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Recap: “Faith” Episode 16

Joonni: I had such a visceral reaction to this episode that it kind of scared me. If yesterday’s episode raised the stakes and our heartbeats by creating an intriguing political and moral dilemma, today’s episode lifts our hearts up only to have it come crashing down. I think we will only be able to put our hearts back into place come next Monday.

Softy: Is it possible to love a drama so much that you can “will” events, lines of dialogue, and certain acts to come out even when it wasn’t originally scripted? Cuz I think that happened a lot tonight or this writer is a mind reader. Never underestimate the power of an avid viewer who prays each night for more wonderful scenes like these. Wow – this letter puts everything in perspective. we finally get most of the key answers to our many questions. Just when you think it couldnt possibly get any better, the stakes are raised and we get this – dddaaaaeeebak galore.

Episode 16

Young turns his sword on Deok Heung and demands to know, “You. What are you?” Deok Heung calmly replies, “It’s far off till morning so can’t we talk slowly or are you planning to give up on the antidote and run to your king?”

At the palace, Gongmin is escorted by the Woodalchi and seems to be on the run. Deo-gi is watching over Eun-soo but she notices that Eun-soo has lost consciousness once more. Elsewhere with Deok Heung, Young stands, deadlocked.

Young puts his sword away and calls for one of the Suribang young’uns, Ji-ho, and orders him to go tell the Woodalchi to escape from the palace with the king and queen. They shouldn’t fight- just run away for now.

Young sits down next to Deok Heung. He says, “Now I know what kind of person you are.” Deok Heung, offended by Young’s speech selection, says, “For the third condition, I should make you address me in the proper way fit for royalty.” Young ignores him and continues to speak in banmal. He says, “You. All you have is sly tongue. You’re not even smart. If you were going to fight me, you should have stuck with Ki Chul.” Deok Heung tells Young not to worry. He can make Ki Chul trust him again.

Young announces his choice. “I am going to the palace now.” Deok Heung is surprised. What about his woman? She will die without the antidote. Young calls out to Shi-wool, the other Suribang kid, and orders him, “Take the antidote from him and go to the doctor because he is going to give it to you right now.” Deok Heung scoffs- he is?

Young smiles. Of course he is. If Eun-soo dies, Deok Heung will have no card to play against Ki Chul or Young. Young: “I told you. Now I know what kind of person you are. You have no courage to risk your life.” Young calls out to Shi-wool once more. “If this guy doesn’t have the antidote….kill him.” Young leaves the room. (Joonni: Oh that felt good. Finally that annoying smile is off his face!)

Outside, we can see that Young, even with that display of certainty and courage, felt nervous making that play with Deok Heung. He doesn’t immediately leave for the palace until he hears Shi-wool whistle to him that he got the antidote. He smiles, happy that his bluff worked.

At the palace, Joo-suk and few other Woodalchi comment on the huge number of soldiers running towards them but they prepare to fight bravely, nonetheless. And they do- even as they get hurt and some die.

Dol-bae runs to the king to report that there are just too many soldiers. There’s no where to go. Gongmin takes notes of his bloody sword before asking about Noguk- is there no way to find out how she is? Choong-suk says to Gongmin that while they don’t know how many soldiers are taking part in the revolt, they only have about 70 Woodalchi so they need to leave as soon as they can.

More soldiers come to attack Gongmin so Deok-man and others stay to fight while Choong-suk leads Gongmin away. During the fight, Dae-man shows up and notifies the Woodalchi of Young’s warning to run away. Dae-man blows the whistle to warn all the other Woodalchi to stop fighting and just run away now.

Deok-man, hearing the warning, tries to run away but he gets surrounded by soldiers and is hit by an arrow in the shoulder. Thankfully, he is able to keep running away. (Joonni: I think Deok-man is too tall for action scenes. I mean, he’s so much taller than Lee Minho. So he looks clunky doing them.)

Elsewhere in the palace, the Woodalchi are fighting off the soldiers to protect Gongmin. Choong-suk tries to lead Gongmin out of the palace but Gongmin doesn’t want to abandon the palace or Noguk. Choong-suk informs Gongmin that the whistle signal was a warning from Young, telling them to escape in order to stay alive so they can fight back later. The eunuch reminds Gongmin that Noguk has the Moogakshi with her. Gongmin stares back as his palace wing before making the decision to leave with the Woodalchi.

Lady Choi and the Moogakshi are doing their best to protect Noguk but they are outnumbered. Thankfully, Young shows up and kicks some serious ass. Noguk looks relieved and grateful to see Young. Young says he will guide her out of the palace. Noguk asks about Gongmin. Young informs her that he couldn’t find him inside the palace. It seems he’s already left. More soldiers show up so Young apologizes before he grabs Noguk’s arm and slays the soldiers blocking his way.

Jo Il-shin has heard about Gongmin’s escape so he rants. How could have Gongmin escaped? He set aside 500 soldiers to make sure that Gongmin stayed were he was!

Jo Il-shin enters the royal court, where he kept the scholars and statesmen all night. Lee Saek asks what happened to the king- didn’t Jo say that he called this meeting? Jo Il-shin tells him that last night, 1500 soldiers raided Ki Chul’s house. He’s just waiting for the results now. At that moment, a soldier arrives to report that Ki Chul’s soldiers are surrounding the palace currently. Lee Saek asks, “Where is the royal army?” The soldier tells him that they have not returned yet from Ki Chul’s house. Jo can’t believe what he is hearing. Deok Heung said it wouldn’t happen! (Joonni: Oh Jo, you idiot. Here, let me help you dig your own grave.)

Deok Heung shows up and asks Jo where the king is. Jo, happy to see him, says that the king is not here. Deok Heung starts to yell, “How could you have let that happen?” Jo’s smile immediately fades- “What?”

Deok Heung addresses the statesmen. He tells them how Jo came to him and told him that the king was not in his right mind, as the royal seal incident indicated. To Jo: “That’s what you said, right?” Jo, clueless, replies, “Me?” Deok Heung silently nods for Jo to go along with the charade. Deok Heung continues to recite what Jo (supposedly) said- that Gongmin’s action will bring war upon the Goryeo citizens. That they need to change kings. Jo starts to say yes in agreement before he realizes what he is saying yes to. Deok Heung: “You said you will place me on the throne. For the sake of the country.” Jo Il-shin replies that whatever he does, it is for the sake of Goryeo. Deok Heung says that Jo thought wrong. How could soldiers on the same side fighting each other be good for the country? Jo is left speechless by Deok Heung’s turn on him.

Deok Heung starts to walk around Jo. “So I said this to him. Even if the king is not in his right mind, the price for your treachery is your life. My nephew…the king… the punishment for contempt against the king!” Deok Heung pulls out a sword form a soldier and stabs Jo. (Joonni: Kind of feel sorry for the guy. Just a teeny bit. Especially since I said before I was going to help him dig his own grave. But I didn’t think he would actually die.)

Deok Heung, in a no-frills kind of attitude, asks the statesmen if they have any plans to stop Ki Chul’s soldiers. No? Then he will try to appease Ki Chul’s wrath by giving him Jo’s dead body. Deok Heung asks once again if they are sure Gongmin is not inside the palace. He sighs when an eunuch confirms. How could a king abandon the palace so quickly? Deok Heung eyes the throne. (Joonni: *starts to dig Deok Heung’s grave* Hey, it worked for Jo. Maybe it will work for Deok Heung too.)

Eun-soo gets up and she is surprised and relieved to see that the paralysis has left her body. She hears a chorus of men outside so she goes to check it out. Through the screen door, she smiles when she sees Young once again surrounded by his Woodalchi, giving orders. He wants his men to look for Gongmin. He is probably still inside the capital city and looking for Young too. He asks Deok-man if he can move and when Deok-man responds that it still hurts a bit, Young displays his affection and concern the only way he can by slapping him on the head and saying, “So why did you go around and get hurt?” (Joonni: Young is mine. That is all.)

Young is ordering the Suribang to tail the statesmen once they are out of the palace, when Eun-soo, armed with her medical supplies, enters the room. Young looks alarmed to see her out of bed and hurries over to her to ask what she is doing, instead of resting. Eun-soo teases, “My back hurts. Unlike someone, I can’t sleep for a long time.” Eun-soo sits down next to Deok-man while saying she will treat people who are hurt. Young tries to stop her but Eun-soo simply says that she won’t disturb their meeting- just go ahead with what they are doing. Young bites his lip, all, “what am I going to do with this stubborn woman?”

Eun-soo starts to examine Deok-man’s wound and the other men gather around her, eager to be treated. Young starts to say something at his men but Manbo pulls him away to tell him that Ki Chul’s soldiers are still surrounding the palace and Deok Heung is in the palace now. He also called back the soldiers from Ki Chul’s house. Young figures that now Ki Chul and Deok Heung have started to make a deal.

Yes indeed. Ki Chul enters Gongmin’s room, which now Deok Heung occupies. Ki Chul says sarcastically, “You must have been busy all night.” Deok Heung replies, “Why? I didn’t do anything.” Ki Chul knows Deok Heung’s ruse. So he’s saying that Jo Il-shin is the one who planned the raid against Ki Chul’s house? Deok Heung: “He confessed.”

Flashback to Ki Chul finding his brother dead and the chest missing. Ki Chul screams at Deok Heung, “My brother died!” Deok Heung pretends sympathy- “I didn’t know.” Ki Chul tells him that his chest is gone too. Deok Heung replies that he heard the soldiers confiscated some things from Ki Chul’s house. He will tell Ki Chul when he finds out more about what they did with it.

Ki Chul growls, “Aren’t you afraid of becoming my enemy?” Deok Heung replies, “Enemy? Didn’t we already discuss all this? I become the king and you get the doctor.” He tells Ki Chul that he will give Eun-soo to him within four days. On one condition, though. He wants Ki Chul to keep Gongmin out of the palace.

Eun-soo feels her own pulse and it doesn’t feel good. She also remembers her dream of finding Young unconscious. Young interrupts her reverie to tell her that they will be moving soon, following the queen. He tells her that they have to walk for a long time- will she be okay? She asks how long so he tells her probably a whole day, since they have to move in secrecy.

Eun-soo asks Young to sit down next to him. When he hesitates, she reassures him that she won’t ask to lean on him. Young sits down and Eun-soo asks if he questioned Deok Heung about the back part of the diary. Young’s eyes widen- he forgot! He gets up quickly so Eun-soo grabs his arm and asks where he is going. He tells her that he forgot and is going right now to ask Deok Heung. (Joonni: Awwwwwww!!!!!!!!)

Exasperated, Eun-soo pulls him down and says, “Don’t get mad and listen to what I am about to say.  I think I have to meet Ki Chul.” Young: “What?!” Eun-soo: “Or even the king’s uncle.” Young angrily reminds her that Deok Heung is the one who poisoned her. But Eun-soo is desperate to know if there was a back part to her diary. “If the back really exists, then I think it’s a letter written to me.”

Young asks what’s written in the letter. Eun-soo replies that she doesn’t know, but her heart feels like it’s going crazy. “Until I know that the dream is made up and it’s nothing, I won’t be able to endure it.” Young looks at her hard and asks, “Don’t you have anything else to say to me? As soon as you sleep, you have nightmares. When you have nightmares, you cry and wake up all the time- continuously for the past few days. Tell me what the dream is.”

Eun-soo lowers her eyes. “I don’t want to.” Young doesn’t press any further and he gets up, saying they will leave after they eat lunch. Suddenly, Young turns back and sits down again. He asks her, “If I say no, are you thinking of going by yourself in secret?” (Joonni: These two know each other so well now.) He tells her she can’t move one step without his permission. Eun-soo starts to plead with him- Ki Chul won’t hurt her. Young: “No.” Eun-soo: “Then I will meet Deok Heung and ask him, while getting the antidote.” Young: “Absolutely…” Eun-soo finishes his sentence- “No?” Young: “No.”

Eun-soo tells Young that in the heavenly world, there is something called a movie, and inside the movies, there are all kinds of strategies. There is one she wants to use. When Young looks at her incredulously, Eun-soo pulls out the aegyo on Young. (Joonni: She must be the first and only person to use aegyo on our warrior. Love her.)

Young sighs and says, “The order is like this. First, we are going to gather all the troops left to us. Then we are going to find and escort the king. In the meantime, I will retrieve the remaining antidote. Before that, we are going to find out what information Deok Heung has and following that, I plan to take it away from him one by one. The first thing we have to take away from him is Ki Chul…”

Eun-soo forms her fingers into a frame and gazes at Young through it. He asks her what she is doing. She just says,“click.” (Joonni: A picture to last in her heart forever.ㅠㅠ)

Joo-suk goes around, marking the walls to let the other Woodalchi know where they are hiding out.

Gongmin is changing out of his royal robes into normal ones. Dol-bae reports to him that they have laid out signs to find the other group. He thinks they will be able to meet each other by noon. Gongmin asks if there were other news about Noguk or Young. Dol-bae tells him no. Choong-suk assures him that the other party is probably going to move after the sun sets since Ki Chul’s men are roaming the streets right now.

Gongmin sighs. “It’s strange. Very strange. I am the king of Goryeo but if I go out in the street and say I am the king they won’t believe or recognize me. If Ki Chul’s soldiers capture me or kill me saying that I am pretending to be king, no one will know that I am the real king.” He says, sadly, to his eunuch, Do-chi, “There is nothing to prove I am the king since we left the palace. Perhaps, instead of me, the palace was the king.”

Deok Heung sits in Gongmin’s chair and examines Ki Chul’s chest. He sees the rusted medical instruments and Eun-soo’s diary. He also takes a look at the back pages that fell out of her diary but not at everything. He is about to open another box (probably Hwata’s third item) but an eunuch announces that the statesmen are waiting to speak to him. Deok Heung shuts the box and leaves.

Deok Heung stands in front of the statesmen and says, “I heard you were waiting for me.” Lee Jae-hyun replies, “The person we were waiting for was the king.” Deok Heung: “Ah.” Lee Saek asks why the king isn’t coming back when the palace is safe again. Deok Heung replies that it’s probably because the king is, being young, scared. Jo Il-shin, who served him for ten years, started a revolt, and Gongmin also had a sword wielded at him.

Ki Chul comes in with a scroll and claims he met with Gongmin, who asked him to give this scroll to Deok Heung. Deok Heung reads the scroll and smiles. He tells the statesmen that Gongmin is asking him to take care of the country in his stead. The statesmen examine the scroll for themselves and Ki Chul tells them that they can see the king’s stamp on it.

Lee Jae-hyun asks Ki Chul about the stamp. Didn’t the king say he wasn’t going to use the stamp given by Yuan? But this scroll has that very stamp on it. Ki Chul replies that the king probably changed his mind after experiencing the revolt. “The important thing is that only the king can have that royal seal.” Turning to Deok Heung, he asks, “Isn’t that right?”

Deok Heung declares that he will follow the king’s orders and take care of the country in his stead. He sits on the throne and asks if a substitute can sit on the throne. Lee Jae-hyun starts to say something but Deok Heung stops him. He says that Ki Chul suffered a lot because of the revolt. Is there anything he can do to compensate for his losses? “What do you want?” Deok Heung grips the throne and the statesmen look uncomfortable. (Joonni: I hope you two end up killing each other. I really do.)

Dol-bae watches out the window as Hwa-Eum search outside. Eum-ja uses his power to try to hear for any signs of Gongmin’s presence. Dol-bae sees this and warns everyone to stay quiet. Dae-man, having found the symbol that Joo-suk left, bangs on a gong, interrupting Eum-ja. He continues to distract and annoy Eum-ja, and Eum-ja, no longer able to contain himself, runs after Dae-man. Hwasooin has no choice but to follow.

Dol-bae, who saw this, happily starts to say that it was Dae-man when the door opens and in steps Young. (Joonni: Yay!) Everyone looks surprised and happy to see him. Young goes up to Gongmin, bows, and says, “I came to escort you.” Gongmin simply nods. (Joonni: We no longer need long explanations or apologies between these two bros. *glomps them in a bear hug*).

Young informs Gongmin that the queen is safe in another town. Gongmin asks if Noguk is doing okay. Young smiles as he assures him that he heard Noguk is actually having a good time because she doesn’t have to wear the heavy hairstyle. Gongmin smiles to hear that. Young tells him that on the way there, the Suribang and Woodalchi will protect him. Gongmin asks, “What about you?” Young tells him that he has some other things to take care in the city but he will follow them soon. He promises to not let Gongmin stay outside too long- “So please wait just a little.”

Gongmin tells him that he means this with all his heart- don’t worry about bringing him back to the palace in a hurry. “If we weren’t outside, how else would I have been able to talk to a criminal like you?” Young says he heard Gongmin was put into a corner because of the royal seal. Gongmin smiles and teases. “Worse than that. See, I was even chased out of the palace.” Young gives a small smile before apologizing. Gongmin asks about Eun-soo and Young reassures him that’s she’s doing better.

Young goes to see Jang Bin who tells him that they’ve figured out what the poison is. He hands Young a bottle. The poison works at a difference pace depending on how much one ingests. He also tells Young that he needs more time to find some rare ingredients for the antidote and test to make sure it works.

Young starts to sniff the poison but Bin stops him. It’s dangerous because the poison doesn’t have a smell or color. Young asks if it’s dangerous to just sniff it so Bin tells him that the poison works only when you ingest it. It seems the poison starts to work once it reaches the stomach.

It is night now and Young is taking Eun-soo to where Gongmin and Noguk are. Eun-soo is begging Young to believe her- she can do it. But Young ignores her, saying they will meet up with king’s party soon. Eun-soo asks, then what about him, so Young tells her he has a lot to do, including getting the antidote. Eun-soo starts to yell at him. “That is your personality, isn’t it? That you can’t trust anyone and must do everything yourself.” Young retorts, “You aren’t well so what is it that you want to do?”

Eun-soo replies, “Yes, it’s my body that doesn’t feel well and it’s my antidote that I need so why are you the one always getting it for me?”  Young starts to say it’s because she got poisoned because of him so Eun-soo pulls on his arm to stop him. “That’s not true. What those guys want is me, not you. So why do you always say it’s because of you?” Young sighs and says in frustration, “So what? What is it that you want to do?”

Eun-soo: “I want to try to do something too so don’t just stop me and listen to me.” Young notices the shippers, and tells them to go ahead first. Deok-Dae ask where. Young: “Just go.” The shippers leave.

Eun-soo starts to talk again but she gets dizzy and sits. Young asks her what’s wrong and she replies that although on the first day after drinking the antidote she feels okay, starting from the second, she starts to get dizzy. Young starts to say, “Tomorrow…” but Eun-soo interrupts him. “I’ll get more dizzy.” Young asks how she can smile in a situation like this. “Do you smile at times like this too when you don’t know if you could die?”

Eun-soo asks him to stop so Young asks, “Stop what?” Eun-soo replies, “Always getting mad at me and being mean to me. If you do that and I leave – what will you do when you no longer have anyone to get mad at? If you let this become a habit, you will feel a loss.”

Young doesn’t respond to the reminder that their time together is growing short. He just stands up and looks for someplace Eun-soo can rest. They sit down and Eun-soo remarks that the weather is chilly. Young silently sits closer to her and wraps his arm around her shoulder. Eun-soo smiles as she leans against him, saying, “You’re a macho.” When Young asks what she means, Eun-soo explains that if Young went to the heavenly world with that kind of attitude, he’s going to end up old and alone. (Softy: With that face highly unlikely. Joonni: Pfft! You’re hilarious, Softy. I agree.) Young quickly says, “I won’t go.” So Eun-soo, not wanting to drop the subject, asks, “Then instead of the heavenly world, do you want to go to Ki Chul’s?” Young: “You’re noisy.”

Eun-soo laughs. “Do you know that?” Young: “I don’t want to know.” Eun-soo: “Now when I ask you questions, you answer all of it. Before, you ignored half the things I said.” (Joonni: Squee! We noticed too, Eun-soo. He luuuurves you!) Young explains it was because she talked a lot and used a lot of heaven’s words that he didn’t understand.

Eun-soo leans on his shoulder again. She comments on how comfortable it feels to lean on him like this, even though she’s only done it a couple of times before. She says, “If I fall asleep here, then carry (piggyback) me.” Young tells her he can’t, since he won’t be able to carry his sword then. Eun-soo just leans in closer, her eyes closed. She opens them for a bit to smile before closing them again to snuggle even closer. Young pulls her close and rests his head on her head. (Joonni: I’m going to rave and squeal about this scene down below. Love!)

Deok Heung gives instructions to his men. He knows that Ki Chul regards every nook and cranny in the palace as his own so the soldiers must be on guard. He hides Ki Chul’s chest somewhere in Gongmin’s room.

At his house, Ki Chul enters the room, almost with joy on his face, crying out, “Doctor!” He exclaims about how much he’s searched for her. Has she come to him on her own? Eun-soo tells him that she came to make a deal. She tells him that she figured out when the door to heaven opens. She asks, “Do you want to go with me?” Ki Chul looks ecstatic. “What can I do for you?” (Joonni: Love how Young hovers over her, like the over-protective warrior that he is. <3)

Eun-soo asks if there was a back part to the diary. Ki Chul tells her there was. She asks to see it and Ki Chul’s face falls- it’s been taken from him. (Joonni: Ha! Ki Chul is actually adorable looking at this moment. Aw, poor evil baby.) He tells her that Deok Heung took it to the palace.  He asks if she needs the back part to go to heaven. She tells him that if the first part had when she could go, the back part will tell her how she can go back. Ki Chul nods, saying he will bring it for her.

Eun-soo anxiously asks what the third thing is but Ki Chul responds that it’s hard to describe in words. (Joonni: Damn it! What is it?!) Eun-soo: “That was taken too?” Ki Chul, more determined than ever, says, “I will bring it back.”

Before Ki Chul leaves, however, suspicion finally reaches him. Turning back, he asks, “Why are you doing this for me?” Eun-soo looks at Young and Young tells Ki Chul that it’s because Eun-soo’s life is in danger. “I have to save her. That’s why I’m here.” The paralysis starts to hit Eun-soo’s hand again and rage overtakes Ki Chul. (Joonni: ROFL. It’s hilarious how obsessed he is with Eun-soo.)

Gongmin and crew have finally arrived at the refuge. He looks happy to see Lady Choi and asks where Noguk is. Lady Choi moves to escort him but Gongmin says he will go himself. (Joonni: Don’t make me swoon because of you too, Gongmin. I’m getting dizzy.)

Gongmin stares at Noguk for afar, watching her smile, adorned with a crown of flowers. She looks happy and peaceful, and tears start to well up in Gongmin’s eyes. Lady Choi starts to say that Noguk is doing well, even though this place is nothing compared to the palace but Gongmin interrupts her. “So this is what it’s like. The only world that a husband can see.”

Noguk sees Gongmin and smiles to greet him. Gongmin walks toward her and asks what she was doing. Noguk shyly replies, “I was waiting for you.” Gongmin grins and says, “I need to make you wait more often.” Noguk realizes that she is still wearing the flower crown and sheepishly takes it off.

Gongmin calls out to Choong-suk and asks how many Woodalchi are here. Choong-suk replies around 50. Gongmin says he heard that 50 Woodalchi are the same as 500 royal soldiers. Choong-suk straightens his back and replies, “To say it modestly, yes.” (Joonni: Ha! I don’t believe you guys anymore!)

Gongmin orders Do-chi to declare everywhere that he will be ruling the country here from now on for a while. If anyone has business with him, they should come here. Do-chi is concerned, however, that there are still people looking for him, but Gongmin says, “Do you still not know? If I stay hidden, they will attack me. But if I let everyone know, the enemy won’t dare to attack. After all, I am the king.” Do-chi proudly agrees. Gongmin asks Noguk to show him around the place. Noguk tells him that their quarters are over there. (Joonni: Almost died here. Of course the first thing Noguk shows him is the bedroom. ROFLMAO. These women- Eunsoo and Noguk- they have my heart and soul.)

Lady Choi asks Choong-suk about Young- did he meet him? She also asks about Eun-soo- is she okay? Choong-suk tells her that according to the kids, Young and Eun-soo stayed behind in the city but they should be okay since they remained behind, TOGETHER. Lady Choi just stares at him, all, “Really? It that what you guys think about?” (Joonni: I swear, Faith has the biggest shippers ever in a drama. Everyone ships everyone like mad. We have a whole stadium full of shippers just watching and eager to see the romance blossom. That’s it. Faith has my heart now. I give it to this drama on an alter.)

Deok Heung is surprised to hear who is coming to see him with who else. Ki Chul, Eun-soo, and Young show up together. Deok Heung greets them, sneering. Eun-soo, true to her character, rushes toward Deok Heung, wanting to kick him for poisoning her. How can a murder like him smile like that? Young has to pull her back and sit her down. Young says to Ki Chul, “Will you take care of it?”

Ki Chul asks Deok Heung, “Did you really poison my doctor?” Deok Heung replies, “What did I say? Look. She came on her own two feet within four days. So why are you talking to me like you’re angry?”

Ki Chul tries to contain his rage. He demands that Deok Heung hand over the antidote and the chest. Deok Heung laughs. If he hands over all his cards, Young might kill him on the spot. Ki Chul says that Young won’t dare to do that with a royal member.

Young sighs at the dragging conversation. He hands Eun-soo his sword and makes toward Deok Heung, fighting off the guards. Ki Chul joins the fight, except he uses a sword to kill them and screams, “Get out the way! I can’t see because of you guys!” (Joonni: What a crazy, lunatic.) He tells Young to continue.

Young says to Deok Heung that he knows what the poison is. Pushing him over, Young takes out the poison that Jang Bin made and feeds it to Deok Heung, saying he didn’t find the antidote yet. (Joonni: *Fist pump* I. LOVE. THIS. SHOW.) He kicks Deok Heung for good measure. “Now give me that damn antidote.” In the background, Ki Chul feigns concern and asks, “Didn’t you feed him too much?” Young replies that he doesn’t know. He’s never used this poison before.

Deok Heung grits through the pain to say to Ki Chul, “You shouldn’t hold hands with him.” Ki Chul replies, “I was in a rush. Just take out the antidote, take some yourself, give it to the doctor, and let’s end this.”

Deok Heung looks at Eun-soo and says, “Let’s go together.” Young lifts Deok Heung by the collar and growls, “What did you say?” Deok Heung replies that he will go alone with Eun-soo to where the antidote is. He asks Ki Chul to keep Young here for him.

Eun-soo pulls Young’s hand out of the hold on Deok Heung and starts to walk off with him, saying, “I’ll come back.” Young starts after her but Ki Chul stops him, saying that if Young goes, Deok Heung will never give up the antidote.

In a separate room, Eun-soo asks for the antidote. Deok Heung can’t believe that a heavenly doctor couldn’t figure out the antidote herself. Eun-soo once again asks for the antidote. Deok Heung tells her that he thought she would live because they said she was a heavenly doctor. He didn’t really plan on killing her. Eun-soo ignores him and asks anxiously, “Do you not have it? The antidote!” Deok Heung: “I knew as soon your ‘love’ came to me, pale and shaking.” He scoffs- what doctor? “You’re a fake.”

Eun-soo loses her patience and yells, “Are you going to die just talking away like that?” Deok Heung asks her, “Are you the same as me? Someone who has nothing and only survives by tricking people?” Eun-soo starts to rant. Why doesn’t he just take out the antidote and drink it, when he is about to die? Why does he have so much to say? Why does everyone in this rotten world play with people’s lives?

Deok Heung pulls out a packet from his sleeve and tells her it is the antidote. Eun-soo remarks that it’s different from what she has been taking. Deok Heung tells that what he has been giving her as an antidote till now was fake. The poison that he gave her works that way- symptoms come and go every four days. Holding out the packet he says, “This is the real antidote.”

Before Eun-soo can take it from him, Deok Heung stops her and says, “Ki Chul believes in the heavenly door so if you and I get on the same side, we can play with Ki Chul and Goryeo. Will you not be on my side?” Eun-soo pulls her hand away and asks if he has the rest of the diary. She wants it back- “That is first.” Deok Heung gives her the antidote. Eun-soo gets up and warns Deok Heung, “One more thing. Don’t touch Choi Young or it’s the end of everything.” (Joonni: That’s my girl.)

Young who has been waiting outside, asks about the medicine as soon as he sees Eun-soo. She tells him that she took it and she is all better now. Eun-soo leads Young out by the arm.

Deok Heung and Ki Chul watch them leave. (Joonni: Drat it! He didn’t die. It’s okay. My pyre can wait.) Deok Heung asks Ki Chul, “Didn’t you say that you wanted to have the doctor?” Ki Chul nods and says, “But as long as he is around….” (Joonni: NO!!! *sharpens sword and grabs a map* I’m heading to Goryeo right now, guys. Come join me.)

In the village where Gongmin now resides, the Suribang siblings are selling their soup, calling it the best in Goryeo. Lee Saek, dressed as a commoner, comes upon an house, busy with people coming in and out. He asks a man that just came out what is going on in that house. The man tells him that there is a king in this house that will listen to anything you say, even curses at the king. Lee Saek asks in disbelief, “Can it be?” The man replies, “Of course it wouln’t be the real king. We just go to rant and feel better.”

Dol-bae leads Lee Saek inside. Gongmin and Noguk are surrounded by their citizens. One mother is complaining that her soon-to-be thirteen year-old daughter is too pretty. Gngmin can’t understand why that is a complaint. Another man points out that the “king” doesn’t know anything. It’s because the girl will be taken to Yuan as tribute since she is pretty. The smiles fade off Gongmin and Noguk’s faces.

Noguk asks the man if he knows what happens to the girls who are taken to Yuan. He replies that the nobility’s daughters become concubines to other Yuan aristocrats but daughters of commoners become slaves or are forced to become concubines of soldiers. The mother asks Gongmin for a talisman that will make her daughter ugly- her eyes or nose crooked.

Gongmin picks up his brush and says to the girl that he is going to draw her pretty face now. If anyone tells her that her eyes or nose are crooked, she should show them this drawing. The man mocks, “What kind of king draws? It would be unsightly.” The other citizens laugh but Gongmin continues to draw, while Noguk prepares the ink. Lee Saek looks on, pleased with his king.

Daeman is saying to Young that it would have been nice if Eun-soo went to stay with Gongmin and Noguk. He asks Young, “Did you guys fight?” Young: “That mouth!” Young remembers what he and Eun-soo argued about it. She wanted to stay back at the palace, at the medical ward.

Young can’t believe it- after he did all that to run away with her. Eun-soo reminds him that this is the Mata Hari (Margaretha Geertruida Zelle) plan. Young asks, “Is the plan crawling back to the place you escaped from?” Eun-soo replies, “No. It’s using my beauty to find out the enemy’s information.”

Back from flashback, Young says to Dae-man, “She doesn’t think.” He sighs and adds, “That person has no heart.” (Joonni: I think he is saying that Eun-soo is not thinking about how Young feels about leaving her.)

Young sits down with Lee Jae-hyun and Lee Saek. He asks them if it is okay for them to sit down with an escaped convict like him. Lee Jae-hyun replies that they know better than anyone that Young was framed. (Joonni: *rage* Oh yeah, now you say that, you old bags.)

Lee Jae-hyun tells Young that he heard what the Woodalchi did and where the king and queen are and what they are doing. “Our Majesty left the palace and made his own. So we plan to go to him.” Young asks what they will do there. Lee Jae-hyun replies that they plan to go to the king, carrying a new royal seal the Goryeo citizens made. Young smiles. He knows the king will be happy.

Young gets up to leave but Lee Saek stops him. They have more to say. Young reminds them that he is not a Woodalchi anymore and he is someone who must run if he sees governmental personnel. It’s not right for them to talk to him about the affairs of the state. Lee Saek asks Young to protect them while they bring Gongmin the new royal seal. Young sighs and holds his head. (Joonni: Ha! I sighed at the exact same time as him! Young’s response is so hilarious. Nobody will be able to guess he is a great warrior when he reacts like this most of the time. But goodness, just leave him alone so he can be with Eun-soo!)

Lee Jae-hyun reminds Young that Gongmin is a king that Young chose. They are going to move tomorrow. You can see Young hitting himself inside for saying those words. Oh the trouble those words have brought!

Eun-soo waits anxiously with Jang Bin. Jang Bin reminds her that Deok Heung is not someone to be trusted. Eun-soo replies that she knows. An eunuch brings her a box informing her that it’s only half of what she asked for. She exclaims in anger, “Only half! Not all?”

Eun-soo looks at the frayed and browning pages. She read the letter.

“I desperately hope that this will reach you.
Earnestness/longing heart creates a link/connection.
Only recollection/memories will make that moment come true.”

She says to Jang Bin the handwriting is similar to her own but she doesn’t understand how that could be. Jang Bin asks, “You don’t remember anything at all?” Eun-soo shakes her head. No, she’s never seen this notebook or its contents. “The ink has faded so it’s hard to read but…” Eun-soo reads on- “Please. I hope you read this letter with ‘that person.’ Please. Before it’s too late.”

Young tells his puppies that they need to escort four people starting at dawn tomorrow. They’re going to use a carriage. Young orders Dae-man to go ahead to where Gongmin is and ask for about a dozen Woodalchi to meet them on a bridge part way. Young tells Ji-ho and Shi-wool that he will go alone to pick up the scholars.

Eun-soo is saying to Jang Bin that she doesn’t understand what this letter means or who wrote it. If she wrote it herself, she would know! She angrily complains about the state of the pages. “Who? Why? Who would call me, ‘Eun-soo-ya’? Are they really calling me? Why is a diary written in hangul here in Goryeo and who is ‘that person’?!”

Eun-soo drinks with Jang Bin. She tells him that she didn’t have anyone to call “that person.” “Even if I tried to meet guys and like them, my heart wouldn’t open. My heart would stop in the midst of going out to them and that feeling would fade. I would say, ‘It’s bothersome,’ and close my heart again and hide. That kind of heart was always first- ‘this person isn’t it.’ This isn’t it.”

Eun-soo sighs. “Even when I met Choi Young, I did that. I drew the line and said, ‘Don’t come in. Don’t come in.’ It wasn’t because I was going to leave but because my heart wouldn’t do that. Sometimes, when I was with him, because I was so used to him, I missed him so much I couldn’t stand it. But still, I felt that he couldn’t be this ‘person.’ But whenever I turn around he is there. He looks at me. When I can’t see him and I ask, ‘Where are you,’ he says, ‘I am here’.” Eun-soo breathes hard as she wipes the tears off her face. “I must be getting tipsy. I should go to sleep.”  (Joonni: Genuine tears here, you guys. ㅠㅠ)

Eun-soo shakes the frayed pages. She yells at it, “I don’t know who you are and why you called my name and wrote this. I really don’t know who “that person” you are talking about is!” Eun-soo angrily puts the pages down. “I need to go to sleep.” Eun-soo leaves the room and Jang Bin puts away the pages for her.

Eun-soo tosses in her bed. She remembers the letter describing how she left on a long journey that day and someone came to ask for a favor. The letter asks Eun-soo to not turn down that person’s request. She has to turn back. “That way, ‘that person’ will live.”

Eun-soo connects the letter’s content with the night Lady Choi came to her, asking her to save Young. Eun-soo gets up from bed and realizes the letter continued to describe to her the events of this very day- Deo-gi breaking the medicine jar and the flowers blooming at the windowsill.

The letter tells Eun-soo that she can’t let ‘that person’ go today. What’s waiting for him is a trap. “So Eun-soo, please stop him.”

Eun-soo stares at the pages, realization hitting her. Elsewhere, Young is heading toward where the scholars are supposed to be. He stops, his eyes opening wide, as he senses something.


(Joonni: Really gasping for air here. I could barely type. So dizzy. My hands are literally shaking.)

Softy’s comments:

Sometimes this drama has hints of SKKS vibe and lots more of QIHM – the other day I swear the music score was identical and now tonight with this whole anticipation about her putting the pieces together and figuring out her letter was a warning to herself not to let Young do that favor of escorting that royal seal to safety had me biting my nails –something I haven’t done since I was a child and it’s way harder to do since I have to type as I watch. I just knew Young shouldn’t have gone along with that request but it was his fault the other seal was taken and he just knows how happy G will be to get this new goryeo seal so he couldn’t say no. my next question that is staring us in the face is – will ES get help to young in time to save him?  I say yes cuz there are 8 episodes left so if we play our cards right, I think a kiss just has to happen in this drama during that incident. if she finds young unconscious, maybe he is just out and not dead already so she will kiss him to wake him up like sleeping beauty – he is beautiful even when he is sleeping so that name fits him as well. The things I will say just to get a decent kiss out of this drama amazes even me. Call me crazy but this drama just begs for a great kiss scene – it just won’t be complete without one. sorry to KHS’s jealous hubby, but look away for a second will you for the sake of this drama’s fans. I saw that episode of Taxi when KHS came out and her hubby looked like a cool guy. Bet he is totally onboard with his wife doing a great job.

Joonni’s comments:

Another solid episode, although maybe not as tight at yesterday. What this drama excels at is weaving together the political and romantic conflicts together. But they aren’t always kept at the same tension so sometimes we have episodes when politics step aside a bit to let the romantic drama take the front. But because Young and Eun-soo are tightly bound to all the politicking people, their conflict is always tinged with the gravity of history and political movement. While the drama is not visually epic in scale, the writer has done a good job at building the Young/Eun-soo and Young/Gongmin relationships into a larger than life drama.

I love how Gongmin continues to learn that being a king or a leader is not about the things you use or where you live. Leadership is not a status symbol. Gongmin used symbolic power once to his advantage, wearing Goryeo robes instead of Yuan. But he learned in these past episodes that it’s not enough to just wear a royal robe. Even if he wears more common clothes and sits in a run-down building, he is still a king if he acts like one. It is action and the relationship to others that creates a leader, not the clothes or the palace.

I remember in the beginning of Faith saying that I wasn’t invested in the Young/Eun-soo couple and I wouldn’t care that much if they really never got to romancing. I found the couple awkward at first, not because of the age thing, but because I saw them more as reluctant partners with very different goals in life. Now I am in complete love with this couple because of how organic they feel, how truthful they are, and how much they’ve changed each other. So you guys can imagine how much I shook and trembled at the end of the episode. I really couldn’t breathe and I had to take some time off to calm down enough to finish this recap.

Eun-soo’s confession to Jang Bin was such a nice touch because with just those few minutes, we understand how Eun-soo’s feelings developed and what kind of person she is. For Young and Eun-soo, there was never a complete moment of surrender, even in all those swoon-worthy moments in the past episodes. They were always careful, always holding back, always putting on a brave face because each feared pain, loss, and goodbye. Even as they truthfully told each other that they won’t be okay when Eun-soo leaves, Young and Eun-soo kept the pain out of their voices and resigned themselves to the fact that they would part soon.

Now with Eun-soo knowing what those letters are doing and that Young is in danger, I wonder what kind of emotional development she will go through next and what kind of decision she will make, because at this point, I think Eun-soo decides their romantic fate. I love this drama so much now because it carefully, quietly, and steadily built and continues to build the characters and their development on all fronts. And there is never a detailed to be missed.

Consider the number of ways Young has dropped or forgotten his sword when it came to Eun-soo. We saw it because we are crazy hawks about this couple but the director never did a close up to make us see that. It was something we could see only if we cared and I appreciate that. Considering how the director liked to force everything else on us in the beginning with the slow-motion, I love the fact that he didn’t do that to us this time with the sword. We are given the chance as viewers to watch carefully and focus on every action and words without being spoon-fed. It’s not dramatic that Young says he can’t carry her because he can’t use his sword but we the viewers are given the room to see it that way.

So let me just swoon over here about that. A sword. A reminder that Young is a warrior. A reminder of duty. A reminder of death. He forgets it all when it comes to Eun-soo and and it’s something he has to give up to be with her. But Young is a warrior through and through. I still can’t see him going with Eun-soo to the future and Young has pretty much made up his mind about that. So we are left with the option that Eun-soo stays. Reading through the comments on yesterday’s episode, I suggested that Eun-soo might actually end up staying 67 years because of the different time flow between Goryeo and modern time. So maybe 67 years equals one year in the present. Or as we can hypothesize now, Eun-soo is a time-traveler, who comes back through time, trying to save Young. That’s why she left those letters to herself, to save Young always at those crucial moments so he ends up living a long time, as according to the history that we know.

What do you guys think? And when is Monday coming?

144 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thanks for your recap Softy. I was just awake from my sleep and the first thing i did was googling for your recap. You are always quick as usual. Thanks….

    October 2, 2012
  2. pam lee #

    Well, the BIG QUESTION for next week’s episode is, WHO IS SETTING UP A TRAP FOR YOUNG? IS IT TEACHER LEE AND THE STUDENT? That would stink since Young basically got the king to appoint them into the council. So whose side is Lee on? Or is he being used as bait by someone else (KC or KH)? Well, ES better act fast or else Young dies…time loop #2? It would be funny if ES’s doppleganger was hanging around to save Young while this ES is too shortsighted to do it 🙂

    October 2, 2012
    • joonni #

      Yes, I curious too. Those scholars have quickly become a thorn on my side. Exactly whose side are they on? ARGH!

      October 2, 2012
  3. adi #

    loving your recaps always read them before watching the drama. Thanks a lot and keep up the good work 😀
    You know what would be a perfect ending? if ES would go to the future then jump back 1000 years to become Hwata, jump forward (100 years before they met) to write and leave the diary to save him and, finally she would jump again forward to CY around the time she left and she would live the rest of her life with him… of course, making lots of cute babies (for now, it seems the only solution that answers everything…i think…)

    the portal can open only once more so she would have to return the same day she left, right? even though it seems unlikely for solar-flares to not occur for 67 years no matter what intensity they need to be…damn this drama is sometimes like an awesome and obsessive puzzle that refuses to show all its pieces

    and btw..will she have superpowers too now? there must be something in the air there…

    October 2, 2012
  4. mihaela #

    gosh thank you softy! you are a gift sent from heaven for us!it will be another looooong loooooooooooooong weekend for me it seams..i’ve started to dream about the two days a week when the show it’s on!i have to say i like the turn of the events it gives me hope that eun soo doesn’t leave coai young..from her dreams it seams either she leaved him once and regreted soo she returned but was too late(meanwhile the events are repeting like a cirlcle) or it was something from the past that will happen again in the future until eun soo realise this and warns herself…it seems like a time circle repeating, reincarnation or doesn’t make much sence now hopefully will make sence as the show goes on..anyway what really bothers me right know is the lack of preview..why it’s it any of them?? they used to have like every ep and now none..why???

    October 2, 2012
  5. mihaela #

    it’s killing me….

    October 2, 2012
  6. ayeesha #

    Thanks a lot for your recap joonni.I’ve been following your recap since the start of ‘faith’ and its the best. I too can’t wait for more love scenes between the leads,but i guess we all have to wait :). Keep up the good job 🙂 🙂 🙂

    October 2, 2012
  7. Matilda2012 #

    As usual Softy, you are the best! Thanks for the recap, I was able to watch the episode in one window and just switch to your recap to figure out what they are saying.

    And yes, this KISS is long overdue——- CY is just too shy.
    The funny thing is when ES was unconscious, he was all over her and cradling her and touching her face. But when she woke up, different story(LOL). I have fun watching him being uncomfortable, he looks so cute.

    I would like to add that LMH has grown as an actor in this series compared to the very beginning episodes. The character must have grown on him because he delivers a lot better now especially the different emotions required of CY.

    October 2, 2012
  8. Maggie H.V. #

    Hi Matilda.

    You and I do the same thing: watch the episode without subs and switch to the recap to figure out 🙂

    I agree with you about LMH has grown as an actor with this series, but also I noted that Choi Young has “two moments”. I mean, before ES made him come back from the frozen land he was just waiting for the day he could die so he wasn’t “emotional”, so LMH had to portray him that way.

    October 2, 2012
  9. mimi #

    OMG! so do we have an answer now! the diary belongs to ES, and she wrote the letter to her future self!

    If it’s true that means she witnessed CY death!! Or else how did she know it was trap!!

    He died, she went back to 2012 gather some stuff (diary note included) use the portal to go back, again! Way before his death, and end up in much older past! As she mentioned the second time the portal will opened after 67 years! And to save his life again she lived on those old days and her only way to communicate with her future self is her diary, hoping the future ES will find it and save CY!!

    October 2, 2012
    • adi #

      we don`t know how many portals were open in the distant past (100 years before CY) and there is noting stopping her to come back through the same portal she previously used to leave (the one that`s going to be in month or so)… time might be linear but time travel is not…she could even come back through the first portal (the one CY used to brig her there in the first episode) and stay hidden till her past sefl leaves… the possibilities are really too many…i`m getting dizzy now 😀

      October 3, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        Ooooo, Adi, that is a good theory.That would be something else…if she just starts back at square one. Things probably wouldn’t play put the same though since people might react differently to the scenarios if she wasn’t involved…DH wouldn’t be able to use ES as his ace card against Young, or GC…but I can definitely see how it would be beneficial to go back to the intial wormhole…with ES knowing everything she does about how they loved each other ( and keeping it to herself) so that at least it is her missing Young when she goes back, rather than both of them being lovesick. Since she’s the type to keep a brave face, and not want to have others hurting at her expense, I can see her just going back into the wormhold after saving the queen before the soldiers and Jo arrive to tell Young to stop her. Ooo

        October 3, 2012
  10. Nevermind #

    “The things I will say just to get a decent kiss out of this drama amazes even me. Call me crazy but this drama just begs for a great kiss scene…” O, Softy, same here, gurl! Just like the rest of us, we’re all waiting for that 1st kiss scene…

    How this drama’s writer and director would be laughing at all of us now—intentionally building up the story so very slowwly and giving us the scenes that we’ve been craving for now, ‘cept for the 1st kiss, of course. But loving how the story is (slowly) unfolding and revealing ES’ supposed time-travel in an earlier period. Not an original plot using time-travel but a totally different twist? In a K-drama maybe. (Joonni, let’s hope this is just some kind of a “twist” and not a resurrection stuff that we hate.)

    From E15, this episode is sooo unnerving! Has my heart pounding the whole time! This drama has rendered all of us (decent) ladies crazy, I swear. I hate it! But I love K-dramas. And yes, loving Faith, too. Hmm, and starting to love cutesy LMH, too! Amigawd!! I’m undone–I’ve become a fangurl!!!

    October 2, 2012
    • joonni #

      Now I definitely don’t think it’s a reincarnation thing. and LOL. you wrote Resurrection but I knew what you meant

      October 2, 2012
  11. Thao #

    Thank you so much for the recap!!!! I can’t wait until next Mondayyyyyyyyyyyy. My brain is hurting thinking about all the possible theories of ES being a time-traveller and what not. ;~;

    October 2, 2012
  12. pam lee #

    Who here thinks Eun Soo should just stay in Goryeo and protect Young for the rest of his life because she’s made it her mission?


    Otherwise, I want to see Young SOBBING like a BABY when Eun Soo walks back into that wormhole…I WANNA SEE SUFFERING IF I’M GOING TO BE BAWLING MY EYES OUT!!! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!

    October 2, 2012
    • SH #

      *Hand raised*

      They have to stay together. The tagline of this show is “love transcending time and space,” I can’t see anything but a happy ending to fit this theme. If the writer is using this time paradox approach, that means ES has been looking for ways to save Young in forever, so now at long last, she gets another chance to save his life, how can she leave him after all these trials and errors. I’m not ready for a heart break. Writer Song, please give us an (or a few) epic kiss(es) and a happy ending! .

      October 2, 2012
      • joonni #

        thank you for reminding me of that tagline. D’oh! My dying brain. So there was always hope from the beginning!

        October 2, 2012
      • pam lee #

        Thank you, SH!!! *Both hands raised! LOL!!!

        I know..why build such a beautiful and epic love story that “transcends time and space” just to disappoint us with a sad ending? And, I don’t want some reincarnation BS ending either. So cheesy.

        October 2, 2012
  13. callie #

    I don’t agree with those who think that LMH was lacking in the first few episodes and has improved since then.

    I checked the official description of his character, comments made by other characters during the drama. Basically, what his character is supposed to be is that he someone smart, naïve, a little quirky, but indifferent. He is quite talented in some ways but he is definitely a general we would never expect to lead the troops into battle. He is not the type of general that we would expect him to be, he is quite lazy and his hobby is to sleep for 2 to 3 days therefore meaning that he is lethargic, bored and laid back. He has been asleep for the last 7 years. He has no desire for money or woman (thus not ambitious). He does not strategize and just does frontal attack. He will try something and if he fails and he dies…oh, well. LMH himself says that Choi Young is not an expressive person and hard to portray and that he hopes to reveal the various facets of CY’s character.

    Thus the character envisioned by the writer is someone who in the beginning is lackluster, bored, and lifeless, restrained, not expressive (meaning poker faced with no emotion showing on the surface, frozen like in his dreams. Suppressing his emotions up to a point where he no longer feels or cares.) It was mentioned that he became captain of the WooDalChi more as a punishment than a promotion. His job or duty is to protect the king so he does it but without passion or love but it as something he promised his teacher that he would do. Would someone serving more as a punishment want to excel in his job? He does not need to prove himself; he has no ambition to excel so he is definitely not a leader or wants to be one. He was probably given the position because of his super powers and fighting skills. He does the minimal of what he needs to do and leaves a lot to his second in command who is actually more of a leader and that shows in the drama. That is why they probably like and respect him because he gives them a lot of trust to do their job with minimal micromanaging. When he went through the portal, he asked the king to order him, he did not volunteer. He does not care to be a hero. He is supposed to be withdrawn, indifferent, and wooden in the beginning. My opinion is that LMH has delivered and does not really deserve the criticism of his acting being lackluster. He is supposed to be lackluster.

    LMH has charisma, charm, the most wonderful smile and expressive eyes that convey a myriad of emotions. He does not have to say a word, his eyes reveal all. I love it when he stares at Eun Soo, you can see he is so enamored, fascinated, awed but yet perplexed by his feelings towards her, his eyes tells so much. He tries to hide his thoughts but his stare just reveals his feelings. When she gave him the flower, he looked at her questioningly and in bafflement. He shows all that through his eyes. He might be a warrior but as a man he is naïve and unable to figure out the modern woman. I like how he peeked at Eun Soo as she pulled up her pants to look at her knee scrape during Episode 3. This is a man who is awakening to feelings of attraction to her but without realizing it. When he cried as the young king was dying and when he killed him, he did not over act, just the right amount of grief for a man who has submerged his feelings for a long time. I think LMH really expresses those emotions very well. In Korean drama sometimes it is really hard to do less acting and be more muted. Also he seems fine in letting others carry the scene. He is the lead but he does not act like he needs to be acting over the top so that he has to dominate every scene. It is hard to not over act especially in Kdramas when everyone seems to expect the lead to show emotions all the time. I think he does just the right amount. You see a gentle warrior, sensitive with a lovely enigmatic smile, yet fiercely protective of Eun Soo. LMH & KHS has managed to create a strong chemistry with each other even though there is an age gap. You don’t notice the gap. In the course of the drama you see the progression of an expressionless reluctant hero to a smoldering firebrand. That is my opinion.

    By the way, I really like Softy & Joonni’s recaps – the best.

    October 2, 2012
    • Iluvlee #

      OMFG… I could not agree with you anymore… Am so glad someone else gets it. It’s like your reading my mind and typing it ( by the way you did a great job at it) 🙂 . LHM even explained in an interview that his character is STOIC and that he looks forward to the chances in him as the story goes along… and IMO He’s doing a FREAKING AWESOME JOB. I have always admired how he is able to express so much emotions with his eyes making you feel how he feels without having to use the slightest of words. And his chemistry with KHS heats up my screen weekly.I ship them so hard you have no idea..LOL

      October 2, 2012
      • Callie #

        Thanks Iluvlee. I am happy to put your thoughts into words. It is great when someone agrees.. Looks like it is down to 3rd below the two new shows, Oohlala spouse and Horse Doctor. Can’t understand why either. I wonder how the ratings would affect the success of the show. There are a lot of followers on Viki though. I wonder how it is doing in China on Youku and other sites.

        October 2, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      Wow, Callie! Loved eading everything you wrote! So true!!!

      October 2, 2012
      • Callie #

        Thanks Sunshine. Love his voice as well and his smile, his laugh, and the list continues…

        October 2, 2012
  14. Onichick #

    I agree with you. I was starting to feel alone on my loved LMH from the begining in this boat. Faith has always captured me, its not for the director but for the characters. From the moment CY fake drops Eunsoo I was in lobve and knew I was going to ship the hell out of them. Same with G and N and all that took was one scene.

    And there is not enough time in the day for me to list all the things I love about LMH…

    October 2, 2012
    • Onichick #

      And totally meant this as a response to callie..

      I so fail at the internet today

      October 2, 2012
      • Callie #

        Onichick, Feel the same here. Liked it from the beginning.

        October 2, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      Oh, let me start the list. 🙂

      I adore his voice. It is Incredibly sexy.

      October 2, 2012
      • Iluvlee #

        Let me continue 🙂
        I love his smile… it drives me crazy ( Gosh am tempted to write soooooo much more but i’ll give others a chance to add to this list ( which by the way is probably going to be looonnnngggggg… I mean what is there NOT to love about LHM)

        October 2, 2012
        • Onichick #

          I enjoy the fact he is kinda of a dork…Which is at odds with is tall dark and handsome vibe…It just makes me want to hug him.


          October 2, 2012
          • Sunshine #

            Just burst out laughing reading our list so far…hey we’ve gotta do something until next Monday. 🙂

            Seriously Joonni, if our list gets out of control (highly probable) tell us where we can move it. 🙂 Cause you know we love showing your site love.

            October 2, 2012
            • Classy #

              How come is awesome hotness is not there in the list huh??
              did you guys like possibly forget it ??
              Let me add that then.
              and yeah sexy voice is a big go! 🙂

              October 3, 2012
              • pam lee #

                LMH’s lips make me catch my breath!

                The scene where he’s eating with the Suribang siblings and his lips are greasy! I know, I’m crazy and obsessed with THIS PERSON!!!! LMAO!!!!

                October 3, 2012
              • Callie #

                He has got that innocent look that is so cute

                October 5, 2012
    • joonni #

      Faith didn’t capture me from the beginning but it was always interesting.
      And I’m such a slow shipper, always. The only time I shipped almost immediately was secret garden.

      October 2, 2012
      • pam lee #

        I started to really ship hard when Young caught Eun Soo when she slipped…episode 7 or 8? I started to see the chemistry between them..before this it was kind of awkward. Now it’s just natural and right and THEY BELONG TOGETHER..FOREVER.

        LMH/Young, where do I start? There are some moments when LMH’s acting shines…I loved it when he was throwing DH around like rag doll his eyes were watery…like he was going to cry because he was so upset DH had poisoned ES. I also loved his expression when ES busted him with the Asprin bottle with the dried flower! LOL! Epic!

        I don’t know how, but these two have slowly crawled into my heart…and they aren’t leaving for a really LONG TIME. Please, Faith writers, don’t break our hearts with a sad or pathetic ending 😦

        October 3, 2012
        • Cindylala #

          Pam lee I’m agree with what you say every scene. Belived me I see this series back and foreword every day include OST. Every morning and now the song ” Bad Guy” is my favorite I love it so much. since last 2 weeks I see Live online then read live recap ,then late night see the episode again with no sub in the morning see full recap then try to find eng.sub but lately cannot open in my country… Late night of the next day will have my country sub… All again then see again and again for the detail…. Ahhh…. My hubby really think I’m crazy and I never be this crazy before….
          I love you guys here that I feel like I have friends here…. Another 4 days to wait… Should I see again from the start…. 55555555

          October 4, 2012
      • sb #

        It didn’t catch me right away either, but I’m totally shipping it now. I love a drama where I love all the other characters, too. It just adds more to the entire experience when there’s so many awesome characters to love and also love to hate.

        October 4, 2012
  15. Julia #

    thanks a lot for the recap. totally fall for the dram. Love CY

    October 2, 2012
  16. Iluvlee #

    Question why is this drama ratings not higher… when it’s so freaking AWESOME I swear I don’t understand.
    OMG.. Joonni and Softly have I told you guys how much I enjoy reading your recaps your both incredible and have a way with words that just grabs at my heart.
    I love this drama soooo much and you guys just makes it that much better for me. I should seriously hunt the person down who recommended this blog a few weeks back and thank them. 🙂
    O.K on to the drama:: I know ES is “Faithed” to be apart of history seeing how she is full filling instead of altering it, but I really don’t think she is hwata… maybe they’re related??? and… and… LOL I had this theory in my head earlier but as am trying to type it ( and failing miserably) all these new stuff just keeps popping up in my head ( am going crazy…it’s being on my mind all day leave it up to Faith to do this to me)
    You know what…I give up.. but one things for sure it’s going to be a looooooooong wait for Monday to come

    October 2, 2012
    • pam lee #

      I was thinking the same thing…why isn’t Faith’s ratings higher? It’s steadily declining in S. Korea too.

      We love it so much and I am getting my friends addicted as well. My friends and I plan on having a Faith finale viewing party together…we are fangirls for sure!!!! LOL!!!!

      I am surprised Arang is doing better in the ratings but Arang is boring to me…except Lee Jun Ki is one fine man (he has awesome fight scenes that make me swoon, not going to lie) and the cinematography is gorgeous.

      Is it greedy to want both Lee Min Ho and Lee Jun Ki? 🙂 Well, my last name is Lee, so it’s kind of weird to be crushing on them..but oh, well.

      October 3, 2012
      • ‘Faith’ has its chance at the ratings game in its 2nd week, a crucial week to pick up viewers. But the first 3-4 weeks of Faith was very slow and questionable editing so it’s not going to recover now.

        October 3, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        It has to have a huge international following because of LMH…Is iy possible part of the contributing factors to low ratings is that there is an afe gap between the OTP?I read somewhere that mist S. Koreans aren’t keen of age differences…especially if it is an older woman.

        The pacing with the love story has been a slow simmer, but it really makes you appreciate when they do realize they are in love and verbalize it.

        I think they should release previews..because if it looks good maybe that would help people that were on the fence to give it a try.

        @pam lee Your finale party sounds fabulous. My friends just don’t get the whole kdrama obsession. I did however get my mom, and sister to become kdrama watchers. 🙂 They get it.

        October 3, 2012
        • pam lee #

          I am not Korean or Korean American so I am not sure about the cultural attitudes about a younger man dating an older woman. However, I have noticed a cougar trend in kdramas…like Scent of Woman, I Need Romance, Rooftop Prince…so maybe they are okay with it, a younger guy dating a “noona”?

          I thought maybe it was because Lee Hee Sun is a married woman?

          Joonni/Softy, Help us to understand!

          I am Asian and my husband is 2 years younger than me which is not common. And LMH is 7 years younger than me so I am not complaining about the K-cougar trend! LOL!!!!

          October 3, 2012
          • joonni #

            I’ve noticed this trend too but I think it is do the the fact that there are just not enough good female actors in their 20s to match their male counterparts. Most of the good and established female actors are in their 30s now. I think the age difference in more of technical necessity than something production actively pursues.

            October 4, 2012
        • pam lee #

          Oh, and Sunshine, here on Joonni’s blog we are all PLEDGE SISTERS in FAITH…LOL!!!! (“Pledge” referencing Ki Chul’s litter of pledge sibling villains). So don’t be lonely…we are here for each other even though your friends may not be into kdramas 🙂

          October 3, 2012
          • Sunshine #

            Love it. Pledge sisters. How sweet. 🙂

            October 3, 2012
  17. Sunshine #

    Thanks for your thoughts Joonni! Thank goodness for people blessed with the gift of writing.

    I loved the symbolism you wrote about, “A sword. A reminder that Young is a warrior. A reminder of duty. A reminder of death. He forgets it all and if he has to give it up to be with Eun-soo. But Young is a warrior through and through.”

    So if she is the time traveller…they were in love previously and he died, but she knew she would be going back to Korea, and that Young would come find her again, and she is going to come to save him…Trying to wrap my head around the whole time travel…

    Ahhh…I can’t keep it all straight, but I’m ready for more!

    The Joonni/Softy crowd starts chanting…

    (I know I’ve got Classy’s backing) 🙂


    October 2, 2012
    • Classy #

      Guys.. All these comments and thoughts and insights plus Joonni’s awesome recap left me grinning like a cheshire cat.. that too in the office , in front of my tech lead..
      I Tried sooo hard not to get up ans start whooping right there..
      *very very hard* so i will compensate with wild jumping around my room for now..

      Joonni, you honestly spoil a shipper too much which such amazing thoughts and reference..:) ;)..

      With soo much to ponder and take in..the wait for Monday is going to be excruciating

      [abd Sunshine, i am thinking of making a giant billboard with the chant KISS KISS KISS,
      what say ? will it be enough to convey our messages to them? ;)]

      October 3, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        Yes, make the billboard!

        Lol. You have no idea how many times I have burst out laughing, crying, screeching, or yelling while watching Faith (with headphones), and while reading Joonni’s blog commenting (out loud) with gusto to either Joonni/Softy’s writing, and everyone’s comments only to get a raised brow, or that look, “you know you are verbalizing what you are thinking/you do realize this is fictional, right?” THis drama, the characters, and as Onichick wrote, we are part of Joonni’s Walachi crew. 🙂

        Sorry, I got sucked into a Faith wormhole in Goryeo…will be back in 8 eps. 🙂

        BTW-did anyone see this? So sweet.

        October 3, 2012
        • Classy #

          I dont blame you at all..Faith has got such a hold on me that i have to remind my self that its drama..
          and its so NOT workin!!

          October 3, 2012
          • Having to wait for that longing kiss, has to be perfect !!! It’s call, “building up a great tension to the audience”!??

            October 3, 2012
            • Sunshine #

              Yes, definitely building the anticipation, and tension. We will all be squeeling with huge smiles when they do.

              October 3, 2012
        • pam lee #

          Nice drawing! Ha! I wish those two would just kiss/sleep together and get it over with! The tension just kills me. But then again this is a kdrama, so it’s very “G” rated.

          We need some realism. I am sure Young has NOT been celibate since Maehee. He’s a man, not a SAINT. LOL! Any good fanfic lying around?

          October 3, 2012
          • Classy #

            LOL.. your reasonings crack me up..
            But its not about Young being a Celibate or Eun Soo being a saint the problem now is it..
            sadly..Gha the higher ups have to soo read our views,i mean we are loyal shippers so they have to do us justice soon..
            [waiting waiting waiting..]

            October 3, 2012
        • Classy #

          i have a string feeling that due to the 10 yr gap the Kiss will be very much delayed..

          hoping,praying to be proven wrong..

          October 3, 2012
          • pam lee #

            Oh, Classy! Even death wasn’t compelling enough for ES to kiss Young on the lips…scene where she finds him unconscious/dead on the floor. She kissed his forehead through his bandanna…ugh!!!!

            Wonder if it’s in KHS’s contract-NO KISS CLAUSE, because she’s married and her husband was jealous of LMH at first? I HOPE NOT! IT’S A JOB…NOT A REAL RELATIONSHIP…LOL!!!

            October 3, 2012
            • Sunshine #

              Yikes! That no-kiss clause better not be in his contract! That would be so unsatisfying. Now, I can totally understand hubby being jealous, and forsee KHS bragging to her friends… “I kissed Lee Min Ho! Lee Min Ho, people!”

              October 3, 2012
              • Iluvlee #

                I read a comment few days back on viki saying there won’t be a kiss scene because KHS is married and have kids… (say it ain’t so… * flips table*). But seriously why would that matter I mean it’s called “ACTING” and who in their right mine would pass up an opportunity to Feast on LMH juicy lips. I really hope a contract like that doesn’t exist that would SUCK big time… am sorry to her husband but we NEED TO SEE A KISS… and a Good one at that

                October 3, 2012
              • Sunshine #

                Well, if that is the case, I guess we will just have to settle for their sweet tender moments. Did anyone watch Thank You? It is incredibly sweet, ( buy a three pack kleenex tissue pack)…For some reason it came to mind…I waited forever for the OTP to kiss…I don’t think they ever did, but it was full of really lovely moments.

                October 3, 2012
              • joonni #

                Watched Thank You. Loved it. So beautiful.

                Actually, I think I’m going to be okay with not having a kiss scene for this couple. If there is one, not a hot, steamy, but a gentle one. That’s all I can imagine for this couple, unlike in Secret Garden, I could imagine the OTP devouring each other from the beginning.

                October 4, 2012
          • Sussie #

            LOL I don´t think that our so long awaited kiss has been delayed because some type of contract clause or yr gap between them.

            If you remember they already made lips contact back in the firts episodes hehehe… when our dear CY was dying (CPR).

            I just believe that the writer is trying to put more tension between them and… making us suffer in order to gain our attention more and more! LOL

            It also feels like with this, the writer is trying to show us that they both fear to get more involved because it will hurt them much more. Remember CY words when she ask him if he wants to know something more about her… ” even now I have already too much” T_T that really broke my heart 😦

            October 5, 2012
            • joonni #

              Considering how both of their characters have been so hesitant to express their love, a kiss would have been very strange in the beginning.

              October 5, 2012
  18. snoopy #

    Many thanks for the recap!

    My guess. I think in her last life as Eun Soo, Choi Young was trapped and died. It was too late but she realised he is “that someone”. There was no more reasons for her to stay in Goryeo. She waited at the portal and returned.

    In modern korea, she must have endured a life full of regrets and loneliness. So she devised a way to intervene for a different outcome – as Hwata and 100 yrs before.

    Now I have hope for a happy ending 🙂

    October 2, 2012
    • Missy #

      I love your theory!!!

      October 3, 2012
  19. The time travelling aspect is really making me confused! Imagine her time travelling again and again just to ensure CY survives to a ripe old age as in history …but that would mean either history was messed up previously and es is correcting it by her time travel and leaving notes for herself or es is actually the driving force in ensuring history is accurate (just like Rouxi in Bu Bu Jin Xin).

    While i love saegueks (love the costumes etc), there’s always a sad ending! 😦 People always die in segueks…so the question is despite ES time jumping more than once, the outcome is CY dies in the end? So is the tagline of their love transcending time and space meant as their love that happened in the past? What happens to the future then? Can they have a QIHM’s moment and CY gets to spend the future with Es in the present?

    While the writer is messing with our heads on the time travel, could you kindly give us a reprive with KISSES? And none of that fake CPR thingy again! I swear this is the longest drama that the leads havent exchanged kisses yet!

    I didnt like Lee Min Ho in Boys Over Flowers…didnt get a chance to watch City Hunter but here…he’s driving me nuts and his eyes are damn impressive!

    October 2, 2012
    • Missy #

      I think she’s telling herself to stay behind and be with CY instead of leaving. She made a decision and he died, she’s regretted it ever since.
      Even though they haven’t kissed yet, I think the writers aren’t rushing it. As much as I want that kiss, the random skinship between them will satisfy me enough…for now lol

      October 3, 2012
  20. Nevermind #

    On digging a grave for DH: Go, go, go, gurl!! (LOL) The man’s even slimier than the original slimy snake KC! And a big scheming, conniving, coward, too!! And yes, Joonni, I want them to kill each other. So maybe all of us here should follow you to that portal and help out to dig one big grave for the two of them. (Do you think a backhoe can fit in to that hole so it’ll be faster???)

    On CY and Gongmin’s friendship: I love the (biblical) David-and-Jonathan friendship between them now.

    On the “snuggle” scene: I’m grinning like an idiot and meltiiing…

    I agree, Joonni. This drama has the most shippers ever! All the Woodalchi’s are with us!! And the Suribangs, too!! I believe even KC and DH are resigned to the idea of CY and ES together. Can we call them shippers, too? Ha ha ha! 😉

    As usual, you two ladies deliver amazingly!! Even if work made it hard for me to read the recap earlier, I enjoyed your work tremendously. Thanks a heap!! GBU

    October 3, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      He is a snake. I knew it was going to be forshadowing of him being extremely calculating when it was mentioned that he loved playing that board game(the name escapes me) was it Go stop? But I was unprepared for his level of devious behavior.

      @Nevermind, watching Faith has to be good for our health, no? Since the moments that are sweet, are truly sweet, and make us smile, and feel all happy inside. 🙂

      October 3, 2012
  21. Thanks #

    Just want to say thanks for recap Ep 16.
    It helped me a lot when I got the video of Ep 16 but there’s no english sub around.
    Thanks Jooni and Softy

    October 3, 2012
  22. jomo #

    Thanks for the recap. I was dead tired last night when I was finally able to watch and read this.

    So do this for me, pretend that the last word in this sentence I quote below is ALSO a body part.
    Then, hop in my brain while we read it together.
    I read it a couple times before I could actually NOT see what I saw.
    Be warned.

    “Deok Heung sits in Gongmin’s chair and examines Ki Chul’s chest.

    You didn’t say, bare chest, but that is how I pictured it.
    I had to stop and LOL for about ten minutes before going back.
    Still laughing…

    October 3, 2012
    • Classy #

      Oh jomo..
      I didnt realise that when i read it..but now yeah it makes the whole thing way funnier,

      October 3, 2012
    • SH #

      Jomo, I reread that sentence. So funny. For some odd reasons, I really like KC. His face is too comical. Thanks for putting a mental image of DH doing that to KC 😛

      October 3, 2012
    • joonni #

      ROFLMAO. Oh my goodness. I wrote box first and went back to change it because it sounded so generic. Didn’t think chest would be interpreted that way. 😀

      October 4, 2012
  23. is there any reason to worry about that scene when HotChoi remembers EunSoo wanting to go back to the royal infirmary and remarking “she has no heart” ?? please let it not be a misunderstanding of CY..there’s not much time for such trivial aspects to fester now…

    October 3, 2012
    • Missy #

      He meant that she’s not thinking about hard it is for him to leave her, she’s not taking his feeling into account.He’s gotten so used to her being there with him, he’s having a hard time leaving her there,

      October 3, 2012
    • joonni #

      It’s actually a very confusing line. Softy and I were confused and I decided to just interpret it as Young thinking that she wasn’t thinking about how much it worried Young to leave her in the palace. But I know there is the possibility that we can take it further and say that Young thinks she doesn’t love him like he does. If he is thinking that, it breaks my heart.

      October 4, 2012
  24. jomo #

    What I love love love about LMH playing Choi is how pure he is playing it.
    You really believe he is that earnest, that unable to lie.
    While he isn’t forthcoming with everything, when he says something, he means it.

    His answer to ES on why he only recently started answering her questions was perfect.
    Because she “used a lot of heaven’s words that he didn’t understand.”
    I just imagine his internal dialog trying to keep up with the sheer number of things she has said since coming out this side. How overwhelmed this guy must have been. Yes, he is intelligent, but finesse with words is not his forte.
    He has been trained to take the shortest route from point A to point B in speech and in action, knocking out obstacles, or manouvering to avoid them.

    His continued re-examinatin of her, and asking questions like “Is everyone in your world like you?” shows his mind is on the ES treadmill constantly, like a little mouse spinning in his wheel.

    October 3, 2012
    • pam lee #

      Young is a taciturn man…few words but A LOT OF ACTION (Now we just need some lip action). I loved how he said he doesn’t lie because it’s ANNOYING.

      Since Eun Soo got sick, she’s gotten quieter and seems sweeter to him so I think he responds well to that versus her prattling on and on about heaven. And I am sure he feels guilty for her getting poisoned so he’s more sensitive and accommodating to her now.

      October 3, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        Paraphrasing…”Young is…few word but A LOT OF ACTION…now we just need lip action.”

        Ok, that was *fantaaaaaastic*.

        October 3, 2012
      • Callie #

        Jomo, agree with what you said.

        October 3, 2012
      • Callie #

        Taciturn is a great word to describe CY

        October 3, 2012
  25. Missy #

    Regarding the letters, I think she warned herself in case she happened to come back to Goryeo. I believe she lived almost everything similar to what she’s doing now, but a little differently since she saw herself wearing different clothing and writing in pen. Since the legend says that Hwa Ta came back every 1000 years(or something), maybe she was brought back to save another royal family from dying. I think that before her and Choi Young were together & married, but she still longed to be home and ended up making the decision to leave. With that letter, she warned herself of what happened and she should do(which is stay by his side in Goryeo). I’m still not sure why she has no memory of ever going there, but we now know she was there. So I’m still guessing that she’s the famous Hwa Ta that everyone was talking about? Looking back at the first episode, it seems like her personality to not be swayed by power & Hwa Ta rejected an offer to become a powerful doctor.

    October 3, 2012
    • Iluvlee #

      I think she travels every 100 years since she her self said the diary looks about that old… and she is 33 Y.O and the portal opens every 67 years so it’s just a cycle that keeps repeating itself once the one hundred years comes around and at some point she realizes this and starts leaving notes to herself.

      October 3, 2012
      • Missy #

        Yes that makes sense, but how do you explain CY dying? She wrote that she had to save that person because they wee heading to a trap. If CY did in fact die, that doesn’t explain the history Eun Soo studied in school because it said he died at an old age. Unless there are multiple dimensions….eehhh nvm on that one lol

        October 3, 2012
  26. Lana #

    I really love the story, it will really make you think, the excitement is building up. but there is anticipation of surprises whats next!!!!!!. you cant really guess the next episode, this what makes the story so excitinglove this drama so much!!!

    October 3, 2012
  27. Callie #

    I am also thinking the same thing why are the ratings are not higher? I like to know more about the ratings game.”
    anne@dramasugar- I have a question. You said that “Faith’ has its chance at the ratings game in its 2nd week, a crucial week to pick up viewers. But the first 3-4 weeks of Faith was very slow and questionable editing so it’s not going to recover now. Well, I was checking Rooftop Prince” (which was very successful and even won the Seoul International Awards). I saw that even at Episode 10, it ranked 15th nationwide but got down to 4th and 3rd during Episode 17 and 19. And in Seoul, it got 1st spot for Episode 17. And during the 2nd episode it was only 15th so it did recover later around Episode 10. Why was Faith not able to replicate that ?
    I have a question for anyone, Joonni or Softy who can answer this question. Does ratings affect how successful a drama eventually becomes? I am confused. Does ratings make or break a show? Would Oohlala Spouses become extremely famous and Faith will fail? A lot of people on the net like Faith now. On Viki it is second with over 9000 followers just behind “To the beautiful you” which has 15,000 followers. I checked “To the beautiful you” ratings and it sucked. I also checked the most popular kdramas in the last few years, BOF, You are beautiful and Secret Garden. And I was surprised to see that You are beautiful had awful ratings yet it is one of the most popular kdramas today. I got a email from Dramafever saying that BOF and Heartstrings are the two most popular dramas of all time. Is that true? BOF had great ratings but Heartstrings ratings sucked, Heartstrings and You are beautiful had ratings way below Faith. Do you know if Faith is popular worldwide or in China? Dramafever ratings for Faith was slightly over 4 stars and many viewers criticized it. The S. Korea Nielsen ratings were mediocre. Arang which was boring to me. (I tried to watch a few episodes) does much better than Faith so I began looking through the internet for more news about Faith and discovered Dramabeans, Joonni and Soompi. I am rooting for Faith to be as successful as City Hunter or Boys over Flowers and I am worried that it will not be. However all the enthusiasm here is heartwarming. I like Joonni saying that she loves LMH in all the other dramas but in Faith, she loves CY. So sweet… Even at Soompi fans are all agog for the next episode. Faith Fighting!

    October 3, 2012
    • matis #

      The plot is too complicated for the viewers to follow. Even fans have to watch an episode several times to understand the mechanics of the time travel presented by the writer, what more of those ahjummas? They probably gave up after an episode.

      October 4, 2012
    • joonni #

      Advertisers fund these dramas so ratings are important for the budget that the drama can work with throughout its production.
      As for the dramas you mentioned, remember you are looking at their international following, not the domestic ratings. And the international audience demographic differ from the domestic, as well as some of their preferences.
      I, myself, try really hard to not let Korean domestic ratings affect me, although I know they affect the actors and the production team. But really, there is nothing I can do about here in the U.S. The only thing I can do is like it and talk about it, create a space for english-speaking fans to discuss. Also, the production team does take notice of the international following and they do make some money off international promotions and selling broadcast rights and dvd’s.
      I have no idea how it is doing in China but I I think Lee Minho has quite a few fans there so I’m sure in the web there is plenty of fangirling.

      I have fallen so hard for the four main characters, it’s not even funny.

      October 4, 2012
  28. Callie #

    Thanks Joonni. I know you’ve fallen hard so it makes your site really interesting for us all and Faith is the only forum or blog that I follow. CityHunter did so well in China that when Faith came out intially, it had the highest hits on Chinese streaming sites like Weibo and Youku and the production team talked about it but after that there was a silence so I was curious. LMH was so popular in China that even Andy Lau was interested in doing a movie with LMH. Rooftop Prince ratings was not great but in the Seoul Int Awards, Rooftop Prince beat CH and Mickey YongChun beat LMH in popularity. To me CH is way better so I don’t get it. I am afraid that if Faith does not do well, LMH might not get offered good or meaty roles in the future. I really would like LMH and KHS to get the best couple award for 2012 but I see that there might be competition with Bridal Mask, Arang and Rooftop Prince and I am not sure who else. Someone commented that Moon embraced the Sun did so well in the ratings though it was nothing special so I watched it for a bit. The kids were cute but after that it was just so so and I did not finish it’ The actor supposedly got two or three film offers after that.

    October 4, 2012
  29. sb #

    I’m starting ship another couple… Softy and Joonni. You ladies are doing such a fantastic job!

    As for ES’s drunken confession about her feelings, or lack thereof with men… perhaps her hears always closed off with other men b/c her subconcious knows that her “person” is CY, from whatever repressed memories or whatever from multiple time travel.

    As for the kiss, I agree, the tone of their romance and development, I would think if we get a kiss, it will be soft and tender. But I’m okay with no kiss b/c honestly what they do to me with just hand holding, stares and leaning against each other… a kiss would probably make me implode.

    LMH – I totally ship him now. Funny that when I was first writing about Arang and Faith, I thought LJK and LMH could play each other’s roles and I wouldn’t notice a difference. Actually thought LJK would play the part of a warrior better b/c he’s got mad fighting style. Now I totally can’t see CY being played by anyone but LMH… that’s when I know that the actor has really gotten me. Yeah, he started out awkward, but now he totally owns CY. It’s so weird to me that I feel that way b/c I look at LMH objectively and I don’t see warrior at all. And therefore, I’m even more impressed with his skiilz. And I think he could have played the Magistrate well, too b/c he’s really versatile with his expressions… serious, sad, cute, funny, anguished…

    As for ratings, like Joonni said, I’m here in the US. I can’t worry about it, but I am also really perplexed by it too. It’s so interesting to me that Korean, Korean tastes are so different. Like everyone, I was suprised that TTBY was low in Korea when it’s got so many followers on Viki. I figured all the young people in Korea are following it too like crazy. Perhaps they are all too busy studying.

    I don’t know why the Korean stations don’t smarten up and offer some of these shows with English subs and w/advertising officially so they can make more money and we can all get the shows more easily. And they could officially track international followings and get better sense of ratings for advertisement.

    Last comment is about KHS. Everyone loves LMH so much, but let’s give KHS some love, too. Without her and her character, LMH and CY wouldn’t shine so much. One of the biggest problems I had with BOF and CH was the female leads. I couldn’t stand JD the character and the actress’s over the top acting. CH’s female who’s name is escaping me right now…. she was okay but so bland. And her characters was also eh. ES’s character is so fantastic and I just love, love, love her and how KHS plays her. And funny how it takes an actress who’s 10 years older than LMH to truly match him.

    October 4, 2012
    • joonni #

      KHS said many times that Eun-soo is very much like her so Kudos to the writer and KHS for creating this character together. Love Eun-soo so much now.

      October 5, 2012
  30. Riya #

    Ppl, dis drama is jus taking my heart with it, Lee Min Ho is chincha macho ya, as she says, when he s comforting her and when he is feeding dat DH poison… i kept watching those scenes no of times… Ki chul made me laugh when he shouted dat he cant watch them as if sum show s going there, Jooni, am joining u when u r going there to Goryeo to kill those KC & DH… Daeman is always like a cute puppy, i cant control myself when kept distracting dat white hair guy;);) yeah Guys, when ll it be next monday night?????

    October 4, 2012

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