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Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 3 and 4)

With the startling revelation of her true role, how will Dan Oh handle her life as an extra? There’s more than meets the eye with in this comic book world and if anyone can get to the bottom of things, it’s our lovely heroine supporting character Dan Oh!😅

Episode 3

Scurrying towards the school kitchen again, Dan Oh gets a hold of the comic book before Dried Squid can get to it. She finally reads the introductory page and confirms the fact that she is indeed just an extra character with her image belonging on that side of the category. With her being self-aware, she admits that her classmates’ names were kind of surreal. She argues with Dried Squid that she doesn’t want to be an extra and badmouths the writer incessantly for making her that way.

Before she can rant any further, Dan Oh is transported to an intended scene in a painting room. She is irritated at the fact that her existence is only to help Nam Ju and Ju Da get together. This is proven when she tripped going to the front of the room to be the model and she knocked over a pen to the floor, only to have Nam Ju and Ju Da simultaneously pick it up and touch hands. When the class focuses on Nam Ju’s beautiful drawing of Ju Da, Dan Oh starts doing wacky poses to get their attention. She accidentally breaks one of the plaster casts situated behind her and breaks another one as well, but a page turning sound erupts and the scene of her just sitting down to model is restarted.

Dan Oh is curious on what happened and has a bone to pick with Dried Squid about it. Probably tired of her rants, he takes out a diorama that looks like their high school and explains the rules of the comic book world:

  1. Stage – Characters say and does things according to what the writer wants. In essence, this is the the main flow of the story. This is why Dan Oh hears a page turning sound and suddenly becomes timid to Baek Kyung or is accommodating to Ju Da in certain scenes.
  2. Shadow – This is outside the stage where unwritten scenes are yet to be created. Characters can move and act freely in this space since the next scenes are undetermined at this point in time.

Dried Squid warns Dan Oh that despite being self aware, things always go back to the way the writer wants to happen in the stage. She basically declares war on the writer and decides that her fate lies in her own hands.

More unfortunate than being a character who does things to further the main couple’s love story is the fact that Dan Oh has to put up with Baek Kyung constantly taking his anger out on her. She knows that he’s a jerk but can’t do anything since it’s her character’s fate to be blindly in love with him. Dan Oh is appalled that she’s talking to him so nicely when he is clearly harassing her; despite her thoughts wanting to talk back at him, the stage scene ends with her heart aching and looking pitiful. Because of this, she vows not to give up on taking control of her life.

Feeling down, Dan Oh wonders if she would have been happier if she was just not self aware like her classmates. Ultimately though, she dismisses the thought because she knows she is happier now knowing about her current state. She gets another vision into the future of her breaking her leg because she cushioned herself to protect Ju Da from falling down the school stairs. A memory of Dried Squid telling her that the “future” she witnesses is called a storyboard: A rough sketch of what the writer is planning to write next. He also adamantly reminds her that even if she foresees such events and tries to change it, things will always go back to the stage’s intended scenes. What a bummer!😕

Episode 4

The next day at school, Dan Oh spots Ju Da dancing while cleaning their classroom. The other member of A3, Lee Do Hwa, walks by and also sees her saying that she’s cute and is different from other girls. Dan Oh teases him that he fell in love at first sight with Ju Da, but technically this is the 2nd time since he was admiring her in the library the other day too. She goes on one of her famous monologues again and tells Do Hwa that 2nd leads always fall short but there are readers who appreciate his role. He doesn’t understand her babbling, haha, and only gazes back at Ju Da.

Try as she might, Dan Oh fails to set the stage her way as the storyboard she saw plays out with her and Sae Mi conveniently positioned at the middle of the stairway. She tries to move away from her position but her body stays in place. Nam Ju walks by but retreats when his horde of fangirls, including Sae Mi, flock to him. Ju Da walks by as well and as Dan Oh pleads in her mind for the events to change, mysterious guy walks past her down the steps. Dan Oh’s watch begins to beep and she finds herself drawn to him. She is somehow able to move her body this time and follows him but Sae Mi pushes Ju Da, consequently pushing Dan Oh, down the stairs. This time though, her fall is cushioned by mystery guy!

Before she gets a glimpse of his face though, she faints from the accident and when she opens her eyes, she is inside the nurse’s room. Instead of wearing a cast like the storyboard, she has a gauze on her leg instead. Dan Oh looked incredulous when Nam Ju made a big deal of Sae Mi pushing Ju Da since the latter only has a small bandaid on her leg, haha! It was the perfect opportunity for Nam Ju to tell Ju Da to stay by his side as not to get hurt.

Dan Oh teases Do Hwa for standing outside the nurse’s room, obviously concerned about Ju Da’s well-being, just like a good 2nd lead is supposed to act. When she sees Do Hwa’s back, the flashback of her falling onto mystery guy gives her an idea. She bumps her own back against Do Hwa’s to test her theory, but since her heart isn’t reacting, she knows that he is not the mystery guy. She is hopeful again and thinks that her fate can change if she meets him.

Our determined extra hilariously bumps her back against every guy that she encounters, much to their unwarranted surprise, so that she can find her mystery guy. She teases Do Hwa that Ju Da is at the schoolyard and their connection develops a little bit. After several unsuccessful tries, Dan Oh becomes tired and decides that he can come find her instead and joins in on the class’s dodgeball session. On the sidelines, Nam Ju and Ju Da continue to flirt as their romance develops too.

Dan Oh tries her best to get hit with the ball, hoping mystery guy will save her from being hit. Right on cue, he blocks her from getting hit and her head lies on his left arm. Her watch starts to beep again but before she sees his face once again, a page turning sound is made and Dan Oh realizes she is back in the classroom. Ugh, so close! Another stage scene is set up and Dan Oh is stuck lying down on a bed inside the nurse’s room. Ju Da is locked inside by Sae Mi and the other girls but once the scene is over, Dan Oh gets up and unlocks the door. I suppose she can do this because she’s not meant to be locked in yet she stops Ju Da from getting out because she knows Nam Ju is the one meant to rescue her.

Another attempt is made by the mean girls to humiliate Ju Da (I guess this is the sole reason for their existence) and ever the persistent one, Dan Oh tries to prevent another accident from happening. Ju Da ends up being splashed by a bucket of water despite Dan Oh shielding her from it with an umbrella. Dried Squid’s words that nothing will change resonates within her and she is irritated at her situation in this world.

After walking around and remembering that mystery guy is the one who helped her out with the fallen books, Dan Oh heads for the library. She smiles spritely and goes outside again when she catches a glimpse of what looks to be her mystery guy at the garden. No one is around but she notices the umbrella that she used awhile ago stuck on a branch and she tries to get it. As fate would have it, mystery guy ends up helping her. She runs to catch up with him, opening the umbrella in the process. The mystery guy looks back at her, just as she raises the umbrella high enough to finally behold at the person who can change her destiny.

Thoughts

Have I already mentioned how much I adore Dan Oh as a lead character?❤️ Her determination to be more than an extra and her monologues of talking to herself is adorable for me. It must be frustrating to do something you don’t want but have no say in changing it. I know that this just means Baek Kyung’s father is not intentionally hurting him, and so is Baek Kyung to Dan Oh — it just so happens to be their character arc. But even if they don’t purposely mean to be harsh, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t painful when being told off nonetheless.

For someone who just found out that she’s an extra in a comic book world, I think she’s still handling it better than most people would, haha! Mystery guy must be another supporting character who gained consciousness and from the snippets of scenes we were given, it seems that he has taking a liking to Dan Oh. What if he is able to change her stage scenes because they are a potential separate love story? As much as I want Dan Oh to succeed in changing her status by herself, I suppose a little help won’t hurt.

Unnie Recap: Extraordinary You (Episodes 1 and 2)

*Read about my recommendation post for Extraordinary You and I guarantee you’ll want to start watching this kdrama!

Once upon a time, in the fictional and exclusive Seuli High school, a popular and warmhearted heroine named Eun Dan Oh studied. She is kind, pretty, and an only daughter of a rich family; despite having a weak heart condition, all is well and dandy with her life💃🏻

As all romance stories go, all that’s left for her to do is to find her Prince Charming and live happily ever after… but as with every fairytale, a plot twist exists. And this plot twist will change our heroine’s life forever.

Episode 1

A white car pulls up and a student named Dan Oh struts confidently at the school’s front lawn. Her fellow students admire her presence and fawn all over her, with her narrating a heroine’s plight as to have hot guys vying for her attention. She talks with her friend inside the school hall just as the school’s 3 most popular guys, the so-called “A3”, walk in the hallway as well. Girls scream and gawk at the guys but a female student carrying a heavy box trips and falls onto their leader, Oh Nam Ju, even kissing his right cheek by accident. Dan Oh steps up and comforts the poor girl who Nam Ju berates.

As Dan Oh walks away, she abruptly feels a shift of change and hears a weird sound in her head. She looks back and sees that her fellow students have been frozen in place. Before she can react any further, she is suddenly sitting inside a classroom. She looks around her surroundings and is surprised when her friends say that that there’s an exam. She doesn’t remember studying when she checks her textbook to be full of notes and highlights. Once she receives the test paper and looks at the chalkboard, a page turning sound is made again and the exam is over. She checks to see her test and wonders again why there are answers already.

A father and son talk inside a car and it is revealed that Kyung is 1/3 of the A3. His dad scolds him for not accompanying Dan Oh to the hospital because it might affect his business deal with her father. Meanwhile, Dan Oh hears another page turning sound and like a robot, she automatically becomes all demure as she approaches Kyung. He is not friendly towards her and mentions their engagement, yikes! Wouldn’t want to be tied down to a guy who clearly hates me and a scheming father-in-law to boot. Another sound resonates, something like magic disappearing, and Dan Oh starts getting angry at him.

All throughout the day, Dan Oh experiences more shifts of events in her day and is starting to freak out on what is happening to her. As time passes, she acknowledges that time can skip 2 hours or even several days in the blink of an eye for her.

A male student is shown admiring his hand, with his back towards the camera, as he sees Dan Oh enter the library. She reads several books to check what is wrong with her when suddenly, she sees another book that catches her interest. Entitled “Secret”, she flips the pages over and unexpectedly has an epiphany. In a foreshadowing of events, she sees Baek Kyung grab hold of her hand and getting spilled by food all over her in the cafeteria. Dan Oh is shocked at what she just witnesses and trips over some books, only to have Baek Kyung catch her. True enough, her vision of Kyung grabbing her happened just now and she runs away from him, stunned. The mysterious man featured earlier bumps into Kyung but the latter doesn’t confront him in the end.

Dan Oh washes her face in the restroom and frees the bullied female student, Nam Ju Da, out of one of the bathroom stalls. She is again astonished as she hands out some wet wipes to Ju Da, only to recognize that she didn’t even have that item to begin with. With the numerous times she’s been skipping memories and the recent incident in the library, she thinks that she has gone insane.

We are introduced to another character as a chef known as “Dried Squid Fairy” serves food to the students. Dan Oh nonchalantly mentions that she’s losing her memories and the man looks at her as if he knows what she’s talking about. Dan Oh thinks that she can see the future and tries to prevent her vision from coming true by switching her not eaten lunch to her friend’s empty curry bowl. She puts her plan into action by preventing Ju Da from tripping but she is powerless to stop the event from unfolding. Nam Ju interrupts the crowd laughing at them and offers a helping hand.

Dan Oh experiences another page turning event and gets called out by Kyung in the hallway saying that he doesn’t like her. She begins to wonder why she can’t speak up to him in such moments and only acts nice. As Dan Oh is talking to herself again on the school bridge, she is startled to see a mysterious black hole in front of her. She notices Dried Squid looking at it too from afar as well.

Episode 2

Catching him inside the school kitchen, Dan Oh confronts him about the blackhole. She sees the book called Secret on the table as Dried Squid quickly sits on it and doesn’t directly answer her questions. She goes back to the library where she first found the book and sees another black hole in place of where the book was located in the shelf. Feeling certain that all of these things are connected, she sneaks back inside the kitchen and reads the book. With her mouth wide open, she discovers that the images and scenes portrayed inside the pages are about her.

Dried Squid comes clean and confesses the truth to Dan Oh. The memory losses that she feels are the gaps between scenes in the comic book, she feels the shifts because she’s become self aware of her being. He says that they’re not humans but rather characters in the book. Dan Oh thinks that he is a lunatic and outright rejects his explanation. Dried Squid follows her around to try and explain things further but proves his point when the cellphone he drops from the school bridge flies in midair, much to her bewilderment. She calls out to her friends below and they don’t believe her because she was holding her phone the entire time that she’d been talking. Poor Dan Oh, haha!!😅

Dan Oh goes through another out of body experience when Nam Ju tells her that he’s giving her a chance to thank him but try as she might, words are not coming out of her mouth. She sneaks up behind Dried Squid and reads the exact same scene that just happened in the comic book. When she tells her friend, Sae Mi, the reality of their situation, the class teases her about it. After numerous time jumps, Dan Oh relives the exact same reactions and lines that her classmates said the first time she confessed — which means that she’s the only one who is self aware among everyone.

The next morning, Dan Oh holds her chest and feels her heart beat. She reminds herself that nothing will change and goes to school with a new positive attitude. Given her awesome background of being a heart surgery survivor, studious, and well-loved by her classmates, she embraces the role of being the main character of the comics. She proudly helps out Ju Da from getting bullied again and begins to wonder who her leading man is. She muses who between the 3 guys of A3 will capture her heart but her good mood gets disrupted when all 3 of them just walk past her, hahaha!

After fainting again due to her weak heart, she wakes up at the hospital and irritably sees Baek Kyung sitting inside the room. Dan Oh complains to Dried Squid how it’s possible that she has such a hard time when she’s the main character and he stammers to give her an answer. She goes on a monologue again about how unfair it is to be a weak heroine and when she turns to talk to him, Dried Squid has disappeared.

At the school grounds the next day, Dan Oh helps Ju Da carry a plastic bag and she hears another page turning sound. As the other students gang up on Ju Da, Nam Ju comes to save the day. Thinking that he is approaching her, Nam Ju actually puts his arm around Ju Da and warns everyone to stay away from her. Dan Oh sees a burst of light shining on the 2 of them, Nam Ju and Ju Da, and finally gets the picture that they are the book’s main characters! In a flashback of relevant scenes, Dan Oh realizes that Nam Ju has been referring/talking to Ju Da all this time, and not her!😜

Thoughts

I already said that I have high expectations for this kdrama and boy did it NOT disappoint!😁 I know that Extraordinary You is based on a webtoon but the way the story was executed is impressive. I am rooting so hard for Dan Oh as she deals with the fact that she’s only a comic book character that follows the writer’s will, plus she’s just a supporting character! I think anyone would be shocked to find out that they aren’t the hero/heroine of a story, especially when we see the world in our own eyes. I am in love with her character already, especially when she rambles and goes on a monologue rant as she tries to figure out what is going on with her🤣

I’m curious about the mystery guy that obviously takes notice of Dan Oh. Is he a supporting character too who is self aware or could he be someone more important? I’m not sure if Dried Squid Fairy is a good guy as well since we we’re given no explanation of why he knew so much about the comic book world already. Is the black hole a portal to the real world? Gimme more episodes, stat!!

Unnie Recap: Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung (Episodes 39 & 40) – Ending

History has proven that dictatorships or countries with a King can fall and be rebuilt into a new nation for the people. The Second State Councilor has his own plans to put into action but our protagonists will not go down without a fight. The only constant thing in this world is change, whether we are ready for it or not — we can either embrace such an occurrence, or die trying to reject it.

Episode 39

We are treated to another flashback 20 years ago showing how the Second State Councilor caught and threatened Jae Kyung as a kid to change the contents of the King’s letter. King Yi Gyeom patiently awaits for his child to be born as Mo Hwa congratulates him for having a son. No time to celebrate though as the invasion happens moments after and King Yi Gyeom is killed for supposed treason. Although Jae Kyung reports back to Seoraewon about what he did, it was still too late. Yeongan entrusts him to take Hae Ryung far away so they can live a new life, just as Prince Lee Rim was saved by Sam Bo and Mo Hwa.

An officer and several guards barge into the Office of Royal Decrees and arrest Officer Min for causing “trouble” at the Royal Court. Despite the historians’ protests, Officer Min doesn’t fight back and simply turns himself in quietly. He has a stare down with his father outside, the latter being pressured by his minions to punish his own son for reading the petition.

Also worried for the Prince’s safety, Hae Ryung seeks aid from the Military Commander to sneak Prince Lee Rim out of Nokseodang. They successfully dodge anyone who can catch them in the Palace and hand in hand go to a safe hideout once outside. Both are greeted by the Queen Dowager and the Prince’s loyal followers, swearing their allegiance to help him. Mo Hwa discloses to the Prince that they plan to end things once and for all at the banquet to commemorate the King’s 20th year of reign to be held in a few days. She warns him that if things go awry, they cannot protect him anymore and must therefore escape.

A discussion occurs between opposing side between the King, Crown Prince, and the Second State Councilor. As usual, the latter insists on continuing the banquet to front that the Royal family is not affected by the issues plaguing them. The Crown Prince worries when he declares that he and his father should accept whatever happens to the Queen Dowager and Prince Lee Rim that day, but the Second State Councilor reminds them that it is because of him that they can be in their positions now. Unnerved and burdened, Crown Prince Lee Jin visits Sa Hui that night to ask her a question about the daily records. He doesn’t ask to see it but Sa Hui does not mind letting him read a copy of the actual text.

The Prince and Hae Ryung discuss their future, with the latter telling the former that she’ll follow him whereever he goes if things go south. In a role reversal, it is Prince Lee Rim who declines her offer saying that she shouldn’t move with him. It’s not a blatant rejection but he explains that he was never locked up in Nokseodang but rather, he was waiting for the right person, Hae Ryung, to come find him. If he ends up running away, he can get through anything knowing that they’ll meet again one day. He seals his promise with a kiss. Selfless and content, I think the Prince wouldn’t want Hae Ryung to have a hard time as they run away together and he understood what she meant when she said the exact same thing to him a few episodes ago.

Episode 40 (Last Episode)

It’s the day of reckoning as the banquet is held with officials, historians, eunuchs, and court ladies witnessing the event. Jae Kyung bravely walks to the middle of the place, on his knees, confessing to the King that the letter allegedly sent by the King was fabricated. He points to the Second State Councilor as the culprit and even presents evidence that the King did not believe in Catholicism and simply wanted Seoraewon to be a place where they can study different cultures. The King is unable to speak yet and the officers argue on whether or not to believe Jae Kyung or not.

In a heated exchange between the Queen Dowager and the Second State Councilor, Prince Lee Rim surpisingly marches inside and announces that he is the son of Prince Huiyeong. He bravely states that the reason why his Majesty hasn’t killed him after all this time is because he also thought deep down that stealing the throne and death of his own brother was unjustified. The King stands up in fury and orders the historians to stop writing or else they’ll be beheaded. They don’t listen though and continue to jot down history unraveling before their very eyes.

Side by side, Hae Ryung kneels beside Prince Lee Rim and unwaveringly speaks that killing them will be of no use because the truth will live and resonate in the hearts and minds of the people of Joseon. All the historians join in the protest, backing up Hae Ryung. The Second State Councilor brands them all as traitors and orders for their death but the Crown Prince orders the guard to drop his sword aimed at Hae Ryung’s neck. He walks down from the steps and gets down on his knees himself, pleading the King to investigate the truth of what happened before. Other officials bow down and in a majestic moment, they all simultaneously chant and ask their leader humbly to right the wrongs of the past and move forward with a just conscience.

The next scene shifts to the Second State Councilor telling Officer Min in his room to pour him a drink in his memorial ceremony yearly. This must signal our heroes’ success in persuading the King and our villain’s acceptance of his fate. His son asks how he could change from someone noble to becoming an insatiable man seeking power. The latter explains when he gained influence himself, it was hard for him to let go of it. He does stand by the decision he made to have killed the King before as he believes that Yi Gyeom violated the principles and pillar teachings of Joseon with the study of Western culture. Officer Min cries in disagreement saying that a new world will arise and pays his last respects to his father.

Mo Hwa and Hae Ryung visit Jae Kyung in prison and inform him that the special investigation will commence with every person involved in the dethronement process will be interrogated. Hae Ryung tells him that she is trying to keep it together despite everything and Jae Kyung assures her that he never took care of her out of guilt. They are each other’s brother and sister no matter what happens.

Meanwhile inside the Palace, the Crown Prince announces to the Queen Dowager that he will step down from his position once the investigation has finished. Suddenly, Prince Lee Rim goes inside her room and asks for his dethronement as a Prince because he wishes to live life as an ordinary and free man. The Queen Dowager does not accept his decision and convinces him otherwise. I know that she means well but like I said in the previous episode recaps, her forcing him to be King is annoying! He can always learn the ropes in governing a nation, yes, but he clearly doesn’t want to involve himself in politics.

*** 3 years later ***

It’s business as usual for our hardworking historians!✍🏻 Hae Ryung looks to have been promoted as she has her own table now while A Ran and In Im have also become a junior ninth rank. They aren’t as afraid to speak their minds when Officer Hyeon, who is no longer a historian but is the same rank as Officer Yang, barges in the Office and tries to bully the girls. Sa Hui is not a historian anymore and is teaching kids instead. Her father comes bearing books saying that someone from the Palace (*Ahem* Lee Jin *Ahem*) keeps sending these for her. She smiles and graciously accepts the gift.

We can assume that the Second State Councilor had been executed as Officer Min and the now single and annulled Crown Princess is in mourning clothes. All the historians visit Officer Min and asks him to come back and work as per the order of his Majesty. They all laugh in unison as Officer Min grins back at them. The Crown Prince is now King and he has taken on the task to introduce Western beliefs and practices to Joseon. He remains optimistic and vows that Seoraewon shouldn’t only be a dream that they cannot attain.

Lee Rim comes back from his travels and surprises Hae Ryung with a trail of flowers leading up to him on her mat. He expresses how amazing it was to see dolphins on his trip but doesn’t reveal anything more so she ought to buy the travel book he wrote instead. It seems that the book isn’t doing too well compared to his romance novels, haha, but at least he is doing what he loves for a living. Lee Rim pretends to leave to give Hae Ryung time to rest but she asks him to lock the door instead for some sexy time, haha!💋 They aren’t married yet but that’s okay as they are taking their time enjoying each other’s company.

The next morning, Hae Ryung is awakened by Lee Rim realizing that she is late for work. She gives him a morning kiss on the lips before running off to the Palace. Once inside, she stops for a moment and takes a deep breath to prepare herself for what would be another great and eventful day working as a historian.

Thoughts

A happy ending for our lovers and Joseon🎉 I thoroughly enjoyed watching Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung for its fresh story, plot twists, and girl power!🌸 In the end, the power of the people overruled the tyrant that is the Second State Councilor and the truth shined as bright as the sun. Timing is everything and perhaps it will still take time for the people of Joseon to accept another culture; but after 23 years and no other villain in sight, I’m sure the future of their country is headed toward a positive direction.

If I had to nitpick this kdrama, maybe it would be that I wished some of the side stories would be further explored or solved. Like the stipend corruption that was never mentioned again, what happened to the kid that Hae Ryung helped in the first few episodes, and that Jean Barthelemy was simply a passing foreigner who wished to bid farewell to his brother but was never a crucial part of the overall story. I guess these instances are just meant to be accepted for what they are, an experience that may not mean so much in the big picture, but individually helped shaped our characters’ development.

Cha Eun Woo, the actor playing Prince Lee Rim, could have displayed more facial expressions in some of the show’s more tense or dramatic moments. I read that he was criticized for his poor acting skills earlier when the show just premiered but there’s always room for improvement. His character was sweet and loyal but also didn’t give up even when he had to eventually escape if they did not convince the King of their cause.

Hae Ryung had her fair share of right and wrongs as a character but the fact that she was consistent in speaking the truth & doing what’s right is her best trait for me. She and the Prince never really had a major conflict except of course when he was forced to marry but other than that, their personalities and beliefs always complemented each other. I’m glad that they showed a unique angle where women were emphasized and given a bit of power in a male dominant time proving that women, just like men, are capable of doing work equally and have valid opinions as well.

Unnie Recap: Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung (Episodes 37 & 38)

Will the truth tear people apart or unite them together? Knowing the facts is one thing, but choosing what to do with such information (Do nothing or stand up for it) is a whole different matter. Courage is so much more than laying your life on the line for something you believe in. It’s also being able to endure the consequences of your actions, no matter if the result is good or unfavorable to you.

Episode 37

Eunuchs and court ladies that were involved in distributing the books are captured by the order of the Second State Councilor. The matter is discussed at the Royal Court and confessions from the captives hold the Queen Dowager accountable for the deed. The Second State Councilor connivingly requests the King to close off the Queen Dowager’s chambers and investigate her court ladies to get to the bottom of things. The Crown Prince counters this plea stating that doing that is the same as accusing her of treason. The King does not give a decision at the moment and wants to think it over first.

Once alone, the Crown Prince implores the King not to give in to the Second State Councilor’s request as it will cause a rift between the Royal family. His father finally comes clean about Prince Lee Rim being the legitimate son of the dethroned King, Prince Huiyeong/Yi Gyeom, and that he is doing this to protect the Crown Prince’s position. It’s such a bittersweet moment because at least he now knows the truth but his words come off as a tool to manipulate his own son. He is speechless with this revelation and does not argue with the King anymore.

With the Nokseodang records in her hands, Hae Ryung resumes the search for Historian Kim Il Mok’s daily records after her and the Prince’s 1st failed attempt earlier. She reads that other parts of Nokseodang had been repaired in less than 20 years so she deduces that it couldn’t have been placed there as someone would have found it by then. She takes a closer look at the signboard and notices that it is not as old like the other components of the building. Sam Bo makes a comment that it is strange that the sign does not rot or discolor as well. The Prince pokes the board and the sign, along with a blue cloth with some papers spits out of it.

Hae Ryung stops the Prince from reading because it is forbidden for anyone to else read a historian’s record. She beseeches him not to read it yet his voice rises on why he should wait any further when the answers that he has been so desperate to find is right in front of him. He takes the daily records in his hands and Sam Bo gets down on his knees exclaiming that he will instead tell him the truth as long as he doesn’t commit a crime.

Despite a guard stopping him in his tracks; Prince Lee Rim pulls out the guard’s sword and puts the blade near his neck warning the guard that he can easily kill him if he doesn’t let him see his grandmother. He is brimming with a wave of emotions and confesses to her that he always blamed himself for the reason that the King disliked and exiled him to Nokseodang. He confronts her about the promise she made with the King that in exchange for the throne, he would spare the Prince’s life. The Queen asks for his forgiveness and says that she couldn’t lose her grandson too. Prince Lee Rim is a bit spiteful because despite being alive, he has lived such lonely years, thinking that he is being punished for no reason. The Queen dissuades him from giving up and that he should try to endure the pain, as much as she has endured all these years of losing her son too.

The next day, Hae Ryung speaks to Officer Min about finding Kim Il Mok’s daily records. She says that someone edited the records because there is a disparity of details between what is known now and Kim Il Mok’s words. Officer Min is initially reluctant to do anything and Hae Ryung calls him out that it could be because his father is involved on why he wants no part in revealing the truth. She exclaims that a historian who refused to submit his daily records was killed and that those who took advantage of the situation are now living a good life. Hae Ryung will lose respect for Officer Min if he refuses to take this up with the Royal Court.

Episode 38

After a night of contemplation, Officer Min talks to Hae Ryung the following morning that he wants to be a historian who can write the truth even if the effect is not immediately seen. They show the daily records to the rest of the historians and they are dumbfounded with the new details of what they have always known as history and because it means that the current King propagated lies just to claim the throne. To justify the rebellion, a letter claiming that the King then wrote to a French priest that he wanted to make Joseon into a Catholic nation and that he wished to send priests to spread the word of God. But as stated in Kim Il Mok’s records, it was simply a harmless note – which means someone changed the contents of the letter.

Officer Yang, Officer Min, and Hae Ryung go meet with the Chancellor as he was in charge of the historians at the time. They tell him of their discovery of the daily records and that a historian manipulated the facts before. He angrily dismisses their claims but Hae Ryung reminds him that he was also a historiance once in his life. She uses this fact to stir his heart into helping them reveal the truth at the Royal Court. I honestly think it worked!

At the royal meeting, Officer Min reads a petition with Hae Ryung’s name representing the historians. They ask for a reinvestigation of the past records as they have proof of a daily record that presents different details of history. They wish to know who is responsible for possibly threatening the historians to alter such facts and ask that all 42 officials involved in the dethronement of the King then be inspected. Of course, the Second State Councilor’s minions retaliate except the Chancellor who backs up Officer Min’s request. In a twist of events, the Crown Prince turns down the petition and declares that he doesn’t want to hear anything more about the topic. Cowaaaarrrdd!!😡

Elsewhere, Jae Kyung scolds Hae Ryung that the situation has escalated to more than she can handle. She says that she’s always thought it was strange how the 2 of them could survive the raid at Seoraewon and how he could still get a government position despite being actively involved there. She tells Jae Kyung that she forgives him for being the one who changed the contents of the letter and that he must have had a difficult time too in taking care of her and carrying the burden of his betrayal alone. Hae Ryung holds his hand in hers as he holds hers as well, a sign that she is at peace with her brother.

Prince Lee Rim visits his older brother and asks him to reconsider the historians’ petition. The Crown Prince scowls that he must want the truth of the dethronement to be revealed and not to simply discover what really transpired back then. He agrees with Prince Lee Rim when the latter retorts that is it his duty to just do nothing and be powerless. The conflict in the Crown Prince’s face is apparent but he doesn’t let himself be swayed by Prince Lee Rim and orders palace guards to not let him out of Nokseodang.

Hae Ryung gets wind of this development and goes to Nokseodang to see the Prince. She is not allowed entry despite being a historian, but she and the Prince lock eyes from his balcony.

Thoughts

I didn’t think that the Crown Prince would feel threatened about his position, hence not giving in to the historians’ request. I know that he loves Prince Lee Rim; but I suppose the shock that his seat in the throne, his known identity, is actually not legitimate thus making him anxious to hold onto it more. I’m not sure if it’s a misdirect and he’s actually trying to protect the Prince from danger but with this development, I’m uncertain if he’ll go against his own father or support the Prince. I honestly don’t think Prince Lee Rim wants to take over as King; he simply wants justice for his real father and for history to be rightfully restored.

It was also such a heartwarming moment between Hae Ryung and Jae Kyung because I know that the latter was fearful of the former discovering the truth that he was the one who sparked the revolt and ultimately lead to the deaths of many innocent lives. Hae Ryung understanding his predicament back then shows just how mature and insightful she is. This was the best kind of closure they can have with their past and to move forward to a happier future.

Feeling chills over the united front of the historians, I hope that their passion and loyalty influences others to join their side. I’m not sure if the Second State Councilor will employ force to threaten them now but with Jae Kyung, Mo Hwa, and the Military Commander at the same side, I hope that they officially all band together to fight him. I would like to see instead though is a democratic rebellion, one where the people of the Palace persuades the King and Crown Prince that they can no longer bury the truth.

Unnie Recap: Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung (Episodes 35 & 36)

As the Queen Dowager officially makes a move, the whole Palace will be suffused with doubts leading others to seek the facts of what truly transpired in the past. Now that we’re nearing the end of Rookie Historian: Goo Hae Ryung, what further revelations will be discovered now that our leads are slowly piecing together the truth of their identities?

Episode 35

Hae Ryung opens up to Prince Lee Rim about moving to Qing as a child by Jae Kyung to save her life. She confesses that Yeongan must be her father’s pseudonym and that he was accused of treason back then as well. She starts crying and it takes all of Prince Lee Rim’s might not to hug her. She wonders why the King couldn’t do anything to help her father before and now wishes to know what really happened everything. She further remembers her childhood where Ho Dam carried her while trying to find a book in her father’s library room.

The King tries to clear his name to the Queen Dowager that he had no hand in the attack against Prince Lee Rim. She accuses him of protecting the Second State Councilor because they have the same goal and warns him with a suicide threat. He does genuinely looked hurt and seems concerned about her, which is strange because he’s done things or have been doing acts that he must know upsets her.

A group of men convene with Mo Hwa and Jae Kyung and it is revealed that they are the ones who actually planned the ambush against Prince Lee Rim. Their plan was to have the King suspect the Second State Councilor being the mastermind behind it to cause a rift between both men. I think it worked as it did plant seeds of doubt in the King but the Second State Councilor is too smart to fall for it as proven by the last episode.

Hae Ryung searches through Jae Kyung’s things and finds an old government newspaper. She copies the contents into a new sheet of paper and finds out that a historian named Kim Il Mok who refused to submit his daily record and was therefore decapitated. The next day, Hae Ryung asks Officer Min if he knew Kim Il Mok and Officer Yang butts in their conversation narrating that he was a historian who took his job very seriously, leaving late but starting early. The story that he died not wanting to submit his daily record was echoed by another officer. Officer Min cautions her not to ask anyone else about it because others might misunderstand her intentions because he was also accused of high treason.

Marching into the King’s chambers, Prince Lee Rim asks the King boldly if he was not concerned of his well-being after being shot by an arrow. He gets down on his knees and declares to stay in that position until the King agrees to talk to him. Hae Ryung goes to him that night and he still hasn’t budged from his place. When the King finally comes out, the Prince earnestly asks if he ever cared for him, even for just a short moment. The King does not respond and orders Sam Bo to escort him back to his chamber. I guess that pretty much sums up his answer.

Prince Lee Rim is in a daze and is teary eyed remembering that even as a child, the King never showed any kind of affection towards him. I guess deep inside it confirms his suspicion that they might not be related but it still must hurt to know that the person you treated as your father all this time doesn’t love you back. Hae Ryung hugs the Prince as he cries in her arms.

Episode 36

We get a glimpse of how Sa Hui is doing as she is preparing to go back to work. Her father wants her to quit her job. She assures him that she can protect herself and that once she opens her mouth, the Second State Councilor will get in trouble too. I love how her dad is showing how much he really cares for Sa Hui, despite their misunderstandings, family is still family… even if the person they are in conflict with is the Second State Councilor.

Late in the night, court ladies and eunuchs are shown leaving books in different parts of the palace. The Queen Dowager’s plan is continuing to unravel as Jae Kyung, Mo Hwa, and the rest await what ensues next. The next day, every essential room in the Palace has the book, The Story of Ho Dam, easily available for them to read. The King is astonished how the book could have circulated and orders the immediate seizing of all copies. It is too late however as several officers, eunuchs, scribes, scholars, and court ladies are already turning the pages of the book. Officer Yang warns the historians not to read the banned book and Hae Ryung cleverly volunteers to hand over the books to the Royal Secretariat. She hides 1 copy behind a rock under a nearby tree just in case.

The compiled copies of the books are gathered inside the Royal Court. The Second State Councilor advises the King that it’s not those who have read it that ought to be punished, but the ones that brought the book and spread it inside the Palace are the ones to blame. His minions are bewildered on how detailed the book is and if this means that the Queen Dowager has found the missing daily records. It seems that the only way to verify the truth is through Kim Il Mok’s sachaek.

Depicted through a flashback, Hae Ryung narrates The Story of Ho Dam that a scholar named Ho Dam realized that Neo-Confucianism was not enough to sustain Joseon anymore. With the help of his friend Yeongan, they established Seoraewon to learn and better understand how Western practices can help better the nation. Anyone who wanted to study here was of equal rank and it signaled the future of their country. But other villagers, even the King’s own advisors, were wary of this assimilation to a foreign culture and the tragedy of Seoraewon getting shut down occured. Along with its destruction, both Ho Dam and Yeongan also died protecting their beliefs.

Jae Kyung and Hae Ryung have a heart to heart talk about the book. She confronts him on why he wasn’t upfront about her past to her but he responds that she should get on a boat to Qing the next day. She outright refuses and doesn’t want to run away anymore. She demands to know the whole situation but Jae Kyung combats that he made a promise to her father to protect her and doesn’t want her involved in this battle.

Being the stubborn girl that she is, Hae Ryung goes back to the Palace to dig up more information herself. She visits Prince Lee Rim and they talk about the book. Although it reveals a colorful picture, The Story of Ho Dam is still historically unverified and both of our leads seek to pursue the accuracy of the details. They go find a historian who had quit when Kim Il Mok was executed to help them shed light on what happened. They are first met with resistance but when Hae Ryung confesses that she is Yeongan’s daughter, he eases up and welcomes them.

He informs them that Hae Ryung’s father was his mentor but that only Kim Il Mok accompanied the deposed King to Seoraewon. He reveals that Officer Kim remained adamant to the end in not giving up his daily records because it will be distorted by those who betrayed the dethroned King. He also told both of them a riddle that Officer Kim told him about finding the truth in the island of green forest.

Prince Lee Rim has an epiphany and hurriedly goes back to his quarters. He asks Hae Ryung if she ever thought about the meaning of Nokseodang and she realizes that it means the island of green forest! The key clue that they needed to turn the tide was literally within reach this whole time, hehe.

Thoughts

FINALLY! It seems like such a slow burn to get to the climax but our heroes/heroines are prepared for a fight. I appreciate the fact that they didn’t just believe what was written in the book, even if their instincts tell them otherwise, and that they still want to confirm the story’s authenticity. I know Hae Ryung can be a bit reckless but these are moments where her bravery is needed the most. It’s nice to see her and the Prince share their thoughts with each other like friends. To me, it shows that they are mature enough to set aside their romantic feelings and solve a bigger problem at hand.

I do hate the fact that the Crown Prince, Jae Kyung, and the Queen Dowager are “protecting” our main couple by keeping them in the dark. It is a dangerous mission once they get involved but isn’t it better to know the truth, no matter how hurtful, than to live in a comfortable lie?

With the main theme revolving around historians, I know that they will band together again to expose Kim Il Mok’s daily record. Maybe this is the beginning of democracy for Joseon? Hmm.. probably too forward thinking of me, haha! My prediction is that the Crown Prince will take over the role of King completely and that improved checks and balances will be implemented to prevent another revolt. Aaahhh, last week to go for our Rookie Historian! Can’t wait!😊

Unnie Recap: Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung (Episodes 33 & 34)

How do you go from being lovers to awkward workmates? The aftermath of Hae Ryung’s decision is seen as she and Prince Lee Rim still have to work and see each other often. But a bigger, more pressing issue might just be their ticket to slowly reconcile and come to terms with their relationship.

Episode 33

Several petitions are being made to remove the female historians in the Royal Palace due to the scandal. The Crown Prince is furious because such a petty matter is being prioritized more than the country’s well-being. He berates the advisers for jumping on the bandwagon and putting all the blame on Sa Hui, when he is equally at fault for what happened. The King calls of Prince Lee Rim’s wedding because of what happened and the Second State Councilor has no choice but to take all of his rage with an apology.

Bearing medicine, the Second State Councilor visits Sa Hui at her home and apologizes that if he only knew she felt that way for the Crown Prince, he wouldn’t have pushed her to marry him. Sa Hui tells him that she’d rather be punished for her deeds but he responds back with a threat that since she works for him, he is willing to spare her life just this once.

It’s Prince Lee Rim’s 20th birthday and Sam Bo and his 2 court ladies excitedly surprise him with flowers and confetti. He visits the Queen Dowager in her chambers and she asks him to accompany her to the dethroned King’s grave to pay their respects as it is the latter’s death anniversary. Hae Ryung also accompanies them to the trip since she is the historian assigned to the Queen Dowager. After the ceremony, the Queen treats him to lunch and promises him that she’ll find a suitable bride for him in the future. Prince Lee Rim replies that he wishes not to get married soon but his grandmother seeks help from Hae Ryung to encourage the Prince since she has spent a lot of time in Nokseodang. She awkwardly agrees that he would be a great husband one day.

Once out of earshot, the Prince clears the air with Hae Ryung that she should not feel uncomfortable around him. He is still upset with her, even mentioning that he got annoyed listening to her telling the Queen that any woman would be lucky to marry him. Still standing by her decision, Hae Ryung exclaims that she is trying hard not to think about their situation because they frequently have to see each other. The Prince leaves her with his last words that he also tried his best and that she should treat him like nothing happened. Yikes😥

Jae Kyung meets with the Queen Dowager that same night as she is fuming with hatred for him, blaming him that it was his fault that the revolt against her son (the King then) happened. Mo Hwa explains to her that he wants to pay for his sins and is looking for a missing daily records book. The Queen Dowager reluctantly agrees but only until Prince Lee Rim becomes King.

Episode 34

Having dreamt about the deposed King (Prince Huiyeong), Prince Lee Rim walks around the Palace to clear his head. He meets Hae Ryung along the way and she asks if he had a nightmare again. He opens up that he found it weird that the Queen Dowager asked him to go attend the memorial ritual. Hae Ryung finds it odd as well and they wonder what Prince Huiyeong was like and what crime he had actually committed since little information is known about him. The Prince thanks Hae Ryung for listening and she smiles ever so slightly, I think feeling relieved that he is not mad at her.

On their way back home, the Royal party is ambushed and attacked by assailants with arrows. Prince Lee Rim falls off his horse and is separated with the others in the middle of the road. Hae Ryung gets a small table to shield herself from the incoming danger and manages to get close to the Prince. He hugs Hae Ryung when he sees an arrow being shot near her to get her out of harm’s way. They make their way to the other side to where Sam Bo and the others are hiding behind an overturned wagon. A few minutes after, the assailants stop shooting and runs away. The coast isn’t clear yet though as it’s revealed that Prince Lee Rim was shot in the back with an arrow.

The King is furious (again, hahaha😜) at the Second State Councilor as he suspects him of planning the attack. He responds back by saying that Prince Lee Rim is the first son of the dethroned King and doesn’t know why he hid that information from him all this time and why he’s even still alive. The Second State Councilor exasperatedly shouts back that it is the Queen Dowager who is leading Seoraewon. They leer at each other, with both men trying to contain their anger towards the other, knowing that they need to set their differences aside if they want to to stop the Queen.

After finding shelter and recovering from the attack, Hae Ryung notices that the arrows that were shot at them had blunt tips. She goes back to the site where the ambush happened and found one of the bows used to attack them. She discovers that the bow is flimsy and that the bowstring is too thin. Hae Ryung relays the information to both the Crown Prince (He came to ensure his brother’s safety) and Prince Lee Rim that the body parts targeted (Arms and legs) were not fatal. If they we’re really planning to harm Prince Lee Rim; they would have been easily able to do so, yet the clues they have gathered says otherwise and no one was killed. Prince Lee Rim concludes that the raid happened because he visited the deposed King’s grave.

The Second State Councilor and his minions discuss what happened and suspect that it was actually the King who planned the attack. The former doesn’t seem to think so and speculates someone else to have done it. The Queen Dowager apologizes to the Crown Prince for putting Prince Lee Rim in danger. She turns sour when he mentions that the dethroned King committed high treason and asks her to stop visiting his grave. The Queen Dowager cryptically counters that he doesn’t know the whole truth of the matter. Then why don’t you just tell him? Aargh!!😤

Hae Ryung and Prince Lee Rim go for a walk that same night and talk about the incident further. The Prince mentions the tombstone that he saw about Ho Dam and Yeongan’s name and Hae Ryung deduces that Yeongan is the author of the cowpox variolation book. They also connect the book to Mo Hwa, who Hae Ryung states she saw the other night meeting with Jae Kyung. Prince Lee Rim goes to check a locked villa inside the Palace, the one similar to his dreams. He and Hae Ryung see a portrait of the dethroned King and are in awe of their discovery. A memory comes to her mind as she recalls meeting him when she was a kid as Ho Dam.

Thoughts

Okay, let’s get our facts straight:

-Ho Dam is an alias the dethroned King used. He had a hand in establishing Seoraewon and is Prince Lee Rim’s true father.

-Yeongan is Hae Ryung’s father. He was a great doctor and is most likely friends with Ho Dam.

It’s sad to see the Queen Dowager making decisions for Prince Lee Rim, someone who she loves dearly, not consider his feelings. Yes, yes, it was a different time back then and I suppose losing her son made her more protective of the Prince. I just wonder what the Crown Prince would feel since it’s obvious she’s favoring his younger brother over him. I’m sure they won’t fight over the throne given their good relationship, not that Prince Lee Rim would want to handle state affairs as well. Since Ho Dam/Prince Huiyeong was in favor or Western practices, that’s probably why he was viewed as a heretic and rumors could have twisted the truth of his intentions even further. This is enough reason for the current King to oust him and take the throne.

I was a little bit disappointed that the marriage plot was discarded as quickly as it started because this was the 1st actual confrontation our OTP had with regard to their relationship. But it’s ripple effect was huge, that even if the wedding is called off, it doesn’t mean things can go back to the way they were before. I’m not sure how they’ll resolve it other than Prince Lee Rim abdicating his throne because I can’t see Hae Ryung becoming a Princess or a Queen at this point. Forget about their social status and duties, I truly believe that she wants to explore the world and soak up every bit of knowledge she can as a free and adventurous woman.

Unnie Recap: Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung (Episodes 31 & 32)

It’s the age old battle between obeying one’s duty or following one’s heart — are you willing to risk everything for the person you love? The search for Prince Lee Rim’s wife commences and Hae Ryung’s realistic instincts kick in creating a wedge between our OTP’s blossoming relationship.

Episode 31

The Queen Dowager reminds her grandson that he is a Prince of Joseon and this role entails that he can’t just marry anyone he pleases. It’s such a wistful scene because I feel like she knows there’s no escaping this fate and she’s trying to break it, in the most gentle way possible, to Prince Lee Rim. He and Hae Ryung continue their argument afterwards and don’t come to a resolution. Prince Lee Rim tells Hae Ryung that he doesn’t care what she feels and that he is afraid of losing her. Our rookie historian on the other hand is also upset at the Prince for recklessly confessing his feelings without considering what she feels about the situation.

Much talk and speculation is being discussed by the male historians about Prince Lee Rim’s true identity. They are curious about his relationship with Hae Ryung too given their tense encounter yesterday. Before they can ask her about it, Officer Min interjects and orders Hae Ryung to go record for the Queen from now on. She does not argue with him and accepts it willingly. Prince Lee Rim patiently waits for Hae Ryung outside his room and his court ladies along with Sam Bo are worried that he isn’t showing any visible signs of being upset. The Prince is disappointed when A Ran declares that she is the historian who’ll accompany him today.

Hae Ryung tries her best to record for the Queen Dowager but it’s not an easy experience since she has to jot down details about Prince Lee Rim’s wedding. A court lady breaks the news to her that a Lord So Baek Seon has submitted information about his daughter and she looks pleased. Meanwhile, the Second State Councilor and his minions are also discussing the same thing because they are baffled on why he would want his daughter to marry into the royal family since he has never showed interest in politics before.

Being the quick and sly fox that he is, the Second State Councilor sets up a meeting with Lord So. The former intimidates the latter by saying that the Palace is not for people like him and that he can replace him anytime he wants to. Lord So clarifies that he has no interest in gaining power by marrying off his daughter to gain power (Like he did with his daughter).

A large group of girls enter the Palace as part of the 1st evaluation to be Prince Lee Rim’s wife. It’s like the Bachelorette but the guy doesn’t get to decide his partner, it’s the women around his life who assesses the hopeful candidates. Poor Hae Ryung as she has to sit through this session of girls vying for her man’s heart!😢 Seeing the daughter of Lord So shine and noticing the Queen Dowager’s fondness over her, Hae Ryung tries her best to do her job despite her obvious discomfort. As the evaluation continues for the following days, Hae Ryung finds herself drinking her sorrows away when she gets home from work. She finally says out loud to herself that she is bothered by the fact that other girls are competing for the chance to be Prince Lee Rim’s wife.

In a plan B effort I presume, Sa Hui ends up replacing one of the candidates to be Prince Lee Rim’s wife. She is steaming with anger and confronts the Second State Councilor that she doesn’t want to marry the Prince. He obviously doesn’t care and reminds her that it was her wish to work for him so this is where she needs to be. She is visibly upset about this development but can’t do anything about it. Even the Crown Prince thinks of Sa Hui when she is not by his side as a historian. When her maids were packing her stuff to move, she cries as she looks at the gift the Crown Prince gave to her previously.

Not letting anyone foil his plans, the Second State Councilor makes a petition to the Crown Prince to have Lord So transfer to the province to protect the borders from Russian spies instead of training the military. The Crown Prince doesn’t buy into his request and knows that he’s up to something but the Second State Councilor defends himself saying that he’s only concerned about the country’s safety. The latter makes a threat that if something were to happen to Lord So because of the marriage between his daughter and Prince Lee Rim, there’d be no one to protect the Crown Prince’s younger brother.

Sa Hui happens to be the historian in the room and the Crown Prince takes out his anger on her by accusing her that marrying Prince Lee Rim must have been her plan all along when she allied herself with the Second State Councilor. She is hurt by this and exclaims that she doesn’t want a life where her actions are determined by another person. Being a female historian gave her the privilege to make her own choices, so the predicament with Prince Lee Rim is something she is not happy about. Before she leaves though, the Crown Prince utters that he knows what she feels and asks her to stay and explain her side of the story.

Episode 32

Much to the surprise of 2 court ladies passing by, Sa Hui is caught leaving the Crown Prince’s chambers early morning of the next day. The rumor spreads all over the Palace and even the male historians ask Sa Hui point blank if she indeed spent the night in Dongungjeon. She does not deny this fact and everyone is speechless at her admission. Before she could explain any further, she is summoned to the Crown Princess’ chambers.

Sa Hui gets an earful from the Crown Princess about how she must think lowly of her and that she must be confident that she will become the Crown Prince’s concubine. Sa Hui says that she never once coveted him and that all she wanted to come clean about her feelings. The Crown Princess scoffs at this and asks if she is not afraid that such emotions could get her in trouble, to which Sa Hui confidently says she does not regret anything.

Even the news reaches the Queen Dowager and she is happy because this means that Sa Hui will be out of the running for Prince Lee Rim’s wife. She meets with Lord So Baek Seon secretly and decide that it’s too dangerous for his daughter to continue with the evaluation since his job is on the line. What’s the point in having royal blood when you can’t even use this advantage to battle your enemies?🙄 They walk towards a place where they can see Prince Lee Rim studying from afar. Lord So recognizes the resemblance between him and another King in his younger days. Could this be the King that our current one dethroned? I always thought that the current King dethroned his father but I was mistaken. I think he dethroned his older brother and Prince Lee Rim is his brother’s son😮

Mo Hwa and Jae Kyung have a drink later that night and talk about Hae Ryung. She tells him that Hae Ryung will find out one day about the truth of her identity. Jae Kyung then reveals that he is more fearful that she cannot handle the truth of knowing that it was him who killed her true father. Okay, I can confirm it: Hae Ryung is the physician’s (Yeongan) daughter😙

Sam Bo encourages Prince Lee Rim to go outside and look at houses to distract him from his sadness. He does go out though but all he can think about is Hae Ryung as he imagines his future with her. He envisions feeding her snacks while she reads, wiping her sweat when she plants flowers, and even fanning her while she sleeps. A flashback of all their most significant encounters come flooding back to him and he decides to go and see Hae Ryung that night.

With a firm resolve, he barges in the Goo residence and hugs Hae Ryung tight when she tells him to leave. Prince Lee Rim says that he can give up everything for her, even his title as a Prince. Hae Ryung takes his hands away and expresses that running away with each other is not a happy ending. They’ll eventually grow tired of each other and she does not trust herself enough to not blame him when the time comes. Prince Lee Rim has tears in his eyes and calls out to her one last time, proclaiming that she is everything to him. Hae Ryung is on the verge of tears, and with all her might, she looks back at the Prince and responds that she does not feel the same way towards him.

Thoughts

As much as I’d like to hate Sa Hui, there’s just a certain determination to her character that I admire. She and Hae Ryung are similar in many ways, yes, but at least for this episode, I preferred Sa Hui more. She knew that her feelings for the Crown Prince won’t amount to anything, but she was still true to herself even if her life and reputation could be tarnished. I do think that she overstayed her welcome in the Crown Prince’s chambers to foil the Second State Councilor’s plans for her, but it also signified her last time that she can spend with the Crown Prince. She has also revealed information written in the sachaek and when the day comes that she is caught, I know she’ll be ready to handle the consequences.

I know that Hae Ryung said it’s not her wish to be married to a Prince probably because her freedom will be lessened and her actions will be scrutinized. But more than this, I think she realized while attending the evaluations that she doesn’t fit the bill to become his wife. Lord So’s daughter was prim and proper and recited all the traits (Gentle, patient, humble) on how a Princess ought to be. Our Hae Ryung is nothing like that, in a good way (haha); and as much as she’s been confident of herself all throughout the show, this is the 1st time that she felt unsure of herself🥺 I think she also realized that she can’t be like Sa Hui who can put her feelings on the line because marrying into royalty is a whole different world. I know she’s confused and scared but pushing Prince Lee Rim away is not the answer!😭

Lastly, why is it that the Second State Councilor has so much power over everyone? It’s crazy that in every Joseon period kdrama, it’s the one seated on the throne that seems to be controlled by the advisors. Can’t they just secretly kill him and be done with all the conflict?💀 haha! Can’t wait for next week!