I am so glad that I decided to watch this series. As I’ve said in the past, I do not have any idea about the the HGD tale nor anyone from the cast except for Kang Ji Hwang who I like from watching Capital Scandal and it turns out that he is the only thing that is keeping this whole series together. He is perfect for the role.
Back to this hero’s journey. He was almost captured when he went to the thieves den but he was able to escaped the authorities. He then decided to find the answers that he needed from the whole robbery/homicide situation. He first when to Mr. Wang, got no answers then he went to the kisaeng house if he can get more info but HIH was there as well so he hid in a room. Incidentally, SEH’s curiosity for HDG prevailed and so she disguised herself as a man so she can go inside the kisaeng house to look for him. The moment she saw HIH she hid in the same room where HDG is.
Unfortunately or fortunately, HIH wanted some privacy so he can deal with the person who will responsible for the cheating of the exams and he used the same room where HDG an SEH are hiding. They were able to listen to the bribing covo HIH is having with another man. Funny thing is, HDG and SEH were talking by pointing out letters written on the wall. Another modern twist was added in here. I am not good in describing them so you just better watch it. You can see a little bit attraction/romantic something is building up in here.
Anyway, HIH mentioned about the robbery that took place in his house and how lucky he is that he will not be blamed for it. HDG realizes that it was his half brother who is responsible for it so he immediately made his presence known and confronted HIH while the other man asked for help outside. HIH explaning how her mother arranged for everything and beg HDG to forgive him and him just this once so their father would not be mad at him. He even tried to make a deal with him since he was leaving for China to just take the blame since they are brothers which prompted HDG to asked him, why he hated him so much. HIH took advantage when HDG was somehow emotional and stab his arm and then went out of the room shouting for help.
HDG then took the coin purse that his half brother left and grabbed SEH’s hand and asked to be his witness but no matter how much she likes to help him especially when she saw how affected he was and had shown a little vulnerability she knew she could not. Her father, Minister Seo, her nanny and some men barged in and HDG knew instantly that she’s not what she thought she was. After realizing and understanding her situation, he went out to face the authorities alone, threw the coins in the air to create diversion and confusion then escaped.
HYK on the other hand tried helping the injured CW. She asked if he was a criminal and the indignant CW has the gall to even tell her that if she continues to be disrespectful he will have to kill her. Naturally, she got annoyed and almost left him but her good heart prevailed and so she helped him with his injury. The next day, CW woke first, rejuvenated and almost killed a sleeping HYK knowing how much she already knows about him but could not do so. He’s hoping that she will not see her again after that night.
Minister Hong already found out the truth and chastised his wife and son about it. They both beg him for forgiveness and the wife told him that it was all her, the planning, the execution, everything. He was so disgusted with them but decided that he will help HIH since he’s the legitimate son but no help for his other son.
His other son, who is in hiding was trying to plan on his next move. A wanted sign was posted everywhere and he needs to act quickly on how find the real killer/thief. He went to the different thieves hang out and question each one of them and look for someone who is injured since he knew that the real culprit was injured that night. Everytime he asked a certain band of thieves, they are either have other people torturing or are dealing with white slavery which he helped escaped since he was there already but not really his primary goal or intention.
His kind deed easily spread out to the poor people in their town thus the beginning of HDG’s Robin Hood tale, a criminal with a heart.
HYK thought of how she can help her friend/husband. She posted a sign with coded message hoping he’ll be able to read it and he did. They met near the stream and he can see how concerned she was. He was touched that he believed his innocence without a question. She gave him food and dealt with his injury.
The construction of the new palace was going on. CW and his ever present hot bodyguard Chisu was pretending to be construction workers as to get more intel on the palace grounds. They planned to take over the palace on the civil exams day. Incidentally, the current ruler KW was there to inspect the activities and so they met him. KW sees something in CW, a familiarity perhaps.
HYK helped HDG go around the city looking for the injured criminal. She then told her of CW being injured so he put two and two together and realizes that it was CW who is the culprit. He then managed to follow CW and the latter realizes it as well. When they reached a certain factory. He confronted him inside and asked why he was being followed. HDG then asked him of his whereabouts on that fateful night to which he did not answer so they fought.
The twists and turns…still wondering how HYK will become queen while I am pretty sure that what we’ve seen in this episode is the start of HDG’s legend…off to downloading the next episode.