In part one, We found The King sick with the explosion, Bong Hwan getting more of Kim So-yong’s memories, and battling with herself. Now she has those memories but she is neither Bong Hwan or Kim So-Yong.
Byeong In goes to visit Grand Queen Dowager, JwaGeun watches this and is not happy. Grand Queen Dowager tells him that he was right about the King. He is not the person who you think he is, and asks his opinion about the accident.
Byeong In tells her that there are two types of gunpowder used. One is imported from China, and the other one was made internally in Korea. The one they found in the incense burner was made in Korea.
Grand Queen Dowager thinks that the gunpowder belonged to the ministry of war. And the minister of war is responsible for controlling it. Byeong In says that’s father’s right hand man. Grand Queen Dowager asks “Does that mean…?” Putting a hand on her forehead now she is worried sick. Byeong In tells her his father’s Idea is to take care of the King himself and put the blame on the guards who faked their identities.
The Grand Queen Dowager asks Byeong In what does he need? He tells her that he wants the King. Later going to the throne room, He looks at the throne thinking to himself, “I can’t stop. Especially if you think that way So-Yong”.
Hwa Jin’s betrayal
In the morning Hwa Jin goes to meet JwaGeun and tells that It was the Queen who saved the banquette they so much wanted to ruin. He asks her “Do you think I would believe that?” “Do you think I made the King like that?” Hwa Jin says after looking into the matter you will understand. He asks her whether she wants to be the Queen.
Hwa Jin replies that she does not need any titles, she only wants to see the Queen disappear from the king’s side. JwaGeun asks her, does the king also like the Queen? He figures out that the king likes the Queen. Hwa Jin runs back to the wood dropping her coat. King is being treated for his wounds, and the onlooking Jwa Geun from outside, sees the Queen leaving the king.
Do not harm my daughter
Mun-Geun, The Queen’s father meets up with Grand Queen Dowager. She asks him whether he likes the King in this short amount of time, who has become his son in law? Mun-Geun says that he wrote their corruption records and lost the ledger, and he thinks the King has taken it. The Queen has nothing to do with this. And she does not know such a book existed” telling the king lied to me. Grand Queen Dowager asks sarcastically, “was everyone tricked by the King?” Mun Geun says she can punish the King, but please do not heart the Queen.
I know what moves you
At night JwaGeun meets Beyong In and asks whether he is going to continue to stay in his office at night. He tells the former, he need not worry about being blamed for the incident, He Byeong In, will find out who the real culprit is.
Jwa Geun asks him how big his dream is? To that he replies to become half of what his father is. JwaGeun tells him to go rest.
Flashbacks come to JwaGeun seeing Byeong In Kissing So-Yong, and she not liking it, going away in disgust. As Byeong In goes, he mutters, saying “I know what moves you?” definitely the Queen moves him.
Laying the trap
We see in the morning, Queen Dowager Jo, taking the ledger and going to the Queens quarters. Looks like the Queen is not there. She hides the ledger in her quarters and while leaving asks Choi, where the Queen is? And she replies that the Queen has gone to make some food for the Grand Queen Dowager.
In the kitchen the Chef comes and is surprised to see Bong Hwan cooking so early. She makes a recipe with so many ingredients and that has to stir so much while making and gives the recipe to the chef who writes it down eagerly. She is worried and making food suits her to overcome the worry.
Chef tells her that this very detailed recipe made with so much care would make the King wake up. She says no. This is a recipe she is making for the Grandmother dowager.
We see that Grand Queen Dowager and Queen Dowager are both sitting in the Grand Queen’s Quarters and the Queen Dowager Jo thinking, “Because I told her that, she makes me sit with the Grand Queen Dowager.” and the Grand thinking “ Do I have to sit with this cunning mouthed woman?”
They look at the food and the Grand asks what this is? And Bong Hwan explains it is brunch. And she explains what brunch is and how ladies eat together and have a good time. Queen Dowager says that she knows what brunch is. And she is not from the Ice Age. It is from the supper old Korean era. Grand looks at her annoyed. Queen Dowager says that she had it when she was young, while the Queen is about to burst out with laughter for this. She controls it with difficulty.
Bong Hwan the Queen tells them that it is carrot soup. And it will make their eyesight bright. Grand Queen tells Queen Dowager that she should eat more since she does not see so well. Queen Dowager says that the Queen should eat it all. Joking as people who don’t know who is the elder and don’t know how to behave.
Bong hwan wonders why it is so hostile here. They both eat and the soup tastes good. They both agree. The Queen tells them that she will make this opportunity often. The Queen leaves to make a dessert drink for them. Two senior Queens stay waiting reluctantly.
Queen Dowager mutters that the Queen’s food is overestimated. The Grand Queen says that recognising good food also shows your class. Queen Dowager tells the Grand that the King and the Queen share letters every night, what do you think they talk about?
The dessert drink arrives, and they both look at it. The Queen tells them about the ingredients she put in the drink. Ingredients include alcohol, but boiled and removed. Queen Dowager asks her whether she drinks alcohol in the morning? She explains that the alcohol is removed and all that is left is the good ingredients that keep your youth. It is not just a drink, it is a medicine. They both drink it and love it.
The dowager Jo asks her who taught her cooking. The Queen tells them that it is her inspiration. When she sees ingredients, she has ideas coming into her head about how to make the best meal out of those ingredients automatically.
And she says that she cannot say it is France, since they are scared of the French invasion.
Meanwhile, Hwan Declares his love to Hong yeon. Saying the king’s accident has made him think he should not keep things to his heart but should be told. To his surprise and shock, Hong says she doesn’t want to. Funny music takes this scene to indicate the feeling and laughter.
Byeong In finds out that the gunpowder at the explosion and the gunpowder they have in stock does not match.
The throne and the King
The Grand Queen Dowager tells Jwa Geun that she is worried about the king losing his hearing. Do you think the explosion is from gunpowder? JwaGeun says it could be sulfur. If it is Sulfur it would smell and the King would know. And if it is gass, it would not explode like that. It will leak slowly.
Jwa Geun says that they are interrogating the seven suspects. But they are not saying anything. So it is difficult to find out. He goes back and stands with the other politicians. The Grand Queen thinks about the food that was served. Could it be…..?
The ministers of the Kim and Jo families start to talk against each other. Each blaming the other. If they execute the seven men, they will never know who was behind this. And some yelling “No one is behind this”.
JwaGeun thinks taking more time could be causing a bigger turbulence, so he decides to behad the seven guards that are in custody. Suddenly the door opens and to everyon’s shock, the king stands at the door. And he walks to the throne.
Next we are shown the seven men kneeling down for their execution. All Swards ready and Byeong In is about to give the order, Prince YongPyong comes saying “Stop”
This is the King’s order Byeong In says. YeongPyeon says this is the true king’s order and shows him a document telling to release the innocent.
In the throne room, the King goes and seats himself on the throne. Others are all speechless. The king tells them that he has a young energetic body so he was able to wake up quickly. Saying
“I did not want to waste my time staying in bed like a sick person, so I investigated who tried to assassinate me and I investigated you all first.
They ask “You investigated us”?
The King tells them that someone tried to have a coup. Are you saying that your private life is more important than my own assassination attempt?
The ministers: No that’s not it.
King tells them that they should not have anything to worry about if they don’t have anything to worry about. Don’t worry, I found out who was behind this. We found Korean made gunpowder.
JwaGeun now looks forward startled.
Flash back is shown the King telling Yeong Pyeong that the pot will become a bomb itself. YoungPyong telling that was too dangerous and the The King telling that will make it a sure thing.
Back to the throne, the king says that he investigated the gun powder and found out that it was privately traded in the black market.
In a flash back again, we see special director Hong getting the gun powder. Dressed like a Japanese man and saying he is going to use it to invade Joseon. But they don’t understand what he said because he spoke in Japanese.
Back at the throne, the King tells them that the gunpowder is only for military use. They cannot trade it at all. “ I investigated all the gunpowder traders and found something strange. Gunpowder was sneaked out from a particular region. It started as a small amount but it became bigger and bigger like greed gets bigger. Do you know when it started, Kim Jwa Geun? The year I became the King. The year you became the head of the military training.
The minister of war says, King , that is a false claim. The King yells at him to shut up. “You are the one that works with Kim Jwa Geun who lets gunpowder be snuck out. You are part of this coup.
In a flashback, the King says he is going to use the guards fake identity as bait. Kim Jwa Geun should know about it. He tells his seven guards that they will undergo unbearable torture, but please withstand it. I will rescue you. They all nod.
The minister of war kneels and tells the king that he is wrongly accused.
The king slams and says if you talk about being wrongly accused again, then I will execute you right away! Those gunpowder sellers sold that gunpowder to whoever paid for it. Even to bandits and Japanese. This is an attempt to destroy Joseon. “WHO ARE WITH THEM?”
While all the ministers are looking around, Cheol Jong tells Jwa Geun that he weakened the country’s military by sneaking out gunpowder and trying to assassinate the King. You are the biggest sinner.
In a flashback we are shown Hong asking what the name of the mission is? The King says it is called Red Phoenix.
Back at the throne, the king tells the ministers, I am going to fire you two and send you to house arrest.
The Grand Queen Dowager stands in alarm and asks, what are you doing? Why are you so emotional? Did you lose your judgement after the accident? You should behave as the proper King.
King standing up saying Okay! If you say that….”you are old and have lost your judgement. I cannot rely on you for running the country. I request that you stop politics for me. Now it’s time for me to decide for the country.”
Grand Queen shouts saying King!
King: “I should execute Jwa Guen right now and kill three generations of the family. But for you and the Queen, I am finishing it by just firing them. Don’t you like it?
Grand Queen: Are you making a deal with my brother’s life?
King: “When you have a choice then you can talk about deals”.
Jwa Geun bows in front of the king. Saying “I am wrongly accused but I honor your order and show you my loyalty.”
King: This Is good. I was worried that you would be a greedy old man.
Jwa Geun: I do not care about my position. Just give me a chance to prove myself to not have a dishonorable discharge to the court.
The king yells in anger, Okey, but if the court does not have a decision by tomorrow then I will fire him right away with my King’s authority. And, the court that did not fulfill the duty and everyone else here will be fired!
All the ministers kneel down.
Later, the Grand Queen Dowager is seen talking with her brother.
GQD: You lost! You are fired by the King you put on the throne!
JG: I did not suspect that the King would fake his own assisination attempt.
GQD: Who do you think would make this trap? I trust you and let you take care of outside politics. But you don’t have eyes to read people!
JG: It is difficult to know how people are inside and outside of politics, we all made mistakes in picking people. You trusted the Queen and let her pick the concubines. But she chose to help the King. Who saved the party I ruined? The Queen. Inside enemies are scarier than outside.
Hwa Jin finds out that the king woke up. The Queen is resting in her room muttering if Cheoljong does not wake up then I am of no ue. If I am of no use I will be dethroned. And I will need to open a Gukbap place. Ah, that is not so bad though!
She gets the good news about the king being all well. And stands up to go see him. In her hurry, she trips over the desk and falls. Sitting down she starts crying happy tears. They are all happy.
Meanwhile Hwajin comes to see the king who is still removing his bandages. And hugs him happily. Saying “ I will never lose you again”. He smiles. But her eyes rest on the dictionary he made of the Queens terms.
In the kitchen, the Queen is drinking shot after shot telling it is difficult to see him and not drink. Choi tells her not to drink so much, She says go home in English. Finally Choi takes the bottle and drinks all of it. While Hong Yeon asks what is the matter with her. She tells tomorrow when she meets the king, she is going to do all the things she does not want to do.
Grand Queen Dowager searches the Queen’s quarters and finds letters and the ledger which was hidden under the ceiling boards. Giving the book to JwaGeun tells that she found it in the Queen’s room. He says the King and the Queen have been working together. He tells her that they can replace broken things. But we can use the current product as fire. Should I use real cyanide this time? The Grand Queen Dowager thinks, while she is being massaged by the blind maid.
JwaGeun says The Queen likes food so much. The King will tragically realise that as soon as he liked the Queen, he will tragically lose the Queen and realise that anyone around him will be in danger.
The blind woman goes to a place where a little dog was tied. She takes water from the dog’s water bowl and writes something on the wall. And leaves. A man wearing a blue uniform comes and reads the message and pours a water bowl over the message. And leaves.
While the Queen, after drinking, was carried to her quarters by Hong Yeong. Right behind Choi drunk but composed. The Queen calls Cheoljong names and wants to have a celebration with him. Hong Yeon reminds her that she cannot call the king like that.
The King in his room is checking the chefs writing and the Queens notes. Suddenly he realises they are the same.
The Queen opens her eyes in drunkenness and sees Hong Yeon looking at her. She smiles and asks why she was looking at her like that the entire time. You are always looking at me trying to understand me, says the Queen. I am really thankful to you. When I tried to leave here, I thought of you since I would not see you anymore.
She touches her cheek, Yeon responds by touching her cheek. And she leens looking like she is about to kiss her. In the morning she wakes up and rolls over to hug Hong Youn, but it is the King. She looks shocked when seeing him sleeping next to her. He rolls over and asks are you awake touching her. She is about to roll back and then sees his lips.
This drama never stops a beat. Always keeping us in suspense what will happen next. And it is full of energy every episode. It has come to the ending point next week. Still a thriller. Comedy. Beautiful twist.
Last week, I thought the plot might be the king blowing himself. All Kims wanted to do was ruin the party. And if all goes well JwaGeun ordered Byeong In to capture the guards and bring them in. Since in a previous episode you might remember JwaGeun telling Byeong In to stop worrying about the guards. If he does so, they might find more secret channels to carry out their work. And he further stressed that they can use them against the King in a difficult situation. Since their plot to destroy the party failed, he used the guards.
King knew this might happen, My guess was right. He planned the plot. Otherwise how is he going to rescue his men in a den like that. As in episode 10 going his own way to plan the party he tells YeongPyeon that he has to use his enemy’s enemy. And he tells further that he will defeat a barbarian with another barbarian. This is a master plan they have created, although dangerous. Otherwise there is no way he can overcome JwaGeun.
It looks really funny, the person they put on the throne all these years waited like a dog until the time came. He never displays his martial arts skills. And respect head down to the Dowager Queens. Pretending to be a half wit is now in full action. But, Jwa Geun will gain power again. As history tells itself. Oh! Gosh! This is really fun.
When the Kim’s realise that they got caught to the trap laid by the King, and now they don’t want the Queen. I think the next episodes will be the Queen taking an upper hand and establishing herself. Cheoljong and the Queen will make a pact. For their own survival. They have to. Hopefully all goes well. Between them.
Master plot, Master storytelling master music use in funny instances. So far this is something I have been waiting to see from a drama comedy.