Young is delighted to learn that he’s straight as an arrow and that the woman of his dreams is the eunuch who holds his heart. Ha Yeon’s determined to make her feelings known to the prince and Byung Yeon’s search for Hong Gyeong Na’s daughter leads him to learning about Ra On’s twin identities.
Top 10 Moments:
- Young knows. He knew before he made his confession (hehehe)
We flash back to moments before the confession, with Young writing a letter about how he’d initially wanted to keep his feelings a secret so as not to cause Ra On any harm. But her words about a making a parting confession being just the strength a person needs to move on had given him the courage to write his confession to her. Young has then turned to head to the garden but a sound had had him checking out a room, where surprise, surprise, he finds Ra On, dressed in female clothes and putting accessories in her hair. It takes a moment for it to sink in that this is Ra On, his eunuch and the dancer from his father’s birthday party, and although there’s a brief moment of him being angry, the rest of the truth sinks in, and he gives a pleased smile (oh baby. He’s probably doing an internal jig right now. You hear that Young? You’re as straight as a ruler. Hahahaha). And next thing we see, is the garden confession, followed by the kiss (*sigh*. I so rewinded that a couple of times so I can watch it again and again).
2. Love’s turned Young into a generous, generous soul (awwww)
Ra On returns to the hideout, in a daze (girl, I know how you feel), and when Byung Yeon wonders if anything’s wrong, she snaps at him and a confused Byung Yeon finds himself apologizing (hahaha. Poor boy has no idea what she’s going through). She then brings up the fact that Byung Yeon’s the closest person to Young (hehehe. I love how he was agreed to it like it’s a matter off fact), and wonders if Young has ever had any interest in a woman. When Byung Yeon replies that Young hasn’t, she looks horrified to have it confirmed. Young who has no idea that Ra On’s having a “the prince is gay moment” meets with Eunuch Ma and Wol Hee to tell them that he’s granting them permission to leave the palace and live together in peace. Even better, he’s going to wipe away their records and he even offers them a contact who would get them a job and a place to stay. The couple are grateful for the help but Young just thanks them for showing him that a sincere love can cause miracles. And so when a cheerful Ra On meets with Eunuch Ma to inform him that he and Wol Hee are the thirtieth couple she’s helped unite, he corrects her that there’s one more. But he of course doesn’t clarify things for Ra On who just looks confused at the statement. She then heads to the library where she sees Young and Yoon Sung having a conversation, where the two of them trade barbs at each other, with Young’s barbs centering around the Kim family and how they’ve ingratiated themselves into the government. Young finally notices Ra On just as she trips, but it’s Yoon Sung that gets to her first, causing a jealous Young to summon her over to him. As Yoon Sung watches their interaction, he flashes back to when Ra On had admitted that although she knows it isn’t safe for her to remain in the palace, she can’t leave just yet. Yoon Sung had wondered then who it was that’s keeping her in the palace and as he looks at Young’s interaction with Ra On, it seems to sink in for him.
3. Young’s the most adorable tease. Especially when the person he’s teasing has no idea that he knows her secret
Young meets with Byung Yeon to ask him to look into the rumours he’s heard about Hong Gyeong Na’s daughter being alive. He wants to find her and the masked vigilante (sweetie, they’re both much closer than you think), before Prime Minister Kim does. Byung Yeon is understandably conflicted, although he doesn’t say anything. The next morning, Young is all smiles as he spends the day teasing Ra On and trying to keep his smiles in check. From when Ra On declares that she’s a man, after Young tries to get her to hand over the heavy parasol she’s crying, to her declaring yet again that she’s a man after Young praises her hands. Young who is fully enjoying keeping his secret is all smiles as he declares that her entire features look like a man and it was her manly strength that he fell for (hahahaha. So hilarious). Ra On’s horrified at this turn, whilst Young just continues to smile. He then offers her his shoulders for her to lean on and when she tells him not to assume that he knows everything about her, he smiles some more as he denies it. But he is insistent on Ra On leaning on him however, and whilst Ra On does so, she admits to herself that Young’s actions make her want to continue leaning on him, which can’t afford do at all.
4. Ra On might or might not have jinxed herself (seriously though Ra On. Couldn’t you have waited until you knew exactly who she’s talking about)
After Ha Yeon learns from Myung Eun that the famous love adviser is an eunuch in the Palace, she meets with Ra On to tell her of her unrequited love. She of course doesn’t give away Young’s identity and although Ra On is at first concerned about how Ha Yeon had thrown herself at the man she likes, she finally realizes that it’s just Ha Yeon being open with her feelings and tells Ha Yeon to keep doing what she’s doing because she knows that Ha Yeon will get the man she loves (drats. Seriously Ra On!). Next thing we see, the object of Ha Yeon’s affection is getting dressed by Ra On, and the two of them share a moment with Young smiling down at her and Ra On’s eyes scurrying away (gah! I so love these two). Eunuch Jung meanwhile is overcome and proud and Young just tells him to state that Young will do a good job. Eunuch’s all proud smiles as he declares that Young will do a good job and Young turns to Ra On to ask her if she has anything to say to him. His face falls when she says she doesn’t have anything to say, but then he brightens and grins when she adds that she doesn’t have anything to say because she knows that Young will do a great job (awwwwww).
5. The ministers are being their shifty, shady selves but Young can always count on Ra On to cheer him up and cheer him on (awwwww)
Young heads to the ministerial hall, ready for the examination for the new officials and is shocked to find the place empty of all the ministers, save from letters from all of them claiming some sort of illness or the other. Turns out that it was planned by Prime Minister Kim and his loyal goons: Ui Gyo and Geun Gyo and the three of them chuckle at how shocked Young must be. Ui Gyo wonders why Young’s so invested in conducting new exams when it’s already well known that the chosen officials (i.e. members of the Kim family) have already been selected before the exams. He adds that Young’ plan is to reduce the power of the Kims and suggests that they teach Young a lesson. Young meanwhile is looking down in the dumps and Ra On comes to him with some sugared pastries to cheer him up. Young smiles to see this, and then asks Ra On what she would do if she came across a strong opponent. Ra On replies that she will fight like hell and if that doesn’t work, she’ll go with the flow. Ra On tries to leave but Young pulls her to himself (*sigh*), and then shoves the pastry into her mouth, declaring that she was right and it’s the right medicine after all. Ra On grumbles that he didn’t eat the pastry, but Young replies that she is the medicine. But then he gets an idea and sends her off to get the royal physician.
6. Young and Prime Minister Kim engage in a battle of words (seriously Prime Minister Kim. Have you no shame? Pitting yourself against a child. You should be ashamed of yourself. Hmmph!)
Just moments after they send off some men to go find Hong Gyeong Nae’s daughter, Ui Gyo and Geun Gyo are met outside their home by a truck filled with medicine. Shortly after, in walks a smiling Young who’s delighted to find all the ‘sick’ ministers in one place. It makes it easier for him to hand them all the medicines he’s acquired for them. Prime Minister Kim though, shows up and asks to speak with him privately. The Prime Minister tries to feed him a pile of hogwash by claiming that the ministers were gathered to discuss the future of Goryeo. Young though isn’t buying it and Prime Minister Kim drops all pretenses as he declares that Young’s so focused on going his own way when Goryeo has existed on the power of its scholars. His plan though is to help direct Young in the right path (oh, is that what we’re calling it now?), but Young replies that they seem to be headed in different directions. Prime Minister Kim then makes makes a metaphorical statement, warning Young not to stand out too much, and brings up how regretful the king had been after the Queen died seven years prior. Young says nothing but his eyes narrow as he glares at the man (what an odious, odious man. Hmmph!).
7. Ha Yeon tries to fake her way out of her arranged marriage but Yoon Sung’s on to her (hahahaha)
Ha Yeon meets with Yoon Sung to talk about their impending marriage. She adopts an apologetic air and tells Yoon Sung of her many faults which will not make her a suitable wife for him. Yoon Sung, who’s well aware of what she’s playing at, replies that he too has his faults, and he smiles as he points out that she’s probably not interested in their marriage either, but has no idea how to break the engagement without causing any trouble. His suggestion? That they both think of a way to peacefully break the engagement. After Ha Yeon leaves Yoon Sung, she runs into Young who’s just about to buy matching his and hers bracelets (awww. It’s so totally for Ra On isn’t it). Young wonders if she’s once again coming up with an excuse to meet him and just as she blusters that it’s nothing like that, Young spots Byung Yeon being chased by some unknown men. The men chasing Byung Yeon are the ministers’ men who’d been following him since he set out to locate Hong Gyeong Na’s daughter and they have him cornered in mere moments. But when Young sees this, he comes to the rescue of his friend and whilst making sure to protect Ha Yeon, the two friends work seamlessly to strike down all the assassins, except for one who escapes. A tearful Yeon Ha meanwhile cries relieved tears that Young’s alright (awww. I still want him getting together with Ra On and not you, but you’re a sweet girl. I hope you remain sweet till the very end). Young though finds Byung Yeon’s mask and although he recognizes it and has his suspicions, he doesn’t voice them aloud. And when Byung Yeon asks why he isn’t asking him any questions, Young replies that he figures that it’s something Byung Yeon couldn’t share which is why he hid it in the first place(*tears*). When he adds that Byung Yeon is the one person he feels he can trust, it seems to twist the knife in some more (*ooof. You guys can’t lose your friendship. You just can’t!)
8. Ra On learns that Ha Yeon’s mysterious crush is Young
Ha Yeon in her bid to confess her feelings to Young spends the night embroidering a book cover. The gift is wrapped and delivered to Young who’s confused to receive it, and the next thing we see, he’s meeting with Ha Yeon in the garden. Ra On who had been heading over to see him therefore witnesses the meeting and she tearfully realizes that the person beautiful Ha Yeon likes, is Young. Young meanwhile hands over the gift Ha Yeon had sent, explaining that he doesn’t understand the meaning behind it and Ha Yeon smiles as she tells him that it’s a declaration of her feelings for him (awwww. Ra On looks so sad especially as she considers how pretty Ha Yeon looks, compared to her less flattering eunuch robes). Later that night, Ra On’s despondent, and when she’s alone with Young in his personal library, she forges ahead to ask him if he’s ever liked a woman before. She’s stricken when he admits that he has, and heartbroken when he admits that he likes a beautiful woman right now. Ra On who has no idea that she is the beauty he’s talking about immediately launches into myriad of questions, wondering why he’s been playing her all along and poor Young isn’t able to get a word in edgewise. She cries that she’s felt happy, heartbroken and upset because of him, and even though she’s an eunuch in his palace, he doesn’t own her heart (damn, this is so sad and funny all at once. Sad because Ra On’s heartbroken and hilarious because she’s jealous of herself. Hehehehe)
9. Byung Yeon learns about both of Ra On’s secrets (at least it’s one of her friends that finds out her twin identities first. Thank heavens for small mercies)
Byung Yeon heads to town and spots the person he’s looking for: Ra On’s adopted father. But at that same moment, he notices the ministers’ men also trailing behind him and pulls the man out of sight. When alone, he brings up Ra On and asks if the man knows where she’s at. Ra On’s adopted father pretends that he has no idea where she’s at, as he claims that she ran away. Well aware that the man’s lying, Byung nevertheless accepts the answer and tells the man to say the exact same thing to whoever asks him again. Better yet, he should get out of town as things might get dangerous. He then tries to leave, but his words has Ra On’s adopted father asking if Ra On’s in danger. When Byung Yeon admits that he wants to protect Ra On, Ra On’s adopted father looks conflicted for a moment, until he blurts out her alter ego name: Sang Nom, and states that she was sold into the palace by debtors. Byung Yeon freezes, shocked at the revelation.
10. Young comes clean (thank heavens he didn’t draw out his knowledge of the truth for too long)
Ra On spends the night flashing back to Young giving Ha Yeon the wrapped gift (oh, she thinks he gave it to her, and not that he returned it back to her), whilst Young remembers her telling him that he doesn’t own her heart. He sends for her the next morning and whilst wearing the ‘his’ version of the bracelet, slips on the ‘hers’ version onto her wrist. Ra On’s surprised as to what it is and Young smiles that it’s an accessory for a pretty lady. Ra On’s shocked at what he’s saying and Young continues by reminding her that he’d said there’s a woman he likes. Well, he’s standing right in front of her at that very moment (*squeee*). He smiles some more at Ra On’s stunned expression and asks her for permission to treat her like the most beautiful woman in the world (*sigh*. Seriously Young, you keep blowing all my expectations out of the water).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because Prime Minister Kim had the audacity to open his mouth and bring Young’s mother into the conversation. Like seriously though. How dare he?!
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Cuba Libre: simple, delicious, mellow and with a ton of depth. I squealed when I learned that Young already knew Ra On was a girl before he made his confession to her, not because of the confession per se, but because he’d already written the note to hand over to her. He was fully prepared to love her when he had thought she was a man and was delighted when he learned that she’s a woman, not because he couldn’t bear to love her as a man, but because he was happy that finally he can love her openly as a woman. Of course this comes with a slew of complications because Ra On has a deeper reason for keeping her identity as a girl a secret (not that she knows the why of the equation), and now that Byung Yeon knows, he might either come out and tell Young (like Young had asked him to), or he might just keep Ra On’s secret for her, for fear of how Young would react should he learn the truth. I’m sincerely keeping my fingers crossed that he tells Young the truth, because I know that Young can handle it. I do wonder though when Yoon Sung will learn the truth and if he would realize early enough that he has to protect Ra On from his grandfather who’s looking to kill her. I really do hope that protecting Ra On will bring the four friends together as a strong unit because something tells me that the minute the tale shifts from primarily being a love story to all the court intrigue, Ra On will need all the help she can get.