So proves that his whispered nickname of being a demonic wold-dog is well earned (and confirms that yes, he does look badass when he’s slicing through assassins). Queen Yoo’s quite insistent on one of her sons becoming the king of Goryeo (of course we have no idea if she remembers that So’s her son too). And the feelings between Hae Soo and Lady Hae continues to grow stronger.
Top 10 Moments:
- Hae Soo really isn’t endearing herself to So (poor girl)
Wook tries reasoning with So by pointing out that Hae Soo’s his wife’s cousin and there’s no need to spill her blood unnecessarily. Hae Soo meanwhile tries pleading and explains that she hadn’t meant any harm, she’d just gotten lost. When she asks So to believe her, So stares down at her and asks why he should? It’s not like he knows her or anything (hahaha. So’s so evil). Wook then tries once again to appeal to So by dropping his own sword and pointing out that they would recover the rest of the assassins. This finally gets So to withdraw his sword and he sends Hae Soo over to Wook. When she’s safe with Wook by her side, she points to where she’d seen Yo order the murder of the assassins and tells Wook and So that there was quite a number of dead bodies in the area. Except, by the time they finally get there, it’s to find the spot totally empty of dead bodies. This just pisses So off some more as he points out that Wook killed their only witness. Wook though insists that he couldn’t let Hae Soo get hurt and So growls at Hae Soo to stay away from him, otherwise he will kill her. The minute he leaves, So sinks to the floor, crying and wailing that every time she comes in contact with So, he threatens to kill her. She looks so pitiful as she cries that Wook has to hold back a smile.
2. Queen Yoo has us all wondering what’s so special about Yo that he must be king
As Queen Yoo takes a bath that same night, she flashes back to the ceremony and how the entire plan went to shit. Yo joins her after she’s done and she grumbles that So ruined their plans. Yo responds by stating that all the assassins are dead, and Queen Yoo takes comfort in the fact that the Crown Prince might not be dead, but at least Taejo wouldn’t abdicate the throne any time soon. Meaning they’ve bought themselves some time. Yo brings up the switch and wonders when Moo and So became so close, and Queen Yoo points out that the rumours Jung heard must be true then: So was taught martial arts and Yo must find out exactly who taught him. They must also find out exactly who is connected to So to determine if So will be against them, or if they can use him to achieve their aim, because one of her sons must be the king of Goryeo (uh, woman, you do know that So’s your son too? Right?).
3. The second leads aren’t very subtle about their feelings (and I don’t know exactly how to feel about that)
Yeon Hwa tends to So’s injuries and as she does so, she asks him when he will come live in the palace like the rest of his brothers. So responds by stating that unlike his more civilized brothers, he’s more at peace in the wild. The answer has Yeon Hwa smiling as she replies that So’s learned to hide his thoughts very well. She continues cleaning and the moment becomes charged (on Yeon Hwa’s part anyway), but is broken when she comes close to the scar on his face. He pulls away from her and Yeon Hwa makes to leave. But she stops for a moment when So speaks, and he tells her that he’d always wondered the kind of woman she would grow up to be (well at this point, she’s the woman who has the hots for her half brother). Meanwhile, over at Wook’s house, Hae Soo’s getting tended to whilst Lady Hae scolds her for wandering into the forest. She doesn’t give any details as to how she got her injuries but goes overboard in describing how lucky she is that the injuries aren’t worse. Wook who’s also present in the room smiles and when Hae Soo hurries out, Lady Hae apologizes for the trouble her cousin brings. Wook smiles and replies that Hae Soo isn’t a bother. Matter of fact, she makes him happy and lighter because she’s not one to burden him with her troubles. Instead, she’d quite confidently stated that she would handle things on her own and wouldn’t burden him. Lady Hae looks at her husband with dawning realization (yup. Your husband’s falling for your cousin. Now that’s what I call unfair!) but Wook doesn’t notice as he continues that he even looks forward to seeing Hae Soo (now that’s what I call insensitive). It is when his wife finally mentions that she’s happy he’s come to care for Hae Soo so much that he finally realizes what he’s said.
4. Hae Soo and Wook sure know how to comfort each other
Hae Soo and Chae Ryung run into So, outside their quarters and after So has Chae Ryung leave him alone with Hae Soo, he grabs Hae Soo and demands that she remember anything else that she might have forgotten. Fortunately for Hae Soo, Wook shows up in time to get So to release her, but Hae Soo at that moment remembers that the person who’d given the order for the assassin to be killed had been wearing fur. Both So and Wook think of Yo (he’d been the only one to wear fur that day), and warn her to not speak to anyone about it. So also adds that she should stay away from him and a tearful Hae Soo wonders why So was so quick to tell the assassin to kill her. Is it wrong for her to want to live? The question clearly affects So although he doesn’t say anything, and instead walks away. Wook meanwhile, takes Hae Soo back to her room and lights candles so she can sleep better. Hae Soo then asks him if he’s alright as well, seeing that he killed a man. Wook replies that he’d been 11 the first time he’d killed someone: a man had crept into Yeon Hwa’s and his mother’s room and Wook had risen to defend them. He has no nightmares of that moment and he is in fact quite okay with it. Hae Soo though points out that him remembering the incidence doesn’t necessarily scream that he’s forgotten about it. But then she remembers her promise, and reiterates it, stating that she will not add to his burden.
5. All hail Prince Eun, coming up with the line that is ever so common to Kdramas (hahaha)
After hearing the update report on the assassins from Moo and Ji Mong, Taejo finally asks So how his injury is (took you long enough). So is understandably surprised and tells his father that his injury is all better. When Taejo wonders why So protected Moo, So replies that Moo had protected him fifteen years prior, which is why he would like to have Taejo’s permission to remain in the palace as opposed to returning to Shinju. Taejo agrees (awww, So’s happy smile at that is so cute). After the meeting, Taejo heads to the bathhouse, where the rest of the princes are gathered. He finally gets a good look at the shiner on Eun’s face and angrily demands for the person responsible. We then cut to Eun who is worried as she waits for Eun to ride on over with the news of Taejo’s verdict. When Eun finally arrives, he’s all smiles because he was able to get his father’s anger to subside. Hae Soo’s relieved, although she doesn’t show it (hahahaha), and Eun has both Chae Ryung and the guards leave, so he can talk to Hae Soo alone. Except, when they’re all alone, Eun turns nervous and Hae Soo, noticing his behavior wonders to herself if maybe Eun likes her, and would say something like the cliche line that no girl’s ever treated him that way. Sure enough, Eun does tell her that no girl’s ever treated him the way she did, and Hae Soo marvels at the fact that they’ve been using that line for the past 1,000 years (hahahaha).
6. Baek Ah is in love with his brother’s wife (seriously though. The sheer amount of incestuous relationships in this show is mind boggling)
After a morning spent sketching people in town, sketches that include Jung who it turns out heads to town in disguise so he can fight with commoners, Baek Ah visits Lady Hae and plays the gayageum for her. The two of them reminisce and we discover that they’d been close childhood friends, so close that Baek Ah calls Lady Hae his sister and not the more formal, sister-in-law. They pause their conversation when they notice Hae Soo (who is utterly unaware that she’s being watched), recreate her conversation with Yeon Hwa (hahaha). Baek Ah laughs at the sight and points out that Hae Soo’s so much different now, and way more entertaining. Lady Hae agrees and goes further by stating that Hae Soo’s quite similar to Baek Ah, in that she’s also a free spirit who speaks her mind. Matter of fact, Hae Soo’s more like Baek Ah’s sister than she is. Baek Ah points out that that’s not so, and Lady Hae knows exactly what his feelings for her are (damn. They amount of intra family love in this story. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk).
7. In a battle between pleasing his father and protecting his brother, So will always choose his mother (poor boy still wants his mother’s love. Not that she deserves it!)
Moo, Ji Mong and So examine the bodies of the assassins they were able to recover and are surprised to find that all the assassins have had their tongues cut off. Ji Mong points out that the assassins probably belong to a monastery whose monks are famous for having their cuts off as a punishment for any infractions, and as he speaks, So pictures Yo, in the temple, overseeing the men’s tongues being cut off. Moo then tasks Ji Mong with finding out who the sponsors of the monastery are, and So corners Yo shortly after to ask him if he’s the one behind it. Yo denies it, but something in his eyes has So asking if their mother is behind it. Yo’s expression gives him away and he warns So not to disgrace their mother (sweetie, the boy looks like he’s most likely to do something in order to protect your mother. Not disgrace her).
8. Even when she goes back a thousand years, you can’t take the make-up artist out of Hae Soo
Hae Soo walks in to find Lady Hae putting outside used clothes so they can be donated to the poor. Turns out that Wook has some sort of outreach program and although Lady Hae doesn’t often go along, Hae Soo suggests she go this time around, and spend the day with her husband. Even better, Hae Soo would pretty her up with make-up. As Hae Soo applies Lady Hae’s make-up, she tells her about the dream she had. She’d dreamed of being a well-known make-up artist and had even taken to applying make-up for her friends. But her friend who she’d spent all the time prettying up had taken her boyfriend away from her, and the two of them had also taken away Hae Soo’s home. To make matters worse, Hae Soo hadn’t found the courage to confront her boyfriend and her friend about the matter. Lady Hae, unaware that this actually happened, advises Hae Soo to forget about the nightmare. Hae Soo agrees to do so, and shows Lady Hae a mirror so she can look at her make-up. Lady Hae is stunned at how beautiful and healthy she looks (awwww), and Hae Soo smiles. They head out help Wook in his outreach work and Wook spends the time smiling at both Lady Hae and Hae Soo. When Hae Soo walks into an apothecary, Hae Soo is excited to find all the herbs used to make soap there and she offers to make Lady Hae some (you should. Because sweetheart, you’re well on your way to stealing her husband).
9. The pull between Wook and Hae Soo grows stronger (dammit! But these two have chemistry)
Whilst still at the apothecary, the physician arrives with goods that Wook ordered: medicine for Lady Hae, and a balm to heal the bruise on Hae Soo’s neck. He smiles as he points out that the balm is to help Hae Soo’s neck from scarring, and when Hae Soo runs into some trouble applying the balm, he sits beside her and offers to apply it. As he does so, Hae Soo freezes, and Wook is also clearly affected by the touch. When they get home and tuck a sleeping Lady Hae in her bed, their fingers brush yet again and both are again affected by it. Hae Soo though, scurries outside and heads to the prayer mound where she tells her mother not to worry about her. She also admits that her heart is wavering, even as she tells herself not to let herself be shaken (yup girl. Stay strong!)
10. Nothing says “I love you mum” like razing a temple filled with assassin-monks to the ground
Moo and Ji Mong get the intel about the temple where the assassin-monks are located and race to the area. Unfortunately for them, So, gets there first and is attacked by the assassins. When he notices that none of them are answering his questions about who their leader is (understandable considering that none of them have any tongues), he sets out to killing them all, using his sword and knives in a way that gives credence to his “Wolf-dog” nickname. After they’re all dead, the head monk reveals himself and confirms that the assassins all committed transgressions hence their punishment of having their tongues cut off (dude. Why the hell do you still have your tongue?). He smirks as he wonders if Queen Yoo knows that So’s in the temple and So having figured that the monk is way too chatty for his liking (and mine as well) attacks him. The monk strikes back, but So’s too strong and as he runs his sword through the monk, he whispers to him that seeing that he lived off the Queen, he should die for the Queen. And so, by the time Moo and Ji Mong get to the temple, it’s to find the building on fire. So meanwhile, heads to his mother’s chambers, and when Queen Yoo asks how he dares come into her room, he steps forward with a smile on his face.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Rum Caipirinha, reminiscent of the muddled flavours that make this drink unique and so delicious. No matter how many times I complain about the sheer level of incestuous feelings in this episode, I love how complex and complicated it makes the drama. Everyone’s suffering some sort of love that cannot be (except maybe Yeon Hwa because in her time, it’s perfectly okay for her to end up with her half-brother), and the level of angst it brings makes the drama even more beautiful. It also lends an edge to things as we’re not sure if the love Baek Ah feels for Lady Hae will mean he will turn against Wook or make life miserable for Hae Soo by the time he finds out that the two of them are feeling the first stirrings of love. Even Yeon Hwa’s interest in So could just as easily backfire because both their mothers aren’t on the best of terms and something tells me that there are a couple of brothers who would rather see Yeon Hwa paired off with someone else than So (I’m looking at you there Yo). Of course that would bring yet another level of complications to the mix. As if a fight for the throne isn’t bloody enough.