This episode’s all about Young proving that he’s the best friend a guy and gal can have. Prime Minister Kim continues to plot and plan. The Qing emissary’s creepy, as is Eunuch Ma, and Young learns about the one wish, Ra On would want fulfilled.
Top 10 Moments:
- Ra On’s been discovered by one man and it’s only a matter of time before the second one follows suit (or at least I hope so)
Young ends up moving away from his perch close to Ra On and Yoon Sung’s hiding place and Ra On tries to remedy the situation by laughing and trying to act like it was all a big joke that she’s in female clothes. She tells Yoon Sung that she’d only put on the hanbok because she’d heard that it would be bad for Young if the festival is ruined. Yoon Sung asks if she’d done such a dangerous thing because of Young and when she confirms it, he wonders how she became a palace eunuch then, when she’s a woman (cat’s out of the bag Ra On. And I don’t think you can shove it back in. Sorry). Meanwhile, Young gets feedback that the female dancer wasn’t found anywhere, and none of the other dancers recognized her either. This stumps Young who mentions that the dancer went through the moves as perfectly as the original dancer would have. She even got the secret steps that only that dancer knew. At this point though, Young remembers Ra On drawing the dances and telling him that she needs only see a dance once for her to memorize it. He therefore sets out to find her, but Yoon Sung shows up to buy Ra On some time and send Young off to his quarters, where Ra On’s waiting for him, music manuscript in hand, as she lies that she’s been hard at work since the festival ended. The explanation is enough for Young who figures that he was out of his mind anyway for ever thinking that Ra On’s the dancer (but you’re not Young. She really is the dancer).
2. Ra On’s client has been sending his letters to the wrong beauty (uh-oh. This can’t be good)
Young spends his morning staring at Ra On, fixated with the idea that she looks an awfully lot like the dancer (that’s because it is her Your Highness). He does take a break from it however because of Ra On’s cold and warns her to take better care of herself. Of course he refuses to let her read it for what it is: his concern for her health, and instead commands her to not step out of the residence all day. Ra On though is called to tea by Princess Myung Eun who wants to grill her about her client: Master Jung. They have their tea on a scenic boat ride and Myung Eun’s pleased when she hears that although Ra On might have written the love notes with some flair, the basic message was all Master Jung. She is delighted at the news but then notices how pale Ra On looks. She immediately suggests that Ra On return back home and just as Ra On sets to rowing them back to shore, she brings up Myung Eun and Master Jung’s first meeting when the latter had stated that Myung Eun had looked really pretty coughing on the swings. Myung Eun at first denies it but her eyes widen as the words finally click for her (Awwww. Poor Myung Eun. She wasn’t the one coughing on the swing was she?).
3. Being friends can be hard work, especially when you’re Young and you have a ton of enemies in the palace
An upset Myung Eun suddenly rises from the boat and the act causes Ra On to fall into the river. Ra On unfortunately can’t swim and Young who’d been passing by and who’d seen the entire exchange immediately acts by jumping into the water to rescue his friend (so chivalrous. But Your Highness, it would be hard explaining away why you risked your life for an eunuch). Thankfully, he’s able to pull Ra On to safety and even Yoon Sung who’d look worried relaxes when both Ra On and Young break the surface (something tells me he wishes he’d been the one to save her though). The eunuchs and palace maids immediately gather around Young and Eunuch Jang starts to chastise Ra On. Young cuts in however to point out that it wasn’t Ra On’s fault. He even attempts to offer her his robe but Eunuch Han warns him about the punishment Ra On would face should the others in the palace think that she’s favoured. And so, Young walks away, without offering his robe (even though he clearly wants to), and Yoon Sung who witnessed it all go down hurries after Ra On and passes on his robe so she can keep warm. She’s surprised to see him and he points out that she shouldn’t think of it as him having discovered her secret, but rather that they share a secret. Ra On however, doesn’t reply.
4. Young learns about Ra On’s missing mother
After spending the evening telling his father and Prime Minister Kim that he will not bow down to the demands of the Qing emissary, Young heads to his, Ra On and Byung Yeon’s hideout where he finds Ra On fast asleep and crying in her dreams. Turns out that Ra On’s dreaming about the day she’d gotten separated from her mother when they were being chased by guards (hmmm. I wonder exactly who she is). She finally opens her eyes but she’s delirious and mistakes Young for Byung Yeon. Young’s all soft and comforting as he asks exactly what she’s dreaming about that’s making her tear up and Ra On confesses that she dreamt about the day she got separated from her mother. Young considers it a sad dream but Ra On thinks it’s a happy dream as it’s the one time she gets to see her mother. Young looks touched by the words, and outside the room, looking in on the two of them is Byung Yeon holding his bleeding side (okay, Byung Yeon, what the hell is happening? Are you also a Moon Jae Shin? Are you the one leaving messages for the ministers?).
5. Young’s so cool even Eunuch Jang notices. Of course the eunuch he would rather prefer to notice just how cool he is, has no idea
After a night spent nursing Ra On, Young meets with Ra On in the library. Of course he’s insistent that she shouldn’t be out of bed with a fever but Ra On grumbles that her fever’s all gone, thanks to Byung Yeon who’d nursed her to full recovery, unlike certain princes who get panicky and want nothing to do with her for fear of them catching her cold too (hahahaha. Poor Young. Even when he’s being all swoon-worthy, the girl doesn’t know). Young is naturally huffy about it (well, he was the one who nursed her back to health) and whilst she’s talking, he pops in a pill into her mouth (oooh. Finger on lips. Sexy) and peevishly points out that that would be more effective than anything Byung Yeon does. As if that show of concern isn’t enough, Ra On gets good news from Eunuch Jang that the eunuchs that participated in the festival have a pass to witness the Chuseok holiday. She runs away delighted at the news, whilst Eunuch Jang wonders why Young is suddenly giving out leave passes. But then in the next moment, he grins and calls Young cool (hahahaha. So cute).
6. A larger conflict’s on the horizon (which is hard because I wish these two will just become friends again)
After a meeting with Prime Minister Kim, the Qing emissary and the ministers, where Prime Minister Kim had declared that Young’s not yet old enough to be the interim King and the Qing emissary had expressed interest in meeting the dancer from the celebration (I surely hope not!); something that Eunuch Ma had noticed with interest (I don’t trust this guy), Yoon Sung heads to Young, Ra On and Byung Yeon’s hideout, which it turns out had been the hideout of a much younger Yoon Sung, Young and Byung Yeon (?) when they had been kids. He’s lost in the happy memories when Young shows up, and the coldness with which Young addresses him shows a marked difference in how things have changed (what on earth happened eight years ago?). Young makes to leave when Yoon Sung asks why Young wants to be the interim king. When Young replies that he’s doing so, so he can get rid of the enemies of Joseon (in a way implying that he wants to get rid of the Kims), Yoon Sung flashes back to their childhood tutoring days when their teacher had asked if their relationship would be the horizontal line of childhood friends, or the vertical line of king and subject. Yoon Sung had replied then that he would be more like a cross: in this case, a friend and subject who would check the king so he doesn’t stray onto the wrong path. Young had smiled and replied that with Yoon Sung’s help, he would become a good king (okay. So does that mean if Yoon Sung stands in the way of Young becoming king, he will be doing so with the belief that he’s helping out Young?).
7. Jung’s in love with Wol Hee, not Myung Eun (awww. Poor Myung Eun)
Myung Eun visits the swing where Jung had written that he’d first seen her. Now remembering Ra On stating that Jung had said she had a cold when they’d first met, she flashes back to that day when she had been on the swing, but her maid, Wol Hee had had a cold. Realizing that Jung loves Wol Hee, and not her,depressed Myung Eun, and Wol Hee tries cheering her up by suggesting they go see the lantern festival. Moments after they leave, Jung shows up with his own manservant, moping at the fact that he hasn’t kept contact with his love. His manservant blames him for having stopped writing the letters whilst Jung wishes to just see his love one more time. He is utterly unaware that at that same moment, Myung Eun and Wol Hee are leaving the park.
8. Everyone converges at the Chuseok Festival
At the festival, Ra On flashes back to the last time she’d seen her mother. But her imagination bleeds into reality and for a moment she sees her mother standing meters away from her, and smiling at her. Except, it’s not her mother, but Young who’s come to be with her for the festival (awwww). Ra On grumbles about it being a holiday and her having a meeting with someone else, but Young doesn’t believe her. Instead, he takes her hand and they take in the sights of the festival. Even down to the shooting competition where Young wins her a toy (awwww). They go their separate ways for a short while and Young happens upon a young girl selling wish granting lanterns. He at first tries to give her money without buying anything, but when she’s affronted by the suggestion, he apologizes for the slight. He then asks her for her wish and she replies that she wishes to meet the King so she can tell him to make Joseon great; something she feels the king would know, seeing that he always has the concerns of the people at heart. Young smiles at the words, but the moment is interrupted by Ha Yeon who shows up, wishing to buy a lantern. Unfortunately for her, she’s lost her purse and can’t find it anywhere. Young then asks to buy all the little girl’s lantern and Ha Yeon is all smiles as she thinks he’s getting them for her (pfft). Young though offers the little girl one lantern so she can make her wish (awwww), and then he offers her another for those who can’t afford to pay for their lanterns: he of course nods in Ha Yeon’s direction at this point (hehehe). Ha Yeon’s shocked but Young pays her no mind and goes on his own way with the rest of the lanterns. As she watches him leave, Ha Yeon smiles. Meanwhile, Myung Eun and Wol Hee run into Jung at the festival, but don’t notice him. When he calls after them, they turn around, see him, and run away. Young who came up behind Jung smiles at seeing his sister take off, whilst Jung is all miserable that she caught a glimpse of his face and ran away. His manservant points out that the princess can’t recognize him, and Jung replies that she (the princess) is still beautiful (awwww. So it is Myung Eun he likes). It turns out though that it was Young that Myung Eun saw and that was why she took off running. But she’d left her lantern behind. There is no worries though as Jung releases her lantern, on which she’d wished to be as beautiful as ‘her’, whilst Jung had wished to meet her again. Over at the palace, the king observes all the flying lanterns containing the people’s wishes and makes his own wish to Eunuch Han. That the eunuch would look after Young so that he doesn’t become as broken as he (the king) is.
9. Byung Yeon really is keeping a secret. A big secret that can endanger his friendship with Young (nooooooooo!)
Byung Yeon meets with a man who hands him a map of the route the Qing emissary will take on his way back. The plan is to snatch and grab the tribute because everything that is being taken to Qing is as a result of the people’s sweat and should thus be returned to the people. Byung Yeon hesitates and the man wonders if he’s having misgivings because he’s worried that the Crown Prince will be blamed. Byung Yeon tries to reply that all they need is time for Young to find a way out, but the man is not interested in that. He also cautions Byung Yeon not to think of himself as Young’s friends because they are not friends (but you guys are. Seriously, you are. Don’t listen to him Byung Yeon).
10. Young continues to make us swoon (damn, he has our hearts in his beautiful, beautiful hands)
Young brings the lantern to Ra On and tells her to make a wish. She’s pretty insistent though that if anyone should make a wish, it should be Young. And so, as Young writes his wish, Yoon Sung who’d gotten to the festival late and had spent the night looking for Ra On finally sees her. He’s all smiles, but his smile falters when he notices a smiling Young standing right beside her. Young though is unaware of all this, and he and Ra On set the lantern free, with Ra On praying that Young’s wish be granted. She is however stunned to see that Young’s wish is for Ra On to find her mother and asks him if that’s what he truly wants. Young confirms it and replies that his wish is for her wish to come true (*swoon* that is possibly one of the romantic things I’ve ever heard. *Sigh*). Ra On’s touched, but then she wonders how Young knew she’d been separated from her mother (in her delirium, she’d mistaken Young for Byung Yeon). Young though is more distracted by how much she looks like the dancer from the celebration and he admits that he sees a young lady in her (uh-oh. Secret’s about to come out). Just as he steps closer to her, Yoon Sung pops up between them and apologizes as he tells Young that he and Ra On had a previous engagement. He’s about to lead her away when Young grabs her hands back, refusing to let go as he informs Yoon Sung that Ra On is his person (and that ladies and gentlemen went the last bit of my heart :D. Add the romance and the reference to a Christina-Meredith Grey’s Anatomy friendship and my mind’s completely blown away).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a shot of tequila (or rather several shots of tequila), in honour of one of the greatest female friendships in TV history: Christina Yang and Meredith Grey of Grey’s Anatomy. Now, why am I bringing this up? Because this is more than Young saying Christina and Meredith’s signature “you’re my person” talk, it’s because he’s proven time and again that he’s a great friend. And all his sacrifice comes, not from a place of “I love this beautiful girl,” but rather “Ra On is my friend and I want to protect him and make him happy”. All along, we’ve been well aware of how big a heart Young actually has, but this episode further confirms it for us. From him jumping into the water to save her, to him nursing her back to health, and to him taking it upon himself to make her wish come true, it’s a beautiful kind of love, and even though his senses are tingling because his subconscious is trying to connect Ra On to the mystery dancer, all his actions are still done with Ra On’s wellbeing at heart. Young is an amazing friend and this episode helps us to further see exactly what Yoon Sung’s lost, and what he too subconsciously wants. What this also means is that I’m over here craving a reunion so we can have yet another variation of Joseon’s F4 :).