Eun Soo and Jang Bin finally stop arguing and get to work on the surgery, with Jang Bin respectfully following her orders. They finish the surgery without incident.
Gi Cheol, meanwhile, gets the unwelcome news that Princess Noguk survived – this was not a part of his plans to overthrow the king. He barely manages to restrain his rage as he commands that she has to be killed no matter what. Silver haired Chun Eum Ja reassures him that “she”, Hwa Soo In, is on the job. Gi Cheol leaves with a command to kill the messenger; Eum Ja plays the flute at such a high pitch the man writhes and dies.
Choi Young wakes up in the morning in pain, but able to move around. He notes Eun Soo asleep in the chair, then gets up to grab his sword. Eun Soo awakens and immediately tries to threaten him back to bed. He retorts, “So what will you do? Stab me again? And then heal me again?” He has a point there.
With Dae Man’s help, he gets his armor on and stumbles downstairs to address the rest of the Wudalchi. His immediate worry is to get the king into the boats and away, and starts to command his warriors to pack up and leave. Eun Soo bursts in indignantly, shrilly ordering him bedrest. He ignores her until she gets right in his face, so he stops the outburst by falling on her.
He tells her plainly that he may die if he leaves, but that they will definitely die if they stay. Eun Soo is totally confused about the danger they’re in, but Choi Young insists that to protect her, he needs to keep her by his side. She demands to stay, since the portal is here anyway. Choi gestures to Dae Man: “Do something about her.”
So the party leaves on horseback, and Eun Soo ends up sharing the Princess’ palanquin, where she tosses and turns and complains in an attempt to get comfortable. (Note: Noguk is technically Queen of Goryeo since she’s married to the king, but she’s often referred to as “the Yuan princess”, so I will call her “Princess” unless she’s specifically addressed otherwise.)
Back at the inn, Scar (who kidnapped Eun Soo) greets madame Hwa Soo In, who looks every inch the femme fatale. She’s arrived too late to catch the king, as Scar reminds her…uh-oh. She does not look happy at this implication. She places herself in Scar’s lap and coos a different story: He betrayed them, so they missed the chance to catch the king. Scar’s face contorts as fire races in his veins and he collapses, dead. So Hwa Soo In can control fire, just as Choi Young controls lightning.
Eun Soo tries to chat with the princess, asking her name. Noguk replies that she is a Yuan princess and the man riding outside is the king. Eun Soo chuckles uneasily, noting that this places her in…what? Goryeo? Shilla? “I’m a doctor, so I’m weak in history.” She still seems to think that she’s in a strange dream. Noguk addresses her, having heard that Eun Soo was dragged here by force, and gives a gracious apology. Eun Soo mutters about how this dream is taking too long, and settles in to whine some more.
Choong Seok comes up to deliver a message from the king: they will be receiving the courtiers as soon as they arrive. Princess Noguk is indignant at having to be courtly in her tired and messy state, and pulls out her mirror, pouting in dissatisfaction.
Eun Soo discards the worn and dented bronze mirror and pulls out her own shiny Hello Kitty one, and hands that to the princess. And then proceeds to rummage in her bag for powder and lipstick, going at the princess’ face with gusto.
The royal party arrives in state at the palace…which is completely empty except for a few guards. With Jo In Shil wailing at the humiliation, they enter the throne room, which is completely empty of the courtiers they expected. King Gongmin looks as though he’s holding back his own feelings of rage and humiliation.
This is explained when we see the result of Gi Cheol’s plotting: reasoning that courtiers would follow whomever would benefit them personally, he had invited them to his house for a feast at the exact time the king was due to arrive. So instead of waiting on the monarch, the court is at his feet.
Three court ladies enter the throne room and the eldest greets the king, asking if he remembers her. He recognizes her as Lady Choi with a smile on his face, as the woman who had looked after him when he was young. Lady Choi takes charge, sending the king and queen off to rest and refreshment.
When Lady Choi takes a close look at Choi Young, Eun Soo does too, and sees that he’s burning up. She tries to help him, but he shoves her off onto Jang Bin. She explains to the doctor that he may have sepsis, but there’s no way to know since they can’t do a blood test and Choi won’t cooperate with her anyway.
Choi, in fact, has actually gone off to meditate in an empty room as lightning burns through his body, seeming to heal his wound.
Princess Noguk follows after Lady Choi, and her silence convinces the latter that she can’t speak Korean, so
Lady Choi goes on about how Noguk looks pretty but bad-tempered…and Noguk replies in Korean. lol.
This sends the princess into a flashback on the first time she’d met Gongmin, when he was a political prisoner in her Yuan palace. Because she addressed him in Korean, he’d assumed that she was a tribute slave sent over to Yuan, and complains bitterly about the state of his country. He goes on to rail against the Yuan and their arrogant ways with him and his country; and most of all the Yuan princess herself.
Convinced that he’ll never marry a “Yuan wench”, he pulls Noguk along with him to be alone and offers to marry her – “You could be my first wife, and comfort and support me”. She asks timidly if he dislikes the Yuan princess so much, even though he’s never met her, but he bursts out again that he would never accept a Chinese wife. Her eyes fill with tears, and in the present she and the king pass each other in the hallway with cold glances.
Eun Soo follows Jang Bin to the healer’s courtyard and wonders about lunch. Jang Bin pulls up short and upbraids her: are all heavenly doctors this careless about life and death? The Goryeo people never give up so easily; they keep trying until they have a cure. He leaves her there fuming.
She pouts for a while until she hears some shadowy rustling. She nervously grabs a pick and walks…straight into a wall, scraping her knee.
Choi Young follows the directions of a thoroughly disgruntled mute maid and sees Eun Soo in a room, tending to her knee. He looks away at the sight of her leg, but smiles to hear her complaining as usual about the lack of treatment here.
King Gongmin gets the report of the gassing incident, where all of the loyal waiting courtiers were killed before he arrived. Aha. Choi Young arrives to hear about the incident.
Jo In Shil is in favor of storming Gi Cheol’s house and killing everyone there, but Gongmin motions for Choi Young’s opinion. Which is that it’s a foolish idea, as Gi Cheol’s army is far too large and able to take on.
As Jo In Shil sputters about his loyalty being overlooked, King Gongmin states that the only loyalty he trusts…is that of Choi Young. “I will be your trusted friend. Can you be the same for me?” Only, Choi Young hands him a letter from the previous king and a request: his last mission was to escort King Gongmin here. Once that is done, it was decreed that he could retire and live as a civilian.
King Gongmin is staggered and then angry, and then lays down a challenge; if Choi Young can find out who killed the ministers and why, he will let him go. So Choi leads Wudalchi in a search of the court, and Dae Man finally finds a blood-spattered hand-written paper. It’s not enough evidence, but Choi recognizes a tool.
He leads Wudalchi into Gi Cheol’s mansion, where ministers eat and drink and make merry, and take no notice of the king’s messengers. Choi shouts angrily at Gi Cheol: “Since you are a loyal subject of the king, behave as though he is here! Kneel, with your forehead to the ground, and show respect!”
This manages to shut up everybody, and Choi then leans in to propose moving the meeting to a more private spot. Choi lays out the minister’s paper, saying that as a warrior he is weak on his Chinese, and can’t read the paper properly. He lays the trap: The king has decreed that Gi Cheol should help Choi investigate this matter.
Back at Wudalchi barracks, Choi tells Choong Seok that Gi Cheol took the bait. Choong Seok presses for details, but Choi demands rest, flipping books at the rest of them to clear the room.
Eun Soo sets off to look for Choi Young, and – uh-oh – she’s cut her pant legs off to make some makeshift shorts. Oh lord. The moment she walks into Dae Man he can’t speak for stammering, and as she enters the barracks every man gapes at her bare legs.
Choi is included, although he clams up again when she demands to feel his pulse. Annoyed, he orders his men to take her out and keep her out. She finally bursts into tears and cries out, “You crazy bastard! What did I do wrong? You’re the one who dragged me from my world to come here!” She continues, “Right now, all I want is a shower, and to sleep in my own bed.” But he’s the one who kidnapped her here, and no matter how she tries, she can’t wake up from this dream.
And now she wants to treat him for the stab wound, but he won’t let her. “So what am I supposed to do?” Suddenly he moves to her and backs her against the wall, grabbing her wrist. “So what did I tell you when you stabbed me? You should have left me.” She scoffs, and he bursts out, “Because of you, do you know what I…”, he breaks off.
She retorts that if he wants to die, then he’s well on his way since he’s refusing treatment. He shoves her away, telling her to keep her mouth shut, and telling his men to escort her back. “One more thing – cover your legs.”
Taking advantage of his closeness, Eun Soo grabs his hand and confirms that he has a fever. Quietly, she presses her bottle of emergency aspirin in his hands. “Don’t die.” He looks at her in surprise as she wipes away tears and continues, “I know you’re a crazy psycho, but if you die and leave me alone, what will I do?”
He looks surprised and moves forward…and collapses.