This episode is all about Lady Hae getting her moment to shine. She’s gracious and beautiful and remained so till the very end (you will be missed Lady Hae. You will be missed). So proves that he really does get Hae Soo, and Hae Soo spends the episode making new friends, discovering blossoming feelings and thanking her history teacher for helping to save her life. Poor girl. Nothing is ever easy in Goryeo.
Top 10 Moments:
- Wook’s a goner, a complete goner for Hae Soo
Whilst So gets his very first introduction into being an acknowledged prince (i.e. following Taejo, Queen Yoo, Moo and the rest of the princes to the temple to pray), and decides to make Ji Mong’s living quarters his so he can see the same bright stars of Goryeo like Hae Soo’s does, Hae Soo is led to a vast array of herbs and spices and flowers. Turns out that Wook remembered Hae Soo’s words about wanting to make soap and he got her all the ingredient she would need (dude, they’re like over twenty ingredients there and you remembered all of them? Daebak!). Hae Soo’s all smiles as she takes to making soap and Wook smiles to see her so happy. Lady Hae joins him and notes the way he’s staring at Hae Soo. She doesn’t say anything though and when Wook expresses his delight that although Hae Soo lost her memories, she has one thing she remembers which makes her happy, Lady Hae mentions that So’s gotten so much wiser since she lost her memories and other times she acts just as cute as ever. Which is why she wants to get a good mate for Hae Soo. So Hae Soo can continue to smile and be with them for a long time. Wook, still staring at Hae Soo, absently agrees.
2. Lady Hae plays matchmaker
Hae Soo receives a message from Lady Hae that has her going to the study area, looking for her cousin. She’s surprised to find Wook there instead, and Wook explains that Lady Hae wasn’t feeling to well and had to head to bed. Hae Soo who’s at first tense to find Wook in the room soon relaxes as she becomes entranced, watching him write. She’s fascinated with the writing and Wook smiles when he notices. He explains to her that Lady Hae likes having a poem to accompany her letters and asks Hae Soo which she prefers: poems or music. Hae Soo who’s thinking of contemporary music replies that she prefers songs but when Wook comments on the odd choice, she immediately switches to liking poems (hahaha. I don’t think he believes you Hae Soo), to which Wook passes across the poem he’s writing, stating that he felt led to hand it to her. Hae Soo’s all smiles, but panics once she’s outside the room because she can’t read the Chinese Hanja characters (hahahaha). She then calls Chae Ryung to ask her read it, but Chae Ryung can’t help her there either (hahaha. Poor Hae Soo).
3. Baek Ah learns about Wook’s feelings for Hae Soo
Hae Soo’s wailing at her stupidity in not paying attention to Chinese characters whilst she was in class when Baek Ah who had been eavesdropping on her soliloquy the whole time, puts it together that she’s illiterate, and volunteers to help her read the poem (uh-oh. This can’t be good). He starts to read the poem, but when he gets halfway through, he stops, and Lady Hae who walks up to them, completes the rest of the poem. Baek Ah questions Hae Soo about who wrote the poem and when she admits that the poem was given to her by Wook, he’s stunned and hurt as he looks at Lady Hae who continues to smile serenely. Hae Soo walks away after confirming that she really can’t read and Baek Ah wonders what the hell his brother is thinking. Lady Hae is amazingly calm and all smiles and Baek Ah wonders if maybe she’s known all along about his brother’s feelings. She doesn’t acknowledge or deny it, but smiles as she tells him that he has to finish the drawing he’d promised her.
4. Hae Soo learns that the education does save lives (hehehehe)
Lady Hae brings Hae Soo to the palace, so they can meet with Queen Hwangbo. Queen Hwangbo though has another visitor in Queen Yoo and the two Queens have just finished having a conversation of my son is better than yours when Wook, Lady Hae and Hae Soo come walking in. Queen Hwangbo is all smiles and gracious (I repeat, this woman can’t be Yeon Hwa’s mother. I can’t see the resemblance), whilst Queen Yoo’s curt and jealous when she sees that Hae Soo came calling with beautiful scented soaps she’d made for Queen Hwangbo. She is of course appeased when Lady Hae hands her the second box with the claim that they’d made one for her as well and Queen Yoo throws a dig about Lady Hae’s barrenness that has both Wook and Hae Soo (and me) giving her the stink eye. The moment is then interrupted by Taejo walking in and Hae Soo’s eyes pop out like saucers at the thought that she’s seeing Taejo, the founder of Goryeo in the flesh (hahaha). But she soon falls on her knees begging for mercy when Taejo recognizes her as the girl responsible for beating up Eun. Taejo asks then asks her if she’s afraid of him and Hae Soo, remembering that a tyrant king lives off fear whilst a good king off virtues, declares that she isn’t afraid because Taejo’s a good and wise king. Then Taejo asks her how she knows he’s a good and wise king (hahahaha. Busted) and when Hae Soo takes too long to answer, he points out that she’s just trying to flatter him. Hae Soo though thinks fast and starts listening off all the accomplishments she can remember, like the fact that he united the three lands and doesn’t discriminate. The answer satisfies Taejo who bursts into laughter whilst Hae Soo silently thanks the Junior history teacher she had once cursed for forcing her to learn history. Taejo’s so pleased that he tells them to reward Hae Soo with a Persian rug and whilst a pleased Queen Hwangbo marvels at the high praise, Queen Yoo looks like she swallowed something nasty.
5. Hae Soo gets a first hand view of why So doesn’t consider the palace home (poor So)
Hae Soo hurries outside the room, looking for the restroom so she can pee. She spots a tree up ahead and makes a beeline in its direction, only to be yanked back at the last moment by a much more dapper So (well, how do you do Your Highness. You clean up good. Really good). Hae Soo’s understandably in awe of So’s new look and So preens a little at the compliment (hehehe. So cute). But then like the awesome friend that she is, she asks him if he’s settling in well and So answers glibly that he is. The palace is after all the place where his parents and his siblings live. Hae Soo’s just asking him about how often he sees his parents when she spots Queen Yoo coming their way and ducks out of sight. And so, she’s a witness to So’s interaction with Queen Yoo where Queen Yoo calls him useless and declares that although he and Wook were born in the same year, So can’t measure up because he’s only good for killing (I will remind you of this Queen Bitch face should you be in trouble and have need for that killing machine to come rescue you). So maintains his calm and replies that he will do his utmost best to make sure he’s not a burden to her, and Queen Yoo walks away. So then checks for Hae Soo but she’s long gone. Hae Soo meanwhile wonders if Queen Yoo really is So’s mother and declares that it was an unpleasant conversation to witness (trust me sweetie. That’s the woman at her most civil).
6. It might be forbidden, but they’re so adorable together
Lady Hae meets privately with Queen Hwangbo to remind her of the promise she’d made when Lady Hae married Wook. And now, she wants to collect on the promise by begging the Queen to allow Hae Soo be Wook’s wife (lady, you’re a saint). Hae Soo meanwhile is utterly unaware that her cousin is planning her marriage as she’s spotted Ji Mong who’s a dead ringer for the homeless man she’d shared a drink with before she came to Goryeo. Ji Mong’s insistent that he hasn’t met her before and when Hae Soo mentions that they shared a drink 1000 years into the future, he cautions her against speaking carelessly as it’s best for her to live with the norms in the place she’s found herself, especially because her life can’t change because she wants it to. It’s the exact same thing the homeless man had told her, and Ji Mong follows the sentence with a wink at her (it is him. Hey Ji Mong. Help a girl out and let her know she can at least return home soon and that she can drag So along with her). Wook and Hae Soo then head home and Hae Soo spends the trip taking careful steps so her footprint falls right in the ones Wook’s leaving in the snow (so cute). Wook smiles when he notices what she’s doing and when she nearly trips, he’s there to catch her. He asks her about Ji Mong and Hae Soo denies knowing him. She then pulls out a bar of soap that she’d made for Wook and explains that it’s a thank you gift, for all he’s done for her, even down to the poem he’d written for her. Talk of the poem has Wook smiling as he asks if she understood it. She gives him the literal translation and Wook smiles and then tells her that it’s only fitting that she give him a reply in return (hahaha. You’re so busted Hae Soo).
7. Seriously, So’s the only one who actually gets Hae Soo (hahahahaha)
After spending all night trying to teach herself how to write Hanja (which she fails at spectacularly by the way), Hae Soo gains a brainwave and so the next morning, she sneaks into the princes’ meeting room with her reply. Except, before she can leave, the princes all enter the room, and Eun grabs the sheet of paper she’d written her reply on. She silently signals Wook and Wook tries to get Eun to drop the letter by pointing out that he’d taught Hae Soo poetry and that was her reply. Hae Soo makes her escape and an angry Baek Ah follows after her. Meanwhile, the rest of the princes (except for So and Yo) try to puzzle out her message (hahahaha. It’s an emoji. That’s fucking hilarious), but they fail at it. So meanwhile smiles because he gets it (gah! I love you), and when Eun asks him if he has a clue as to what the message means, So has him raise his hand and open his mouth just as the drawing is doing. He explains that it’s a drawing of an excited face and states that Hae Soo must have really liked Wook’s poem. The other princes meanwhile are surprised to realize that he’s right (of course he’s right. He gets her), and take turns making faces at each other.
8. Sweet, sweet Baek Ah, the defender of Lady Hae’s honour
Baek Ah chases after Hae Soo and demands to know what exactly she’s playing at. Hae Soo has no idea what he’s talking about and a pissed off Baek Ah lists the different symptoms: the longing glances, the desire to know everything about the beloved. He points out that everything she and Wook feel is clear as day for everyone to see and to make matters worse, not only is he aware of those feelings, but Lady Hae is aware as well. Hae Soo’s stunned to hear that (girl, her husband isn’t very subtle with all those longing glances you know), and Baek Ah warns her not to hurt Lady Hae who’s sole focus has always been Wook. He turns to leave and finds Wook standing right behind him, having heard everything he had to say. Baek Ah merely walks on without saying anything, leaving the two of them alone. Wook then apologizes that Hae Soo had to hear all that, but Hae Soo believes that it’s her fault, and even Wook stating that he’d been the one to write the poem and the one to receive her reply, isn’t enough to change her mind. She’d been aware that the feelings were there and had still gone ahead with the assumption that the feelings would change. Hae Soo tears up as she apologizes for burdening Wook even though she’d promised that she wouldn’t. With that, she leaves.
9. All hail So, proving that a Goryeo prince can be very much a feminist (at least in a drama anyway)
Yeon Hwa has a meeting with Taejo where she’s all smiles as he praises her for being his beloved daughter. He takes note of the fact that she’s reached marriageable age and wonders if he should arrange a marriage to a faraway land like he’d done her older sister. Yeon Hwa’s all smiles as she replies that Taejo knows best, but outside the meeting hall, her smile drops (so is it that you don’t want to go far away or have you chosen who you want to marry huh Yeon Hwa?). She sees So passing by and calls out to him. She points out that he’s settling well in the palace, and So replies that he’s still getting used to it. When she mentions that Taejo’s planning on marrying her off, So wonders who her husband to be will be. Yo interrupts to state that it clearly wouldn’t be So, seeing that Taejo wouldn’t give his beloved daughter to someone like So. Yeon Hwa’s happy that the men are fighting over her, and speaks that she would rather marry a man who would treasure her. Yo reply’s that he will treat her like a queen whilst So wonders if she wants him to put a value on her (score one for feminist So!). He then adds that he’s more interested in a woman who would value him (score two for feminist So!), and not one who would be put off by his face. With that said he walks away and when Yo calls him an animal, Yeon Hwa smiles as she admits that it would be nice to turn an animal into a human (please give me a moment let me go barf).
10. Lady Hae leaves in style (gracious to the very end. Now that’s what I call a real lady)
Lady Hae meets with Hae Soo and asks her if she has feelings for Wook. Hae Soo’s face falls and Lady Hae tsks at how foolish Hae Soo and Wook are being. She then starts to cough and Hae Soo panics at seeing the blood (damn. It’s probably TB). She tries running off for help but Lady Hae instead asks her to pretty her up for Wook, one last time. As Hae Soo applies her make-up, Lady Hae telepathically leaves her last words, telling her to be more cautious and less hotheaded and to also be a refuge from all the burdens Wook has to endure, and as the two women look at each other, they cry silent tears (damn. This hurts). Hae Soo then runs out to call Wook so he can take Lady Hae for a walk and as he supports his wife, she flashes back to when she’d first seen him after he’d been sent away from the palace. She’d liked him then and had decided that she will help him rise to the very top. Wook replies that he now knows how she feels and Lady Hae begs him to look after Hae Soo. She then stumbles and the next thing we see, he’s piggybacking her through the snow. He tries bringing up the fact that he’s grown to love her, but Lady Hae hushes him, and states that it’s enough for her that she grew to love him even more. And with that, her hand grows limp and her handkerchief drops. Hae Soo who’d been following behind the couple cries out and a distraught Wook tells her not to wake Lady Hae up, as she’s still sleeping (damn. This is so sad and beautiful too. Poor Lady Hae).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because girl, So is in no way an animal. How dare you talk about him that way. You? Turn an animal into a human. Ha!
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s an Old Fashioned, in honor of Hae Myung Hee who stayed classy till the very end. She reminded me of those great dames who are graceful, poised, beautiful, ethereal, kind, good-hearted and who live in a world that’s miles away from the world everyone else is in. Lady Hae is one of a kind and I love how this episode handled the matter of her death, so beautifully and graciously too. And although this would have otherwise meant that Wook and Hae Soo can finally get together without me cringing at the adultery committed with his wife’s relative, I am of the opinion that her being so gracious and generous in death would act as more of an impediment to their relationship. I mean, seriously though, who wouldn’t feel like shit if they jump on her husband just moments after she died. A woman like that? You will feel guilty as fuck for even considering it. And when you think about how long it would take to mourn this amazing paragon of female virtue, well then, Wook will be taking a cold shower for a long while, and Hae Soo’s just better off finding someone else to end up with (I volunteer So!), because Lady Hae was the first person to show her kindness in Goryeo (Wook also did as well, but Lady Hae came first), and something tells me that Hae Soo wouldn’t be forgetting that any time soon.