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Recap: “Faith” Episode 22

Joonni: Gongmin overcomes his own obstacle while another presents itself to Eun-soo, forcing her to make a hard decision. But what a decision to make since whatever she does leaves both her and Young devastated.

Episode 22

Son Yoo’s henchman sneaks into Young’s room while Eun-soo is there, working on her antidote. Fortunately, Dae-man is also there and he blows his whistle for help and fights the henchman. The other Woodalchi arrive and in the ensuing struggle Eun-soo’s antidote jar is broken and smashed, destroying the culture. Dae-man takes Eun-soo away as more Woodalchi arrive to fight Son Yoo because he uses naegong. The henchman escapes with Eun-soo’s medical tools.

Gongmin says to Noguk that he is going right now to see the guy who hurt her and their baby. What he really wants to do is kill the man himself or give an order to have him killed but he is holding it in. He is upset that nobody understands, not even Choi Young, who thinks he should just give an order. Noguk comforts Gongmin, saying that she understands and supports him. Gongmin: “I could be late coming back.” Noguk: “I will be waiting.”

Dae-man has brought Eun-soo to the queen’s quarters and Lady Choi goes to see her. Eun-soo is crouching on the floor and crying and when Lady Choi helps her up, Eun-soo grabs her for a hug. Lady Choi asks Dae-man what happened but as he is hard to understand, Lady Choi asks Eun-soo. Eun-soo can’t speak through her tears.

They all go back to Young’s room, which has been left in complete chaos. Lady asks if there is any more antidote samples left but Eun-soo says no. Dae-man points out that Eun-soo’s medical tools are missing. Eun-soo gets angry- if he just wanted her stuff and not kill her, he should have just asked! Lady Choi notices Mae-hee’s headband on the floor and she picks it up. Eun-soo also notices and asks Lady Choi if the headband belonged to Mae-hee. Lady Choi doesn’t answer her directly.

Eun-soo says, “You said that he had a hard time after his fiancé died. How much did he suffer? How long?” Lady Choi asks her what it is that she really wants to say. Eun-soo struggles through her fear to explain that it takes time to start over and grow another culture for the antidote so it can’t be finished before the door to heaven opens. The only option she has, if she gives up going to heaven and resolves herself to dying here, is to try again with the antidote. But if it doesn’t work, she will die anyway. “If I die, what will happen to him?!” Lady Choi asks if Eun-soo is planning to stay.

Eun-soo says, “It that crazy? It’s crazy, right? But if I go, I think I will really go crazy. Everyday I will be thinking- is he okay, is he really okay?” Lady Choi holds Eun-soo’s hand as she says, “Ask him yourself. Although he is not used to talking about himself, if you ask, he will answer you.” (Joonni: I just…am at a loss of words to talk about Eun-soo’s pain and her love for Young.)

Son Yoo shows Ki Chul the decree from Yuan that makes Deok Heung the new king of Goryeo. Before Ki Chul can take it, however, Song Yoo asks Deok Heung what is the first thing he plans to do when he becomes king. Deok Heung replies that he will first hand over Goryeo to Yuan and then reward Ki Chul for all his efforts. He asks if Son Yoo also needs anything. (Joonni: With the amount of murderous thoughts I have about Deok Heung, I don’t know why he is still alive.)

Apparently, Deok Heung’s answer satisfies Son Yoo because he hands the decree over to Ki Chul. He explains to Ki Chul that as long as the leaders of Goryeo are busy dividing up the riches among themselves, they won’t be a bother to Yuan. Ki Chul points out that he heard Son Yoo used to be from Goryeo. Son Yoo replies yes, before. When he still had hope, that was important. He also believed that if he did well, (he/Goryeo) could claim back Goguryeo land again. But there are always people like Ki Chul in the world and everyone else is just dragged everywhere by people like him. So he decided the name of the country didn’t matter. Son Yoo gets up, declaring he won’t attend the questioning. In a separate room, Son Yoo checks his pocketwatch. (Joonni: Interesting. I don’t think there should be pocketwatch in Goryeo so he where did he get it? From his great-great grandfather?)

On their way to the Yuan embassy, Gongmin says to Young that today could turn out to be very perilous. Young agrees. Gongmin asks if Young said goodbye to Eun-soo but Young replies that he didn’t because he intends to go back. (Joonni: Yes! Some confidence and hope in this dark episode.)

Gongmin and his crew enter the room and Ki Chul starts with the formalities but Gongmin wants to cut to the chase. He sits down and states to Deok Heung that he is giving him one last chance to leave this land or accept his crime of kidnapping the queen and die. Deok Heung tries to remind Gongmin that this is a trial to determine if he is guilty of a crime but Gongmin won’t have any of that bullsh*t. He says that he is offering his forgiveness on the condition that Deok Heung leaves the country and gives up his name and claim to throne.

Deok Heung smiles and tells Ki Chul to start. Ki Chul holds up the decree from Yuan saying that Deok Heung is now king and those who oppose the king are traitors. At this point,  Ki Chul’s soldiers rush into the room and Young also comes into stand protectively next to Gongmin.

Gongmin asks Deok Heung if he really means to shed blood. “Are you saying it’s okay since it’s not yours?!” Gongmin tells him that the ministers are waiting at the palace and he plans to ask them to choose between him and Deok Heung. He wants Deok Heung to wait for their answer. Ki Chul declares that he doesn’t care about the ministers or citizens. He prefers this order of events- when Gongmin refuses to submit to the new king, he is killed for his rebellion. Deok Heung, the coward that he is, laughs and leaves the room, leaving Gongmin to call after him in a final attempt to prevent the bloodshed. Ki Chul also leaves the room and his soldiers start to attack. Young tells Gongmin to leave but Gongmin wants to stay. Young once again firmly tells Gongmin that he needs to leave the room and this time Gongmin complies.

Outside, the Woodalchi fight Ki Chul’s men alone. The other royal soldiers wait for Gongmin’s orders to attack the embassy.

Back at the palace, the ministers are alerted to what Deok Heung and Ki Chul did and how Gongmin is trapped inside the embassy with only his Woodalchi to protect him. Noguk enters the royal court and declares that Gongmin had wanted her to show them this if something were to happen to him. He had left an order for the dispatch of soldiers to the Yuan embassy and the royal seal. It is up to the ministers to decide whether to stamp that order and allow the attack on the Yuan embassy. The ministers look uneasy with this responsibility and decision.

Gongmin and the Woodalchi are still inside the Yuan embassy, fighting off Ki Chul’s men. Young wants to leave but Gongmin wants to stay at the embassy. Young thinks that if there was going to be an order from the ministers, it would have come already. But Gongmin insists on staying, believing that an order will come.

At the palace, the ministers are still arguing. One of them wants to send someone to the embassy to find out exactly what happened. (Joonni: *heads desk*). Lee Jae-hyun states that he knows this is a hard decision for them to make since attacking the Yuan embassy means that they are ready to attack to Yuan. Lee Saek receives a message that notifies them of Yuan’s decree to put Deok Heung on the throne. Lee Saek wants the other ministers to reject a king placed by Yuan but the other statesmen remind him that Yuan also placed Gongmin. Lee Saek counters that they chose to serve Gongmin. Noguk looks on nervously at the slow-moving and indecisive ministers.

Ahn Jae and his men wait anxiously for the order from the ministers. His men want to go and fight without the order since there are only twelve Woodalchi protecting the king right now.

While the other Woodalchi bring Gongmin inside, Young fights alone outside. His right hand starts to shake, forcing him to use his left. He tries again to see if he can hold his sword with his right hand but he can’t and he drops his sword. Dol-bae, who has come to help with the fight, watches this with shock.

Back with Gongmin, Young reminds Gongmin that 900 royal soldiers are outside the embassy waiting for an order to attack. He knows that Gongmin thinks his ministers won’t leave him here to die but he thinks that those ministers right now are busy trying to measure out which king to serve- Deok Heung or Gongmin. Gongmin argues that this is exactly why the ministers need a push like this- he can’t have them continue to be weak. He needs his ministers’ full support to continue to rule the country properly.

Young, as he clenches his right hand, warns Gongmin that the longer this is dragged out, the harder it will become for him to protect Gongmin. Gongmin replies, “This is a matter of sending my citizens to war. I need their permission.” Young asks, “Do you believe in your ministers- your citizens?” Gongmin says, “I now consider myself as one of the citizens.” Young understands what Gongmin is trying to accomplish today so he orders his men to prepare for a long fight. Young goes out of the room and sees Ki Chul’s men taking away their dead. They stop and look at him cautiously but when Young doesn’t do anything, they continue. Young looks down at the dead men and his sword in his left hand, wondering how this will all end.

Dae-man and Eun-soo are cleaning up Young’s room. Eun-soo picks up Young’s clothes and his aspirin bottle falls out. She picks it up and looks at the flower inside. She asks Dae-man how much danger “our” Woodalchi is in. Dae-man is forever confident in Young but the other guy is worried about the small number of Woodalchi protecting the king. Eun-soo assumes that there will be a lot of bloodshed. When Dae-man asks what she is thinking, she weakly replies, “That this is what living here is like. That this person has lived everyday like this.”

Yang-gak comes with Ki Chul’s men to free Hwa-Eum. Eum-ja and Hwasooin complain that he came late. He tells them that Deok Heung has received the decree from Yuan to become king so they shouldn’t worry about the consequences of killing royal soldiers.

Noguk looks weak with worry and anxiety as she watches the ministers still trying to decide what to do. Lee Saek is saying that the people who want to dispatch the soldiers should stand on one side of the room and those who oppose on the other side- the majority will win. Another statesmen argues that even if there is a majority decision, it doesn’t means it’s right. (Joonni: I want to smash all your heads together instead of hurting mine. ARGH!)

More men come to attack and Young stands alone to face them. He takes a deep breath and holds onto his sword with two hands as he attacks. He starts to kill them off but stops in exhaustion and weariness with all the fighting.

Deok Heung paces, wondering why Ki Chul is not taking this chance to go the palace right now. Ki Chul, feeling ill, explains that it is because the royal soldiers are surrounding the embassy right now. Deok Heung declares that he is king and the royal soldiers belong to him. Ki Chul tells him to go say that to the soldiers himself and see how they respond. Of course the coward doesn’t want to so he asks then what they should do. Ki Chul responds, huddling inside his coat, that all they can do is wait for Gongmin to die. Deok Heung reminds him that Young is protecting Gongmin and all the soldiers they send to kill Gongmin won’t be able to do anything. Ki Chul yells that this is all they can do since he can’t go fight Young himself. Yang-gak comes him to report that more of their soldiers will be arriving, around twelve hundred, but it will take some time for them to arrive.

The Woodalchi all stand on guard as Gongmin continues to wait. Back at the palace, Noguk also continues to wait for the ministers’ decision. Lee Jae-hyun notices how ill Noguk looks and tries to ask her to rest. But Noguk has had enough and she asks the ministers to just say that they are going to abandon their king since Gongmin is trapped, unable to do anything, waiting and hoping for their answer. “He will wait one day, a hundred days but I can’t.” She glares at them, asking, “Do you not have the courage to abandon him or the courage to attack?”

Ahn Jae receives the royal order to attack. (Joonni: Oh my god, finally!) Yang-gak rushes to report to Ki Chul that the royal soldiers have started to attack. Ki Chul can’t believe this and is apparently losing his mind. Despite what Yang-gak says, Ki Chul doesn’t believe that the soldiers are attacking the Yuan embassy. Deok Heung still has his own sanity and tries to escape. He runs outside and sees Ki Chul’s men running way, chased by the royal army.

Ahn Jae and his men see Young on their way to Gongmin. They see him just standing there among the men he has killed. They ask if Gongmin is okay and he asks where Deok Heung is. Ahn Jae doesn’t know so Young goes to find him himself.

Ahn Jae goes to greet Gongmin and Gongmin asks if he came through a royal command. Ahn Jae confirms and tells him that he heard the royal order was given with all of the ministers’ support. Gongmin looks relieved until he notices that Young is not there. He asks anxiously where Young is.

Deok Heung is running around in the embassy, hiding from the royal soldiers. Fortunately for him, Son Yoo’s henchman comes to take him away. Young is searching for Deok Heung but he doesn’t find him. His hand is still bothering him.

It is now night and Eun-soo hears something outside. It is Young who has come back with his Woodalchi. Dae-man and everyone who had stayed behind look happy to see their daejang and friends back. Eun-soo comes rushing over to Young. He steps forward to get closer and she looks at him tearfully, relieved. Instead of hugging her like he looks like he wants to, he just says goodnight to his men and goes to his room. Eun-soo follows him.

Inside, Young carelessly throws away his sword. Eun-soo picks it up and gently places it on the table. Young is about to walk out of the room with a change of clothes but Eun-soo offers to help him take off his armor. Young declines so Eun-soo asks him to not do that- turn his back to her and avoid her. Eun-soo walks overs to wipe the blood on Young’s neck but he stops her, saying it is not his blood. The men he killed today were ordinary soldiers and it wasn’t hard to kill them. Before Young can say more, Eun-soo wordlessly puts her arms around Young’s neck and embraces him tightly. Young hugs her back, resting his head on her shoulders and finding comfort in her arms.

Gongmin tells Noguk that they didn’t catch Deok Heung. If they had, it would have been the perfect time to kill him since he tried to kill the king. He also tells her that the Yuan embassy has been completely taken over but he is unsure what to do with it. Noguk knows that something else is worrying Gongmin so she asks what his worry for today is. He smiles and says, “During the day you moved the ministers’ hearts and now at night you are trying to steal a look into the king’s heart.” He tells her that he did something terrible to Young. “In order to not shed more blood, I made only him see it. I got my justification and made him pay the price.”

Son Yoo wants Deok Heung to leave Goryeo. Deok Heung has a hard time accepting this, still saying he is the king of Goryeo. But Son Yoo warns him that the palace soldiers will be here tomorrow morning to search. He is giving Deok Heung a chance to escape now so he can come back later. (Joonni: Oh my god, will someone just kill this man?!) Deok Heung claims that he still has a final card to play but Son Yoo tells him to hand it over to Ki Chul. Son Yoo packs away his seal and Eun-soo’s tools, telling his aide to bring it to a safe house in Yuan.

Deok Heung meets with Ki Chul. He says that he will tell him where Hwata’s things are if Ki Chul gives him what he wants. He wants Young and Eun-soo dead so when he comes back they are not here. He tells Ki Chul that Eun-soo has another thing from heaven- the letter inside a small container. Ki Chul brightens up hearing this. He wonders if Deok Heung believes that Eun-soo is from heaven. Deok Heung replies that he’s never seen the material that the container was made from so whether it is from heaven or not, he is sure that Eun-soo is from some place strange and has the ability to prophesize. Deok Heung tells Ki Chul that he burned the last pages of the diary but the rest of the things are safely hidden.

Inside Young’s room, Eun-soo asks Young to pull her hand with all his strength. She doesn’t see anything physically wrong- “It’s a strong and good hand”- and wishes she had the diagnostic tools to test if there is something wrong with his nerves or if it is a psychological disorder. Eun-soo forces Young down on the bed, claiming that it is a treatment.

Eun-soo brings over Young’s sword and Young sits up. Eun-soo: “You said that this was your teacher’s sword.” Young: “Yes.” Young asks Eun-soo to sit and he wraps his arm around her to hold the sword together with her. He explains to her that the sword is specially made. Ordinary swords wear down but this sword doesn’t, even after striking rock. Also, it doesn’t easily stain with blood but yesterday it did. The sword also comes out of its scabbard quietly and when you look at the blade in the darkness, it has a soft glow, like the moonlight.

Eun-soo: “I stabbed you with this.” Young: “It also stabbed my teacher.” Eun-soo asks, “It was hard on you, wasn’t it? To lose your teacher like that.” Young replies yes. Eun-soo asks if that is why he kept on sleeping- to see him in his dreams. He tells her that in the beginning his teacher did appear but then he stopped coming even though he waited. Eun-soo asks slowly, “If you didn’t meet me, would you still have been sleeping like that?” Young replies that he doesn’t know; he has no idea what it would have been like he if hadn’t met her.

Young tells Eun-soo that he didn’t catch the guy who poisoned her and he had to let the guy who is threatening her go. “This sword wasn’t able to kill who it should have killed. It only killed the innocent.”

Gongmin gives the order for the army to raid Ki Chul and his supporters house as punishment for their treason and for the soldiers to search for Deok Heung at Youngbingwan. The soldiers accept but before Young can leave, Gongmin keeps him back. He asks how many days are left until Eun-soo has to return. Young replies fourteen days. Gongmin tells him to just search for Deok Heung today and spend the rest with Eun-soo. He heard that the antidote culture was destroyed so Young should be together with Eun-soo. Young looks shocked to hear this. (Joonni: This drama is out to kill me. I know it is.)

Dae-man explains to Young that Eun-soo asked him to not saying anything and that she cried a lot. He’s never seen someone cry that much before. Young: “She cried?”

Young confirms with Lady Choi. Lady Choi tells him Eun-soo was only worried about Young- if he will be okay when she leaves or what will happen to him if she just dies in front of him. “She didn’t care what happened to herself. She was only curious about you. So I told her to ask you herself. Did she ask?”

In Young’s room, Eun-soo is working on the antidote when she starts to cough uncontrollably. She doesn’t look well. (Joonni: Just kill me now.)

Young has come to see Son Yoo at Youngbingwan. He tells him that a carriage was seen leaving here the night of the attack on the embassy. He wants to know if it was Deok Heung leaving. Son Yoo replies that he already sent Deok Heung to Yuan. Young orders his men to make sure he is not here in the Youngbingwan.

Son Yoo brings up the poison that Eun-soo has. He heard that there was no antidote for it. He tells him he met with Eun-soo and confirmed that she is from heaven. He says, “I let her be since she is going to die anyway.” He advises Young to not keep Eun-soo by his side since he can die because of her. Young walks menacingly toward Son Yoo and demands to know what he is up too. Son Yoo replies he is only giving this advice because of the small amount of loyalty he still has toward Goryeo. Young repeats what Son Yoo said, “I might die because of the doctor?” Son Yoo replies, “It is a possibility.” He also advises Young to be wary of Ki Chul. “That’s all I can tell you.”

Young returns to his room, angry and upset. He has to pull himself together before he enters his room but when he goes in, he doesn’t see Eun-soo. Young looks over at the antidote jars and angrily knocks them over, finding them empty and confirming that the antidote culture has been destroyed.

Eun-soo is checking up on Noguk again. She tells her, if she learned properly from Jang Bin, that her pulse is strong. Eun-soo takes out some things and tells Noguk that they are comestics and soaps for her and Lady Choi to use. Noguk asks if Eun-soo is already preparing to leave. She asks when Eun-soo will leave. Eun-soo says, “I will tell you about what you asked before.” She asks Noguk if she says that she and Gongmin won’t have a child for ten years, will they not see each other. Noguk smiles and says she understands what Eun-soo is trying to say. Eun-soo says, “You two won’t be with each other very long. No matter how hard you try, it won’t even be a hundred years. So each day, love him like today.” Noguk doesn’t recognize Eun-soo’s modern word for love- sarang– so Eun-soo explains. “Just being happy to be with him so much that you can’t measure with words. Missing him so much even though he is next to you. That. Sarang.”

Eun-soo exits Noguk’s room and she is surprised to see Young rushing over. He grabs her and leads her away. He tells her that he heard about the attack in his room. He asks what she is thinking by not telling him about the antidote. She replies that she was planning to pretend that nothing happened. The Woodalchi protected her so she is safe and even though the antidote culture was destroyed, she is going to make it again. He yells, “Make it again? Can you do that before you die?” Eun-soo: “I am making it to live so why are you talking about dying first?”

Eun-soo wants to ends this conversation and leave but Young stops her. “This one time, I asked to break my oath. I was greedy and wanted to break my oath to take you back even though I had no back-up plan, couldn’t protect you, and your life was on the line.” Young swallows hard as he regrets making that confession- “What did I do?” Eun-soo replies, “What kind of promise do you make by yourself? I said that’s not it.” Young says, “What I said before- to ask you to stay- I take it back. I was wrong to think it and wrong to say it.” Eun-soo tries to reach for his hand but he takes it away and says curtly, “I will go first.” Young walks away from her.

Yang-gak is mourning the surrender of Ki Chul’s wealth in Goryeo to the palace. Ki Chul vows to get back his wealth later but first, he is concerned about Hwata’s things. Eum-ja points out that even though Ki Chul had those things for years, he has no idea what they are. “What are you going to do if you find them?” Ki Chul replies, “Because it is mine.” (Joonni: Loon.)

Hwasooin says, “How are we supposed to get it out of the king’s room and how are we to believe him (Deok Heung) anyway?” Ki Chul replies that they can only find out if Deok Heung spoke the truth by finding it. He says crazily that the land Eun-soo is from doesn’t necessarily have to be heaven. It could be somewhere else on this earth.

Yang-gak wants to leave for Yuan as soon as possible but Hwasooin is in no hurry. She wants revenge for the way Young treated her. Ki Chul wants to meet Eun-soo but Hwasooin tells him that they can’t find her- not in the medical ward or with the Suribang or in the palace. Eun-soo comes to check on Noguk but no one knows where she goes after that. (Joonni: Wow, so there is actually secrecy now in the palace? Mind blown.)

Ki Chul suggests that to get to Eun-soo, they need Young. Eum-ja is eager to fight him. Hwasooin tells Ki Chul that Young was a bit strange. She declares she wants to fight him herself. Eum-ja asks why Ki Chul is so obsessed with Eun-soo even though it seems he doesn’t really want her. Ki Chul replies that it must be because he can’t have her.

Choong-suks asks some other Woodalchi what they are doing because they are just standing around. They were watching Eun-soo and Choong-suk sees hers sitting alone holding the same yellow flower (chrysanthemum) that she gave Young before. She remembers back to when at the Yuan border, Young had promised to send her back but he said he needed her safe first so she needs to stick close to him. She also remembers the numerous other times Young had protected her and saved her.

Choong-suk interrupts her thoughts to say he will escort her back to the Woodalchi barracks. She says she will go back herself after a while. He explains that Young only has a problem expressing himself. “If you get to know him, his temper is not that ‘nasty’.” (Joonni: Pfft! Thank you for making me laugh, Choong-suk, in this really difficult episode. Still I can’t forgive you for yesterday.) He offers to find another room for her if it is uncomfortable for her in Young’s room. When she replies, “Shall we,” Choong-suk nods his head as if she just confirmed all his suspicions. He says, “Everyone was worried because according to his personality, he wouldn’t ever give up his bed. The kids said when they go in the room they see two chairs put together and they suspected you were sleeping on them.” Eun-soo smiles, knowing how wrong they are. (Joonni: So cute and so sad at the same time. This drama is driving me crazy.) She gets up and asks for him to escort her back. Choong-suk tells her she can let him know if anything is difficult.

Eun-soo comes back to Young’s room and announces that she is here but Young has his back to her. Eun-soo takes out her change of clothes as Young says, without looking at her, “We’ll leave tomorrow.” Eun-soo walks over to him and firmly states, “No.” Young ignores her and says, “Tomorrow morning, early.” Eun-soo asks Young to listen to what she has to say since he just left before only saying what he wanted to say. Young: “I’m listening.”

Eun-soo: “I am going to make my medicine and stay here.” Young: “You can’t.” Eun-soo responds, “I am going to remain and stay by your side. Whether to go or not – I’m not going to waste each day worrying about something like that.” Young angrily asks if she knows what she is saying. Eun-soo firmly replies that she knows. “If things don’t turn out right, I could die in front of your eyes.” Holding back her tears, Eun-soo says, “If that happens then watch over me. I’m asking you to hold me till the last moment and not leave me alone.”

Young can’t believe what she is saying and angrily leaves the room. He gathers his composure before entering the room again and orders her to pack right now. “We are going to there and waiting till the door opens.” Eun-soo replies, “I’m not going anywhere. I’m going to stay here.” Young yells, “Do I have to forcibly take you there?” Eun-soo asks, “After you send me off, after that…did you ever think about how I will be? Did you think about me?” Young replies that back in heaven, she can live.

Eun-soo says, “Yes I will probably live. In my room in the heavenly world, I will just live. Every day talking to people whose faces I don’t recognize, saying things all day long that I don’t mean. Then when it’s night, I’m going to come back to an empty room. Every time I sleep, I will call out once. ‘Are you there?’ I know there won’t be a reply. I will wake up and live another day like that- like I am dead. Don’t you know what living like that is like? You know. Because you are going to do that to.”

Young: “These few days while you are dying, I wasn’t able to be next to you. Instead of trying to get the medicine that will save my woman, I was out killing people. So how can someone like me protect you? How can I ask you to stay next to me?”

Young’s hand starts to shake and Eun-soo notices. She holds it to her heart and cries.

Softy’s comments:

The look on his face just says it all. He is sick and tired of all this – fighting for things that do not matter to him anymore, killing people he doesn’t have any quarrels with, obeying orders he doesn’t agree with. But more than anything, I think he is starting to hate death. Something he can’t ever control as it looms over the woman he loves. It’s the only thing that stands between him and finally having something he has wanted so much lately – peace in his heart, mind, body, and soul. It’s not just the blood he wants to wipe clean now, he wants to be rid of its burden as well.

This is what people in love do – they have to go through this pain to cherish what they have. They have to almost lose it to appreciate it more. But as someone watching from the sidelines, I just want them to hug it out and stop trying so hard to protect each other. It wont change the outcome at all and only end up wasting the precious time they have left together.

Does anyone else feel like they need a way to detox from all this sadness?

Written before it aired: For some odd reason, I don’t think that “hat guy” is going to harm ES. I don’t think he went there to kill her. First of all cuz there are still two episodes left so unless she got an eye injury no one heard about, her character should still be safe.  As for losing that antidote, at least she has the ones Young took last night to alleviate some of the pain. I wonder if DH actually planned for this sort of contingency. In the case that he dies or gets captured, that she would survive somehow without the antidote. Or am I giving him way too much credit for having any human decency. As for Young and his trembling hands, I really hope the writer has more creative juices left than to say he was poisoned. Cuz there just has to be other ways to insidiously harm someone other than poison back then. If future ES knew about all this poisoning, you would think along with hiding all those warning letters everywhere, she would leave a note about antidotes as well.

My wish came true – KC is knocking on death’s door. I don’t think anyone needs to kill him cuz his weakening powers will take care of that for us. for now DH is out of the picture, so that only leaves Hwa and Eum to contend with for the next episode. Not sure if Young can take them on in his current condition. I think his hands shake more when he is under duress, when he is anxious, nervous, or in a stressful situation cuz when he is just alone with ES he is ok for the most part. (last night when he dropped that comb he was nervous about being so close to her when she looked so good putting her hair down so that probably triggered it.) In that last scene tonight, he was agitated so it surfaced again. It’s sort of like all that talk about the sword getting heavy messed with his head. so now his body is reacting first. It just doesnt want to hold that sword anymore.

Joonni’s comments:

*comes back from rocking herself, huddled in some dark corner* How do you describe an episode like this? Heartbreaking, devastating, frustrating? Those words are not enough. I just…God, their loved is so doomed….I just…can’t process anything. This was the most difficult recap I have ever written. It was so hard just typing those words, trying to describe their pain. My hands kept on stopping over the keyboard to hold my head up because I just wanted to break down and cry. Recapping this drama while I watch forces me to hold all my emotions in and only during rewatch can I fully let those tears go. I can usually process some part of the drama fast enough to write this comment section but today I can’t. I just feel so numb and wretched. I know there are things to discuss about Gongmin and Son Yoo but I don’t have the energy to. Forgive me.

Okay, had a crying session while I was screencapping. A little better now.

It’s interesting how Son Yoo and Deok Heung both said the same thing about the name of the country not being important because both have very different reasons. Deok Heung cares only about himself and has never wished for anything better for his country. Son Yoo, on the other hand, once cared about Goryeo but he lost all hope because of people like Ki Chul. I wonder what Son Yoo’s history is and what kind of struggles he went through to lose all hope for humanity and become so indifferent. But I think he does still care about the world, no matter how twisted his thinking is, because he had wanted to kill Eun-soo before she caused chaos. So what Son Yoo wants is peace without a struggle but as Eun-soo pointed out, you can’t become stronger without a fight.

In this way, I understand why Gongmin chose to become the bait and stay in the embassy, although I hate how it hurt Young.  I kept on thinking, “Why can’t he just choose another battle instead of this right now?” But I know that is a scary path of logic to begin to follow because you can always say- next time, next time. Those ministers need a struggle now to become stronger. While Gongmin’s decision pleases me none, I understand why he did it as a king. I would really hate to be him. But this is something that Gongmin is going to have to do over and over again during his time as a ruler- sacrificing the small for the bigger picture. As he warned Young, there might be a time in the future when he has to either exile him or have him killed. Gongmin’s burden is to carry out his duty as a ruler while still trying to protect the ones he love. He might end up having to sacrifice the people he loves for his country but that is his burden to carry. Thank god he has Noguk besides him.

Eun-soo’s love for Young astounds me. No, astound is not good enough. It can’t be expressed in words. Eun-soo rather die and spend the rest of her days with Young rather than to live without him. Young wants her to live even though he knows he will be dead without her. I know Eun-soo isn’t asking Young to go with her because she knows history and Gongmin needs him but I wonder what Young would say if she asked. Will he go with her? Will he leave everything behind to be with her? Will the writer abandon all history and let Young go into the future? Oh my god, I just talked myself into some hope. I know, I know, but I really need this sliver of hope to survive this week.

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  1. Mayra #

    hahaha LOL, love your shield Pam lee!

    October 23, 2012
    • pam lee #

      It’s a heavenly shield, gifted by our daejang! LOL!

      October 23, 2012
    • LOL…’shield’…reminds me of CY’s heavenly police shield. I sure miss it! With all the baddies running around the palace he could sure use it.

      October 23, 2012
      • pam #

        ES needs to enter the wormhole and go get her antibiotic and a heavenly shield (as a souvenir for Young) and return to Goryeo-stat! LOL!

        October 23, 2012
  2. I just secretly watched the thing raw in class (OMG DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD THAT IS AND NO I WASN’T SLACKING OFF IT WAS PHILOSOPHY AND I PRE-READ AND PARTICIPATED) and
    I
    AM
    GOING
    TO
    SCRRREEEEAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMM

    LIKE I UNDERSTAND IT’S THE PENULTIMATE WEEK AND IT CAN ONLY GO UP FROM HERE (As Heather kindly pointed out) BUT I’M SO SURE THAT HEART ATTACKS ARE BAD FOR ME I READ IT IN A BOOK SOMEPLACE AND NOW I FEEL LIKE I NEED TO STAND UNDER A WATERFALL LIKE IN THOSE OLD WUXIA MOVIE AND JUST CRY AND CLEANSE ALL THE NEGATIVE STABBY FEELINGS. I MEAN I’M CAPS TYPING THIS WITH A BROKEN HAND *SOBS*

    October 23, 2012
    • pam lee #

      Hi, Nutella.

      I haven’t seen you for a while around here.

      *Consoling hug*

      I’m at work and watched it raw. I know-bad worker! LOL! Faith is worth it though.

      I’m about to go home and watch ep 22 subbed and sob to my heart’s content.

      I think you’ve seen QIHM, right? Well, I feel like Hee-jin when she was on that gurney, crying, just clutching and banging at her heart because of the gargantuan grief over her loss. Sometimes the emotional pain is so much there is nothing left to do put try to jump start your heart. Yoo In-Na can act…got me sobbing my eyes out at that part. But yeah, that’s how I feel right now.

      October 23, 2012
      • Pam! *squish* Yeah, I had midterms and papers and a few fingers broken, so I cannot be as active as I would wish too.. but this week is a breather so here I am~

        And oh yes, only this time I was the one the gurney sobbing my heart out mentally, and it took so much willpower not to actually start crying in the middle of class >.<;;

        October 23, 2012
        • pam lee #

          Broken fingers? Gad, hope you’re okay! And here you are typing and fangirling with us! Take care of yourself.

          And did I see you commit yourself to sing in Sunshine’s song? Yay! I’m not alone!

          October 23, 2012
          • Ahaha, yeah, I’ve gotten quite good at typing with my left hand~ Necessity is the mother of nature, as my mama always taught me xP

            And yes, if Sunshine shall have me, we shall sing a song for Faith (which, btw, I cannot believe I just said cos I’ve never gone this far for a drama)~

            I just got home, and now tea and Shinhwa Broadcast so that I stop crying mentally~ Did you get off of work yet?

            October 23, 2012
            • pam lee #

              Yes, couldn’t wait to get off of work to watch Ep 22 even though it got me crying buckets! 😦

              Well, I wish you a speedy recovery, my dear.

              Let’s see what Sunshine has in store for us. I hope you can rap because her lyrics sounds like rapping and I’ll just do some background singing…LOL!

              October 23, 2012
            • joonni #

              Sorry to hear about your fingers, sweetie! Hope they mend quickly!

              October 23, 2012
  3. Kristen #

    It can be that the ending would be Young and E will go together to that portal?future so that they can be living forever. There can change in the history if Y follow E? Just my presumptions for the positive ending so that all of the campers and gutters club members here will be satisfied.

    Honestly i dont like the ending of this episode. So grimace in my face and teary eye.

    October 23, 2012
  4. For the last two episodes, I wish G would stop using Young as his human shield. Man up and fight your own battles. Kings in the past held swords and fought didn’t they? What is so special about G that he cant fight like other men. just last night G argued back to young “how much longer should I hide behind you” – evidently the answer is “when it suits me. If I need you, come running so I can duck behind you yet again.” It sort of makes you wonder if G has it in him to be a good king without Young. G only talks about fighting, but never does any himself. I want him to stop telling N how guilty he feels about Young paying for what G wanted. If he knows it’s wrong then stop doing that to Young. When you think about it, he should never have let DH get away with so much until now. A lot of what happened is G’s fault cuz everyone knew why DH came to town so it’s not like it came as a shock to learn DH wants to be king. Ok rant over. Watching poor Young fight so much with his trembling hands got to me tonight.

    On a lighter note, when Choong asked ES “if there is anything difficult – just let me know” I was tempted to write on the recap – for the love of god man learn to knock. There is a dearth of kisses as it is and you just made us lose another one. now we have to suffer through another week in anticipation for one next week. If you screw up the chance for the next one, that armor is not gonna be thick enough to protect you from the wrath of a recapper who needs pleasant distractions like LMH ‘s lips in action to keep her awake to translate.

    October 23, 2012
    • Faither #

      agree with you dear…I was like in my biggest WTF moment when he did that.. privacy was not exist back then or what???
      I hope and hope and hope.. but now, since the constant torcher from Faith is way way too unbearable for my body, soul, mental and brain to endure.. a happy ending would be the biggest gift ever for the most amazing and loyal Faithlings all over the world.. no kiss? no problem. Just let them together at the end.. is that too much to ask?
      *getting an extra minus in my left eye for camping more than 12 hours every monday and tuesday for Faith*

      October 23, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      Softy, you are hysterical. I agree- the kisses should have happened. Thank you so much for staying awake for all of us (and LMH’s lips)We really appreciate it. 🙂

      October 23, 2012
    • pam lee #

      OMG—-Softy just put a bounty on Choong-suk’s head—$1,000 nyangs! LOL! At this point in the game, Choong better watch out! We fangirls are getting desperate to see CY/LMH’s heart-shaped lips in action before ES dies or returns to heaven! 🙂

      October 23, 2012
    • heather #

      hahahaha you guys, the LAW OF KOREAN DRAMAS IS: If a kiss in a semi-romantic moment is messed up earlier, it must be made up for in a more romantic moment later. So just be excited for that.

      October 23, 2012
    • joonni #

      for the love of god man learn to knock.
      God, that had me laughing like crazy. You should have put it in the recap so I could have laughed earlier.
      <3<3<3

      October 23, 2012
  5. Blue Passion #

    Dear Softy: Thanks for your amazing work again. I was so emotionally at the beginning and the ending that I really not ready to go and watch it raw or with subtitles if it is ready. I too want some real happy memories before the ending and a happy ending at that, but ES has chosen to stay by his side and if there is no cure she will die!!!! Me too wants to know why has not some of the bad guys die yet? DH should not have escaped!!!! Softy, Joonni, and everyone here maintain your sanity for next week. I better go and prepare more tissues boxes and M&M’s; plus, prepare the family, I do not want them to think I have gone insane at such a young age!!! At least young at heart. Have a good remaining of the week. Thank you for everything.

    October 23, 2012
  6. the saddest episode ever!!!!!!!!my tears pour in buckets!!!!!! i just wish for a happy ending oh please God grant us that!!!!!

    October 23, 2012
    • softy and joonni thanks for the recap!!!!!!

      October 23, 2012
  7. maitaitini #

    Thank you Softy for the fast live recaps. You don’t know how much I appreciate all your hard work. Hopefully all your fingers recovered from all the fast typing you did today. Thank you Joonnie for this wonderful blog. This is like my home on Monday and Tuesday..lol. I am glad I found a place to vent, scream and squeek in frustration, from all the cute and adorable moments, and pervy thoughts like everyone else here…hehe. What I love about here is that there are no negative comments, or pointy fingers.

    Even though I’m at work and shouldn’t be doing this I just can’t help it and need to read the recaps before I go home in 30 min. Why is it taking forever to be 5 o’clock?? I’ve been refreshing this page and just reading the comments to get me through today. My heart is already breaking just by reading the recap so I don’t know how I will do when watching this on viki tonight. I just want a happy ending for our OTP. If Arang can get her happy ending why can’t our Imja couple get theirs as well?

    October 23, 2012
    • Robin #

      Arang and her Sato had to be reincarnated(?) to get that…

      October 23, 2012
      • Faither #

        OMG… not the reincarnation please…

        October 23, 2012
        • pam lee #

          I second Faither, NO REINCARNATION PLEASE…overplayed and BORING!

          October 23, 2012
  8. The third relic has to be the antibiotic! Antibiotic shelf life is 3 months in liquid form, 6 months for pill form. Those are generic antibiotic. If the antibiotic is specifically for a certain insects. The life span is more depending on dosage? That’s a Pharmacist specialists quote.

    October 23, 2012
    • joonni #

      Just curious, did you ask a pharmacists or did you find the information through other type of research? If you asked, I admire you for your devotion to the drama. 😀

      October 23, 2012
  9. Apple Box #

    We were fine with ep 21. It could suffice as ending.
    Now, our Minho, we are so ready for your next drama.
    We can pretend Faith already ended in ep 21.

    Nobody deserves this anguish that ep 22 forces on hapless fans like us :-((

    October 23, 2012
    • Iluvlee #

      I totally agree with you… ep 22 was torture to my heart. Attempted murder to be exact. 😦

      October 23, 2012
      • Hyka #

        @ iluvlee. I’m agree w/ u too.can we sue the pd/writer?..for this is an attempted murder to us..this is totally cruel they r slowly killing us for torturing our hearts like this..those bastards deserve the most severe punishments they still have never felt w/ their whole life..torturing them little by little, inch by inch of their flesh should be torn out until their last breathe..
        I willl really remember theirs original names & put their names on my watchlists to never watch their other dramas after this faith sufferings….#1 deuk heung gun #2 ki chul those two baddies is banned!!! & most of all before I forgot pd/writer is also not spared bcoz if they giv us sucks ending then they will be my top worst pd/writer & will avoid their following projects hmpf!!!
        so they should b careful w/ the last two episodes bcoz faîthlings all over the world is always keeping an eye & blame will be put to them…
        Gudluck to the finale pledged faithlings…

        October 23, 2012
    • Faither #

      tell me about it… this is so mentally and emotionally cruel for us Faithlings.. I hope our hard earned reward awaits us at the end of this dark and sad tunnel.. the happy ending train must finally see the happy ending light.
      God have mercy on us!!

      October 23, 2012
    • Cant agree more…. lets just stop here if we dont have a happy ending. Sigh.

      October 23, 2012
  10. Misty #

    Alright, first of all thank you Joonni and Softy for the recap. I’m reading it every monday and tuesday while at work, since I can’t watch the live stream.

    About the story… I’m with Heather about the happy ending. I wasn’t that sure until Eun Soo decided she’d rather die than leave Young but now that she did, I’m quite sure she won’t have to. Well, not in the end.
    Even without the spoilers about the filming on the Heaven’s Gate location, I was totally expecting Eun Soo to fall sick in ep.23, so Young will panic and bring her to the Heaven’s Gate, throwing her in (and staying behind).
    Then I think we’ll get to live the time-traveling Eun Soo, as she tries to get back to Young. And hopefully she’ll manage to, in the end.
    One thing I can say almost for sure: if Eun Soo crosses the Gate during (or at the end) of ep.23, then we’ll have our happy ending. A full finale episode with them apart wouldn’t make much sense 😉

    October 23, 2012
    • Matilda2012 #

      Misty, I am having the same scenario in my head after reading the spoiler in Soompi about filming by Heaven’s gate. Why shouldn’t CY join her in 2012 because there is no way that they can be separated from each other. That is like the death wish for both of them. If ES was willing to stay and die in Goryeo, can young do the same thing and accompany her to heaven? I am hoping that the 3rd relic has to do with time travel – how to go back to Goryeo at the right time. Then CY can accomplish his role as the great warrior.

      All these scenarios are keeping my hopes up. WE ABSOLUTELY CANNOT HAVE A SAD ENDING!!! (caps intentional!) It will destroy the mood of this story and no way can CY be that great warrior after a loss of his one great love. If the death of his puppy love killed his spirit for 7 years, what more if ES dies or leaves him?

      October 23, 2012
  11. Iluvlee #

    OMG you guys am such an emotional wreck right now… I can’t even explain it. When I saw how ep 20 ended I knew I shud have prepared myself for this kind of heartbreak… I just can’t get over the fact that a tragic ending MIGHT be awaiting for us at the end ( It kills me that next week will be the last for this drama am going to miss it soooooooooo much ) 😦 😦 😦
    But honestly I can’t even thing straight right now… and as am typing this I keep taking deep breaths trying to gather strength.
    Am planning on running a marathon of all the ep leading up to next week… when we say goodbye to this beautiful epic drama.

    October 23, 2012
    • Apple Box #

      To be honest, I chose not to watch ep 22 after I read the sad reviews/comments. I have no guts to face up to the pain (after all the heart-shaped loot bags we enjoyed in ep 21). When I read thru the comments, I already knew my system would not be able to take it, not yet, not when Monday is too far yet, not when I can’t quite comprehend yet how in the world the production team will be able to FIX it in the remaining 2 episodes. That’s how much I am determined to protect my feelings now, after all trauma i suffered from that City Hunter ending debacle (that haunts me til now)……

      October 23, 2012
      • Sussie #

        I totally understand how you are feeling … each time I remember CH´s ending.. ashhhh! i still feel a bit disappointed and annoyed… (but I just could n´t wait to watch ep22)

        But, (I don´t know if it is because I get some of Heather´s “happy pills” hahaha), right now, I feel that we will have a satisfying finale for this drama 🙂 (Hoping that writer and director are only playing with our minds and hearts so we can appreciate the epic ending that they´re plotting!!)

        October 23, 2012
        • Apple Box #

          Thanks so much.
          Oh, I need reassurance & positive vibes, now more than ever.

          October 23, 2012
  12. Mayra #

    Misty, I didn’t know the spoilers about the filming on the Heaven’s Gate location… so will that actually happen? (***gulp***) I’m getting all stressed out again :S

    October 23, 2012
    • Yes, I read it somewhere on Soompi… plus Heather confirmed it here. We just have to wait and see if that part will be aired on ep.23 or 24!

      October 23, 2012
  13. Mayra #

    OMO OMO! I hope that happens by the end of ep 23 as you say…then we’ll still have hope for episode 24 ….(***crossing my fingers***)

    October 23, 2012
  14. Hi. Thanks for the nice recap, i have been silent reader all this time… but i cant resist for not leaving a comment in this episode…. since my heart starts to cry with the eun soo and young… its just too sad for them when they finally find someone they love… they have to be separated i think it will be better to die together. Hiks.

    October 23, 2012
    • Iluvlee #

      Plz don’t mention ES, CY and death in one sentence my poor heart simply CANNOT take it

      October 23, 2012
    • Apple Box #

      Hi to all of you….same here, have been a silent bystander in this nice recap site, but can no longer keep these emotions to myself…..got to write down my emotions or else I may sel-combust…..I say, while CH was great & action-packed, the thing with Faith is that it seeps thru like calm lake waters would thru moss-covered rocks. The feelings hit the core like crazy. And there’s no way to escape the love & loss too of our E & C. Why, even I forget I still have a real life going on……

      October 23, 2012
    • Apple Box #

      Sorry, correction…..
      “…..I may self-combust….”

      October 23, 2012
  15. Sunshine #

    Here’s my lyrics so far, as you can see lyrics aren’t my speciallty, so help!

    Yeah I’m Faith fan girling 
    leave Me alone
    Can’t miss softy’s recap
    Let alone answer the phone
    Hope no one  sees me
    Bawling my eyes out
    Cause I’m at Joonni’s
    Screaming, Swooning, 
    And trying not to shout

    Softy’s fingers are Typing on the fly
    though she’s missing sleep 
    She’s loved by her peeps
    For giving it to us live
    We’ve hit refresh a dozen times
    To try to get the skinny
    On CY, ES, the baddies our  puppies
    The king and the queen-ee

    Yeah We are Faith fan girling 
    Please give us a minute
    We’re obviously busy reading
    About poison (again?) and Hwatas relics
    We are in awe of Joonni and Softy’s writings
    So insightful and eloquent but 
    Dang those bad guys are leaving me seething

    Yeah, I’m faith fan girling 
    Leave me alone
    I’m reading the  threads
    And seriously Gongnim CLAIM YOUR THRONE
    I really need to go to bed
    And feel I’m on the edge
    As I sit and contemplate
    When are these two going to have a real date

    Lee Min Ho 
    We love you so
    you make our hearts pitter patter
    And when you fight
    Or blink or sigh 
    We become a pile of melted butter

    Ok. I’ve got to stop. This is so bad! ROFL

    Is this going to be a faith fandom collab? 🙂 

    Fanfic girls@ scottishlass @nutella @classy @ dangermousie, and anyone talented in writing that could help with lyrics for a goofy/ fun faith fan girl song for Softy and  Joonni please email me …I don’t want to spam ep 22’s thread with our “project”. I’m going to space it apart so I don’t get hit by a spam bot in my inbox-   vanilla paloma @ yahoo .com)      

    Any volunteer for making a youtube  Youtube videos that might be able to put together that song with some scenes from Faith (that has time to do it. Lol)   Email me. 

    October 23, 2012
    • Faither #

      I wish one of Lee Min Ho’s minion who understand English will eventually read this blog and tell him about how much we love him. Does he ever realize how important he is for us? I wonder if he knows.
      BTW, your lyric is jeong mal daebak! AJJA chingu ya!

      October 23, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        Haha. Glad you like them so far. Yeah, we are going to make this epic. Lol.

        October 23, 2012
      • Apple Box #

        Yeah, does our HHHG ever know? Does he even know just how high he has set the benchmark for men? I sometimes think he doesn’t. Seems like he doesn’t know conceit or arrogance.
        Also, i hope he knows English so that whatever we give him any poem or song, or love note :-)), or a signed petition even (to do CH 2 or do a real-action series/movie like Blood Diamond or Departed), nothing will ever be lost in translation.

        *HHHG – hishighnesshotnessgod :-))

        October 24, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      @sussie, and pam, couldn’t reply in our prior “song comment” bcs the comment got skinny and didn’t have a reply option-Pam are you going to be our singer ?*rubs hands together and smiles* @ the faith addict team if you all want to do this and anyone on here that wants to do this for Softy and Joonni, and just to lift our spirits until next Monday…feel free to participate!

      October 23, 2012
      • Keaton #

        I was playing with your lyrics a little bit. I was thinking at the end, you could rap (in English) “say it again” followed by the sound clip of ES saying Dae-jung. I’m hearing hip-hop, is that what you are writing it in?

        October 23, 2012
        • Sunshine #

          I was just being really facetious about the lyrics and whole thing song thing…it was just to lighten the mood since most everyone was in the depths of despair, but then thought we could make it a little ode to Joonni, and SOfty, and raise morale in a silly way. Obviously my lyrical skills are rather rudimentary because all that came out is something that sounds like a bad rap song. Lol. I’m ROFL thinking of Nutella or apam wrapping and singing these lyrics while a fanfid flashes. LOl. Maybe we should ask J and S what style they want…a ballad, rap, r& b, indie, (just please don’t say country!)

          October 23, 2012
          • Sunshine #

            *I meant rapping, not wrapping…with the Team Gutter talking about xmas wrappings for days…I must have had an accidental slip up.

            October 23, 2012
    • pam lee #

      OMG! Sunshine, you got me laughing so hard! Those are some awesome lyrics! Sounds like a rap to me though and I can’t rap…LOL! OMO…what did I sign up for???

      October 23, 2012
      • Nice start there, Sunshine. The lyrics.. so funny.

        Love this part, Hilarious, but so true. Hee.
        “Lee Min Ho
        We love you so
        you make our hearts pitter patter
        And when you fight
        Or blink or sigh
        We become a pile of melted butter”

        Agreeing with Pam…sounds like a rap. Maybe you can get MC Sniper to rap this for us…LOL!

        October 23, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        I almost choked on my drink earlier when I read the rap comment…you are right the lyrics totally look like a rap song. Oh Snaps. Pam and Nutty are about to bust out in a rap, and sing…hehehheee.

        October 23, 2012
        • Oh. My. God. Rapping? *Pulls out old Linkin Park, Epik High and Fort Minor music* must brush up must brush up >.<;;

          October 23, 2012
    • Blue Passion #

      Thank you Sunshine; you put a smile on my face after being so emotionally drained from today episode. You nailed it!!! How many times do I have to tell my family give me 5 minutes I am reading!!! Once I am done I can come down from dramaland to Earth and be your mother, wife, etc. I needed a good stressed relief and reading this made it for me!

      October 23, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        Glad I’m not the only one asking for a few more minutes. 🙂 Can totally relate to what you wrote. 🙂

        October 23, 2012
    • Ok, so I was seriously trying to think of lyrics, and then bro got home, and we both started goofing off, and then this happened…

      (To the tune of Queen’s Somebody to Love)
      Can anybody find me an OTP to love?

      Each morning I get up I die a little
      Can barely stand on my feet
      Take a look in the mirror and cry
      Faith what you’re doing to me
      I have spent all my episodes in believing you
      But I just can’t get no relief, Faith!
      Somebody, somebody
      Can anybody find me an OTP to love?

      I ship hard every day of my life
      I ship till I ache my bones
      At the end (at the end) I take (I take) all my happy OTP moments all on my own –
      I get down on my knees
      And I start to pray
      Till the tears run down from my eyes
      Faith – A Happy OTP- A Happy OTP
      Can anybody find me – An OTP to love?

      (She works hard)

      Everyday – I try and I try and I try –
      But everybody Faith wants to put me down
      They say I’m goin’ crazy
      They say I got a lot of water in my brain
      Got no common sense
      I got no OTP left to believe
      Yeah – yeah yeah yeah

      Oh Faith
      A Happy OTP- A Happy OTP
      Can anybody find me an OTP to love?

      Got no fluff, I got no make-outs
      I just mentally kill the evil royalty
      I’m ok, I’m alright
      Ain’t gonna face no defeat
      I just gotta watch the finale!
      In a week I’m gonna be free, Faith!

      Find me an OTP to love
      Can anybody find me an OTP to love?

      We even did one to bohemian rhapsody… anyone wanna see that? XP

      October 23, 2012
      • pam lee #

        LOL! Loved this! Nutella and Sunshine are so talented! Can’t believe you guys can do this impromptu lyric writing! That’s some skill you ladies have.

        October 23, 2012
        • Sunshine #

          Nutella, I love your lyrics!

          October 23, 2012
          • D’aww thankies /blush BTW, did you write your lyrics to a tune Unnie? Because I tried them to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know and I’m Walking On Sunshine (see what I did there ^w^) But none fit exactly and now I ish curious~

            October 23, 2012
            • Sunshine #

              No, no….I had a tune in mind ( just the chorus)when the whole project started to gel, but they don’t go with the lyrics perfectly either….keep in mind I was writing those lyrics reeeeeally quickly. 🙂 . P.s. I love being your Unnie. 🙂

              October 23, 2012
      • Here’s the one to Bohemian Rhapsody (took a while to type and had to check with mum if we we had the correct lyrics ^u^)

        Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
        Caught in a sageukland, No escape from reality
        Open your eyes, Look up to the skies and see,
        I’m just wormhole, out to ruin the OTP
        Because I’m easy come, easy go, Woodalchi, Lee Min Ho
        The way this damn show ends really does matter to me, to me

        Mama, I just killed a man, Put an arrow in his head
        Just a few dozen, now he’s dead
        Mama, skinship had just begun
        But now evil dudies have gone and thrown it all away
        Mama, ooh, writers say they didn’t mean to make you cry
        If I’m not back again this time tomorrow
        carry on, carry on as if nothing really matters

        Too late, the show’s time has come
        Sends shivers down my spine, body’s aching all the time
        Goodbye, ev’rybody, you’ve got to go
        Leaving us all behind and with only fanfics and videos
        Mama, ooh, I don’t want them to die
        I sometimes wish I’d never seen this at all

        I see a little silhouetto of a man
        Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Faithdango
        Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very fright’ning me
        (Gongmineo.) Gongmineo. (Gongmineo.) Gongmineo, Gongmineo Nogooko~
        Magnifico-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o.

        We’re the cutest OTP and no one ever leaves us be
        They’re the cutest OTP and no one ever leaves them be
        Spare them their love from this monstrosity
        Not so easy come, easy go, oh you better let them go
        Bismillah! No, evil baddies will not let you go
        (Let them go!) Bismillah! Evil baddies will not let you go
        (Let them go!) Bismillah! Evil baddies will not let you go
        (Let them go.) Will not let you go
        (Let them go.) Will not let you go. (Let THEM go.) Ah
        No, no, no, no, no, no, no.
        (Oh mama mia, mama mia.) Mama mia, let them go
        Beelzebub has a devil put aside for Deok Heung, Gi Chul, and Company~

        So you think you can stone us and spit in our eyes
        So you think you can love us and leave us to die
        Oh, baby, can’t do this to us, baby
        Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here

        The ending really matters, Anyone can see
        The ending really matters
        The ending matters you see

        As long as the OTP happily goes

        October 23, 2012
        • pam lee #

          Nutella, you’ve got some mad writing skills, girl! Since I know Bohemian Rhapsody’s melody I had fun singing it! You have to do something tangible with this…MV with lyrics and you singing this song! Classic!

          October 23, 2012
          • Ahaha thankies, but I don’t think I could sing Bohemian Rhapsody (well, I can, but Freddie Mercury would turn in grave so much that he would resemble a top)… but an MV with those lyrics I can definitely see… Any takers?

            October 24, 2012
        • Sunshine #

          Nutella! You’ve got skills! I knew I could count on a fan fic girls to give us goodies. 🙂

          October 23, 2012
      • joonni #

        Had to find the song so I can read along to the melody. Omg, love. Laughing like crazy.

        October 23, 2012
    • Apple Box #

      “And when you fight
      “Or blink or sigh
      “We become a pile of melted butter….”

      So true! Especially the melted butter part!

      One moment of love, weeks ago, even led my good friend to compare MinHo jaw line to some exquisitely done fondant wedding cake!! I disagreed. His jaw line is much neater, no doubt.

      October 23, 2012
      • Snshine #

        The thought of LMH and fondant wedding cake….LOL. He does have. Nice jaw line.

        October 24, 2012
    • joonni #

      omg, this is so awesome. <3<3<3

      October 23, 2012
  16. Mayra #

    Yeah We are Faith fan girling
    Please give us a minute
    We’re obviously busy reading
    About poison (again?)

    hahahaha you’ve made laugh sooo hard. I was singing along hahaha

    October 23, 2012
  17. Sussie #

    Sunshine, you rock! these are awesome lyrics!. After arriving home from work, I´ll think about what else we could add to this lyrics hehehe (right now I´m thinking we should add something about Choong´s imprudence, ha! LOL)

    PS: “When are these two going to have a real date?” LOL that is a million dollar question!

    October 23, 2012
    • Sussie #

      Sunshine, in your email, is there a dot between “vanilla” and “paloma”?

      Btw, I love this project… it could be our way to destress and forget a little bit about our anguish for the upcoming ep! yay!

      October 23, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        No dot. 🙂

        October 23, 2012
  18. joonni #

    Goes off to recuperate before I read comments.
    Love you all guys and hugs. I need them.

    October 23, 2012
    • Sussie #

      I´m sending you lots of hugs and positive thoughts… we need them indeed after this ep 😉

      October 23, 2012
    • pam lee #

      Oh, Joonni, hope you feel better!

      I was crying along with you while reading your comments. This WAS the hardest episode to watch. At least the preview didn’t lie to us…we knew this episode would be heart wrenching. And still…NO BADDIES HAVE DIED YET. Argh!

      So I guess Young’s condition is not attributed to poison? His condition must by psychosomatic then, stemming from anxiety about Eun Soo leaving or he’s just sick of killing. Whatever it is, I hope he recuperates fast because Hwa is coming after him.

      As for my worst case ending scenario, I hope Young doesn’t have to force Eun Soo to return through heaven’s gates. I won’t be able to speak for a week if that’s the ending

      October 23, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      Yes, big hugs to you, Joonni, and sending a nice, warm cup of cocoa your way. (with lots of yummy marshmallows)

      October 23, 2012
    • Iluvlee #

      * HUGS* I feel your pain Joonni… just know ur not alone.

      October 23, 2012
    • Apple Box #

      Sending you comfy, soothing pillows which should help u feel like you’re leaning securely on our MinHo shoulders……

      October 23, 2012
      • joonni #

        Sigh…Lee Minho’s shoulders! *giggle* except, I bet they’re pointy cuz he’s so thin. Still, I take those shoulders and more. Yee!

        October 23, 2012
        • Apple Box #

          Hi Joonni,
          The thought is “giggling” indeed!
          And I agree, his shoulders may be kind of pointy.
          Hope he gains more weight, if only for health reasons.
          I heard he lost several kilos.
          Man, what was there to lose? He was so skinny already.
          Could it be his smoking habits? (Which may curb appetite)
          Hope he will lead healthier lifestyle. Love our LMnHo

          October 23, 2012
  19. ann #

    Too much pain in this drama, I can’t stand it, it’s too sad, I don’t wanna see the 22 episode, neither 23 nor 24th, unless it has a happy ending, or I would hurt my self.. Aiisshh!!

    October 23, 2012
  20. Faither #

    shedding my tears (for the 5th? 6th? 7th times? I lost count) again while reading your comment on the 22 episode recap. Love is powerful. Love change almost anything. Love, for the one who bear it.. is more than life it self. The love that Eun Soo and Choi Young share, is destined more than destiny.
    When you love so so very much like that, NOTHING is matter anymore but to be with the one you love so much. That beloved one that you even give up your life for.
    Eun Soo’s love for Choi Young, I have no words to describe it. Even epic is underrated.
    I sink my self in this pool of sad tears, for Eun Soo and Choi Young’s desperate and pitiful love, with a slight hope that I would be able to surface when a glimpse of hope of a happy ending finally bring me back to life.

    October 23, 2012
    • Apple Box #

      With you on this……Sinking, sinking deeper, sinking into this bottomless pit of what IFs & what could have been & how it should end….

      October 23, 2012
  21. Missy #

    I had a strong feeling that CY’s problem wasn’t anything physical, it was more psychological like ES had said. The sword is getting too heavy & the life a warrior is becoming too much for him. You’re right, when he’s with ES he’s fine unless he’s nervous(like the comb incident).
    It was kinda emotional watching Eum and Hwa kill the medical staff, even though we didn’t see Jang’s body(they could have had a body double). I cried along with ES, Hope Lee Philip has a speedy recovery & his eye will be okay.

    October 23, 2012
  22. We will all have a change of heart/mind NEXT Tuesday evening; either the naysayers will regret, or the happy-ever-afters will regret. Which will it be?

    But I’m thinking…
    we could have had more ‘action’ with the freaky-friends of KiChul, why have all those freaky-powers if there isn’t much chance to use them
    why keep KiChul’s weakness a secret? it could be even more suspenseful if there were more than a couple of ‘allusions.’
    Gongmin should have had DoekHeung off’d immediately when he allied himself with KiChul, but we wouldn’t have had those poisoning episodes. Darn.
    Story could have been between KiChul, his freaky-friends who terrorized nobles.

    Arang ending was horrible. Let’s hope Faith is way-mo-bettah.

    October 23, 2012
  23. I cried, and cried! I kept hoping for SY to turn into a good guy! ES did not tell CY about the conversation she had with SY. ES is right why waste the last few days they have together arguing and living in fear of what might happen, instead of loving each other to the fullest! I hate that DH escaped again! What about CY’s hand ? Is it symbolic?

    October 23, 2012
  24. Apple Box #

    I wanted so much to watch ep 22 but fear took over. Fear of pain, fear of losing, fear of goodbye, fear of feeling helpless. So much fear. So……
    I put on my running gears, ipod, windbreaker & with a sad face, did 30-minute jog outside, in the rain, in dimly-lit, isolated trail where I could be lost in my thoughts and snap back to reality, the reality of having a life to live & loved ones to take care of…..Why, I can’t even think of my own life anymore? LMinho, what have you done to us?

    October 23, 2012
    • pam lee #

      OMG, Apple Box! I’m about to go running too…for an hour at full speed in hopes that it will help lessen the pain, sadness and anxiety in my heart for our OTP and Faith characters. *Hugs*

      I still have a grain of hope in a happy ending for our OTP…a “grain”.

      October 23, 2012
      • Apple Box #

        Yeah, same here, hoping, still, for an ending that will leave us smitten & smiling ’til next drama of our MinHo.

        Oh, I must add, after I ran, I listened to loads of OST of BOF, PT & CT. Just to bask in the happy, youthful faces of MinHo, sans the anxiety & emptiness in our beloved General’s eyes.

        October 23, 2012
        • Apple Box #

          Correction, sorry –
          “CH” (city hunter),
          not “CT”

          October 23, 2012
      • Apple Box #

        Hugs to you too, and to all……..oh, I just want to cuddle & cry myself to sleep again….

        October 23, 2012
      • joonni #

        @Apple Box and @pam lee
        I didn’t go running but I took a long walk. Really needed some fresh air and some time alone to pull myself together and think through the drama rationally.

        October 23, 2012
        • Apple Box #

          If these heartaches go on any longer than we can hack it, then it is high time we band together & be Choi Young briskwalkers/marathon team! Maybe we can start with the jersey design ;-))

          October 23, 2012
  25. Thank god I had time to watch this episode this afternoon as supposed to tonight. With everyone fast asleep, I don’t think I’ll be able to ever stop sobbing when I know there’s no interruption. I don’t think I have any tears left for today, so it’s safe for me to share my thoughts here with you without losing it again.

    First and foremost…thank you, Softy and Joonni, for your awesome recap. We fully understand it was a very difficult recap for you to write, therefore, we really appreciate it wholeheartedly. ***hugs***

    I thought I was fully prepared to watch this episode after reading Softy’s live recap plus everyone’s comments from this morning. I was dead wrong. It was hands down the most difficult episode I think any of us fangirls had to watch thus far. I felt like my heart was on an excruciating roller coaster ride where the tracks only went downhill and then through a tunnel where I thought I would never see the light of day again. It’s a painful ride that I wouldn’t even wish on my enemy (I take it back…maybe just for DK, KC and his minions).

    I sob uncontrollably when ES cried her heart out to Lady Choi, because she was so afraid of what might happen to Daejang whether she leaves or dies her in the end. She loves our Daejang with everything she’s got. I so love that girl.

    The Imja scene at the end made me cried a river. I understand both of their points of view and my heart hurt so much for them. We know that they are in so much pain, because they put each other’s lives before their own. After how Imja described how her life will be like after she gets back to heaven, does Daejang really still have the heart to send her back? I’m sorry Daejang, but I’m going to have to side with Imja on this one. That life she described is not a life anyone should be living unless they are zombies on ‘The Walking Dead” Like most of you, I just want Daejang and Imja to spend the little precious time they have loving each other and creating unforgettable memories instead of hurting each other by fighting. In the midst of all that, they can still both find the solutions together. They are stronger together!

    Okay, time to lighten my mood now. I think KC is getting mentally crazier by the day. I’m also sticking pins and needles into DK voodoo doll as we speak. Like Joonni and some of you said ‘Can’t someone kill this man already? ‘. I can’t even stand his smirk anymore. I just want to throw something at the screen whenever his face shows up (yes, I’ll also sign myself up for anger management and join the rest of my faithfuls in that class).

    After making us emotionally drained, this show had better give us a happy ending! I swear…

    October 23, 2012
    • pam lee #

      Don’t worry, gukja, I’m right here in the gutter beside you bawling my eyes out!

      If I had a penny for every time a fangirl said “Faith will be the death of me” I’d be a millionaire!

      Chin up, girl…we got 2 more episodes to go until the end.

      Here’s a happy pill, but it’ll only work until Monday rolls around, okay?

      October 23, 2012
      • Thanks, Pam!

        Can always count on my gutter buddy!

        ***handing you a million dollar in monopoly money***ha!

        **downing the happy pill with water…gulp gulp*** Let’s hope this will last me till Monday.

        How the heck am I gonna survive till Monday????

        P.S. Hope that run did you some good:)

        October 23, 2012
        • Classy #

          Pam..How come I dont get a pill???
          I am the sick patient here..

          That life she described is not a life anyone should be living unless they are zombies on ‘The Walking Dead”

          hah..
          words out of my mouth..
          Its the one thing i have always loved of Eun Soo.. sh eis someone who just speaks her mind..whatever be the case..
          and I was sure she will stand firm on her heart and not let CY
          “i will honor my word to protect you” nonsense which i must say he has been spouting from the START only the context varied now..
          \earlier it was duty.. now its love..

          either way..Somehow i think He needs to just um..man up..
          she could bottle some of her saas and mix it in the tea and give him..
          that boy is the epitome of extremes..

          just black or while..never gray..

          [ come to think of it.. the time he actually wore grey dress robes was when he almost acted in a sensible manner..]

          See symbolisms every where..:)

          October 24, 2012
  26. Jayden #

    Joonni and Softy,

    Thanks for your recaps. I really like CY-ES relationship.

    Question:
    seem like most people think about sad ending. but if this present ES dies, what about future/past ES?
    I cannot all those time-travel theories.

    October 23, 2012
    • joonni #

      Jayden,
      I have no idea what is going on with the future/past ES.
      But I’m actually hopeful for a happy ending.

      October 23, 2012
  27. i have decided i will take one of those happy pills, and hope and pray for a happy ending.
    Young, Eun Soo, hwaiting! aja! *sends stream of positive energy toward them that says “you will be together and happy the rest of your lives, this is a momentary setback” with my happy-ed up brain*

    October 23, 2012
  28. I’m hopeful for a happy ending. I think she will get the antidote and will stay. She saw her future self and she wasn’t dead so I believe she will live and this time CY will survive and will be with her. I do believe there will be a happy ending.

    October 23, 2012
  29. sophia #

    Crazy question: Is the cure for her poison….THE ASPIRIN? the aspirin he’s been guarding so zealously with the flower she gave him? i think it wold be nice if after all this something so common in modern times…but which was a huge breakthrough when first discovered, and so symbolic to their relationship – was the solution.

    yes im grabbing at straws.

    October 23, 2012
    • Missy #

      I doubt it, she would have figured that part out already. They said it’s a flying tick poison, which means it’s West Nile or something that comes from mosquitoes…at least that’s what I’m guessing. Because there is a cure for that & the symptoms don’t show up right away.

      October 23, 2012
      • ladyeury #

        I don’t think it’s a virus like West Nile as virus’ aren’t treated with antibiotics, bacterial infections are. But then, who knows what they have made up and what is real when it comes to the poison(s).

        October 23, 2012
        • Missy #

          Hmm I forgot about that part. Mosquito was the first thing I thought of when they said flying tick. Unless it was Malaria in which the symptoms don’t show up for about 10-15 after the mosquito bites you. Yeah, I do think maybe they made it up but made it sort of similar to real life infections. I think I’m thinking way too much lol

          October 23, 2012
  30. Mee-Ra #

    I’m so not prepared for these inevitable sorrow eventhough is like a giant purple elephant in the room…

    October 23, 2012

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