Episode 2 begins with poor Bong-Hwan doing his best to repel the King’s advances, eventually continuing to drink with him and hoping it doesn’t come right down to consummating the wedding . When Cheoljong takes himself off to bed alone, Bong-Hwan scoffs and believes that the tabloids are wrong about him being sex-mad. However, just just in case he’s wrong, Bong-Hwan ties a granny knot around his gown. Eventually Bong-Hwan manages to nod off and starts snoring loudly.
By the time he wakes, King Cheoljong is gone but her granny has become untied. She convinces herself that she undid it within the night but still, the thought occurs to her that perhaps she might not have. Meanwhile, a confused King Cheoljong returns to Huijeongjeon Hall looking weary after a nasty dream.
Well, Bong-Hwan is weary too as he’s forced into meeting the Grand queen. Only, he senses a chance and questions Court Lady Coi about this woman. He is interrupted by seeing Lady Hwa Jin whom he immediately takes a normal manly emotions too. Despite trying to act suave, he slips slightly before checking out that this woman may be the one to push Kim So-Yong to the lake.
However, he/she has absolutely no shame. Past player come to action and rushes up to her, asking the girl if they will be friends. Only, when she smiles it seems Hwa-Jin believes she’s changing her tactics. When the King shows up, Bong-Hwan immediately becomes jealous of the concubine and King making adoring eyes at each other “hmm! the precious girl who should have been mine, goes to that….” and leaves during a huff. When he’s gone, the King hands over a flower for Hwa-Jin
For the shock and laughter of everybody, Bong Hwan picks the incorrect Grand queen, he manages to recover quite smoothly. The conversation soon turns to marriage and sexual love, which Bong-Hwan mentions he’s very knowledgeable in those matters, much to the shock and amusement of others.
After passing this hurdle, Bong-Hwan goes to the Injeongjeon Hall with the King. They both take their position on their respective thrones as we study the corrupt Kim clan responsible of the Royal Palace. as a whole, they were liable for collecting taxes and plunging down the country into misery.
Given the King is being used as a puppet here, the important ringleader is Jwa Geun who proposes moving the Queen’s father-in-law to an edge of power. This position of power however, would come with usurping Cheoljong’s own flesh and blood from this spot. Wanting to get on the winner’s side (and unsure on the proper answer), Bong-Hwan remains neutral and tells all of them she’s only concerned about the King’s safety. With the Grand Queen calling the shots, eventually the King is forced to succumb to Jwa Geun’s request.
After court, the King talks to Bong-Hwan about their grand gesture the night before. This causes him to stress further about whether or not they really did roll in the hay or not. Meanwhile, the Grand queen and Jwa Heun discuss Bong-Hwan’s antics and agree that she was off her game. However, they also want to find out exactly who pushed the Queen into the lake and aren’t so sure weather it was Hwa-Jin or not.
Speaking of which, Bong-Hwan does his best to woo Hwa-Jin later that day, unable to stay his composure round her ha ha. With the space clear, he asks whether the king is capable of lying but she tells him “he’s not like that”. Only, this confuses him more as he’s unsure exactly what she’s referring to .
In a flashback, the King is seen heading out with a gaggle of other hooded figures raiding and checking out something important. Quite what that’s remains to be seen, but the King manages to emerge unscathed and without being caught. As he sits and wonders whether “it could also be within the Tiger Den”, Bong-Hwan shows up and asks about their evening. Cheoljong doesn’t give much away but does tell her that they “had a good time.”
Soon, she is given more important etiquette lessons, which she fails to her utter dismay. A memory bleeds through about Cheoljong though, something that seems to hint at him despising So-Yong. this suggests there’s no way they slept together. Bong-Hwan suddenly bolts upright and throws her fists within the air, realizing that she was right.
Besides all this, she asks the Grand queen to fill the lake with water again but unfortunately she declines. That is, until Bong-Hwan compromises and promises to offer her an heir if she fills the lake. Bong-Hwan immediately heads back and tells the King, as they set into motion their plan.
Determined to seek out out the truth , Bong-Hwan heads out dressed up as a male scholar to return before the curfew is set for 11pm. Just before he/she leaves, Bong-Hwan finds out from Hong-Yeon that the previous Queen (the one before he took over her memories and body) was notorious for flogging all those that opposed her. Bong-Hwan thanks Hong-Yeon for her support and readies himself to sneak out.
With the plan set into motion, Jo Hwa-Jin is none too proud of the present arrangement for an heir. Only, as we crop in time we see fragments of her together with her hand out, seemingly pushing Kim towards the water. Now, the editing makes it appear as if this is often what happened but the way she staggers forward seems to cover the important truth.
Armed with a map, Bong-Hwan heads out and finds himself amid Kim-Hwan, one among Kim’s relatives who takes a special liking to this pretty man. Bong Hwan somehow manages to fool the guard and make his way into being alone. Then she enters the Kisaeng House and throws an entire stack of coins, encouraging the women to enjoy with him/her. Only, this extreme merriment causes Bong-Hwan to drink too much. and starts checking the toilets. He shows up within the men’s room and realizes he doesn’t have his “dragon” anymore and berates the cruelty of God above. Ha ha!
Meanwhile, the King, Hyung-Nim (Hyung Nim is Older brother in Korean. Why he is called that is a mystery to me still) and Hong all discuss the present squeeze play happening at the palace and ponder whether they will find documents confirming the corruption held by the Kim clan. The King decides to feature his father-in-law to the position in court but in doing so, use it as a distraction for what they’re really up to.
A drunk Bong-Hwan stumbles into the King’s room but suddenly hears the bell ringing and hurries out. As he does, Hyung-Nim and Hong are convinced that the Queen in disguise, having been sent to spy on him. Despite pleading with the King to not let his emotions interfere, king heads out and confronts the Queen, holding Bong-Hwan up at sword-point.
This drama is full of everything. I think it can go for the higest rating. All the actors are well grounded and superbe acting. Expecially Shin Hye Sun with her taboo acting really gives the arrogance and comic air that the drama needs. She is the real seller here with here versatile acting skills and many awards won, she no doubt steels the show.
First two episodes have set the ground for the drama perfectly. Kim Jung Hyun as King Cheoljong speaks in a funny accent and a style that is comic itself. Drama is full of laughter, and Joseon history sets the perfect plot for the story. Someone like Bong Hwang who is full of his manly ogling for ladies suddenly finding himself inside a woman’s body. Imagine the feeling. Shin Hye Sun is giving that deep feeling, not a little bit afraid of dealing with the taboo topics and making us laugh “Where is my dragon” She is not a bit hesitant.
Storyline is well written. Hope this will continue to the end without breaking the mood as many K dramas do. I am sure this story line has lot of scope to hold on to the roller-coaster ride we are expecting. Gard of the Kim clan is someone to look upon for a side laugh in future episodes. I look forward to this drama after flower of evil to enjoy as a masterpiece.