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Recap: “Faith” Episode 23

Joonni: I’ve been dying for the writer to throw us at least one bone and thankfully, in this penultimate episode, she granted us one. Whew! But because it wouldn’t be a K-drama without pushing every single threshold of our emotional endurance, our resident villain returns to his big, bad self to threaten the lives and happiness of our beloved heroes and heroines. Remind me why I allow myself to go through this torture over and over again?

Episode 23

Young comes in 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 tremble so Eun-soo worriedly holds it to her heart as she weeps.

Eun-soo wraps Young’s hand with a wet compress and takes his pulse. She massages his shoulders and asks if he has a headache. He replies no. She says that even though she hasn’t been able to properly examine him, considering all the symptoms, it doesn’t seem to be his hand shaking but his heart.

Young stops her massage and sits her down. He tells her that he’s confirmed the Yuan envoy and his henchmen have left for Yuan and it seems they won’t return. Yet he stills feels uneasy since the envoy knows where Eun-soo is. He starts to say something about what he wants to do before she leaves but Eun-soo looks away. Young asks her to look at him. “Do you remember when you asked if I would be okay after you left?” Young assures her that he will be okay. “I will eat well and live well. After some time, I will forget. I won’t think about you again. So go back and don’t worry about me. “

Eun-soo doesn’t respond. She just gets up to resoak the compress. Young continues. “It will be hard for you at first when you return but it will get better quickly since you are strong. I believe that.” Eun-soo replies, “Even if I return, I don’t think I will be okay. Because I can’t endure being alone, I might go looking for you again. Because I can’t find the door you brought me through, I might end up wandering a strange world.”

Young replies, “Don’t do that. Say you won’t do that.” Eun-soo doesn’t reply and Young sighs. He says, “I will try to stay by your side for the time left since I will be worried about you wherever you are. I will also try to make you laugh even though I don’t have much confidence that I can.”

The royal army arrests and questions Ki Chul’s soldiers and servants. Young reports to Gongmin that Ki Chul is on the run but he doesn’t seem to have left the capital city yet. Young suggests that barriers be set up at the border to prevent Ki Chul from going to Yuan and meeting his sister, the empress.

Gongmin wants Young to set up a new military unit to help get rid of the rest of Yuan’s supporters and stations in Goryeo. He suggest that they start by recruiting Ki Chul’s men. Young doesn’t answer immediately and asks to speak alone with him. All the other people leave.

Young says to Gongmin, “I think I am following in my teacher’s footsteps. A few days before he died, I saw him drop his sword.” Gongmin remembers Young dropping his sword in front of him too. Young continues, “I didn’t know what that meant then.” Gongmin asks, “What does it mean?” Young replies, “It’s time to lay down the sword. It’s becoming hard to hold it up.”

Gongmin stands up abruptly, not wanting to hear this but Young continues to talk. He says, “I will leave in seven days to send the doctor back. I will serve you until then.” Gongmin replies that he has already told him to be with Eun-soo until then. He adds, not wanting to let Young go, “Also know that I will continue to wait.”

Young’s sword lies on his table in the room. It is not by his side like a warrior’s sword should be.

Young speaks to his men. He tells them they are going to Ki Chul’s house to clean up his wealth and bring it back to the palace for the country’s use. While he says this, he notices Eun-soo standing there among his men. Young calls upon Deok-man and Dol-bae to escort him. He also calls out “Yoo Eun-soo” and Eun-soo, surprised, sticks out her pretty little head from among the soldiers. She is also to escort him. (Joonni: Kya! I think this is the first time Young has ever properly said her name. I love how he says it!)

 

The Woodalchi enter Ki Chul’s house and when Eun-soo straggles behind, Young grabs her so she can stick close to him. Eun-soo searches Ki Chul’s room and Young tells her that they have already searched for Hwata’s relics but they didn’t find it. He orders his men to continue searching this room while he and Eun-soo search elsewhere. Dol-bae and Deok-man giggle and smile at each other, knowingly.

Outside in Ki Chul’s courtyard, Eun-soo remembers the last time they were here, when Young came to see her after he was released from prison. Young sees her thinking and reminds her, “You said you liked being here.” Eun-soo replies that it was because Ki Chul gave her a lot of food and clothes. Young asks, “I know you like food but you like clothes too?” Eun-soo replies, “Of course. Especially pretty and expensive clothes.”

 

Young asks about what else she likes. She replies, “I like windy days and rainy days. I especially like the moment when it is just starting to rain. When the raindrops start to fall one by one and they hit my forehead, I look up at the sky- that moment.” Young asks if that is all. Eun-soo replies out loud,  “Also the small yellow chrysanthemum and the colors blue and grey.” As she looks over at Young, she answers inside her head, “Also tall men and hands just that size.” Young asks again, not knowing what is going on inside her head, “Is that all you like?” Eun-soo replies only to herself, “And that voice too.” Out loud she says, “Yes. My greed must have shrunk.”

 

Eun-soo asks what Young likes. He doesn’t answer and just places his hand on her shoulder. (Joonni: Why does this small gesture get to me so much?) Young turns and sees a suspicious guy watching them. He follows the man and catches up to him. Digging through the guy’s bag, he finds a sword and he asks suspiciously why a slave would be carrying around a sword. He asks if Ki Chul sent him but at that moment, Young drops the sword and the guy runs away. Worried, Young runs to Eun-soo and sees that she is safe with the Woodalchi. Walking over to them, he orders Choong-suk to take care of things here. Choong-suk accepts readily but asks what Young will be doing then. He replies, “I am busy,” grabs Eun-soo’s hand and leaves. The other Woodalchi once again smile to themselves. (Joonni: Ha! Our macho daejang is not so macho anymore.)

Yang-gak offers Ki Chul a medicine that will help him channel and strengthen his power. He warns, however, that the medicine will only work for about half-day and will have serious side effects. Hwasooin comes to report that they know where Eun-soo is now. Ki Chul looks thrilled to hear this.

 

Back in Young’s room, he says to Eun-soo that they have to assume Ki Chul knows where she is now. She asks what they have to do now. Do they have to hide? Young replies unexpectedly, “Let’s go play.” Eun-soo can’t believe what Young just said so she asks him to repeat. Young does and adds, “Is there anything you want?” Eun-soo asks, “Are you saying you’re going to buy me something?” Young replies, “Do you need clothes?” She asks if he has money and he replies, “Probably a lot from the stipend I have received so far.” Eun-soo lights up and asks if she can ask for anything- like clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. Young replies yes. She wonders when they can leave and Young says right after he gives some orders to his men. Eun-soo covers her mouth in glee and Young asks if she is that happy with this. She vigorously nods yes and Young smiles to see her so happy. (Joonni: Yay! Young succeeded in making her smile like he wanted.)

While Eun-soo is gathering her change of clothing, Young walks over to her antidote cultures. He asks her if she has not given up yet on the making the antidote and staying here in Goryeo. She replies with determination, “Just wait. I will succeed.” He asks, “You can’t give up, right? On anything?” Eun-soo replies with a smile. “So get used to it.”

Gongmin is trying to focus on his work but Noguk, Lady Choi, and Do-chi are excitedly talking about something. Feeling left out, he gets there attention by tapping the scroll on his desk. Noguk walks over to him and asks if he would like to go out and draw. He wonders why outside. Noguk replies that if he goes outside, he will need bodyguards and Young will come too, and she can ask Eun-soo to come just in case of a medical emergency. When Gongmin just stares at her, Noguk stops creating excuses and just says straightforward that it’s because Eun-soo and Young don’t have much time left until their separation.

Lady Choi chimes in to say that since Gongmin has been working a lot these days, some time off would be good for him. Gongmin: “It seems the antidote couldn’t be found.” Noguk confirms. Gongmin: “Then the doctor will have to return.” Noguk: “Yes.”

 

Gongmin confesses, “I am fearful of what will happen after that. Of what will happen to daejang’s heart after that.” Lady Choi tries to reassure Gongmin by saying that since Young is a daejang, his heart won’t be shaken because of a woman. Gongmin replies, “Do you not know your nephew’s heart? To daejang, the doctor is not just any woman.” Gongmin explains that Young only looked at him properly after meeting Eun-soo. Before, Young only remembered his face as the new king that took over the old one.

Hwa-Eum enter their hiding place and Hwasooin complains. They should just go to Yuan right now. She also reports to Ki Chul that she confirmed that they don’t need to worry about Young. Ki Chul asks if Eun-soo is with him and Hwasooin replies that Eun-soo sticks right by Young’s side. She asks if they should bring her here or kill her. Ki Chul doesn’t answer. Instead, he asks Yang-gak if he sent a message to his sister in Yuan. Yang-gak confirms.

Ki Chul is impatient, though, because it will take too long for his sister to respond. He wants to go to the palace now. Eum-ja warns him against it because of all the soldiers and the Woodaclhi but Ki Chul can care less. He wants to go right to the heart of the palace. Everyone looks at him worriedly and Hwasooin asks how. Ki Chul replies, “Any way possible.”

At the medical ward, Deo-gi is putting away some supplies when she discovers a book in a drawer. She reads it and her eyebrows furrow. She rushes over to Eun-soo in Young’s room and shows her the book. But since Eun-soo can’t read Hanja or understand Deo-gi’s sign language, Deo-gi brings her over to Lady Choi.

 

Lady Choi reads the notebook. In it, there are notes are how to treat poison with poison and how Eun-soo’s poison might be treated with similar poison. Eun-soo understands this to be some kind of homeopathic treatment and asks Lady Choi what poison is similar to her poison. Lady Choi reads it and looks concerned. She closes the book and Eun-soo asks her what is wrong. Lady Choi reminds her that the poison is not an antidote and to use poison to treat another poison is dangerous. Even Jang Bin thought so too and wrote that he wouldn’t suggest this to anyone. That is why he didn’t say anything to her.

Eun-soo informs Lady Choi that this type of treatment is not completely ridiculous. There are people in her world researching it too. She went to a seminar about this once. Lady Choi warns her that it is too dangerous but Eun-soo’s priority is Young. She confesses to Lady Choi, “That person goes around without his sword. I’m scared to know what he will lay down next.” (Joonni: I’ve always wondered why Young didn’t have a sword belt. I guess it was to really emphasize that Young needs to carry the sword around in his hand, not just forget about it in his belt.)

 

In his room, Young is looking at his sword, which is hanging on the wall. He remembers what Eun-soo said to him on the night he came back from taking over the Yuan embassy. She had commented on how he just threw away his sword. Didn’t he always carry it with him like it was a part of his body? Young had replied, “I wonder if it is because it has become heavy?” He had asked her if it was possible that a sword suddenly becomes heavy like that.

Young breaks from his flashback and looks at Eun-soo’s antidote cultures again for a long time. Then he walks over to the bed and fixes Eun-soo’s blanket. Eun-soo’s paper drops to the floor and he picks it up to see that it is her calendar. He sits by her and gazes at her sleeping figure. He feels her head and then feels his own to check her temperature, just like how she did it for him before. He soothes and brushes her back and continues to look at her sleeping face.

 

Outside now, Young and Choong-suk watch the new Woodalchi recruits training. Choong-suk informs Young that the new recruits have a lot to learn and that because they picked them regardless of status, there has been some clashes among them. Young hands Choong-suk a notebook and tells him that he wrote down notes on how to train and organize the new unit that Gongmin wants to create. He wants Choong-suk to report to Gongmin. Choong-suk wonders why him and not Young himself but Young doesn’t answer the question. He just walks away.

Dol-bae sees Young leave and chases after him. He catches up and declares to Young, “It doesn’t matter.” Young asks what. Dol-bae replies, “Your hand. Even though I don’t know what’s wrong.” Young, unhappy that Dol-bae knows, asks if he told anyone else. Dol-bae replies of course not. It’s just that he saw Young drop his sword. He says, “Your hand doesn’t matter. Can’t you just continue to be our daejang? If you need a hand, I will be by your side. While it can’t compare to your sword, my spear is quite useful too. With this, I will be your hand.” (Joonni: Crap, crap, crap. With dialogue like this, you know what is going to come soon.) Young hits him on the head to demonstrate that Dol-bae can’t even block that simple attack. He says, “What are you going to protect, being like that? Just protect your head.”  Young starts to walk away when Dae-man comes rushing over to report that Ki Chul has come.

Young walks inside the palace to find Ki Chul with Hwasooin and Eum-ja standing there with the Woodalchi surrounding them. Young orders his men to arrest him. When Ki Chul walks closer to Young, Dol-bae thrusts his spear out protectively in front of Young. Young notices this and clenches his hand in worry and fear.

 

Ki Chul claims that he will go to prison on his own two feet if Young lets him see Eun-soo. He points out that this a good term for Young since Young won’t be able to take on all three of them. Young looks back at his men, concerned for their safety if a fight breaks out. He swallows hard and looks at Hwasooin, realizing that she and Ki Chul know about his hand. She smirks at him.

Deok-man enters Young’s room to report, all smiley, that Gongmin and Noguk are going outside and Noguk wants Eun-soo as her protection. Young comes and roughly pushes Deok-man out. He walks over to Eun-soo and says to her, “Say no if you don’t want to.” She asks, “To what?” He replies that Ki Chul wants to see her. Will she see him?

Down in the prison, Young asks if Eun-soo will be okay. She asks if he will be here and he replies of course. Eun-soo says, “Then I will be okay.”

Young goes to see Ki Chul first. Ki Chul is chained to the wall. He walks over Young, saying he remembers a similar situation to this that happened before but back then, they were standing on opposite sides. He says, “I should have killed you then. I regret that.”

Young tells Ki Chul that Eun-soo is here and he will only allow him to see her if he is addresses her with proper decorum. Ki Chul agrees. Eun-soo walks in and Ki Chul growls, “Do you know how much I searched for you?” Eun-soo replies that she knows and that is why Jang Bin died. Ki Chul apologizes, claiming that his pledged siblings don’t know how to control themselves.

Ki Chul says to Eun-soo, “I have a sickness of the heart. Please fix it for me, doctor.” He asks if she came from heaven and Eun-soo replies no. Ki Chul struggles to maintain his anger as he asks, “Where did you come from then?” Eun-soo replies, “From tomorrow’s world.” She explains she came from a world that will happen in over 600 years from. Ki Chul asks if his illness can be healed there. Eun-soo wants to know what is wrong with him.

Ki Chul explains to Eun-soo that he has possessed everything that he has every wanted- from delicious food to beautiful and precious things. “But I have always been hungry. Because I was hungry I have changed kings and taken out people’s eyes. But my heart is hungry so my body is becoming ill too. If I go to that world, can it be treated?”

 

Eun-soo says if it is that kind of disease, it will be hard. In her world, there are a lot of people like him because they become more hungry the more they have. Ki Chul thinks Eun-soo is lying. Didn’t she say there are carriages that fly in the sky in her world? Eun-soo confirms so Ki Chul rants. How can people who live in that kind of world and have those kind of things be hungry?

As suggested, Gongmin and Noguk go outside, escorted by Lady Choi, Do-chi, and the Woodalchi. Noguk sits in front of Gongmin so he can draw her. (Joonni: Guh! Our Noguk is so gorgeous and radiant.)

In another part of the palace courtyards, Young and Eun-soo are walking together. Young tries to hold Eun-soo’s hand but Eun-soo keeps pulling back. Finally she allows him to hold her hand and soon after, he notices how warm it is. Young feels her forehead and asks if the fever has started. She replies yes and adds that it started in the morning. Young worries because the fever has started already. Once the fever starts, there are only seven days until death but Eun-soo still has ten days left till the door to heaven opens.

 

Eun-soo tries to stop Young’s panic. She tells him it’s still a slight fever so before it gets worse, there is something she wants to try. He asks anxiously, “Is there something you can try?” Eun-soo tells him she is going to try later in the evening and she needs help with it. Young once again wants to confirm with her that there is definitely something she can do. Eun-soo nods yes and but until then, she wants him to put her heart at ease. Eun-soo says, “Your heart needs to be at ease in order for my heart to be at ease too.” Young asks what else and Eun-soo replies that it is all she needs. Young embraces her, holding tightly onto this woman who both amazes him and breaks his heart at the same time.

 

Young and Eun-soo are walking around in the palace courtyard when they see Noguk and Gongmin. Eun-soo stops Young to look lovingly at the royal couple- her friends. While Noguk shows Eun-soo Gongmin’s drawing of her, Young and Gongmin have a conversation of their own a bit ways off. Gongmin asks Young about Ki Chul and Young reports that Ki Chul is sick. Gongmin remembers what Ki Chul said to him before about the hole in his heart.

Young says to Gongmin, “Your majesty, I don’t want to think about him right now. It’s because my heart needs to be at ease right now. That’s what that person asked me so please give me permission.” Gongmin understands and agrees to stop talking about Ki Chul. Young and Gongmin turn to watch their ladies.

 

Noguk sees Young looking over and she says to Eun-soo, “He keeps looking at you.” Eun-soo sees this too and smiles. Noguk asks Eun-soo, “You love (sarang) him, right?” Eun-soo replies yes. Noguk asks if Eun-soo taught Young that word, “sarang,” and it’s meaning. Eun-soo replies no since Young doesn’t like to learn words from heaven. Eun-soo asks Noguk, Lady Choi, and Do-chi to go stand next to Gongmin and Young so she can see them all together and remember them like that.

Noguk, Lady Choi, and Do-chi join Young and Gongmin, and Eun-soo gazes upon them, etching into her heart their faces one by one. She sees Young and notices that he isn’t smiling like everyone else so she gestures for him to smile and he does…warmly, gently.

 

Down in the prison, Ki Chul is talking to Eum-ja, who can hear him using his power. He tells him that tomorrow there will be his trial with the king at the royal court. During that time, he wants Hwasooin and Eum-ja to find Hwata’s relics and come find him after. “I will be with the king.”

At the medical ward, Deo-gi is preparing something while Eun-soo waits. Deok-man comes in with the poison that Eun-soo is going to use with Lady Choi’s warning that even a small amount of this poison can kill. Eun-soo replies that she knows so she will be diluting the poison a thousand times.

Young enters his room looking for Eun-soo but she isn’t there. He asks Dae-man where she is and he tells him that Eun-soo is in the medical ward. Young rushes out.

At the medical ward, Eun-soo prepares the poison. Lady Choi comes in, still warning Eun-soo against trying this method of treating poison with poison. Eun-soo starts to explain that she can tell her about how this method works but Young walks in, having heard what Lady Choi just said. He demands to know what this talk of poison is about and Eun-soo answers that this is what she meant by trying something tonight and needing his help. She asks him, “You’ll be by my side to help, right?”

Back in their room, Young paces, unhappy with this new solution. He asks her what the chances of success are and Eun-soo replies that she doesn’t know since she is the first test subject. When Young reacts in anger, Eun-soo quickly adds, “But I can say this. If I just sit still without trying anything and the fever gets worse, it is the end.”

Young pulls out Eun-soo’s calendar and asks if this the record of how many days are left until the door to heaven opens. Eun-soo confirms. (Joonni: Eight days!) Young says, “Thinking that there are still these many days left, I’ve been wondering what I could do more for you. But if something goes wrong tonight, there won’t be anything left for me to do.”

Eun-soo unwraps her arm bandage to emphasize there is no time to lose. Young can’t bear to look and he turns away. He asks, without looking at her, how she can look so normal in this kind of situation. Eun-soo asks if she should be crying then, thinking this could be the last. Eun-soo declares to reassure Young, “I believe it will turn out well. It will turn out well. I will live.” To reassure herself, she adds, “I will live and be able to stay next to this person. So it is okay.” Young finally turns to look at Eun-soo and she smiles at him bravely with tears in her eyes.

On Deo-gi’s way into Young’s room, Choong-suk stops her to ask if Eun-soo is okay. She tries to sign to him but he doesn’t understand so he just orders Dae-man to quickly open the door. (Joonni: It’s so sweet to see all the Woodalchi so worried about Eun-soo.)

Deo-gi has brought a fever reducer medicine for Eun-soo. Eun-soo instructs Lady Choi that if the treatment starts to work, a fever will occur and she might lose consciousness. But she should be left alone since it means her body is fighting. The fever reducer should only be used if daybreaks but the fever still hasn’t gone down. Young, who has been listening to all this with his head down, finally raises his head to declare that he will do it. He will stay by Eun-soo’s side and take care of her instead of Lady Choi.

 

Alone together, Eun-soo pours the diluted poison into a bowl. Before she can pick it up, Young grabs her hand in one final attempt to stop her. Eun-goo gently holds Young’s hand to reassure him and he lets go. She drinks the poison and Young cups her face, his eyes filled with concern. He holds both of her hands with his own and they sit facing each other, wordless in this dark and terrifying hour.

Young remembers back on all his moments with Eun-soo as he gently brushes her hair- how she cupped his face to feel his fever; how he reached out for her hair; how he traced her shadow on the screen door; how she smiled happily when he promised her food; and how energetic and bright she used to be. Eun-soo starts to have a hard time as the poison takes over her body and Young hugs her tightly.

 

It is morning and Lady Choi comes over to check. He tells her that the fever hasn’t gone done even thought it’s the morning. (Joonni: Hmm, no mention of the medicine that Deo-gi brought. I’m assuming he used it already and her fever still hasn’t gone down.) Lady Choi tries to take the wet cloth from Young so she can take care of Eun-soo now but Young refuses to let go. Lady Choi suggests that Young rest. He replies that Eun-soo hasn’t rest. She has been fighting all night long, without giving up. Lady Choi replies that she knows- Eun-soo is definitely someone who won’t give up.

Lady Choi takes the cloth from Young and tells him that since they don’t know how much longer she has to fight, he should go gather his strength. Young gets up and he notices the aspirin bottle that Eun-soo gave him and remembers what she said to him about it helping to reduce fever. Young takes one out and chews on it. He feeds the crushed aspirin into Eun-soo’s mouth.

 

The Woodalchi comes to escort Ki Chul to the questioning. They are highly guarded and Ki Chul is amused to see them react so strongly in fear. Eum-ja, in his own cell, signals to traitorous soldiers in the prison and they help him and Hwasooin escape.

Gongmin starts the questioning but Ki Chul interrupts to say he has one request. He starts to pull something from his sleeve and Choong-suk tries to stop him. Unfortunately, Ki Chul takes out the medicine that Yang-gak gave him and eats it. He pushes Choong-suk away and breaks apart from his chains using his newly strengthened power.

 

Young is still looking after Eun-soo when he hears the Woodalchi warning whistle. Dae-man rushes into to report that Ki Chul has taken Gongmin hostage. Lady Choi tells Young to go and reassures that she will take care of Eun-soo. Young doesn’t immediately leave, however, as he feel Eun-soo’s forehead again and gazes into her face. He leaves the room with Dae-man and Lady Choi realizes that Young has left without his sword. It is still hanging on the wall.

Hwasoonin and Eum-ja find Hwata’s relics in the palace.

The Woodalchi attack Ki Chul who is trying to get closer to Gongmin. He fights back, killing them. Gongmin tries to leave but Ki Chul stops him. Gongmin asks if he has gone crazy. Ki Chul replies that it’s nothing. He only came to find what is his. He wants only Gongmin to remain behind and have all the others leave because they are getting on his nerves. Deok-man tries to attack Ki Chul but fails.

Lady Choi gets up briefly from watching Eun-soo. When she is not looking, Eun-soo’s hand starts to move.

 

Young enters the royal court and sees his men dead on the floor. Gongmin declares to Young that Ki Chul has gone crazy beyond any help. Young asks calmly what Ki Chul is up to and Ki Chul replies that he came for Eun-soo. Young’s hand starts to tremble and Dol-bae notices. Young sees Dol-bae start to ready his spear and knows what he is planning to do. He whispers, “Don’t do that,” but Dol-bae calls Ki Chul’s attention and attacks. Young screams out “Don’t do that,” as Ki Chul escapes Dol-bae’s attack and grabs his neck and freezes him. (Joonni: Crap, crap, crap, crap, crap, crap. Please no. Please no. Please no.)

Young kicks up a sword lying nearby and swings at Ki Chul but Ki Chul knocks it away. Young stands in shock to have been so easily disarmed.

Back in Young’s room, Eun-soo wakes up.

Softy’s comments:

Just standing together they look like a couple in love. Their adoration and lingering glances at each other betray their emotions so openly now it sort of hurts to stare. This episode delivered more than we asked, but held onto a few more secrets. Time is running out in the story just as in real life. Where we stand tm is going to be something to look forward to as we sit on the edges of our seats waiting with bated breath.

I know some might think this last ditch effort on ES’s part to take the poison to fight the other one in her system as folly, but I see it as bravery. she had the guts to try something at least and not just sit around feeling sorry for herself. I can’t even begin to rationalize how Young’s aspirin might have helped her symptoms except to reduce her fever like some people said, but hey when you have any excuse for another kiss on a penultimate episode, you dont question the “why’s” and just run with it. I loved Dol Bae’s speech to Young about offering his hand to be Young’s. That’s why I cried again at the end when he got killed. Pretty sure he died cuz if your neck is frozen like that, how do you recover from it.

on a lighter note – so it turns out choong suk isnt the only one – none of them know the concept of knocking. now I feel bad for mentally yelling at choong last time. I wrote “learn to knock buddy so you dont interrupt again during smooch times cuz there arent enough – thanks to you we are one short this week.” It’s too late now though cuz this actor will forever be known as the character who stopped another kiss in my book.

3:41 am: I just texted Joonni that I felt like this episode wasn’t long enough cuz if you subtract all the flashback scenes and extended credit at the end, they sort of shortchanged us time wise. That is like the first negative thing I ever said so far in this series. I also told her I would still be able to find the silver lining in this episode and it was pretty easy to come up with. Throughout this whole time, I have never spoken out about any complaints or problems I have with it simply cuz I didn’t notice and I didn’t have any worth mentioning. My major complaint would be an hour is not long enough per episode. People think it’s cuz I am trying to live up to my name or something, but truth be told, this drama just could do no wrong in my eyes from the start. If I can re-watch episodes of my own volition after all those hours of translation you can bet your money I am head over heels in love. My way of paying back to this drama for all those hours of entertainment is showing deference and be that voice of minority that sings its praises. Seriously you would be hard pressed to find another drama that sparks so many debates about the ending and have so many questions arise after each episode. Sorting through all the questions and answers so far has been a great part of the fun so at this point, pretty much unless a Fashion King like craziness erupts for the finale, this drama is going to stay a favorite of mine.

Written before it aired: I think my mindset as a viewer is too simple and straightforward. Just entertain with your story, sharp dialogue, and great characters and I am a happy camper. If you throw in great cinematography, editing, and directing those are just added bonuses. I probably won’t even notice anything except for the camera work since I love taking screenshots.  It takes a lot of drama watching experience and a trained eye to spot any inconsistencies in editing or directing and I am still a newbie at heart cuz for some odd reason none of those things matter when I fall in love with a drama from the first episode. To this day, I can tell you exactly which scene made me fall madly in love with each of my favorite dramas. In Faith, it was that line on episode one when Young asked Gongmin to give him the order to go in through the portal to heaven. Just from the look on his face, you could tell Gongmin doesn’t want to make Young do this so Young had to force his hand and ask him to give the order – sort of like it was Young’s way of making Gongmin “man up.” Any guy who would follow an order like that I was more than willing to watch. Then on his way back to the portal, Young had to carry Eun Soo over his shoulders so he actually took the time to be polite and say “excuse me” and then carry her off. They say chivalry is dead, but not on this drama it seems. I adore dramas when they have originality from start to finish cuz I am sick to death of dramas that have the same plot and predicable characters. No matter what you say about Faith, at least it’s not guilty of that. A few weeks ago I started writing an intro that seemed more like a farewell so I wanted to save what I had written for the finale post, but I want to say it now before E23 airs. If a drama doesn’t air a finale you hoped for, you shouldn’t write it off as a total failure, loss, or waste of time. What you got out of it up to the episode you loved is worth more than a flop of a drama you saw in the past. That’s why after each episode airs, I think to myself if this drama ended now, I would still be satisfied by this viewing experience. It gave me more laughter, enjoyment, and melancholy to make all this worthwhile. Not many dramas have the distinction of falling into this category, but Faith did from day one and nothing has ever changed my feelings for it. If anything, I still firmly believe this show has what it takes to end strong and not let its audience down. In my book, this drama warrants that last leap of faith and earned it with every great episode it has given us so far.

Believe it or not it started off as one screencap, but then his face was just too darn photogenic to stop. Joonni knows how to be unbiased, but I seem to be missing that objectivity gene. One day LMH is going to look back on his career and go “I got really lucky with BOF, then I did pretty well on City Hunter, but when it comes to Faith, I knocked it out of the park.” This is going to be one of his career highs that he can look back on with pride – forget the ratings cuz the fervor of his online fans more than compensates for it.

You would think after all the great dramas I recapped that I would be used to saying goodbye to the ones I loved, but you would be wrong. It just gets harder and never easier. Letting go of something that brought you so much joy isn’t easy for most people and kdramas that stick with you just stays with you. If you don’t believe me you should check out the soompi threads for dramas that ended months ago cuz they are still more active than the ones currently airing. I’m hoping for the same outcome for the Faith thread. That’s just what happens when you love a show so much you find it difficult to walk away.

With everything that has already been said or speculated about the final two episodes, I just wanted to reflect back on some of my favorite scenes so I made these collages. As I put them together, I realized there were some I never commented on at the time or discovered something new to say about them now. In that scene where Young came back from the brink of death, I would like to think he hung on for her. He knew she couldn’t live with his death on her hands so he came back for her and to keep her alive. Not just to protect her or keep his promise, but to somehow make it up to her for allowing her to stab him in the first place. After Eun Soo and the woodalchi were injured by the flute, Young walked over and wiped the blood off her ears. I thought at first he was just being considerate wiping off the blood, but now I realize it could have been for another reason. He belongs in this world and knows how things have to be, but she is not from around here and he just didn’t like the sight of blood on her. It’s one thing to get his hands bloody to keep the king or Eun Soo alive, but it’s a whole other story to ask her to get used to this way of life. He wants to keep her intact the way he found her so he can take her back to her world where she doesn’t have to live like this – a place where you don’t get used to bloodshed. What he never counted on as we recently saw was that for his sake – just to be with him, she was willing to adjust to living in this world. Another scene that stayed with me was when he asked if she had lost her ability to smile. It was heart breaking to hear the way he asked that – sort of like he didn’t have the right to ask after all that he put her through, but he still felt compelled to do so out of care and concern. I put their first hug and their most recent one to compare. It sort of felt like the first time he hugged her – it was uncertain and unfamiliar – as if it had been a very long time since he has done this and sort of forgot how. But now he has done it so often that when he clings, it’s with more purpose and determination to hold fast. The awkwardness is gone and replaced with comfort and security. Pretty sure a hug from her would reassure him now more than any words could convey. As for that scene we saw in her flashback where she held an unconscious Young in her arms and kissed his forehead, I am still hoping by preventing him from falling into that trap, she precluded that from happening at all.

I haven’t been part of the speculation about the ending till now. From what I have seen so far and the bread crumbs that have been dropped along the way, I can tell which direction the writer is going, but I sort of dreaded it. I sort of feel like whatever kind of ending we get, we might have issues with it if it doesn’t make perfect sense. Only problem with that is this has been a fantasy drama from the onset so looking for clear cut answers now would be asking the show to break character. Something I am not willing to ask since I love what they gave us so far.

Joonni’s comments:

Ah, our penultimate episode. In contrast to the anxiety I felt before I went to sleep last night, I feel very calm right now because I think the series will end happily. Ki Chul has slowly been losing his effectiveness as a villain for me so I considered Eun-soo’s poisoning to be the biggest obstacle to Young and Eun-soo’s happiness. With Eun-soo healed now (or at least as I can surmise from the final scene), Young and Eun-soo have a high chance at happiness and I am thrilled.

I guess this is the last we will hear of Deok Heung, Son Yoo, and his henchmen. While I am so glad I don’t have to see his smug little face again, I’m disappointed that Deok Heung didn’t get what he deserved- a real beat-down from Young and Eun-soo. I guess the writer couldn’t kill him off because she has to maintain some historical accuracy but man, did I wish for it. As for Son Yoo’s exit, I am a little concerned because I thought he would play some part in explaining Eun-soo’s time-travel. At first I thought the only thing he knew was about his great-great-grandfather’s journal but then he also had the pocket-watch. I would have brushed it off as Son Yoo simply carrying it around as a relic from his ancestor but then Son Yoo seemed to be able to read the watch. So with Son Yoo’s exit from the story, I fear that we will be left with a lot of unanswered questions about the whole time-traveling arc, especially with only one episode left.

Both the writing and directing were in a incredible rush today so we got an episode that went by even faster than the last and I didn’t think that it could be possible. We had the same problem today that has plagued this drama since the beginning- the rapid and awkwardly paced cuts. It also seems the director didn’t have enough time to coach his actors to not overact when they are giving reactions to a serious scene because I found myself laughing a bit instead of feeling their fear. I’m also seeing Writer Song take some shortcuts in explaining Eun-soo’s story, which makes me once again worry about how she is going to answer all the questions. For example, when Eun-soo says to Young that she might end up wandering a strange world because she wouldn’t be able to endure being alone once she goes back, we get the hint that Eun-soo has figured out the time-traveling mystery somewhat. But we are still left to wonder if Eun-soo knows just as much as us or if she knows more because we don’t get a sense of Eun-soo’s uncertainty or curiousity in figuring out this mystery. I mean, doesn’t she want to know what the heck is going on? How come we never see how try to work this thing out in her head? This is such a strange and curious aspect of Eun-soo’s story. Why isn’t the writer telling us more?

While I find the solution to Eun-soo’s poison a little too simple and awkwardly executed in terms of writing after all the drama that was built around it, I still love how the solution lay in Eun-soo’s courage and agency. What I mean by better execution in writing is perhaps Writer Song should have given Eun-soo more knowledge about how this homeopathic treatment works or given a chance for Eun-soo to convince the viewers too that she isn’t just foolishly risking it all because I know many viewers might think that. This is what I meant when I wrote in the other post about the flaws in this drama. Writer Song leaves too many holes open for people to get fully on board with the dramatic tension of people’s action, especially when it comes to a matter of life or death. To get back to the point of why I still love this solution, it is because Eun-soo wasn’t the damsel in distress who needed the hero to save her. She stayed true to her character and held onto that last hope to survive. It’s really refreshing to see such a gusty woman. I love how the answer to her problems ultimately lies in her choice and not in anyone else.

It’s interesting to think that both Young and Ki Chul’s disorder have something to do with the heart, rather than an physical problem. Ki Chul’s illness seems to arise from the fact that he has so much, yet still wants more. His greed and inability to be satisfied makes him constantly hunger for more, despite all the power and riches he has. Young, on the other hand, has lived a life of sacrifice and duty for others without expecting anything in return. He didn’t even keep track of the stipend the country was paying him for his service. His heart and body is not weighed down by greed but the weight of death and fear of losing Eun-soo- by things that have real consequence to a life of fulfillment and happiness.

Oh dear, now being reminded that tomorrow is going to be the last episode, ever, my shoulders are all tense again and my eyes are teary. Breathe, Joonni, breathe.

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  1. Faither #

    I’m so sorry but it is too painful for me to write and my eyes are still very swollen from crying my brains out… I will be back after I mentally and emotionally gain my stability.

    Thanks a lot Joonni and Softie for the amazing quick recap.
    Now back to rewatch episode 23…

    October 29, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      *hugs*

      October 29, 2012
    • Pam #

      *Hugs to Faither*

      Sunshine, I emailed you back…sorry..too busy fangirling at work.

      October 29, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        Pam, no worries! WE are Faith Fan Girling…everything else has to wait!!!!!:)

        October 29, 2012
    • **hugs to Faither***

      @Pam..we TOTALLY understand, gutterbud. I’m LMH/Faith fangirl at home, work and in the car..LOL

      October 29, 2012
      • oh and ‘voting’ in meetings. HA!

        October 29, 2012
  2. So I can’t wait ’till subs are out in dramacrazy, i watched it with anxiety, enthusiasm and can even hardly breath. I just don’t know the feeling. I don’t understand a single word but good thing jooni’s recap here is so much enough for now.

    I so love every scene especially the outing just love it, go imja couple fighting!! But oh, my heart skip a bit when Dol bae my loves (oops i hope no one will hunt me here 🙂 ) got hurt. Please don’t let him die, pretty please… every time i see him (6pack abs-big grin) it’s like i need an extra rice on my plate. rawr….

    I really hope that this one should turn out to be a happy ending. Hoping that this time Eun Soo will be able to be with Choi Young ’till the end, something she didn’t fulfill before, something that would make her complete and would not be wandering her life wondering if only and what if.

    Faith is truly my stress reliever.

    Thank sooo much guys for the effort of recapping it. 🙂

    October 29, 2012
  3. Sussie #

    I´m back!! Finally I´m able to write down and exchange thoughts with my pledged sisters… I was dying to do so, right after I finish watching the live stream!!! (but I couldn ´t until now because my boss… aishhh… how come that of all mornings… he came out with a meeting all of a sudden… that lasted all MORNING, really??!!… aishhh)

    After watching the ep live airing, I had to hurry to my work. Truly speaking, I was going to explode soon if I continued holding back my emotions and thoughts!!! hahaha

    First of all… I have to say that I have not regained all of my composure after that “kisspirine”… so sweet!!! (*swooning**sighing**giggling* all over again! LOL). I wasn´t expecting that to happen… I nearly fell off my bed when I saw that!! awwwww so sweeetttt!!! @ my gutterbuddies, now I´m pretty sure that they already did “it”, our daejang isn´t timid anymore! (at all!). Doing that in front of his aunt… we must remember that they are living in Goryeo… when all was excessively decorous. And when he was combing her hair… awwww, like a married couple… so intimate… ok! ok! I need to calm down… *remember you are at the office**people are looking at you**If you continue giggling… they will suspect that you are not working since you have that silly smile on your face* LOL I want a kisspirine too!! That will be the best medicine to recover soon from any illness!!! Daejang, I´m having a little headache right now… may I have some kisspirine, please, pretty please???

    Ok then, back to Faith´s finale, I´m having a good feeling after this ep… I believe that we will have our happy ending (imprinting memories, taking mental pictures, painful smiles, all that…, I believed that writer Song want to confound us making us expect a bittersweet ending). I also dare to say that KC will kidnap ES then force her to go at the “heaven door” place but CY and woo dal chi will follow them and bring her back just in time. I´m still thinking about the third relic… (since she seems to be ok now… I don´t think it´s a recipe anymore… so, what could be?? a letter saying how to travel back to Goryeo in case KC force her to go through the portal… ¿?)

    I was so shocked with DB act of heroism… T_T I don´t think he survived that attack T_T T_T T_T *sobbing**sobbing* But I believe that this fact will be crucial to CY. It may help him regain his forces and fight back with all his strength against KC, firelady and fluteboy.

    Hugs to my pledged sisters!! AJA! AJA!

    October 29, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      That is the sign of a loyal friend, to completely be willing to lay down his life for Young. We love you Dol Bae. I’m still inclined to think that Young is going to die, so she will either have to re-travel to fix it, or the third item will bring Young back. How big are those defibrulators? Could it be she’ll use that to shock him back into existence and that is why we need a two hour episode???

      October 29, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        OOOOO, and hugs to you too. 🙂

        October 29, 2012
      • Sussie #

        Wait a second! whattt!!?? EP24 will be a two hours episode??? really?? (my heart is pounding so fast after reading this!) really Sunshine? we will have one more hour? yay! Do they officially announced that?

        (sorry, I haven´t read all comments, so I don´t know if someone already post a link about this)

        October 29, 2012
        • Sunshine #

          This was ghe rumor in the forum.. But I don’t know if they are just going to inundate us with prior images leading uo to the finale, if it will be about making the dramaand BTS footage, or if it actually a bonus ep. Fingers crossed for bonus ep, cause you know we’ve watched the BTS a handful of times cause we are dedicated like that.* Cough cough*obsessed….

          October 29, 2012
          • Sunshine #

            Sorrry, typed that too fast…am too hyped today. *promises to slow down and spell check*

            October 29, 2012
          • Sussie #

            BONUS! BONUS! BONUS! *fingers crossed*

            I hope it isn’t just a rumor,… Bc one hour seem to be so short for all that it’s coming next (or best saying… For all that they should be showing on ep24 in order to explain it all well)

            October 29, 2012
            • Amy #

              Yes, I agree one hour would hardly be enough to explain all the unexplained and present the ending in an understandable way, plus we need at least one hour of happy scenes of Daejang and High Doctor!!!

              October 29, 2012
        • It won’t… tomorrow they will air ep.23 again at the usual Faith time. And after it, ep.24. I wish it was a double episode >.<

          October 29, 2012
      • izabellore #

        omg i am gonna die of laughts ….you are rally funny …how big are those defibrulators????? ..daebak ..i loved your comm.

        October 29, 2012
  4. i need to sleep, so i can hv enough stamina to smash something.hard. if the ending will going to be bad bad bad. Huks…
    going off now, with this big hole and wondering question about the ending.
    might b dreaming about aspirin kisses if im lucky

    October 29, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      I wonder if our daejang, Joonni, and Softy conked out and went to sleep, or if they are all worked up like we are. :). Happy kisspirin dreaming to you.

      October 29, 2012
      • We were both worked up just like the rest of you guys, but Joonni was more mellow cuz I think she was on some caffeine or sugar high since she got very little sleep by waking up at 3am her time. She got her second wind by the time I was ready to hit the sacks around 6am my time. It’s after 3pm here in Seoul now so she had better be sleeping or else she is gonna be so dead tired tonight. It’s one thing for me to stay up all night till daybreak on recap nights cuz I am a late night person, but a totally different story for her cuz she has to wake up at the crack of dawn over there. Not sure if I could ever do that two nights in a row cuz I value sleep too much. I even slept like ten hours Sunday night to be well rested for Mon night. After the finale tonight and staying up till 6am again, I will probably go to bed early at 8pm Wed night when I get home from work and break some kind of sleeping/hibernating record. 🙂
        We were so busy chatting (texting) about the recap that we didn’t get to discuss the episode much. So the first thing I did this morning was to read her comments. 🙂

        October 29, 2012
        • Sunshine #

          This made me chuckle to think of you like the daejang putting great value on your sleep, and sleeping away for days after the finale. Don’t anyone try to disturb Softy while she’s sleeping,or she’ll use her ninja 6th sense reflex to throw a keyboard , and whack you in the head while she is happy dreaming away in Faith sleepyland. ROFL. I wouldn’t blame you though considering you went to sleep at 6am all in the name of this drama!

          Now we know Joonni mellows out when she has lots of sugar and caffeine. Maybe we should all send you two care packages during finales with Red Bull drinks or 5 hour energy drinks. And chocolate. Lots of chocolate. 🙂

          October 31, 2012
  5. What’s this? I never complained reading your thoughts, the both of you- joonni and softy. word per word, up to the last drop thank you for sharing your thoughts. i thought im good enough in english, and in expressing my own thoughts, how i feel and how i see things…im learning from you, people great job!

    October 29, 2012
  6. lidy #

    man oh man, how is tomorrow episode going to end?

    and the woodalchi puppies should all break out into song:

    daejang & high doctor, sitting in the tree
    k-I-S-S-I-N-G
    first comes love,
    then comes marriage,
    than comes daejang w a baby carriage!

    (would love to see that though)

    October 29, 2012
    • Amy #

      hahaha! Love that last line about daejang pushing a baby carriage with one hand and holding the sword in the other – would suit him marvellously 🙂

      October 29, 2012
  7. Mayra #

    Having my break at work right now…watching the episode again almost fully subtitled … I feel the tears wanting to come out of my eyes and trying to hold them so that the girl siting next to my desk won’t think I’m crazy… T.T

    October 29, 2012
    • Pam #

      LOL! Mayra, you should know better than to watch Faith outside of your house…just tell your coworker it’s fall allergies! Ha-ha!

      October 29, 2012
      • Mayra #

        hahaha I know Pam, I should know better than that by now but I can’t wait till getting home …sorry it’s just not an option hahaha

        October 29, 2012
        • Pam #

          I know what you mean, I watch the live airing at work too. But somehow I was able to contain my tears…it’s a dam waiting to burst later tho when I’m at home watching it fully subbed. *Hugs*

          October 29, 2012
  8. Kae Ina #

    I want to express my appreciation to Joonie for making a recap for each episode, I am an avid Korean drama fan and an avid Lee Min Hoo fan, I love all the drama of Lee Min Ho, I don’t understand Korean language, but I am always looking forward every monday morning seeing a new episode of faith before going to work and read the recap you’ve made here while at work, I introduce Korean drama to all my Filipino friends here in Canada and they’re watching it since then. Thank you very much for all the efforts Joonie. Hope they will give us a beautiful ending for this drama it’s kind of fantasy anyway just to make us happy LOL. Hope you will do the same in all Lee Min Ho’s upcoming drama Joonie. More power.

    October 29, 2012
  9. JulianeLee #

    I hadn’t read the recap yet and I missed tonight’s live. I prepared myself by reading the comments first. I’m off to watch the raw now and then read the recap. Will pour my thoughts after. I’m sensing a lot of crying, bawling, swooning and squealing, later guys. 🙂

    October 29, 2012
  10. Sunshine #

    Softy, “pretty much unless a Fashion King like craziness erupts for the finale, this drama is going to stay a favorite of mine.” My thought exactly. Anything but Fashion King. *shudders*

    Also, your 6th sense/drama whisperer-ness is at it again. 🙂 This was a truly defining role for LMH. Even if the ratings weren’t fantastic, I think he will look back on it fondly, and know that it was a huge turning point for his career. *hugs and big thanks for staying awake to recap, and articulate and process what was happening.*

    October 29, 2012
    • You can just tell how much LMH enjoyed playing choi young from those BTS scenes cuz every time he is doing a drama he loves, he has this smirk on his face in between takes like a kid who is having the time of his life. on this set, his aegyo just extends to everyone. Recently when he was filming that fight scene where he drops his sword, he spoke in banmal to the director or camera director to just do a close up shot of his hands trembling cuz they had to keep doing retakes cuz his face and body would tremble just to get his hands to shake the right way. They pointed out his face was shaking too so LMH laughed and said it wouldn’t work to do a full shot – just do the close up of the hand. He sounded professional like he knows what won’t work and wanted to save everyone time. For an actor his age, it’s very surprising to hear him speak banmal to the cast and crew so much – there is even a photo of him hugging the director. I don’t think LSG ever did that on any drama set. Only set LSG would speak banmal maybe would have been on 1n2d cuz he has been with them the longest, but he still spoke jondae most of the time and he is the same age as LMH. I think that is why LMH got along with KHS so well from the start – they have a relaxed approach to working on set – no stiffness and no formalities.

      October 29, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        Thanks for sharing that. He does have aegyo! (and I just learned something new…I didn’t realize that term could be applied to guys cute/adorable factor….thought it was just for females) I love that he takes his acting professionalism to a new level, but is still approachable(and likeable, very, very likeable!!) from filming himself to advising how a scene should be shot. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him directing in the future.

        October 31, 2012
  11. Kristen #

    Thank you so much joonni and softy. Oh my tomorrow is last episode. Waaaaah. Mix emotions and cannot be explain.

    October 29, 2012
  12. Pam #

    Softy, I wish we had 24 more episodes of Faith but KHS’s husband might just kill us fan girls for wanting so badly to see more skinship between LMH and KHS! LOL! I love Faith so much too…my heart is aching and I’m about to go home and watch the subbed episode and cry to my heart’s content. Faith has become my #1 kdrama and I will watch it multiple times and probably fall in love deeper each time. Thanks for the love, passion and dedication you (and Joonni) have given to Faith and your fans here. *Hugs and Sobs*

    October 29, 2012
    • I secretly think KHS smiles and laughs so much on set cuz she gets to have her cake and eat it too – during the day she gets to do various smooches or flirt with LMH on set and at night she goes home to her good looking husband and adorable daughter. What woman wouldn’t be smiling non stop? she totally looks like a cat who swallowed the canary, but trying to keep it a secret. Either that or she really loved coming back to work after such a long hiatus – who can blame her. I would come out of retirement for LMH in a heartbeat too. 🙂

      October 29, 2012
      • Softy, loved your comments about KHS status. This made me LOL so hard ” What woman wouldn’t be smiling non stop? she totally looks like a cat who swallowed the canary, but trying to keep it a secret”. Actor’s/Actress do have a certain drive of perfectionist and decorum. But the writer’s still have to maintain the story line. Her certain quality’s in this drama has excel..that I commend her.

        October 30, 2012
  13. izabellore #

    Thank you very much for your hard work, this is just crazy what you are doing for us..watching evry ep and then recap everything on paper(computer..etc) its really crazy…..this is a big big effort of you.THANK YOU VERY MUCH! I think this drama is the best of 2012 not especialy for my future husband LMH beeing there .:))) but because the whole plot is interesting and real history …the real special thing is the big LOVE between the and the way they make us guess the ending …that is daebak..really i have never been so crazy thinking about an ending like for this drama…and belive me i saw a lot of k dramas…stil this is the best. You know what else i loved in this drama ? ..all the respekt they show between them , even deol be when he is talking to Young about his hand….and after that when he dies for him..that is respekt and friendship. We have a lot to learn from this drama …love , respekt, friendship and of course the bad things too they are part of our lifes even if we don’t want them. I look forwrd for a happy ending really . On wednesday is my birthday so i really want to be happy on my special day ..i really hope for happy moments. Thak you once again! Greetings from Romania! :))

    October 29, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      Awww, happy birthday in advance!!! (since things will be crazy around here after the finale, and I might forget.)

      Xoxox

      This drama really had a lot of touching moments, and it is so nice when we can walk away from a drama, when it is over, and feel changed for the better because of it,. Fingers crossed for a happy ending for our Imja couple!
      🙂
      P.s. Targu Mares is on our travel list if places we want to visit. 🙂

      October 29, 2012
      • izabellore #

        Thank you very much for your greetings! I am from Cluj Napoca so maybe you can stop here too. 🙂 do you have a private e-mail or somthing we can talk in private? (of course if you want) Thaks! 🙂

        October 29, 2012
        • Sunshine #

          Yes, Of course! I’ll have to look that up on google map to see where that is. 🙂
          It really is a lotof fun to meet people from all over isn’t it?
          Oh, and yes of course!!! It is vanilla paloma @yahoo.com (squish it all together…heard it keeps the spam bots at bay

          October 29, 2012
          • izabellore #

            ok, i have to sleep for now but for sure will write you in the morning! Thanks:)

            October 29, 2012
          • By any chance, are you flying to Bucharest first or Tg. Mures? Anyway, I’ll email you if you don’t mind, ok? Would love to have a crazy little meeting with some of the pledge sisters 🙂

            October 29, 2012
    • Sussie #

      Happy B-day in advance!! *throwing confetti* Hope you´ll receive the best present ever (lot of kisses and happy moments for our OTP on EP24 :))

      October 29, 2012
      • izabellore #

        thank you very much! i hope that tooooo :))

        October 29, 2012
    • Happy Birthday in advance, Miha!
      Glad to see a fellow compatriot enjoying so much and appreciating the Faith journey. I also hope for a happy ending, although I keep telling myself: have some faith in the writer, it’s going to be ok, no matter the outcome.

      October 29, 2012
  14. Thank you very much for the recap!
    Now I’m on my way to watch the episode, since viki already subbed it.

    I’ll leave a small token of “Faith” here. The last scene tomorrow in my imagination will be Eun Soo calling Young as “Daejang!”
    And Young smiling and saying “Say that again.”
    And this time there won’t be a Choong Suk stopping them.
    *kiss*
    *fade out*
    /Misty happy.

    October 29, 2012
    • jhen #

      awtsss!!! i like that misty! 🙂

      October 29, 2012
  15. JulianeLee #

    I’ve watched it finally! And I’m about to sleep. I have a confession to make. (calling the gutter buddies out there) lol. I cannot think right now. When I wake up, I’ll make the confession. Clue: a pervy thought :))

    October 29, 2012
    • Sussie #

      Please share it!!

      October 29, 2012
      • Sussie #

        Take it as your introduction to gutter club hahaha LOL

        October 29, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      Hey Juliane! I know you are headed to bed, but just wanted to check in and see if you had recorded anything yet? Just trying to figure out if you had, or if you decided not to serenade the forum with your beautiful voice. 🙂 

      October 29, 2012
      • Sussie #

        btw, when are you going to release your amazing song? i´m looking fwd to listening to your song!!

        October 29, 2012
        • Sunshine #

          Nutella had midterms and has been swamped with studies, and so far Pam has recorded some stuff, but we really want to post it before Hwata’s third relic is revealed (lol), and while we are still Faith Fan-Girling, but Pam and I are a little nervous about it just being the two of us…you already know how I felt when it was just me!

          October 29, 2012
          • Sussie #

            To bad I cannot sing 😦 If I could, I´ll be helping you girls … but I truly sound like a cat (maybe worse… I sound like a hyaena! hahaha)

            October 29, 2012
            • Sussie #

              *hyena

              October 29, 2012
            • jhen #

              hey guys, i wanted to help on the vocals..but i don’t know how? hehehe

              October 29, 2012
      • JulianeLee #

        @sunshine. Will record today. Just been busy 🙂

        October 29, 2012
    • jhen #

      i’m waiting Juliane..are you awake now? 🙂 🙂

      October 29, 2012
      • oh good morning Jhen…you’re awake already?

        October 29, 2012
        • jhen #

          yap gukja..i only slept for 2 and a half hour..hehehe slept at 3am then woke up at 5:30am to prepare for work..what a life! since Faith had started i didn’t get a decent 7-8 hours sleep..i only got 4-5 hours maximum of sleep hours..when this drama ends, i’ll end up like choi young sleeping for 2 to 3 days..lmao!

          October 29, 2012
    • Do tell..I DEMAND IT…**tapping fingers on table waiting****

      October 29, 2012
    • JulianeLee #

      Hi girls! Just woke up.

      @Sunshine finished recording and I hope that’ll help. Will e-mail you once done uploading.

      @Sussie, jhen, gukja

      So here it is my introduction to the gutter club.

      It’s nothing big though just a really pervvy thought.

      It’s the scene where our daejang is combing ES’s hair sitting on the bed. Well…. I really thought that that scene was a perfect intro or pre-bedscene act. Lol. At that moment even if ES is not well, it got me on pervy mode. haha!

      So this was it. Anyone else who thought the way I did? 😀

      October 30, 2012
  16. Just finished this episode.

    Gongmin….I love you. You know I love you….But really….It took you 23 episodes to realize that Ki Chul is a couple of marbles short?

    DOLBAAEEEE!!!! T_T Although Choi YOung you suck for not taking advantage of that moment to STAB KICHUL IN THE BACK! Jesus. Fine. I guess you can claim emotional trauma.

    Although now I must go sob because the ending shot on Viki was of Dr Jang and Jooseok….and That made me weepy.

    *offers everyone a round of booze or hotcoco and makes more smores*

    October 29, 2012
    • Pam #

      Onichick, I just finished watching it too and was thinking the same thing…WTF, Young…stab the bastard KC while he’s busy killing my bf, Deol-Bae.

      Young basically let Deol-Bae take that hit for him. He should have the reflex of a warrior and done something even if he’s emotionally traumatized. I love you, Young, but Deol-Bae went shirtless for us fangirls so I am more loyal to his abs and I can’t forgive you…LOL!!!

      Cheers! *Takes a swig of my strawberry daiquiri*

      P.S. Philip Lee was supposedly the only one who knew onscreen martial arts and they totally underutilized him by not giving him a badass fight scene…even before his exit.

      October 29, 2012
      • I have a huge squishy spot for Phillip. He has mad woman saving skills and the hair. Gotta love the hair. And he looks good wet. Always a good thing.

        OMG I WAS YELLING AT MY SCREEN DURING THAT SCENE! I WANTED TO SQUIRT CHOI YOUNG WITH A WATER BOTTLE LIKE A MISBEHAVING CAT!
        BAD WOODALCHI GENERAL! NO COOKIE!

        I am holding on to the hope Deolbae isnt dead…Just chilled. And all he needs is your loving embrace to cure him ^^

        October 29, 2012
        • Pam #

          “BAD WOODALCHI GENERAL! NO COOKIE”…lmao @ Onichick! I know, Young could have done something besides yell “No” like a helpless girl scout to save my Deol-Bae. I really hope he’s not dead either…PLEASE!

          BTW, have you ever seen a drama staring Philip Lee as a main lead that gets the girl? He’s always getting the shaft, i. e. Secret Garden and not being cut from Faith.

          October 29, 2012
          • Pam #

            *now

            October 29, 2012
          • This why we should have been there. We would have stopped KC. And then where would CY be? Being showed up by a couple of Noona Fangirls. How will that look for his street cred?

            He hasnt been in many dramas, Ummm two other ones?

            Im just a little leary of him because was raised in the US so he is fluent in English. Which means must keep the crazy to a dull roar around him.

            October 29, 2012
            • Pam #

              IKR? As far as Young’s street cred, it’s been shot! We 21st century Noona Fangirls would show him up for sure. Look at ES, she runs circles around him and wears the pants! LOL! I would have volunteered to take KC to Heaven and pushed him into the street to collide with a semi-truck. Problem solved. Easy-peasy! 🙂

              Philip Lee is Korean-American so maybe he’ll be used to aggressive fangirls and won’t scare easily! LOL! Let’s hope his eye heals and his next drama works out better for him. He needs to be a lead.

              October 29, 2012
              • Sunshine #

                @Pam, ” throws KC into the street” ?.. I can’t get that whole mental image out of my head….the silly faces he makes ghat are so exagerative…the semi…the people gawking at this strangely dressed weirdo….ROFL.

                October 29, 2012
          • I was just wondering about this the other day!

            Philip Lee is always the gentleman 2nd lead who takes the side of the leading lady and watches forlonly from the sidelines…never ever gets the girl!!

            October 29, 2012
  17. Arooj #

    aigooo my heart hurts.

    October 29, 2012
  18. I know ES will stay. She now is at peace of not having money and a carrer in Heaven. I hope they are together for ever as his wife and he a fisherman. I cannot not see him going to Heave as he will be a wanted man.
    The Prince/crazy gu-y I hope he goes to Heaven and be stuck there…, 0 money, 0 slaves, 0 power = great punishment; however i REALLY like his acting, it is awesome. His facial expressions are like a kid being denied a trip to Disney.

    October 29, 2012
  19. Ok I watched the episode.
    I think my heart died when I saw Young hugging Eun Soo, the moment the poison started its effect. I felt tears stinging my eyes.
    And Deol Bae… my brave Deol Bae. A hero death 😦
    Now let’s wait for tomorrow… I so, so, so hope it will be a good ending.

    Playing fortune-teller now, I can say Fluteboy and Firelady will come to Gi Cheol rescue with the third object and between the 3 of them, they’ll manage to drag Young and Eun Soo away. Let’s not forget the third minion is still roaming around… I wouldn’t be surprised if he made an appearance at Eun Soo sick bed (please please Show, don’t kill Lady Choi…).
    Then… journey to the Heaven’s Gate.
    And when they are there, I suppose they’ll try to kill both Young and Eun Soo. After all they won’t be any useful anymore.
    And here is when I start praying for a good ending again….

    October 29, 2012
  20. Pam #

    I just finished watching Ep 23 subbed and these are my thoughts:

    1. Can’t Young at least PRETEND to be ambidextrous and use his left hand to carry his sword so people don’t know he’s defenseless? Duh! And how did Ewa know he couldn’t use his sword anymore?
    2. I guess the poison to cure poison logic is kind of logical, i.e. snake venom and antivenom (?).
    3. Whenever PDnim heavily features a Woodalchi, i. e. Jooseok and Deol-bae, in one show it means they are going to die! My poor, Deo-Bae! I’m coming to Goryeo via solar flare to save you. And how come everyone just watched KC kill Deol-Bae? WTH, right?
    4. Eun Soo is still so girly! Did you guys see her spaz out when Young volunteered to take her shopping? She then said that’s all she wanted because her greed had shrunk! I love her to death!
    5. Next scene: ES will stop KC from attacking Young and volunteer to take him to the portal and walk him into the solar flare…like Poltergeist—LOL! However, she has an ace up her sleeve; every time she is unconscious, her memory is triggered so she must remember the 3rd relic and will use it to her advantage to kill KC once and for all.
    6. Ending: A happy one…just because this fangirl said so 🙂

    October 29, 2012
    • Sussie #

      Noooo… deol bae noooo…. T_T If he dies it will so hard to assimilate for me… maybe as much as if CY would die.

      Second you #5 (and of course your #6!), I was thinking something similar…

      October 29, 2012
    • Pam #

      I know, Sussie! Let’s hope for a happy ending…now that ES is healed.

      BTW, anybody else think the OTPs’ double date was adorable? The Queen is such a good shipper of ES and Young too! Awww….

      October 29, 2012
      • Sussie #

        IKR! G and N are big shippers of our OTP (with of course all woo dal chi!) hahaha

        October 29, 2012
        • Sussie #

          btw, i loved so much the talk between ES and N (in the garden, looking at their lovers… ) so cute when she asked about ES teaching the word “sarang” to CY. LOL

          October 29, 2012
      • Me me me. I certainly loved the double date scene. I love her for setting it up. That scene when our Imja stood there looking at the KIng and Queen…that was such a kodak moment ***awwww*** I wished that scene was a little longer **pout pout****

        October 29, 2012
  21. And anyway… the Yuan envoy already left? And how about his watch? How about all the things he said? Will they be explained? Will they stay a mystery? 😦

    October 29, 2012
  22. Ok, time to properly thank these two wonderful ladies, Joonni and Softy, for the awesome job they are doing, week after week. Tonight’s team work was the epitome of live recaps. *hat off*
    Softy, I know you stay awake till very-very late every Monday&Tuesday to continousely update your live recap. I know cause I read thoroughly al least 3 or 4 updated versions until Joonni uploads hers. So this is to you: *applauds and yells* SOFTY, YOU ROCK! Your dedication and hard work is truly appreciated in this corner, as are your heartfelt comments and insights. It shows all the way you do put so much heart and energy into these posts *bows* Thank you!
    *Off to read Joonni’s take on this ep*

    October 29, 2012
    • Sussie #

      * applauding, yelling and bowing with you* Joonni, Softy… big thk u! You are truly gifted and talented (I must insist!) ❤

      October 29, 2012
    • Like I said numerous times before, ‘Thank you’ is not even close to being enough for what Daejang Joonni and Softy does for us week after week for months on end. Let’s just hope these 2 “amazingly phenomenal” (for lack of a better word) gifted women know how grateful we are for everything they do for us!!! The experience they gave each and everyone of us is really unforgettable! I, personally, will always remember all the gutterbuds and pledged sisters I’ve had the honor of being ‘virtual friends’ with:).

      Standing next to Sussie ***applauding, yelling and bowing to Daejang Joonni and Softy****

      October 29, 2012
    • I almost bawled reading these – except for readers from my blog, I thought no one knew or even noticed how much I update. Unlike other live recaps, I continuously edit and translate just so the fans have a more complete recap before Joonni posts hers with pics. Last night I was going crazy cuz there were no torrents to be found and I couldn’t update more. I finally worked off a YouTube video till I was going cross eyed cuz it’s so hard to rewind just a line or two on that. You should have heard me complaining to poor Joonni who had to use those at one point in the past for her QIHM recaps. I can’t imagine the kind of dedication and patience that requires cuz I swear I was like one step away from pulling all my hair out till I found some torrents finally. So thank you for the appreciation – it means so much to us. 🙂

      October 30, 2012
  23. Sussie #

    *thinking deeply again about the ending*

    ES wakes up and looks over… worriedly, she don´t see CY around her anymore. She get up from bed, ready to go out in search of CY. Then Lady Choi (or one of Woo Dal Chi boys) explain to her that CY went to help G since KC is attacking. She is afraid that he will be hurt (bc of his hand) and she worries a lot more when she sees that he let his sword in the room. So she rushes over to the king´s room, she tells Oh Dae-Man to bring CY´s sword with him. When she arrives, she sees that CY is losing to KC/firegirl/ flutte boy since CY can only manage one of them at a time in his current state… then, as unique solution she envisage… she trade herself for the life of everyone there. So, she leaves palace with KC, in direction of the heaven´s door, where we all see the last battle…

    ES will be forced to go trough the portal with KC but, somehow she will come back quickly before the portal is closed (maybe third relic or maybe CY will come after them and rescue her and then will have enough time to come back) .

    PS: sorry my misspells… but I´m in a rush going to a meeting, so I didn´t took time to review my grammar hehehe

    October 29, 2012
    • That’s exactly my story, with some small variations here and there about who exactly and how will go through the portal. I agree with Joonni. This episode left me a lot more hopeful than I expected. I do not want to be too excited, just in case the writer guts us at the end. But with everything laid out it seems that Eun Soo will recover and will use herself to protect Young. What then depends on how mean the writer wants to be. Let’s all send positive thoughts out there, sometimes if a lot of people want something really really bad, it might happen.

      October 29, 2012
      • Sussie #

        *sending positive thoughts* 😉 hahaha

        October 29, 2012
  24. Faither #

    Faithlings pledged sisters…

    Finally after rewatch this episode 4 times, rewatch my fave scenes 6 to 8 times, I managed to hold on to dear life and get used with those knife-sharp-stabbing-right -into-every-cell-of-my nerves- feeling in my heart, mind, body and soul.

    As a woman who experienced falling in love in grande scale (leaving every friggin’ thing behind to be with the man I love), my heart went ballistic when I heard Choi Young said he’s okay if Eun Soo leave him… excuse me?? what kind of bull s**t is that? He lied. And he shouldn’t said that ‘coz my girl Eun Soo got hurt really deep and I can feel her dissapontment. Eventhough he didn’t mean it and it comes outta depression and desperation, he should not said that though.

    Luckily our Eun Soo posses a great heart and a limitless compassion against Choi Young and she know he didn’t mean it. But my tears flow unstoppably and uncontrollably like it has it own brain.. Eun Soo honey, you are amazing.. girl, I love you more for that.

    For Choi Young who find the love of his life after the devastating and tragic death of his first love, I have no word to describe how crucial the gravity of his circumstances right now. I really hope in the last episode he’ll manage to entangle the complicated threads of problems, so he can finally achieve what he’s been dreaming of, after realising his great love or Eun Soo.

    I bet, when the sun finally shine in the cloudy, windy, dark and grey world of Choi Young and Eun Soo’s love, the reward will be unbelieveably breathtakingly beautiful that even the rainbow envy it. They will have a great marriage life (he basically a good husband material who can never say no to her, yes girls run the world!) and no doubt, a great sex.

    October 29, 2012
    • Pam #

      LMAO @ Faither regarding “great sex”!

      Faither, I forget, are you a member of our gutter club??? Well, you are now! *Welcome with open arms* LOL!

      October 29, 2012
      • Faither #

        I haven’t.. but glad that the Faithlings Gutter Club grant me the membership.. I feel honored. I will do my best 🙂

        October 29, 2012
        • *hands you a smore * Welcome to the club. Here is your lawn chair and squeaky hammer.

          October 29, 2012
          • Faither #

            it’s my honor… (bowing my head down)

            October 29, 2012
    • Pam #

      Oh, yes, Faither, and Young was totally lying to ES when he said he’ll be okay after ES leaves. I’m like, “Whatevs, Emo-boy…you’re a ticking emo-bomb just waiting to explode”! LOL!!!!

      October 29, 2012
      • Faither #

        yup I agree… birth control pills didn’t exist back then and without TV and internet, a cold breeze night in Goryeo land can only get warm by a you-know-what activities.. LOL
        I can see they will probably have 7 kids.

        October 29, 2012
        • Sussie #

          OMO Faither! hahaha you made me switch to “ON” my “gutter button” hahaha LOL (I was trying so hard until now to let it “OFF” since I´m still at the office… but with this comment… how come not to switch it to “ON” hahaha)

          October 29, 2012
          • Faither #

            bring it on sista… I wish Gong Min aka match maker King will grant them a huge compound of housing, the one that left by that Governor where the previous king passed away is quite qualified.. and a king size bed in the master bedroom would do just perfect… one more thing, is there a sound proof wall invented already? Eun Soo as Mrs. Choi need to shop a lot I guess. Mr. and Mrs. Choi will certainly make Goryeo’s couple of the year..

            October 29, 2012
        • jhen #

          LMAO! Faither you are really bright..hehehe so a bunch of woodalchi babies on the way..and they got lots of babysitter samchon woodalchis!

          October 29, 2012
      • Sussie #

        “you’re a ticking emo-bomb” ROFL hahahaha Pam, you just made me laugh loud at work hahaha (I hope nobody saw me /heard me hehehe).

        Faither and Pam, totally agree… he was soooo lying … he did it only to “protect” her (emo-boy… protect her heart remember!!)

        October 29, 2012
        • Pam #

          Sussie, I know it’s hard but you have to remember to fangirl quietly at work, okay? LOL!

          October 29, 2012
        • Second that, Sussie. Pam’s ’emo-bomb’ had me laughing out loud so hard too. Thank god I was reading her comment at home.

          Gutterbud, Pam…you’re ‘tickling-me-Elmo’ comments will definitely have my co-workers think I’m on drug since they already think I’m nuts..LOL

          What am I going to do without you gutterbud? ***sobs sobs sobs****

          October 29, 2012
        • jhen #

          i’m totally distracted..how can i finish my report when all i do is sneak up here it at joonni’s corner..lmao! i am eyeing on someone later that will be crappy hurrying up to finish her reports..gosh!

          October 29, 2012
    • WendyM #

      I am from the gutter club too even thou just think about it not write about it. But well is almost over so here it goes…

      The most sexy scene when CY asked ES to say Daejang one more time…that one sent me to gutter heaven. And how he kept replying about how a new recruit was this or that..So.. if in they get to spend some quality time I can see him going down the same path and trying to use his Daejang authority since ES has the upper hand so that is all he could try.

      Besides another though that sends me to gutter heaven is the hair fetish. The guy has been holding for a long time, I am sure he will mess with the hair BIG time and let the warrior free as soon as he gets few days alone with her.

      And beside girls.?..have you noticed how easy he helps her out of the woodalchi clothes, or tucks her in bed, holds hand even in front of everybody.

      What about that saving face went too?…all of the woodalchi, aunt, queen, king, maiden warriors, and suribang uncle/aunt knows and makes fun of him behind his back! There is no more face to save.

      He just need to start putting a lock (piece of wood) in that door so the puppies don’t go in and out like they do… CY is overdo to go wild. Even if it does not happen in E24 I will make my own version.

      Now regarding my thoughs for great sex, I think CY would be the romantic/gentle type and ES will be the foxy/flirty one! I can imagine ES making one of those silly jokes …

      According to me the Kisspirin kiss is not a kiss but more like CPR so even the stopping the weeding kiss was out of time strategy not a real kiss with passion etc so my gutter mind is dissapointed so I will make my own imaginary endings tomorrow.

      Joonni and Softy, you gals rock! thanks for the hard work. I am ready to rehab after this drama (I’ve watch about 20 or so KDrama but this is my first KDrama obsession for me)

      October 29, 2012
      • Faither #

        I agree. CY is in his golden age of manhood, he’s 29? 30? I got three kids in 5 years of marriage with a 5 years younger husband so I think I get the point 🙂
        The fact than he’s from the olden time, has shaped him as a respectful gentleman and a beyond believe polite boyfriend even to his sleep in girlfriend (no proof that they have sex so I consider they haven’t) while men nowadays, try to bed girls even in their first date already.
        But men stay men.. and the more they supressed the more explode it will be. With that amazing Khi electrical power he posses, I can’t imagine what their first night will be.
        If Song Ji Na willing to accept the highest praise from millions of Faithlings Pledged Sisterhood and get worship like a Goddess for a few weeks from millions of Faith followers, a glimpse of the most anticipated wedding night of CY and ES after a happy ending, will be the creme de la creme of Korean drama’s universe.. the sweetest and reddest cherry on top, I call it.

        October 29, 2012
        • As for the wedding night, I doubt they will show it, there is just too much plot and ground to cover in the last episode. And you guys are not the only ones imagining how they semi platonic relationship would materialize if they actually took it further. I have plenty of stories to tell, as well as other people who come up with some pretty exciting stuff. To satisfy your cravings, you can check out http://lb-klove.livejournal.com/tag/fanfic%3B%20faith

          October 29, 2012
  25. cacao #

    Thanks Joonni n Softy for the recap, you both awesome like usual. Sleep well n have a goodnite kissprin.

    October 29, 2012
  26. joonni #

    Just briefly running through 383(!!!) comments, I just want to correct this now.
    I just checked SBS schedule. It is airing only one episode tomorrow, just ep24 at regular time 9:55pm KST. I’m thinking that there might have been some confusion with the way the schedule also shows what’s been change. Cuz the original plan was to not air Monday and air ep23 adn 24 back to back on Tuesday. But since ep 23 aired on Mon, only ep24 will air Tuesday.

    October 29, 2012
    • Pam #

      Shucks! Was hoping that the rumor of 2 episodes airing tomorrow was true. Can’t-let-go-of-Faith-just-yet! Thanks for the update 🙂

      October 29, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        383 comments? Wow. We are on fire tonight! Too bad on the one hour, but at least we can get straight to the unravelling of all the hidden cards up the writer Songs sleeve. 🙂

        P.S. Pam, I just dropped you the updated song and something went bonkers when it optimized…totally out of sync and sounded CRAZY. Redoing it now…check your s.c. in a few minutes!

        October 29, 2012
        • Sunshine #

          Ok, Pam. It’s in there. Eeek! You ready to give it to Joonni? 🙂

          October 29, 2012
          • Sunshine #

            Never mind about giving it to Joonni just yet. Tell me what you think first…so I can fix any little parts!

            October 29, 2012
            • Pam #

              I know what will make it sound better..just delete me! My sound quality is horrible 😦

              October 29, 2012
    • Sussie #

      thks Joonni for the clarification 😉

      Well then, let´s hope that they will give us a satisfying ending… 1 hour really seems to be too short for all that is still unexplained…

      Writter Song, you can do it! Give us an epic ending as you said you will (a happy one, I hope)

      October 29, 2012
      • Sussie #

        *writer

        October 29, 2012
  27. bim2 #

    I don’t think ES healed now. But she got extended time to cure her body from side effect of the new poison or DH’s poison. I ‘m afraid, in the end of this drama ES still have to go back to future >.<

    October 29, 2012
  28. Okay, I finally got a chance to watch the episode. I feel like I’m just boiling inside with my emotions all over the places. One minute I’m bawling my eyes out, the next I gave out a chuckle (from the Woodalchi) here and there in between, back to crying a river, then swooning at CY’s gestures for ES, a scream at the end scene with DB and pulling my hair out at the frustration of so many things left unanswered.

    Well, here are my thoughts of the episode:

    – What do you mean the Yuan Envoy and his assassin went back to Yuan? That’s it? Wasn’t he supposed to play a role in this whole time-travel thing? He just showed up…blabbed about some time travel related stuff and leaves the story?
    – Daejang, I thought you said you don’t lie, because it too bothersome. You’ll be okay when Imja leaves. Sorry if we don’t believe a word of that. We’ve seen the evidence of your 7 years of sleeping, thank you.
    – For the 1st time I was actually angry at King Gongmin for saying ‘I’ll always wait for you. Just remember that.” How can you put more pressure on CY when he tells you his sword is too heavy and he’s seen what happened to his teacher? Selfish King?
    – Love how CY called his new woodalchi recruit by her name “Yoo Eun Soo” (melts my heart). The time he said her full name during that whole treason accusation as a ploy to get her back in ep 9 didn’t count.
    – It took 23 episodes for me to finally agree with firelady “CY and ES are together like peas and carrots”. LOL.
    – I so love that up till now CY still stayed within his character. When ES asked him what he likes..he didn’t needed to use one single word to convey that it’s her. This is why we have the phrase ‘A Man of Few Words’.
    – ES’s bravery is so commendable. Even at the end of her rope, she stayed strong and only thinks of what’s best for CY. Many scenes and dialogue broke my heart, but one stand out in particular. That is when she said to Lady Choi (and yes I heard her addressed Lady Choi as ‘aunt’ too) ‘What will that person let go of next?’
    – I love how the Queen just simply responds with ‘Okay’ when ES asked her, Lady Choi and Dol Chi to go stand next to the Queen. It’s like ES is her Heaven Unni.
    – For the first time since the series started, I finally heard the word ‘Faith’ (unless Viki translated it incorrectly) being used. When ES said to CY “I have FAITH that it will go well.” This gives me a tiny hope that we should have Faith that it will be a happy ending!

    Oh, my heart is racing so fast in anticipation for tomorrow’s episode. I feel like there’s too little time to answer all the questions we still have. I’m praying desperately for a happy ending for our Imja Couple.

    Aja Aja, Gutterbuds and Pledged Sisters!

    October 29, 2012
    • Shucks..me and my manners. Just saw that Joonni’s completed recap is done. Thank so much, Daejang Joonni. I know I’ll be so insightful and awesome all around and make me think of things I’ve never even thought of. So excited. Off to read your another of your masterpiece:).

      October 29, 2012
      • “It’ll be so insightful..”

        October 29, 2012
        • Please delete the extra ‘your’ in the last sentence.

          Dammit. I’m trying to beat the clock (before hubby gets home) to read Daejang Joonni’s recap, so I’m typing like crazy woman here. Sorry for the typos/grammar. I think I got it right now..***eeek***

          October 29, 2012
    • Pam #

      Dear Gukja a.k.a. best gutterbud ever, can you believe that in about 12 hours the last episode of Faith will air? What are we going to do after it? *Sobs* No more swooning and thudding on the floor together! You were my cushion! J/K! It’s okay, that floor outside daejang’s room was getting too hard and cold anyway…LOL!!! How long will we have to wait for another Lee Min Ho drama to fangirl together? *Hugs*

      October 29, 2012
      • Dearest Pam aka my best gutterbud ever as well, No, I cannot believe it (more of a denial really) that the LAST episode of Faith will air in less than 12 hours. I know, I’ve been pondering over that question too…what are we going to do? ***sobs sobs sobs*** What am I going to do without you gutterbuds in my daily life? I don’t want the sobbing, swooning and thudding to come to an end. I always want to see gutterbud Pam sitting next to me whether we camp out in gutterland or in front of Daejang’s room (don’t worry I have blankets for us…ha! Please as soon as we hear Daejang’s voice saying ‘Yogi’ or ‘Say daejang one more time’…we’ll be too hoooooot to be cold…hahaha) LMH needs to jump right into another drama right after his Bench event STAT!!!!

        ***BIGGEST HUGS EVER****

        October 29, 2012
        • Pam #

          I agree, Gukja…LMH needs to jump on another drama STAT! How else are we going to get our LMH fix? There’s only so many times we can watch reruns of his dramas…lol. I’ll be here tomorrow reporting to Softy during the live recap! Take care, gutterbud!

          October 29, 2012
  29. Thanks Joonie and Softy for very insightful comments! I absolutely loved this episode; along with the last two. I think these were the highlights of the last 10 episodes when the story really started to pick up! I’ve enjoyed it immensely! I have to say, this OTP of all of LMH’s dramas is the best! I truly felt the love and affection in each glance, words, whatever; more than any other! Its been a pleasure and I wait with bated breath to see what happens.

    October 29, 2012
  30. final #

    I don’t care how silly the ending is as long as its a happy one.

    October 29, 2012

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