Hae Soo proves that sometimes, you don’t need the boys to come sweeping in to save you. Sometimes, you can pull of your own rescue, all on your own. The princes come together to save the day (except for Yo who we so didn’t miss), and Hae Soo finds herself with a change of residence and a change in profession.
Top 10 Moments:
- Lady Hae really is dead and those who loved her are heartbroken (and so am I)
Lady Hae is buried and everyone shows up, except Baek Ah who remains in his quarters, crying silent tears as he stares at the myriad of portraits he’d done of her. Later that night, Hae Soo finds a grieving Wook who wails that he did love Lady Hae. But all this while, he’d never been able to identify the emotion, whilst Lady Hae had showered him with all the love, and now that he’s discovered it, it’s too late. He breaks down in huge sobs and Hae Soo, who’s also mourning the loss of her cousin, holds him and comforts him.
2. Eun’s the best pal a girl can have (especially when said girl is grieving)
Hae Soo sits alone in her room, worrying about what she will do now that Lady Hae is gone. A knock on her window has her turning and she sees a puppet show detailing her meeting and many encounters with Eun. Watching their fight re-enacted has her smiling and Eun who rises on his tippy toes to see if his play is working is delighted to see her smile. Unfortunately, he loses his balance (he’d been standing on a couple of servants so he can have the height to pull it off), and tumbles. This just has Hae Soo laughing some more and she gives him a thumbs up and declares that he’s awesome. Of course when she explains that the thumb signifies that he’s above everyone else, he has her put up her index finger instead, as the king should be the one to get the thumb (Kyah! He’s so cute).
3. So’s a lucky girl. A lucky girl indeed. Seriously, how many woman get so many princes running to rescue them from an unwanted marriage?
Hae Soo, Baek Ah and Eun return from Lady Hae’s burial site and run into Yeon Hwa who’s all smiles as she informs Hae Soo that Hae Soo’s to be married (what the fuck?!). The other princes are understandably outraged at this news, especially when they learn that she’s basically being sold into marriage by the Hae family, to an old man with a ton of sons. Yeon Hwa smiles that the match will be a good one for Hae Soo, whilst Hae Soo points out to Chae Ryung that Lady Hae wouldn’t have wanted such a marriage for her. And so, her plan is to escape. Turns out that that’s the plans of the other princes as well, as Eun, Jung, Baek Ah and Won (wow. Won helped!) all work together to sneak her out of the palace. And once she gets outside, Wook is ready with a shawl and a horse to take her away from the palace. Except, as they ride by, Yeon Hwa sees them and has the guards chase after them. By the time they catch up to Wook however, the bundle he has with him turns out to be Eun and Yeon Hwa orders that the other paths be searched. Turns out that So’s the one with Hae Soo (whoot whoot!) and when So expresses her surprise that So also rescued her, he tells her that it’s not because he likes her, but because he doesn’t want her to live a life that’s controlled by others (huhn-huhn. Whatever you say there boo-boo).
4. Hae Soo’s soon to be husband turns out to be Taejo (yuck!)
They don’t get very far when Ji Mong comes riding in with the royal guards, and Yeon Hwa’s entourage, with Wook and Jung in the lead also comes riding from the other direction. Baek Ah tries to get Ji Mong to let them through but Ji Mong’s come with depressing news: Hae Soo’s future husband is the king and he’s given a royal order to have her brought back to the palace. Everyone’s shocked (ha! If not that I don’t want Hae Soo as Taejo’s wife, I would have been thrilled at Yeon Hwa’s, Hae Soo cannot be Queen expression), but So’s still willing to ride away with Hae Soo, order be damned. But when Yeon Hwa calls out that disobeying the order would lead to the death of their brothers, Hae Soo casts a look at all the princes who’ve gone out of their way to rescue her, and she makes the decision: she will go to the palace. So tries convincing her otherwise by pointing out that should she enter the palace, she will never be allowed to leave it, but Hae Soo insists that she will be able to talk to the king and get him to change his mind (you want to talk to the king to get him not to marry you? Well, good luck with that).
5. Sometimes your fate involves getting subjected to a strip search (poor Hae Soo)
Hae Soo’s carried to Daimon Palace where Ji Mong explains will be the place she will stay to be prepped for wedding preparations. Hae Soo though has no interest in marrying the king and asks Ji Mong to convey her message: she can’t marry a man she doesn’t know. Ji Mong’s only too happy when Royal Concubine Oh shows up and he hands Hae Soo over to her, only taking a moment to whisper to Hae Soo that she should follow her fate (yeah. Her fate to marry a man old enough to be her grandfather. Yuck). Hae Soo’s then led to a room where Royal Concubine Oh, calm as you please, informs her that she will be subjected to a strip search to confirm whether or not she has any scars because Taejo’s wife cannot have any scars on her. Hae Soo tries protesting but Royal Concubine Oh explains that there’s no time for hysterics as the wedding night will be that very night (what the fuck?), and so has her attendants hold onto Hae Soo whilst she examines Hae Soo’s body.
6. Baek Ah and Hae Soo forge a connection on how unfair Goryeo is (awwww. I did wonder when they got so close)
Queen Yoo’s with Queen Hwangbo when both Jung and Wook enter the room to ask that Hae Soo be spared her marriage to the king. Queen Yoo’s surprised to learn that the king’s future wife is Hae Soo (all she’d known was that the girl was way younger), but tells the princes that there’s nothing that can be done. Baek Ah meanwhile tries to get So to join in their course but So’s insistent on staying out of it. After all, he’d offered Hae Soo a way out and she’d willingly come to the palace. Baek Ah explains that she’d done it to protect the princes from getting hurt and when he insists that they have to save Hae Soo, So wonders if Baek Ah has feelings for Hae Soo. Baek Ah replies that he isn’t the one who likes Hae Soo, but more than that, he and Hae Soo had formed a bond when they’d spent the days after Lady Hae’s death drinking every night. Hae Soo had asked why Baek Ah never confessed his feelings to Lady Hae and Baek Ah had explained that because of his own mother’s fallen standing, he hadn’t felt worthy enough to approach Lady Hae and ask for her hand. This just sets Hae Soo off about how Goryeo’s built on a person’s parentage and standing. She consoles Baek Ah with the good news: a thousand years into the future, all that wouldn’t matter (girl, what you are you talking about? There might not be princes but there are chaebols. Duh!). What he should do though is live his life the way he wants because life is short and unpredictable (well that I agree with). And that’s why he wants So to help him, because Hae Soo’s just like them: looked down upon because of what she lacks and they both know that after her wedding, she has no chance in hell of surviving in the palace.
7. Wook and So launch a last ditch effort to save Hae Soo
After trying to escape, and utterly failing at it, Hae Soo’s taken to the wedding chamber to wait for Taejo who has just been informed that the person from the Hae Household that he will be marrying is Hae Soo. He is surprised at her family putting her forward but figures that what must be done, has to be done. And so he heads towards the chamber but stops at the sight of a kneeling Wook who points out that Taejo already has quite enough powerful in-laws and doesn’t need to add the Haes to the list. Taejo though is insistent on going through with it because he’s marrying into the household in order to prevent a war. So then joins in to ask if Taejo would still carry through with it if there’s another way of preventing the war, Turns out that the Haes are in cahoots with the warring factions and So suggests that rather than marry into the family, the Haes should be turned into magistrates in their own town. The plan seems pretty solid to So, but Taejo insists that it’s not a good one because the rebels can attack whilst they’re trying to piece things together and the other family might rise up should they see that the Haes are getting punished. Taejo would rather prevent such a situation from happening which is why he will go through with the wedding (fuck!).
8. Hae Soo takes matters into her own hand and saves herself (bravo! Now that’s what I’m talking about. You go Hae Soo!)
Taejo steps forward and although he notices Hae Soo standing in the hall and looking at him, he says nothing but keeps walking onwards. But then he stops when he hears a sound and everyone’s attention is drawn to Hae Soo who has a shard of a broken vase in one hand whilst holding onto her bleeding wrist. She reminds Taejo of the fact that he can’t marry a woman with a scar (aha! Thank you for that Royal Concubine Oh) and tells him that that’s the reason he needs not to marry her. Wook and So wait with bated breath for Taejo’s reaction, but Taejo merely laughs as he states that she’s more courageous than any man he knows. And with that, he walks away (whew! Thank heavens for Kings with a need for perfect looking Queens). Hae Soo meanwhile falls unconscious. All the other princes (Won inclusive) are gathered outside, anxiously waiting for news of whether or not Hae Soo got married. The minute they see Wook carrying her unconscious form, they all rush to her and hurry outside whilst a very worried So, looks on ahead (poor baby’s probably terrified that his only friend might die, but doesn’t want to show it).
9. One of the princes is going to kill his brothers to ascend the throne. Hae Soo has no idea who it is of course, but we do.
Hae Soo has a dream in which she’s floating in the ocean and spots a drowned Taejo as well. She then sees Gwangjong, the fourth king of Goryeo fall to the ground with a knife in his hand and remembers that he was the king who killed his brothers to ascend the throne. She can’t see his face so she has no idea which of the princes he is. She then wakes up to find Concubine Oh tending to her wounds. Concubine Oh informs her that just as she’d wanted, her injury will scar and she wouldn’t be marrying Taejo. She does wonder though why Hae Soo’s so set on not marrying Taejo considering that the position would have given her a lot of wealth and a lot of power. Hae Soo though would rather her husband be her choice and Concubine Oh calls her young and naive. She also mentions that Hae Soo will be punished but Hae Soo’s okay with that, because she didn’t have to hand over what she didn’t want to give and the declaration has Concubine Oh looking at her with interest. She makes to leave and sees Wook waiting at the door, and the look in both he and Hae Soo’s eyes has her realizing that that’s why Hae Soo hadn’t wanted to marry Taejo. Alone with Hae Soo, Wook tells her that her marriage to Taejo’s off and since her family were deemed traitorous, she wouldn’t need to worry about being pressured to marry. Hae Soo can barely hold back her tears, and the same goes for Wook who explains that the situation made him feel so pathetic that he’d prayed to his dead wife and bargained with her that if she returns Hae Soo to him, he would be sure to shower her with all the affection he hadn’t given Lady Hae (well, duh. You know you love Hae Soo now. You didn’t know you loved Lady Hae until after she died). Hae Soo on her part cries that she’d been worried that she would have left without telling him goodbye and as she starts to cry, he hugs and comforts her.
10. Makeup saves Hae Soo from a life of slavery
Ji Mong brings up the matter of Hae Soo with Taejo and although the king claims to be sorry for her, he points out that he can’t let her go unpunished and casually states that she should be sent into slavery. Thankfully, Ji Mong thinks fast and suggests that Hae Soo become a court lady. Taejo grumbles about his sons probably being behind the request and wonders just what Hae Soo’s relationship is with them (trust me dude, we will be here a long while if we go into it). Ji Mong then brings up the fact that Concubine Oh had also requested for Hae Soo and he explains that Hae Soo’s quite talented with makeup and herbs and her skills can be put into good use for the palace. Taejo smiles at that and sends Ji Mong to bring her over. And so just as Hae Soo and Wook discuss their plans to go visit Lady Hae’s gravesite together, Ji Mong shows up to give Hae Soo the good news. Wook is of course not to pleased about Hae Soo being locked up in the palace, but he can’t discount the fact that it’s a good thing that Hae Soo’s escaping punishment. He then gives her his own version of a happy emoji (awwww) and the other princes all come running in (except for So who walks. Because he’s just that cool) to check up on her and see how she’s faring. Hae Soo smiles at the concern, even as she wonders who amongst them will be Gwangjong. But Hae Soo doesn’t have the time to brood and she enters Daimon Palace and comes face to face with Royal Concubine Oh.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s an Amaretto Stone Sour: it’s strong and sneaks up on you even though it gives off a fragile, harmless air. Damn, this drink and this episode is all for Hae Soo. Who would have thought that after all the efforts the princes put into getting her released (and boy how happy am I that they all banded together to help her. Even Won who was dragged reluctantly into the situation) fails, it’s Hae Soo herself who decides that she is willing to do anything, including almost getting herself killed (because dude, this is Goryeo. I doubt if she had high chances of getting a blood transfusion should she lose way too much blood), to get out of a situation she doesn’t want to be in. She might not have a lot of control over her life anymore (getting dropped a thousand years in the past has a way of doing that to you), but there is one thing she’s going to control: the man she will spend the rest of her life with. And boy do I love how well she showed her smarts, strength and guts in this episode.