Be advised that I will be using abbrev. or the characters initials when pertaining to them.
HDG – Hong Gil Dong
HYN – Heo Yi Nok
LCW – Lee Chang We
HIH – Hong In Hyung
HYN is lucky that HDG is also in the club. It is quite obvious why he was there and that is because of the girls. He grabbed her hand and ran out of the club to avoid his brother’s men. They were able to escape through the graveyard where he dug holes for the beheaded thieves and went in a temple.
She saw the offered food infront of an altar and immediately lunged at it. He also confessed to him that she is not that good in the Chinese language. He told her that she’d better know enough of the language because that is the only reason he saved her. She believes that he saved her in the club because he is a good guy to which he corrected her assumption. He reiterated that he only did that to get his chinese lessons.
With the graveyard environment, they talked about zombies and ghosts. They argued who is scarier, a chinese zombie or a korean ghost. They played out this scene well. It is so silly yet so funny.
HIH went home whining to his mother. He kept on complaining how HDG interfered on his activites again and at the same time hoping his half brother broke his hand so he wont take the civil exams. His mom told him to hushed down for fear that his father will hear him and unfortunately, his father was within earshot. He was quite disappointed with his ‘real’ son. He cant believe that her illegitimate son is more capable.
Meanwhile, the former palace servant, Lady Noh who was entrusted by the mother of Chang We/CW to take care of the royal prince, met with a beggar. This beggar turned out to be the leader of a thieves gang. She was really tracking him down, knew that he will be leading another raid and wanted to hire his services and recruit him to work for her. He assumed that she was taking orders from someone else and he rejected the offer. With his rejection, there is a price to pay. He found himself locked. He was able to escaped to the forest but Lady Noh’s men were able to follow him and wounded him, left for dead.
HDG on the other hand felt something was amiss so he went out to the forest followed by HYN and they saw the wounded man. They brought him to the temple and tried to make him comfortable even if they knew that he was dying. The wounded man has a last wish and that for HDG to warn his group who is scheduled to meet in the forest in two days time to hide for awhile. Then he dies and HDG buried him in the graveyard.
This is followed by a cute scene from HDG and HYN. She was crying over the man’s death when they buried him. He showed her his mother’s grave and proceeded to tell her how her mother tried to ran away knowing fully that she wont be able to raise her son in their town because him being illegitimate but she died immediately after he was born. She cried again upon hearing his sad story. She patted his back as if consoling him then said that she will leave him so he can have more privacy. It was so sincere and serene until she tripped as she walks away. He he he…
On another part of the town, HIH’s mother met with a high ranking government official, Seo Yoon Seob/SYS. It has been arranged that her son, HIH and his daughter, Seo Eun Hye will get married after he passed the civil exams. HIH on the other hand, tried to sneak a peek of his lovely fiancee. Seo Eun Hye/SEH is a little bit weird, preoccupied by morbid, gruesome ideas that shocks even her nanny. She own a pair of lovebirds. The other one died, she wanted to know what the other bird will do, continue to live or prefer to follow the fate of the other bird. She threw some food to the bird and said that if the bird ate it she will kill that bird for being unfaithful to the dead bird. So, when the bird ate it, she took the bird ready to crush it with her hands but looked at her nanny maliciously and let it go. I do not know if she just loves to shock her nanny or she is really a weirdo.
HYN began giving HDG some chinese lessons but most of it consists of how to call his parents or siblings in chinese. He’s so interested to learn it because he really plans on leaving Korea to go to China. Since he is leaving and they are going to part ways or just maybe because he saved her, she decided to give him a gift and that is by showing him her new skill. Making a snake dance by the music of her flute. Here goes another interesting modern-sageuk fusion. An indian-bollywood inspired number while she makes the snake dance. Unfortunately, HDG’s reaction was not the way HYK expected. He immediately killed the snake. She was so furious with him since she was planning to make money out of it. He ran away from her as fast as he could.
HYK’s grandfther and HDG’s priest met on their way to the temple and agreed to test each other’s skills – who is more superior! This old men are funny. Who can reach the temple first will be the winner. Unbelievable. HYK saw them and told them that they just buried the leader of the thieves and that passed his scepter/staff/cane of some sort to HDG and told him to warn his group. The priest, whose name by the way Hae Myung was so happy when he heard it about it and said that it is HDG’s duty. However, HDG said that he does not have any intention of granting the dead man’s last wish for he will be leaving for China as soon as possible.
Incidentally, her grandfather told HYK that there is this handsome man who kept on following her wherever she goes and she immediately assumes that the guy is smitten with her.
So, when she saw her again following her, she was so giddy and was acting coquettish, flirty in a demure way and just as she was about to make a fool of herself, somebody stole her purse. It turned to be a little boy. She ran after him until they reached his home and she saw the reason why. There are more little hungry kids and a younger brother is sick. She took pity on them and carried the sick boy to get treatment. She took the Royal Hair Pin and instructed the boy to sell it so he can feed the other kids.
CW was watching them the whole time and instructed his ever present bodyguard to buy the pin from the boy. He was somehow impressed by what he saw.
By the way, earlier in the episode, CW’s brother, the current ruler, Kwang We was kinda hallucinating in his throne. He was seeing a couple of spirits, his brother’s ghost, the little CW. He told him that he didnt want to kill him. Oh, the guilt-ridden usurper to the throne.
HDG was in the pier and was waiting for the boat that was scheduled to leave for China. He was thinking of the dead man’s last wish and the safety of those men in the forest but quickly shoved it aside and reminded himself that it’s not his business and definitely not her responsibility.
HYK was given a bag of money as payment from the dead snake and was told that HDG was about to leave for China so she immediately took pity on HDG because no one is seeing him off so she rushed to the pier shouting her thanks to the departing boat.
All the while HYK was shouting her thanks and good luck to the departing boat. HDG went to the forest to warn the thieves but they did not listen to him so he showed them the scepter/staff/cane with gold on one end so he can convince them that he is telling the truth and so they began to believe him. Apparently, our hero is really a hero, got struck by his conscience and so he fulfilled the dead man’s request after all.