Young’s suspicions about Byung Yeon rises as for one moment, he wonders exactly what his friend is capable of. Ui Gyo and Geun Gyo hatch a plan that has Young injured and the king even more paranoid. Even more people learn that Ra On is Hong Gyeong Nae’s daughter, but for the moment, our two love birds are holding on to each other, and not letting go.
Top 10 Moments:
- A mother can tell when her daughter’s in love and when her life is in danger
Mother and daughter spend the time hugging and Ra On is all smiles as she tells her mother that all the time they’d spent apart has flown by. Especially because she has friends who watched out for her: friends like the Crown Prince, for example. This is the first her mother’s hearing of it, as she had no idea that the young man who’d reunited her with her daughter is the Crown Prince. She’s clearly distraught at the news but it doesn’t show as she watches the care with which Young takes care of Ra On, even as Young declares that he will return Ra On back to her mother, soon (but how do you intend to pull that off?). Alone with Master Jeong however, Ra On’s mother expresses her concern for her daughter’s safety, especially now that Ra On’s living in the palace and living close to the Crown Prince at that.
2. A happy Ra On doth a happy Young make (seriously, these two are so cute!)
Ra On and Young head back to the palace, but are caught by the rain before they get there. Not to be bothered by this pause, the two lovebirds take to running in the rain and run straight to Young’s quarters (and fail to notice Byung Yeon hiding behind the door as he’d just finished dropping a book on Young’s papers) where Ra On takes to doting over Young, worried that he will catch a cold. Young though, is all focused on her touching his skin (*swoon), and then swoops her into his arms, thus breaking the mood (noooo! I thought we were about to have the hats off Sungkyunkwan Scandal kisss. Pshaw!). He sits her on his lap, and it’s his turn to dry her face. Ra On expresses her fear that all the happiness she’s feeling would be discovered to belong to someone else, meaning it will all be taken away from her (no! There shall be no negative thoughts. Think positive Ra On. Will good energy to yourself). Young smiles as he wonders if she’s really that happy at having met her mother. Ra On smiles back and admits that now she has someone she wants to be with, both inside the palace and out of it. Of course, she’s happy. Young smiles as he declares that her being happy makes him happy (awwwww), but in the next moment, he wonders if it means she will be happy outside the palace without him. Ra On grins and promises that she will not leave the palace without his permission.
3. Eunuch Han is up to something shady (damn. And here I was hoping he won’t be all up in the revolution business)
Byung Yeon reports back to Eunuch Han about having dropped the book off at Young’s palace. He wonders if it’s safe for Eunuch Han to take the decision but Eunuch Han wants it done that way so Young can know that people are judging him from close by (people, or you, you asshole? Because last time I checked, you did nothing about the innocent girl and her father who would have been killed if not for Young). Byung Yeon then asks when Eunuch Han will tell Ra On everything and he replies that he will tell Ra On at the time when Young can’t do anything (hmmm. Eunuch Han should get together with Prime Minister Kim so the two of them can talk in code all the day long. Hmmph!).
4. Young removes Ui Gyo from his post as a minister (hahahahaha. That was soooooo satisfying)
Young calls for a meeting with Ui Gyo and the Royal Secretary and points out the myriads of appeals that have been sent decrying Ui Gyo’s corruption. He finds it interesting that none of the appeals ever made it to him and when the Royal Secretary tries covering Ui Gyo’s ass by stating that such claims are usually just attempts at slander, Young pulls out his trump card: a book detailing the bribes Ui Gyo has taken. It’s the book that Byung Yeon dropped off in his palace and he asks the Royal Secretary if the names written in the list were confirmed. The Royal Secretary admits that the people written in the book had confessed to offering bribes to Ui Gyo, and Young’s face hardens as he declares that Ui Gyo be removed from his post. Ui Gyo squawks (he so sounded like a chicken here. Hehehehehe) as he begs that Young reconsider and investigate the issue thoroughly. Young replies that he intends to do so, and he intends to punish those who maintained their silence with regards the matter.
5. Yoon Sung finds out that Ra On is Hong Gyeong Nae’s daughter (so that leaves Young as the last person to find out. Drats!)
Ui Gyo meets with the other Kims to give them the news of his encounter with Young. They all remember that the book of accounts had been stolen by the rebels, but have no idea how it fell into Young’s hands. Their conversation is then interrupted by one of Prime Minister Kim’s men who comes to inform them that the man they’d wanted to get information on Hong Gyeong Nae’s daughter from, had been killed before they could get to him (what? No!!!!! The rebels killed Ra On’s troupe father? That’s so unfair!). But they were able to learn though that the daughter’s name is Hong Ra On. Yoon Sung, who’s also there, takes note of the name. After the meeting, he goes to see Young and is informed by Eunuch Jang that Young is in his personal library. Yoon Sung then heads there but stops at the sight of Ra On and Young with their heads on the table, facing each other with smiles on their faces. He’s hurt at the sight and makes to turn away, but stops when Ra On tells Young that she’d been dreaming of the day he’d called her Ra On. Young calls her Ra On yet again and a shocked Yoon Sung puts two and two together and realizes that Ra On is the Hong Ra On that his grandfather is searching for.
6. Ra On’s mother doesn’t want Ra On getting involved in the rebellion (something tells me though that Eunuch Han’s not listening to her)
Eunuch Han goes to visit Ra On’s mother, and she’s shocked to see him. He tells her that he’d been looking for their family to see if Hong Gyeong Nae’s still around and Ra On’s mother shoots down the thought, pointing out that she and her daughter want nothing to do with the rebel forces. They’d suffered enough in the ten years that Hong Gyeong Nae had spent preparing for the rebellion. She wonders what Eunuch Han wants with Ra On and when Eunuch Han tells her that he’s pursuing it so the lives of the thousands that died wouldn’t be in vain (oh hell no. You don’t get to guilt trip Ra On into inheriting a rebellion she has no interest in). Ra On’s mother replies that it doesn’t concern them (good for you!), and warns Eunuch Han to stay away (but that look on Eunuch Han’s face screams that the man doesn’t intend to back down any time soon. Drats).
7. Everyone has their way of protecting Ra On’s secret. Yoon Sung’s means is just a very bloody one (which thankfully, will keep Ra On’s secret for a little while longer)
Yoon Sung is met by Prime Minister Kim’s man (the one who’d informed the group about Hong Gyeong Nae’s daughter being named Ra On), who informs him that he’s found out about Ra On. Yoon Sung presses the man for information and the man admits that he’s learned that Ra On is living in the palace, which is why he intends to get to Prime Minister Kim’s early enough so they can nab her first. Yoon Sung then asks the man if he’s told anyone about the information. The man admits to having just discovered it himself, and so he’s not had a chance to tell anyone yet. Yoon Sung nods and sends the man on his way, with the claim that he will catch up with him later. But then, he tails the man and when the guy turns around and lets down his guard at the sight of Yoon Sung, Yoon Sung has him lean closer to him and then slits his throat (damn). With that done, he reaches for the note the man had been on his way to delivering to Prime Minister Kim and he sees something in it that has him running off.
8. Young’s suspicions about Byung Yeon being a member of the rebel forces rises
Young goes to the hideout and finds bloody clothes and a rebel mask there. He flashes back to when he’d seen Byung Yeon fleeing from Prime Minister Kim’s men and the mask that had dropped in the middle of the fight. Byung Yeon then enters the room and Young points to the bloody clothes and asks if Byung Yeon is injured. Byung Yeon immediately lies that he got injured sparring the day before, but the injury isn’t that severe. Except, by the time Young crosschecks the story with one of the guards, he’s shocked and suspicious to learn that Byung Yeon hadn’t been injured in a spar. Matter of fact, there hadn’t been any sparring session held the day before (oh-oh. He’s coming close to finding out Byung Yeon).
9. Ui Gyo’s plan works way too well, as Young gets injured (fuck!)
Yoon Sung runs straight to Young to try and explain to him that Ra On and ultimately he (Young) is in danger if Ra On remains in the palace. Although Young pauses at the words because they’re eerily similar to the words Master Jeong had spoken to him, he tells Yoon Sung that he will find a way and has Yoon Sung leave him be. Yoon Sung walks away and so Young is alone when Ui Gyo’s men, wearing the rebel forces masks as a decoy, storm his palace and take Ra On hostage. Yoon Sung though, spots the blood on the swords of the ‘guards’ outside Young’s palace and kills off the men and joins in the fray, with he and Young, standing guard over Ra On (where is Byung Yeon?!). The two friends fight well although Yoon Sung’s the more bloodthirsty one who slices through the men, whilst Young merely knocks them unconscious. One of the men comes really close to cutting Young, but Yoon Sung grabs the naked blade with his hands (which stuns Young), and although he’s bleeding, he doesn’t let go until he cuts down the assailant. Young soon takes to cutting down the men when one of them tries attacking Ra On and victory for the two men seem in sight until Young runs to protect Ra On, and gets slashes from behind by one of the masked men (nooooooooooo). He looks heartbroken as he sees Byung Yeon’s face superimposed on the masked man’s and asks if it’s Byung Yeon. But then, the masked man gets stabbed from behind by Byung Yeon who apologizes for having come late. Young sinks to the floor and a crying Ra On holds on to him, whilst Yoon Sung walks away.
10. Ra On learns that she’s Hong Gyeong Nae’s daughter (yup. At this rate, Young really will be the last person to find out)
Young is tended to by the royal physicians and after trying and failing several times, to see him, Ra On finally takes to waiting in his quarters and hoping that he pulls through. Thankfully, Young does pull through, and the first thing he asks for is to see Ra On. Ra On rushes to outside the door of the room where he’s being kept and talks to Young through the door, telling him that the moment he was cut, she’d been worried that that was the moment when the happiness that she’d always suspected wasn’t hers, was being taken away from her. She reminds him of their promise not to let go of each other’s hands, and Young who’d been standing behind her, all along, hugs her from behind and tells her that no one is allowed to take away her happiness without his permission (awwww). He tells her not to cry and promises to not let go of her hand. Time passes and Ra On’s excited to spend the day with her mother. A now healed Young gets her to promise to return before the end of the day and Ra On skips on over to her mother’s place where she notes the man’s shoes outside her mother’s house. They belong to Master Jeong who Ra On’s mother is informing that she has every intention of getting Ra On far away from the palace. She thinks it’s her fault that Ra On and Young fell in love, as that wouldn’t have happened, had she been around, and now she wants to take Ra On far away from the palace before someone discovers that she’s Hong Gyeong Nae’s child. At the sound of a gasp, Master Jeong and Ra On’s mother turn to the door where a shocked Ra On stares at them with tears in her eyes. Meanwhile, over at the palace, Young is still waiting for Ra On to return. When night falls and she’s still not back, he flashes back to the promise he’d extracted from her that if things got difficult, she wouldn’t let go of him. He’s sad at the thought that she did let go of him, but is all smiles when he hears Ra On’s voice. He turns around to smile at her, and Ra On, even though she has tears in her eyes, smiles right back at him.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because this asshole’s the one behind the attack where Young got hurt. And now, I’m hoping Byung Yeon and Young find out so they can corner him and skewer him into little corrupt minister kebab pieces. They would certainly be doing the world a favour.
Headache inducing moment:
Yes I know we’re still in Episode 12 and there’s no way Young is dying just yet. But that didn’t keep my heart from stopping for that one moment when Young was injured.
This episode’s a bittersweet Cinquecento. Sweet in that, the way Young and Ra On are when they have their little moments of romance and wonder that has me wanting to wrap them up in a cocoon and hoping that the drama continues to be that light and fluffy so nothing happens to my two adorable puppies. But the drama can’t be all happy and this episode with the people getting killed and bloodies seems symbolic. It’s the drama’s way of telling us that we’ve passed the light and fluffy stage and now we’re entering the bloody, court intrigue and backstabbing phase. And that’s where the bitter comes in, because this phase has me worried for our lovebirds, even as I hope that in all the blood and fighting and gore, our two lovers will be able to find a way to be together, because the only way all this killing can be alright in my book is if it would lead to Young and Ra On getting together. Another plus for me is if this phase leads to the slaughtering of Prime Minister Kim, Ui Gyo, Geun Gyo and Queen Kim. I can still manage every one else surviving, but those four have to go.