Haechi Episodes 25-28
Minister Min Jin Hun (Lee Kyung Young) tells Prince Yeoninggun Lee Geum (Jung Il Woo) that he should stop stirring the pot and instead act like he does. Prince Yeoninggun vows he’ll never act like Minister Min.
With an evil grin Prince Milpoonggun Lee Tan (Jung Moon Sung) tells Prince Yeoninggun that backfire is coming and it will unseat him from the position of crown prince.
Prince Milpoonggun’s evil plot is two phased. In Phase 1 an anonymous petition from the people is submitted requesting the King step aside and let the Crown Prince rule. Needless to say, the King is NOT happy with the request. Dal Moon (Park Hoon) appears to accept evil Prince Milpoonggun’s offer to work for him out of the desire to make his former lover (Prince Milpoonggun’s concubine) happy.
Prince Yeoninggun swears he did not instigate the petition. He goes to Dal Moon to learn who is behind the plot. Dal Moon lies that Prince Milpoonggun has nothing to do with petition. Prince Yeoninggun trusts Dal Moon implicitly and believes him. To show his sincerity Prince Yeoninggun kneels before the King’s palace. He kneels in the heat of the gun and the downpour of the rain. Prince Yeoninggun hallucinates encouragement from the former crown prince (who Prince Milpoonggun killed). Prince Milpoonggun arrives and tells Prince Yeoninggun to last a little long. He loves watching Prince Yeoninggun suffer. Prince Yeoninggun musters a warning to Prince Milpoonggun that he will kill him. The King arrives. He declares he can no longer trust Prince Yeoninggun.
Phase 2 of Prince Milpoonggun’s evil plot is put into effect. Prince Milpoonggun creates false evidence that two noble families conspired with Prince Yeoninggun to poison and kill the King. The evil inspector has been tossed into jail by Park Moon Soo (Kwon Yool) and abandoned by his political cronies. Prince Milpoonggun offers the evil inspector the opportunity to work together and bring Prince Yeoninggun down. Interested in his own survival, the evil inspector readily agrees.
Back at the palace, Prince Yeoninggun is shocked to learn of the treason charge. The evil inspector is ready to interrogate Prince Yeoninggun but he’s not available while he recovers from the kneeling ordeal.
Flyers are mounted throughout the city proclaiming that Prince Yeoninggun isn’t of royal blood. Knowing that only Dal Moon’s men could have done this, Moon Soo confronts Dal Moon. He blandly tells Moon Soo that he’s switched to the winning side. Moon Soo can’t believe Dal Moon’s betrayal. He refuses to his Dal Moon because they were once friends.
When Prince Yeoninggun hears about rumors about his lineage, he realizes Dal Moon facilitated the rumor spreading. He shrugs telling Moon Soo that he might want to switch to winning side too. As Prince Yeoninggun examines the flyers, he sees discrepancies in the wording. Prince Yeoninggun and Moon Soo decode the hidden message which proclaims that Prince Milpoonggun is the mastermind.
Before the interrogation, Prince Yeoninggun visits Minister Min Jin Hun (Lee Kyung Young) and suggests they put aside their differences so Prince Milpoonggun doesn’t become the next King. Minister Min notes that getting rid of Prince Yeoninggun is what he wants. Prince Yeoninggun points out that Prince Milpoonggun is all kinds of crazy and can’t be tamed. He further states that the lies Prince Milpoonggun is perpetrating will weaken the government. Minister Min refuses to help.
Unable to avoid the interrogation, Prince Yeoninggun arrives and waits for the King to come. When the King arrives, he asks Prince Yeoninggun to explain the situation. Prince Yeoninggun vehemently denies the charge of treason. The King declares he’ll have to interrogate Prince Yeoninggun personally. Minister Min interrupts and asks to speak before the questioning. Minister Min tells the King that the charges against Prince Yeoninggun aren’t valid. That gets everyone’s attention.
Prince Milpoonggun’s plan put Prince Yeoninggun at a disadvantage. Writer Kim Yi Young continues shift the sands of power. Prince Milpoonggun had the edge this episode as he slandered and cast aspersions on Prince Yeoninggun. It appears the burden of proof is on the accused not the accuser. Writer Kim made it appear that Dal Moon betrayed Prince Yeoninggun. I doubted the plot point from the beginning. What could the concubine offer Dal Moon? She betrayed him before. Her loyalty was to Prince Milpoonggun. It wasn’t enough inducement.
* Evil Prince Milpoonggun training in Buddhist concepts upped his strategic planning. Both phases of his plan to destroy Prince Yeoninggun were effective.
* Minister Min avoided the opportunity to take action. But when Prince Yeoninggun pointed out that chaos was the end results of Prince Milpoonggun’s rise to power, orderly Minister Min had to seriously consider aligning with Prince Yeoninggun.
* The King didn’t believe Prince Yeoninggun’s protestations of innocence. He wanted to trust Prince Yeoninggun but too many accusations swirled about Prince Yeoninggun. Personally, interrogation Prince Yeoninggun on treason charges was the only way.
Prince Yeoninggun Lee Geum (Jung Il Woo) fought to overcome obstacles thrown his way. Prince Milpoonggun was the evil conductor but Prince Yeoninggun didn’t recognize that Dal Moon lied to him about Prince Milpoonggun’s involvement. Eventually he figured it out. Smart move to engage Minister Min but it appeared to fail.
Inspector Yeo Ji (Go Ara) was non-existent these episodes. Besides a couple of scenes worrying about Prince Milpoonggun she was absent from action.
I rank these episodes (on a scale from 1-10) as very good (ep 25-26) and very good (ep 27-28). My rating chart is below.