Young just can’t keep his feelings hidden, and at this point, he has no interest in hiding them (awwwww). Bitchy Queen Kim learns about Young’s feelings for Ra On and Yoon Sung makes the offer to help Ra On live like a woman. Ra On comes to Eunuch Ma’s aid and he repays the favour, all the while confirming what we all know: the girl’s a cat with nine lives.
Top 10 Moments:
- Everyone’s delighted that Ra On’s safe and sound (well, almost everybody)
Young, Ra On and Byung Yeon finally make it back to the palace and Young sends Ra On and Byung Yeon off to the secret hideout so Ra On can get some much needed rest. Whilst at the hideout, Ra On apologizes for the fresh bruises on Byung Yeon’s skin and when he tries to turn down her apology, she brings up his modesty and the way he always cares for her: kind of like the way he had when she’d fallen in. Byung Yeon points out that he hadn’t been the one to nurse her and Ra On finally realizes that it was Young who’d been with her that night. As she settles in, she reminds Byung Yeon of the words he’d told her: that the palace would become a home when there’s someone she loves residing within it. She smiles as she admits that the palace really will become home to her (awwwww). The next morning, Yoon Sung comes running in to confirm that Ra On is well and safe. She’s pleased at his concern and surprised when Young shows up and admits that Yoon Sung had contributed to her being rescued. Young though makes sure to point out that Yoon Sung did the favour, not for him, but for Ra On. Of course word of Ra On’s rescue reaches Queen Kim who chuckles at the effort Young put to save a lowly eunuch, even as she takes note of Ra On’s name (uh-oh. This can’t be good).
2. Young’s the king at coming up with excuses so he can make Ra On happy (how cute)
Ra On who has no idea that there will be yet another drug test in her future (apparently, one of the court ladies is pregnant, and the baby might be an eunuch’s) is at the moment with Young who informs her that seeing that his taster isn’t around, Ra On will be tasting the dishes instead. Ra On gets to work and Young smiles at the short bursts of happiness that shine through every time Ra On tastes something delicious, even as she tries restraining herself. When she declares all the dishes fit to be eaten, Young goes through them all, complains about them and declares that Ra On should eat it all. Ra On tries to argue but when he insists, she digs in with relish and finishes the entire meal. Young is stunned just like the rest of us, as he asks where on her tiny frame she’s packed away all that food (hahaha. Talk about a metabolism to envy). Ra On smiles bashfully, but then brings up Young saying that he wants her to stay by his side. She wonders what he means and Young is all smiles as he declares that he’s not about to give up his favourite eunuch (gah! The feels).
3. Eunuch Ma’s in love? (who would have thought?)
Whilst Yoon Sung meets with his grandfather who declares that Yoon Sung will marry Ha Yeon, and the Crown Prince will marry a member of their family (yeah, sure. Like he will listen to you about who he will marry. Pfft), Ra On’s in the storage shed, overhearing a conversation between Eunuch Ma and Wol Hee. Turns out that the two of them are in a secret relationship, but Wol Hee’s tired of the secrecy and wants to come out to everyone they know. She asks if Eunuch Ma can reveal to everyone that he’s in love with her and when Eunuch Ma replies that he can’t for fear of her coming to harm, she tells him that their love in itself hurts her. Incoming footsteps then as them dodging and from across his hiding spot, Eunuch Ma spots Ra On who’d hidden when the two lovebirds entered the room, and who therefore overheard their conversation (uh-oh. This can’t be good). Wol Hee later storms off and when Ra On tries to apologize and explain the mistake, but Eunuch Ma just warns her to keep her mouth shut.
4. Ha. The power of Young’s smile. Making one female turned Eunuch feel the pangs of jealousy and another woman grumble at her dashed hopes (hahahah)
Ha Yeon puts her befriending Myung Eun to get to Young plan in practice and when she learns from Myung Eun that Young sometimes leaves his attendants behind to walk alone in the garden, she sneaks into said garden to meet Young. Of course she tries to feign the whole ‘fancy meeting you here’ bit, but Young’s not buying it as he correctly guesses that Myung Eun must have told her where to find him (hahahaha). Goodnatured Ha Yeon admits it, and when she notices the title of the book Young is reading, launches into an analysis of it (hahaha. Why did I just feel like Young might have one of those ‘naughty’ books hidden in the middle of the book?). Young smiles at her enthusiasm, and keeps smiling when Ha Yeon suggests that he walks with her. It’s this sight that Ra On sees, and she takes a couple of steps back in shock. Ha Yeon meanwhile leaves the garden grumbling because Young had not only turned her down but hadn’t even bothered giving her a reason why (hahahaha). She huffs as she wonders why he smiled at her in the first place then.
5. Is there nothing that Byung Yeon can’t do? Because the man is amazing!
A very drunk Eunuch Ma makes his way to Sol Hee’s quarters and starts to bellow and wail. Luckily for him, Ra On shows up in time to cover his mouth with her hands and yank him to safety. Of course he isn’t thankful and instead attempts to strangle her. Thankfully Byung Yeon shows up to knock him unconscious and when he makes to touch Ra On to ascertain that she’s alright, Young pushes his hands away and almost touches Ra On as well. It all becomes awkward, but Young pulls his hands back and tells Ra On to man up. Ra On then asks Byung Yeon how a court lady can be released from the palace and she turns sad when Byung Yeon replies that only the king can permit that. Young who is very much aware on whose behalf Ra On is asking the questions, replies that he will pretend not to have heard her, and Ra On grumbles about it being unfair because the heart wants what it wants. The next morning, she and Eunuch Ma run into each other and Eunuch Ma looks so down in the dumps that Ra On offers to help him out. Cue Ra On trying to sew an outfit on some puppets and teasing Byung Yeon that he can’t sew. But we’re talking about Byung Yeon here, and not only does he saw all the outfits but he does so in record time too (*resounding applause* Daebak!).
6. Everyone believes Young’s in love with a man, and everyone’s talking about it
Young and Ra On come upon Eunuch Jang fighting with some other eunuchs. When they have him alone in Young’s chambers, Eunuch Jang confesses that the eunuchs were gossiping that Young likes men and that he looks at Ra On like he would a lover. Young tries to laugh it off as outrageous, but he isn’t fooling anyone, and Ra On looks especially worried. She heads to the library, where Young notices the puppet she has in her hands. When she tells him that the puppet is for s confession, he wonders why she’s concerned with Eunuch Ma’s matters, especially in a situation where confessing is all but useless. Ra On replies that one can’t control the heart and even if nothing changes, she would like her feelings to be understood. It would seem that they’ve gone beyond talking about Eunuch Ma and Sol Hee’s relationship to talking about themselves because Young then points out that it’s pretty selfish for the person leaving to confess and Ra On tells him that a departing confession can as well be a source of strength for the person left behind. But of course, she knows that Young will have no idea what she’s talking about. After she leaves the library, she heads to the hideout tree where she sees Yoon Sung sitting. She confesses that she thinks her position will hurt Young and Yoon Sung correctly guesses that she’s talking about her life as an eunuch. To that effect, he presents her with the hanbok he’d bought for her and asks if she doesn’t want to live like a woman (seriously Yoon Sung. Can’t you guess that there must be a big reason why she’s refusing to live like a woman? Like who would willingly choose the stressful life of being a woman pretending to be an eunuch?)
7. A very public and romantic declaration of love (Damn that made me cry)
The eunuchs host a puppet show about an Eunuch Wang who’s in love with a court lady, promised to the king. When Ra On notices that Wol Hee has arrived to watch the show, Eunuch Ma takes over as Eunuch Wang. The puppet court lady informs Eunuch Wang that she has been chosen to be with the king and Eunuch Wang declares that she can leave. Wol Hee who’s pieced it together stands up to leave but stops when Eunuch Wang adds that he has one thing to say: he’s decided to declare it right there in the presence of everyone: he loves her. Eunuch Ma who’s holding up the Eunuch Wang puppet cries hard as he declares that she might be one of the king’s many women but to him, she’s his whole world (awwwwww. That is so sweet). Wol Hee cries as she hears the words and Young who’d come to watch the show as well notices her tears. He flashes back to Ra On telling him that a farewell confession might just be the strength needed for the other person to carry on, and leaves. Ra On who notices as he walks away, looks at him sadly.
8. Queen Kim confirms Young’s feelings for Ra On (shit. Her learning this cannot be good)
Just as the show ends, Eunuch Sung comes barging in, requesting for the person who’d organized the show at such a time. He takes Ra On to Queen Kim and Young comes to Queen Kim’s palace to rescue her. Of course Queen Kim makes sure to throw barbs that Young has never come to visit her, even on the days she’s called for him and Young acknowledges that he took her bait. But when he tells Byung Yeon to help Ra On up, Queen Kim declares that he can’t do so because Ra On’s acted presumptuously. With that, she grabs hold of Ra On’s face, asks her if she doesn’t know that the court ladies belong to the king, and then hits her across the face (bitch!). Young can barely hold himself back, but he forces himself to laugh and points out that the people are always making satirical plays, including the ones that claim that the king is a womanizer who’s mind-controlled by his wife. Queen Kim gets pissed and brings up the rumours about Young. Young though doesn’t bother replying her and merely commands Ra On to stand. He leaves the Queen’s palace with Ra On in tow and Queen Kim is all smiles as she tells Eunuch Sung that Young really is in love with his eunuch (fuck. Of all the people who will find out. Why the fuck is it her?). Eunuch Jang meanwhile commends Young on not losing his temper and Young glances back to stare with sad eyes at the tears in Ra On’s eyes (gah. You slay me Young. You slay me).
9. Ra On really is a cat with nine lives (girl, how do you do it? You just keep getting saved)
Ra On has a brief moment of sheer terror when Eunuch Sung demands she drop her pants so he can do the drug test (all the eunuchs are getting subjected to it, to determine who impregnated the court lady). She is just about to confess that she’s a woman when Eunuch Ma comes in with a box filled with croakers which the Queen wants Eunuch Sung to take the Prime Minister Kim’s house. He volunteers to go on behalf of Eunuch Sung but Eunuch Sung insists on going and asks Eunuch Ma to conduct the test. Eunuch Ma doesn’t even glance at Ra On as he heads straight to the desk and stamps pass on her paper. The two of them then meet outside and Ra On wonders how long he’s known. Eunuch Ma admits to having known since the king’s birthday and although he’s thankful to her, he wants her to be careful because even the king himself isn’t safe in the palace. The words just have Ra On being more morose admitting that she really has to leave the palace.
10. Yet another beautiful and romantic confession (damn, Moonlight has me all weepy with good feels throughout this episode)
On their walk together, Young notes Ra On’s hunched shoulders and bowed head and calls her out on it. Ra On though would rather they not be friends or anything more, because she’s worried for him. She begs him to please treat her like he would any other eunuch. Young’s face hardens at the words and he walk off, with Ra On one step behind him. Back at his chambers, he remembers Ra On’s words about a confession being appreciated whilst Ra On examines the hanbok and remembers Yoon Sung offering to help her live like a woman. Next thing we see, Young meets Ra On in the garden and confesses that back when he’d rescued her and told her that he wanted her to stay by his side as his eunuch, he’d lied. And after spending the night trying to calm his confession, he’s found his answer: he might be the Crown Prince, but he’s a person and a man as well, and he’s a man who likes her (awwwwwwww). Ra On takes a couple of steps back, stunned as she points out that it isn’t right for the Crown Prince to fall in love with an eunuch. Young reminds her that she’d told him that the heart wants what it wants and Ra On replies that there are different types of love: the good one and the bad one, which is unacceptable and forbidden. Young replies that he intends to go with the bad love and he steps forward even as Ra On takes some steps back. But then he pulls her close to him and they stare at each other for a beat of a moment. And then, Ra On purses her lips and closes her eyes and Young smiles, then leans in and kisses her (*gah! Melted into a puddle of goo).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
The twin combo of Queen Kim and fucking ass Eunuch Sung. I hope the two of you rot in hell together. Urgh!
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Cider Rum Punch, beautiful and heartwarming in a way that gets to your spirit and soul. Oh I love the tale of forbidden love that weaves through this episode, especially because both set of lovers made their confessions even with the fear of what the consequences would be. Neither of them made that move lightly and I loved how one man used puppets to declare his love in front of the world to the woman he loves, and another man used his sanctuary to make that declaration. I find it even more touching because Young didn’t come to that decision lightly. He’s had it on his mind for ages and weighed it well, and it strikes even more beautifully when one realizes that their friendship started because Young would rather Ra On see him as a man first before his title, and now their relationship will begin because yet again, Young wants her to see him as a man first before his title. I really do love how they’ve come full circle and although I am well aware that there will be trouble on the horizon for the couple (he is the Crown Prince after all, and she’s most likely the lost daughter of the rebel leader his father has declared that Prime Minister Kim should locate and get killed), I rest easy because in this moment, our two lovebirds are completely happy, and so am I.