T_T Things pretty much go downhill from here on out. Prepare yourselves.
So, Hang-ah goes back to North Korea, leaving me stunned that she actually left, and he let her. The idiots, the both of them are. *facepalm*
I guess this episode we concentrated more on Jae-ha and the memory of Hyung, which is completely fine by me.
Both Mom and Jae-shin are sad, almost upset, about Hang-ah leaving back for the North, and Mom confronts Jae-ha. When she finds out it’s all ‘cuz Hang-ah called him trash (for the most part), she’s incredulous. She even throws a rag at him. Heh. She tells him, yes, he is trash. He’s gotta learn to get over that, become better than trash.
She proceeds to tell him about his father, how they didn’t exactly get along when they were married, even using each others’ weaknesses to hurt the other person as much as possible.
But one line you didn’t cross is “Let’s break up.” There’s no going back from that.
And that’s exactly what happened with Hang-ah. Crap. We’re in deep, huh? *sigh*
Jae-ha finally sees all of the trial, where he sees how Hang-ah had stood up for him. Cue regret. She pretty much confessed her love for him over national TV, yet he was one of the last to hear it. Her words are: “My identity? You’re asking who I really am? I’m just a woman who kept a man deep in her heart.” As a human being, I sympathize with her completely. As a woman, I condemn Jae-ha. Boy, you’d better get on your knees and freakin’ ask for forgiveness!
Of course, at the same time, Hang’ah’s crossing the border. Once she’s over, out of sight, she collapses in her father’s arms and cries. It’s heartbreaking. She had no one to lean onto until now, and now that there’s no one but Dad to see, she lets down all her defenses. I feel emotionally raw inside.
Now that Hang-ah’s gone, all he can do is figure out who exactly Club M, and what they had to do with Hyung’s death. He spends his days trying to guess Hyung’s password. When he finally does, he scoffs at the nerdiness of the password (chanting “Repub-lic of Kor-ea!” like in a football- errrr, soccer- game, complete with the clapping. Hee!), but I can’t help but think that that’s just who Hyung was, and why I loved him so much.
So he finally gets an almost-confirmation that Club M is responsible for Hyung’s death, and immediately meets up with Bong-gu. Of course, the bastard is thrilled, realizing this means he might actually have an opponent, finally. So his ire that Jae-ha pretends he doesn’t know really makes me happy. I don’t care about the guy; he killed Hyung. He can die a million painful, slow deaths, and I’ll be happy.
But his reaction is what shocks me- and Jae-ha.
Bong-gu: “I took care of Anmyundo myself.” Oh dayum. The air turns to ice. He leans forward, “Your hyung… I said, I’ll take care of him, you son of a b*tch.” Jae-ha freezes. “Did you like it? Were you exhilarated when I fell for your provocation?” Jae-ha’s eyes widen in terror. He says he fell for it knowingly, why? “Because the puppet king of a tiny country is no match for someone as great as me.” Eeep! He says that sure, the WOC, the North-South marriage scheme, they were annoyances, but that’s not the reason he killed Jae-kang. He proceeds to explain very calmly that he killed Jae-kang because he dared to ban his entry into the country. Whoa. “You know he went without knowing anything, right? Like a fool.”
Okay. That’s it. I’ll kill him myself. Don’t try to stop me!
But Jae-ha’s reaction is even better. You can tell he’s pissed and feeling downright murderous, but instead he… he LAUGHS. “Are you high?” HA! Bong-gu’s reaction is PRICELESS.
But as soon as he’s alone, he grabs a phone and screams at Shi-kyung to arrest the guy, kill the guy, hurt him very badly, ANYTHING. Just don’t let him get away unharmed. They’re too late, ‘cuz Bong-gu’s being dragged by his own men into a helicopter, screaming at the top of his lungs that they’re all dead. Hooooooly crap. That’s one way to kick a hornet’s nest.
Now, Secretary Eun heard the whole encounter, but refuses to be a witness to Bong-gu’s “confession”. To save his own back, I’m thinking. Remember, he took a bribe from them in exchange for the king’s vacationing spot. He goes on to say that he never thought the North’South marriage was a good idea, and pretty much tells Jae-ha he’s not fit to be king. Ouch. You’re not being very supportive, now are you?
Shi-kyung overheard this last bit, and it’s sad to see how his view of his father crumbles. Dad shoots him down when he asks if Club M killed the king. Dude, do you want to drive your son away from you?
But this is where I fully fall in love with Shi-kyung: he stands up for Jae-ha, taking his side. Awwwww! When he later finds Jae-ha in front of Jae-kang’s picture, Ski-kyung tells him with conviction, “You don’t need to be swayed by the words of others. Believe in yourself. You are already strong. The king that I’ve seen is very sensitive, and hates sincerity. But he knows the real world only too well, and has deep scars, which keeps him from leaping out ahead. So he wears a mask of laughter. I’m asking you to take off that mask now. Though you have complexes and people perceive you as weak, your highness is, to me, the most powerful king in the world. Please be fearless, your majesty.”
Yay! Shi-kyung to the rescue! I was hoping for some good bromance. I love that Jae-ha is the one to ask him to be friends. SQUEE! They were always meant to be best buddies! This is my favorite part of the episode. Series. EVAR. >.<
We go back to Hang-ah, in North Korea, to see what she’s up to. Seems Dad’s been trying to hook her up with other guys, since the engagement with the then-crown prince didn’t work out. She just babbles about cramps. Ooch, I feel for you, Hang-ah. Menstrual cramps can be MURDEROUS. But she also mentions she’s late… Uh oh… That doesn’t sound good… Whenever they mention something like this specifically, it can’t be anything good.
She ends up in the hospital ‘cuz it’s so bad. Yeah. That’s how bad they are. So, the doctor comes out to tell Hang-ah’s father that they tried, but they’re sorry, they couldn’t save the baby. His jaw drops, “Baby?” Oof. She lost it before she even knew?
The worst part? Yet again, the world finds out before Jae-ha does. And he finds out through the worse possible place: the news. And there it is, breaking international news: Hang-ah’s miscarriage, and King Lee Jae-ha’s irresponsibility as the father.
CRAAAAAAP. This is gonna be bad. VEEEEEERY bad. But I feel so bad for Hang-ah. She found out she was pregnant the day she lost the baby. And the fact that they’re apart when they find out? Oof.
We’re in one hell of a mess now, and I see no way out. Let’s hope the show is better at finding outs than I am.
I mean, yeah, they needed to get the couple back together, and pregnancy is a viable solution… but miscarriage? That’s unexpected. Someone, please give me a hug, I need it.