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Recap: Queen In-Hyun’s Man Episode 16

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“A chance meeting that started at a gap in time. That meeting already ended a year ago…”

It’s a busy day in Seoul, ONE YEAR LATER.

Hee-Jin’s house is a mess and Soo-Kyung is on the phone with the movers. She hangs up and promptly receives a call from Hee-Jin. Hee-Jin wants to make sure that Soo-Kyung didn’t throw away tea set. Soo-Kyung complains that Hee-Jin never used it anyway but Hee-Jin claims she was just saving it until they moved to a nicer house. Hee-Jin makes Soo-Kyung swear and Soo-Kyung just tells Hee-Jin to worry about the photo shoot.

When Soo-Kyung hangs up, the hair stylist asks Hee-Jin if she is moving. Hee-Jin confirms. It’s the first time she has bought a house and moved. The hair stylist exclaims that Hee-Jin must have earned a lot of money, considering the number of commercials she has done in the past year. Hee-Jin clarifies that she actually didn’t make that much money since her appearance fee was so low.

The hair stylist gets a phone call and leaves. Right after, Hee-Jin gets a phone call from the director of the drama, “New Jang Hee Bin.” He is calling on behalf of his colleague, a director in the educational programming department who wants Hee-Jin to narrate a documentary for him. Hee-Jin agrees to do it since the director is asking her for a favor.

Hee-Jin meets with the documentary director and she asks why he wants her to narrate. The director explains that they are starting to film the next part of a documentary series called “The Untold Stories of History.” The series generally highlights hidden figures in history. The title for the next part is called “Queen In-Hyun’s Man.” Hee-Jin asks what the title means. The director replies that there was a rumored unofficial history of Queen In-Hyun having a lover. Hee-Jin is surprised. The drama she filmed didn’t mention anything of that. The director explains that because it was such a small event, it was probably taken out of the script. It was also only given a brief mention in the Annals. But last month, some very interesting evidence was discovered so the director hopes make an interesting story out of it. (Is it the letter?! Omg, it’s the letter!).

Hee-Jin is one her way to another job when she takes out the script for the documentary. She reads. “In 1694, on the twentieth year of the reign of King Sukjong, if you look at the Annals for the fifth month, you will find a interesting passage. Kim Boong-Do, who was a royal scholar, was rumored among the citizens to have frequently visited the Queen during the time she was stripped of her status.”

Hee-Jin repeats the name. “Kim Boong-Do? It’s my first time hearing that name. It wasn’t in the script for the drama. Kim…Boong…Do.” (My heart. Every time she says his name like that with no recognition, I bleed.)

Soo-Kyung has come home after a long day and Hee-Jin is still reading the script. Soo-Kyung asks why Hee-Jin agreed to do it when she doesn’t have that much time. Hee-Jin thinks it will be fun. “It’s called Queen In-Hyun’s man, not Jang Hee Bin’s Man. It’s strange, isn’t it?” Soo-Kyung asks, “Isn’t Queen In-Hyun’s man Sukjong?”

“Nope,” Hee-Jin explains. “Listen. At that time there was scholar named Kim Boong-Do and he is the ‘Queen In-Hyun’s Man.’ There were rumors that at the time when Queen In-Hyun was stripped of her status, Kim Boong-Do was her lover. This rumor reached the King. So the King brought Kim Boong-Do in for questioning and he died in the process. It was later revealed that the rumor was untrue. So eventually it was recorded in the Annals that he died an undeserved death. But this documentary is about what happened after that…” (Heart. Stopped. Beating.)

Hee-Jin continues. “It’s interesting starting from here. It was written in the Annals that this man died but records of him alive have been discovered recently. The descendants of Nam Goong Man Prime Minister revealed the minister’s journal last month (Nam Goong Man is the man with the daughter who the King wanted Boong-Do to marry). In the journal, the minister wrote that he saw Kim Boong-Do alive. Nam Goong Man saw Kim Boong-Do coincidentally one day while he was taking a survey of the country. This was a year after it was written in the Annals that Kim Boong-Do died.”

(I want to see Kim Boong-Do’s face so badly, guys. Only five minutes into the show but it feels like forever!)

It is Joseon and the subtitles read, “1695, fifth month, Pyeong-An province, Eui Ju.” The Prime Minister is walking the streets with his men and takes a break to eat. He wants to go wash his hands first so he heads out into the back alleyway where he bumps into a tall man, his face covered by a large hat. The minister asks if the man is alright but the man remains silent and tries to pass on. But the minister stops him, saying, “You look like someone I know.” Kim Boong-Do hurriedly pushes the minister away and runs. Soldiers come to the minister and ask him what’s wrong. The minister says, “What is this? I saw a dead man. Chase that man. Find out who he is!”

The soldiers chase after Boong-Do through the streets. (I want to see your face, Boong-Do! I want to hear your voice!) Boong-Do manages to find his way back the guesthouse and starts to pack his things. He hears the soldiers outside, however, asking for a tall man with short hair. The owner replies that a man of that description is here; he’s been hear about five days. Boong-Do steps out and the soldiers ask him if he knows that he just bumped into the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister wants to see him. While it first looks like Boong-Do will go with the men, he then quickly pushes them away and starts to run. The soldiers try to chase him.

The soldiers eventually just bring the only thing left from Boong-Do’s room to the Prime Minister. He looks it over, noting it is not a book that can be read by commoners. He flips the pages and sees a white document. He opens it and exclaims that the handwriting belongs to Kim Boong-Do. “How can this be?”

Boong-Do is once again running away on a horse. He comes across a divided road and asks his horse, “Where should we go? Where do you want to go?” (Why does it break my heart to hear him say this?!) The horse picks the left road and Boong-Do says, “This way? Okay, let’s go.” (Ugh, making a choice when it doesn’t make any difference. My poor Boong-Do.)

The Prime Minister reports to the King that country seems to be in a good state. The King asks if there was anything else and the minister answers that one strange thing happened. He saw someone who looked like Kim Boong-Do. It wasn’t just the physical appearance but also the handwriting and his writing style. He thought that perhaps Kim Boong-Do was alive so he wanted to question the man but the man ran away.

The King asks with a sad smile, “Did he look like he suffered?” The Prime Minister is surprised by the King’s reaction. The King continues, “I have a debt to Kim Boong-Do.” The Prime Minister tries to question the King but the eunuch interrupts him. The King warns the Prime Minister to not say anything about this to anyone. “That man is already a dead person.” The Prime Minister complies.

The Prime Minister later writes in his journal, “I don’t know what happened between the King and Kim Boong-Do, but I am sure that he is alive and that he is traveling around the country in order to not be caught. Because I know that due to the scholar’s sacrifice, the country has regained stability, my heart is saddened to think about his difficult life. But the fact that he lives must forever be kept a secret.”

Soo-Kyung asks Hee-Jin why she is not sleeping but Hee-Jin is too absorbed with the script. Hee-Jin feels bad for the man, Kim Boong-Do. Seeing that the King didn’t kill him but just secretly chased him away means that it wasn’t an actual affair but a one-sided love story. “I mean, how did a man from a well-known family, who passed the civil examination with top score at the age of nineteen and received the respect of the King, come to fall in love with the Queen? Tsk, tsk, tsk. This is totally a case of a life ruined because of a woman.” (That woman is you, Hee-Jin! You!!!!!!!!! My poor Boong-Do! Please remember him Hee-Jin. Please!)

Boong-Do is refilling his water container at a temple. He quietly passes the ladle to a couple behind him and walks away. The man thinks he recognizes Boong-Do.

Boong-Do is getting his horse ready to leave when a monk approaches him. It is the same monk that told Boong-Do about Sook Myung monk’s death. They bow to each other and the monk asks why Boong-Do is here. Boong-Do replies, “I thought Joseon was fairly large but after traveling for a year, I have passed the same places many times.”

The monk asks, “Until when will you keep running away? Aren’t you tired?” Boong-Do replies, “I am tired. But funnily enough, it has become the reason for living. Being chased is not bad. If I didn’t even have the goal of running away, I don’t know how I would have lived each day.” (I am weeping blood for this man.)

The monk looks on sadly. “If you have committed a crime, isn’t it right that you pay the price of the crime?” Boong-Do replies, “I want to do that too but getting caught is actually a larger crime.” The monk does not understand Boong-Do’s words. Boong-Do simply says, “I think I have stayed too long. I don’t want to bring trouble here too.”

Right at that moment, soldiers with the man who recognized him come for Boong-Do. Boong-Do tells the monk to say that he doesn’t know him. Boong-Do tries to run away but soldiers surround him. The head officer comes and proclaims that Boong-Do is to be arrested on the charges of murder. Boong-Do, without any weapons of his own and only using a rope, takes down a few men. He is then able to steal a weapon from one of the soldiers and holds it a point. He looks around his surroundings, however, and sees the  soldiers all around and regular citizens watching in fear. Boong-Do drops his weapon.

It is the recording studio. Hee-Jin is in the sound booth, recording the narration. “Last month, the Prime Minister’s journal was revealed. In it was written the surprise meeting with the “dead” Kim Boong-Do and his conversation with the King. Kim Boong-Do’s letter that was found along with the journal is also drawing attention. In this letter, written in the sixth month of 1694- a month after his recorded death- we can feel a deep affection and the sadness of a separation towards a nameless person. Scholars speculate that this letter is addressed to Queen In-Hyun, the rumored receiver of his affection.”

Another narrator reads the letter. (OMG, nice deep voice but Boong-Do was not that old!) “This letter is written to both me and you. I may forget that I wrote this letter or this letter itself might disappear. But this letter is written for me and you, either one of us who may live on holding onto memories… My final wish is that I want to remember you. Not even having those memories in an aimless life will be hell. And you…I hope that even if you read this letter in the future, you won’t know who it is for.” Hee-Jin is watching and listening to this in the studio. (Ha! So this how Hee-Jin doesn’t need to know to read the Hanja. Brilliant, writer, brilliant.)

Hee-Jin continues her narration. “A man who wanted his love to forget him. It is probably because she was out of his reach. How about the man? Was he able to keep his memories? It seems that he didn’t forget. The woman is mentioned a few times in other documents found along with the letter.” (Aw, Boong-Do kept on writing about her.)

The director calls cut. They are done for the first episode. The actor who narrated Boong-Do’s letter is going out for a drink. Hee-Jin looks on wistfully at the screen in front of her, portraying “Kim Boong-Do” writing the letter.

The director comes into the sound booth, followed by Dong-Min. He winks at her and calls her out.

Dong-Min and Hee-Jin sit drinking coffee. Dong-Min comments that Hee-Jin seems to be doing all sorts of stuff these days. Hee-Jin replies that since the director asked for a favor, she couldn’t decline. Hee-Jin asks, “I read you were shooting overseas. When did you come back?” Dong-Min is happy her question. “So you were curious about me? You must have missed me in order to read news about me.” Hee-Jin clarifies. “I don’t want to say this because you’ll act even more superior but whenever I go on the internet, your news is everywhere.” Dong-Min replies, “It isn’t acting. I am just really superior. Only you call it acting.”

Hee-Jin asks, “Why are you here?” Dong-Min answers Hee-Jin with his own question. “You don’t have anyone these days, right? I’m so lonely. Let’s date again. Do you just want to work until you die? What the point of making all that money? I’m lonely and you’re lonely.”

It looks like this isn’t the first time that Dong-Min has asked within the past year. Hee-Jin says, “I read that you are dating someone in a girl group who is ten years younger.” Dong-Min whispers into Hee-Jin’s ear that the girl was too immature. “No matter where I look or how much I think about it, there is no other woman like Choi Hee-Jin.”

Hee-Jin just says, “Do I look that easy to you?” Dong-Min pulls out the aegyo. “What about a drink tonight?” Hee-Jin looks over to the other side of the lobby to see Na-Jeong walking. She says to Dong-Min, “How about her? I think you guys are perfect for each other.” Dong-Min yells to Na-Jeong. “Do you want to go out with me? Hee-Jin claims we are perfect for each other.” Na-Jeong can’t believe what she is hearing. Dong-Min continues, “If you want to date me, I will comply. Since I’m so lonely, I can’t be picky.” (Wow. Now that’s a proposal a woman can’t refuse. *Snort*)

Hee-Jin whispers, “You’re crazy,” and Na-Jeong denies the man with a very clear “X.”

Dong-Min turns to Hee-Jin. “See, there is no hope for her.” Hee-Jin asks, “When will you grow up?” Dong-Min answers, “I don’t want to.”

Chun-Soo calls Dong-Min away but when it looks like he is going to leave with Dong-Min, Chun-Soo comes back and quietly asks Hee-Jin, “What is Soo-Kyung up to these days? Is she meeting someone?” Hee-Jin asks, “Why do you want to know?” Chun-Soo answers, “Because I’m lonely these days.” Hee-Jin tries to save Soo-Kyung from Chun-Soo. “She hasn’t said anything but it looks like she has a boyfriend.” Chun-Soo is disappointed.

Soo-Kyung and Hee-Jin are in the van together. Soo-Kyung exclaims, “If he can’t sleep at night, he should take a sleeping pill. Why is he asking about me? Why are those two so similar to each other and why us? Do we look that easy to them? Are we their plaything?” Still, Soo-Kyung can’t help but feel a little flattered as she brushes out her eyelashes. “That old man does have a good eye for people though. So what did you say?” Hee-Jin tells her that she told Chun-Soo Soo-Kyung has a boyfriend. This is not what Soo-Kyung wanted to hear, however. She cries, “When did I have a boyfriend?” Hee-Jin explains, “I told him that so he would give up and not bother you.” Soo-Kyung’s expression shows that she wants to chew Hee-Jin up and feed her to the dogs. Hee-Jin asks, “Did I say something wrong?” Soo-Kyung pretends that nothing is wrong. “You did well.” Soo-Kyung whispers to herself, “She is no help to my life.”

Hee-Jin scolds the driver. “We’re going to be late.” Soo-Kyung yells at Hee-Jin, her bitterness finding an outlet. “I told you to not do this documentary! Why the heck are they doing an outdoor shooting when it’s just a few lines of narration? Are they trying to milk you for everything they can?!”

The documentary production team is at the palace courtyard and the director explains to Hee-Jin that she is to walk down the path and narrate. Hee-Jin tells her stylist that she used to come here every day when she was filming the drama but it’s been a year since she last came. Hee-Jin slowly looks around the palace courtyard as we see Boong-Do, back in Joseon time, being led into the palace by soldiers.

Boong-Do is stopped at the same place that Hee-Jin stands in the future. Boong-Do looks around with a wistful smile on his face. The soldier asks, “What are you looking at?” Boong-Do replies, “It’s been a while since I was last here.” The soldier laughs. How can someone like him have been to the palace before? Right at that moment, the Prime Minister and other officials enter the courtyard. Boong-Do quickly turns his head.

Hee-Jin starts to film. “The battle between the Western faction and Southern faction. The entangle destiny of In-Hyun Wang Hoo and Jang Ok Jeong. We are familiar with their story that has been retold many times in dramas. In the recorded bloodbath in the spring of 1694, there is a record of an interesting figure. Because of a scandal with Queen In-Hyun, the man had to prove his innocence through death. Kim Boong-Do, a member of the Western faction, a royal scholar, and 27 years of age. He is today’s main figure- Queen In-Hyun’s Man.” As Hee-Jin narrates, she walks through Kim Boong-Do and stands back-to-back to him. We also see the buildings of Seoul rising in Hee-Jin’s time.

Hee-Jin continues, “Did that man really love Queen In-Hyun? Or as it is written in the Annals, was it just a false charge?” As the screen color fades back and forth to signify the thinning veil between the two time periods, Hee-Jin suddenly starts to feel pain in her chest. She looks around a bit but composes herself. She starts to narrate again.

“Kim Boong-Do. A figure recorded in history as man from a great family who passed the civil examination with top score, received respect from the King, and died after loving the Queen.” Tears start to fall from Hee-Jin’s eyes while at the same time, tears form in Boong-Do’s eyes. “Starting from now, we will take a look at his short life.”

The director calls cut. “What’s wrong?” Hee-Jin tries to explain but can’t stop from crying.

Boong-Do is led to prison to wait for his questioning tomorrow. The director comes over to Hee-Jin and Hee-Jin explains that it was just dust in her eye. But Hee-Jin can’t shake away the strange feeling so she once again looks around.

Boong-Do sits in prison, waiting. The prison guard throws Boong-Do his satchel and informs him that the questioning will start early tomorrow. Boong-Do asks who will question him and learns that it will be the head investigator, Yoon Sung-Moon. Yoon Sung-Moon is the man who was with Boong-Do on the day he disappeared from the city streets after being shot by arrows.

Boong-Do remembers what he said to the King. “Asking you to kill me is in order for me to live. I will live. I want to live. So please let me die honorably. Then I will never reappear in this land again.”

Boong-Do repeat the words, “I will never reappear in this land again. I will never reappear in this land again”

Hee-Jin is driving home and gets a call from Soo-Kyung. Soo-Kyung heard from the director that Hee-Jin cried while filming the opening of the documentary. She asks why. She heard Hee-Jin cried very sadly. Hee-Jin replies that she doesn’t know herself the reason for her tears. “Tears just suddenly started to fall and I was surprised myself. Suddenly, I was so sad without any reason.” Soo-Kyung asks, “Did you drink? What is so sad?” (There are different levels of “sad” in the Korean language and the word being used here describes a sadness that really comes from within.) Hee-Jin thinks she needs a beer when she gets home. She hangs up but she is still finding it hard to breathe. She turns on the music to distract herself.

Boong-Do opens his satchel and sees his cellphone and necktie. Boong-Do carefully holds the necktie and remembers Hee-Jin putting it on for him, teaching him that the purpose of the necktie was for kissing. Boong-Do repeats, “The purpose of the necktie.” He starts to tie the necktie from the ceiling, standing on a barrel. (What the $%#&*!)

It starts to rain in Seoul and Hee-Jin sits at the red light. She says to herself, “Why does it rain so frequently.?”

Boong-Do tearfully places the necktie around his neck. The pain in Hee-Jin’s chest worsens and tears pour out from her eyes. Back and forth we go between the two people until Boong-Do, with finality, drops his hand from the necktie and prepares to step off the barrel. Hee-Jin cries uncontrollably, “What is this? What is this?”

Boong-Do pushes away the barrel. He hangs. Hee-Jin holds her head and chest, sobbing, “What is this?”

Suddenly, Hee-Jin remembers typing “sun soo” into a cellphone. “Who is sun-soo?” She looks up the contact list on her phone but can’t find the name. She remembers the number, though, and dials it.

On the floor near Boong-Do’s dangling legs, his phone lights up. The screen shows Hee-Jin’s face with the title, “The World’s Most Beautiful Woman.”

Hee-Jin’s phone rings but no one picks up. Hee-Jin drops her phone because she is hyperventilating. She has to get out of the car and as she stands in the rain, memories flood back to her. “You’re a player over there too, right?” “Mr. Player calls ‘The World’s Most Beautiful Woman’.” Boong-Do’s voice- “I will definitely return after solving everything.”

Hee-Jin breaks down.

Hee-Jin is back at the television station, dripping wet. She runs into the director of the documentary. He asks her why she is here. She asks to see the footage of “Queen In-Hyun’s Man.”

The director leads her to a theater to watch it. (It’s a room where audiences pre-watch a show and they record the audiences’ reaction for the background soundtrack.) The director shows her how to work the equipment. He looks on curiously at Hee-Jin but turns the lights off for her.

Hee-Jin starts to watch the documentary. She sees herself in the opening of the documentary, at the palace. Hee-Jin fast-forwards to where the she is talking about the letter. “Kim Boong-Do’s letter that was found along with the journal is also drawing attention. In this letter, written in the sixth month of 1694- a month after his recorded death- we can feel a deep affection and the sadness of a separation towards a nameless person. Scholars speculate that this letter is addressed to Queen In-Hyun, the rumored receiver of his affection.” Hee-Jin hears Boong-Do’s words, now knowing whom the letter was addressed to.

“This is letter written both to me and you. I may forget that I even wrote this letter, or this letter itself might disappear. This letter is for me and you, either one of us who may live on holding onto memories. When I obtained this amulet by chance, I wanted to know what the cause and effect/reason was. First, I thought the reason was so that I would be able to fulfill my dream. Then I thought perhaps the reason was for our fateful meeting. Then I thought it must be for me to live in a new world. But now I have belatedly realized the real cause and effect. In order to save my own life, I would have to lose everything. My future, my name, my values… my people…and also you.”

Outside in Hee-Jin’s car, her phone lights up. The screen shows Boong-Do’s number.

“I don’t know what will happen now. Will we forget each other or will we suffer forever, unable to let go of our memories? My final wish is to be able to remember you. To not have even those memories in an aimless life will be hell. And you.. even if you read this in the future, I hope you won’t know who this letter is for.”

The letter ends and Hee-Jin’s narration is heard once again. “A man who wanted his love to forget him. It is probably because she was out of his reach. How about the man? Was he able to keep his memories? It seems that he didn’t forget. The woman is mentioned a few times in other documents found along with the letter.”

Hee-Jin cries softly in the theater. The door opens but Hee-Jin doesn’t look up. She says, “I’m sorry. Just a moment please.”

A familiar voice is heard- “Why won’t you pick up after calling me?” Hee-Jin turns around slowly.

Boong-Do is standing by the doorway, in his black suit. Hee-Jin freezes. She can’t believe her eyes. Boong-Do speaks first. “I had to search a long time. Didn’t you call me? One hour ago?” Boong-Do smiles as he holds up his phone. Hee-Jin is still a statue.

Flashback to Boong-Do hanging from the ceiling but in his final moments of consciousness, he hears the phone ringing. He opens his eyes and sees the phone lit up with Hee-Jin’s face on the screen. Boong-Do desperately pulls at the necktie and struggles to break free. Because of his long legs, he can brace himself on the prison doors while the necktie loosens. (There has never been a greater use of long legs. Never! And thank god the necktie material is silky!) Boong-Do falls to the ground and he struggles to answer. Just as he slides the call connection on, he transports to the future. He places the phone to the ear and struggles to say “Hello” but Hee-Jin at that time has just dropped the phone and run out of her car.

Boong-Do focuses his eyes and he sees Seoul bustling around him. He starts to laugh in joy and sits himself up. Boong-Do’s voice has found his strength again and he cries into the phone, “Hello? Answer please, ‘The World’s Most Beautiful Woman.” Boong-Do continues to laugh in joy despite the silence on the other side.

Hee-Jin is still in freeze frame while Boong-Do tries to hold back his tears. “Are you going to keep staring at me like that? If you called out someone who was living well, you have to take responsibility.” Hee-Jin finally unfreezes. She orders, “Close the door.” Boong-Do obeys. Hee-Jin then commands, “Come here.” Boong-Do obeys. Hee-Jin slowly walks toward Boong-Do and gently caresses his face. “You’re real. You’re really alive.”

Then Hee-Jin simply asks, “How have you been during the past year?” Boong-Do replies, “I traveled the country, leaving a lover in every province. The year went by really fast.” Hee-Jin laughs. “You’re lying. The evidence is all here.” Boong-Do looks at the screen that is now showing his letter. He pretends to not recognize the letter and just asks, “What is that?”

Hee-Jin brings Boong-Do’s face back to her. “What happened? The talisman?” Boong-Do answers. “I burned the talisman.” Hee-Jin asks, “How did you come here?” Boong-Do replies, “I said I came because you called.” Hee-Jin- “Me?” Boong-Do- “You.”

Boong-Do cups Hee-Jin’s face and memorizes every curve and every eyelash. He gives a long blink, like the one he gave at the red carpet, the blink that conveys more than words ever can. Hee-Jin blinks back.

Boong-Do speaks. “The purpose of the necktie. I missed the purpose that you taught me.  I almost used it for something else.” Hee-Jin asks, “You missed the purpose of the necktie?” Boong-Do answers, “So much that I could die.” Hee-Jin pulls at Boong-Do’s tie. “You mean this?” Hee-Jin start to pull Boong-Do in, but Boong-Do has waited too long and leans in quickly for a kiss. Hee-Jin holds on tightly to his tie.

Hee-Jin narrates, “A chance meeting that started at a gap in time. That meeting already ended a year ago. Right now, we did not meet because of a monk’s strange talisman but because of our very own link of memories. So we start this second meeting. Now I am his savior and the price for that is being by my side forever.”

Boong-Do stops kissing to look at the screen. It is showing his letter. “My letter still exists? How?” Hee-Jin explains that it was found with the Prime Minister’s belongings and his descendants revealed it last month. Boong-Do is indignant. “Why would they do that with someone’s private things? I have to get rid of it.” Hee-Jin informs Boong-Do that the letter is in a museum now. He can never get rid of it. Forever. “Or at least until the museum falls down.”

Boong-Do is angry. “I’m losing my taste.” (Meaning he is going to go crazy.) Hee-Jin laughs and they proceed to kiss again (heating up my screen).

On the theater screen we see poor Soo-Kyung sitting once again with Boong-Do. “I’m REALLY going crazy here. You just suddenly appear and say you are Hee-Jin’s boyfriend. I have never heard about you from Hee-Jin before.” Soo-Kyung sighs and folds her arms. “From now on, you have to tell me truth. Do you understand?” Boong-Do replies yes. Soo-Kyung starts the all-too-familiar line of questioning. “What school do you go too?” Boong-Do answers the first few but can’t help but laugh. Soo-Kyung asks him why he is laughing. Boong-Do just tells her what she wants to know. “My parents are both dead. I live alone. I have an inheritance.” Soo-Kyung says this time, “Oh my god, how perfect. You’re a perfect man.” (She is echoing the voices of fangirls all around the world.) Boong-Do continues, “My father worked for the country.” Soo-Kyung- “Wow, politics?” The fourth wall breaks and we see the actors start to laugh.

Comments:

Ah, love that transcends time and memories that are more powerful than a talisman.

Time is both the enemy and friend to this couple. Three hundred years separate them but it is also the time they have spent together, and the memories they have made, that creates a connection that can’t be severed, be it swords, assassins, death or fire.

The first time the talisman was torn, it was through no will of their own and Hee-Jin retained her memories as if it was a dream, while Boong-Do’s memories were suppressed. When the talisman was burned by Boong-Do for the sake of Hee-Jin, he was able to keep his memories while her memories were lost. But once again they came back to Hee-Jin, unable to be suppressed forever.

*EDIT– I have to add here, after reading the comments, my theory regarding time, memory, and the talisman.

My theory is that memories transcend power, time…everything. So even though the talisman burned and time was reset, Boong-Do and Hee-Jin remembered it (eventually) both times. The writer has shown through the first instance of the talisman breaking that memories are ultimately unaffected for Hee-Jin and Boong-Do, whether time is reset and the talisman torn apart. The second time when it is burned, memories still last even though once again, time is reset and the talisman is gone. It makes sense in this story that Boong-Do was able to retain his memories and that Hee-Jin’s came back to her.

*END EDIT

Boong-Do has been written as the active figure in this drama, while Hee-Jin is the reactive character. He is the one who gets to travel back and forth, fight villains, and risk life and death. So many decisions and the ability to choose rests in him, and in a lesser character or in a poorly written drama, we would have found this unfair and unequal.

The rules of time-travel were laid out by the writer and we could have blamed her for leaving Hee-Jin so helpless and powerless to do anything. This aspect of Hee-Jin would have been a glaring flaw in the drama if Hee-Jin was not such a functional human being. Yes, Hee-Jin waited at an empty park and cried, but she only went when she had time. She still continued filming and doing what she had to do in her daily life.

I have said this before but I love Hee-Jin’s reaction every time when Boong-Do returns to her. She never dramatically drops the phone or rushes over to Boong-Do. She always quietly asks after him, wanting to know what happened,

While Boong-Do can physically move back and forth through time, it is Hee-Jin that can spiritually (for the lack of a better word) connect with Boong-Do. She is the one that feels Boong-Do through time and not the other way around. Hee-Jin is doing what she can, opening up the gap in time so her phone call reaches Boong-Do and saves him from dying.

As for Boong-Do’s choice to die… Boong-Do is a man of his word and his promise to never appear in Joseon again has to be kept through his death. I am incredibly happy with this writer who has laid out our characters and their choices so carefully throughout the drama, so that an action never feels like it was a last-minute stunt to keep the drama going.

As you may be able to tell, I am happy with ending. While we didn’t get to see Boong-Do and Hee-Jin make a life together, we got a little bit of that in the previous episode and we also got some major kissing in this one. This episode was not as emotionally packed as the previous one (at least for me) but it was incredibly well-suited to the entire tone of the drama.

The verdict has come in and this drama is now my number one drama of all time. “Damo” has been my number one for nine years and while many dramas have come close, none have been able to topple her place. But here is “Queen In-Hyun’s Man,” a wonderful balance of comedy, romance, and thriller. The writing was subtle, the direction sure-handed, and the acting was tailored to the characters. “Damo” tore my heart out but “Queen In-Hyun’s Man” did that and piece it back together again.

Dramas are made for entertainment and many remain at that. But once in a while, a special gem comes along that will latch itself onto your heart and head, and remain there for a very long time. There is no doubt that my experience of the drama was enhanced by the readers of this blog. Thank you so much for reading through my uneven writing and inexperienced recapping. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and emotions. Thank you for sending me virtual hugs and cookies. I felt and ate them all. Thank you for loving this drama as much as I did, even if you perhaps didn’t as much. Thank you for sharing Boong-Do and Hee-Jin. I will keep them safe in a little corner of my heart.

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  1. neesun #

    i am so glad i found your page. i agree with everything you said about everything. this drama was perfectly written, directed, and acted out. i think even ji hyun woo was so moved that he proclaimed his love for yoo in-na. 🙂

    –> i totally agree with you about Heejin in the drama. i like that she didn’t overreact every time Boong-do appeared again. i love how she was sure of her love for him and naturally they would find each other.

    June 8, 2012
  2. missdory #

    Dearest Joonni, THANK YOU. (With all the love and gratitude I can put into those two words for sharing your beautiful words, thoughts and love on this magnificent story and couple.) It has been a wonderful journey with QIHM and especially BD-HJ, and sharing it with you has made me love this drama and this couple even more than I thought I ever could. THANK YOU.

    Whatever the ending and whatever anyone else is saying, I love this drama and BD-HJ to death. And I can’t express how much I will miss QIHM, BD-HJ and your recaps on them. I believe withdrawal symptoms are starting to seep in very fast and badly.

    THANK YOU again, Joonni.

    *Continues to roll and jump around the room like a heartbroken-yet-happy madwoman, crying – arms, legs, hair flying everywhere.*

    June 8, 2012
    • joonni #

      My symptoms haven’t set in yet. I’m holding reality at bay.

      June 8, 2012
  3. khaoulatity #

    My very dear JOONNI, i will never thank you enough for your recaps! I loved them so so so much! Loved your style, your comments, your reactions, everything! a real big thank you!
    this drama affected me so much! I truly loved the charcters, worried about them, cried and laughed with them. I am a drama’s crazy, but I swear this is the first time feeling such a “link” to a drama! it’s my number one too, and GOD knows how much drama I’ve watched till now!!!

    June 8, 2012
    • joonni #

      You can’t always explain it, and the drama may even be the most hated thing by a lot of people, but one drama will just connect you with. You may not be able to explain why, or even defend yourself against haters, but it’s your own connection.

      June 8, 2012
  4. yoose #

    This is my first time commenting here, after every week visit to this site (from QIHM started) without failed. Joonni, thank you so much for the recap as well as your insight. Its always fun to see your recap because I feel like you representing me (all those fangirling, and kya, and hyperventilation.) I posted this to show you how much i appreciate these fast recap, and i’m one of those thats crazy for spoiler, so yeah, your recap helps me out a lot (being the curious cat).

    And about this drama, I would say, it beats every kdrama for 2012 Seriously, i love how every episode is detailed and carefully written. Theres loopholes here and there, but Im willing to overlook that, because this show is so awesome, and the OTP’s chemistry keeps bursting out my screen!
    hope you can overlook my grammatical and terminology error.

    June 8, 2012
  5. heaven85hk #

    THANK You so much Joonni. I always loved your recaps and reading your thoughts. I’m going to miss this drama so much. I didn’t love the ending but agree that I am happy with it. I mean I don’t know what I expected but somehow expected more in a way. At first I was really unsure about the cell phone but it does make sense in a way as the only thing connecting the two of them was the cell phone. And agree that the cell phone is not really the point as it was the letter triggering the memories to come back that is important. Because she remembered and wanted him to come back she was able to call him and bring him back.

    I was just thinking that just because the talisman was burned does that mean all of it effects are gone? I mean they did say that it might not work the way any of them intended to so maybe this has something to do with it. I mean the whole situation of her being able to read his letter because if they never did that documentary she would have not gotten all her memories back. Or maybe thinking too much.

    June 8, 2012
  6. fontel12 #

    Btw, some of you are saying to start looking for your own KBD after this drama : )

    I’m tempted to scour through history looking for a single and eligible young scholar, so as to transport him over to the modern world for an imaginative date. Ya just try calling any possibly related number. Wahaha… Juz saying…

    Yup too addicted. Think I need some time before I can start following a new drama : )

    June 8, 2012
    • joonni #

      Boong-Do is the man of many women’s dreams. I want a Boong-Do myself!

      June 8, 2012
  7. Ning #

    I haven’t watch the last two episodes (waiting for subs!) but I don’t mind spoilers. Some said the ending is lazy and some said it’s fitting. But to me what matter is the execution. If only from your recap, I’ll say the execution is hella good and romantic! There might be questions and suspicion of plotholes, but hey Back to the Future always left me with questions and Il Mare was totally dubious at the ending, but I still thought they are good movies because the execution is so good. So I’ll wait until I can watch and decide for myself.

    June 8, 2012
  8. bubblymel #

    komaseupnida jooni for recapping the last episode as fast as this.. you’re really great and we, fans, are so grateful for the effort of reviewing the last episode of our beloved Queen Inhyun’s man drama. It’s just very saddening that this great drama has come to its end and I ‘m hoping that I can soon find great dramas like this even though in my heart, this is the best drama i’ve seen since the first time I got hooked to Kdramas. I can’t tell you how much I’m thankful for this recap.. But I’m really really happy for this wonderful review you have made..

    How i wish YIN and JHW will have another drama after this!!
    😀 😉 thanks again

    June 8, 2012
  9. jaz #

    So now…it’s totally OVER!!! I don’t know what to feel exactly. I was satisfied with the ending although I’ve read about negative comments from other blogs about the ending especially the “phone” thingy. I also felt odd about it thinking that it worked considering the century it was in. But of course, I know there’s only one explanation to that…like you’ve said joonni, it’s that love that transcends through time.

    So many wonderful things have been said already and I loved reading all the comments btw. I don’t think I could add more. I am just sooooooo glad that I got to spend time with you guys watching, squealing, spazzing, daydreaming and blahblahblah about this awesome drama. Because of its greatness, this has also grabbed the top spot of my most –watched, most memorable, most romantic and most-spaz worthy Korean dramas of all time! I salute everyone from QIHM from the writer, director, actors, down to the staff for sharing us this masterpiece.

    Lastly, thank you Joonni for your fantastic recaps! You deserve all the love you need from all of us! Once again, thank you guys! Till we meet again… 😀

    June 8, 2012
  10. M13 #

    As of last night, I was 1 of those who were disappointed with the ending but it was because I was too impatient to wait for the your recap and I simply watched the raw version.

    Due to my lack of knowledge for the Korean language, I couldn’t capture the meaning behind the last conversation at the end. After reading your recap and wonderful detailed analysation of the finale, I feel that it was a beautiful ending. It is very meaning even though it was very drama-rama with action like the previous ep.

    June 8, 2012
  11. Rhey #

    I have been stalking your blog since you started QIM but I am not really into leaving any comments. I just want to express my sincerest thanks for making this.I’ve been reading your recaps many times as I watch the series. The ending may not have the impact that we were all expecting like the ep. 14 and 15 (to which I cried and scream at my screen, glad I live alone..;D). There’s a lot I wanted to say about the ending, to those who didn’t actually like it but i’ll be rambling. My thoughts is on @echo.(i couldn’t express my thoughts like that, wish I could..*sigh*)

    It’s not just about the damn phone people, it’s about Hee Jin’s memory coming back and calling out for him. The phone is kind of like a metaphor to me.
    The “cause and effect”.
    >The cause: Heejin reading Boong Do’s letter; effect: triggered HJ’s memory back.
    >cause: BD trying to commit suicide; effect: HJ having unexplained physical/emotional turmoil (which I think helped brought back her memories back, Oh the love, so strong that when she called for him, not even knowing if he’d answer, there was hope..) KBD said in the end: “I said I came because you called”, it has a deeper meaning to it, the phone was just the mean to its end.

    “he lives when he dies” – the fact that KBD has will himself to die (suicide) while saying repeatedly “I will never reappear in this land again. I will never reappear in this land again”. That act alone enable him to go back. ( I don’t want to explain about what the Monk said about the whole Talisman business..tehee)

    I actually thought that the RED telebooth would play an integral part in the end ‘coz it has always been their means of communication when Kim Bong do is in 2012. Hell, it even helped the driver contact HeeJin when he was sent to the hospital. The writer was a genius!imaginative and creative, it would have been cool though if the red Telebooth was transported back to joseon (haha, I don’t make sense now!) then people would stop saying “that sony xperia phone doesn’t hold any memorable event in the OTP’s lives!!!

    I’ll stop now before I start talking about non-sensical stuff!!!!

    BTW, thanks soooooo much again Jooni. Other k-drama would be working hard for them to top it on my list. Every episodes, it kept stepping up a notch or 2, it’s now on my number 1!!!!
    I know I said I won’t talk but end up writing this much. Can’t help it, I had to let it all out, I live alone with no one to talk to and my friends are not a fan of K-drama!!!

    June 8, 2012
    • joonni #

      LOL. Poof! A red telephone booth in Joseon. Giggling just thinking about it.

      June 8, 2012
      • Rhey #

        Blame it on QIM..this show makes me thinks of impossibly crazy things!!!I even made up my own ending (trust me, there’s like a lot of versions..lol) before I watched the end.
        Then I watched and read your recap and I was like……that is way better than what i have in mind!!!

        June 8, 2012
  12. Timescout #

    First of all, many thanks for recapping the series. I haven’t really taken part in commenting but I did read all of the recaps and really enjoyed them. You always managed to clear up several points I didn’t quite get as my understanding of Korean is still lacking. 🙂

    The final episode… I didn’t LOVE it as it was rather spotty in places but I loved how it tied in with the rest of the story and the theme of the power of love/memories. It’s funny but the whole phone thing didn’t even register with me as I did not think it relevant. I was quite surprised at how much weight people are putting on that. To me it was Hee Jin and her love that was the driving force in getting BD back to her again. She was the ‘talisman’. This is why I was not disapointed in the way it ended, even if the finale was a bit lacking in other aspects. IDK but I don’t feel they needed to end the drama with a bang either. I rather preferred it this way, as something more understated, with just the two of them finally together.

    Like you I didn’t want to be influenced by what others thought so I avoided all blogs and spoilers till I’d seen the last epi. I learned the hard way too…. 🙂

    June 8, 2012
    • joonni #

      Yep, the final episode answered the larger questions and I think in order to do that, it had to be a little understated.

      June 8, 2012
      • Your comment made sense out of all the other’s who’s misunderstood what drama is all about. “Love the intellectual comments who really understood the story line and all the gaps in between.

        June 8, 2012
    • Rhey #

      My sentiments exactly!!Before the ending, I was getting myself ready, ready to embrace the fact that KBD wouldn’t be able to go back ‘coz that’s the most realistic way of ending it, isn’t it? But then NOOOOO..Can’t take the heartache..I could stand any means of him going back(hell, even being transported back without talisman, just their love for each other is enough for me for them to trascend time!!!)…

      June 8, 2012
  13. missdory #

    Did anyone notice the shoes HJ wore with the white dress during the outdoor shoot at the palace? What wouldn’t I do to get a pair of the same shoes.

    June 8, 2012
    • madsu #

      I went back and checked. Very elegant. I do think that is HJ at her best dressed.

      June 8, 2012
  14. Snowmage #

    Thank you Joonni for the wonderful recap. Your insights on the story really helped too. I have to agree that this has also become my favorite Kdrama of all time as well. Although, it was well on it’s way since episode 4. The scene where Hejin worries for herself and Maroon 5’s “just a feeling” plays on the radio while she waits for BD in the car was such a powerful scene for me. And the parting kiss, that totally floored me. I was in love already. The drama just kept on getting better and better after that. In my opinion, the last episode was no exception. Their connection, their memories, and their love brought them back together. I totally love that!

    June 8, 2012
  15. h0ns #

    Thank you Joonni.. it is nice to read your recap.. love the detail and explanation that you give in almost in every scene.. it is cure the longing for the sub.. thank you..
    and yes! Queen In Hyun’s Man is DAE-BACK!!!

    June 8, 2012
  16. meiyih #

    thanks joonni for all the recaps but pls pls recap the 2 special eps also … only 12mins of thm being 2gether in ep 15 jus not enuf for me…i tink jus them startin life 2gther again aft ep 16 can make into a new drama…jus can’t get enuf of tis 2 2gether..n last scene wif SK is so funny…3rd time askin & reactin the same…she’s jus so cute

    June 8, 2012
  17. Rhey #

    joonni,

    just to let you know..I’m posting your link to queen inhyun’s man tumblr..
    spreading the love..hope you don’t mind..

    June 8, 2012
  18. amber #

    I think deciding to give up his life made HJ to regain memory.Remember tailsman meaning die when he lives,lives when he diES.THE moment he really want to die may be the moment he’ll be alive.JHW confessionis like DM waiting HJ to become A list star.But who can stan this kind of cute & honest confession?

    June 8, 2012
  19. quirkstine #

    Amazing, isn’t it? How this drama makes us think. Suddenly, it’s not just about the romance, it’s about memories and human connection. Hee-jin and Boong-do’s connection is such that their separation left a void that even altered memories and realities couldn’t fill or cover up completely.

    IRL, human connections may not transcend space and time but that doesn’t make it any less powerful or important. Whether it’s a romantic partner, an unrequited love, a good friend or a family member, even if we forget about them later on, those connections mark us (and sometimes even changes us) for life.

    And about the cellphone-as-talisman, I didn’t think about it too deeply before because it didn’t really matter to me. The hows and whys of time-travel here were always a bit iffy (Case in point: The monk-manufactured, prayer-powered, time-space-continuum-bending talisman.) so that’s a moot point. And I agree with Joonni and the other commentors that withIn the ‘rules’ of this drama’s universe, the cell-phone-as-talisman works. I mean if Yoon-wol’s ‘feelings’ of wanting to keep Boong-do safe made time-travel possible why not Hee-jin’s overwhelming (and reciprocated) feelings for him? I think Writer-nim used the cellphone because a) It was easily accessible and something that both Hee-jin and Boong-do had on them and b) The cellphones DO have a significance for their relationship with the “Player” and “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” references and the memories attached to those labels.

    On a side note: This drama’s fans are so thoughtful and eloquent that it makes my inner geek giddy. Yay for intellectual convos!

    On another side note: Thank you sooooo much Joonni for your recaps and insightful observations. Reading them and the other commentors’ thoughts on QIHM made my watching experience richer and infinitely more satisfying. So thank you, thank you Joonni and thanks to everyone here. It’s been fun. Like watching a drama with my friends and squealing/swooning alongside them. Til the next drama crack, friends! :)))

    June 8, 2012
    • joonni #

      IRL, human connections may not transcend space and time but that doesn’t make it any less powerful or important. Whether it’s a romantic partner, an unrequited love, a good friend or a family member, even if we forget about them later on, those connections mark us (and sometimes even changes us) for life.

      —@quirkstine. That is beautiful.

      June 10, 2012
  20. the recap were well written, and the closing comment really heart warming. last night i’m about to make a status on my FB “I have been murder by a drama, and Dreamgazer the one who to be blame” but i think since i made a promise for Dreamy to not talk about the drama till she finish catching up the last 4 episode so the status won’t a pear on my wall.
    this drama make me giggle squeal wailing crying hard in the morning then smiling, my emotion being blend in high speed as like riding a roller coaster. i watch so many drama, my fave so far is Coffee Prince but i found love in QIHM so even tho CP will still my fave but QIHM will be my most fave drama.

    thank you very much for all the effort to recap this drama

    June 8, 2012
  21. ms.augie #

    Thanks for giving such a positive view for Qihm, it was fresh of a breath air. Many blogs are writting negative about the ending. But I agree with ur theory even when I’m noy watching it. Keep on wtingin Joonia!

    June 8, 2012
  22. hosie glorie #

    hi joonni,
    I am really grateful because of you i can enjoy QIHM so much more. Thank you for your time and enthusiasm. I feel every sentence that you write.

    June 8, 2012
  23. emilia_rue #

    cheers to all of the people involved in bringing this one epic experience to us! QIHM is such a masterpiece created with much thought, heart, & soul… from the writer, director, producers, editors, actors,.. everyone in front & behind the camera.. kudos to all of you! (and that includes JOONNI, for the great recaps so painstakingly provided for us to look forward to)…

    at first, i am bit reluctant as to giving the effort in watching the full drama.. (a self-proclaimed kdrama addict myself, I am too choosy in selecting my next “must-follow kdrama” after having finished one good series,.. so as to avoid wasting my time on some shallow story which i have already experienced twice before)

    somehow, great reviews about QIHM are posted, and I told myself, why not give it a try? (well, if I get disappointed, I could easily ignore the next episodes )…

    and disappointed I was not… I watched in marathon all episodes from the first to the 12th in just one day! (thank heavens it was the weekend!).. I am so overwhelmed and almost blamed myself for not following the drama from its first airing (or at least from the first posting of its subbed version),..

    and from episode 13 to the 16th.., i’m in a daze.. QIHM became my all time fave kdrama in just a snap.. (toppling my once no.1 fave drama for 10yrs.!)

    i fervently wish that QIHM will be aired here in our country…and I’m sure it would be widely accepted and followed…(with KBD’s charm, i’m 101% sure!)

    again, my deepest gratitude to JOONNI.. your recaps saved me from drowning myself in too much anticipation and anxiety over the next eps before.. thank you for sharing those emotions and ideas..

    (P.S. maybe a special episode ain’t too much to ask?.. oh I just can’t get enough!.. off to watch again all the episodes..i’m glad i have them all!)

    (^_^)v

    June 8, 2012
  24. Moonblossom #

    I’m so glad I held back on checking out all internet spoilers/comments on the ending until your recaps were available and I marathon ep 15 and 16 at one go. I must confessed to feeling a bit incredulous on the final time hop but I buy the ending completely. Afterall, if we can believe in a time-warping tailsman, why should we not believe in a magical handphone? In earlier episodes, we have established that he could bring things back and forth, which explains the handphone presence in Joseon. Like the tailsman, both are given to him by women who loved him and prayed for his safety. Although the handphone do not work in Joseon time (tried and tested in ep 15), who is to say that it can’t turned magical after the Heavens finally took pity on Heejin/Boon-do’s suffering and gave him an out if he takes the call? Boong-do’s isolation and loss is so palpable – he should have looked messier tho – and it broke my heart when he had to seek death to keep his promise to the King.
    Previously, I thought that the necktie was just a cute devise for some kissing time in ep 15. Come ep 16, I had to rethink why Boong-do asked the purpose of a necktie. When a man and woman is dating, the gift of a tie symbolises that she wanted him to be tied to her forever, and it did happened in our show – had he not been pushed to the point of dying by hanging, Heejin may not have felt enough pain to push through her memory blockade and attempt to call “Player”. I wonder when would Boong-do read about this as he settles into 21 century and realise the other meaning of the tie.
    Thank you Jooni! *Huggggs* I’m a 37 year-old, chinese Singaporean and I’m so glad to walk the journey of QIHM with you, through you, via your blog. May peace and happiness be with you always.

    June 8, 2012
    • joonni #

      Hi~! *hugs* and Thank you!

      June 10, 2012
  25. Laikan #

    What a tremendous drama…
    Indeed there’s a little flaw in this last episode, I’m not talking about the phone but his behaviour against the guard, and that’s the only one thing which bugs me. Perhaps, to explain why he just surrender himself, the writer should have shown him more depressed at the first, not just “being tired”, but somehow I don’t think that would be OK with his personality… But the fact that he chooses to kill himself instead of betraying the king is true to his personality. But I would have preferred him to escape the guards , because he has the ability to do this, ( because seeing people being afraid of him is NOT a reason to surrender ) perhaps loosing his package in the escape (for the minister to keep the letter) , and afraid that the minister would talk to the king, and seeing that it’s useless to put Joseon monarchy in danger just for staying alive and out of despair/tiredness, he finally choose to kill himself…. or another trick like that.
    But even this trick is a detail. The essence of the entire drama is in this episode and remains until the end :the strong meaning of memories and bound of love is here , and that’s what really matters. and we have a happy ending with our OTP *______*
    I really really wanted an happy ending and really really didn’t want a reincarnation stuff ! So I’m so glad the drama ended like that…. The scene when he reached Seoul and laughs like a crazy, I was laughing in the same time, all my stress was relieved out only at this time! It was just a matter of minute for him to reach his girl ! I was just sooo happy 🙂 And the last minutes were just as cute as ever… *love love love this drama*
    Lastly, I want to thank you for your recaps! Reading them while watching the drama was a great and very enjoyable experience! The last time I’ve done this for a drama was for Queen Seon deok, in 2008, so it’s quite a while since a drama hooked me like this, and I’m very happy to have found your adorable website. As in my last experience, I don’t want to end it, i’m a bit sad but plenty full in the same time :).
    I want to say goodbye to you too Jooni, but I guess that, in the future, if we watch the same drama again, I will look for your reviews 🙂
    So see you soon 🙂

    June 8, 2012
    • madsu #

      He was afraid innocent people would get hurt if he continued to fight. That is why he surrendered.

      June 8, 2012
      • Laikan #

        Perhaps , but this people didn’t seem to be in danger, they seem more like gossiping about the situation XDD ^^:: But I can take this explanation, like I said it was just a detail for me 🙂 Thanks for your answer madsu 🙂
        I’ll miss your comment too ah ah

        June 9, 2012
      • madsu #

        I know what you mean Laikan. I am dreading returning to a QIHM less world myself. I keep coming here like HJ returns to the park. Anything to keep the link alive for as long as possible.

        June 9, 2012
  26. margie #

    Thanks joonni for the recaps! I cant wait for the subs and so I struggle to watch episodes 5-16 in raw. I can’t understand korean language so imagine whenever I watch every episodes of QIHM, two tabs is open, one for the video and one for your recap.. and switch every 5mins…hehehe! I started to watch this drama way a little bit late bacause episodes 1, 2, 3 and 4 were aired already. I was watching then the rooftop prince and someone commented that the lead actor in QIHM is a lot intelligent than the lead actor in rooftop prince.. then I searched for QIHM videos. Since then, I like.. no..rather I love this drama! It’s what I really wanted in a drama, Sageuk and modern time in one.. wow! The lead actor and actress has the “chemistry”, nice plot, nice execution of every scene.. especially the flashbacks and all the special effects . We, viewers always have this nice and mixed feelings, after viewing each episode, and cant wait but to long for the next episode to come. The writer, the director and staff I guess really worked hard on this. They deserve a round of applause for having this kind of drama. Kudos! But somehow, I find a little fault in the last episode, it rained right? However, why is it that KBD is not wet when he entered the viewing room of a TV station? We can see that HJ is still wet all over, but the black suit of KBD is dry and his hair is dry too (though his hair can be dried faster since it is short .. but the suit??) Anyway, I still love this drama, no matter what, hehehe! 😛

    June 8, 2012
    • JC #

      Hmmm, interesting eye for detail (Boong Do’s dry clothes). Well, I have no idea what the writer intended, but here’s my take:

      Boong Do zipped to 2012 in his Joseon clothes, along with the “misused” necktie his satchel containing the suit that Hee Jin bought him (the same one from episode 15, I’m pretty sure. He’s kept it this whole year!). He got drenched by the rain. I figure he tracked Hee Jin down, then changed into the suit in a restroom or other dry place, so he could greet her with style and also in 2012 clothes (to complete the symbolism of his truly coming to live in contemporary times). Of course it is ridiculous that the suit looks freshly pressed with nary a wrinkle. He looks hot in the suit, and I prefer it to his cute but soggy Joseon nomad outfit, so whatever. Heh, call me shallow.

      June 9, 2012
    • joonni #

      His suit may be dry, but if you look carefully at a HD version of the ep, you will see that his hair is wet.

      June 10, 2012
      • madsu #

        I thought he stole the suit from the radio station itself, He didn’t bring his satchel along. It wasn’t with him in the park, right? He just barely got his hands on the phone. Wonder if he used GPS on that blessed Sony Xperia to track her down to the radio station 😀

        June 10, 2012
      • shl #

        @madsu – it was probably his Hee-jin-radar that got him there, the same way he found her on the red carpet 🙂 oh, i miss this drama so much!

        June 10, 2012
      • madsu #

        Shl, The red carpet was a highly public event. He was watching TV on the streets. Anyone could have told him how to get to the presentation.
        This time she wasn’t going to the radio station for a recording. She went there because she wanted to check the letter again. It wasn’t where she was supposed to be. Since GPS is how she found him when she went looking for the phone first, I thought it would be good for him to find her back through that as well. Might have been a phone overkill if they showed it though. 🙂

        June 10, 2012
      • madsu #

        I just watched the Eps 15 and 16 subbed. Loved the final this time around. Shl, correction about the clothes. He did not have the satchel with him when he transported, but the suit was there near his head and was getting thoroughly soaked while he was laughing. So yes, your point of dry clothes remain, especially since Hee Jin looks like a drowned puppy. Not very important in the larger scheme of things. Guess they just wanted to close with a dapper BD rather than a wet rag one. I am not complaining 😀

        June 11, 2012
  27. sb #

    Ms. Joonni, I finally watched ep. 14 – 16. I kept hoping for faster subs, but I couldn’t wait anymore. I had to avoid all blogs, etc b/c I really wanted to thoroughly enjoy the final 3 episodes and I did. Ep. 14 packed so much punch… ep. 15 was so freaking cute and ep. 16 was very understated. But I think they did a good job of tying all the loose ends and having an ending that was organic to the entire drama. This drama is the first drama that I really enjoyed, loved the OTP unreservedly (i.e. no one annoyed me and usually someone always does at some point) and where I felt that the entire series was satisfying, start to finish. Yeah, the phone working 1 year later is eh… but the like you and others have mentioned, I’m not bothered by it b/c really it was the memory of HJ that really brought him back.

    Thank you so much for all your hard work. You have done an excellent job, especially for your first recap, I would never have known it. It was such a pleasure reading a recap from a true fan, who got all giggly and giddy when I did. I hope we have more recaps in the future to look forward to.

    Let us know when another drama catches your fancy… now that the last of my 3 obsession is over I feel rudderless. No drama to suck all m spare time? What will I do?

    June 8, 2012
    • joonni #

      Will do!

      I feel rudderless too. Nothing new is keeping my attention.

      June 10, 2012
  28. Thank you unni, for your recap..

    June 8, 2012
  29. me_jharfe #

    I discovered your blog because of QIHM, and I must say you give an “intelligent” recap. I like your writing style 🙂 I already booked your blog on my laptop and blackberry!

    Thank you so much for the recapping QIHM. “Lovers” (with Lee Seo Jin & Kim Jung Eun) has been my #1 K-drama for years but now QIHM holds the #1 spot. I love this drama not because of the uber-HOT male lead 🙂 but because it made me think and analyze the story. I applaud the writers for their job and for respecting the intelligence of the viewers.

    Like you, I do not love the ending but I am happy and satisfied with it.
    For now, I won’t be watching any dramas yet ( I need sometime to say goodbye to KBD & HJ) and will just be re watching episodes of FO season 1 for some laughs.

    One thing for sure though, if you are going to start recapping another drama, I will definitely watch it!

    So, from the Philippines… MARAMING SALAMAT and MABUHAY! (thank you and long-live!)

    June 8, 2012
    • joonni #

      MARAMING SALAMAT!

      June 10, 2012
  30. It’s only been a day since the show ended and yet, I feel as if my drama love has gone from my life for so much longer than that!

    Queen In Hyun’s Man wasn’t an entirely perfect drama (no drama is) but it touches my heart in so many ways and colored my world with lovely shades of happiness. And a lot of that comes from your recaps because without them the excruciating pain in waiting would be tenfold. I don’t know how you do what you do but thank you so much for doing it! I wish I have a gift for language so I can write you an epic poem or at least a really awesome limerick but alas! I’m a girl with limitation so all I can say is THANK YOU AGAIN! AND AGAIN!

    I’m putting Damo on my To-Watch list because I figure if the rec comes from a person who like both QIHM and Murakami’s writings then her taste pretty much bordering on flawlessness.

    Man, I’m not only sad to bid adieu to our drama but I’m a bit sad saying goodbye to all the fandom-ers as well 😦

    June 9, 2012
    • joonni #

      Just a warning….Damo is beautifully and heartbreakingly written but it is of a different genre than Murakami and QIHM.

      June 10, 2012

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