Hi! Recap of Episode 6 done now. I tried to be a bit more detailed today. 🙂 Enjoy!
Hi! Recap of Episode 6 done now. I tried to be a bit more detailed today. 🙂 Enjoy!
Seul falls asleep to the hallucination of Hae-Young caressing her hair, which is why the next morning, when she begins to wake up, she ignores Hae-Young, who’s leaning against her couch as he waits for her to wake up. Seul turns over in her sleep, assuming that he’s another hallucination, and Hae-Young gets irritated, thinking that she’s ignoring him. As she blinks her eyes open a second time, Hae-Young greets her, “Hello, Princess.” Seul’s eyes widen; he’s not an hallucination but real. Hae-Young continues, “My name is Park Hae-Young, and I’m from the diplomatic corp.” Seul jerks awake and tugs the covers all the way to her chin as Hae-Young asks, “That’s it?” Advancing on her, he then asks if she’s not going to scream, throw pillows, or does she find him that trustworthy. (Love how Seul’s eyes get so wide) Leaning over her, he asks, “Do your eyes typically glisten like that regardless of what man shows up at the foot of your bed?” (This guy is starting to demonstrate classic jealousy symptoms) “Your eyes say that you just woke up like Snow White and saw her Prince Charming.” When Seul scoffs at the suggestion, Hae-Young continues, “Even in this situation, am I dashing? Or perhaps you’re glad to see me?” (The man does love to bait her.) Seul stutters, “How did you get in here?” Hae-Young retorts, “Not how, but why? You should be curious about why I am here.” Putting on a brave front, Seul tells him it’s obvious; he came here to kidnap her, blackmail her, etc. If that’s the case, Hae-Young wants to know why she’s not screaming. Seul blurts out, “Because it’s the first day.” At his assessing look, Seul explains that because it’s her first day as princess, she doesn’t want to cause any disturbance. When she says that she’ll do something, she wants to do it well. She then asks him to leave quietly before she calls for help. Hae-Young tells her that she looks like a princess when she acts like that. Seul comments that he obviously didn’t come to tell her that. Hae-Young explains, “I came to see your face for the last time. From here on out, our relationship will become very different” Picking up the phone, Hae-Young says that their conversation has ended. The staff can come prepare the princess for the day. At this, Seul demands to know if her staff simply let him into her bedroom because he said that he was from the diplomatic corp. Hae-Young replies, “Of course. From today onward, I’m the person responsible for you.”
Dressed, Seul has a conference with the president, the grandfather, Hae-Young, and the rest of her staff. The president explains that since he heard the princess decided to claim her title, he took the liberty of assigning diplomat Park Hae-Young to her, to serve her for the sake of the royal family/monarchy. (True, he does have experience taking care of royalty. Flashback to episode 1 in which he had to escort the visiting foreign princess). At the president’s introduction, Hae-Young bows while Seul and the grandfather look on. (interesting development LOL) Hae-Young then lists a number of his credentials and responsibilities, one of which is to take care of the princess and teach her royal etiquette. Seul asks in disbelief that surely the princess he mentions is not her. When Hae-Young confirms that it is, she loudly protests, much to the surprise of everyone in the room. She tries to quickly cover her outburst by explaining in a much more demure voice that she protests because of their past together. They already had a scandal together, so it seems highly improper for him and her to live under the same roof. Especially since there’s a nasty rumor of how Dae Han Group was using the royal family/monarchy to its advantage, living together in the palace would only confirm those rumors. (nice save, Seul, but not good enough! LOL) The president smoothly replies, “That’s why you must be together.” Hae-Young explains that his being assigned to protect, teach, and care for her will explain why he had to make the false announcement that she was his woman and all of that. Even though he didn’t want to say things like that, he had to in order to protect the princess. (Ha! Score for Hae-Young! LOL) The grandfather agrees to the president’s decision. However, Seul continues to protest, saying that Hae-Young is too dangerous and unpredictable a person to entrust her to his care. When both the president and grandfather look startled, she covers up her language by saying that it’s because Hae-Young is so handsome that she’s not sure if she can focus on her lessons of etiquette and such. (I love how everyone doesn’t buy her excuse) The president calmly explains to her, “In all honesty, it’s not easy to find someone who is as well qualified as Diplomat Park Hae-Young. On this matter, we ask that the princess concede.” Seul looks crestfallen. (poor Seul)
Later in the grandfather’s study, the grandfather blasts into Hae-Young, questioning Hae-Young’s motives for entering the palace. Hae-Young coldly replies that it’s because he doesn’t want to live like his father, losing everything he knows—money, possessions, friends, etc. The grandfather returns in the same manner, “Had I known this is how you would react, I should have told you about your father years ago.” Hae-Young’s surprised at his grandfather’s coldness, especially more so when the grandfather continues that he’s not sorry to Hae-Young or to his father for the way things turned out. The grandfather says that Hae-Young can do as he pleases. They’ll see in the end who wins this battle of wills. (Dang…talk about family dysfunction)
Walking through the halls of the palace, Seul tries to convince Hae-Young there’s a better way to deal with this situation. (Interesting choice of attire for the couple…they look well-matched in beige and blend in quite nicely with the palace coloring…obvious hint by the show?) He can simply come to the palace and play instead of taking his role seriously. However, Hae-Young replies that his personality won’t allow him to frivolously use up the country’s money and resources that way. He plans on taking his role seriously. She says he can do laundry or cleaning then since she can’t be taught by him. He calmly replies that of all the diplomats in the country, he’s the only one suited to teach her since he grew up in a royal family himself. (Without an actual royal family, Korea considers tycoon/chaebol families to be its royal family. An example would be the Samsung family right now.) Seul then plays difficult and taunts him as to what he can teach her. Hae-Young intimidates her with financial possibilities of what she’s going to do with all the Dae Han possessions and the various things she has to learn. Giving her an itinerary of tomorrow’s events, Hae-Young takes his leave. Seul glances at the schedule and freaks out that she has to start her day at 6AM.
The next morning, the staff tries to wake her up. (She’s wearing a sparkly barrette/tiara to bed…LOL) She resists, so Hae-Young has the female staff leave, gesturing that he’ll take care of things. Turning the alarm clock on, he casually throws in under the covers so that Seul is rudely awakened by the noise. She wakes up and complains that if Hae-Young is responsible for her, he should make sure she gets enough sleep. Hae-Young lifts off the covers from her head and then reminds her that for now, the only thing she can sacrifice is her sleep since she’s not trained to do anything else. He then pointedly comments, “Didn’t you say that you would give it your all? Yet you can’t even wake up properly?” Seul complains that she’s not even scheduled for any lessons. All he’s having her do today is take tests: level 1, level 2, level 3, etc. “Are you playing here?!” Hae-Young smirks and says that it’s the first day, so he needs to assess what she knows. “Why? Do you want to die because you’re going to be taking lots of tests?” (LOL…love the way he tilts his head and mocks her. Definitely, Hae-Young has the upper hand here…poor Seul) With nothing better to say, Seul picks up on the fact that he’s not using the honorific form to address her. Hae-Young pretends to catch himself and then points out that there’s no one here to hear them. He blinks prettily while she huffs and puffs. Seul declares that she refuses to learn anything from someone who doesn’t have a teaching certificate and then hides herself under the covers, intent on going back to sleep. Hae-Young smiles a bit tightly and then tells her he has one. “Wake up!”
Seated at a drawing room in the palace, Seul looks through Hae-Young’s many certificates. She’s amazed that he really does have teaching certificates as well as diplomas: MBA, CPA, teaching English certificate. When Seul suggests that he may have purchased the degrees, the staff verify that he was famous during his college years for being a well-educated chaebol. Irked by Hae-Young’s smug expression, Seul asks if Hae-Young told them this directly. One of the female staffers says that Diplomat Park is too humble and reserved to ever praise himself; they looked up the information themselves. Seul scoffs at the idea that he’s humble and reserved. She then continues to bait him with taunts. Having had enough, Hae-Young asks the female staffers to leave them so that he can start. When Seul tries to leave, he bullies her as to how princesses should behave. He teaches her than when someone grabs her hand, rather than ask the person to let her go, she should command the person to move. When Seul asks if he entered the palace to torment her, he tells her to do her duty and study her role as princess properly or he will torment her as she suspects.
Seated at the palace library, Seul takes her first test while Hae-Young annoyingly paces. (I love the library! Ack! What a dream library!) Hae-Young grades her test; she misses every single question (!) When she asks for the exam back, he refuses and calls it quits for the day because he’s so stunned by her poor performance. When she keeps asking for it, he tells her he needs it so that he can properly write a report to the president. Seul is mortified that the president will know of her hideous score. Hae-Young replies that her progress as a princess is of great national concern and that this test may cause the president to reconsider his position. (LOL) Later while Hae-Young eats his lunch, Seul tries to take the folder that holds her test. She fails miserably, and Hae-Young continues to tease her. She asks to speak privately with him, repeating to her staff that she is not to be interrupted, regardless of what they hear or don’t hear (LOL…great line).
Inside Hae-Young’s room in the palace, Hae-Young continues to tease her (he looks like a monkey at one point) while Seul tries to grab the folder, saying that she doesn’t want to be embarrassed like this. She’s never even shown her mother her grades. She even gets on the bed to make a flying leap for the folder. She fakes a fall and then grabs the folder, only to be fooled because Hae-Young has the exam results in his breast pocket. Lying on his bed, she then threatens that she’s not going to leave his room until he gives her the exam. He calls her bluff and joins her on the bed. Stunned by his move, she starts to fall off the bed and he catches her…intimate look/awkward moment. They both get up hurriedly and Hae-Young tells her that if she arrives late for tomorrow’s lesson, he’ll send the exam results to the Blue House (president’s house). Seul leaves, happy to have been given a reprieve.
As Seul gets ready to sleep, she sets three different alarm clocks and plays with the lights, unable to fall asleep. She paces on top of the bed and fans herself as she reflects on the day. She’s afraid that she won’t be able to wake up due to lack of sleep, so she does an Internet search on how to go to sleep when her heart pounds because of a man, no a diplomat. (LOL) She proceeds to do bunny hops, jumping backs, push-ups, etc.
Still unable to go to sleep, Seul goes out to get some water. Gun sees her and sneaks up on her as a trick. Surprised, Seul ends up spraying his face with water. When Gun makes her a drink to aid in her sleeping, she exclaims that the drink tastes so good even though it’s just honey and milk. Gun cheekily replies that it’s because the drink was made with love.
Early the next morning, Hae-Young, in exercise wear, waits by the palace fountain for Seul to arrive. When she doesn’t, he barges into her bedroom despite the protests of the female staffers. Leaning over her bed, he gently advises her that it would be wise to wake up now. In reply, Seul murmurs in her sleep, “Professor.” (LOL) She puckers her lips. In disbelief, Hae-Young bodiy wakes her up, slinging her (with comforter and all) over his shoulders in a threat to dump her in the fountain. When she quickly assures him that she’s awake, he dumps her in the fountain anyhow (payback for the professor comment? LOL). Chaos ensures.
Seul, now dressed and ready for the day, bursts into the library and asks him for the exam. He pretends that he sent off the exam already. Seul freaks and asks how he sent it. After letting her worry for a bit, he gives her the exam and then sternly tells her to take her role and training seriously: daily running 30 laps around the grounds, being prompt, etc. When she asks if he’s serious—she feels like he’s training her as a high school student preparing for the college entrance exam—he tells her to take it seriously or he will, in fact, revert to training her as if it’s 100 days before the college entrance exam (huge deal for Korean seniors).
Director Oh (grandfather’s right-hand man) prepares her for the press conference and tells her that she should memorize names and faces of the reporters. When Seul exclaims that she’s happy to finally be able to clear her father’s name with reporters who are on her side, the director tells her that she will not be fielding any questions about her late father. At her surprise (since this is why she entered the palace), Hae-Young comments that this is the way his grandfather works and takes his leave so that Director Oh can speak with Seul freely.
Yoon-Ju has a farewell party with her staff before she assumes her new role. One of Seul’s female staffers comes to talk with Yoon-Ju, and we find out that she’s a spy for Yoon-Ju. The staffer comments that Park Hae-Young has entered the palace as the princess’ teacher, and their relationship is ambiguous; at times, they fight, but at other times, they seem close. This report gives Yoon-Ju pause.
Later that evening, Hae-Young has dinner with the corrupt politician who says empty words of praise to him. Hae-Young says he shouldn’t say words he doesn’t mean and that he doesn’t keep his promises. Then mentioning the report file the politician sent him, Hae-Young clarifies that he asked the politician not to release any news until the information had been accurately confirmed. The politician, drunk as a skunk, tells him that released news has a tendency to become confirmed news. Hae-Young cuts him short and tells him that asking the politician to lift the transport ban was a test. Next time, the politician should be responsible about the information he leaks. Someday, Hae-Young will assume the position of his grandfather and the politician would do well to not get on his bad side.
The next morning, Seul asks for permission to leave the palace. She assures the grandfather that he doesn’t need to fear if she’ll return. She’s determined now to be the princess.
At the professor’s office, Seul comes to visit and asks the Professor to buy her lunch. Unable to tear her eyes from his face, she sneaks peeks as she eats. The professor discovers that Hae-Young has been assigned her teacher. She seeks his consult and hopes that the professor will help her. To her surprise, he merely advises her to use Park Hae-Young to her advantage, to test if he’s truly trustworthy. (My suspicion is that Professor Nam is going to take Yoon-Ju up on her offer now that Hae-Young is in the palace.)
Back at the palace, Hae-Young asks where she went. When she explains that she went to see the professor, Hae-Young tells her that he doesn’t want to hear the Professor’s name from her anymore. (jealousy?) He then reminds her that he will treat her viciously if she doesn’t act properly.
Lounging at his apartment, Hae-Young laughs victoriously as his apartment is released back to him and the black suits remove the red tags.
Yoon-Ju visits Hae-Young with wine and announces that she’s been made director of the palace. Hae-Young then tells her that the president has asked him to also enter the palace and take responsibility of training the princess. She feigns ignorance and then goes to the kitchen to prepare him dinner. Meanwhile, Professor Nam Jung Woo calls her cell, Hae-Young answers and gives her the phone, and she answers the call professionally because Hae-Young’s in the room.
Immediately, Yoon-Ju goes to meet Jung Woo, who tells her that he’ll take the position at the palace and would have accepted earlier had it not been for her. (Seriously, I think he’s going there to provide Seul with support as well as do the research that he so loves…love triangle, here we come!) He then concludes by telling her that she means nothing to him now. He returns home and symbolically ends his relationship with her by turning down their photo frame. Meanwhile, Yoon-Ju slightly tears up, still at the café. (I guess a part of her did love him…either that or she’s tearing up because of wounded pride) At the same time, Hae-Young peruses a book by Professor Nam and notices that the dedication is made out to Oh Yoon-Ju.
Seul, on the other hand, is found doodling in her diary: mean comments about Hae-Young, love comments about Professor Nam (hearts all over the place LOL), and missing comments about her mom and her sister, etc. She falls asleep with the diary open.
The next morning, Seul is excited to hear that her mom and sister have come to visit. She embraces her mom warmly while Dan looks on in disgust. The mom pretends that she needs to use the restroom and uses that excuse to speak privately with Hae-Young, who apologizes for his earlier pretense of engagement. She tells him it’s all right–when would she ever get a chance to call such a handsome man her son-in-law. He then tells her that son-in-law Park is his nickname and that she can continue to call him that. (Aw…) She asks for his care in looking after Seul and tries to give him some money to accompany the request. While they tussle because it’s inappropriate for him to take the “bribe,” Yoon-Ju interrupts and says that she’s asked the mom to come here so that they can sort through the formal lineage documentation.
Outside, Seul asks Dan if the mother knows why they’ve come. Seul worries about how her mother will take the news that Seul can’t be her daughter anymore and how Seul will explain this. Dan tells her coldly to watch herself then. “Make sure you act properly so that no one can blame mom for raising you poorly.” She then bitterly remarks that things have always come easily for Seul while she’s had to work hard at getting into college and being a good daughter.
Yoon-Ju presents the final document for the mother to sign in order for Seul to be consider officially princess and not her daughter. Before the mother signs, she asks what will happen then to the insurance and savings she established for when her daughters get married. She’s not very educated and so wants to confirm that Seul can still receive the benefits before she signs away her parental rights. “Will my daughter receive the money when I die?” Seul and she have a good cry as the separation becomes finalized. Mom leaves with Dan, asking Hae-Young to take good care of her princess. As he watches the car leave, Hae-Young softly apologizes to her.(Ugh…harbinger of bad things to come.)
Crying mournfully in her bedroom, Seul cries out “Mom” repeatedly while Hae-Young listens thoughtfully outside. (She’s lost her father and now her mother due to her title.)
The next morning, Hae-Young enters Seul’s bedroom and announces, “Let’s study.” When she remains silent on her bed, he apologizes and says that he’s done wrong, not to her but to her mother. He then repeats, “Let’s study.” Seul gets up and walks past him. He asks where she’s going, and she answers with resolve, “To study.”
Surrounded by stacks of books, Seul and Hae-Young bury themselves in the library and pour over documents, newspapers, etc.
In one of the sitting rooms, Seul prepares for her first press conference while Hae-Young continues to coach her: you’re not here to flirt, you’re not going out for Miss Korea, etc. She continues to practice her televised speech (I think Hae-Young flinches a bit when she explains that Hae-Young was just pretending to be her fiance). Hae-Young then tells her that her adoptive father had sold a royal artifact for money. She has a decision to make: does she want her real father to be consider a schemer or her adoptive father. They are interrupted by a request for the princess to go pick out her press conference outfit.
At the designer’s place, Yoon-Ju shares a warm moment with the designer until Seul walks in. The designer, thrilled by Seul’s beauty, greets her ecstatically and shows enthusiasm at the prospect of clothing Seul, which irks Yoon-Ju. Offering to take Seul downstairs, Yoon-Ju tells Seul to enjoy things while she can. Yoon-Ju then unveils her real nature and tells Seul that either they’ll forcibly drag her out of the palace or she can walk quietly on her own. Shaken, Seul prepares to try on clothes. (poor Seul…she has no one to trust in the palace…can’t wait for Professor Nam to come to protect her.)
PREVIEW: Yoon-Ju looks on in envy and spite as Seul tries on clothes and gets praised. Yoon-Ju’s probably thinking that she should be the one wearing those clothes and getting admired. Hae-Young looks on as if he can’t take his eyes off her. (looking forward to the day everyone finds out how witchy Yoon-Ju really is) Later on in the preview, after all the recap scenes, Hae-Young gets word that Seul has disappeared. He searches the palace grounds for her.
Hope you enjoyed the read! Off to go do some work now.