Young’s proves that he’s the master at springing a surprise; a surprise the ministers weren’t expecting and Ra On proves that even in the palace, she is still a master at delivering love letters. I guess, when it’s your calling to foster love, the job finds you, no matter where you go.
Top 10 Moments:
- Lee Young knows his sister very well (damn. He’s good)
Lee Young’s getting informed by one of his eunuchs about Ra On’s cop out and her soon to be exit from the palace (for not turning in an answer to the test) when Byung Yeon comes running in with news. He heads straight to Myung Eun’s confrontation with Ra On and just as she’s about to strike Ra On down with the sword, he tells her to stop, claiming that her using the sword would hurt her hands. Instead, Ra On should be led to the department of justice. Myung Eun’s shocked because more people end up dead at the department and she is horrified when Lee Young adds that he would have to tell their father, which would mean everyone would soon know the truth about Myung Eun’s failed relationship. Myung Eun begs him not to tell as she can’t bear for anyone to know about what she’s gone through and Lee Young asks her what she wants to do then. He figures that she’s not the type of person to cause harm to another person and he figures right because Myung Eun walks away. Ra On who had her head bowed the entire time (and so didn’t get the chance to see Lee Young’s face) apologizes once again to Myung Eun for hurting her so callously, and not realizing that writing love letters on someone else’s behalf was capable of causing so much pain. Outside the hall, Byung Yeon asks Lee Young why he hadn’t come clean to Ra On and Lee Young explains that he wants to keep the secret for as long as possible, to keep Ra On from acting subservient like all the other palace servants do towards him.
2. Ra On just can’t catch a break (hahahaha. Poor Ra On)
After the encounter with Myung Eun, Ra On’s all glassy eyed with shock until it’s time to read out the results for the examination. She perks up at the thought that she will finally get out of the palace, only to reel in shock when she’s given the pass slip. Turns out that the question had been posed by Eunuch Jang who asked for the best gift to be given to someone who lacked for nothing. The question had clearly been written with Lee Young in mind and after flashing back to the previous night when Ra On had offered him a piece of chicken as a token of her affection, for someone who doesn’t lack for anything, he concludes that that answer is good enough and so Ra On gets a pass grade (hahahaha. Poor girl. She’s so going to be stuck with being an eunuch isn’t she?). Ra On then heads to the trio’s hangout spot and soon Lee Young and Byung Yeon join her. They point out that she looks miserable and Ra On declares that she wants to go pay the Crown Prince a visit so he can tell her exactly why he’s so insistent on her being an eunuch when she doesn’t think she’s fit for the position. They manage to get her to not go see the Crown Prince and Lee Young whispers to Byung Yeon that she’s pretty ungrateful about him saving her life (hahaha. True. But I’m sure she’s forgotten all about Myung Eun and the almost beheading already). Byung Yeon figures that he can just kill her (hahaha) and Lee Young sighs in exasperation (well, you can’t fault his loyalty Your Highness. Hahahaha).
3. Queen Kim’s more a watcher than a wife
Later that night, the king is caught in a nightmare in which rebels storm the palace. An eunuch comes to lead him to safety but soon they’re surrounded by a myriad of ghosts calling the king a murderer. The eunuch calls him out for being responsible for the death of thousands of people and the king startles awake out of his nightmare. He rises and heads out and we pan to Queen Kim who’s awake. The next morning, she meets with her father and grumbles about the king’s sleeping habits (a-ha! So that’s how Prime Minister Kim found out about the king’s insomnia). She points out that with her sleeping sickness, it’s been uncomfortable for her but her father insists that now’s the time to stay close to the king and keep an eye on him (eye? I’m thinking more of an evil eye. Creepy woman).
4. Poor Ra On’s confused by Lee Young’s many job changes
Lee Young pays a visit to Consort Park. He gets there when she’s asleep and he flashes back to shortly after his mother’s death when Consort Park had not only told him it was okay to cry, but had also offered her shoulder for him to cry on (awwwww). Back in the present though, he looks at her sadly with the realization that everything is not well with her (please Consort Park. Don’t die). Outside the room though, Consort Park’s daughter: Princess Young Eun sticks flowers in Ra On’s hair (so cute :D). She gets distracted by a butterfly and chases after it and Ra On now alone, mutters aloud about wishing that someone’s personality was as beautiful as his face (hehehe. She’s already crushing and has no idea that she is). She hears someone ask who she’s talking about and is just about to reply when she realizes that it’s Lee Young who just spoke. Of course she doesn’t reply but instead voices her curiosity about what exactly Lee Young’s job description is: he’s been an eunuch, a palace guard and is now dressed as a playboy (hahahaha). She then offers him advice as a ‘friend’, and tells him to be more careful about how he behaves so as not to catch the eye of his superior (hahaha). Lee Young’s surprised that Ra On considers them friends and Ra On not only confirms it, but asks for his name as well. Lee Young who flashes back to all his interactions with the palace workers who have never once called him by his name, leaves without giving it to Ra On.
5. Lee Young’s a Crown Prince with no interest in becoming king
Lee Young gets a visit from Eunuch Han who comes to appeal to him to pay his father a visit. Lee Young at first refuses but Eunuch Han manages to convince him and so he goes to visit the king. The king though complains that he’s going crazy and hearing things (why does that scream poison to me?) and tells Lee Young that he should prepare himself to take the throne. Lee Young though refuses and when the king tells him that he is the Crown Prince and he has to rise to the challenge, Lee Young replies that he might not have had a choice in becoming the Crown Prince, but he gets to decide what kind of Crown Prince he would be.
6. Delivering messages can be risky business
Consort Park calls in Ra On and hands her a letter she wants her to pass on to the king. Ra On promises to deliver the letter, and when Young Eun comes running in, with a written note (oh, she can’t speak?) begging her to make sure her father gets her mother’s letter, Ra On is all smiles as she promises to deliver the letter. Unfortunately, upon getting to the king’s residence, an eunuch hands over a blank page letter and tells her that that’s the standard reply they pass on to Consort Park. Refusing to head back with the fake reply, Ra On tries sneaking in through another route, but runs into Queen Kim who slaps her hard (ouch) and tells her to take the message she’d been given and leave. Yoon Sung who witnesses the exchange meets Ra On on her way out and takes her to a secluded spot and suggests she use the place for her getaway whenever she feels that things are too hard for her. She smiles as she admits that she’s thankful that he always shows up just when she needs him and Yoon Sung teases her that she’s probably about to call it fate. He continues that he even knows what she’s thankful for: him pretending not to know. Of course he’s referring to her secret, but when he brings up the word ‘woman’, Ra On shuts him down and the two of them take an afternoon nap. Later that evening, Ra On wonders how best to sneak the letter to the king and she bumps into an eunuch carrying appeals for the king. Thinking quickly, she shoves Consort Park’s letter in between one of the appeals, thus leading the king to see it (smart girl). The next morning, after getting the king’s reply, she runs straight to Consort Park to present it. Unfortunately, it is yet another blank letter and Consort Park finally resigns herself and asks Ra On to burn all her blank letters. Ra On’s contemplating doing that when Lee Young and Byung Yeon show up and she tells them the tale. When she confirms that she personally ensured that the king got the letter, Lee Young points out that Ra On’s cut the last thread that Consort Park had.
7. The king’s always been terrified (seriously though. He knows he is the KING right?)
Young heads over to see the king to inform him about Consort Park’s illness and to ask him to come pay her a visit. The king replies with an offer to send in the palace physician, as Queen Kim’s quite sensitive during her pregnancy and he doesn’t want to do anything to rock the boat. The words anger Young who points out that the king is merely afraid. He flashes back to shortly after his mother’s death, when he had come crying to his father to solve his mother’s murder. The king had urged him to keep quiet then, and now Young points out that even if he’d thought it would be useless, the king should have at least done something, instead of just shaking in his boots, completely afraid. Why? Because he is the king of Joseon (yes. Please keep telling him. I don’t think he’s listening).
8. The king did send a message after all
Back at their hideout, Ra On’s still upset about the absent message in the letter she’d been given, especially considering the fact that the letter had smelled so nicely of apples. The word catches Byung Yeon’s attention who turns his attention to the letter. Meanwhile Young visits Consort Park and reminds her that he’d promised to see her every day until she recovered. She sadly tells him that she’s finally given up hope after seven years of constantly sending letters and not getting any reply. Young replies by offering to her the same kindness she’d offered him eight years prior, and then he pulls her into a hug (that’s so sad and sweet all at once). Back at the hideout, Ra On finally tries to work up the courage to light the sheet but Byung Yeon acting quickly, puts off the candle, then re-lights it. He then brings the sheet closer to the flame, till the edges curl up slightly and then just like that, words appear on the page. Turns out the king had written a hidden message using apple vinegar. Ra On’s so delighted that she takes off running, and even bumps into Young on her way out. She tells him that the king had passed on a secret message and then runs straight to Consort Park to hand over the letter. Consort Park is so delighted that she rushes out (awww) and as she heads towards the king, we hear the king admit in his letter to all his faults and state that he hopes she forgets him. But, he will continue to go the garden where they frequently visited. It’s at this garden that she meets him and as they gaze at each other with love, Ra On and Young look in on them, from the other side of the pond. Young flashes back to the rest of his conversation with his father, when the king had told him that he can’t do anything because he has to protect Young. The last time he’d tried to act, he’d lost two thousand people, his wife, his teacher and his friends. Back in the present, Ra On wonders why the king of Joseon would have to write a secret letter, and Young tells us that he only knew at that moment that before he was king, his father was the husband to a loving wife and a an irreplaceable father to Young.
9. Everyone gets played by the father-son tag team
The king gets so obsessed with how contrary his ministers are being that he calls himself incompetent and decides that one of them should take the throne. After all, the problem they have is with the fact that he is king, and so he suggests that Prime Minister Kim take that role. Prime Minister Kim turns it down, and so the king turns to Ministers Ui Gyo and Geun Gyo and makes them the offer and although they’re secretly smiling at the king losing it, they give token protests to the king’s request. The king then remembers Young and sends Eunuch Han to go call him over. Young Oh’s still getting dressed when he enters the hall and Ui Gyo and Geun Gyo smirk at how incompetent he is. They smirk some more after Young raises his objection to his father’s request to be made regent, but when Young goes from smiling to a hard look on his face, and a reply that he will do as the king commands and take over the throne, everyone’s face falls. Father and son both stare at each other as Young flashes back to his conversation with the king the previous night when he’d agreed to help take on the king’s burdens, but asked that the king be someone he can rely on when he’s weak and afraid. In other words, he wants a father (awwwww).
10. The cat’s finally out of the bag (finally!)
Ra On is once again transferred, this time around to attend to the Crown Prince. Her first order of business is to take some books to the library where the Crown Prince’s at. She’s warned to be quiet so as not to distract the Crown Prince, and is surprised when she finds Young there. She wonders what he’s doing in the library that belongs primarily to the Crown Prince (hahahaha) and when an eunuch tells her to leave the Crown Prince’s sanctuary, she’s all up for Young to leave with her. It’s at this point that Young steps out from behind the shelf he’d been hiding at and Ra On’s surprised to see him in his full dragon robe (well hello there Crown Prince). She’s stunned to see him but he’s all smiles as he steps forward to introduce him as Lee Young.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because not only is this woman a spy, but she’s also intent on keeping the king away from Consort Park who he dearly loves. Add that slap she gave Ra On, and she gets all the bitchslap I have to offer. Urgh! What an annoying woman.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Rosewater and Raspberry Champagne. Because watching the father and son duo forge an alliance and one up the ministers calls for a celebration. Another thing that calls for a celebration? Watching Young grow right before our very eyes. Sure we’ve already noticed that he has a core of steel, but in this episode, he also proved his maturity. Not just in taking charge and helping his father out like his father wanted, but also because he’s willing to move forward and give his father a chance to be a father. Add the realization that he was able to see his father, flaws and all, and actually see the man behind the throne and you realize that Young is not the child everyone thought him to be. He’s mended his relationship with his father and gotten himself the position of regent, all in one fell swoop. It’s a happy happy day indeed.