Ra On spends the episode putting her foot in her mouth, without realizing that it really is the Crown Prince she’s been making all those jokes about the Crown Prince to (hahaha). Lee Young’s quite focused on ensuring that Ra On remains in the palace and maintaining his secret identity and Ra On discovers that some clients can get you into a world of trouble when they keep certain important facts from you.
Top 10 Moments:
- Lee Young intends to play with his food for a while before attacking. Poor Ra On (hahahahaha)
As expected Ra On tries to laugh off the dung hill incidence and claims that she sent someone to come to Lee Young’s rescue. Lee Young isn’t buying it though as he spent forever in the dung hill before he was rescued (which has me wondering, how did he get out?). Next he brings up her attempted escape, and Ra On who assumes he’s a palace guard (hahaha. This is going to be good) lies that she was sent on an errand by the head eunuch. Unfortunately for her, the head eunuch himself shows up (hahahaha) and Lee Young introduces himself as Chief Lee and signals to the man to maintain the ruse. He points out that the head eunuch must be working the eunuchs hard, especially when one of said eunuchs is running errands late at night (hahahaha. She’s so screwed). Ra On tries begging for mercy and suggests that Lee Young slap her across the face so they can forget about their tiff. Lee Young however, has no intention of doing so as he’s a firm believer in playing with puppies (hahaha. She’s really screwed).
2. Ra On’s saved by the bell. Or rather, a fainting spell
The next morning, the newly minted eunuchs are given a speech that’s sure to terrify them: basically, you screw up as an eunuch or do anything to bring dishonor to the position and you lose your life. The words strike a chord of fear in Ra On, and another eunuch who actually pees on himself (poor guy). Ra On though finds a bit of comfort in the news that should an eunuch fail in any training, said eunuch will be kicked out of the palace. But before she can dwell on it though, it’s time for inspection, with the eunuch being called in threes, to drop their pants and show the evidence of their castration. The other two eunuchs she comes in with do theirs easy but Ra On’s practically shaking when it comes to her turn. Just as the eunuch’s about to press the issue, word of the Queen’s fainting spell gets to him and he drops the stamp of approval and hurries out. Luckily for Ra On, the stamp drops on the middle line of pass and fail and the eunuch who glances at it, figures that since the stamp was more on pass than fail, Ra On’s passed the test.
3. Lee Young hides a core of steel beneath all that playfulness
Turns out that the Queen’s fainting spell was as a result of her being pregnant. The news spreads and the Prime Minister, who is also the Queen’s father is delighted at the news. Him and Ministers Ui Gyo and Geun Gyo plot and plan about making the Queen’s new baby the next King (dude, the child hasn’t even been born yet). They figure that it should be easy to do seeing that Lee Young’s an incompetent Crown Prince and this would be an ideal time to start training the Crown Prince (talk about delusions). The Crown Prince on the other hand, isn’t happy about the news and when he has to go visit Queen Kim to congratulate her on her pregnancy, he stops at a pavilion where his mother had taught him how to play the gayageum. He runs into the Prime Minister shortly after and mentions that he has to go visit the Queen so as to avoid the backlash. He smiles as he says so and Prime Minister Kim doesn’t look too happy about it. He finally heads in to see Queen Kim who’s all smiles (but which doesn’t reach her eyes) as she insists that Lee Young should visit her more often. Lee Young snarks back about him constantly coming over not being good for her baby. He finally excuses himself and his smile drops as he walks away.
4. Lee Young cheats Ra On’s way to a passing grade
Lee Young notices the new eunuchs entering an examination hall and confirms that should they fail, they wouldn’t be allowed to remain in the palace. Having figured out that Ra On is focused on leaving the palace, he borrows Eunuch Jang’s robes and walks into the examination hall. Ra On’s surprised as she’d assumed that Lee Young’s a palace guard. Logically, she believes that Lee Young’s an eunuch and Lee Young then sets out to giving her the right answers to her test questions (hahahaha). No matter how much Ra On tries to not give the right answers, or to toss away her answer sheet, Lee Young’s right there to save the day (hahaha). And so when the results come in, Ra On’s passes.
5. Ra On keeps making things worse for herself (hahahaha)
Still remembering the head eunuch’s instruction that she can’t sleep with the other trainees, Ra On heads to a secluded house with the belief that there’s no one living there. She’s surprised however to find Byung Yeon living there and faints. Lee Young comes into the room and is just as surprised to find an unconscious Ra On there. Whilst Ra On catches up on her sleep, Lee Young and Byung Yeon catch up on talk with Byung Yeon cautioning Lee Young about the Queen’s pregnancy and a need for Lee Young to be careful, whilst Lee Young mentions the fact that his silence wouldn’t spare him anyway. Their talk is soon interrupted by a now awake Ra On who talks familiarly to Lee Young (to Byung Yeon’s surprise) and who’s so lax that she even attempts to touch Lee Young’s headpiece. Byung Yeon stops her, although he doesn’t give away the fact that Lee Young’s the Crown Prince and Ra On snags Lee Young’s drink and proceeds to get so drunk that Lee Young tries to teach her some manners. Drunk Ra On though, figures that she would be leaving the palace soon, and so bites down on Lee Young’s finger (ouch. Hahahaha. Poor Lee Young).
6. Yoon Sung’s yet another young man who can’t live up to his family’s expectations
It turns out that Yoon Sung’s a painter who gets his inspiration from painting gisaengs. Whilst with his muse for the night, he tells her about encountering Ra On and informs her about Ra On being a girl. He’s pretty sure that he’s got the matter right considering that he’s quite a connoisseur of female bodies. However, he’s a connoisseur who has no interest in the woman he’s painting and so heads home. He’s surprise to see that his grandfather: Prime Minister Kim’s already at the house, and had made himself quite comfortable. Holding on to Yoon Sung’s paintings, he wonders why exactly Yoon Sung does his paintings since it’s clearly not for fame or fortune, or even to elevate the family’s status. Yoon Sung doesn’t have an answer other than he does it because he wants to and Prime Minister Kim scornfully points out that one can’t expect much from a declawed tiger anyway, especially one that should have been made king. Yoon Sung has no reply to this and Prime Minister Kim breaks into a smile as he tells him to continue with his painting. Matter of fact, he might even provide Yoon Sung with the prostitutes he needs for his inspiration (now that’s what I call reverse psychology, Goryeo style).
7. Ra On and Yoon Sung meet again
After submitting a blank answer sheet for yet another eunuch exam (in the hopes that she will finally get kicked out of the palace), Ra On, Do Gi and Sung Yeol are handpicked by the head eunuch to follow him to Prime Minister Kim’s house where they can be put to work. Upon getting there, he sends Ra On to go catch the Prime Minister’s valuable chickens, with the belief that Ra On wouldn’t succeed. The chickens do give Ra On a run for her money and she spends the day chasing after them with the hope of catching them. She manages to catch some and follows an errant one up to the roof. Just as Yoon Sung wishes for lightning to strike him, and thus liven up the boring party, Ra On drops into his arms (cute). On their way back, Yoon Sung, remembering that Ra On had felt very female in the two times he’s held her, asks if she truly is an eunuch. Ra On who has no idea that Yoon Sung’s caught onto her secret is quite insistent that she is an eunuch and Yoon Sung doesn’t press the issue.
8. There’s a masked vigilante in town, and he fights for the people
The party’s underway, with the ministers pointing out that everyone’s gathered at Prime Minister Kim’s house because they feel he’s the stronger tree as opposed to the not so strong king. Prime Minister Kim is in the middle of making a toast to his stronger tree (what a narcissist) when an arrow with a taped message comes flying in. The sender is a masked vigilante and he makes his escape shortly after. Just as the guards are about to go running after him, Lee Young shows up with Byung Yeon in tow, thus delaying the guards for several more minutes, before they can go out to look for the messenger. Everyone’s shocked to see Lee Young and he slaps on a smile and holds up a bottle of alcohol, all the while claiming that he came to celebrate with everyone. Upon hearing about the message, he pulls it out and proceeds to read a declaration that the officials are the one responsible for the poverty the people are suffering; a poverty that the same officials are punishing the people for. Lee Young smiles as he asks if that’s true and his face hardens as he points out that the officials can’t be blamed for the situation. The person responsible is the king who can’t control his officials. But then, he’s back to his smiling, innocent self as he holds out a cup and asks the ministers to pour him a drink. None of them is willing but Yoon Sung shows up with a smile in place and an offer to pour Lee Young a drink.
9. Friendship is a fluid thing, particularly if you’re the Crown Prince
Yoon Sung and Lee Young head to a separate area to have their drinks and whilst there, Yoon Sung is all smiles whilst Lee Young maintains a frozen facade. It turns out that he, Lee Young and Byung Yeon had once been friends, but they had a falling out and Yoon Sung lost but Lee Young and Byung Yeon’s friendship. Whilst this is going on, the ministers look in on the trio and inform Prime Minister Kim that Yoon Sung would make a better Crown Prince than Lee Young. The words have Prime Minister Kim flashing back to the past when a fortune reader had declared that Lee Young has the royal charisma, but would die young. Yoon Sung however has the face and bearing of a great king. We then return to the present, to later that night when Ra On offers Lee Young some of the chicken that had been cooked at Prime Minister Kim’s house. Lee Young refuses the chicken, stating that he’s not hungry but Ra On figures that he’s suffering from a broken heart and as someone who has so much love to give, she’s willing to offer him a piece of chicken as a token of her affection (awwww. So cute).
10. Ra On finally learns that Lee Young is the Crown Prince (hahaha)
After a night spent mocking the Crown Prince, and telling Lee Young about the many nicknames he possesses (i.e. Prince Dung and the half breed prince; half breed because of his foul temper which people attribute to his demonic half), Ra On braces herself for the good news: that she will be sent away from the palace. Unfortunately for her, she’s dragged before Myung Eun who’s discovered that Ra On’s the person who had been writing her love letters, thanks to Ra On helping Do Gi write his own exam answer, which unfortunately for Ra On, Myung Eun had read. Myung Eun’s pissed that someone such as Ra On would dare mock her, the princess and this news stuns Ra On who had no idea that the woman her client had been interested in was the princess. She immediately starts to beg and just as Myung Eun raises a sword to strike her down, Lee Young makes his appearance, dressed in his full Crown Prince finery.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Bailey’s Chocolat Luxe; sweet, decadent, rich and fun. Lots of fun. I grinned at Ra On and Lee Young’s relationship and how Lee Young was insistent on Ra On remaining at the palace. Especially because it seemed more like a need to have someone who didn’t know him as the Crown Prince, and who wasn’t scared of him, as a friend, than a punishment for Ra On leaving him in the dung pit. It started like that (like a punishment), but their relationship slowly developed into something more and seeing it happen was the sweetest thing ever. Which is why I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this friendship survives the reveal, although it might be a bit tricky at first. And that is understandable when one considers that Lee Young’s younger sister nearly took off Ra On’s head, whilst operating under her full power as a princess. I can just imagine Ra On’s shaky knees as she realizes that everything she’s said and done was to the Crown Prince. Hahahaha.