Haechi Episodes 35-36
The King is dead. Who will be the next king? Attempting to stop his ascension, Prince Yeoninggun Lee Geum (Jung Il Woo) is accused by the Sorin Chief Justice of intentionally stopping the King’s medicine for his own political gain. The Sorin Chief Justice goes to the Dowager Queen to formally accuse the crown prince. Prince Yeoninggun enters the chambers and hear the charges in person. The Chief Justice declares Prince Yeoninggun isn’t fit to be King because he intentionally tried to kill the King.
Prince Yeoninggun does some soul searching. Are his naysayers right? Is he good enough to be King? Prince Yeoninggun’s teacher points out that he is being self-indulgent when he worries that he is not good enough to be king. He asks Prince Yeoninggun if he poisoned the Kings medicine? Did he stop the Royal doctors from treating the King? Did he come up with the idea of wolfsbane and ginseng to killed King so he could take the throne? Prince Yeoninggun’s teacher counsels him to take the time to determine once and for all whether or not he is worthy to be king. Prince Yeoninggun is told either stand up against these false accusations or run away…make your choice.
Prince Yeoninggun decides to become the next king. He goes to the Dowager Queen and asks her to issue an order for proclaiming him King before the typical six days window of time between kings. The Dowager Queen warns Prince Yeoninggun that he’ll be forever suspected as having killed the former king. Prince Yeoninggun concurs and is willing to take the criticism, doubt, and political machinations against him. The Dowager Queen smiles knowing that Prince Yeoninggun is indeed worthy of the throne and calls to make the order.
Minister Min Jin Hun (Lee Kyung Young) is surprised when Prince Yeoninggun’s teacher comes to him to make a deal NOT to oppose Prince Yeoninggun’s enthronement.
Park Moon Soo (Kwon Yool) is surprised to run into Inspector Yeo Ji (Go Ara), now a court lady (though Prince Yeoninggun doesn’t know this). Moon Soo is thrilled to tell Prince Yeoninggun that he’ll soon be King.
Yeo Ji has the honor of helping prepare the Prince Yeoninggun’s royal garments. She smiles knowing being near him is sufficient.
The enthronement ceremony makes King Yeoninggun the 21st King.
He’s not happy when his teacher and Park Moon Soo (Kwon Yool) resign. He accuses Minister Min of forcing them out. Minister Min counters that they did this to ensure his success as king. Minister Min says that King Yeoninggun doesn’t have the luxury of only being associated with supporters. Now he must embrace all factions to achieve his goals. A king must be willing to sacrifice the innocent and his personal friendships to achieve the goals of making the kingdom a better place for all people. The good of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Minister Min states the king will become lonely because his friends are gone. But his work is the most important thing.
King Yeoninggun goes to Dal Moon (Park Hoon) to find Moon Soo but it’s too late. King Yeoninggun is given a letter from Moon Soo where his friend declares his undying support but knows he must leave to the king can work with all sides to achieve his goals.
Yeo Ji thinks about Moon Soo leaving the palace and her assurance that leaving behind her life to serve the King is what she wants. She cries.
King Yeoninggun thinks about Moon Soo leaving the palace and how they grew as friends. He murmurs that being the King is indeed lonely. He cries.
The mystery man from the third political party decides that a dose of chaos will erode the King’s support and allow his political party to rise again to power. To that end he frees the evil inspector and Prince Milpoonggun Lee Tan (Jung Moon Sung) from their exile prisons. Prince Milpoonggun demands to know who the mystery man is. He smiles and suggests that chaos will give Prince Milpoonggun the opportunity he’s waited for.
An unknown fluid is poured into the city’s well. Citizens get ill. Minister Min tells the King that a plague has descended on the city.
Will becoming King be harder than maintaining the position? Writer Kim Yi Young gave King Yeoninggun breathing room from the quagmire of political intrigue when his trusted advisors went to Minister Min and agreed to resign so the King had to rely on the Norin political party. The King feels alone without his posse. Team Evil gets a new addition from the third political party. Will King Yeoninggun ever catch a break?
* Evil Prince Milpoonggun was surprised when the evil Inspector and the unknown member of the third political party came to release him from his exile.
* Minister Min couldn’t believe when the King’s friends made a deal with him in exchange for the Norin’s support. He knew he wouldn’t make that sacrifice. You have to admit that Minister Min seems more ally than adversary in the last several episodes. I know that Minister Min wants the Norin political party’s dominance above everything, but he has helped the new King more than he’s hurt him. He also gives good advice from his perspective.
King Yeoninggun Lee Geum (Jung Il Woo) ascends to the throne. The path to the throne wasn’t easy but King Yeoninggun finally achieved it. He has friends and foes in the palace. Will he be able to navigate without his primary support team? Will he finally realize Yeo Ji is in the palace?
Inspector Yeo Ji (Go Ara) gave up her life to support King Yeoninggun inside the palace as a court lady. When will King Yeoninggun realize? Was Yeo Ji crying because Moon Soo left or that her life was forever changed or that loving the King from afar was all she’d ever be able to do?
Dal Moon (Park Hoon) kept quiet about Prince Milpoonggun’s concubine. Will he be able to ferret out the cause of the plague?
Park Moon Soo (Kwon Yool) resigns. Moon Soo was willing to give up his life an inspector to facilitate the King’s success. He is a true friend. He seemed to realize that Yeo Ji was willing to give up her life to support the King on a personal level. I LOVED the scene when Moon Soo repeated all that Yeo Ji had told him…perfection.
I rank these episodes (on a scale from 1-10) as terrific (ep 35-36). My rating chart is below.
The second song of the OST is “Story Conveyed By The Wind” sung by Jun Woo Sung of Noel: