Haechi Episodes 29-32
Prince Yeoninggun Lee Geum (Jung Il Woo) responds to the King’s request for an explanation on the charge of treason. for the King to come. Prince Yeoninggun vehemently denies the charge of treason. The King declares he’ll have to interrogate Prince Yeoninggun personally. Minister Min Jin Hun (Lee Kyung Young) 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. Minister Min explains he knows that Prince Yeoninggun is innocent. He asks the King if he doesn’t know the same truth. Minister Min looks to the audience and declares many know of the Prince’s innocent. Minister Min says they are perpetrating a wrong by trying to convict without sufficient evidence. Evil Prince Milpoonggun Lee Tan (Jung Moon Sung) stands to the side and can’t believe what he’s hearing. Prince Yeoninggun is shocked too.
After the interrogation is cancelled, Prince Yeoninggun goes to see Minister Min. He thanks Minister Min for siding with him. Minister Min warns Prince Yeoninggun that this change nothing. He won’t side with Prince Yeoninggun in the future. Prince Yeoninggun smiles and agrees they won’t be on the same side again. Nonetheless he thanks Minister Min for preserving the system instead of letting it dispense false justice.
Prince Yeoninggun tells Park Moon Soo (Kwon Yool) he needs to help his friend.
Prince Milpoonggun freaks out. He breaks things. He rails at his concubine. He declares a son of a peasant won’t beat him. Dal Moon (Park Hoon) blithely states the Prince has an inferiority complex. Ha! Prince Milpoonggun wants to strangle Prince Milpoonggun for his impudence. Dal Moon keeps his cool and tells the seething man that unless he knows all the plans, he can’t help him win. The tense moment is interrupted by Prince Yeoninggun’s arrival. Prince Milpoonggun, his concubine, and Dal Moon step outside to greet the prince. Prince Yeoninggun tells Dal Moon that he’s picked the wrong horse to back. Dal Moon retorts that he’s picked the eventual winner. Prince Milpoonggun interrupts and declares the Prince Yeoninggun won’t win in the end. Prince Yeoninggun stares at Prince Milpoonggun then shifts his gaze to Dal Moon. He tells Prince Milpoonggun that the flyers lying out his birth revealed all. Dal Moon realizes Prince Yeoninggun knows he’s working for him and against Prince Milpoonggun.
After Prince Yeoninggun leaves, Dal Moon declares Prince Milpoonggun must completely trust him or all will be lost. Prince Milpoonggun’s concubine encourages her lover to believe Dal Moon.
Moon Soo and his men figure out that the evil Inspector killed another inspector (recall this happened in the early episodes of this series). Incensed Moon Soo declares they will make the evil head inspector pay. He makes a sign declaring that the evil Inspector committed murder. His leadership is not thrilled with the tact but can’t stop Moon Soo and the inspectors from seeking justice when they were aware of the suspicious nature of the fallen inspector’s death.
Moon Soo and his men arrest the evil Inspector. They force him to walk through the center of town just as the evil Inspector had done to them and the crown prince. Prince Yeoninggun and his entourage intersect with their path. Prince Yeoninggun nods to his friend Moon Soo in appreciation.
The King is dismayed when the ministers agree with Minister Min’s assessment that he knew Prince Yeoninggun was innocent and still allowed him to be charged with treason. He drinks and ponders his actions.
When Prince Yeoninggun arrives to see the King, he is made to wait for an hour. Then the King meets with Prince Yeoninggun. He admits to Prince Yeoninggun that he did know Prince Yeoninggun was innocent but was jealous that their father wanted Prince Yeoninggun to be King not him. Prince Yeoninggun asks the King to repeat that. The King admits their father’s wish was why he made Prince Yeoninggun the crown prince.
Team evil starts to implode. Moon Soo and his men go after the Prince Milpoonggun’s right-hand man the brother owner. There is hand to hand combat. Just as Moon Soo is about to be injured an arrow pierces the air and his opponent. Moon Soo tells Prince Yeoninggun that he was late to the fight. Both men smile.
Dal Moon and his men detain the Chinese contingent that Prince Milpoonggun purchased the poison to kill the King with.
Prince Milpoonggun’s concubine decides to leave town. Dal Moon arrives and she rails at his betrayal.
Prince Milpoonggun enters the palace seething at how the tables have turned. He murders a guard that finds him (everyone is searching the grounds for Prince Milpoonggun). He wipes the man’s blood on his face. Prince Milpoonggun decides other obstacles must be removed.
The King is altered Prince Milpoonggun is on the grounds. Prince Milpoonggun sees the King and walks up knife in hand. Prince Yeoninggun arrives. He declares Prince Milpoonggun’s day of reckoning has come.
Prince Milpoonggun drops his knife and falls to his knees. He declares he didn’t come for the King but for Prince Yeoninggun.
Dal Moon keeps Prince Milpoonggun’s concubine locked up. She tells him that eventually she’ll hurt him again. Dal Moon doesn’t care as long as she’s alive.
The King starts to have chest pains. Is it the poison? He decides he can’t wait any longer. He declares that Prince Yeoninggun will start to govern with him tutoring him.
Prince Yeoninggun’s first order to name a new head of inspectors. Moon Soo and the gang are thrilled to have a new honest man in charge. Needless to say, the rest of leadership doesn’t have a positive reaction to the new boss.
Prince Milpoonggun taunts Prince Yeoninggun when he interrogates him.
Prince Milpoonggun is sentenced to die after being held in thorn cage. He doesn’t seem disturbed by this.
Prince Milpoonggun’s concubine leaves the safety of the compound. No doubt she’ll do some dirty work for Prince Milpoonggun.
Prince Yeoninggun realizes that Prince Milpoonggun was in the palace for 2 hours before being found. He wonders what Prince Milpoonggun did for that time window. He learns of an instance at the apothecary. When he hears the King is coughing up blood, he guesses the King’s medicine is to blame. He knocks the glass of medicine out of the Queen’s hand.
Prince Milpoonggun’s plan isn’t over. Writer Kim Yi Young allowed Prince Milpoonggun’s plan to be in play after he was caught and imprisoned. Team Evil was caught but this is far from over. I’ll admit that I thought this was a 32-episode series and found the “final” episode not a wrapping up as expected. I checked and found out this is a 48-episode series. Yep, more to come.
* Evil Prince Milpoonggun was down but not out. I liked getting the past perspective with his father railing that Prince Milpoonggun was a disappointment and that he should be ruling not cast out. The seeds of hatred were sowed early by Prince Milpoonggun’s father.
* Minister Min wasn’t happy with Prince Yeoninggun’s appointment for the head of the inspectors. He knew he wouldn’t agree with Prince Yeoninggun’s decisions. He was right.
* The King is being poisoned by what Prince Milpoonggun slipped into his medicine. That doesn’t bode well for his longevity. I was impressed that the King admitted to Prince Yeoninggun that he wanted him to fail but he changed his perspective and allowed Prince Yeoninggun to begin ruling under his guidance.
Prince Yeoninggun Lee Geum (Jung Il Woo) is on the upswing. The King was rooting for him, the Queen rooted for him, and Team Good was back. Granted Dal Moon kept the secret of keeping Prince Milpoonggun’s concubine, but at least he told Prince Yeoninggun he had a secret he wouldn’t share. The scenes with evil Prince Milpoonggun are riveting. These two actors ratchet it up for those moments.
Inspector Yeo Ji (Go Ara) was non-existent. Will the character return soon?
I rank these episodes (on a scale from 1-10) as terrific (ep 25-26) and very good (ep 27-28). My rating chart is below.