In the banquet, Choi Dong Yi is uneasy
Jeong Sang Gung: Mamanim?
Jung Im: Just like you have said that you suspected, there is something amiss, I will go & find out
Choi Dong Yi nods. A palace maid drops her tray & breaks the plates that gave Choi Dong Yi a fright
Bong Sang Gung: Mamanim, are you alright?
Choi Dong Yi sense something is indeed out of place,
Choi Dong Yi: We need to leave for the residence at once to have a look
Bong Sang Gung: What?
Choi Dong Yi about to leave when Queen Jang comes
Queen Jang: Where are you going, Cheon Sang Gung?
Choi Dong greets Queen Jang. Choi Dong Yi wants to leaves but Queen Jang stops her
The battle of the Inner court Round 3 Dong Yi vs Queen Jang….Start!!!!…Fight!!!
Choi Dong Yi: Mama?
Queen Jang: The banquet will start soon & where are you off to.
Choi Dong Yi: My apology, Mama but I seems to not be feeling well therefore will like to retire to my residence for a rest.
Queen Jang: Is it?
Choi Dong Yi: Yes
Queen Jang; I thought that you want to go against the Queen’s decree that you wish to avoid attending this banquet.
Jeong Sang Gung & Jung Im sense something amiss
Queen Jang: It looks like this is your 1st banquet attendance that you might me suffering from nerves, but then you are now a member of the Royal Household that you should at least get yourself accustomed. If it not that serious, the your participation is compulsory, once the banquet is over, I will sent the Royal Physician to comes to read her pulse.
Choi Dong Yi:But…
Queen Jang: I am not here to request you for your attendance, Cheon Sang Gung moreover I am giving you an order
Choi Dong Yi takes her placing at the banquet after being denied to leave the banquet. Queen jang takes her place then asked Jo Sang Gung & tells that she must make certain that no one must be allow to leaves the premises. Jo Sang Gung acknowledge. Ae Jung comes to Choi Dong Yi as Choi Dong Yi asked what is going on. Ae Jung tells that they is no way that they can leave the premises. Choi Dong Yi is surprise that all exit has been blocked. Bong Sang Gung asked what does this mean that they can’t leave the premises. Ae Jung tells that Queen Jang’s staff has blocked all access exits that will not allow any of Choi Dong Yi’s staff to exit & gave the excuse that it is Choi Dong Yi’s maiden royal banquet that the staff needs to be accustomed to Royal banquets. Choi Dong Yi is astonished while Bong Sang Gung has her fears & concerns
Cha Cheon comes running to Seo Yong Gi & asked what are his findings. Cha Cheon Soo tells that they movement are indeed somewhat in oddity & amiss. Cha Cheon Soo tells that Oh Yun has deployed all Uigyeombu soldier to the banquet premises. Oh Yun Assistant gathers the Uigyeombu soldier to be deployed to their respective position. Cha Cheon Soo comes to asked what is Uigyeombu doing here. Seo Yong Gi & Cha Cheon Soo approaches Oh Yun assistant. Seo Yong Gi question Oh Yun assistant on their purpose why Uigyeombu has deploy their guard to the palace. Oh Yun’s assistant that the Royal household & the Government official are gathered at the banquet, that he is just providing security. Seo Yong Gi tells the security is Nae Geum Bu’s responsibility therefore he asked Oh Yun Assistant to dismiss his soldiers. Oh Yun’s assistant tells he can’t do that, Nae Geum Bu has no jurisdiction to give command to Uigyeombu. Oh Yun’s assistant tells that he is just following Oh Yun’s orders. Oh Yun’s assistant order his soldier to be deploy at once. The soldier acknowledge & is deployed while Oh Yun coming out from a shadow to look at a distance
Cha Cheon Soo is concern as Seo Yong tells that there is more to it that what they had been told.
Sukjong arrival in announce to the banquet as everyone stand to greet his arrival. Choi Dong Yi sits back on her chair as Sukjong looks at Choi Dong Yi’s direction & smiles pleasingly while as he turns to Queen Jang looking rather coldly then inform Chief Eunuch Han to announce that the banquet can now commence
As you see the main banquet scene, Choi Dong Yi is on the left side of Sukjong, then on the same level, the right side, you will get to see a Royal couple, it is said to be King Hyojong had a son-in-law who lived to a great age, and was honoured by King Yeongjo at the age of 94 in 1746. He was married to either Princess Sukjong or Sukgyeong, sister to Sukjong
Drum beat to start the banquet with dancers in the centre stage. Chinese Emissary & entourage enjoying the banquet. Yeong Dal playing his daegeum. Do Seong Ji enjoying the activities as Jung In Guk looks glum. Oh Tae Seok darting his eyes everywhere. Queen Jang is really wolf in sheep clothing, smiling is full of self esteem.
Hwang Jung Bu telling that Uigyeombu has surrounded the premises as Seo Yong Gi comes to them then order to dispatched all Nae Geum Bu’s soldier to the banquet at once. Han Jang Bu question that Seo Yong Gi wants all the soldier to be dispatched to banquet premises. Seo Yong Gi confirms & he want to deploy at once. Han Jang Bu acknowledge as Hwang Jung Gu understand & call his soldier to come with him. It seems everyone has a hidden agenda. The Nae Geum Bu soldier comes in numbers, inside the banquet premises is filled with activities, outside is just as busy with activities. Cha Cheon Soo oversees the Nae Geum Bu guard as they are being dispatched
Jung Im comes to inform Jeong Sang Gung that there is some oddity in the movements. Jeong Sang Gung asked what regards to Nae Geum Bu. Jung Im tells that the Nae Geum Bu soldier are now being dispatched to the premises. Jeong Sang Gung acknowledge as Jeong Sang Gung will convey the matter to Choi Dong Yi. Jeong sang Gung approaches Choi Dong Yi & whisper to her ears that there is nothing to raise concern about & asked her to be rest assured. Choi Dong Yi nods. Choi Dong Yi has a glance at Queen Jang who is looking at the performance, glowing in smiles.
Jang Hee Jae’s man comes to Jang Hee Jae as he asked him about the progress. Jang Hee Jae tells just as they has anticipate, Nae Geum Bu’s soldiers has been dispatched to the banquet premises. Jang Hee Jae acknowledged. Jang Hee Jae recalls that Queen Jang planned the banquet as she tells when the Nae Geum Bu’s soldiers are being dispatch to the banquet, this is when they will strike to expedite their plan. Jang Hee Jae concern that Nae Geum Bu will dispatched their soldier to the banquet. Queen Jang tells that Choi Dong Yi is a person who is ever at risk in danger, then in whatever endangering circumstances, they will focus all their attention on her as they will see that soldiers are being deployed to the premises in great number will arouse their suspicion & restlessness. Queen Jang tells at that moment when all focus is on the banquet, it is then that they need to quickly take this opportunity to retrieve the item that they wished for so badly. Jang Hee Jae understands
In the banquet, Queen Jang glowing with smiles & laughs, then she could see Nae Geum Bu’s soldier being dispatched & knew that they have taken the bait. Queen Jang looks at Choi Dong Yi is rather restless at her seat as she smiles that her plan is working nicely.
Yoo Sang Gung & her girl come to Bo Yeong Dang. The Internal Bureau of Investigation that the articles of Choi Dong Yi’s receipt to the inner court is ready that the staff need to come to Internal Bureau of Investigation to collect the ornament & item require for the issue of the receipt of the inner court. Choi Dong Yi staff finds it strange that they need to collect at such a late hour. The Internal Bureau of Investigation asked the staff to come follow her to Internal Bureau of Investigation. One of the staff is Hyeong Yi who fallen sick due to the lead poisoning. As the staff leaves, Yoo Sang Gung picking up her skirt & hurried into Bo Yeong Dang to search for the Military log book
Jang Hee Jae gather his assailant as the assailant asked what is his instruction. Jang Hee Jae tells that Choi Dong Yi & that all who are in league with her, all their abode needs to be thoroughly search for the Military log book & that they must not miss out any area in their search & asked whether they are cleared. The assailant acknowledged as Jang Hee Jae order them to conduct the search. The assailant comes to search Seo Yong Gi’s house as the assailant takes down Seo Yong Gi’s house servant to doing night patrol. Cha Cheon Soo’s house is also ransacked, it seems that Cha Cheon Soo no longer staying with Yeong Dal then to Shim Yun Taek’s residence
Shim Yun Taek is bound & taken to a store house. Shim Yun Taek asked whether is all this is done for the Military log book, do they think that Shim Yun Taek will surrender the Military log book to them. The assailant tells Shim Yun Taek that Shim Yun Taek doesn’t need to bother, that they have their way to retrieve the Military log book. Shim Yun Taek is surprise by the statement then the assailant leave after securing Shim Yun Taek at the store house. Shim Yun Taek tells that finally Jang Hee Jae can’t tolerate any longer to resort to this. Shim Yun Taek has anticipate that Jang Hee Jae will make this move
In the banquet, Choi Dong Yi asked Bong Sang Gung how long more does this banquet ends. Bong Sang Gung tells that it will soon be over. Choi Dong Yi also seems to have a hidden agenda as she doesn’t look anxious but with some foreknowledge to the matter. In Bo Yeong Dang Yoo Sang Gung & her girls begins to search for the Military log book & ransacked Choi Dong Yi’s residence as they go through every book they can find. It seems Choi Dong Yi does a lot of reading as there are books everywhere, as they become rather desperate in their search. Yoo Sang Gung asked Shi Bi how is she doing, she still can’t find the Military log book. Shi Bi affirms. Eun Geum comes in as Yoo sang Gung asked her about her progress. Eun Geum tells that she can’t find the Military log book in the staff quarters. Yoo Sang Gung panics that it must be conceal well is some place secure. Yoo sang Gung asked how much time they are left
Queen Jang really showed shrewdness when it comes to her schemes, on the surface she may be doing something than what is beneath in her ploy. Choi Dong Yi & her entourage leave the banquet after the performance. Queen Jang sees Choi Dong Yi leave the premises. Queen Jang asked Jo Sang Gung to quickly go find out about the progress of the search. Jo Sang Gung acknowledged. Choi Dong Yi bump into her staff as Bong Sang Gung queries why aren’t they in the residence looking after the place & asked where they have been. Choi Dong Yi staff tells that the Internal Bureau of Investigation ‘s Gungnyeo asked to collect ornament & items from them that will be use for the receipt of the inner court. Bong sang Gung is surprise that in this late hour. Choi Dong Yi tells that currently there is no one at the residence. The staff hesitates that Choi Dong Yi & Bong Sang Gung realise that something is utterly wrong that her staff have been diverted in order for her residence unattended. Choi Dong Yi rushes back to her residence
Yoo Sang Gung is still searching for the military log book as Choi Dong Yi hasten back to her residence. Yoo Sang Gung & her girls looking rather desperate as Choi Dong Yi staff Hyeong Yi (the palace maid who has the lead poisoning) raises an alarm to see Choi Dong Yi’s residence having Internal Bureau of Investigation’s Gungnyeo’s presence in the residence & asked what is the purpose of their visit so late. Yoo Sang Gung comes out to asked what is the matter. Yoo sang Gung confronts Jeong Geum who asked what is Yoo Sang Gung doing at Choi Dong Yi residence such a late hour. Yoo sang Gung signal her girl to deal with Jeong Geum who sense that something is wrong & tries to run as Yoo Sang Gung order Shim Bi to catches her. Jeong Geum asked what they are doing as she screams to let her go. Yoo Sang Gung orders Shi Bi to take her away & deal with her. Shi Bi is shocked by the instruction. Yoo Sang Gung orders them at once. Shi Bi acknowledge as Jeong Sang Gung is drag away
I hope Hyeong Yi will be alive to testify against Yoo Sang Gung later
Choi Dong Yi & her entourage hurries back to Bo Yeong Dang. Yoo sang Gung Eun Geum still desperately going through the books. Eun Geum tells that the banquet is already over. Yoo Sang Gung tells they can just leave without anything that the must find the military log book. Eun Geum tells that they still can’t find it whether the Military log book is indeed at Choi Dong Yi’s residence. Yoo Sang Gung & Eun Geum now turn to panic then whole search, Yoo Sang Gung discover something hollow in one of Choi Dong Yi’s cupboard as she tries to attempt to open the false door to the compartment where Shi Bi comes to tells that Choi Dong Yi is returning to the residence. Yoo Sang Gung is shocked. Choi Dong Yi returns to her residence then sense that something is amiss
Queen Jang is anxiously waiting in Gyotaejeon. Jang Hee Jae & Jo Sang Gung comes in. Jang Hee Jae tells that he has search thoroughly, Seo Yong Gi, Cha Cheon Soo & Shim Yun Taek’s residence but they can’t find the Military log book. Jang Hee Jae tells that what is left is Choi Dong Yi’s residence. Queen Jang asked whether there is still no news from Yoo Sang Gung. Then Yeong Sun comes calling then inform Yoo Sang Gung is here to see Queen Jang. Yoo Sang Gung comes in as Queen Jang asked Yoo Sang Gung what is the progress
Choi Dong Yi comes to her residence to find the place looks in proper, then Ae Jung informs that Hyeong Yi is missing. Choi Dong Yi is shocked. Bong Sang Gung tells Choi Dong Yi that the staff was concern about the residence therefore they has asked Hyeong Yi to return first to see to the residence but now there is no traces of her whereabout anywhere.
Choi Dong Yi goes straight to her secret compartment where Choi Dong Yi kept the Military log book as she draws the door, the Military log book is missing. Choi Dong Yi tells the Military log book is missing. Bong Sang Gung & Ae Jung is shocked too. Choi Dong Yi tells that Military log book indeed went missing. Yoo Sang Gung passes the Military log book to Queen Jang as Yoo Sang Gung inform that this is the Military log book that she has found it Choi Dong Yi’s residence that was conceal in one of the secret compartment. Queen Jang takes hold of the Military log book. Jang Hee Jae is relief as queen Jang browse through the pages. Jang Hee Jae tells that Queen Jang was right all along that is the Military log book was in Choi Dong Yi’s possession. Queen Jang tells that this is the Military log book. Jang Hee Jae confirm that it is indeed as queen Jang tell that the finally have the Military log book in their hands. Queen Jang asked Jang He Jae to verify that the Military log book is genuine then asked her brother to pass it to the Qing Chinese Envoy Chen. Jang Hee Jae acknowledged as Jang Hee Jae takes the book with him & leaves. Queen Jang can breathe a sigh of relief. Queen Jang praise Yoo Sang Gung on her effort well done
Jang Hee Jae leave Gyotaejeon then tells his man to convey a message to Chinese Envoy Chen that it will not be long that Jang Hee Jae will bring something that Chinese Envoy Chen had dream in his wildest of dreams. Jang Hee Jae’s man acknowledged. Jang Hee Jae looks at the Military log book in his hands. Shim Yun Tae is still bound & tied. Yoo sang Gung sitting in front of Queen Jang congratulates Queen Jang that finally she has achieve her long cherished aspiration. Queen Jang tells that it is still not over just yet, in order not to have any obstacles ahead, that they must be prepared well & asked if Yoo Sang Gung understands. Yoo sang Gung assures Queen Jang then leaves. Queen Jang then asked how Choi Dong Yi is feeling right now that she has already sense it that her swords has swung & finally gets the 1st cut
But just you wait Queen Jang, the show is about to begin….
Jeong Sang Gung rushes to Nae Geum Bu to inform that Military log book is missing, that it is correct that is certain that they already has taken the Military log book from Choi Dong Yi residence. Seo Yong Gi looks rather calm then close his eyes to focus
The next morning, Sukjong having a scroll in his hand then marches as he asked Do Seong Jo where are the Chinese Emissary now. Do Seong Ji tells that they are now in Daejeon waiting for his arrival. Sukjong looks at the stroll. Sukjong asked the Chinese Emissary that if he still want to make an issue over Joseon border deployment. The Chinese emissary tells that they have evidence to tell them that it is otherwise. Sukjong asked whether they have. The Chinese Emissary tell perhaps that if this is true, then this is a fact that Qing China will not ignore that considered threat. Sukjong queries about the evidence & tell that this is fine that if Chinese Emissary can bring forwards that said evidence to Sukjong then Sukjong will permits the Chinese Emissary & his entourage to Military observe Joseon’s borders but then if this is found to be falsehood, then Sukjong & even Joseon will not stand down on the matter to be ridiculed & asked the Chinese Emissary will he able to do that. Chinese Emissary has to give an affirmative to Sukjong question. Chinese Emissary tells that this is consider a health debates form both sides that if the Chinese has prove what they said is true then Joseon will need to pay & bear the cost
Queen Jang tells Oh Tae Seok that today Jang Hee Jae will handed the Military log book to the Chinese Envoy Chen. Oh Taek Seok tells this matter will bring Joseon & Royal Court some perilous danger & asked whether Queen Jang has thought of this consequences. Queen Jang affirms that this is the consequences that she is anticipating. Queen jang reminds that just as the Qing Chinese gets hold of the Military log book, that the Chinese will not stand down then Sukjong will be force into a corner. Oh Tae Seok concern as Queen Jang assures Oh Tae Seok not to worry, if this doesn’t turn out, will she be accuse of betraying the country. Queen jang tells that they & Chinese Envoy Chen are now sitting on the same band wagon that handing the Military log book to him, might be beneficial for their cause. Queen jang tells that what the Qing Chinese want to require is the Military intelligence of Mongolia borders & asked Oh Tae Seok whether he is clear on the matter. This is just an excuse, all they what is financial backing for their Mongolia campaign & that will resolve matters but then not everything can able to satisfied with monetary finances as Qing China will stir a commotion & make an issue over the Military log book then Joseon will always succumb to their demands. Queen Jang tells that when the time comes, Oh Tae Seok will take the initiative to appease their demands & Oh Tae Seok will be seen as the person who save the Royal Court from certain perils as Oh Tae Seok will able to manipulate that Royal Courts
Qing China has clashes with the Outer Mongolia state of Khalkha tribe who submitted to Emperor Kangxi in 1694. Qing China has always be satisfied that Joseon will always able to extract tribute for their Military campaign in China
Jang Hee Jae anxious to have the Military log book needs to be verified & validated that it is genuine as the official confirm that the Military log book is authentic. Jang Hee Jae is pleased. Jang Hee Jae men tells Jang Hee Jae that Chinese Emissary Chen has gone to venue where the appointment. Jang Hee Jae acknowledged as he leaves for the rendezvous with Chinese Emissary Chen
Shim Yun Taek struggles with his ropes. The next time he should carry a “Swiss army knife” with him then the store house opens & the assailant order Shim Yun Taek to be brought out. Shim Yun Taek is untied & brought before Oh Yun. Oh Yun asked whether this person is Shim Yun Taek as his assistant confirmed that he is. Oh Yun orders that Shim Yun Taek be drag away & dealt with. Oh Yun’s assistant is concern that Shim Yun Taek is a government official Sa Heon Bu Ji Pyeong & this may lead to back lash later
Shim Yun Taek starts to laugh then apologise for his laughter that he can’t help but laugh. Oh Yun is surprise at Shim Yun Taek’s remark. Shim Yun Taek asked whether this is indeed, that the matter is happening at this moment but yet they are discussion what implication of this & that might happened in the future, wouldn’t hearing this, seem to sound like a joke. Oh Yin’s assistant went to grab Shim Yun Taek’s collar & asked what is he prattling about. Shim Yun Taek asked what are they to do, it seems that the rice has been boiled to be broth & it is thick like nasal discharge. This is a saying that they are at a point of no return. Oh Yun realise something amiss as Shim Yun Taek laughs
Jang Hee Jae goes to the Gibang to passes the Military log book to Qing China. Chinese Emissary Chen welcomes Jang Hee Jae as Chinese Emissary Chen is anxious to get hold of the Military log book. Jang Hee Jae tells that he will not come here empty handed. Jang Hee Jae pass the package to asked Chinese Emissary Chen to verify the authenticity of the Military log book themselves. Chinese Emissary Chen’s man opens the package & showed the title of the Military log books. Jang Hee Jae laughing as Chinese Emissary Chen nods
Oh Yun draws the sword & place the blade on Shim Yun Taek’s neck as he asked Shim Yun Taek what does he really implying by saying that. Shim Yun Taek tells that he is certain that Oh Yun must already guess what is actually going on here. Shim Yun Taek can feels Oh Yun’s tremble in his blade. Oh Yun’s assistant tells Oh Yun not to be influence by Shim Yun Taek’s prattles & asked Oh Yun to killed Shim Yun Taek at once. Then the assailant calls out to Oh Yun that the Nae Geum Bu’s soldier are heading this way. Nae Geum Bu’s soldier starts to surround the area as Oh Yun’s men prepare to defend. Shin Yun take is glad at the arrival of the Nae Geum Bu soldiers
Oh Yun assistant asked Oh Yun to make his escape now that he will defend them off. Oh Yun knowing all his lost asked his man to stand down & drops their swords. Oh Yun doesn’t want everything to diminished in body counts then orders his men to stand down & drops their swords & do it now. Oh Yun’s assistant hesitates as Cha Cheon Soo comes & tells him that it is est to listen to what Oh Yun has just said. Oh Yun’s assistant tells his man to stand down & drops their swords. Oh Yun tells that they already know of this from the very start. Cha Cheon Soo tells Oh Yun that this time, there is no way of a chance of escaping this predicament. Cha Cheon Soo orders the arrest of Oh Yun & his men. Cha Cheon Soo goes to pick up Shim Yun Taek & untied him as Oh Yun & his assistant are being drag away. Shim Yun Taek nods Cha Cheon Soo that this mission was a success.
Chinese Emissary Chen’s man is browsing through the Military log book then confirms to Chinese Emissary Chen that this is the genuine Military log book. Jang Hee Jae assures that he never make any mistake twice. Chinese Emissary Chen thanked Jang Hee Jae for the Military log book. Jang Hee Jae tells since they have validate the Military log book as authentic then they should continue to discuss with the rest of their agenda. Chinese Emissary Chen tells of course they can. Jang Hee Jae’s man comes in to the Gibang in panic then shout that there is trouble. Jang Hee Jae asked what has happened. Nae Geum Bu soldier storming & surrounding the Gibang where Jang Hee Jae is conducting his barter with Chinese Emissary Chen.
Jang Hee Jae comes out to find panic & confusion in the Gibang & asked what is happening, why there is soldier presence in the Gibang. Jang Hee Jae’s man tells the soldiers are from Nae Geum Bu that they have now surrounded the Gibang. Jang Hee Jae then realise that they know of the Military log book then goes back to the room as Jang Hee Jae’s man order his man to defend. Chinese Emissary Chen asked his man to pack up the Military log book quickly to take the books away. Jang Hee Jae comes in to demand that Chinese Emissary Chen return the Military log book to him. Chinese Emissary Chen refuse & keep tightly in his chest as Jang Hee Jae demands that if they wish to live, then it is best Chinese Emissary Chen gives him back the Military log book as they tussle the possession of the Military log book
The Gibang is being overrun by Nae Geum Bu soldier that Jang Hee Jae’s assailant is no match for them as they are surrounded. Hwang Jung Gu comes in & order the assailant to put down their arms & kneel down. The assailant drops their weapon & kneel down as the soldier points their weapon at them. Seo Yong Gi comes in to asked the assailant where is Jang Hee Jae. Jang Hee Jae managed to grab the Military log book from Chinese Emissary Chen then asked his man to bring him a torch. Jang Hee Jae wanted to burn the Military log book to destroy the evidence, then as Jang Hee Jae tries to burned the book an arrow shot pass through him as Jang Hee Jae is startle & he drops the book on the ground, & surrounded by archers who are at the rooftop. Han Jang Bu draws his sword to stop Jang Hee Jae from escaping & asked Jang Hee Jae where does he want to go. Hwang Jung Gu tells Jang Hee Jae that they finally got his tail. Seo Yong Gi comes just in time to arrest Jang Hee Jae as Jang Hee Jae can only mutter as he is corner like an animal. Seo Yong Gil picks up the Military log book from the ground. This is really satisfying to see. Seo Yong Gi tells that Jang Hee Jae has use tremendous effort to steal this Military log book but however Jang Hee Jae can be so easily to think to have the Military log book burned. Seo Yong Gi stare at the frightened Jang Hee Jae
Choi Dong Yi goes to see Jeong sang Gung & Jung Im to asked how is the progress. Jeong Sang Gung reports to Choi Dong Yi that the all has ended well according to plan. Jeong sang Gung tells that they are all been caught red handed in the act. Jung Im tells that the Military log book has been safely retrieved. Choi Dong Yi expresses gladness & relief
Meanwhile Oh Tae Seok & Namin faction are happy over the “success” but still don’t know what fate will lie for the in the next corner. Oh Taek Pung & Oh Ho Yang comes in to inform Oh Tae Seok & his faction the bad news in regards to Jang Hee Jae & Oh Yun’s arrest that Oh Taek Pung has witness the arrest. Namin faction is in shell shocked that how can this be happening
Shim Yun Taek is a master strategist to have conjoured such a plan. It is a wonder that Sukjong has asked him to render support for Choi Dong Yi
The battle of the Inner court Round 3 Dong Yi vs Queen Jang….The Winner Choi Dong Yi
Choi Dong Yi cross swords battle with Queen Jang, it seems a point is score against Queen Jang that Choi Dong Yi eventually draw the 1st cut. This is all has been Shim Yun Taek’s plan all along. Shim Yun Taek threw some bait to lure them, really a great plan, very quick witted
At this moment in Gyotaejeon, Queen Jang also received the news from her mother on Jang Hee Jae’s arrest. Queen Jang in self denial that this is happening. Mdm Yoon asked what they are supposed to do now. Queen Jang is in disarray to what has happened
Choi Dong Yi comes out to greets Shim Yun Taek rather gladly. Shim Yun Taek greets Choi Dong Yi. Choi Dong Yi nods to Cha Cheon Soo over the success of their plan. Choi Dong Yi invites them in then asked Shim Yun Taek about his well being whether he was harm in any way. Shim Yun Taek tells that he has a few punches but there is nothing major that he can handled. Shim Yun Taek tells that it is interesting that he can shows his bravery & courage. Choi Dong Yi is concern as Cha Cheon Soo tells that it is not true, when he arrive to the scene, he can still see Shim Yun Taek trembling like a leaf. Shim Yun Taek tells Cha Cheon Soo let the cat out of the bag as he complains that Cha Cheon Soo it is his fault that if he comes a little later, his life & neck is at stake. Choi Dong Yi laughs that no matter what that everything went well accordingly to their plans, that this is relief that she has concern that Shim Yun Taek might come to harm. Shim Yun Taek tells that this would not happen, this is the day that they have all waited for. Choi Dong Yi concurs that this is indeed that she has awaited for this
Then Choi Dong Yi recalls Shim Yun Taek tells Choi Dong Yi that he was to lure using the Military log book by giving the Military log book to Jang Hee Jae. Shim Yun Taek confirms as Choi Dong Yi raise her concern. Shim Yun Taek tells there is a great importance of the Military log book towards Jang Hee Jae than them as they must hand the Military log book to those who require the Military log book the most. Choi Dong Yi realise there is a plan as Shim Yun Taek tells Choi Dong Yi that she already guess what he is about to do with the Military log book. Choi Dong Yi asked that Shim Yun Taek want to use the Military log book to lure them into a trap & catch them all red handed, then only Chinese Emissary Chen & those who are involves will be instigated. Shim Yun Taek tells Choi Dong Yi that it is precisely correct
The next scene Shim Yun Taek was always been followed by the assailant then was corner & knock out cold as he fight them off, but then Han Jang Bu & Hwang Jung Gu was actually following Shim Yun Taek to provide cover as they kept close to Shim Yun Taek. In the banquet, Choi Dong Yi glances at Queen Jang who is enjoying the performance as Jeong Sang Gung informs Choi Dong Yi as Choi Dong Yi tells that they will take action on the Military log book, tonight that they are now in the midst to steal the Military log book. Choi Dong Yi is inform by Jeong Sang Gung of the their own counter plan being in progress that she knows that Queen Jang has send someone to get the Military log book. Jeong Sang Gung leaves. Meanwhile Seo Yong Gi also part of the plan as they expedite theirs that he knows that Jang Hee Jae is taking action & allow them to be assures & relax to do their bidding, therefore he order Cha Cheon Soo to order the Nae Geum Bu soldier to be dispatch to the banquet. Cha Cheon Soo acknowledge. Choi Dong Yi return to her residence to find that the Military log book has gone missing then Jeong Sang Gung comes in as Choi Dong Yi informs Jeong Sang Gung to convey to Seo Yong Gi that they have taken the Military log book from her residence & it is now time for them to expedite their own counter. Jeong Sang Gung acknowledged. Choi Dong Yi contemplates that the counter measure plan was success. Choi Dong Yi tells Queen Jang that it looks like that the time has come that they will have to return things to its rightful placing. Meanwhile Queen Jang hyperventilating & tells that this is a set up that everything was a contrivance plan set up by Choi Dong Yi. Queen Jang grips her fist
Sukjong has the Military log book in his hands & asked Seo Yong Gi whether all of this is the truth. Seo Yong Gi confirms that it is indeed that they traded state secret of the Military log book in exchange for the Imperial endorsement for the Crown Prince Investiture. Sukjong is clearly upset. Seo Yong Gi apologise to Sukjong that he didn’t bring this matter to Sukjong’s attention sooner Seo Yong Gi tells that they has escape from incrimination that Seo Yong Gi didn’t have solid substantial evidence to charge them. Sukjong disbelief that how can this possible be happening that for their own personal greed, that they can just ignore & look him down & they can sell their own country for the personal gains, how can they do this & how can they bring themselves to do this that they are the government official of this country
Sukjong comes to see Choi Dong Yi at her residence as she came out to greet him then Sukjong asked her whether that all this really started from Uiju & asked her whether this is true. Choi Dong Yi hesitates as Sukjong calls out to her that he insists to know. Choi Dong Yi affirms the matter that Shim Yun Taek risked his life in Uiju to safeguard the Military log book from Jang Hee Jae. Then Sukjong asked Choi Dong Yi whether Queen Jang has any knowledge on the matter. Choi Dong Yi hesitates to give an answer but Sukjong could read that this is affirmative
Queen Jang leaves Gyotaejeon as Jo Sang Gung tries to stop her & tells Queen Jang that she can’t & asked Queen Jang to calm down. Queen Jang insist that she needs to go to see Jang Hee Jae, no matter what the method of way that she must find a way to save her brother. Yeong Sun tries to pacify Queen Jang. Queen Jang asked Jo Sang Gung & Yeong Sun to move aside. Queen Jang arrives at Nae Geum Bu & she is stop from entering. The Captain comes & greets Queen Jang. Queen Jang demands access to enter & asked the Captain that he didn’t hear here. The Captain apologise that he can’t allow Queen Jang to enter. Queen jang tells that the Captain is really insolent, does he not want his life to refuse her demands. Cha Cheon Soo comes out to asked Queen Jang to return to her residence. Cha Cheon Soo approaches Queen Jang as Cha Cheon Soo refuse to stand down to Queen Jang
Cha Cheon Soo greets Queen Jang & introduce himself as Cha Cheon Soo. Obviously Queen Jang knows Cha Cheon Soo by reputation that Cha Cheon Soo is Choi Dong Yi’s older brother. Cha Cheon Soo apologise to Queen Jang that he can’t permit Queen Jang to take any further step. Queen Jang asked Cha Cheon Soo to shut his trap as Queen Jang tells that she will not repeat herself. Queen Jang insist on seeing her brother & asked Cha Cheon Soo to move aside. Cha Cheon Soo tells that even if they move aside for Queen Jang to enter, the truth to the matter is that Queen Jang will not able to see Jang Hee Jae. Queen Jang is surprised
Cha Cheon Soo tells that Jang Hee Jae is now at Uigyeombu that he is there because Sukjong is personally going to interrogated Jang Hee Jae by the highest tribunal. Queen Jang is shocked & aghast. In Uigyeombu, Jang Hee Jae is drag out & place in the interrogation chair. The Governor of Uiju is being caught as well. Sukjong arrival is announce to Uigyeombu then Sukjong enters with the Military log book in his hands then he confronts Jang Hee Jae as Jang Hee Jae is surprise to see Sukjong. Sukjong throws the Military log book on the ground for Jang Hee Jae to see.
Sukjong: Is this what it took..for the sake of Crown Prince Investiture’s Imperial Endorsement that this will resolve the matter.
Jang Hee Jae: Cheon Na?
Sukjong: No matter what it may be, that I did have trust in you that for the sake of the Crown Prince & the fact he is the Crown Prince’s Uncle
Jang Hee Jae: Cheon Na!!! Please reconsider…this is not the truth…this is contrivance…
The rest shouts that this is a contrivance scheme against them
Sukjong: Shut your traps!!!! If you all wishes to shouts excuses for your crimes
Jang Hee Jae: Cheon Na!!!!
Sukjong: Attention to everyone to listen!!! Press out the charges from these criminals until they confess from their mouth their crimes that not to cease the interrogation, are you all clear?
The interrogator: Yes, Cheon Na
Seo Yong Gi asked Han Jang Bu to commence the interrogation. Han Jang Bu acknowledge then order to commence. The Interrogator plans the poles in between their thigh & yank outwards inflicting pain. Sukjong portray the dignified Monarch as he orders until they confess to their crimes, don’t lack on the torture, looks really vent. Jang Hee Jae torture, screaming in pain. This scene, Sukjong really showed his rage & fury, using torture to extract a confession. In the historical annals, Sukjong decree Jang Hee Bin as Queen Consort that year, he interrogated the Seoin faction & some died under torture
Hwang Joo Shik comes in delight to see Yeong Dal & asked if he has heard the news the news about the arrest of Jang Hee Jae. Yeong Dal asked what will happened next. Hwang Joo Shik tells that definitely it will be executed that Jang Hee Jae is done for, then Hwang Joo Shik speculate that Queen Jang might end up in the same fate as well. Yeong Dal tells that this is all due to the effort of Choi Dong Yi that they all met their retribution then Queen Inhyeon who has been depose will return to the palace. Hwang Joo Shik tells that this is of course, they just need to sit back & watch the scene pass by. Hwang Joo Shik tell Yeong Dal didn’t he mentioned that this day will come & that day finally has come. Yeong Dal tells that they don’t need to see Oh Tae Pung & Oh Ho Yang again…Hwang Joo Shik tries to shut Yeong Dal’s mouth not to call people’s name as they might hear him. Yeong Dal tells that they should heard as Yeong Dal shout the names of Oh Tae Pung & Oh Ho Yang & they are now in deep waters. Hwang Joo Shik is also happy that they will not see Oh Tae Pung & Oh Ho Yang again at the music bureau. Hwang Joo Shik tells that Queen Jang & Namin faction, it will be happy that they don’t see them ever again. Yeong Dal tells it like an old ailment finally goes away. Hwang Joo Shik asked where is Oh Tae Pung & Oh Ho Yang that Hwang Joo Shik wishes to punched up their faces
Oh Tae Pung & Oh Ho Yang are in their residence as they worried about their future, this is definitely spell the imminent end for them. Oh Tae Pung asked his son why is he telling matter to be so downtrodden that they must find a way to survival. Oh Hi Yang tells that this is such a major crisis how can they able to survival this ordeal. Oh Tae Pung tells whether they need to hide or run away that they must find a way quickly. Oh Ho Yang questions his father that he has suggest that they flee. Mdm Park comes back as Oh Tae Pung asked what his wife has found out. Mdm Park asked that do they really have to leave Doseong what about their house & assets. Oh Tae Pung tells his wife what is more important, the house & assets or their lives. Mdm Park tells that her husband & son didn’t do anything at all & tells that troubles will not come to their doorsteps . Oh Ho Yang tells that his mother is correct that honestly they were just petty character that didn’t contribute anything. Oh Tae Pung asked whether they are. Oh Ho Yang assures that they will not died in this crisis. Mdm Park tells that Oh Yun has been arrested then will Oh Tae Seok comes out of this without trouble then asked whether the relatives will be instigate into the crime then asked what they are going to do then. Oh Tae Pung tells that when Oh Tae Seok want to cut off family ties, he should have taken that offer
The Chinese Emissary is upset that Chinese Envoy Chen’s evidence was the Military log book then asked what are they suppose to do now. The Chinese soldier comes in to inform the Chinese Emissary that the Qing Minister is here at Mohwaguan Qing Chinese Emissary runs out to greet the Qing Minister. The Qing Minister was the same Chinese Emissary that Choi Dong Yi met some years ago. The Chinese Emissary asked Qing Minister what is the purpose of his visit to Mohwaguan. Qing Minister tells that Emperor of China has learn about the Chinese Emissary illicit dealing with Joseon Government official the queries the Chinese Emissary what is going on.
The Qing Minister gives the Imperial Endorsement to Sukjong then tells that the Chinese Emissary & his entourage will leave Doseong at once. Qing Minister tells that the Emperor of China has learn about the illicit dealing but Qing Minister assures that it is not the Emperor of China’s intention & hope that Sukjong will sincerely forgive this incident. Sukjong has always believes that it is not the intention of the Qing Government to do so, it is the same that not all Joseon government official are of that manner as it will be the Qing Government. The Qing Minister is grateful for Sukjong understanding. Sukjong tells that this incident is a folly of a few person, but Joseon will not overlook this matter. The Qing Minister tells that this is of course that Sukjong will have to do what is appropriate that this incident can’t be deniable & that Sukjong has the right to press charges whatever he see fit, this is also the intention of the Emperor of China
Choi Dong Yi is informs that the Qing Minister arrived in Doseong. Jeong Sang Gung confirms that they knew that the Qing Chinese Emissary is in the wrong doing that he came to render apology to Sukjong & permit Joseon to press charges against the Chinese envoy under Joseon law. Choi Dong Yi expresses relief. Jung Im tells Choi Dong Yi that all is ended well & everything will return to its former position & rightful place. Choi Dong Yi shakes her head that on the contrary it has not. There is something that has yet t be accomplished. Queen Inhyeon is still at her cottage in her deposition, it is not until Queen Inhyeon return to the palace that all will be accomplished, before that nothing is over or ended
Queen Inhyeon’s cottage. Jung In Guk bring her the news & laughter can be hear from the cottage. Jung In Guk informs that now the interrogation on Jang Hee Jae has just commence, it will be sooner that they will confess their crimes. Jung Geum tells that this will be over that they will confess to their crimes & expose the truth. Sukjong will believe Queen Inhyeon’s innocence. Ahn Sang Gung tells Jung In Guk that Seoin faction will have to rally in support on the matter. Jung In Guk tells that it goes without saying. Queen Inhyeon has her doubts
Queen Inhyeon: however this is not as easy as perceive.
Ahn Sang Gung: Mama?
Queen Inhyeon: Queen Consort Jang Ok Jung, that person is not an easy adversary to handle & to be ousted.
Queen Inhyeon at least gets side line screen time for each episode
Namin faction concern about their own political survival & asking Oh Tae Seok what they are suppose to do. They have heard that the Uiju governor has been interrogated & there seems there is no way out of this matter. OH Tae Seok tells his faction to persist for their survival, this is the only option left to them. Namin faction still have Queen Jang. The Namin fraction is surprise that they still need to support Queen Jang as Oh Tae Seok asked his faction whether they are clear that the only road to their survival is now Queen Jang, no matter what they must ensure to protect Daejojeon at all cost. Oh Tae Seok tells that if Queen Jang is ousted then it will spell the imminent end to their faction. Namin faction has their doubts
Daejojeon Hall – Official residence of the Queen Consort in Changdeokgong
Jo Sang Gung whisper to Mdm Yoon’s maid. Mdm Yoon advice Queen Jang to endure to hold out & asked whether she understands, no matter what may happens that Queen jang needs to hold out. Queen Jang asked about what is happening to Jang Hee Hae then what about Jang Hee Jae. Mdm Yoon tells this what Jang Hee Jae will want Queen jang to do, doesn’t Queen Jang already know that he has always made his quest to safe guard Queen Jang at all cost. Queen Jang is appalled at her mother suggestion as Mdm Yoon tells that Queen Jang must endure & tolerate this ordeal that as her mother she will also do whatever it takes to protect her daughter & Queen Jang must also do that. Queen Jang weeps. This is all her very own doing
Namin faction now screaming in front of Daejeon for their innocence to asked Sukjong to reconsider that this incident has nothing to do with Queen Jang, that Sukjong can believe in outrageous rumours, this is all the scheme of Queen Inhyeon who is trying to reinstate as Queen Consort, kneeling at the entrance of Daejeon & screaming their lungs out. Namin faction is really sensitive when it comes to Queen Inhyeon’s return to the palace. Sukjong is in Daejeon hearing their pleas
Shim Yun Taek tells that this is nothing to be taken concern about. Shim Yun Taek tells Namin faction must protect Daejojeon in order for their own political survival that Choi Dong Yi sense that this matter must never able to sweep under the carpet again. Shim Yun Taek agrees that this is why the reason they have been preparing so long all this while for this day. Shim Yun Taek asked Choi Dong Yi to be mentally prepared as she give a thought then she nods with affirmative. Shim Yun Taek is pleased with the answer. Seo Yong Gi is inform by Cha Cheon Soo that the last stage of the plan is about to expedited
Choi Dong Yi contemplates in her residence as she grips her fist. Choi Dong Yi recalls that she reveals to Seo Yong Gi & Cha Cheon Soo about their plan is to instigate & prove that Queen Jang involvement in this incident want to reinstate Queen Inhyeon that she has a plan. Seo Yong Gi concern that what if they insist on that Queen Jang is not involve in the matter & confess that this is all in their own doing, they can’t do anything about the matter. Choi Dong Yi tells that this matter, she will come & handle. Cha Cheon Soo is concern. Choi Dong Yi tells that she has a method of way to prove Queen Jang’s guilt that she has been prepared for the matter. Seo Yong Gi is surprise
Jung Im confiscates Yoo Sang Gung’s clothes from the Sedapbang (laundry). Shi Bi & Eun Geum gets frantically nervous about their fate. Yoo Sang Gung tells Shi Bi & Eun Geum to stop their prattles. His Bi tells that they were just following order that it is no fault of their. Yoo Sang Gung tells that none of this will happened & asked who know that they went to Choi Dong Yi’s residence as Jeong Sang Gung comes in to tell that they already know the matter
Yoo Sang Gung: About what?
Jeong Sang Gung: Didn’t you just heard, I have said that we know that you have search Mamanim’s residence
Yoo Sang Gung: Shut your trap! I never do such a thing
Jeong Sang Gung: Is it?….Then we will find out the truth after you have been questioned in regards to the matter
Yoo Sang Gung: What?
Jeong Sang Gung: Please escort Mamanim & those Nain who was involve to the questioning room
Other sang Gung acknowledge
Yoo Sang Gung: Jeong Sang Gung! Are you crazy?…. I am the Jejo Sang Gung of Internal Bureau of Investigation, how dare you drag me out of here
Jeong Sang Gung show Imperial insignia
Jeong Sang Gung: This is Sukjong’s decree, Mamanim
Yoo Sang Gung is jaw agape wide open
Jeong Sang Gung: What are you waiting for, take them away!!!
Yoo Sang Gung: This is impossible, you don’t have the evidence to arrest me
Jeong Sang Gung: If you want the evidence, will you confess your crimes once you seen the evidence we have
Yoo Sang Gung: What?
Choi Dong Yi contemplates as she mentally prepare herself then she tells Bong Sang Gung
Choi Dong Yi: We will go to Gyotaejeon, will you convey my arrival to them?
Bong Sang Gung: Yes, Mamanim
Choi Dong Yi set to leave for Gyotaejeon
Queen Jang pacing in Gyotaejeon & rather dejected. Jo Sang Gung comes running
Jo Sang Gung: Mama! Cheon Sang Gung is here to see you
Queen Jang 1stly was taken aback but turns around looking rather tempest
The battle of the Inner court Round 4 Dong Yi vs Queen Jang….Start!!!!…Fight!!!
Choi Dong Yi waiting outside Gyotaejeon as Queen Jang comes to meet Choi Dong Yi as she greets Queen Jang. Choi Dong Yi looks rather firm & confidence in her outwards appearance. Queen Jang approaches Choi Dong Yi
Choi Dong Yi: Mama?
Queen Jang just stares at Choi Dong Yi
In Gyotaejeon as the both sits down in “confrontation”
Queen Jang: Did you come to my residence to see how what a sorry state that I am in….or are you here to come & act pompous in front of me to enjoy a few laugh at my expense? But however you must be really disappointed….I will not succumb to conceit….Do you think that this circumstances, that you think you will able to oust me out from my position?
Choi Dong Yi: Mama?
Queen Jang: Yes, it is correct, I really been inadvertent towards you, therefore because of my oversight, I will pay for that result even to the extend to sacrifice my brother’s blood & tears in the attempt however this will end here. Do you think my brother will indict me of guilt? Will the Namin faction surrender me out?…No…this will never happened….even for their sake of their very own political survival, they will safe guard me at all cost, therefore, I am telling that how dare you take me with such an absurdity, it is best that you give up on that notion
Choi Dong Yi: I don’t require any of their testimonial statement or their confession, Mama, whether it is Jang Hee Jae who indict you or the matter if it is from anyone’s testimony
Queen Jang is taken aback
Choi Dong Yi: From the very starts, there is no need for these testimony, it is because whatever wrong doing that you have done, you will implicate in that guilt at your accord
Queen Jang: What?
Choi Dong Yi: Do you still remember, Mama?….A long time ago, that I has use my utmost effort to save Mama from a falsely incriminate predicament, but never would I have imagine that one day the same occurrences will happened but the differences in this time; is that at that time Mama was innocent moreover now that you have justify to has committed a great offence that is beyond absolution
Queen Jang: What are you saying over there?….What are you really saying now?
Choi Dong Yi: It is the same occurrences, the method to prove Mama of wrongdoing…don’t you understand…the method that I have use a long time ago to saved you from that predicaments, will be the same method that will prove your wrongdoings
The battles of the stares
Sukjong: Are you saying that this can prove Jung Jong’s crime of wrongdoing?
Choi Dong Yi oversee to the dusting of Bo Yeong Dang with Bong Sang Gung & Ae Jung assisting
Jeong Sang Gung: This is the evidence that has prove that you (Yoo Sang Gung) did enter Cheon Sang Gung’s residence
Bong sang Gung explains as Choi Dong Yi is pleased
Jung In Guk in Queen Inhyeon’s cottage. Queen Inhyeon looks rather zest
Jeong Sang Gung interrogates Yoo Sang Gung as Jung Im display the evidence to Yoo Sang Gung
Jeong Sang Gung: This is the evidence that you have illegally search Mamanim’s residence
Jung Im shows the evidence to Yoo sang Gung. Yoo Sang Gung is shocked. Shi Bi & Eun Geum is also aghast
Seo Yong Gi: This is all the testimony evidence & confession, they are all making reference to just one direction
Sukjong goes to see Queen Jang as she run to Sukjong
Queen Jang: This is a contrivance…..this is machination…I really had no knowledge to the matter
Choi Dong Yi is shock to hear
Sukjong: This is needs to end, Ok Jung
Choi Dong Yi confronts Queen Jang as Queen Jang hurls something at Choi Dong Yi from her table & screaming at Choi Dong Yi
Queen Jang: I am this nation Queen Consort…you will never able oust me from my position
Queen Jang grips her fist. Nae Geum Bu’s soldier on deployment. Jo Sang Gung comes running into Gyotaejeon, Choi Dong Yi & Queen Jang are still sitting confronting each other
Jo Sang Gung: Nae Geum Bu’s soldiers are now surrounding Gyotaejeon
Oh Tae Seok with his Namin faction
Oh Tae Seok: This is just merely the beginning, finally they have a sword that is able to wield at us to threatened
Seo Yong Gi conducting a search with his Nae Geum Bu
Queen Jang: I am the mother to the Crown Prince, please don’t forget that, Cheon Na
Queen Jang crying
Shim Yun Taek goes to see Queen Inhyeon
Shim Yun Taek: Everything now will return to its formerl place…that is Mama’s rightful place
Ahn Sang Gung is happy for Queen Inhyeon. Queen Inhyeon can finally smile
Sukjong: I will commissioned an inquiry to all the members of Namin faction in Royal Court
Choi Dong Yi: Everything is now over, Mama
Sukjong holds Choi Dong Yi’s hand fondly
Queen Jang with Oh Tae Seok
Queen Jang: Will the Namin faction surrender me out?…No…this will never happened….even for their sake of their very own political survival, they will safe guard me at all cost,
Namin faction kneeling in front of Geunjeong
Choi Dong Yi faces & Queen Jang the tempest
Choi Dong Yi finally outwit & circumvent Jang Siblings