Hun and how he’d rejected the package Park Tae Soo had given Ok Nyeo to give to him. He’s also warned her against any of what they’d discussed getting out and had then asked her to leave. Now, Ok Nyeo unravels the package and finds a map. She also finds a note from Park Tae Soo, apologizing to Ji Hun who had to go through life without having his parents with him. He writes that he might be dead by the time Ji Hun reads the letter but Ji Hun should follow the directions on the map which would lead him to something valuable that would help him. Finally, he writes to Ji Hun that Ok Nyeo’s his dearest friend and only trainee and Ji Hun should take care of her (awwww) as much as he can. As Ok Nyeo reads the letter, she tears up crying. Meanwhile, Ji Hun’s at Sosoru, remembering Ok Nyeo’s words about Lord Yoon being responsible for the misfortune that had befallen Park Tae Soo. When Lord Yoon joins him and they begin to drink, he sees his opportunity and asks about Park Tae Soo, lying that he’s one of the spies Ji Hun’s investigating. Lord Yoon gets worked up about the name, explaining that Park Tae Soo became a stumbling block to him and so he had him framed for treason and got rid of him. Ji Hun can barely rein in his anger and that night as he heads back home, he screams as he remembers Lord Yoon’s words and then his eyes harden.
3. Everyone ruins Chun Doong’s reputation and Ok Nyeo talks to Dae Shik about planning for the future
After getting betrayed by Officer Yang who got him thrown into Jeonokseo, all of Chun Doong’s well-earned reputation in the eyes of his minions gets shattered completely when upon getting to Jeonokseo, Man Soo’s hazed and Man Ok glares at Chun Doong, blaming him for them being there in the first place. Trying to get some of his rep back, Chun Doong tries getting friendly with Jong Hwe who cuts him down as he asks him why Chun Doong’s acting like he’s close to him. Treasurer Ji meanwhile hits Chun Doong for coming back to Jeonokseo (hahaha) and even Man Soo’s embarrassed on his behalf (hahahaha. Poor Chun Doong). Meanwhile, Ok Nyeo’s meeting with Dae Shik to whom she suggests that they find a way of creating revenue for Jeonokseo so that subsequent famines won’t leave them handicapped (Damn, this girl’s smart). She even suggests the means: hiring out Jeonokseo prisoners to work for cheap. Dae Shik wonders if it would be possible and Ok Nyeo believes it should be, as long as they get the permit from the office of Law Enforcement, and since there have been instances in the past where Jeonokseo prisoners have been made to work for the military, she believes that they shouldn’t be denied considering the fact that their rations have been cut off.
4. Putting Jae Myung’s niece in her place and getting a deal with Tae Won
With the birth of the idea, Ok Nyeo meets with Lee Ji Ham and Woo Chi to get their opinion on her idea to monetize the work ability of Jeonokseo prisoners. Lee Ji Ham immediately sees the merit in the idea and when Ok Nyeo asks who they can sell the prisoners work abilities to, Lee Ji Ham suggests she meet a merchant who deals in salt. The information has her heading to Jae Myung’s merchant organization where she runs into Jae Myung’s bratty niece. Jealous of the relationship between Ok Nyeo and Tae Won, the girl attempts to hit Ok Nyeo who spins her around and pins her arms behind her back (hahahaha), threatens her, then tells her to get lost if she doesn’t want to get punched. Their moment is interrupted by Tae Won and Ok Nyeo leaves the girl, who thinks to herself that Ok Nyeo’s really scary (girl, you don’t know the half of it), and heads in to talk with Tae Won who admits that his merchant organization does sell salt, but they sell it in small quantities. He tells her that if she wants to deal with larger amounts, then she has to reach out to the government as seventy percent of the country’s salt are gotten from public kilns. The remaining thirty percent are then split amongst the merchant organizations but as always, Jung Nan Jung owns a monopoly in salt production. Ok Nyeo though has a better offer, provide a vast amount of cheap laborers that would not only increase the amount of produced salt but would also decrease the cost. When Tae Won asks where he would get such cheap labor, Ok Nyeo tells him that they would be Jeonokseo prisoners.
5. Dong Joo and Mak Gae are keeping a big secret from Jung Nan Jung and Myeongjong is just a figurehead
Dong Joo’s henchman returns with news that the mining surveyor Jung Nan Jung and the others had met is a fake as the real mining surveyor is in his hometown and has never been in their town. Dong Joo’s outraged and immediately takes the news to Mak Gae, especially because her henchman had voiced his suspicions that Tae Won’s behind it. She’s all set to give Jung Nan Jung the news but Mak Gae stops her with his own news in that Lord Yoon is thinking of taking Tae Won in and the situation at the moment is just a tad bit tense. So, when Jung Nan Jung comes in, angry and demanding that they bring Ji Hun over because he’s been ignoring Shin Hye, Mak Gae and Dong Joo don’t bring up the fraud. Meanwhile, at the palace, Myeongjong meets with the Queen Dowager to tell her of the petition he’d received that detailed all the atrocities Lord Yoon and Jung Nan Jung have committed. The Queen Dowager tries to brush it off but when Myeongjong tries to insist that Lord Yoon and Jung Nan Jung have to be punished, the Queen Dowager rises to the occasion and points out that those two have helped their family too much and therefore deserve special rights (what utter bullshit!). Myeongjong makes to complain but the Queen Dowager shuts him down by stating that it was Lord Yoon and Jung Nan Jung that led to him having the crown and the throne (damn, that’s cold).
6. Small fry will always get schooled by bigger fry and the prisoners get good news
Just as Gyo Ha kicks out the gisaeng who’d been discovered to be Jung Nan Jung’s spy, the palace officials who’d been making a ruckus and who Tae Won had kicked out some nights prior come barging in, looking for him and seeking to make trouble. Gyo Ha tries to calm them down but they push her down in reply (what jerks!). Thankfully Tae Won shows up and engages them in a fight. Except, there are way too many of them and soon they overpower him and are about to strike when a furious Lord Yoon shows up and proceeds to slap and kick them for disgracing the king by committing such acts in their uniform (so would it have been better if they’d not be wearing uniforms?). He orders them out after he tells them that he would be speaking to their superior to make sure that they get severely punished. With that out of the way, he walks over to Tae Won to ask to speak with him, but Tae Won has no interest in relenting and walks away. Meanwhile, over at Jeonokseo, Dae Shik shares the good news that the prisoners will now work in the salt kilns and get paid for it. Jong Hwe and Hyo Sung aren’t for the idea but Yoo Geum and Treasurer Ji are, as his Dae Shik and soon he’s giving the good news to the prisoners. They’re at first not thrilled until Dae Shik adds the part that they will get paid for their labor and soon they’re all rejoicing, except for Chun Doong who wails that he doesn’t want to go to the kiln (hahahaha. Poor Chun Doong). There’s nothing Ok Nyeo can do to help though, seeing that the ministry of Law Enforcement already has the list of prisoners and they must all be put to work.
7. The prisoners get put to work and Jung Nan Jung’s very uncomfortable about the development
Everyone in town is curious to see the mass exodus of Jeonokseo prisoners, and even Mak Gae and Dong Joo aren’t left out, with Mak Gae vowing to find out what’s happening. Over at Tae Won’s side though, Tae Won is delighted to see how quickly the prisoners are working and tells Ok Nyeo that it’s only a matter of time before they end up taking over Jung Nan Jung’s monopoly of supplying salt to the country’s price policy division. Treasurer Ji’s in the darj as to how that’s going to happen and when Ok Nyeo informs him that Tae Won’s merchant group’s salt would be cheaper (due to the cost of labor), Treasurer Ji chuckles that Jung Nan Jung will be very pissed. Turns out he’s right because the minute Dong Joo and Mak Gae report back to her about the prisoners making salt, she immediately hones in on the fact that Tae Won might be trying to get her bid with the price policy division. The others don’t believe that Tae Won’s organization will be able to make such a high quantity of salt but Jung Nan Jung, ever wise, tells them never to say never and asks them to keep an eye on it all.
8. Myeongjong is adorable and utterly fascinated by Ok Nyeo
Myeongjong’s attendant briefs him on the information he’s been able to gather on Ok Nyeo. Unknown to the both of them though, Choon Soo overhears the conversation (probably to go report to the Queen Dowager). Next thing we see, Myeongjong’s attendant is cornering Ok Nyeo and informing her that officer Ki Joon would like to see her. Sick and tired of the whole ruse, she demands that Ki Joon come see her himself (hahaha. I’m still looking forward to when she learns that he’s the king. It would be so hilarious. Hahahaha). She’s just about to leave when Myeongjong himself shows up and wonders why she seems to be avoiding him. Ok Nyeo then points out to the fact that he’d given her a false identity and inspected Jeonokseo under false pretenses. When she demands to know exactly who he is, Myeongjong gives an utterly unconvincing lie that he’s a secret inspector who works for the king (hahaha. Even his attendant gives a face palm). Ok Nyeo doesn’t believe him and demands to see the royal insignia given to all inspectors so she can believe his claim. Myeongjong of course doesn’t have one but gets flustered when it seems like Ok Nyeo would leave. He then sends his attendant off to go bring him the insignia, taking time to describe what it looks like so his attendant doesn’t bring the one meant for the king (hahaha. He’s so awkward and cute). When Ok Nyeo asks exactly why he wanted to see her, he asks for them to talk somewhere else and so Ok Nyeo takes him to Man Soo and Man Ok’s aunt’s restaurant.
9. Myeongjong almost gets busted
Man Soo and Man Ok’s aunt is curious as to who he is and Ok Nyeo whispers something that clearly shocks the woman although we can’t hear what she’d said (hahaha. What if she’s already figured out that he’s the king?). Soon Ok Nyeo and Myeongjong are both served soup and rice and Ok Nyeo asks Myeongjong why he wanted to speak to her. He replies that he wants to know more about the situation in Jeonokseo and when Ok Nyeo tells him that he could always speak to Dae Shik instead, Myeongjong lets it slip that he knows that Ok Nyeo was raised in Jeonokseo. Almost immediately, Tae Won and Do Chi crash the party having been sent for by Man Soo and Man Ok’s aunt (oh, so that’s what Ok Nyeo was telling her) and they start to manhandle Myeongjong because Ok Nyeo had said that he was acting suspiciously and lying about exactly who he was. They drag him outside and are just about to beat him up when guards show up with swords at the ready and Myeongjong calls for his attendant: Jae Soo who’s brought the insignia with him. He calls Ok Nyeo aside and shows it to her and she’s surprised and immediately apologetic (girl, I wonder how you’ll react when you learn that he’s the king). He waves her apology off but gets her to promise to see him again and to not tell anyone about his position and what he’s doing. This therefore leaves Ok Nyeo in an uncomfortable position when she has to send Tae Won and Do Chi off without giving exact details as to why it was all a misunderstanding.
10. Lord Yoon’s caught in the middle and Ok Nyeo might soon be getting answers
The salt business is booming and Ok Nyeo is in the middle of balancing the books when Yoo Geum comes to inform her that Ji Hun’s outside waiting for her. He doesn’t say much, just asks for the package Park Tae Soo had given to her to give to him. The minute he receives it, he leaves without saying a word (how rude).Meanwhile, Chun Doong who’s out of Jeonokseo now, is caught by the court lady’s men and they bring him to the court lady who hands him a letter to pass onto Ok Nyeo. And over at the Yoon household, Jung Nan Jung meets with Lord Yoon to firstly school him on the fact that all the money she makes goes to the Queen Dowager (I would have confirmed with the Queen Dowager first but then again, Lord Yoon is a simpleton who just believes everything Jung Nan Jung tells him, hook, line and sinker). She also asks him to talk to someone in the price policy division so they would be expecting her salt supply (a smart move for just in case Tae Won really does make enough salt). Except, after she’s left, Mak Gae meets with Lord Yoon to inform him that Tae Won wants to meet with him at Sosoru. Lord Yoon meets with Tae Won who asks him to get his merchant organization to be able to partake in the price policy division auction to supply salt, so the bidding can be done, fair and square (oh boy oh boy. This is going to be interesting).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode. Thank heavens Lord Yoon spilled the truth about he and Park Tae Soo’s relationship early enough. I don’t think I would have been able to handle Ji Hun still being an inexperienced idiot.
Headache inducing moment:
This episode’s Fresh Grapefruit Greyhound. It’s light and fresh and sweet and fills you with happy feelings. Why? Because the playing ground continues to be leveled, Myeongjong is stepping out from his mother’s shadow, Ok Nyeo’s developing a free and fair prison system and Tae Won is coming closer and closer to attacking Jung Nan Jung where it would hurt her the most: her money.