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KOREAN DRAMA RECAP
MR. QUEEN EP 18 KDRAMA – PART 1
The Queen Grandmother is on the throne and is dictating her announcement to a calligrapher. She says that she has placed a prince as the new King and gives no mercy to the coup people.
The towns people read this announcement. One commoner thinks that the East Study religion made all this trouble. A man reads it who looks like he is part of the East Study group. He quietly walks off.
Hwan goes to Byong In in the palace and asks why he arrested Hong and Yang Pyung? Byong In says power shifts depending on who is on the throne. Hwan thinks you should not arrest innocent people. Byong In asks if they are innocent? They aren’t innocent because being on the weak side is a sin.
Hwan asks how bad he is going to become? Byong Ins ays he will become big enough to protect the things he wants to protect.
Meanwhile, the Queen puts sick cosmetics on her face. Yeon applies it. She tells Hong Yeon to make her lips look worse. Yeon thinks he looks bad enough. the Queen says she wants to look like a dead-dead person.
Yeon asks if she really has to do this? The Queen grabs the chalk and starts to rub it on her lips. She says she is going to be on the Kings side and even so, they can’t put a sick pregnant woman in jail. How do I look? Yeon tells her she looks like a dead body.
They all go pray at the Kings room. Then the Queen grandmother and Daebi come in to pray. Daebi is dramatic as usual. The Queen thinks they are acting. It is the acting job of their life, but I am the one winning the acting award today.
She bursts in front of them and starts to super cry and wail about the King not leaving without her. WHAT ABOUT MY BAAAAAABYYYYY, WHAT ABOUT MEEEEEE, MY KIIIIINNNNNNG.
Choi tells everyone to call the doctor! The Queen has to be pulled out. The Queen thinks in her head, if I am here one second more they will yell at me.
QB and Daebi both look amazed and shocked.
The Queen pretends to be crying all the way back to her room where Hwa Jin is waiting. She had called her to the palace.
HJ – What happened to the King? How could this happen?
Q – I thought you would be worried. The King is alive. I called you to tell you this. Don’t worry.
Hwa Jin thanks her and crumbles to the ground. The Queen tells her that it will start from now.
At a gisaeng house, the politicians toast each other to their fortune and says that they can take care of the King and the commoners in one go. They chuckle.
Byong in is with them and says that he has a little worry before that happens, which is why I called you together. The Kim and Cho family are enemies all the time. We are together because of the King. The King is gone now so I worry about us damaging each other and competing. So I prepared something to have a good alliance for both of our families.
he hands a note to the Choi politician. The note is to place a new King. The men wonder if that is a coup? The King is already dead, why do we have to do this?
Byong In tells him this is for us to have common responsibility. I want to make sure and have evidence that one side will not betray the other. if you agree then I guarantee that both families will exist in harmony.
Choi says Byong In wants to hold all their lifeline. We cannot agree with this! They stand up to leave. But men with swords stop them outside the door. They ask if he is using soldiers against them!
Byong in calmly tells them that they should agree. You can leave the room after you agree. Then he adds his name to the document first.
The Queen hides all her jewels and expensive things in one bag. Choi comes in and asks if they found out anything. Choi says, as the Queen thought, they closed all doors around Han Yang and the palace.
The Queen asks about the soldiers. Choi says there are people where soldiers are searching. Especially the cliff area.
The Queen thinks in her head that she found Chol Jong, she is going to get him. She fakes that she is sleepy and rests in bed. Her maids pleasantly tell her goodnight and head out.
But, before they leave, the Queen tells them to be healthy. They ask, huh? She tells them that they should not let their guard down about their health.
They leave and the Queen changes into commoners clothing. She also has the bow and arrow with her.
Byong in asks his friend how the Queen is. The friend says she passed out due to the shock but woke up now.
he goes to find the Queen and finds her sneaking out. he asks where she is going?
BI – Are you thinking about the thing I think you are thinking about?
Q – Don’t worry about me
BI – After you leave the palace, you will be in danger.
Q – i know that. I know everything. You tried to kill the King using me as bait and you also tried to kill the King yourself. I know everything.
BI – For your safety, I will be hated. So just blame me and give up. The King is dead.
Q – No he is not dead. You know the King will not die this easily. That is why you blocked the doors and are trying hard to get the new King in a hurry.
BI – Your highness, please, you should throw away the King and then you will live.
Q – Why King? I will tell you the reason. Someone has to be King, then I think the King is the best because he deserves to be the King more than anyone else. So don’t block my way to use my one vote. if you keep blocking me *arms her arrow* then I cannot help this
BI – How can you point your arrow at me? You know how I think.
Q – if you like me this much then you know the changes I have had. Look at me. Am I the same woman? Inside is totally different but you do not recognize it. What you liked is the flesh. The So Yong you liked is gone.
BI – What are you talking about?
Q – *shoots arrow*
Q – If I am the real So Yong, she would not be able to fire an arrow at you because she likes you at least like a brother. But I am different. I can shoot you.
She shoots him in the thigh when he tries to come to her.
Q – Ah, I did not know I would actually shoot you. it was supposed to be a warning shot.
She runs away. Byong In can’t follow because he has an arrow right in his thigh.
The Queen jumps over the wall and lands like a superhero. Her maids clap for her. they are all in commoner clothing as well. Yeon says that she was so obvious so they thought she wanted them to come with her. Choi says she just wanted to save her own life. if you are gone in front of me then I will kill myself with nervousness.
The Queen says, okay, lets go. But they won’t let her go. Yeon says she has to step on her to leave. So the Queen steps on her little foot and walks past her.
Choi tells her there is only 4 days left. The coronation is in 4 days but you are going to search the entire mountain and find the King? The Queen asks if they are laughing at her. Choi says yes. Yeon tells her there are so many wild animals in the mountain, you will not be able to survive one day. You will be eaten by something or found frozen to death.
The Queen says she will not get scared and keeps walking off. Choi tells Yeon, the Queen does not want it so much so lets go back and drink poison since we couldn’t stop her from leaving. *whines*
This makes the Queen turn around and say they can come with her.
They walk with the maids holding the Queens arms. they ask her how she was going to pass the gate. She says she was going to climb the wall with her skills. They chuckle and tell her that they prepared everything, don’t worry.
They get to the gate wearing the Queens clothing and maids clothing, so they are let out right away and very easily.
BYONG IN AND FRIEND
The friend thought that they were drinking for a winning party but he says it feels like drinks for the losing party. he says is wound will not heal like this Where did you get hurt.
He tries to take his cup. Byong In tells him that if he takes his cup one more time, I will cut off your hand. Then he thinks about the Queen and the difference between her and the So Yong he knew. it is a big difference.
In the morning, Byong In goes home to his fathers house. His father tells him to go to his room. It will be warm since he kept the fire going. Byong In asks why he isn’t asking him anything? Jwa Gun says fathers are like that.
JWA GUN AND GRANDMOTHER QUEEN
The Queen asks Jwa Gun what Byong In made? Jwa Gun says he made a list of signatures for a coup. She is shocked, he did this without telling me?
JG – When we have the list so it is our weapon. Don’t worry, I will bring it to you.
GQ – As soon as the King died, you came back and were involved in a coup. It makes the picture cloudy/weird.
JG – I do not need a position. I will be happy to search you from behind the scenes. By the way, I heard that the Queen left the palace.
GQ – The Queen? The mother of the country left overnight. I am keeping it quiet because it taints our family name. You already knew?
JG – Based on how she has acted, this is not just simple running away.
GQ – Which means?
JG – She wants to bring the King back and put everything how it was before. The Queen believes that the King is alive.
GQ – She has definite evidence that the King is alive?
JG – She took off her Queen clothing and went out, so she is just a woman.
GQ – I know that is obviously a lie but Byong In really wanted it so I accepted it. The King and Queen really loved each other like that so I have to make sure they are buried together. Will you do that brother?
Jwa Gun smiles.
Cut to the red soldiers torturing some men in the palace. Jwa Gun tells the friend that he is back in his position to help the Grandmother Queen in the palace. he asks who these men are? Did they kill the King?
One of the men says he is just a medicine collector, he does not even know the Kings face.
JG – So you guys that are lower than bugs killed a dragon in the sky without even noticing?
He burns the man with a hot iron.
The King wakes up in a shack. He hears a chopping noise and hops up.
Man – You wake up like that so you must be okay.
King – Who are you?
Man – Of course I am a herb gatherer. Otherwise, why am I in the mountain.
King – You saved me?
Man – it is not that I saved you. I picked you up. You have wealthy clothing so I thought you would give me some money. There is nothing free in the world. Your clothes look expensive but they are all shredded so I cannot even sell it. I burned it.
King – Burned?
Man – I saw soldiers walking around the mountain. Did I pick up a trouble maker? If you run away without paying for the treatment, then I will cut off your head like this.
He makes a motion to cut his head then goes outside to great a person. The person he greats has a letter that is exchanged for money. The King sees this.
QUEEN AND MAIDS
While walking in the mountains, Choi asks the Queen what happened. The Queen says they had a funeral with a fake body. Yeon asks how she knew? The Queen says bad guys are all the same. Choi curses the bad guys in the palace.
Byong In goes to the Queen’s bedroom and hen goes to meet with his father.
JG – This is a confession by the East Study Cult. I also have a witness. Announce it after the funeral at the appropriate time.
BI – Can I ask you to take over the security of the palace for awhile?
JG – Why?
BI – I will bring the King and Queen’s head by myself
3 DAYS BEFORE THE CORONATION
Byong In heads out with his friend. Hwan asks if he is heading out to find the Queen. Byong In tells him that the Queen is not the sister he knows anymore. He hops on his horse and heads out with his friend.
Hong messes with the lock a bit and breaks it open. he is pretty surprised that it was so easy. Yang Pyung is also surprised that he did that.
Hwan comes up so they have to put the lock back in. He asks if Hong is okay? Your sins are that you are the Kings best friend and the Kings brother. Don’t worry, I will get you out.
Hong tells him he is a person that never changes despite the situation. Hwan says, of course. You did not keep me close because I am in the Kim family. I didn’t become friend with you because you are the Kings best friend.
Hong looks a bit guilty.
Hwan continues and says that palace is all upside down. They tried to kill all the east cult people so I am worried that innocent people will get hurt and the Queen disappeared overnight.
They ask what he is talking about?
Hwan says she took her court lady and servant and disappeared without anyone seeing her. Byong in Hyung-nim left the palace to find her, but it looks a bit serious. Maybe I shouldn’t think this way, but I feel like it looks like he will harm the Queen.
The three women keep walking up the mountain. They stop to rest and eat a picnic as well. Choi packed it all with help from the chef possibly. Then they keep walking. then they sleep. It is really just showing their travels through the mountains.
Hong Yeon asks how the Queen can sleep outside like this The Queen says she used to do it a lot. Choi says she never did it before. The Queen talks about walking many miles (200 miles?) with a full backpack. they don’t believe her and starts to chuckle.
The Queen says she walked that many and even melted snow and drank it when she was thirsty. They both chuckle. Yeon thinks they can’t even make a fire. I am worried about this cold night. Sorry Queen.
The Queen says it is not even cold. This is nothing compared to winter training. Choi and Yeon give her a thumbs up and laugh. They fall asleep with her CJ scarf around them all.
The King wakes up and starts to look around the house he is in. He finds the note which is written in passcode format.
The man comes up from behind him and screams, YAAAA. The King turns around in shock, the man is holding a blunt tool.
Byong In gets to the mountain and tells his red people to find them.
Meanwhile, the Queen is walking up a path with her maids. They think the weather and view are nice so they take a moment to enjoy it. Then they keep walking. they walk and walk and are almost there but are super tired. Yeon looks fresh though. So they take a rest on a rock.
Choi thinks everything outside the palace looks good. The Queen jokes that she used to hate outide the palace. The Queen asks Yeon if she likes inside or outside more. Yeon says she likes wherever the Queen is.
But then the red soldiers show up and run to get them. Choi stops the friend but the friend slices Choi. The Queen tries to shoot them, but it doesn’t work. Yeon pulls the Queen away. Choi is still alive and tries to hold the friends leg but he kicks her off and chases the Queen.
They hide. yeon runs to make the other chase her. But Byong In finds the Queen. So the Queen runs off all the way to the cliff.
Byong In holds the Queen by the neck over the cliff. She tries to break free, but his grip is too strong.
BI – Who are you? What did you do to So Yong!
Okay, what happened to the writing in this episode? Did an assistant write it because it feels so different from all the other episodes. It wasn’t smart and well put together, it felt like it relied on coincidence and unplanned events? Am I the only one that thinks this way?
Actually, the last three episodes lacked the cohesiveness of the first 14 so I wonder if they are just out of energy to finish smoothly? Or perhaps these are the episodes that they just need to get through to get to their well thought out ending? (Please let the ending be well thought out).
Though, I am a bit worried about the ending now because it seems like they might not have given it a lot of thought? Or perhaps they just didn’t give the last couple episodes a ton of thought to lead into something grand?
Hopefully this episode is just a fluke and the next two pull us to a grand ending which wrapped up everything nicely and also in a clever way. Here’s hoping!
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