The king’s still paranoid about the rebel forces and has no idea that the one he should fear is very close by. Young and Ra On continue their sweet and adorable romance even though they have his pending marriage hanging over their heads, and Yoon Sung’s insistent on protecting Ra On, and keeping her from getting her heart broken.
Top 10 Moments:
- Young’s trying to make up for the years where Ra On’s not been called by her actual name (hehehehe. So cute)
The next morning, Young’s up bright and early, eagerly waiting to be woken up by his eunuchs (or one eunuch in particular. Hehehe). Ra On’s just as excited and even blurts out a “highness are you awake?”, before Eunuch Jang can get to it (hahaha). When Young replies that he is, she rushes in and soon helps him in putting on his robes. As she works, Young consistently calls her Ra On and Ra On points out that someone might overhear him. He replies that he’s just making up for not calling her by her given name all this while, and vows to do so every time they’re alone (awwwww. They’re so cute!).
2. Byung Yeon’s keeping Ra On’s identity a secret (a good idea with all the vipers around, Byung Yeon)
Byung Yeon meets with the leader of his rebel group and lies that the neighbour didn’t remember Ra On’s name or her identity. He then asks the man what the man intends to do when he finds Ra On, and the leader replies that they will protect her (ha! I so don’t believe that). Meanwhile, the king is at the palace, paranoid about the people rising against him and putting Hong Gyeong Nae’s memory in control. He is so paranoid that Queen Kim smiles whilst Young asks Byung Yeon if he’s located the man’s child yet. Byung Yeon lies once again that he hasn’t and Young’s visibly disappointed. He does vow however, to end the wretched relationship between the king, Hong Gyeong Nae and Prime Minister Kim.
3. The king’s still insistent on Young marrying, and he has just the family in mind (damn)
Still reeling with the news of the pamphlets the rebel group had released into the marketplace, the king tells Eunuch Han that Young has barely become the interim king and already plans are being made to depose him. Eunuch Han wonders if this might be a sign for them to halt on the wedding proceedings but the king believes that now, more than ever, Young needs to get married. And he knows just the family he wants him to marry into: Minister Jo’s (damn. Ha Yeon will be so thrilled at this news).
4. Myung Eun’s lost way too much weight, and Master Jung isn’t happy about it (matter of fact, I’m not happy about it either)
Turns out that Master Jung scored the highest in the official test and Young invites him to his office to inform him that he’s been assigned to the Crown Prince’s service (yay for Master Jung!). What this means though is that Ra On runs into Master Jung whilst the latter’s with Young and the two of them pretend like they don’t know each other that well. Outside the office, Ra On promises to keep the workings of how they know each other a secret, and their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of Myung Eun. This is the first time Ra On’s seeing her after she underwent a drastic weight loss and Ra On praises her new look. Master Jung however, isn’t impressed and he wails to Ra On, when they’re both alone, that the princess now looks sickly (hahaha. Poor Master Jung and Myung Eun. She lost weight because of a man who liked her when she had on more weight).
5. Jealousy looks good on you Young (hahahaha. So cute)
Young spots Do Gi and Sung Yeol carrying Ra On. All three of them are laughing and Young looks practically green with envy as he watches the sight. The two eunuchs hurriedly explain that they were just helping Ra On because she sprained her ankle and Young sends them scampering off. Young jealously points out that she was laughing with the men and they were holding her, and when Ra On explains that she’d fallen off a Persimmon tree and sprained her ankle, he sarcastically tells her that she’s done a good job, and then states that she will have to be punished. Ra On closes her eyes braced for the punishment and Young smiles, brings his book to keep their faces out of view and then places a kiss on Ra On’s cheek (awwwww. So cute). Ra On’s shocked and Young smiles as he states that that’s her punishment for disobeying his orders (well well, your highness. I like this punishment style. Hehehehe).
6. Young declines his father’s suggestion that he marry (something tells me though that the king won’t let the matter go so easily. Drats)
The king calls Young to inform him about his impending marriage into the Jo family. The king considers it quite beneficial because the Jos are an even more powerful family than the Kims, and he believes that this will help Young have the people he needs to fight. Young shoots down his father’s suggestion, saying that he will gain his own people in his own way and wouldn’t result to marrying in order to achieve it (I’m with you on this one Young. Besides, your father’s methods haven’t worked out so well for him anyway.We don’t want him deciding who it is you marry in any way or form).
7. Queen Kim’s planning a baby switch (Damn, this is giving me Mirror of the Witch flashbacks)
Queen Kim pays a late night visit to the court lady who’d gotten pregnant. Turns out that whilst others in the palace had thought that that the woman’s been banished, Queen Kim has kept her hidden and has been feeding her. The reason why’s pretty simple. Queen Kim’s having a daughter and not a son like she’s told everyone (including her father), and her plan is to make sure that she gets that ‘son’ by any means necessary (hence the likewise pregnant court lady she’s hidden away, who will most likely find herself without a son after her delivery).
8. The king takes his paranoia to a whole new level
The lantern girl who we learn is the grocer’s daughter is arrested by the guards when some rebel pamphlets are found in her cart. The little girl pleads that she has no idea how they got there but the guards drag her off to the Department of Justice. Byung Yeon who sees all these happen, flashes back to when he’d been a kid and had witnessed his father’s executed for merely feeding the poor citizens. The guards had called his father a traitor and executed him immediately and Byung Yeon had cried at the loss of his father. But then, a man whose face was hidden by a hat had come later to visit him. In present day, Young tries appealing to his father, but the king is convinced that the rebels are using the young girl so no one would be suspicious about her motives (seriously. This dude has totally lost his damn mind). Young tries to explain that the girl couldn’t really have known what’s going on but the king wants her to be punished severely so she would serve as an example to others.
9. Yoon Sung comes clean about his feelings for Ra On (I still want her ending up with Young though)
After Yoon Sung runs into a down in the dumps Ra On, who’s just heard about Young’s impending marriage, he puts it together that she’s fallen in love with Young. He then meets with Young and brings up Young’s impending marriage and the fact that there’s someone that the preparations will hurt, even though she has to fake it and smile and pretend like she’s alright. He admits that he likes Ra On and he will not allow her to suffer from a broken heart because of Young’s greed (um, sweetie, aren’t you also being greedy? Your grandfather won’t allow you marry her either, and most importantly, he seems like he will be pushing to have her executed the minute he learns of her true identity).
10. Well hello there Eunuch Han, leader of the rebels (damn, the king will be heartbroken should he ever find out)
Byung Yeon heads to the rebels headquarters and is cornered there by members of his group who hold swords to his neck. Turns out that his group head already knows about Ra On and he wonders if it’s Young or Prime Minister Kim that’s getting Byung Yeon to keep quiet about it. Byung Yeon explains that he kept quiet because he didn’t want Ra On to have to experience the same thing he had, especially because she has no idea about her past. The group head isn’t impressed and makes to strike Byung Yeon down, but a voice rings out, telling him to stop. The voice belongs to the straw hat wearing man, who had brought Byung Yeon to the group ten years prior. The man it turns out, is Eunuch Han and he is the leader of the rebel group. Eunuch Han meanwhile declares that he will bring Ra On to their next group meeting (hell no!). And so, the next morning, whilst Ra On excitedly waits for Young to show up for their agreed meeting (Young had told her the previous night that he’s met someone who said he knew of a way that they could end up together and have their happy every after), Eunuch Han shows up. He tells her that he’s been looking for her for a long while, and calls her by her name: Ra On. Ra On is surprised as to how he knew the name, and Young who shows up moments later, also asks how Eunuch Han knew of the name.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Cloak and Dagger, in honour of the poor, paranoid king who has no idea that his trusted eunuch is the head of the rebel forces he’s so terrified of, who’s in the dark that his wife is actually not carrying a son but a daughter and she has every intention of stealing another woman’s baby and passing it off as hers, and who doesn’t know that his son is in love with the daughter of the leader of the rebel forces who’d staged a riot and almost overthrown him as king of Joseon. It just goes to show that no matter how much you try to do exactly as you’re told when you’re surrounded on all sides by enemies, you will always find new ones in places you least expect and it further reinforces that Young who refuses to kowtow or let his fears stand in the way of pursuing what he wants, is in the right, and is the right man for the job.