Episode 20 starts with the Royal couple inside the Food delivery wagon, and JwaGeun putting his sword inside to check in the wrong cart, thank god. Finally them ending up in the inspectors section. Getting out of the cart, they exchange a kiss and off they go on their mission.
The head eunuch was found sorrowfully clearing Cheoljong’s books. And he was shocked to find Cheoljong entering the room and asking him to come with him and help him. Eunuch actually thinks this is the King’s ghost, at first happy to see even the Ghost of the king, but when asked to go with him, telling he should go to his world now and rest in peace. When the Queen enters the room only he realises this is the real King safe and sound.
The Castle horns blow signifying the start of the enthronement ceremony. Grand Queen Dowager sitting on the throne and the King to be kid bowing and JwaGeun standing behind playing his part and the prime minister playing his part in the ceremony, only to find out that the Royal seal is not there. If the Royale seal is not on the King’s hand, he cannot be declared King officially. All the plotters of treason get a shock.
When the King panics thinking they might not be able to make it, The Queen tells him that she made a backup plan with Kim Hwan before she left the castle thinking that might happen. Explains to the King in flashback, how she summons Kim Hwan to her chamber, and how he gets a shock when he sees that Lee Sang-Mang was actually the Queen. She gives the task of taking the seal away and handing the seal to Special Director Hong and Prince Yeonpyeong.
While outside, Donghak believers attack the palace with Sulfur bombs creating a huge black smock together with ManBook, Choi and Hong contributing. Jwageun summons all the soldiers to the inner section of the palace for more safety. The King and Queen walk towards the main building hand in hand. The Queen tells the King, if we fail this time, we will have to start from the beginning. So let’s do it. JwaGeun’s weapon, the masked man is there aiming his gun at the King. Sean this, the Queen takes the shot. While she falls, the King tending to save her is also shot. In the midst of this, Prince Yeonpyeong and Hong manage to shoot the man on the roof. While the King becomes unconscious from the impact, the Queen senses herself going back. She implores not now of all times, she needs to help the King. Suddenly Bong Hwan wakes from his coma. He dashes away to the bookstore to find history books written on the Joseon Dynasty. To find that the King Cheoljon’s name was written not as Cheoljong, but Cheoljo.
We are taken back to what happened at the courtyard. So Yong the Queen manages to wake Cheoljong from his shock. Thanks to their bullet proof vests as suggested by the Queen in an early episode, they were safe. But So Yong is badly impacted. Cheoljong manages to gather his strength and fight with JwaGeun, while JwaGeun accusing him as a Donghak believer, and threatening with that word and Cheoljong outweighing him by telling I am the King of this country, Meaning JwaGeun has no right to accuse him for what he believes. Thus breaking JwaGeun’s sword into half and slicing his crown from his head. Jwageun tries to commit suicide. Cheoljong would not allow it. He wants JwaGeun to live repenting for what he did for the rest of his life as a slave.
Hong and YeongPyeon come running with the seal. But the King is hesitating to leave the bleeding Queen. She tells him to go and do his duty leaving her. Cheoljong leaves her with special director Hong and goes inside with Yeongpyeon claiming the seat rightfully, stamping the seal. Queen is unconscious and in danger of losing the baby. Somehow She pulls through with the baby unharmed.
Grand Queen Dowager was sentenced to house confinement in the west palase. So Yong, the Queen walks in telling her the news gracefully. That place is now going to be the Queens. Dowager was given a time frame to pack up and prepare.
YeonPyeong reads the punishment given to Dowager Jo for spreading rumors and tarnishing the Queen’s name, she was also sentenced to be in house confinement in the west palace. Although she tells them they are false charges, a witness was brought forward, the maid she told to spread the rumors. She has no option.
As she arrives at her room, SoYong curses saying “Darn it. That totally hit the spot.” And feels amused with herself thinking that some part of Bong Hwan memory is still in her.
Cheoljong sentences all the corrupt politicians in Byeong In’s list to three years imprisonment in Jeju Island. They tell the King that they were forced to sign that document. But Cheoljong tells even though they are still guilty of robbing the people announcing all the misdeeds they have done. And telling that they are a set of shameless thieves, Their property and wealth are to be distributed to the people they’ve been oppressing. And to have them walk through the streets for people to see including JwaGeun. But his decision does not include their family.
So Yong becomes much softened and falls to her role of the Queen. She goes and pays her proper respect to ByeongIn’s grave. She is no longer threatened by the thought of dying. And the stone carved letters of Bong Hwan reminds her of the incident that happened there. Her father visits her and the father and daughter loving relationship is growing when they discuss how he has become a man of righteousness. And the baby starts kicking.
Court lady Choi and Man Book relationship is growing, when Choi arrives at the Kitchen, ManBook embraces her warmly. Kim Hwan gets his appointment at the foreign ministry and he comes to Hong wanting to chat about the appointment his majesty has given. Cheoljong happens to come in at that time and Kim Hwan asks Lee sang Mang’s friend, are you a woman too? And the King asking him, did the type of you get the appointment? In an unsure mood. Prince YeonPyeong meets HwaJin again, and this time also he falls with a cramp on his foot. She gets concerned about his health.
Cheoljong decides to give more power to the people, so they will not be oppressed by the influential rich. Special director Hong keeps complaining that he thought things will get easy for him when the country is peaceful and Cheoljong is making him work more. And leaves without arranging the table making Cheoljong to do it himself.
Seang the Queens dictionary on his table, he realizes something is missing. He reads a letter upside down with San Sun asking him weather he is distracted. He cannot focus He needs to see the Queen, and decides to go and see her for a moment of his busy life. And the Queen is busy making her own rules for the staff. That they should not employ maids under age of ten. And anyone above the age of eighteen can marry. Making Hong and Choi feel elated. So Yong also feels something is missing. And she cannot focus, needs to see the King.
They leave for the King’s office. By the time they are there, the King is at the Queens. They miss each other going around the castle, finally she decides to remain near the lake so they will spot the King. They meet at the lake. Their affection for each other growing. Although the King is missing the Bong Hwan part of her, he still loves the Queen.
Bong Hwan looking at the Joseon history book’s portrait of Cheoljong, remembers that the painting has the exact expression Cheoljong was giving while the portrait was painted he could not avoid smiling. Reading the achievements of Cheoljong, he finds out that Cheoljong managed to put the pre foundation for democracy. Bonghwan is satisfied now that together with Cheoljong he managed to be part of the founders for democracy in South Korea
Story ends with Bong Hwan realizing it was not that the police are after him. History has repeated here again, the police are protecting him because he has fixed the CCTV and given the footage to the media for free. Saying in another way, the police are protecting the whistleblower.