Young Eun plays matchmaker for her brother and Ra On. We learn that yes, not only is Prime Minister Kim a hypocrite, but he is a murdering one as well. Young Eun faces her fears, as does Ra On, and Young finally gets to call the love of his life by her real name.
Top 10 Moments:
- Byung Yeon learns about Young and Ra On’s relationship
Ra On’s tearful at Young’s declaration, and even more so when she learns that he was aware that she was a woman when he’d made his garden confession. She asks him if he’d been teasing her and Young denies the accusation and instead explains that previously he hadn’t treated her like a precious woman. Now however, he intends to treat her like she’s the most precious woman in the world. He smiles and wipes away her tears, as he asks if he can do that. The two of them are so lost in each other that they have no idea that a shocked Byung Yeon has overheard the entire conversation. He leaves before seeing Ra On take a step back and explain that she hasn’t lived her life as a woman, and even though Young tells her that he can help her live her life openly, Ra On takes a step back and literarily and metaphorically puts a distance between herself and Young (awwwww. Poor Young looks so heartbroken).
2. Ra On asks to be reassigned (seriously girl, you might just be jumping into a worse situation. Haven’t you considered that?)
Ra On meets with Eunuch Jang to ask to be reassigned away from Young’s service. Eunuch Jang shoots down the request and is even more distraught when Eunuch Sung pipes up to comment that Young acting as the interim king isn’t going so well seeing that the ministers have taken to boycotting the assembly. Eunuch Jang points out to Ra On that Young is dealing with enough as it is and her making such requests doesn’t reflect well on him either (oh, and you forgot to add that she might get reassigned to bitchy Queen Kim’s service which will be hell if that’s what she gets). Ra On apologizes for the mistake, although she still looks resolute (Girl, I do hope you don’t end up in a service you will end up hating).
3. Young Eun’s suffering from PTSD and something tells me that Prime Minister Kim had something to do with it
Ra On visits Concubine Park’s palace and runs into Young Eun playing hide and seek with her friends. In the process of looking for a place to hide, Young Eun catches a glimpse of Prime Minister Kim. Just like the last time she’d seen him, she’s terrified and runs into the storage house to duck out of sight. Unfortunately, a maid unknowingly locks her in. The search goes on till nighttime, until Ra On senses that Young Eun’s locked up in the storage shed. She calls out to a tearful Young Eun and tries opening the door. But the minute the door pulls open, Young Eun instead, sees a stern faced Prime Minister Kim and faints from shock.
4. Young’s the best brother ever (seriously, no one can compare to him)
Young and Concubine Park watch over Young Eun and we learn that Young Eun wasn’t burn mute. She’d actually been a chatterbox when she was younger. But she’d had a traumatic experience (which no one knows anything about, because Young Eun hasn’t shared the information with anyone yet) and had become mute ever since. Concubine Park adds that if not for Young teaching Young Eun how to write (awwwww), Young Eun would have been miserable.
5. Prime Minister Kim is nothing but a big hypocrite (but we already know that)
Ui Gyo notices Yoon Sung about to leave the house and is surprised when after questioning him, Yoon Sung admits that he’s heading to the palace. Prime Minister Kim who overhears this conversation wonders if Yoon Sung is heading there so as to give support to the man who used to be his friend. Yoon Sung replies that he’s doing so because he believes Young is right. Prime Minister Kim replies that people might think that justice is right but what is right is not always what’s best for the people. Yoon Sung points out that he doesn’t see how expanding their power would make life any easier for the people and Prime Minister Kim finally admits (shit, where’s a tape recorder where you need one) that power that is shared will cause fights (says the man who keeps wanting to curtail the power of the monarchy), and adds that there must be someone with absolute power to ‘guide’ the people (yeah, that person already exists. He’s called Young. You know, the same guy you refuse to allow to have absolute power?). Yoon Sung wonders if marring Ha Yeon is meant to help solidify the power of the Kims and states that he has no interest in marrying her.
6. Young is still the king of yanking the rug beneath the ministers’ feet (hahahaha. Serves them right)
Young meets with Teacher Jung who brings up the halt that the Government affairs have arrived at since Young and the ministers reached an impasse about the qualification exams for the new officials. Teacher Jung believes that Young has strayed away from what he’d initially hoped to accomplish: change, and is now focused on achieving victory. Young smiles at the idea he gets and he later meets with Prime Minister Kim to tell him that the examinations will hold exactly the way Prime Minister Kim wants. The Prime Minister is naturally suspicious (as are we), but he accepts Young’s words. On the day of the exam however, Young shows up to change the exam question. The applicants who had been initially cheating are shocked, whilst Master Jung (princess Myung Eun’s admirer), gets to work with answering the question.
7. Young and Ra On part ways (hopefully, it’s just a short term thing. I want my puppies together)
Young runs into Ra On in his personal library and he points out that she’s quite adept at avoiding him. Ra On explains that she’s doing it because she doesn’t want to bring trouble to Young and Young tries and fails in convincing her otherwise. Although she’s obviously distraught, Ra On pulls off her couple bracelet and places it on the desk, shattering Young in one fell swoop. She shatters him some more when she tells him that she will be really grateful if she can be allowed to leave the palace. Young’s understandably upset and he points out that there are a thousand and one things he wants to give her, and yet what she’s asking for is for her to live her life far away from him. Ra On admits that that’s what she wants and Young visibly pulls himself together and tells her that he understands. Ra On walks out of the room and Young takes hold of the bracelet (gah. Please tell me this is just temporary. I can’t deal with them not being together).
8. Young Eun confronts her fears (awwww. You’re such a strong young lady) and we learn that yup, Minister Kim is every bit as shady as we suspected)
A clearly terrified Young Eun approaches a decorated wardrobe and she’s practically shaking in her shoes when she pulls it open. We flash back to years prior when Young Eun had been playing a game of hide and seek. She’d snuck back into the wardrobe when she’d heard someone approaching and so was able to witness a court lady getting cornered by Prime Minister Kim and his men. The Prime Minister had questioned the woman about the message she’d been taking to Young and when the woman had declared that even her death wouldn’t silence the truth, Prime Minister Kim had given the order and she’d been fatally stabbed. As she lay dying, she’d declared that the unjust death of the Queen will not be undiscovered. Young Eun who’s seen all these is in tears as she uses her hands to muffle her cries. But then, Prime Minister Kim suddenly noticed something about the wardrobe and was just about to pull it open when another noise had him and his men quickly leaving the room (Damn. The man really is shady). Back in the present, Young Eun’s discovered in the wardrobe and Ra On wonders why she went there. Young Eun writes on a piece of paper and reminds Ra On about when she’d wondered when they would be able to confront their fears. Well, Young Eun just confronted hers.
9. Young’s very public confession (awwww. How sweet)
Young Eun drags Ra On to the pavilion and with a mischievous grin, leaves Ra On at the spot. Turns out that Young is up at the pavilion and when Ra On tries to run away, he raises a hand for her to stay. A flashback shows that Young Eun had told him that the sign language Ra On had taught her made things even easier for her than writing did and Young had asked her to teach him. And so, using the sign language that Ra On taught Young Eun, Young tells Ra On that he likes her, and he begs her not to leave him (awwwwwww). His entourage have no idea what he’s doing (although if they just stare at his eyes, they’ll be able to guess), but Ra On who can understand him perfectly, tears up.
10. Ra On’s finally ready to approach what’s in her box (awwww)
Later that night, Ra On remembers asking Young Eun when they will be brave enough to open the box. As she looks down at the beautiful hanbok, she flashes back to when she’d been younger and had gotten tired of living as a boy. She’d asked her mother how long it would take before she can be allowed to live as a girl and her mother had replied that she can only do so when she’s learned to live without her mother, and when she knows she’s able to protect herself. She smiles as she points out that she’s learned to live without her mother for years now and she makes a request aloud: Can she really do it? Next thing we see, Young’s back at his garden, reading a book when Ra On shows up, wearing her hanbok and some makeup. She looks gorgeous and Young looks smitten as he wonders what he can call her, when she’s a woman. When she tells him that her name is Hong Ra On, Young smiles as he calls her by her true name for the first time.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because this asshole’s responsible for Young Eun’s trauma and even now, he’s basically trying to ruin Young as well. I want to slap him and follow it with a punch.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Campari Sorbet, achingly sweet with just the right kick. Watching Young and Ra On skirt around getting with each other was heartbreaking, but seeing Young’s public confession, which was aided by Young Eun just had me smiling and crying all at once. I love the irony that when Young Eun had been scarred and traumatized, it was Young who had taught her the means with which she could gain some control in her situation (by teaching her how to write), and now that it’s Young’s turn to be left floundering, it was Young Eun who taught him the means with which he could speak his heart, and it was a beautiful sight to see. It was so beautiful, matter of fact that it competes right there with Young calling Ra On by her name for the very first time.