In Episode 9 we found Cheoljong going down the well, to their past and as the lid closed on him, he was left battling with the ghost of his relatives and Bong Hwan opening the lid, but thinking it was Hwa Jin. and started calling for Hwa Jin.
Bong Hwan from the top of the well, looking at him asking what he is doing down there? Seeing that he is in bad shape, She tells him that she will get help. (Probably they are alone in the house, and others retired into the annex. You might remember lord Kim wanting to give the newlyweds their space and removing everybody from the main house. Even guards stand far away.) Cheoljong does not want others to know that he went down the well. says no to the queen wanting to get help. Probably they will ask questions and will find out that he went down there for the ledger. That will be dangerous.
He tells her that nobody can know that he is there. And before uttering the next word he faints. Bong Hwan is left thinking how to get the man up without anyone knowing.
Next we find that Cheoljong lying in the queen’s room and she is tending to him, asking “why would you go down there where you have bad memories?” So she remembers now. She wonders whether it is ok for herself not to call anyone. Remember this is the king. And something happens to him, you are finished.
Seeing him having kind of a bad dream, she asks him “are you having another nightmare?” she tries to wake him up. Cheoljong opens his eyes, sees Bong Hwan as Hwa Jin looking at him, and calls her Hwa Jin. if it was not a man inside a woman’s body, she would probably have slapped him. Ha ha! Instead, Bong Hwan tells him “fine whatever you want to think.” He now can see that it is Bong Hwan and not Hwa Jin. She tells him, “this won’t do, I have to get someone.” As she tries to go get someone Cheoljong drags her by the hand and she is on top of him now. “She shouts saying you are doing this again.”
Cheoljong says that he had a nightmare. Holding her tight, he says that he died as an incompetent king. A scary nightmare where he could not do anything and died as he was watching. “The world was falling apart.” She tells him, “nobody asked. ” he wants to stay holding her for a moment. She tells him that she will pretend to be Jo Hwajin just for one minute.
At the castle Hwa Jin is having a nightmare too. Dressed in the queen’s wedding garb, and her servant telling her that her mistress has finally become the queen, and she knew this would happen. Hwa jin looks down the lake for her reflection, Instead she sees Kim So Yong staring at her wearing the queen garb and she wakes up in dismay. She opens the cupboard and takes out the book written “confidential” on the top.
And she remembers a sequence of events happened that day. She reminds herself as she goes out all Dressed up. She thinkings that she will tell the king everything. And she will not be swayed by the past any longer. She enters Lord Kim’s place and is greeted by a servant. She asks where the king is, telling that she needs to talk to him. and the servant says the king has gone out with the Queen. And lord Kim is not in the house either, Hwa Jin goes in the direction of the well, opens the lid and looks down. She sees the ledger down the well.
Now she is at the castle, and She contemplates that she can help the king and ruin the Queen as well. Probably the ledger is with her. She thinks about what she should do now.
While Bong Hwan is thinking of how to get off the tight grasp of Cheoljong. The Queen’s maid servant comes in taking a water basin telling that it is time for her to wash up. And she sees the newly weds cuddled asleep. And quickly retires with a smile.
Bong Hwan opens her eyes and sees Cheoljong’s face, her heart starts racing. She touches his nose, to which he opens his eyes, much to her embarrassment. With background funny music, she rolls back to the door. Posing like a man says good morning.
Cheoljong getting up asks what happened? Good question, and she replies in a daze, that “I almost touched you….U mean almost died.” telling “you were so heavy”. And she thinks that was so dangerous. Cheoljong is thinking about the missing ledger. “Did you save me by yourself?” Cheoljong asks. “You didn’t want anyone to find out, I used all the strength I had” she replies. Showing us Bong Hwan lifting the man up thinking of the old days she used to lift 50Kg. Oh! My! Talking to herself “Your strength doesn’t come from your muscles. It comes from your determination.” and she questions him why he did go into there at that hour?
He replies that he fell in there without knowing. She is now curious whether he has night blindness? Ha ha! And says it’s hard to climb out of a well.
Lord Kim is at the door, asking whether they are awake? Cheoljong says Hold on.and indicates Bong Hwan to Come over to him quickly, and tells Lord Kim who is outside, to wait for a moment. While seated together like a couple, he asks Lord Kim to come in. Her father Lord Kim enters. And tells him “if he had known the king would stay in the main house, he would have prepared a bigger bedding, seeing how shrinked they are in a small mattress holding together. Seeing her father, reminds Bong Hwan of the incident of the closure of the well, while she was crying not to do so. The same man is now kneeling down in front of them.
Cheoljong says politely, “Because of your efforts, I was comfortable here”. “I should not bother you anymore, so I should return to the palace”
Lord Kim says that he came to relay the message that the Grand Queen Dowager has sent.
We are shown next that a retinue is prepared for them to go back to the palace. Lord Kim is telling Bong Hwan “because Grand Queen Dowager asks for her every day, she must really need her.” Bong Hwan says “The palace does not run properly if she is not there.”
Her father says “taking her hand, even if it is busey and exhausted, is a good thing. And tells her not to worry about anything and focus on her role as the Queen. He says that he may be a father who lacks in many ways, and tells her not to forget that he is always standing behind her.” Bong Hwan says ok and takes her hands off. With the wishes from him to have a safe trip to the palace, and him asking the king to take good care of the Queen. And the King saying, “that he will pay more attention so the Queen is not lonely” Saying their goodbyes they head off to the palace. Bong Hwan thinks that “he is acting like such a caring dad. But he is a greedy person who uses his child as a tool. Thinking that he married his child to the person who he tried to kill.
She now is suspicious, thinking “is that why Cheoljong tried to kill her?” She asks looking at the king’s forlorn face, “why is he looking like he has lost his country? hmm! If you do not lose your country, did you lose something else? Wait? Did you really?” He replies “of course not”
And he tells her that it is a joyous day where she is returning to the palace safely. Despite his appearance, he is very happy. “well, as long as you are happy”. Bong Hwan’s inner self questions, “Is the bloody revenge about to start?” But she is forgetting something important.
She reminds herself that she feels like she has an important mission, but what? Along the road, people are looking at them, Ladies are talking about how handsome the king is. Ah! The investiture of the Royal concubine, she remembers.”How could she forget such an important thing?”
As soon as they are at the palace grounds, she is off the palanquin and runs inside telling she has something important to take care of. While everybody is looking open mouthed. Take it slowly, says the king. But she has gone dragging her maid. “My goodness my Queen”. Prince Youngpyeong and Special Director Hong come to greet the king. He suggests that they go inside and talk.
King asks where the head Eunuch is? Hong has made sure that he is occupied. Youngpyeong asks whether Cheoljong was unable to find it. And Cheoljong says that “it disappeared into thin air. Yeonpyeong asks Do the king think his father in law sensed it and moved it? “. Cheoljong doesn’t think so. Because there were no changes in his behaviour until they left. Hong believes Lord Kim is not adapted to hiding his feelings for sure. Could it be the masked member of the department of justice? If it was in the hands of Kim Jwa Geun, the ledger would not exist anymore. says Yeonpyeong with a worried look. “There is no way he would know where it was moved to” says the king. Hong says “ It is a problematic item. Lord Kim will not be able to tell anyone he lost it. So he will have to suffer alone. “In return, he will begin looking for the ledger. He will search for it himself.” says the king. And he tells them to have someone follow him. Yeonpyeong agrees. To Hong, ledger is a lost cause. And he suggests giving up on it. Furius now, the king says “if we give up on it now, our plans will go to waste. I cannot give up so easily.”
Meanwhile, Choi tells the maid to act as the Queen is always here and be polite. As she tells this, the Queen’s voice comes saying Hurry up let’s go. She appears to the happiness of everyone. “Hello court lady Choi” Byong Hwan asks Choi to bring in all the ladies of Joseon. And she tells her not to leave all the Han family registers. As from this time onwards, I will start the investiture of the Royal Concubine. Says Bong Hwan gleefully. Bonghwan’s male instincts are still active. (img1.14)
With the Dowager:
Bong Hwan’s plan is to look into the family by using the selection as an excuse. The investiture of the Royal concubine is the answer. She has her happy project planned. Then she remembers that she has to say hello to the Grand Queen Dowager. She thinks The combination of Jung Bong Hwan’s Soul and Kim So Yong’s memories will create a perfect act as Queen.
She goes and uses perfect speech and etiquette in front of the Grand Queen Dowager. Dowager asks “what has changed? You seem different for some reason.” She replies I was able to start afresh after returning home, in a perfect ladylike Queenly maner. Dowager is happy. And Bong Hwan apologises for making her worry all the time. And says that she is grateful that despite it all, Queen Dowager was so understanding of her. Oh my! Flattery can get anywhere. And the Queen Dowager is caught in it in no time. She is very happy. And bong Hwan continues, “to make up for everything in the past, she says that she will work hard to do her best to fulfill her role as Queen.(img 1.15).
Dowager says “will you start doing the most important thing right now?” oh! Bong Hwan knows exactly what it is. She probably is hungry now. She continues saying that she came as soon as she got well. To do just that, in an adorable way. “I was only gone for two days but I could not stop thinking about that.” Oh Dowager says, “ How do you feel exactly the same as I do?” “Then right now?” Dowager, “as of this moment, shall we?” “Queen” “Good Job”
Bong Hwan is right in the kitchen now cooking for Grand Queen Dowager. But everyone is surrounding her to learn the recipe. Thinking forlorn, “This is not what she imagined.” She must be irreplaceable”. She cannot afford to share her recipes. “I am not ready to become an educator.” but the staff surrounds her.
Chef sharpening his knives, says “you might have been able to walk in here as you pleased. But I am afraid you cannot do the same when you leave here,”.
Jo Hwa Jin is at the lake side again. Waiting for the king. Hearing the news that the king has returned. A maid asks whether they should head over to seonjeongjeon Hall Now? Hwajin want’s to head over to the Royal Villa.
Meanwhile, instead of teaching the recipe Bong Hwan makes the staff light the fire, smoke the fire and do all the odd jobs. She tells the chef “When you start working in a chinese restaurant all you have to do is peel onions in the first month.” ah ha! For the 30 year experienced chef, this is very humiliating. Bong Hwan is making them work like dogs without teaching the recipe.
Chef is ready to do anything to learn her recipe. This time Bong Hwan is making a new recipe with Gukbap in mind. So she tells the chef who comes to pry, “you don’t do the thinking, I will do the thinking”. And she asks why the chef keeps crossing the line? Gukbap is the comfort food of the common people and Gomtang is the comfort food of the upper class. What if she mixes them to make a completely new recipe? She makes Gukbap adding a bit of french style to it, adding eggwhite to get rid of the unwanted gummy flavor Mixing the two types of recipes she comes up with a tastier Gukbap.
Chef thinks she is using egg whites in a revolutionary way. The Eunuch brings her egg beaters, asks her what kind of food is she going to make? Bong Hwan says, “A food that makes one’s soul move”, and she refers to the food palanquin, whether it is ready.
She tells the palanquin bearers, “if the form dies I Will die too”. With that attitude try to keep the food safe and be swift”. Off goes the men with the palanquin of food. Bong Hwan thinks that she’ll love it more as she already knows how it tastes.”
The little girl comes running and tells her she was scared that she might not be able to see her again. Bong hwan says sorry for making the little girl worry and hugs her.
Grand Queen Dowager opens the food, She and the court lady both look at the food and seem disappointed. “Am I seeing this correctly?” She is angry now. “Did she serve Gukbap for my meal? How dare she put rice in the soup like some peasant food?”. And the court lady asks her whether she willI take it back? Yes, but she is so hungry, she wants to taste it since the Queen went into much trouble making it.
The chef is in the bamboo forest thinking how proud he has been working in the royal kitchen. And now he is someone merely lighting the fire only because the Queen is so good. And shouts “your highness……!” and his voice is mixed with a female voice to his discomfort, what is happening to his voice.
Darn it! Your highness…..! Again a female voice mixed. Looking back he spots court lady Choi. Also has come to take her frustration out.
Chef starts shouting all the bad words he can say to take out his frustration. Suddenly seeing the angry Court lady Choi near him. As if she is going to hit him. Telling “I don’t hate her that much”
He excuses telling the queen has been making him feel bad these days like a vegetable that rots in summer.
And he makes faces as if he is going to kiss her. And she backs off like a wild cat, until the chef excuses and goes. Choi tells herself, “I cannot badmouth her highness.” she might be at the same level as he is, but she must take things off her chest. She takes out the telescope and looks at the way he has gone, and sees his funny ugly behaviour, to her dismay, she crashes the telescope.
Bong Hwan goes to see Grand Queen Dowager. Dowager is looking on the other side. “ Oh my this heartless woman obviously won’t appreciate this soul food” she looks worried. She goes on her knees and tells her that she must have lost her skills because she was away.
Dowager tells her “it tastes familiar but foreign at the same time. She tells her that the Queen’s outstanding cooking talent is beginning to scare her. “You even brought back old memories that I had completely forgotten.” Her mother. Still a piece of rice is stuck in her lips. Her attendant rushes to remove it. “How dare you?” She licks that too. Dowager is asking now “why she is not willing to share those skills with the Royal Chef. She asks Bong Hwan why cannot she teach them to the royal chef? “
“OH, that old foggy gets on my nerve a little.” she replies. “Then we shall get rid of him immediately. There was that arsenic incident as well.” Arsenic? “Don’t you know? You fell into a vegetable state because you ingested poison in the royal kitchen.”
Bong Hwan thinks, “Poison? Then I would not have recovered so quickly.” and she tells the GQD “Royal chef might be a close minded old foggy, but if you dismiss him from this job suddenly like this,…”
GQD says “His job? What do you mean? What I meant was we will behead him.” Oh my! That was not pleasant.
Brilliant idea. You really are my anti fan.
King is standing by the lake thinking who might have the ledger now? More importantly, Why did this person take it? Will this bite them in the end? Or will this help them?
Bong Hwan taking a stroll in the garden with court ladies, is now worried. Whether he loses his job or his head, Why should she care? They keep telling her to share her recipes and skills, so the talk about her dethronement won’t be a joke. She can’t afford to worry about that old foggy now. She is about to lose her head. Seeing Cheoljong standing by the lake, She bows to him and goes to have a talk with him.
Eunuch announces the queen. She bows and keeps on walking gracefully. She walks in the most funny graceful way and bows to him. Making Cheoljong take a foot back astonished. “What are you doing Queen?” “I heard this is how royal ladies walk. I am your perfect queen now.” “What? Who?” Cheoljong is surprised and not happy. “That’s what Choi told me, isn’t it true?” No what I meant was “Who is my perfect queen?” “Me as you can see”
“Oh! You are scaring me Queen. Just be your usual self.” Now standing at ease being Bong Hwan, she asks the King, “By the way what is your majesties type? Sexy? Cute? Innocent?” Perplexed, the King asks her What is she talking about? “Ah! The grand queen dowager told me to select a few royal concubines for you. They are your concubines, So I figured I should ask you what your preferences are.” Cheoljong asks,“Concubines?” ….Now Bong Hwan thinks.”look at this punk, are you finally showing your true colours?”
Suddenly smiling with excitement and holding her hands, The King says “That’s a great idea”. Meanwhile Hwajin coming with the book sees this.
The king realises his sudden excitement has led to hold the Queen’s hands and he excuses, “Ah! My apologies. I was overjoyed.” Bong Hwan, now furious, shouts at the king. Saying that she wants to make one thing clear. And just because he is the king they do not belong to him. And she goes on further, saying that is old fashioned and primitive. The king does not own them. Cheoljong, looking calm and amused, tells her that’s excellent advice. And continues “so she means…?” Bong Hwan is not finished. She makes it clear to the astonished king saying that those women are hers and she owns them. And she continues tilling hime further, that he better not come anywhere near the royal villa. So the king can have the Royal Noble consort Eui all to himself. The king agrees, telling ok right. But on one condition. At least the poor guy should be given one condition. And the king tells her to lend him her ears. “Lend her ears? She now asks Why and what for?” He just wants to tell something so she only can hear. He tells her It’s ok and murmurs to her utter dismay that he will be the one to choose the family though. “ No she tells him that she cares more about their looks than their backgrounds” Then he promises her if so he will tell the GQD that he really doesn’t need any royal concubines.”
She agrees ok, fine.” But let us not overstep each other’s boundaries “”I evaluate their looks while you evaluate their families” the king is happy now, telling her “You truly are my anti fan. I was very concerned, but I have figured out a way” Now she points her finger at the king telling Not to smile. She tells him that he is no longer allowed to smile and also not allowed to grab her hands as he did earlier and he is not allowed to lie down on her belly. While everyone controles their laughs, Poor Cheoljong asks her with a curious smile, “Am I not allowed to do anything?” “Right you are not allowed to do anything” Don’t do anything. She leaves him telling Whoh! I don’t have time for this.
Cheoljong looks on smiling, “That’s my queen”. While Hwa jin watches. Her court lady asks her whether she would like to go speak with his majesty? No. she will return to the Royal villa.
More secrets to investigate
YeonPyeong has found Hwa Jin’s Norige at a convenience store. a young court lady has sold it to the vendor. He asks whether he remembers her face? He asks the vendor whether he can remember the face of the court maid who sold it to him. That depends on how much he is willing to pay, says the vendor. Yeonpyeong comes to an agreement with the vendor and says that he will return with a painter. The clearer your memories are, The higher my offer will be.
As yongpyong goes out Byeong In walks in with some identity documents. The specialist is sure the seal is fake. Do you mean these are forged identities? According to the specialist, they didn’t create completely fake identities. They have restored the ones that belonged to the diseased or missing and they didn’t do a clumsy job at that. It must have cost quite a bit. Byeong In contemplates “Prince YeonPyeong would not do all this work just to become a low ranking military officer. There should be more than that.
Hwa jin writes a letter to the king saying that she needs to give something to him secretly. And that she will wait for him where they always meet.
The court lady announces that Prince Yeongpyong has stepped out of the palace. Hwa jin sends the letter through the court lady. The letter goes to Queen Dowager Sunown’s hands before it reaches the king.
Sunwon contemplates, if she cannot give it to him as he seemed content with the queen, it must be something special. A royal conference in about 15 minutes will commence. She says to the court lady “ you should take a little break” the king was presented a letter given by eui. King tries to open it, but seeing Jwa geun, he hides it.
Getting his own way
King, addressing the ministers at the meeting, says, While I was away, you must have been very busy. Thanks to you I have nothing to do here.
They all in one voice echo “ Thank you your majesty “
To show you my appreciation of your hard work, I would like to hold a banquet on surit nul.
The ministers in one voice “As there are many natural disasters and complaints from the people, your generosity will make them think we are not interested in keeping order. And we only want to have extravagant parties. I believe this is not the way a king ought to behave.”
King stresses, However Youngjo celebrated his recovery after being sick for several months. By holding a banquet. The queen has been exhausted due to her hard work. And made a recovery after falling into a vegitative state. We ought to celebrate it.
Jo Hwa Geun states that they are still investigating the cause of her illness. they cannot pinpoint the cause yet.
She has made a full recovery after resting for two days. She must have needed some rest.
However the queen overcame a serious illness and made a full recovery. We must hold a small party to celebrate this occasion, I believe this occasion deserves a celebration. Yes that is my duty as her husband and as the king as well.
Your majesty you cannot proceed. An attempt to assassinate the queen is a serious offence. If you rush to clear the situation by holding a banquet … “Minister of war. Are you not happy that the queen has recovered? Do not tell me you want the queen to be harmed by someone. No I don’t. Is your political agenda more important than her health.? Please calm down your majesty., if that is your wish we will gladly accept your kindness. Then look forward to it.
Perhaps it must be all the rest, you had, you are full of energy. The grand queen dowager walks off angrily. The king she used to control is now out of control. The king walks off telling yongpyong that now he will use his enemy’s enemy. I will defeat a barbarian with another barbarian. We must establish…a new clan that will go against the kim clan. Yeoungpyoung aske ? Establish?
King says “ We will use.the selection of the royal concubine the queen is in charge of.”
Teaching your life for another
Back at the Royal Kitchen Royal chef is tasting some yams to make them taste like milk. Because milk is so expensive and rare, to make the similar taste with yams and seasoning. Bong hwan thinks he has worked so hard today, looking at the chef. She calls the Royale chef, seang the sad look on his face, she thinks I bet he has a whole family to feed. Chef responds to her saying “Yes your highness”, She tells him to make a bigger fire. Looking at Choi, he goes and makes the fire. Bong Hwan thinks “He is probably shouldering the burden as the head of the family…with those small shoulders.” She shghs, and asks what his name is, to which he replies his name is Man Book.
She asks him how many family members he has to support. He replies he is a bachelor and he feeds stray cats fish heads time to time. To his surprise, Se tells him so not for your sake, but for those stray cats sake I will teach you the recipe. Man Book is now feeling very thankful. But she tells that he is creeping her out.
She asks for some paper and writes something and gives it to Hong Yon, telling her to give it to the food palanquin driver to deliver it to the royal physician. The royal physician reads the letter “recommend to me some fragrant herbs that are good for the skin. If your answer doesn’t satisfy me, you’ll get a new assignment.” The physiciacian looks up saying “New assignment”? His assistant says there is more on the back. “I need Eunuchs who will help me select a Royal concubine.” Physician looks up and says in frustration, “ How come she is always looking for a way to make me an Eunuch?”
Meanwhile, the Eunuch who wore a mask is at the top floor of the library, chewing away medicine. He hears someone saying “please slow down you might hurt yourself”. And he looks down to see the king entering with the head Eunuch. King is asking the head Eunuch “where can I find books on ‘Royal banquets?” I will look for them, says the head Eunuch panting. “King says that he would like to see the book on Yeonjo’s Royal banquet.”
The Dowager Queen Sunwon appears to speak to the king. She ash gone to the Seonjeongjeon hall and Was informed that the King was at the library. The king asks her, “To What do I owe this pleasure? “ I just thought you and I have not spent any time together,” says the Dowager Sanwan. And she wants to have a talk. And they talk over a cup of tea. “Is it because you brewed the tea yourself it tastes interesting?” Says Sun Won. “When I look at you I am reminded of the late king. That was why I had a hard time keeping you close.” “I am sorry that I did not realize it sooner, ” says the king politely. she continues, “I assume that I knew a lot about the late king. Perhaps the late king my son…must have been a greater king than I thought. Seeing how he tried to restore the sovereign power by going against the Kim clan. I regret it very much. That I was not able to ask my clan to support the late king and his agenda.” “Do not blame yourself” says the king, looking obedient and like a tamed dog. I am sure the late king would not want that. Now a spark is coming to her eyes, she says “I was wondering if I would be able to correct my mistake against the last king through you”.
Meanwhile, Hwajin is waiting at the usual spot they used to meet. But the king is not yet there.
King says to Sun won, “I fall short of the late king in many ways.” she says, “ah! Is that so? If you come across the same goal as the late king, please let me lend you a hand. I will not make the same mistake again.” the King replies, “I will keep that in mind.” She tells the king “I am happy to have gotten to know you a bit today.” “The pleasure is all mine,” says the king. “Please rest now.” She tells the king and leaves.
Now the king reads Hwa Jin’s letter and hurries back to see her. But she is not there. He goes to her place excusing not being able to be on time. She says that she thought that the king would not come and she returned home. King says that he read the letter late. “You must have been busey, so busey that you could not read the letter.” “To tell you the truth, Queen Dowager came to see me, so we had a conversation.” “ What did you talk about with her.?” “It was just a friendly conversation”. “You seem to have more things that I must not know about”? She asks him “Then what did you discuss with the Queen? When you were in front of the lake?” “ah! Did you see that?” “Should I not have seen It?” “No. We were discussing the investiture of the Royal concubine.” “Hah, Royal Concubine,” “I am sure you refused.” “We need to avert the focus of the Kim clan. If we give them another power they can fight against, they will be less focused on the throne.” “So did you agree to it?” “I did.” Hwa Jin says angrily “This is the Queen’s scheme!” King addresses her as “Royal Noble Consort.” “Why are you calling me a Royal Noble consort? Why are you not calling me by my name anymore? You used to say that I was the one who can make you happy and sad. But now, has it changed to someone else?” “Hwa Jin.” “Please tell me how you feel. Have you fallen in love with the Queen?” King has no answer. He is silent.
Saving the Chef’s Neck
Meanwhile, the Queen is busey teaching the cooking basics to the chefs. And she asks Man Book why he is still single? While choi and Hong won are listening. He tells her that he missed his chance to get married because he was focused on his work, says Man Book. Then she asks about his parents and siblings? He replies, “In 1839 they killed all the catholics. That is how he ended up alone. Now choi’s attention goes to him. And he says why did they have to believe in such a thing? That is why he does not believe in anything. The Gihae persecution remembers Bong Hwan, Her history knowledge coming in handy. You must be lonely. I am not the only one who ended up like this. Says Man Book. He says “it’s a bit sad to spend the holidays alone, But the good thing is because they all died on the same day, he only needs to hold one memorial.” Bonghwan changes the subject. Saying what is up with everyone. “How did you know I was weak to men who gave off a sad smell?”
Bong Hwan says that food smells sad when a chef feels sad. Man Book agrees. He says, that is why whether it is happiness or sadness, I leave all my emotions at the door before I enter the royal kitchen. Bong Hwan says You always get mad. “That is because whenever you come here, you upset me.” Says Man Book. “you should blame yourself for lack of practice, not someone else.” “Look at this, look at this, Man Book smiles. “Look at this? Did you call me this?” “Look at you, look at you” he says more respectfully. “Ah! That irritates me even more! I should have just left you to die. Oh! Gosh! I am so weak hearted.” Man Book is now all attention looking at her. He realises now.
A court lady brings a tray to the Grand Queen Dowager. And GQD says It’s not long since she had a meal. The court lady tells her that she is not sure either. She opens the contents and it’s a face pack. Bong Hwan seems to be saying do not eat it. Share it with your skin. Sitting in front of the Royal kitchen and being fanned by her two court ladies, Bong hwan happily says “this is how I become irreplaceable”. From K-food to K=Beauty. Spices and food are besides drying. And she looks at them and says this is the perfect weather to dry food.
Byeong In’s Meddling
Her peace is disturbed by Byeong In. She gets up and adjusts her perfect posture in a funny manner. To greet him. Byong In says “your highness and bows his head, she tells him in perfect manner that she did not see him all day yesterday. And she hopes he does not suffer too much from his hangover. To this, Byeong In is reminded of the crazy kissing. He was speechless thinking for a moment. Then he says that he apologize for leaving his post. And he says that he has something to ask the Queen.
They are seated themselves in the Queen’s chamber and talk. Byeong In asks her whether she remembers the situation before she ended up in a vegetative state? He asks her was there anything suspicious or any suspicious behaviors? She asks him regarding the suspicious behaviors, who he is referring to? He tells her any one. Well, to be honest, she says that she thinks the other world is connected to her collapse. Byeong In is now curious, He asks what she meant by the other world, may it be another Power? She says no no. and composes herself realizing that she has gone a bit overboard, and she says that it was something that occurred naturally. Byeong In says that she may be shocked, but he will tell her anyway, and he tells her that he thinks that the king is connected to it. According to his investigation, the person who tried to harm the Queen at the Oktajeong was sent from the king. She opens her mouth as in amazement putting a hand to close her expression. Byeong In says that he knew that she would be shocked. In her excitement she asks how did he figure it out? And she says, “I am the only one who knows that.” Now it is Byeong In’s time to be astonished. Did she already know that? Oops! Something went overboard again. Bong Hwan now awkwardly says oh that thing is..we were both intertwined in various ways.
Byeong In is now raising his voice asking her “your highness did you act that way despite knowing all along?” He asks her, “does her love for him remain unchanged despite what the king has done?” “What? Love?” It is Bong In’s time to get angry now. “Why would you say something so disgusting?” she slams the table with anger. She says “if she wants to live well in the palace, she needs to get along with the king. She is getting along with the king because she has no other choice.” Then Byeong In asks, “then how could she do that with?” Bong Hwan says that she is already confused with her identity. Why would he talk about love?” She is angry. Getting up she asks “how is the investiture of royal concubine going?” with a troubled look. And about to cry she calls court lady Choi, and is taken in a palanquin to the place where the concubines are chosen. Running in excitement calling ladies, here I am”.
To Byeong Hwan’s dismay there were no ladies present. Asking where all the ladies are? Court lady shows her a table, telling them that they are over here. She could only see a pile of letters and she reads one, throwing it away telling what is this? I endured an exhausting day waiting for this? Wow! What a disappointment. And she throws all the papers away in disappointment.
Court lady choi thinks that she will never be able to quit looking at the kaleidoscope. While Byeong In is having his meal alone, is angry at the thought of the Queen going that far for the sake of their family.
Grand Queen Dowager takes her face pack out, and seeing the freshened skin in the mirror, she asks “What is this called again?” The court lady says that the Queen had said it was a beauty cover. Aha! Truth comes out. GQD was looking for someone to replace Bong Hwan, now the recipes are taken. And she says now she has given me a new technology. Looking happily at her new looking face in the mirror. At that moment Kim Byeong In announces himself in. GDQ is concerned about what he is doing at this hour. And asks him in.
GQD tells him that she mentioned Byeong In to her brother, so he could visit her. And asks why so late at this hour? He tells her that he never received such a message. And wants to seek advice from her. Without telling his father. He tells GQD that his father has probably told her that his majesty is different from his predecessor. And to Byeong in, his father seems wrong.
Meanwhile, lord kim is looking for the ledger down the well. And to his dismay it is gone. He takes a bag of ginseng and medicines to Kim Jwa geun and asks, is everything ok? Jwa geun asks back what do you mean everything is ok?. Come to the point. Lord kim unable to say the ledger is gone, asks looking around where Byeong In is, and assumes he is still at the palace. At that moment Byeong In comes in. greeting him. Jwa Geun says you are late Today. Byeong in replies that he never had a chance to spend time with his colleagues. So he had a drink with them at the department of justice. Jwa Geun says It’s late, so go and get some rest. Byeong In gladly agrees to do so. Sharp eyed Jwa geun knows something is amiss with lord kim. And tells him that he seems anxious. “Biting off more than you can cause anxiety.” “What? I am not quite following,” says lord kim. While Byeong In listening to their conversation pretending to be off.
Jwa Geun says “Why do you not know that you can put yourself as well as the Queen in danger by being reckless?” Lord kim says If I seem anxious, that is because I had not managed to capture the person who tried to harm the Queen. “Is that So?” “Gosh! It’s getting late. You must be tired. Since I only stopped to deliver my gift, I will get going now” and he leaves. Jwa Geun knows that he must have lost the ledger. Lord kim has come to check whether there is any news about The ledger.
Lord Kim, thinking while on the way, if Jwa Geun did not take the ledger.., did Byeong In do it? If that is not the case….No that can’t be. (obviously he is thinking of his son in law),
O Wol’s fate.
A maid drags in a heavy gunny bag and drops it to the castle well. Saying to herself thank god it is not me. Queen Jo Sun won and the right state councillor are discussing how it has taken a while to find the corpse.
Queen Jo Sung Won tells the councilor to describe what happened. And the councillor says the person drowned. And the face is not recognisable as it was submerged for a long time.
Jo Hwa Jin is feeling upset. As she remembers the conversation with the king. To her question, whether the king has fallen in love with the queen, the king’s hesitant reply was “I must not love the Queen”. To that Hwa Jin says “you are not denying that you are in love with the Queen?” King cannot answer that. Obviously he loves the queen. But he must not love her. The court lady announces Prince YeongPyeon’s arrival. He apologises for visiting too late. He has news for her. Did you find O Wol? She asks him. He gives the norigae she has given O Wol. YeonPyeong asks her “Did you give it to her?” “yes” “ A court Maid sold it” “Oh! Then O Wol is alive thank god,” she is relieved.
Meanwhile a maid goes to fetch water in the middle of the night. Telling they should have asked me to get it earlier. Something got stuck in the bucket and she shouts seeing a body floating on the water.
Meanwhile Yeongpyeong tells Hwa jin that he hired an artist to draw the court maids composite sketch. Once they see it, they will know for certain. Hwa Jin says she actually has found a way to help his Majesty. She is not finished saying that, a court lady announces the corpse in the well. And she says it looks like O Wol, her court maid. They arrive at the site. And Yeonpyeong tries to avoid her looking at the corpse, telling her it will be traumatising for her. But she insists on seeing it. Hwa jin is devastated. Looks like the body has been underwater for a long time.
Hwa Jin shoots arrow after arrow until her fingers bleed. And prince Yeonpyeong has to stop her. She tells him I am only getting started. And she tells him that she wishes to be alone.
The Person who can make me happy and sad
In his study reading a document the king thinks “ The person who makes him happy and sad” and he was announced Grand Queen Dowager has come to see him. He foulds all the papers and hides them in his sleeve. And humbly asks her what brings her buy? He gives his seat to her and stands in front of her expecting a lesson. She asks him what was he reading? He says one of the appeals that he has gotten around to peruse. She asks him “you seem much more enthusiastic than usual, which makes me curious about your time outside the palace? Hence I came to ask you about it? “It was good to temporarily forget about the matters of the court, ” replies the king. “ I am glad to hear that. You see, I want you to be happy. The king replies “ I am very obliged.” You have been through a lot. Have you forgotten about it? Perhaps fate can be inherited. She is warning him. If you learn to be grateful for your situation and do nothing. Both you and all your loved ones will be safe. So why is it that you cannot just sit back and do nothing?” Be Good your majesty. “Yes I will grand queen dowager” oh! This king is having too much trouble with women.
We see Cheoljong sleeping having nightmares. He is tied up like a puppet. Grand queen dowager controlling the puppet show. And all the ministers of the kim clan laughing at him showing the ledger. But he cannot move. He is tied up with strings.
Some people live inside a nightmare.
Cheoljong starts a cover of a book. Telling The Queen’s dictionary. No touching, means to seek one’s own happiness. Anti Fan means a powerful spirit guide. Awesome, Magic Hour, Attention seeker, Showdown, Jasmine tea, Ill mannered, special forces, lottery, Issue, and smiles to himself looking at the book. But they often find their own ways to overcome their nightmares.
While Bong Hwan is having a nice nightmare surrounded by beautiful women in a bathtub but just as you are about to have a nice time, another nightmare finds her..a male voice calling her, and she thinks the ladies have been calling her all the time so their voices turned horse. To her dismay It is Cheoljong. In the bathtub.
This drama is still full of fun. The music at some incidents proviede a more faun factor. Bong Hwan lifting the king up. Meating with the Grand Queen Dowager, Meeting with Byeong In, Doing matchmaking to the king with new concubines, the conversation lines, itself and the Poor Lord Kim looking for he leadger, without being abing able to tell about it is all supper duper fun.
every act shin Hye Sung is in, is fun. even the kitchen. She is the show stealer definitely. They could have brought more séance with the king and the Queen. and the King’s nightmare being a puppet show adds to sarcasm. Poor guy wrapped up with so many women plotting against him. and the Kim Clan making him a laughing stock. is pathetic. and the way he is having his amusement reading the Queen’s dictionary is cute. I can still give this drama 10/10