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Recap: “Faith” Episode 19

Joonni: If you wanted to define bittersweet, this would be the episode to do it for you. Never have I felt so torn emotionally for so many people all at the same time. We have one couple who gets happy news but we already know how that is going to end up. We have another who believes that their ending will be sad and tries desperately to make the most of their time together. Beware- this episode will leave you crying and smiling like a loon all at the same time.

Softy: It’s so hard to fathom these two are the same person. The current Eun Soo is so vibrant and full of life, but this Goryeo version is more serious, dignified, and reserved. Like she has seen and felt too much heartache and sadness to be this carefree and happy like ES is now. That does not bode well for us and what kind of ending we might be getting, but it sure does make for some interesting turn of events.

Episode 19

Young packs Eun-soo’s belonging as she changes. He tells her that the only person who knows Young is with Eun-soo is Deok Heung and that he thinks Deok Heung is on the same side as the Yuan envoy. Just as Young starts to complain that Eun-soo is taking too long, she comes out, asking, “If the Yuan envoy says he wants me, do I have to go with him? Even if I say no?”

As Young ties the bundle on Eun-soo, he replies, “Do you still not know how this world works? We have to run away before it becomes a royal order so let’s hurry up.” Eun-soo asks, “So are you saying that you’re going to go with me as I run away? You, the Woodalchi daejang?”

Young, pushing her out the door, says, “Go ahead first. I will follow after I say goodbye to the king.” Eun-soo asks, “With the present situation, do you think he will give you permission?” Young replies, “I’m not going in order to get permission.” Eun-soo asks worriedly, “So you’re going to resign? Because of me?”

Young reminds her that since she is under the king’s protection right now, the envoy will request her from Gongmin. He explains, “I don’t want his Majesty to have to make that kind of decision and if he does consent, as his servant I have to make sure you go to Yuan. Do you understand her?”

Eun-soo replies that she does and Young just looks at her. She asks why and he replies that it’s because he is nervous, separating from her. Eun-soo says, “So come quickly. Before I get into trouble.” Young calls for Dae-man to escort Eun-soo and she leaves with him.

Do-chi reads a letter from the Yuan envoy to Gongmin. The envoy is requesting Gongmin’s presence at the assembly he has gathered with Goryeo’s senior statesmen. Gongmin is angered that a Yuan envoy assembled his ministers without him knowing and is now calling him to attend. “He is giving me orders?”

Young runs into Noguk on his way to see Gongmin. She smiles at him and says that Gongmin waited for him yesterday and today. She wonders if Young’s lack of presence was because his heart was hurting due to the Woodalchi’s sacrifice. Young assures her no. Noguk tells Young that Gongmin kept on worrying about how much Young’s heart would ache over the loss of his men. Young smiles and says, “He would have.” Noguk and her party leave but Lady Choi looks back at Young before following her.

Gongmin enters the meeting room and sees the Yuan envoy standing there. He asks, “So are you the one that called out the king of a country?” The envoy introduces himself as Son Yoo and tells Gongmin that he came to Goryeo not as a mere envoy but someone with the power to act and decide on behalf of Yuan.

Son Yoo says to Gongmin, “The emperor of Yuan said this. ‘Many kings have sat in the Goryeo throne just in the past few decades but every single one has been incompetent. I can’t believe in the king of Goryeo anymore’.” Gongmin glares at Son Yoo as the other ministers also flare up in anger over Yuan’s insult.

Gongmin asks defiantly, “And?” Son Yoo questions whether Gongmin ever “scorned” the royal seal sent by Yuan and failed to protect the palace. Gongmin confidently answers yes. Son Yoo states that Gongmin’s actions are the justification for Yuan to dethrone Gongmin and make Goryeo part of Yuan. (Joonni: Oh, no beating around the bush. Love it. Moving fast.)

Gongmin replies, “That’s not possible,” so Son Yoo states, “Then you will have to fight Yuan’s army.” This doesn’t faze Gongmin. Son Yoo asks, “If you fight, will you be able to win?” Gongmin replies, “There are things in this world you have to fight for even if you can’t win.” Son Yoo reminds him that it is Goryeo’s citizens that will be caught in this fight. Gongmin counters that no citizen will fear a fight to protect their country.

Son Yoo tells Gongmin that even though he holds a Yuan governmental position, he is a Goryeo person. He claims that he came to Goryeo to help it remain an independent country. Gongmin looks at him with suspicious confusion.

Young tries to see Gongmin but an eunuch tells him that only people who have been called to the assembly can enter.

Son Yoo tells Gongmin that he has with him a decree from Yuan that makes Deok Heung king of Goryeo on that condition that he will be the final king of Goryeo and hand the country over to Yuan. Gongmin guesses that Deok Heung already agreed to do that. Son Yoo confirms.

Gongmin returns back to what Son Yoo said before about a way to save Goryeo. Son Yoo lists the terms for that to be possible. The first is that Gongmin will start to use the seal given by Yuan again. The second is that Gongmin will execute the high doctor as she is the one that cast a spell over the king and a head warrior. (Joonni: Ah! This is worse than being sent to Yuan. *wrings hands*)

Gongmin informs Son Yoo that Eun-soo has no power but Son Yoo replies that rumors about her have spread to Yuan. He insists this is the best way to ensure Goryeo’s continued sovereignty.

The ministers leaves the assembly in deep discussion as Young watches them pass. Son Yoo walks past Young without any recognition until the eunuch announces Young to Gongmin. Son Yoo looks back at Young as Young is denied a meeting with the king- Gongmin doesn’t want to see him. Young asks if something is wrong and Do-chi just repeats the Gongmin said he didn’t want to see him. The Woodalchi shake their heads in the back.

Gongmin sits alone in the room, deep in thought and worries.

Young is organizing his chest when Choong-suk comes in to report that there was any order to add more men to the Woodalchi. Young says, “In truth, for the past seven years, it was you who lead the Woodalchi.” Choong-suk shyly smiles and replies that in some ways, yes.

Young starts to give an order for Choong-suk to have some men follow Son Yoo around but he stops, realizing he is leaving. He just asks if Gongmin slept late yesterday too. Choong-suk tells him yes. Young informs Choong-suk that he thinks Deok Heung is next to the Yuan envoy and starts to order him to add more bodyguards to Gongmin, but once again he stops mid-command. He just looks at Choong-suk straight in the eye and says, “Don’t think after something’s happened. Always think before. The king is someone who thinks too much so if he is staying up too late, make sure you take the king to the queen. Also, take care of them all.”

Choong-suk bows and firmly replies yes at first but looks up at Young curiously when the words start to sink in. Young points to his chest of personal belongings and tells Choong-suk to get rid of it as he sees fit. Young leaves his room as Choong-suk asks, “What do mean get rid of it?”

Dae-man is relaying to Eun-soo his life story. He tells her he started to live in the mountains by himself at around nine or ten. He met Young when he was around thirteen and the first time they met, he bit Young on the hands and legs. He would run away but Young would chase after him, causing him to bite Young again. This chase went on for about five days.

A man in dark clothes and hat approach Dae-man and Eun-soo so Dae-man stands in front of Eun-soo, as if to protect her. When Eun-soo asks why, Dae-man tells her he couldn’t hear the man’s footsteps. He adds, “I don’t want to fight a guy like that.”

Young waits impatiently for Lady Choi and immediately asks why Gongmin won’t see him as soon as she comes. He starts to tell her what he will do if Gongmin doesn’t give him permission to leave but Lady Choi interrupts to say, “He gives you permission. He said to leave quickly.”

Flashback to Gongmin ordering Lady Choi in a panicked voice to tell Young to leave quickly with Eun-soo, without looking back. Noguk adds her greetings to Eun-soo.

Lady Choi informs Young that officially, Gongmin agreed to hand over Eun-soo. “So we have to make it like you left before knowing that so you don’t become someone who disobeyed a royal order.”

Young asks, “Why does Yuan want her? What can she do there?” Lady Choi asks tentatively if Young can just stay here and let the Suribang escort Eun-soo to the portal. Young replies, “There are only twenty days left until the next full moon. You want me to give all that up and part with her here?” Lady Choi warns, “You might have to exchange everything you’ve worked for just for those twenty days. You also might not be able to return if you leave like this.”

Young replies, “For the past seven years, I lived in this palace. But no matter how hard I try, there is not much to remember from those past seven years. There is nothing to exchange.” Lady Choi sighs with resignation and warns Young not to get caught. She tells him that the Yuan envoy doesn’t want to take Eun-soo to Yuan; he wants to publicly execute her.

Young asks worriedly, “If there is no high doctor, what will happen to the king?” Lady Choi starts to tell him but Young interrupts her- “No, don’t tell me. I can’t remain here anyway and if I leave like this, I have no right to return. What can someone like me do for the king?” (Joonni: There goes one piece of my heart.)

Deok Heung asks Son Yoo what Gongmin said- did he agree to get rid of the doctor and use the seal again? Son Yoo replies yes. He also asks if Deok Heung sent his henchman to deliver a message to Eun-soo. He knows it was a message telling her to run away. He wonders if Deok Heung did it so Gongmin wouldn’t be able to execute Eun-soo because he can’t find her.

Deok Heung’s cool facade falters before he laughs and explains that he did it because Eun-soo was once his fiancé. Son Yoo asks if Deok Heung did it to send Choi Young away from Gongmin too. Deok Heung replies, “That person is useless.

Young lingers a look at his headband and touches his short hair before putting it away in his robes when the Suribang sister comes out with Eun-soo and Dae-man. Young whispers something into Dae-man’s ear before leaving with Eun-soo. Son Yoo’s henchman watches all this.

Deok Heung says to Son Yoo, “Look how easily the head of the bodyguards of the king left his master and men. That’s the kind of man our king relied on.” Deok Heung prods Son Yoo to carry out Yuan’s decree and get this over with. Son Yoo states that he thinks this king seemed like he will go to war if they pressure him. Deok Heung replies that the king doesn’t have either the guts or brains to do so. Son Yoo cool-headedly states that his job is to minimize the consequences while producing the maximum results. “My job is to bring Goryeo to Yuan with the least amount of sacrifice. If I need you, I will request your help.” Deok Heung looks frustrated with Son Yoo’s lack of urgency.

Young leads Eun-soo to a tree so she can rest. He kneels in front of her to examine the poisoned spot. She tells him not to worry- the spot hasn’t gotten bigger and she hasn’t shown any symptoms. Young confirms, “You said you could get treated immediately when you go to heaven, right?” Eun-soo assures him yes- it will only take one examination and one shot. Young replies, “I will believe you,” and wraps up her arm again.

Eun-soo is stretching her shoulders when Young asks her, “What are you doing,” as he pats his shoulder for her to lean on. When she doesn’t immediately lean on him, he pats his shoulder again saying, “Here.” Eun-soo leans on his shoulder, with a resigned expression that says, “Only because you asked.” (Joonni: But we know how she really feels inside. Hee!)

Young asks, “You can’t walk very much, can you?” Eun-soo replies that she has never had to walk this much in her world. “In this world, I’ve walked so much.” Young wants to know if there was anything she liked after coming here. Eun-soo takes her time to ponder and Young asks worriedly, “None? Not even one?” Eun-soo bolts up as if a light came on in her head and exclaims, “There is one!” Young looks at her expectantly and asks, “What?” Eun-soo replies, “Do it again.” Young asks again, “What?” Eun-soo replies, “That.” She imitates Young terse and direct manner of asking, “What,” “What is that,” “What are you doing?” Young smiles at her imitation and puts his arms around her shoulder, brining her closer to him.

Gongmin holds a meeting with his statesmen and military leaders.  He wants to find out exactly how many soldiers he has all over the country and recruit some more. He also promotes Ahn Jae so he can command the military in times of emergency. He orders Ahn Jae to prepare for war and discipline the soldiers. Ahn Jae stands up to protest. He suggests that Gongmin put Young in charge as Young has never lost a battle, small or large, and soldiers will definitely follow Young’s lead. Gongmin interrupts Ahn Jae to firmly order him again to conduct the military affairs. Ahn Jae accepts the duty.

Gongmin asks Lee Jae-hyun if there is any more information about Yuan’s internal affairs. Lee Jae-hyun reports that rebellion inside Yuan is getting stronger. He asks Gongmin if he is really going to go to war. Before that, he wants to go to Yuan and meet people there first.

Gongmin tells him that their goal is to make sure that Yuan doesn’t start a war on their own. “I want to show that if they want our land, they will have to spill their blood first. What you think, daejang?” Everyone in the room looks around uncomfortably as it hits Gongmin that Young is no longer there by his side. (Joonni: There goes another piece of my heart.)

Ki Chul asks Deok Heung, “Did you say that they are on the run?” Deok Heung confirms and Ki Chul, looking very ill, walks menacingly toward Deok Heung asking, “Why is my doctor with him?” Deok Heung stutters that he only found out recently and came to report because he thought Ki Chul would like to know. He starts to ask for Yuan’s royal seal back but Ki Chul interrupts him to growl, “How did you find out? Why is she with him instead of in the palace? She, who is supposed to be in my house and with me!”

Ki Chul’s anger grows as he begins to channel his power to his hand. Deok Heung tries to tell Ki Chul that he has a secret plan to bring Eun-soo back but Ki chul has had enough of Deok Heung’s shenanigans. He tries to use his power on Deok Heung but his own arm starts to freeze up, even forcing Eum-ja to back away.

Ki Chul laments not being able to go after Eun-soo himself. Eum-ja and Hwasooin offer to go find her. He orders Yang-gak to send out a message to all wild gangs, thieves, and criminals- that whoever catches Eun-soo and kills Young will be rewarded 1000 nyangs. Ki Chul struggles to say, “There is no time…no time.”

Eun-soo approaches an inn but Young stops her to check out the place first. Not sensing any immediate danger, he and Eun-soo enter the inn and they find themselves in a large room with other wild looking men and two guys with hats covering their face inside the buidling. Young protectively puts his hands around Eun-soo shoulders and leads her to a table and orders food. Eun-soo sees the other men drinking and asks Young for a drink too. When he shakes his head no, Eun-soo pulls out her aegyo and Young, who is no longer able to say no Eun-soo, doesn’t refuse again. (Joonni: Our ruthless warrior is but a wee lamb in front of Eun-soo. Hahahahahahaha!)

Eun-soo calls out loudly for the serving lady, calling attention to herself, so Young immediately pulls down her hand. Eun-soo orders a drink and Young looks around nervously as one of the men leaves the building. Outside the building, the man pulls out the “Wanted” poster for Young and Eun-soo. (Joonni: Those portraits are hilarious, especially Young’s hair. Is he recognizable without that hair anymore??? ROFLMAO.)

Eun-soo cheers with Young as the man reenters the room and shares the information with his pack. Eun-soo notices that Young is not drinking and asks if he won’t drink. Young allows himself to take a sip as Eun-soo remarks that this is the first time they drank together. She asks if he doesn’t like to drink and he replies, “No, not a lot.” Suddenly he says to her, “Imja, when I say, ‘Now,’ you have to duck.” As soon as Eun-soo demonstrates how, Young exclaims, “Now,” and starts to fight off the men that are trying to capture Eun-soo. Notably, the men in the hat just continue to sit quietly and have their drink.

Young looks around the fallen men and notices the white pages sticking out of one of them. He examines the papers as Eun-soo comes over to see. He notes that the reward money for Eun-soo is high- “Our journey is going to get more difficult.” Eun-soo looks at the pictures of herself and Young and wonder if they look like that. (Joonni: I love how Eun-soo is handling all this because being a nervous wreck around Young right now is not going to help him any.) Young suspiciously eyes the hooded men still sitting quietly and drinking.

Noguk enters Gongmin’s room in a huff and Gongmin sheepishly explains that he was just about to get up. Noguk silently cleans up Gongmin’s table before facing him to ask, “So what is today’s problem? New problems come up every day. While I can’t listen to all of them together, I will listen to today’s problem. I came to listen, worry together, and stay up all night together.” (Joonni: Okay, that just put back a piece of my heart. I can never say it enough. Noguk is beyond awesome.)

Gongmin, pleased with his darling wife and queen, smiles and tells her that today’s problem is that Yuan demanded that Gongmin do something to ensure Goryeo’s independence but he doesn’t have the seal or Eun-soo right now with him. Noguk asks if Gongmin will fight when Yuan brings its soldiers if he can neither produce the seal or Eun-soo. Gongmin: “That’s what I don’t know and why I can’t sleep.”

Gongmin asks what would Noguk do if she was the mother of a citizen that just received an order from the king to come fight a war. Noguk ponders a bit but before she can answer, she suddenly gets nauseated and struggles to hold it back. Gongmin worriedly holds her up and calls for help. Lady Choi and Do-chi run in and look at each other knowingly. Noguk leaves the room with Lady Choi and Gongmin asks Do-chi, “Why is my queen like that?” Do-Chi answers with a sly smile and Gongmin looks at him like he has gone crazy. (Joonni: Notice how he calls her “my” queen. Squee!)

Jang Bin examines Noguk and with a smile, looks over at Lady Choi. Lady Choi claps her hands and jumps for joy.

Jang Bin reports to Gongmin that Noguk is pregnant and Gongmin looks shocked and happy. Jang Bin does warn him, however, that Noguk needs to be careful. Gongmin asks if he can go see Noguk right now and Jang Bin answer yes.

Gongmin rushes into Noguk’s room and gazes lovingly at his glowing queen.  He asks if she is okay and she reassures him with a happy smile. With tears in his eyes, he says, “I don’t know what I did to meet someone like you. My queen.” He slowly and softly embraces her and says, “Thank you.” Noguk embraces him right back. (Joonni: Okay, my heart is whole again. For now.)

Eun-soo struggles to fall asleep at the inn. She looks around and doesn’t see Young so she goes outside. She sees him pacing and standing guard. She stands behind him and when Young notices her, she sits down. Young goes over and sits next to her and explains that he thought there might be someone planning to attack during the night. He tells her to not worry and just sleep.

Eun-soo stares at him knowingly so Young asks her why. She points to where Young was looking at before and asks, “The palace is in that direction, right? I noticed that you were looking in that direction last night too.” Young doesn’t deny it but he tells her again to go just go in sleep since she can’t even keep her eyes open. Eun-soo says, “You’re worrying right now about your king, right?”

Young looks away and doesn’t answer. Eun-soo continues, “Then let’s do it like this. Just take me to village where there portal is and go back.” Young replies that he can’t go back because Gongmin chased him out, unable to look upon a Woodalchi like him. Eun-soo asks, “What kind of Woodalchi?” Young replies, “A warrior who hesitates to use his sword dies. A warrior who hesitates can’t protect the king.”

Eun-soo asks if Young ever spent a day in his entire life doing what he wanted instead of what others wanted and asked him to do. Young replies, “Yesterday….and…today.” (Joonni: Okay, now my heart is overflowing. What is this drama doing to me?!)

Young suddenly senses danger and gets up. He quickly grabs Eun-soo and ducks as a dagger comes flying their way. He brings her inside the inn and tells her to stay inside because this time, he thinks he will see blood with these men. Young steps outsides and confronts the men with hats from before. He kills one and Eun-soo watches through the window as he kills the other. She gasps in worry and horror.

The Suribangs are talking with Deok-man and Dol-bae. They talk about how Deok Heung is on the same side as Son Yoo and how Deok Heung has been meeting a lot of people. Shi-wool adds that Yang-gak has been buying up a lot of medicine these days. The Suribang sister scolds Shi-wool for not finding out what the medicine is being used for.

Choong-suk reports to Gongmin that Deok Heung is staying with Son Yoo at the Young-bin-gwan. It hits Gongmin that Son Yoo knew, before he even asked for these things, that Gongmin didn’t have the seal and Eun-soo. He orders Do-chi to give whatever the Suribang needs and orders Choong-suk to ask the Suribang to find out what the state of affairs is between Ki Chul and Deok Heung. Gongmin wants to know what went wrong between them.

Someone uses the Yuan seal, that we saw Son Yoo use before, to stamp a letter and envelope.

Son Yoo has come to Gongmin for the seal and Eun-soo. He repeats that he will ask Yuan to leave Goryeo alone if Gongmin follows the two terms. Gongmin asks him why he is using such a convoluted scheme, since he came to get rid of Goryeo anyway. Son Yoo: “Yes, that was the order I was given.” Gongmin: “Just do what you came to do without all the conniving. Then I will fight you with all my strength.”

Son Yoo states that he came to choose between two possible kings- one that declares that he will go to war in order to protect Goryeo and another that will give up Goryeo just to save his own life. Gongmin snorts in disgust and asks, “Then what should I do to appeal to you? Should I dance for you?”

Son Yoo walks closer to Gongmin and reminds him once again that he asked for two things- the royal seal and Eun-soo. He will come tomorrow again for them. He adds, “But I can’t wait longer than four days.”

Son Yoo tells his henchman that he needs the doctor so that Gongmin’s decision is easier. He orders the man to find Eun-soo and kill Young. He heard that Young is a skilled warrior but with Eun-soo by his side, he won’t be able to showcase his full strength. “With your level of skill, you’ll be able to handle him.” (Joonni: Duuude, you should have been there at the almost-wedding.)

A guard hands one of Noguk’s ladies an envelope. The lady gives it to Noguk, saying she was told the Yuan envoy wanted this letter delivered to her directly. Noguk reads the letter and a quizzical expression takes over her face. She quickly hides the letter as Lady Choi enters the room.

Eun-soo zig-zags in front of Young as she complains, “Why doesn’t it make sense? You taught me how to ride a horse and how to use a dagger so I want to teach you something in return.” Young replies, “No, thank you,” but Eun-soo pulls at his robe to stop his rapid gait. She informs him that what she is about to teach him now is a magical spell used often in heaven. “So you, general, use it well, and teach it to your Woodalchi men too.” (Joonni: I love how Eun-soo keeps calling him jang-goon, which is the modern way of saying general, as if to keep reminding him that he is a general who has to go back to his king and men.)

Eun-soo closes her hand into a fist and pumps it- “Aja!” When Young doesn’t follow her, Eun-soo stomps her feet and uses aegyo again but this time, Young won’t stoop that low into non-manliness. Eun-soo says to herself at his disappearing back, “Is it that hard? It’s just two words!”

Eun-soo chases after Young and forces him to stop again. She describes how here in Goryeo, people make promises only with words. Eun-soo imitates how Young made his oath to her- “The price of an oath of a Goryeo warrior is his life.” Young finally cracks a small smile at that. Eun-soo shows him how to make a promise the modern way- with a pinky swear and stamp. She also shows him how to swipe hands, as if you are making a copy of the contract. “If you make a promise like this, you don’t have to risk your life anymore.” (Joonni: This episode is just full of little daggers, isn’t it? Trying to kill me slowly and sadistically.)

Young replies that he got it but Eun-soo wants to show him something else. She starts to demonstrate how to do a high-five but when Young doesn’t comply, she pleads cutely, “Please do it. Are you not going to even when I am begging you so pathetically?” Young relents and holds up his hand. She tells him that this motion doesn’t need any words- “You just speak with your heart.” She high-fives his hand saying, “Cheer up and do well.” She high-fives his hand again, saying, “Try this with the king too.”

Eun-soo asks Young what he is thinking and he replies, “What is this person thinking?” Eun-soo tries to high-five him again but this time, Young clasps her hand and pushes her in front of him, saying, “Don’t follow me but stay in front so I can watch you better.” Eun-soo begs to teach him more but he just says in his usual Youngish-way, “Stop.”

Eun-soo and Young walk into a village and they take note of all the soldiers. Eun-soo asks if all the soldiers are after them and Young replies no- they are provincial soldiers and seeing how new their clothes and weapons are, they must be newly recruited. Seeing the look on Young’s face, Eun-soo urges him to go find out what’s happening; she will wait for him the clinic. Young asks worriedly if there is something wrong. She assures him that she is just getting some medicine just in case. “Come pick me up there.”

Eun-soo goes inside and asks for some medicine. The doctor is treating a child so he asks her to wait. Eun-soo looks at the child’s rash and suggests that the child has atopy. Of course the doctor has no idea what she is talking about. Son Yoo’s henchman is watching Eun-soo secretly.

Young approaches some men waiting in line and they tell him that if he wants to sign up for the military, he should do it fast since all the former slaves that the king released some time ago are signing up in droves because they can get clothes, food, and armory. One of the men corrects the other- they are not slaves but soldiers- “Soldiers that protect the country.” Young asks one of the soldiers if anything is happening at the border but when the soldier replies to Young in banmal to just get in line, Young changes his speech into banmal too and demands to see the soldier’s superior. (Joonni: Ha! Young has never had soldiers talk to him that way before.) The other soldiers rush over to confront Young but Young sees a suspicious guy loitering about and decides to just go to Eun-soo. He sees a group of men with bows and arrows watching him and Young takes off running for Eun-soo. (Joonni: She always comes first. Sigh….)

Eun-soo shows her poisoned spot to the doctor and asks if he recognizes it. He tells her that there is no antidote so Eun-soo mutters curses at Deok Heung for lying to her again- “I knew it.” The doctor tells her that he can lessen the pain with acupuncture treatments. Eun-soo asks him to show her how because there is someone she doesn’t want to show her pain to. The doctor replies, “I will teach you because you are pretty.”

Son Yoo’s henchman comes upon another man waiting to attack Eun-soo. When the man declares that Eun-soo is his bounty, the henchman attacks and kills him with a deadly and swift attack.

Young runs over to Eun-soo and she waves happily at him. She mouths, “What’s wrong,” when she sees Young looking around. He walks over to her and pulls her up with his hand and they walk away together, hand-in-hand. He smiles at her as she smiles at him. (Joonni: I just can’t stand this anymore- my heart is in chaos with all this feeling of happiness and dread.)

Noguk is helping Gongmin dress but he tells her to just sit- “Wife, I can do it.” Noguk smiles to herself so Gongmin asks why. She replies secretively, “Nothing.” Gongmin tells her he will be back soon. “I am going because I have to go myself and get this taken care of.” Noguk tells him to take his time so Gongmin asks why. She replies that she is going to the temple to pray for Gongmin and their baby’s safety. Gongmin offers to go to the temple directly after he is done but Noguk tells him she will go alone. Gongmin argues that praying together would be more effective so Noguk gently tells him to do his work first because “other people will laugh.” Lady Choi smiles in the background. Gongmin agrees and he steps forward to touch Noguk’s belly but he looks back at Lady Choi, embarrassed. (Joonni: This couple too. Oh, this chaos in my heart and brain! This drama is tearing me apart.)

Ki Chul welcomes Gongmin to his house. Gongmin says he heard a rumor that Ki Chul was not well. Ki Chul assures him that he is healthy. He adds that he is surprised to see Gongmin in his house with so many of Ki Chul’s soldiers present. Gongmin tells him that he knows Ki Chul has the seal because he is the one that brought the letter making Deok Heung the substitute king with the Yuan seal on it. Ki Chul laughs as he replies, “I can’t deny or confirm.” Gongmin asks, “Will you give it to me?”

Deok Heung hears from Ja-woon that Gongmin is at Ki Chul’s house. He figures that the king went to get the seal. Ja-woon wonders if Ki Chul will hand over the seal. Deok Heung replies that Ki Chul will because Ki Chul is halfway to losing his mind and he is only focused on one thing and doesn’t care about the seal.

Ki Chul asks Gongmin, “If I give it to you then what do I get in return?” Gongmin offers to release him from house arrest. “I heard there is somewhere you really wanted to go.” Ki Chul, without any hesitation replies that he will give Gongmin the seal and calls for Yang-gak to go bring the seal. Gongmin can’t believe how easy Ki Chul is giving it up and stares incredulously at him.

Ki Chul asks Gongmin not to mock him. “There is nothing I couldn’t have. I got everything I wanted. If I wanted I could have become the king. King Ki- what would have ben so hard about that?” Gongmin agrees that Ki Chul could have done that. Ki Chul, placing his hand over his right chest, says, “But in one corner of my heart, there was always a black hole that couldn’t be filled. Then I met the person from heaven. She says that aside from this world, there is another world. It doesn’t matter what kind of world it is. I want to go there.” (Joonni: You can see the madness in Ki Chul’s eyes.) Gongmin asks, “If you end up going there, do you think that hole in your heart will be filled?” Ki Chul replies, in hopeful and pitiful delusion, “Wouldn’t it?”

Deok Heung says to Ja-woon that people keep using him and making him overstep the line. “All I wanted was to live quietly reading books, but people won’t leave me alone. I didn’t want to go this far but people kept pushing me.” He shrugs off his responsibility and adds like the coward that he is, “So what can I do?”

Lady Choi worries like a mother that the weather is cold and Noguk should pick another day to go to the temple. Noguk tells her that her heart won’t sit still with worry so she has to do something to focus. Lady Choi suggest that they take a large party just in case, including Jang Bin, but Noguk says she just wants to go quietly and simply.

At the temple, Lady Choi leaves Noguk to pray by herself to order the Moogakshi to keep other people away. Lady Choi happily wonders to herself how beautiful the baby will be, regardless of sex, with such beautiful people as parents. (Joonni: *weeps*) She goes back to Noguk but Noguk has sneaked off and Lady Choi and crew panics, unable to find her.

Noguk has entered a small, dark room by herself and states out loud that she came because of the Yuan envoy’s letter. She says in Yuan that she is the Yuan emperor’s daughter and she came to get the letter how mother is supposed to have sent her. When no one responds, Noguk tries to leave the room but the doors close on her one by one, trapping her inside.

Eun-soo and Young run through the woods as the guys with arrows keep following them. They come upon a rocky hill and Young tells her to wait for her here. He leaves and as Eun-soo gets up, her hair tie with the bell gets caught in a tree and rolls underneath some rocks. Eun-soo digs the bell out but something flashes in Eun-soo’s memory so she digs deeper and finds a moldy bottle. Eun-soo opens the bottle and finds a letter inside, written on the pages of her diary.

A guy with his arrow is aiming for Young but he can’t see him suddenly. He searches, surprised, and turns around to see that Young has steathly come up behind him. Young finds and kills the others in the group and rushes back to Eun-soo.

Eun-soo hides the bottle when Young comes back. He asks her what’s wrong after seeing how pale and stricken she looks. She tells him it’s nothing and just asks him to hug her. Young sits down and wraps his arm around her shoulders and asks once again what’s wrong. Eun-soo doesn’t answer as she looks back at the place she found the bottle.

We see the shadow of Eun-soo, dressed in ancient robes, kissing the bottle before placing it under the rocks. In voice over, we hear the letter’s content. “You are probably the one who is reading the writing hidden here. If you are reading this writing, it means you are with that person right now. I remember everything about that day- that person’s honest gaze as he looked at me…his warm chest. Yes, Eun-soo. I am your future self.”

Preview for Episode 20

G: I have to go! I have to find her myself. Her body is not in good condition and the weather is cold. What is she doing and where is she?  Is there no news of the daejang?

ES: If something were to happen to our king and queen…

Young: What did you hear?

G: Start.

SY: There was something I requested from you. Are you ready?

Softy’s comments:

This scene almost had me bawling. She asked an innocent harmless question “have you spent even a day out of your entire life just doing what you want – and not what others told you to do -not what they asked you to do.” But he doesnt look at her and replies quietly in the most honest way “yesterday and today.” That just gutted me. two days. that’s all he ever got to do what he wants? that seems so unfair and tragic at the same time. what kills me even more is once she is gone, he wont even have any more of these kind of days. I dont know what’s going on with ES – not sure if she is from the future or what, but one thing is for certain. if she knew the events in his life would unfold like this, she should have stepped in sooner and prevented him from living like this even a day longer.

I never thought I would complain about this, but she is giving him too many wonderful memories. With every caring word, every loving gesture, every cute action, she is leaving him just one more thing to miss about her. just look how quickly he got used to skinship. He just reaches out and holds her close at the drop of a hat now. it’s going to make it so unbearable for him to continue living without her once she is gone. he is going to hear her “azza” cheer in his head each time he feels low. He is going to remember how to high five, make a pinky promise, stamp, and copy. It seems pretty cruel to keep making someone fall more madly in love with you if you still intend on leaving. The bigger problem is how we will react to their moment of separation. Not only will there be lots of tears, I fear a group chant of weeping viewers bawling and crying out half hearted “azzas” headed our way.  Mine will be the first and loudest that starts it off.

I am beginning to think something is in the water in this country that seems to just sap all the fun and life out of people the longer you live there. there is no spontaneity, no wild abandon, no living for the moment. why must there be so much gloom and doom? I think that is why ES seems like a breath of fresh air – just enlivening every place she goes and every person she interacts with. no wonder someone like Young who has just about given up on life is so drawn to her. more importantly – no wonder he doesnt want to let go of all that. by embracing her, he is holding onto joy and happiness – all in her bubbly personality.

Written before it aired: I love his new haircut, not just cuz he looks great, but more for what it represents. Even though it probably wasn’t just for her, I love how he altered his appearance to visually signify a new persona. It means he is changing inside out. He is not the same man who kidnapped her without thought or conscience.  He stopped being that cold indifferent person a long time ago. He learned to smile more freely. Instead of holding onto a faded memory of a past love, he is now pursuing the real deal. Maybe you could attribute most of his changes in personality due to falling in love, but it goes deeper than that. Losing his dear woodalchi, feeling lost in his own country, and knowing he will never feel this happy again if she isnt in his life has forced him to view his world differently. His loyalty to Gongmin is no longer enough to secure him here in Goryeo and we have to see how deep his love goes to make him choose to follow ES to her world.

Just call me the “Kdrama whisperer” for Faith. Even though I can’t tell you exactly how each character thinks and feels before they act, I still have a sense of what two of the actors are like in real life. I seem to have this connection to this drama that is getting really uncanny now that they added this new character Son Yoo played by Park Sang Won. It was one thing to have seen LMH in person a few years ago cuz I never spoke to him. All I did was get to stare at him through the store window in direct line of his vision as he signed autograph for fans. There wasn’t a massive crowd so I could take my time to study his features and mannerisms. I remember thinking he had a very soft smile. The ones that don’t beam, but are polite and sweet. Even though he knew people were taking his pictures, he still stretched his face by moving his jaw muscles around cuz his cheeks were hurting from smiling so much. He kept drinking from his water bottle too. YAI does that too, but he keeps drinking from being restless and antsy cuz he wants to get out of there. LMH took his time drinking and didn’t seem to mind doing the fan signing at all. he didn’t rush through it like most people and made sure to shake hands and smile when he makes eye contact as he hands over his autographed photo. He also made eye contact with the crowd outside the window each time he drank cuz he would smile right at us before he swallowed. But this new actor is different. Years ago, I had a one on one conversation with PSW on the street and shook his hand. I remember how sincere he was and attentive. His laughter seemed pretty genuine too when I told him my grandmother was a huge fan of his. I never dreamed I would ever be recapping anything he was in cuz he is from the “makjang” genre I tend to stay clear of. Not to mention he is so old I thought he was retired from acting. Since he is like the LMH for my grandmother’s generation, I never really considered him to be that much of a celebrity. Now tonight I am going to be recapping with this actor on my tv screen and translating his words. That is beyond surreal for me.

Joonni’s comments:

I will be brief today because this was a solid episode that had so many sweet, little moments of absolute goodness, and while the episode itself wasn’t very exciting, the drama still went forward at a nice pace- so much that this episode went by really fast and easy.

This drama has been such a joy to recap and obsess over because we have four characters- FOUR!!!- that I admire and worship. I saw especially today in the way he deals with Young and Son Yoo, how much Gongmin has grown in confidence, knowledge, and inner peace. There is just so much love between the four main leads and it just bursts out of every scene they have together. But every sweet moment today was tinged with sadness, ripping my heart in two.

As for what this time-traveling thing is…So I’m guessing that in Eun-soo’s past travel to Goryeo, Young died and she went around leaving clues at pivotal points. Thus the rock. In that timeline, Eun-soo and Young had made it this far but somehow Young ended up dying so Eun-soo left another clue at this rock. She remembered how her hair tie fell off that day and rolled under the rock and knowing that it will happen again, she left a letter so that next time, Eun-soo will be able to find it. Am I making sense? So she calls herself the future Eun-soo because this is Eun-soo past the moment at the rock. Interesting that Eun-soo is still there in Goryeo. Does that mean we have hope?

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  1. Hi Joonni, I am watching ep. 19 raw, I don’t speak Korean, but I am following alone with your recap. Lets give credit to the Queen who has always been very wise. CY asked her when she first met her how did she learn the language from Goryeo in only two years when it takes longer to learn it and she replied she met someone from Goryeo and my light bulb just went off

    October 15, 2012
  2. belezza #

    Faith is like my other religion now… I’m so obsessed and addicted to this, to the point that I can’t see the different if this a drama or a reality. OMG…. help me God!

    October 15, 2012
  3. Queen said she made an effort to learn it so that she could speak to him,( the person from Goryeo) Could it be this is SY is her friend from Yuan originally from Goryeo ( he just said it). She told king G so many times let me help you I have connections!!!!! Perhaps she is meeting him in secret and she has already told him about CY loyalty to king G.

    October 15, 2012
  4. Classy #

    Faith’s Faithfuls..
    here you go..

    more goodies….

    October 15, 2012
    • Thanks for sharing the goodies, Classy!

      Out of the 4 pictures of our Imja Couple, I only saw 2 of them. I believe the other 2 will be in Ep. 20. Looks like they are heading back to the Palace after all. Plus, as CY stated in today’s episode…there’s 20 more days till the next full moon. Hmm…i could be completely wrong since i’ve been swooning this whole episode…completely lost in heaven with these two. How the hell am I going to survive today?????

      October 15, 2012
      • Classy #

        “How the hell am I going to survive today?????”
        I have been muttering this for the last 3 hrs..
        Its going to be a pain waiting for tonight…,

        October 15, 2012
        • I feel you. Where’s that damn heaven’s door, so we can get to ep 20 now….***still rolling on the floor in frustration….waiting for more drugs***

          October 15, 2012
  5. Blue Passion #

    Dear Softy: I apologized for not thanking you earlier today. I cheated read your great transcap and went to watch the episode raw so I could see those tender moments of our couples. I had tears when the King thanked the Queen when he found out she is pregnant. I also loved all those time we got of Young and ES. I was ready to kill DH last episode and now I agree with others people that he is probably the one that put the life of the Queen in danger. Everyone do not forget to but a warning for me “GET THE TISSUES READY”. I am looking forward tomorrow and it is only almost noon time here!!!! Have a great one everyone.

    October 15, 2012
    • You are so sweet – There is no need to apologize – always go and enjoy the show first – dropping by to say hi can wait cuz I know you will cuz you always do. 🙂

      October 15, 2012
  6. Mayra #

    Just finished watching the whole episode, I had only read the recaps so far. OMG that last part where both Eun Soo seem like connecting with each other….I was bawling my eyes out!!! Future Eun Soo looked sooooo sad…not being able to stay with CY and remembering all the moments spent together…that gotta mean something!!! she wants to tell Eun Soo that her place is next to that person or else she will regret it literally forever… snif snif

    October 15, 2012
  7. Thanks a million for your super quick and detailed recap, Softy! You’re truly amazing every week.

    I love all the scenes of our Imja couple in this episode today. There was so much love. I love how they are so open with each other now. Our General even imitates and told Imja to lie on his shoulder (awh). The scene with them under the tree had me squeeling and swooning while i was feeding my 4 year old breakfast. I was sitting at his little table; hence I was sitting on his little chair. I literally fell off my chair and my son goes ‘mommy…you almost broke my chair…are you watching General Choi
    Young and doctor Eun Soo AGAIN? (he literally raised his voice at the end there). Boy, even my son knows my addiction.

    Silliness aside, I also agree with Classy and Pam that Imja will encourage Psycho (oh how i miss Imja calling him that) to go back to help King Gongmin. She knows that deep down CY still wants to protect the King despite everything he said. After all, the main story is about our Imja couple shaping King Gongmin into a true good King. On top of that, we still need to see our hot General kick some more ass…especially snakey DK. I wish he would die of his own poison already!

    As for the whole time-travel conundrum, I agree with Sunshine that we are now going back to where we started with all this. However, it looks like ES is remembering her sad and regretful future self and this time around she must stay choose to stay with CY. I want that happy ending dammit….come on Imja couple…you can overcome anything if you stay together. You two are after all…repeat after me…’Partners’.

    Dying for tomorrow’s episode….***i’m rolling and kicking on the floor…plus pulling my hair out**** Thank goodness I have you all here to feed my addiction. Hugs to all and may we survive till tomorrow.

    P.S. My family reminds me everyday that I am totally obsessed with this drama. I’m checking to see what news there is like every minute of the day and I re-watched all the episodes millions of times. I totally need help….but I really don’t want any:(….

    October 15, 2012
    • love your comment!

      October 15, 2012
    • jhen #

      don’t worry’re not alone..there’s a lot of us that’s so obsessed with Faith and LMH..i have been suffering from insomnia since the day this drama had started airing..i can’t sleep well thinking about what’s gonna happen to the imja and royal couple in the end of this drama..and i definitely wants a happy ending for both couple! :)))

      October 15, 2012
    • joonni #

      Oh gukja! You’re four year old knows their names?! That’s amazing 😀

      October 15, 2012
      • Yeah, he shocked me too the first time he said our Imja couple’s names in an earlier conversation. That just goes to show how many times their names came up in my house due to my incurable obsession.

        I will sure pass on your compliment to him, our very own Daejang Joonni:).

        P.S. Thanks again for your recap today..always full of soul and passion.

        October 15, 2012
  8. cassandra #

    I don’t know if anyone else has noticed the subtle brightening of the world around CY and ES. Its like the more they grow closer the brighter the scenery, the are more flowers now, basically it goes back to to episode 5 when CY was turned into ice his world was gray and colorless. Then you see the color enter his life in episode 8. All this was happening in his dreams but know the world is brighter to him because he found love and someone who trusts him once more. it truly is a shame that it has to such a short drama. though I am happy for he LMH eye-candy. cant wait to find out what future ES wrote in that letter.

    October 15, 2012
    • joonni #

      Oh, I love the scenes in the woods. You’re right. So much light and warmth and color around them.
      Just love Korea in autumn.

      October 15, 2012
  9. Thanks for your recaps. I always come to look at this while I watch the unsubbed/raw version. It helps so much.

    October 15, 2012
  10. am confused with the time travel stuff here etc:( where will this drama go ? where will it end? sigh :((,,,,,,need more patience waiting for the next episodes:(

    October 15, 2012
    • joonni #

      I think everyone is confused and all we can do is patiently wait for the writer to tell us. Sigh…

      October 15, 2012
  11. Mayra #

    REFRESHING THIS PAGE like a mad woman… can’t wait for more insight from Softy and Joonie for today’s episode !

    October 15, 2012
  12. pam lee #

    Just got done watching episode 19 subbed. I cried through most of this episode…even though it wasn’t sad…just bittersweet. The tears started when Auntie Choi said how can Young walk away from all he’s worked so hard to build in the palace/career with Woodalchi. He replied that he doesn’t even remember the last 7 years of life at the palace…meaning ES means more than anything he’s ever had . *Sniff-sniff* Oh, my poor baby, Choi Young! I love you! *Hugs

    This episode evokes a lot of questions. Was ES’s future self’s letter a duplicate of the pages in her diary that DH burned? Does it foretell what happens to G and N if Young runs away with ES instead of guarding them? How is Eun Soo going to convince Young to return to the palace? She’ll probably say that without him, Gongmin, Nogook and Woodalchi are going to get slaughtered in battle against Yuan.

    Now, all the baddies want a piece of ES. She’ll probably sacrifice herself again too, bad idea because we know ES too well, inept strategist. I think her best shot at survival is with KC because at least he won’t kill her like DH and Yuan; he just wants her to take him to heaven, sans Young.

    My ultimate question is the time traveling one which I have given up trying to make sense of: How many times has ES looped around to save Young and now G and N? She must have eventually set history correctly because when she left present day S. Korea, she remembered history as it was meant to be. We just need to know where she ends in the time/space continuum, her final stop. Maybe she’ll be able to stay in Goryeo with Young eventually? *Sobbs…PLEASE!

    Somewhere in the time traveling paradox, her doppelganger must cancel each other out since this version of ES made it the furthest alive (along with Young and G/N alive) in Goryeo? Okay, I’m going to stop here because writer Song already has her theory and I am not sophisticated enough to unravel it… Grrrrr…. *Shakes fist in frustration*

    Okay, I come, with a jumbo box of tissues too! Sorry, long rant!

    October 15, 2012
    • Classy #

      Oh Pam, you are indeed a telephath…[ words straight from my head..]

      I am starting to get worried if the so called epic war between Yuan will be shown here soon, with ES being one of the many reasons Yuan declares war..If that the case then I doubt a ” semi-happy ending” if there is one will even grace our couple..

      Gha..such episodes with Questions thrown at you like a bunch of tomatoes; right at your face; might be good for the face, but so so so so BAD for the heart..

      I am mess already, will be more messier when the Deadline arrives..

      and dont you just LOVE QIM… Its an brilliant drama…
      and keep LOADS of tissues for Ep 13 and 14 ..
      I warned you..

      October 15, 2012
      • pam lee #

        Warning heeded! Classy and Onichick…I just got done watching QIHM and I am surprised my eyeballs are still intact and haven’t melted away from crying, choking, screaming and sobbing. Good thing my husband didn’t walk-in on me in the bedroom while watching episodes 14, 15 and 16. He would have witnessed my body-wracking sobs and asked me what’s wrong and I would have told him incoherently between sobbing…”KIM-BONG-DO…talisman…letter…tie…AWWWWW”. He would have probably suggested taking me to the psych ward stat! Lol! This was definitely a well done kdrama…one of THE best ever. Okay, we got one OTP out of the way, now moving onto our Imja couple. I foresee some more body-wracking sobs and more soiled boxes of tissues coming our way, whether the ending is happy or sad 😦

        October 15, 2012
        • Heejin and Boongdo are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay up my list of fav OTPS ever. The amount of Flawless in that show is ridiculous.

          October 15, 2012
          • pam lee #

            Ditto! It was perfection!

            October 15, 2012
        • joonni #

          I ran around screaming and crying in my room in the middle of recapping for those eps. The memories!

          October 15, 2012
          • I’m glad you had the best roller coster of a life time, cuz QIHM is the best out there for all those feelings you though you never had..and more!!

            October 16, 2012
    • You watching QIHM is making me wanna rewatch it SO BAD OMG!

      And yes..Tissues need to live beside for the last 3 episodes……for reasons

      October 15, 2012
  13. Thanks for this!
    I am starting to not have a good feeling about the ending, after all the hope I have been spewing.
    Aarrrrgghhh. I am almost ready to accept a reincarnated CY walking into her clinic pretending to look for a good plastic surgeon.

    I wept and wept tonight. Maybe because I just finished Bu Bu Jing Xin, another time travel historical story that did not end happy. *sniff sniff*

    October 15, 2012
    • joonni #

      The more people mention reincarnation, the more I get used to the thought.

      I was planning to watch BBJX next but I wonder if I can handle more time-travel dramas although I have heard how great BBJX is. I watched a bit of the first ep and I was immediately interested. Hope I can find time to continue soon.

      October 15, 2012
  14. Sussie #

    I am also having a good feeling about the finale… hope we are not wrong! 🙂 Although I don´t think there will be a reincarnation or something like that… (btw, I really won´t like it that way…)
    I believe that ES will come back to palace on Ep20, stay a little while to help N and G, then going back to modern time, BUT… only briefly to get medicines and other stuff for N (pregnancy at risk… ) and/or for her (to get well from poison), … then, going back to CY because she has realized that she has to stay by his side in order to him being the general we all know in history (he said to her that a warrior uses his sword and when his heart hesitates, he dies. A warrior who hesitates cant protect the king. …)

    🙂 I really hope I am not wrong thinking about a happy ending… I´m really not preparing myself for the opposite scenario… (so, if we have indeed a sad or bittersweet ending… i will fall from the top and so hard… :S)

    October 15, 2012
    • No, you are NOT wrong to think of the happy ending. I truly believe we all want that happy ever after for the Imja couple They’ve gone through so much for heaven’s sake. Anything less than a Cinderalla-like ending is not acceptable. I’ll be on the next plane to Seoul to give a piece of our mind to that director! Have fun watching the episode when you get home.

      Arrrgh…is ep 20 here yet… do i get through tonight???? Oh wait…continue to stalk this blog…..hahaha..waiting anxiously for Joonni’s insights.

      October 15, 2012
  15. ladyeury #

    Hey all! The episode, with subtitles is now available on 🙂

    October 15, 2012
    • Sussie #

      Thanks!! I will start watching it soon when I get home from work 😀 (Viki team was really fast this time 🙂 )

      October 15, 2012
  16. I just read the first scene of a recap of the Great Seer and boy am I glad I don’t have to recap that. I was curious about lee sung gye cuz he ends up killing Young later on in history, but not to the extent I wanted to download and watch the drama. I am still not clear on the poster pics of Ji Jin Hee wearing roadkill on his head. What’s the purpose of that – to drive people away? Cuz it’s working on me. Or maybe it’s to look convincingly crazy. cuz if you ask me, he succeeded there as well even without the face makeup- he got his message across loud and clear. I rather just continue picturing the sweet kid ES saved who gushed to his father about how he met the doctor from heaven. Cuz this Great Seer version is freaking me out and scaring me since he looks like a walking talking version of an animal rug.

    October 15, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      “…looks like a walking talking version of an animal rug.” ROFL. It’s funny how one drama can make the character out to be all likeable, and another can totally tarnish that image.

      I’d go with remembering the happy kid.

      October 15, 2012
    • SH #

      Softy, thank you so much for the live recap. I read your post about that “love actually” scene before Ep. 19 aired, and I actually have some thoughts about that (after watching Ep. 18 for the nth times lol).

      I think that scene is there to show ES’ perspective. Up to that point, we’ve been wanting to hear her ask Young to let her stay, but for her internally, she knows it’s impossible considering the danger facing them at every turn. Though later in Ep. 18, we get to hear ES ask that question aloud.

      I love that scene for a few reasons:
      -The way the question is framed makes Young says “yes” regardless of the context. And for a mere moment, it gives ES false hopes, in believing that she can be by Young’s side.
      -Of course, he doesn’t know what is written, so he immediately talks about keeping his promise to guide her to Heaven’s door promptly. And in an instance, it dashes her false hopes.
      -When he leaves, we see two tear drops on that paper with the question written on it. I interpret it as a sense of sorrow setting in ES’ reality. The answer (or choice) of whether she can stay with him is no longer determined by the two of them, instead it is answered by some force outside of their own making.

      Not sure if I answer your question, but that’s what I get from watching that scene way too many times 😀

      October 15, 2012
      • joonni #

        I love that scene for a few reasons:
        -The way the question is framed makes Young says “yes” regardless of the context. And for a mere moment, it gives ES false hopes, in believing that she can be by Young’s side.

        Yes, yes, yes. I loved that too, how his answer was yes either way. because if he heard what she really wrote, the answer in his heart would have been yes even though he would have said no.

        October 15, 2012
      • Wow SH – your explanation is beautiful. You answered it just right so all those repeat viewings paid off. 🙂

        I already took down my comment since it seemed wrong to question a scene so many loved. Now that I read your answer, so glad I did cuz I want others to read what you wrote only. Like I always say, viewers have the best insight into the story and characters cuz they absorb so much and get the most out of a scene or line. You just proved me right. Joonni does that so well too after each recap even though she claims she cant multi-task, but I think that’s just her modesty talking. 🙂

        October 15, 2012
    • If I am remembering my history correctly CY and Lee Sunggye go off and fight pirates for awhile before he kills CY due to politics and stuff..

      I kinda want a drama of CY and him hunting pirates tbh.

      And I will Great Seer, after Faith is done so I dont kill my brain with too much Goryeo history all at once,

      October 15, 2012
    • MJShinshi #

      Hi softy! thanks for today’s (rather last night’s) recap…loved it and cried winced and laughed through it. I too love how he’s so comfortable with skinship, the pinky promise and high five was awesome, walking while holding hands, and putting his arm around her anytime now 🙂 That question of him doing something he wanted at first, I found it sorta funny since my mind was in the gutter as what what he doing yesterday and today?!!! but yes of course back to reality he was with her running away, duh!! Then it hit me how sad that really is, all his life he’s been living on orders until his imja changed all that. I loved reading of course I haven’t watched so I’ll probably cry more than laughing just seeing them on screen. I hope she will figure out what her future self is trying to clue her in on their life together (hoping beyond hope). I cannot wait to read tm’s recap. I love that part where you wrote that guy is mighty fine 🙂 i know my and he sure is with his new hair cut!

      As for the Great Seer after reading the synopsis that it’s about Goreyo I was curious and tried to watch but did not last but may be 10 min! I know I don’t understand Korean but just that much I was thinking it sounded harder and of course I thought of you 🙂 It didn’t capture my interest at all and I also thought it was scary I suppose it’ll be more gruesome. That lady, the queen or the person trying to find what that guy found up the mountains scared me, sorta reminded me of Arang’s Seo! I don’t think so but somehow she did in that little time I watched.

      thanks again dear…til tm 🙂

      October 15, 2012
      • My mind went to the gutter with you cuz at first I was like “what the heck happened yesterday and today” that we didn’t see on screen, but then when I translated it in full, I wanted to cry for him.

        Wasn’t going to watch the great seer anyway, but thanks for the heads up. I had my fill of scary with Arang for this year. I still can’t watch my downloaded ep of walking dead cuz I need daylight, lots of browsers opened to cover up the screen, and some prayers not to have a heart attack before I dive in. Usually watching Downton abbey calms my nerve enough to watch anything scary, but Arang used up all my bravery these past months. Recapping something spooky at night was not smart at all, but thank goodness it was worth all the teeth chattering and losing some sleep. 🙂

        October 15, 2012
  17. Oh softy…me too. I’d rather remember Lee Sung Gye as the teenager who joked around with CY…praising how people are saying General Choi Young is the best. CY also told Imja he can’t imagine that kid killing him in the future. Despite what history has recorded….I’m sticking with that.

    October 15, 2012
  18. lidy #

    hi softy, love your live recap as always. would’ve stalked the site much more and commented much earlier and more than this one comment rite now today, if i hadn’t been busy unpacking stuff at the new office my organization moved into today. sssiiigghhhh…anyways, can’t wait for jooni’s thoughts and ep 20 tomorrow.

    since future es looks fine, tho sad, even if they go back to the palace, i’m guessing they went to war and won and es got to go to the future for her antidote and maybe come back. or all of that happened but es stayed and created the cure herself.

    dh is def douchebag enough to trap ng and use poison on her to cause a miscarriage.

    would love it, if es makes a deal with kc that she’ll take him to heaven if he loans his private army to gongmin to win the war against yuan. and would still love it that the red crescent moon survivors that were kicked out by young, enlists to serve to fight yuan or join the woodalchi, willingly

    October 15, 2012
  19. Hyka #

    Eun Soo will take N & G escorted by CY to heavens world to treat the queen in her modern time & go back to Goryeo era..LOLZ!!! Can it be possible?…

    October 15, 2012
  20. I feels so simple compared to everyone else. Everyone has these complex theories and ideas about the time travel but I am just sitting here going WEEE LOOK AT THE PURDY PICTURES!

    October 15, 2012
    • Classy #

      No you are simple..
      Infact you are very very sensible..

      All this Theorizing aint good for the health and most of us here in Joonni’s faith fan club need some stable people like you around to help us out…
      🙂 🙂

      October 15, 2012
      • I think its because Im a Dr Who fangirl so I know better than to think to hard about time travel….It never ends well…Unless there is booze invovled in which case you just dont remember so its all good ^^

        *giggles* Its a sad state of affairs if I AM the sensible one.

        October 15, 2012
        • Hey, what about me? I don’t have a single theory in this whole time-travel conundrum. All I want is a happy ending…how is that for simple? Look Onichick…you’ve rubbed it on me. Told you from the start…will be following in your footstep…so now i am constantly stalking everyone here with my nonsense and delusion…hahaha…what a long night this is going to be…

          October 15, 2012
          • Excellent. *hands you popcorn* Let us just enjoy the pretty pictures.

            I am so glad to know that there is someone harassing people in my absence..Warms my heart. ♥

            October 15, 2012
            • Classy #

              @onchich and gukja..

              Gha i am envious of you guys..
              but keep the support to our wacko theories coming..

              “Forever Faith Fangirling” !!!

              October 15, 2012
              • ♥ Always my dear. I would never leave a Sister in fandom in need. I gots you ^^

                October 15, 2012
        • joonni #

          As a fan of time-travel stories, I’ve also had the experience of thinking about things too hard but time-travel is one of things that just never make sense because we as human beings just can’t perceive the dimensions of it in our head and we lack the language to explain it adequately. I’ve given up on trying to find the answer and expecting a writer to get it perfectly. Nobody does. Nobody.

          October 15, 2012
  21. ladyeury #

    After watching this episode with subtitles I have to say I think it was DH who used the envoy’s seal and locked up N. Someone mentioned that perhaps he, using the herbs he’s gotten, poisons N and that is how she loses the baby. It makes sense and if it’s true, I really do hope G has him publicly executed. Snakes who are cowards and use poison like him deserve what they fear, in his case, death.

    October 15, 2012
    • joonni #

      He did say he had some way to bring Eun-soo back. I wonder if that planned involved Noguk as you suggest.

      October 15, 2012
  22. ina #

    I suppose she came back to correct previous events to ensure Young stays alive, King and Queen remain as the most loving in history etc..

    I feel previously she returned back to future.. that sad look in her face, and the note like probably asking her to understand CY’s true feelings?

    This time around she may probably reconsider to stay?

    October 15, 2012
  23. maitaitini #

    I’ve been waiting all week long for today and thus ep was awesome in so many ways. Love every Young and Eun Soo time together. They are so sweet together and every little touch and smiles makes me melt along with them. Maybe I’ll be the first but I actually feel bad for KC when he mention his heart. It could be that he’s all the way evil and that’s why he has a black hole in his heart. However, I would like to think that it’s b/c he’s loney. This man has powers (army & ice hand..hehe), and wealth but he lacked love. When he first took ES to his house I kinda sense that he is starting to fall for her day by day. KC took her to gain her trust, loyalty and faith at first, and did not realize that she will steal a little bit of his heart. I know he wanted her for the most part for his gain such as going to heaven and knowledge of the future but a little part of him care for her. The most wonderful scene is the king and queen. It was beautifully done and so touching when he thank her for her love and the baby. I was just soo happy and sad for them b/c history will not let us see them in a happy family with 10 kids.
    I am like most people here I’m really confuse with the time travel. I will just sit back and let the story unfold by itself and just enjoy all the cute Young & ES moments. Faith u better have an awesome ending with the OTP together!!!

    October 15, 2012
    • Time Traveller #

      I agree that we should feel bad to KC who really going to “heaven”, But I don’t think because He likes ES. ES is just a guide for him to go to heaven, but what he really love is heaven. Not ES. I second previous command that I support KC goes to “heaven” and be a political man. LOL 🙂

      October 15, 2012
    • joonni #

      I think Ki Chul is incapable of loving anyone but himself. I think that hole in his heart has to do with feeling that he just doesn’t belong in this world, that he with his power and intelligence deserve to be in a better and more challenging world. He said that this world was just too easy for him. He could have been king if he wanted. This world is just not enough for him.

      October 15, 2012
  24. Time Traveller #

    Simple. The parallel world does exists in this drama. If not, there can only be one Eun Soo..not ‘Your Future Eun Soo’. BTW, thanks for the recap. It helped a lot when the english subtitle of this episode had not been released yet.

    thank you Joonni and Softy 🙂

    October 15, 2012
  25. always always always (while i munch on popcorn…thx onichick)….you can count on my support, classy!

    aja aja aja fighting:)

    October 15, 2012
  26. jhen #

    Son Yoo is underestimating woodalchi dae jangs strength whilst he is around his imja..My dear Dansa officer, had you not known what he did just to save his imja from marrying the poison guy..aigoo! he’s more powerful and focused when he’s with his imja and boy he ain’t gonna let you touch even just a single strand of her hair..duh!!!

    October 15, 2012
  27. Fabmari #

    Awww…what does it mean? Why future Eunsoo is still in Goryeo? Maybe she didn’t go back afterall? Or she went back to the past, not the future,and became Hwata. Then after the past, only then she went to the future again?

    The relationship between them is so sweet. Young really try to live everyday and make everyday like the last, because it is really almost like the last.
    With so many people try to kill him, Young is indeed in greater danger than Eunsoo. What would have been happening that future Eunsoo tried to prevent?
    Come to think about it, Eunsoo saves Young many times too…..

    October 15, 2012
    • Time Traveller #

      I think ‘Future Eun Soo’ was in Goryeo, not “is in Goryeo” now.
      See the paper in the bottle seems so old? The bottle had been hidden there maybe 100 years ago, Hwataa era.
      Eunsoo tried to travel back in previous era before Goryeo now just to put all her sign to keep Choi Young alive.

      But the question will be :
      How many times did Choi Young died before so ES would like to keep Choi Young alive? Remember, the first time Choi Young died was he fought with KC and ES went back to save him. The second time, when CY was trapped with statesmen and ES made a deal with DH. I think the third one would be now, if ES don’t go back to Goryeo, either Choi Young, Gongmin, or Noguk will die. That’s why “her future ES” reminded her to go back to Goryeo. I saw the ep.20 preview, ES enter the palace while GM is having a meeting with Yuan envoy and statesmen.

      If the future ES doen’t experience Choi Young died in front of her, she wouldn’t know when and where she must remind “her pas Eun Soo” so the “past Eun Soo” will do everything she could to keep Choi Young, Gongmin, and Noguk stay alive as the history tells.

      October 15, 2012
      • adi #

        sorry but i’m lost… Hwata’s legend begun 100 or 1000 years ago? 100 years is too little time to create such a powerful legend (i mean Lady Choi’s parents might have even met her personally…). Goreyo people can’t just so easily confuse the two, and tell 1000 instead of 100 …there is a 900 years difference. there isn’t a calendar in the world that can miscalculate like that…

        October 16, 2012
  28. arisahanari #

    I feel like crying after this episode. Though it was kinda slow in development, but it was super fast for me with all those sweet moments between the two couples. I especially love the interaction between G and NG, they’re seriously too cute for words! Really love how G’s face brightens like a child that can’t keep calm long enough when he knew the absolutely wonderful news. *chuckle* But damn that DH, he’s planning something evil again. I really hope by the end of Faith, G would execute him or something. Seriously, I can’t stand that douchebag. He should die a slow, yet painful death for what he’d done. And oh the ending, it seems that the theory for those notes are kinda true. So ES really did regret and went back in time or she stayed in Goryeo all those years after CY’s death to give her a warning? Hurm… this is getting interesting. Looks like the time travelling will be unravel soon. And I wonder if ES made CY go back to help G and NG? Gosh…. this suspense can kill me, seriously!

    October 15, 2012
  29. Young packing Eun-Soo’s stuff and while he is doing so he complains about why it is taking her so long to put some clothes on. HELLO!!! Welcome to marital life, Daesang!!! These two are so married, it’s crazy.

    I have to admit, Eun-Soo annoyed me a tad in this ep. She didn’t take their flight so seriously, she behaved as if this was just fun outing from school and not a serious run for life scenario. Alright, I give she doesn’t know that the envoy from Yuan wants her head.

    The yesterday/today quote also broke my heart … it shows not only how repressed his life was pre-ES but also that he literally came alive with ES. Even Mae-Hee didn’t affect him that much.

    All in all a solid ep, that felt as if it was only half an hour long because so much was happening and unravelling and yet there are still so many questions. But the feeling of doom remains. I cannot see these two having a future together … I hope I’m wrong, I desperately hope I’m wrong 😦

    October 15, 2012
    • joonni #

      I was also weirded out that she seemed to take the flight lightly but then I realized that she was doing what she always does, keeping how she feels inside and showing everyone a brave face, especially Young.

      October 15, 2012
      • scottishlassuna #

        True that is what I reminded myself of after the show but while watching it, I was hugely annoyed.

        October 16, 2012
  30. Finally here…thanks so much, Joonni….your final recap is awesome as usual! Love how your recaps and comments are always filled with so much emotions. It’s like a roller coaster reading them.

    I love how Imja just listens to CY now. There’s just so much trust between them. He told her to go in the Inn…she smiled and went it in. He told her to duck…she does. There’s no more ‘why’ coming from her. She also helped our General to fight too when she pushed that bandit off the table…ha! Love her.

    I have a feeling our Imja couple will be using that ‘pinky promise’ Imja taught our General soon. I can picture all the woodalchi doing ‘high 5s’ all the time now).

    October 15, 2012
    • joonni #

      They have such familiarity and ease with each other now. I just want to bask in their warmth.

      October 15, 2012

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