So and Hae Soo’s relationship takes an about-face into friendship territory, and it is quite satisfying to watch it unfold. Meanwhile, her relationship with Wook tries to enter the forbidden territory (of course in the time, it’s a-okay), but the two of them keep trying to resist it. Queen Yoo’s still the winner of the worst mother of the year, whilst Yeon Hwa has me thinking that there must have been a baby switch because there is no way nice Queen Hwangbo is her birth mother. You hear that Yeon Hwa. You’re probably the lost child of Queen Yoo (hahahaha).
Top 10 Moments:
- Ingratitude. Thy name is Queen Yoo
Queen Yoo takes note of the blood on So’s sword and when he speaks, her worse fears are confirmed: he’s killed all the monk-assassins up on the mountain. Of course, Queen Yoo is not pleased and instead spews vitriol on her son, asking So if he came expecting her to thank him or worry about whether or not he was injured. She calls him a beast and orders him to leave, stating that just the sound of his voice makes her skin crawl (sheesh! Woman, what the fuck?!). So’s shattered and like a lost boy states that he’d always wondered why his mother hated him so much. He blames it on the scar on his face because that’s the reason why he was the one sent to live with the Kangs and not his older brother (ha. So Yo was the first choice then). Queen Yoo is unconcerned with his words, stating that he isn’t her son, but is instead the son of the Kangs at Shinju. And even So telling her of the horrors of abuse he’d gone through doesn’t soften her one bit and she instead admits that So was her burden and shame and that was why he was sent away. So finally rises from the ground and smiles a humorless smile as he tells her that she will remember the day as the one in which she’d rejected him, and he will ensure that he will not leave, but would rather become the only one she sees (damn. Now that’s what I call a curse. Be worried Queen mother dearest. Cuz that son of yours means business).
2. The start of the So-Hae Soo friendship (see that Queen Yoo? That’s how you should have reacted when your son came to you)
So leaves his mother’s chambers and heads straight to the pile of stones that mothers built to pray for their children. As he starts to tear them down, Hae Soo sees him and comes running to stop him. She’s shocked when she notices that he’s covered in blood and So grins maniacally as he declares that he killed people that day. Hae Soo doesn’t flinch as her concern is for him and his injuries. So’s shocked at the words and reminds her that he just killed people and Hae Soo points out that it’s times he’s in. He didn’t kill for fun, but rather, he killed in order to protect himself. And what’s more? She can relate to exactly how miserable he must be feeling at that moment. With that said, she walks away to give So the privacy he needs to break down in tears (awwww. He so wasn’t expecting that level of compassion from the woman he’s always threatened to kill, whilst the woman who he loves unconditionally wouldn’t even accept him).
3. Just because he lives there, doesn’t make it home (awww. Poor So)
And just like So foresaw, Queen Yoo is linked back to the assassin-monks temple and Taejo asks her if she’s behind the Crown Prince’s attempted assassination (yeah sure. She will tell you the truth if you ask her nicely. Pfft). Queen Yoo of course denies it, and when Yo sees that things are taking a turn for the worse for his mother, he kneels and claims that he is the one who’s been sponsoring the temple. But the day is ‘everyone save Queen Yoo’s hide’ day because So then pipes up that he was the one who killed the assassins and razed the temple to the ground, whilst Wook, ever the peacekeeper pipes in that he’s sure someone’s making it that way so as to frame members of the royal family and sow discord within their family. It must have worked too, because the next thing we see, So’s up on a mountain top, staring at the palace, and Hae Soo who had been elected to take his food to him, brings the picnic basket over. She waits for him to eat, claiming that it’s because she wants to take the dishes back (yeah. We believe you. It has nothing to do with you saying he looks lonely from behind. Nothing to do with it at all). She notices that he’s looking at the palace and wonders why he’s staring at the place he will soon call home. So’s reply that he has no family in his so called “home” stumps her, but then he also brings up the stone altar and tells her not to tell anyone what she saw that night. Hae Soo grumbles at So constantly threatening her every time he sees her (hahaha). When she tries to bring up the issue again, So turns the conversation to her being at the princes’ bathhouse and that shuts her up (hehehehe). Later that night, So and Hae Soo head back to the palace and when So notices Hae Soo struggling with the heavy picnic basket, he spends some moments trailing behind her, trying to collect it from her (hahaha. That was so cute), whilst Hae Soo remains cutely oblivious. So though, can’t help but smile at the sight (awwww. I love seeing you smile So. Hope you keep smiling).
4. Lady Hae is dying and she’s willing to do the most selfless thing ever (seriously, this woman’s a saint)
Lady Hae has a coughing fit and asks Hae Soo to excuse her and Wook for a moment. Hae So does so, but overhears the first part of the conversation: Lady Hae wants Wook to take a second wife. Wook is shocked but Lady Hae’s insistent as she sadly points out that she’s failed both in providing Wook with an heir and in running his household. And so that her soul can rest in peace, she gives him permission to marry another wife, or divorce her. Whichever of the two he chooses. Meanwhile, Hae Soo’s outside the house when Eun comes calling with different toys he’s bought for her (awww. He’s like a puppy bringing her a toy to play with). Hae Soo isn’t in the mood for it, and when Eun tells her to tell him what’s troubling her, she asks him if he’s married. Eun, who thinks she’s asking for her own sake, tells her that he isn’t married yet. Hae Soo then asks him how many wives he will marry and Eun sounding horrified, declares that he has no interest in multiple wives, because he doesn’t want to gain the same headache Taejo currently has (hahaha. He’s a smart boy this one). Rather, he will wait for the one woman he will be with for the next 100 years (of course he’s smiling at Hae Soo as he says this). Hae Soo declares that all men should be like Eun and calls him pure-hearted (hahaha. You’re not helping the crush he has on you Hae Soo).
5. When you’re getting whipped, by bitch Yeon Hwa, who you gonna call? Prince Wang So! (hahahaha. You can bet I sang it to the Ghostbusters theme song too)
Following Hae Soo’s instructions, Chae Ryung tries sneaking So’s hairpin back into his room. But Yeon Hwa catches her at it, and has her whipped for theft. When Hae Soo witnesses it happening, she runs to stand between Chae Ryung and the whip, and explains that she is the one who’d told Chae Ryung to put the hairpin in So’s room. And so, if anyone should be whipped, it should be her. Bitch Yeon Hwa, ever willing to rise to the occasion personally whips Hae Soo, and the third hit is just about to land when So grabs her hands and declares that Hae Soo belongs to him. Everyone is shocked, especially when So repeats the statement yet again. And then, Eun comes rushing to Hae Soo’s defense, and Wook demands that she be released immediately. Yeon Hwa is shocked that all her brothers are siding with Hae Soo, (all her brothers except Yo of course. But why doesn’t that surprise me?), and when So asks for his hairpin back, she wonders if maybe he likes Hae Soo, seeing that the brother she knows wouldn’t have stopped her (girl, you don’t know jack shit about So. Everything you know, you heard through rumours and gossip. I mean come on. He hasn’t been been in the palace since he was a kid. So, shut the fuck up and sit your bloody ass down). So merely apologizes for undermining her power, and walks away. He is soon stopped by Wook who declares that nothing in the compound belongs to him, not Hae Soo and not Yeon Hwa (dude. Shut the fuck up! Your ass stood there while she got whipped!).
6. One prince saves her from being whipped and the other brings her ointment to heal her wounds (oh gee. I wonder who she will choose *sarcasm alert*)
Later that night, Wook stops outside Hae Soo’s room and calls out to her, stating that he’s left an ointment for her injuries. He also adds that she should try and forget what happened (I repeat dude, shut the fuck up!) and after he leaves, Hae Soo comes running outside. Turns out that he is still around and Wook once again apologizes. Hae Soo though is more concerned with the fact that this is what Goryeo is: a person is measured and judged only based on who the person’s parents are, and someone can tie another person up and have the person whipped for no reason. Wook apologizes for not being able to stop the beating, and promises that he will make sure it never happens again (I’ll hold you to it). Hae Soo takes note of the moment and has to internally remind herself that being so close to Wook will hurt Lady Hae. The next morning, Hae Soo runs into So, and she takes the opportunity to grill him about him saying that she ‘belongs’ to him. So, is of course amused that she’s speaking to him so easily, and Hae Soo admits that although she knows he’s not to be taken lightly, she is not scared of him either (awwww. So looks so surprised to hear that. She’s probably the first person to admit to not being terrified of him). She does points out though that she’s not a thing that can be said to belong to a person and So leans in real close to ask if she would rather he call her his person then (hahahaha. What is it with princes and claiming someone as their person huh?).
7. Poor So. A hero is never respected in his own home
Jung is back in town, engaging in his fights when a fighter who recognizes him as the 14th prince shows up. Hae Soo who’s at the market with Chae Ryung sees him being dragged off and has Chae Ryung run to go get help. She then takes off after Jung, unaware that So’s spotted her running into the woods. Turns out that Queen Yoo had chopped off the fighter’s arm because he’d defeated Jung, and now he’s here to cut off Jung’s arm in payback (is it horrible that I had a moment of goody. Now let’s see if Queen Yoo will be willing to keep a ‘defective’ prince around? Even if he’s the beloved last child?). Hae Soo charges into the fray, holding a stick which she swings around to beat off the fighters. But neither she nor Jung are any match for the fighters and they’re soon overpowered. But Wook, who Chae Ryung had informed about Hae Soo being in danger comes riding in to the rescue and successfully faces off the fighter’s entourage. Except, even more people pop out of the woodwork and Wook realizes that they’re outnumbered. But then, the tides change when So comes riding in, and the fighters who all recognize him flee for their lives. He alights from his horse and asks if Jung is okay. Jung mumbles that he’s fine, but then turns to thank Wook for coming to save him (what the fuck?!), and Hae Soo for saving his arm (hahaha. Well that I agree with). He vows to protect Hae Soo with his life and Hae Soo gets so carried away that she coos at him and hugs him and pats him on the back like she would a small child. She realizes her error just in time however, but Jung’s all smiles as he calls her ‘sister’, and when Hae Soo tells him ‘fighting’, he cutely repeats the word right back at her (so cute). Hae Soo then follows a very upset Wook back home. Turns out Wook is upset because he’d been worried that Hae Soo would get injured and he’s so taken in by the moment that he leans in like he’s about to kiss her. But it’s at that moment that the search party shows up and they separate. So meanwhile calls Jung to task for the young man who’d lost his arm because of Jung’s actions. Jung however is unwilling to be scolded by his big brother and lashes out, stating that he’s embarrassed to be born from the same womb as So. So of course slaps his whinny baby brother, but it’s this sight that Queen Yoo sees and she rushes in, demanding that So stay away from her precious Jung, and even Jung admitting that So saved his life doesn’t convince her otherwise. So agrees to stay away, and as he walks out, he asks Jung just how long he intends to let their mother fight his battles (damn. Brutal and apt. Yet another reason why I love you, So).
8. Taejo’s not as blind as everyone thinks, but he’s also kinder than So would have expected
Moo keeps his promise to So, and speaks to Taejo about allowing So to move into the main palace with the rest of the princes. Taejo wonders if Moo’s making the request because So spared his life, and when Ji Mong starts to use astrology to justify So moving in with the rest of the family, Taejo cuts him short by pointing out that he’s aware that it had been Queen Yoo who had tried to murder Moo (damn, he knew!) and he’s also aware that Yo wants to be Crown Prince. So replies that he doesn’t share his family’s ambitions, and when Taejo brings up the fact that he’s meant to be a son of Shinju, So points out that Taejo is well aware that he is treated more like a hostage than as a son. Taejo then questions whether So will be loyal or a traitor and So declares that he will be neither son nor brother, but a loyal subject to both Taejo and Moo. This, combined with Ji Mong’s statement that he saw So’s star rise in the sky as well, has Taejo declaring that So shall no longer be beholden to Shinju but will from that moment on, live in the palace (*sniff* So’s happy face just about did me in).
9. It’s awkward being a prince who’s in love with his wife’s cousin. Especially when said wife is as sweet as Lady Hae
Dinner’s a sad affair with Lady Hae noting that Wook’s not eating anything. He has even less of an appetite when Hae Soo steps into the room. Lady Hae calls her to come eat with them, and when Hae Soo’s seated, she brings up how dangerous it was for Hae Soo to have run after Jung like that. She continues that Hae Soo’s always getting into all these scrapes because she’s not concerned with household matters and offers to teach her how to sew and knit (ha! I’m sure trouble will still come and meet her there). Hae Soo thanks Lady Hae and replies that she will be sure to come up with something.
10. They’ve come a long way, Hae So and So, and proud we are of the new state of their relationship
Hae So finds So building back the altar of stones and she’s understandably surprised. So then tells her the good news: he’s moving to the main palace. Unfortunately, this means that he wouldn’t be seeing Hae So as often anymore. Hae So then sets out to giving him a ton of advice, from him not threatening to kill people, to him not glaring at them. She also wants him to eat properly, sleep well, and not have any nightmares (awwww), and So looks surprised at the kind words (my poor baby). She asks him about the look he’s got on his face and he replies that he just remembered that she said she isn’t scared of him. He finds it funny and Hae Soo replies that she’s more scared of herself and of her feelings which keep chugging on in the direction she doesn’t want them to go. She’s then distracted by the stars and even as she admires them, it begins to snow. She calls the snowflakes pretty and So looks at her with a “you’re the one that’s pretty” smile, which Hae Soo of course doesn’t notice. And so, whilst Wook stares at the falling snow from his bedroom window, So watches the snow fall on Hae Soo, who is thrilled to see that it’s snowing (so cute, these two).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because nobody speaks to my So that way. The only person who’s the harbinger of misfortune is you, your royal bitchiness. You and Yeon Hwa make a perfect pair.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Pineapple Rose Sangria, sweet, and delicate and pretty. Especially in the way it showed the slow change in Hae Soo and So’s relationship and how they went from one person being terrified of the other, to one where they can tentatively call themselves friends. It was a beauty to watch. I also found Eun’s developing relationship with Hae Soo surprisingly touching. The boy might be just that, a boy, but he’s so sweet and simple-minded that I believe that in a palace where everyone has an agenda, having a friend like Eun who is basically a what you see is what you get friend is like a breath of fresh air. I’m of course looking forward to Hae Soo’s blossoming relationship with the others, but her friendship with So and Eun will always have my heart.