Permission to swoon on Hwarang Flower Boys Granted



Because I remained faithful to the end, I decided to ruminate and write my thoughts about Hwarang before I fall asleep.

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KDramaland Weekly Round Up (Feb 3rd Week)


Annyeong yorabeun!  It’s funny how I miss the fast paced let’s-watch-all-the-kdrama spree last year because I’m having a lull right now and I have to wait for the weekend to binge on my watchlist.


Hwarang ended this week and warts and all I love the bromance and the warrior school life of those boys.  I was intending to recap it to the end, but I’m still thinking if I will go back on it.  I caught a hyungsik love pill from that drama so I will be hands on “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” which will air tonight at JTBC.


Chief Kim, Voice and Tomorrow with You are what I am fully commited on these days.  I will be adding Defendant since my work rest days fall on Thursday and Friday and I sometimes find myself idle.  lol


Chief Kim just delivers a hilarious and refreshing workplace drama every week that I set aside Saimdang for the mean time.  Voice’ gritty and thrilling police procedural showcase is just leaving me attached to it every week.  Tomorrow with You is the only romance story I can get to these days and the sphere has been intriguing so I am on board with them.


I will be recapping Strong Woman Do Bong Soon with all my noona romance for Park Hyung Sik.  Happy Weekend everyone!


Hwarang Episode 9 Recap

It’s a cold war between Ah Ro and Sun Woo.  Hwarang camp was busy preparing for their presentation as Princess Suk Myung joins them.
Hwarang Episode 9
Sun Woo confirms Ah Ro’s statement and reveals that he is her brother’s friend.  She demands to know where her real brother is, so he is left no choice but to break the reality that Mak Moon died.  Ah Ro weeps after learning the truth about her brother and urges Sun Woo to disclose the reason why he died.  He narrates how Mak Moon died in the process while saving him when they sneaked in the capital.  He adds that he will remain a brother to her to fulfill his friend’s wish.  
Ah Ro leaves with a heavy heart at the lie she just learned.  She did not notice Ji Dwi who is in motion to prank her.  He stops when he sees her crying face and follows her as she walks to nowhere.   She remembers the moments she had with her fake brother and sobs while Ji Dwi watches her from afar.  Sun Woo on the other hand is burning his frustration by wielding a wooden sword with all his might to its target until his palm bursts with blood.
Pa Oh covers Ji Dwi’s stead by laying on his bed and posting a do-not-disturb banner which in Soo Ho’s dictionary does not exist.  He sits beside the bed and voices out how everyone feels strange since their illegal night out and touches his head which still cannot remember what happened.  He turns to warn him not to be sick if he is sick as the presentation for the Queen is nearing.  He stands up after playfully hitting his head with his fingers and steps out of the room.  Pa Oh is flustered on Soo Ho’s actions thinking how the King cannot be treated like that by anybody.
Ji Dwi cannot wait for Ah Ro’s tears to subside so he goes to her with some silver to put a stop to her tears, but she ignores him.  He asks her if she needs a hug or if she wants him to kill the person who made her cry like that.  
He coaxes her to spill if someone is bothering her in the capital so he can get back at them and offers a series of torture from cutting out their joints, pulling out their tongues, death from water deprivation and solar exhaustion because he hated the sight of her crying like that.  Ji Dwi demands to say who hurt her so she responds by saying nobody is at fault and she is crying because of an emotional ride she had recently.  She moves while crying again intil she reaches their house with Ji Dwi still following her.  He vows to make her his as she enters their house and goes back to the camp.  Ah Ro stares at her father’s back and wonders why he decided to let Sun Woo live her dead brother’s life and if there are things he is still hiding from her.
Ji Dwi climbs the camp wall and is greeted by Sun Woo who inquires if Ah Ro is okay.  Ji Dwi figures what happened and smirks on how he is too old to make his sister cry.  He scolds him on hurting and confusing Ah Ro, but the worried Sun Woo does not want to listen to his preaching and insists on an answer to his question.
Sun Woo and Ah Ro brood on the emotional encounter they had at night but on different places.  Ji Dwi joins the pondering party while staring at Ah Ro’s drawing and whispers why she cannot look at him.
Queen Ji So recollects her last debate with Master Wi on the purpose of Hwarang as she claims the group belongs to the King and Royal Family, but the Master reiterated that the boys are meant to protect the people of Silla.  She asks her loyal retainer on his opinion about Master Wi, and he respond that Master Wi is the only person capable of leading Hwarang but cautions her not to trust him fully.  The Queen retorts that she will make Master Wi trustworthy.
The Silla Princess arrives from a trip to recuperate from a medical condition and is welcomed by Queen Ji So.  The Queen orders Master Wi to involve Princess Suk Myung in Hwarang as she is skillful in dance and music, but Master Wi politely declines.  He questions her if she is making a deal in bringing up Ji Dwi citing his unknown history that might endanger the country if by any chance he is a spy.  Master Wi relents on allowing Princess Suk Myung at Hwarang’s house when the Queen threatens to torture Ji Dwi to retrieve his mysterious story.
Ah Ro still lingers on Sun Woo’s last words to treat each other as siblings since it is her dead brother’s wish.  She serves a cup of tea to Master Wi who notices her disoriented self.  Ah Ro suddenly softly asks him if Sun Woo is a good Hwarang member and if he is trustworthy.  Master Wi remains silent wondering where her questions came as she picks up the teacup and leaves him alone.  Meanwhile Sun Woo mirrors Ah Ro’s mood and heads to the stream for a deep contemplation.  dear drama, if I get a few more frames of this Ah Ro-Sun Woo falling out.  I will pout.
Ji Dwi shows his face when Ah Ro pulls the cloth she is drying up under the sun.  He says how she looks like she was expecting Sun Woo when it turned out to be him.  She shoos him away and stops him from annoying her.  He retorts how annoying people is not in his cup of tea as people are typically uncomfortable in his presence.  When she ignores his mumbling, he pulls the cloth she is holding and she bravely meets his gaze to ask if he will kiss her again.  She tells him to stop when he replies that he might do it.  
He whispers how his heart is racing at their current closeness is and is screaming that he likes her a lot, and yet it does not affect her at all.  Ah Ro responds if her brother is okay and if he is eating well.  She continues what she was doing as Ji Dwi follows her and covers the rays of the sun touching her face.  He says how he will not feel jealous and will work hard so that they can become more closer.  Ah Ro lifts his face and finds Sun Woo staring at them.  He walks away leaving Ah Ro in the brink of tears again.
Princess Suk Myung arrives at the camp and is greeted by Master Wi.  She states she will tour the place alone and goes inside.  Han Sung is amazed seeing the cold princess as Yoo Wool explains that she is at Hwarang camp for marriage.  Ban Ryu comments that she is not her type as Ji Dwi wonders why his half-sister is in the training ground.
Sun Woo’s lone time is interrupted as Suk Myung arrives at the stream to rest.  She dozes off and wakes up to Sun Woo’s steps who shoves away the snake near Suk Myung.  She points her sword at him when he stops her from killing the poisonous snake.  He remarks that it is not the snake’s fault that he is born with a poison and walks away.  
Sun Woo helps Ah Ro with what she is carrying and settles to where it should be placed.  Ah Ro voices out her thoughts of not accepting him as her brother and he replies that it does not change anything as he will live as her brother.  She blurts about all the lies he tolds her as he mutters all the stories his best friend narrated to him over and over again when he was still alive.  She asks him to leave and not to show his face again when he refused to give his name.  
Suk Myung reviews her day and remembers her encounter with Sun Woo as she prepares to rest.  Ban Ryu is also in deep thought on the request his father made for him to ruin the event.
Master Woo Reuk gives them dancing lessons the next day and warms up their bodies with stretching exercises where dorks Yoo Wol and Han Sung made me laugh hard with how cute they were screaming and smiling in pain in pulling out their muscles.  Soo Ho who is still not aware of Ban Ryu’s secret pulls up his ligaments as much as he could just as Ji Dwi takes on his revenge on Sun Woo for making Ah Ro cries.
Yoo Wol questions Han Sung who eats on their table uncaringly again and he replies that Master Wi Hwa gave him permission.  Yoo Wol moves his eyes to Ban Ryu and praises his dancing but he got a shut up and eat response.  Soo Ho takes a rice cup serving and puts it on Ji Dwi’s place muttering how he should eat well so he won’t get sick.  Ji Dwi rides on Soo Ho’s act remembering how Pa Oh laid on his behalf when he sneaked out.  Soo Ho states how they must do well on their performance and how he will be at his best to show his loyalty but Yoo Wool knows it’s because he fancies the Queen.
Masters Wi Hwa and Woo Reuk give a pep talk to the boys to fire up the capital with dance and music as the presentation is nearing.  He tells them that whether they pass or fail depends on how the people will rave about their prepared spectacle.  Soo Ho noticed Ban Ryu is missing and wonders where he is.  The latter is still in a dilemma pit on wanting to do the dance and following his father’s order.
Ah Ro disrupts Ban Ryu’s solitude and inquires him if his feelings for Soo Yeon is real.  She holds Soo Yeon’s letter and threatens him that she will tear the letter if he is not sincere about her.  And we see Ban-Romeo smiling while reading Soo Yeon’s letter.
“I can’t wait for another day so I am writing this letter.  Tomorrow I will be at the front row to watch you dance.  Do not think to much and I cannot wait to see your performance.  I will always be here to cheer you up.”
At night, Master Wi Hwa looks pleased at the rehearsal, but his smile fades when Suk Myung invades them.  She shows off her sword dancing skills and reminds the boys not to commit any mistake on their introductory performance.
The Thanksgiving Festival finally arrives and the capital buzzes in excitement as the people prep up to join the event.  Master Ho helps out Master Young Shil dress up as they chat about the evil plan they set in motion.
Ji Dwi visits the still gloomy Ah Ro and he tells her that he misses her that is why he is there.  She utters how he must be sleeping well these days for him to annoy her that much.  He jokes that if he does not sleep well will she be willing to sleep with him again.  His smile lapses when Ah Ro pulls her needle and shuts him up by saying her needle moves faster than her will. Ha! She hints how she is not sure about attending the event, but he insists on her attendance as he will dance for her since Hwarang will dance for the people and she is the only “people” he knows.
Ah Ro bumps with Sun Woo and tells him that she decided to agree with his request only because peasants are not supposed to be in the capital.   Sun Woo stops her from leaving and touches her hair.  She deflects his hand and murmurs why he was touching him when he is not her brother and a nobody.
Master Ahn Ji checks on Queen Ji So’s condition and advises her to stay away from the people and stay at a comfortable place as much as possible.  Her tea was served, but she refuses to drink it for that day.  She inquires about his response to get back with her, but he replies to dress warmly since it is cold at night and leaves her room.
Hwarang members prepare for the night as Ban Ryu still ponders on his predicament.  Sun Woo notices his weird expression and watches him leave the camp.  Yoo Wol brings in Ah Ro when he finds her near the camp and brings her inside to help out the boys.  Ji Dwi steps out and Sun Woo follows to look for Ban Ryu who is ready to strike the instruments with his knife.
The festivities commence as Hwarang Masters are pleased seeing the boys so handsome in their dancing clothes.  Yoo Wol raises his hand and reveals that Ji Dwi and Ban Ryu are missing.  Han Sung tries to look for them at Ah Ro’s tent and tells her that they will fail if the two of them will not show up.
Ah Ro helps out in finding the two missing boys and sees Ji Dwi inside a tent talking to the Queen.  omo!  She realized what she accidentally bumped into as the Queen’s warrior knocks her out and drags her somewhere.
Master Ho confirms that the instruments are already destroyed as two Hwarang members walk in the tent feeling lost on what they will do.
Unconscious Ah Ro is presented to the Queen and her warrior confirms her knowledge of the identity of the King after hearing their conversation.  She realizes that she is Master Ahn Ji’s daughter.  Queen Ji So grabs a sword and points it to Ah Ro’s sleeping face.
Please tell me this Queen will not kill all the children of the man she claims she loves.  hahaha  Waaaa I can’t wait to end this recap and jump to the next episode to see what will happen.  Although we get a lot of Ah Ro – Sun Woo unnecessary moments this episode, I am piqued on what will happen to Hwarang’s production number and how Ji Dwi will step in to protect the woman he loves.  Hwarang is so far delivering well with its pacing, storyline and the melting of the cast to bring out a vibrant story of brotherhood and love without diminishing the historical ambiance.  That is where “Hwarang” draws its hook effect for me.  I could just stay and watch these boys train in long hours and I know I will not be disappointed.  

Hwarang Episode 8 Recap

Hwarang boys prepared for their music and dance presentation.  The aftermath of their night out yielded a blooming romance from Silla’s famous opposing families as Ah Ro’s suspicion on Sun Woo kept bothering her.
Sun Woo averts Ah Ro’s eyes when she discloses that their mother was mute.  Ah Ro cushions the situation by stating how he must have forgotten about it considering it happened for such a long time and even her knows it only because of their father’s stories.  She pushes him to go back to the camp and walks away in that awkward moment.
Pa Oh nags on how the other young masters are still not in the meeting place.  He expresses his distaste on the thought of the King sharing a room with the rowdy boys when he is of different level.  Ji Dwi replies he is nothing since he has not proven anything yet, ergo he does not have any level to boot.  But his warrior goes on his loyalty speech that even the stars and the moon know that he is the King of Silla.
Ji Dwi mutters how he must write down the names of his roommates since they have mistreated him a lot.  He mentions the punishments in store for the young masters from breaking limbs to boiling them in the water and made sure Pa Oh carries on his wishes.  The servant agrees as Ji Dwi beams jokingly. 
They sense someone approaching and Sun Woo heads to their direction so Pa Oh climbs the wall to escape.  Ji Dwi whines on why he came in late and how he is not the kind of person that waits but the latter remains stoic to his griping.  Sun Woo mumbles if it is possible to forget the childhood memories of one’s own mother which made Ji Dwi caught of guard having had a mostly sour memories with his Queen Mother.  He responds how he wishes to forget the memories of his mother as much as he can.  The rest of the boys arrive with Ban Ryu carrying Soo Ho on his back.  Yoo Wol encloses the two in his arms urging them to proceed first as they wonder what happened between the two enemies.  
Just as they thought that the coast is clear, the resident burly guard greets them in the gate and we see the boys in the morning exhausted in carrying Master Wi again while they hike the mountain.  He remarks how at their slow rate, they won’t finish 100 lapses and jokes on how they have gotten close to conspire breaking the Hwarang house rule.  Ban Ryu blames Yoo Wol on the promise of the strong whine he boasted, but Yoo Wol counter-attacts that the delay of going back was their fault.  
Soo Ho murmurs how he cannot remember what happened the night before and Ban Ryu misleads his thoughts for him not to retrieve his memory.  The good Hwarangs sit and talk about the dying fate of the mischievous roommates in completing their punishment as Han Sung comments on the grapevine gossip of Ban Ryu’s sexual harrassment to Soo Ho’s sister which the rest of the boys are not aware of.
Indeed the wine was so strong that the aftermath leads to Master Wi showering the Hwarang boys with his awful vomit.
 They shower together to no avail because the smell won’t go away.  Ji Dwi speaks about how they deserve to die in letting him experience that ridiculous thing for the first time.  Soo Ho still lingers on his lost memories as Yoo Wol coughs and gives a knowing look to Ban Ryu.
After bathing, Ji Dwi picks up his bracelet that Sun Woo kept in his possession and mutters how the bracelet looks unique and if it has a meaning.  Sun Woo replies that it does not belong to him and refuse to give it to Ji Dwi when he asks if he can have it.  Sun Woo asks him if he meant it when he said that he likes Ah Ro and he throws back the question on his opinion if he really does.
Soo Yeon feels the eyes of the people on her and hears their opinions on the upcoming fight between the young masters because of Ban Ryu.  She feels guilty and flees the scene.  She seeks store owner Joo Gi’s presence and hands him a letter to give to Ban Ryu.  She begs him to make sure it will be delivered as it will save Ban Ryu’s life.
Meanwhile, Ban Ryu hands Soo Ho a towel and when some of the boys walk in the locker room, they speed right away thinking the two might end up in a brawl.  Soo Ho is baffled on what just happened and curses on how he became sensitive due to his lost memory.  Ban Ryu suddenly tells him to remember that everything is a misunderstanding confusing Soo Ho even more.
Joo Gi gives Soo Yeon’s letter and reads it on the spot.  She wrote her formal apology and gave him a tip on how to survive her brother’s wrath which is to survive if he can until she can explain it in person upon his return.
Sun Woo finds Ah Ro in a pensive mood washing some clothes in the stream.  She replies how she has a lot to wash so he takes it away and proceeds on cleaning it.  She tells him how it is normal for a child who got lost to lose his memory so he must not dwell on not remembering that their mother did not speak when she was alive. Her understanding warms his heart so in return he playfully splashes the water in her direction and she returns the favor which made him smile.  He pats her head and reminds her to be safe while going home.
Soo Yeon blocks the path of the still ruminating Ah Ro and interrogates if a murder case happened at the camp already.  She replies that her brother has not killed Ban Ryu yet.  They head to drink some wine where they reminisce on how they became close because no one wanted to play with them when they were young.
Ah Ro gloomily utters how she likes her brother so much.  Soo Yeon who harbors a girl crush on her brother casually declares she likes Sun Woo as well.  But then Ah Ro becomes serious and tearfully holds her necklace whispering how she wants her to be her brother and not to be her brother at the same time.
Queen Ji So contemplates on her recent conversation with her son.  She almost fainted and orders Master Ahn Ji to check her condition.  Master Ahn Ji is forcedly summoned due to the Queen’s order.  He feels the weakening condition of the Queen probably due to poisoning, but advises her that she needs to find peace to restore her energy.  
She validates if there is really nothing wrong with her so he directs her to call for the royal physician, but she whispers how she cannot trust anyone in Wolseong palace aside from him and how she has been wanting to go back to those times she had with him in the past.
QUEEN JI SO:  I keep thinking about the past.  When I had no doubt of marrying you.  We ran in the fields like children in a clear blue sky.  I could see only my reflection in your eyes.  Do you still hate me that much?   If I still want you, would you come back to me?
The evil old masters meet Joo Gi to interview him about Sun Woo so he tells them how is a wild and strange, and far different from the other boys in the camp, confirming Master Young’s assessment that he is nothing like his father.
Ji Dwi surprises Ah Ro and puts a case with acupuncture needles on her palm.  He shows a James Dean smile and retorts how she has to find out the reason why he gave it to her.  She mumbles how he must want free treatment from her and was surprised when she checked on the pretty golden needles.
King Charming Ji Dwi did not stop from his i-like-you dowry with the pricey needles as he ordered Pa Oh to decorate the clinic luxuriously like a princess’ room.  Joo Gi made her understand how someone is trying to win her over.  She growls like a beast Joo Gi tells her the possible cost of the decorated room and grumbles on how that lunatic should have given the money to her than spending it like that.
Her angry scream alarms the eavesdropping Ji Dwi and Pa Oh.  Ji Dwi gripes on his failed idea to please a woman, but the latter responds how the woman must have a weird taste to not like it.  Ah Ro appears behind their backs scaring Pa Oh who left them quickly.
Ah Ro demands the reason why he did such a useless thing, and he responds how spending gold deems not fit for her harsh words.  She castigates him for not using the gold for donation to feed the starving children and asks him what crazy thing he is doing.  He replies how he wanted to do it for her, and even if those are useless, he wanted to give him those pretty and nice things.  Ah Ro still not understanding the boy standing infront of her likes her, asks him why he did it so he complain on how she is really not smart.  He tells her again that she likes her and it is her call whatever she wants to do with his gifts.  
It’s fighting lesson with Hwarang’s resident warrior-teacher and most of the boys barely manage to block his attacks.  Soo Ho rises up to live up to the expectation as the best fighter in the capital but fails to defeat him as well.  Ji Dwi comes in next and he surprises the techer warrior and the class with his impressive sword wielding skills.
The government officials are at their usual spat on their coccus for the preparation of Thanksgiving Festival.  Master Wi cuts them up and chastises them on how instead of supporting the lacking Royal Family they initiate additional trouble for the country.  He then proposes a special performance of Hwarang on the day of the festival.
Master Wi explains to Queen Ji So that Hwarang’s performance will announce to the whole country that the boys belong to her since the focus of the festivity is the Royal Family. 
Master Young and Master Ho brood over how to stop the intention of the Queen and Master Wi.  They barge at the Hwarang camp and Master Young calls in Sun Woo for a private conversation.  Master Ho tells Ban Ryu not to worry as everything they are doing is for his own good.
 Master Young throws a bait when Sun Woo decides to end their talk by mentioning Mak Moon’s death.  He hints him on how his death came to be because he saw the King which brings back flashes of memory from the night his friend died.  Master Young inquires if he can be of help since he and even his own father hold a grudge to the Queen, but Sun Woo replies that he knows nothing about the King’s face.
Sun Woo meanders on his thoughts as he peers on the King’s bracelet and vows to his friend that if he died because of that reason, he will not forgive the King, and he will make him pay back for it.  His reflection was interrupted by the very secret King he is thinking of, as Ji Dwi wonders why the Prime Minister sought him.  He ignores his presence and walks away from him.
The sound of drums reverberates in the camp the next day waking up the boys from their sleep.  Sun Woo recognizes the familiar drum beat and he confirms that it is his foster father who was making the noise when they enter the study hall.
Master Wi announces their upcoming presentation on the Thanksgiving Festival.  Ban Ryu disagrees immediately at the thought of performing dance to the Queen, but Master Wi corrects him that they will perform for the people and not for the royal family.  Master Wi stamps the plan by declaring it as the second assignment.  He formally introduces Master Woo Reuk who will teach them music and dancing and tells them that they should feel honored to learn from him.
Han Sung narrates that Master Woo Reuk is the Master of Instruments as there is no instument that he cannot play.  Sun Woo chats with his foster father to explain what just happened and he replies that he won’t live like a peasant anymore.  He tells him that he met Master Wi since they both like music.  He wishes him luck on the second assignment.
Off Master Woo Reuk in showing the boys his mesmerizing music as he teaches them what feelimg the rhythm is about.  The boys stand up to display their skills and only Sun Woo seem to need a lot of dance practicing as Ban Ryu messes up his drums exhibition.  
Master Wi hears the news of the cozy clinic and sits down for a tea with Ah Ro.   He reveals to her that the Music Master raised her brother.  The five roommates and Han Sung are selected for the special dance, but Sun Woo seems to be having problems following the steps.   
Pa Oh covers on Ji Dwi’s laundry as he practices the dance routine.  He tells him that he is afraid that he might end up the worst dancing King in the history.  Ji Dwi refuses to believe his opinion claiming he is handsome and dances well so he will become the best King in the history.  Ji Dwi teases his warrior that he seems to be that type that women like that is why he is still a bachelor, but he refutes that his loyalty to serve him inhibits him to wed.
Ah Ro chuckles at her brother’s stiff body practicing the dance routine and murmurs if he is a piece of wood.  She reminds him that he must complete the second assignment and takes away his stick to demostrate how it should be done but her stiff body does not help him at all.  He smiles at her persistence and Ah Ro beams seeing his happy face.
Ah Ro leaves the camp but Joo Gi’s recent comment about Sun Woo mentioning that his friend owns the necklace and Sun Woo not remembering that their mother is mute bothers her.
 Master Woo Reuk and the boys assigned for playing the instruments are still on practice leaving the rest of the boys unable tolerate the noise.  Soo Ho comments on how Ban Ryu dislikes the event but his effort is clearly showing.  He jokes that at least he is a lot better than Sun Woo.
Han Sung opens their door and squeezes in to Yoo Wol’s spot but changes his mind when he touches his face.  He moves to Sun Woo and begs him to sleep beside him as he is the most normal among the guys in the room.
The boys carry on perfecting the sword dance the next day and they have subconsciously keep to the rhythm while studying and even bathing.  Joo Gi grabs Ban Ryu and delivers two letters for him.  He reads first Soo Yeon’s letter and she wrote about her intention to clear what happened between them to Soo Ho on Thanksgiving festival.  
She also requested to meet him to apologize in person and encouraged him to hang on in keeping himself alive.  She ended her letter by telling him how she looks forward seeing him in Hwarang’s special dance production.  Ban Ryu who has not realized yet that he is having a girl crush ala romeo-and-juliet beams like an idiot only to find out that his adopted father’s letter has tasked him to not attend the festival.
Ah Ro interrupts Master Woo Reuk’s reverie which surprises the latter.  She introduces herself and thanks the Music Master for raising her brother.  Ah Ro brews some calming tea for Master Woo Reuk and they converse about Sun Woo.  She speaks about how she wants to ask a question to the person who raised her brother if ever she meets him.  She looks in his eyes and silently whispers if her brother missed her when he was away from her.
Sun Woo sees a chrysanthemum field and remembers the tea Ah Ro gave him before.  He picks some flowers and make a bouquet and heads to meet her.  They meet at a hallway and he gives him the bouquet.  She peers at the flowers as tears well in her eyes.  She tells him how she is happy that he is her brother, when he is really not.  The flowers fall on the ground as Ah Ro looks in Sun Woo’s eyes and asks him to reveal his true identity.
Hwarang Episode 8 Quick Thoughts
 Waaaa!  How can you not love these boys?  The development of the supporting cast’ stories are so far as entertaining as the main plot.  I like how even with the historical premise, Hwarang is oozing with modern vibe.  I can’t wait to see the sword dance.  I bet that would slay even the kpop idol dance these days.  The BanRyu-SooYeon blooming love looks cute and promising.  I would gladly give Ah Ro to Sun Woo so I can take the King.  *chuckles
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Hwarang Episode 7 Recap

The result of assignment was not a positive one for the class.  Ah Ro started working in the camp and Ji Dwi revealed his growing fondness towards her.  The boys sneaked out of the camp after intoxicating the masters.  Ban Ryu and Soo Ho’s sister had an eventful encounter.
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Ji Dwi halts his kiss momentarily and goes in for a second serving but Ah Ro senses her brother is coming so she orders him not to make any sound.  Sun Woo enters the room and when Ah Ro thought he already left she rushes to go the physician’s room.  Sun Woo who is still there meets Ji Dwi and asks what he did to Ah Ro.  He warns him  not to talk or go near his sister but Ji Dwi responds that he cannot do those things and confesses that he likes Ah Ro.
Sun Woo heads to where Ah Ro is who is sweating from the run she made and tries to explain herself, but Sun Woo cuts her thoughts and informs her that they will rest that night.  He tells her to give him time to acquaint himself as everything is still new to him and promises her that he will become a good brother to her soon.
Joo Ki walks Ah Ro home as per Sun Woo’s request.  He innocently asks if Sun Woo is her brother as he remembers how Sun Woo/Moo Jeong told him that the necklace belonged to his friend.  
Sun Woo goes for some pondering but walks near a pond where Master Wi is also enjoying a quiet fishing night.  He reminds him of how he should be with his roommates but he shuts him up with his reason of wanting to clear his mind.  Master Wi smirks and tells him how he likes him as a person because his burning rage binds him even when surrounded with a lot of enemies.  He adds how he is having a good time teaching him.
Master Wi gives Sun Woo’s punishment the next morning as he sits on a carriage anchored by the five roommates and hints on the wandering member last night who caused all of them that trouble.  Hwarang boys greets the morning on top of a mountain as they welcome the sun rising from the east with Master Wi’s lesson of how they must shove away prejudice and arrogance so they can be renewed and passionate each day.
The boys head to the nearby river for their laundry and as usual Ban Ryu’s temper over the group punishment received made him pass his laundry to Sun Woo.  Soo Ho heckles how Ban Ryu is a hopeless rude which I totally agree and asks him his reason on his late night wandering.  Sun Woo remembers Soo Ho having a sister and the latter gives a quick pep talk on how to treat a younger sister.  
He teaches him about how a sibling love can grow when you are tough at each other.  He adds how he should slave his sister when he gets home and asks her to do this and that.  Sun Woo questions if he really has a good relationship with his sister and Soo Ho replies how as brothers it is their responsibility to make their sisters stronger so that they can fend for themselves in this cruel world.  
Sun Woo did not waste any time and practices his lesson right away and locks Ah Ro with his arms and pats awkwardly her head when they bump to each other.
 Meanwhile Queen Ji So is bothered on seeing her son slept on a woman’s lap and heads to meet Master Ahn Ji for a treatment.  She faints on Master Ahn Ji’s arms and the latter struggles if he will kill her with that opportunity.  Master Ahn Ji stops his thoughts just as Queen Ji So gains consciousness.  He puts on a needle on her wrist to calm her down and the Queen remembers the moment when she begs him to elope with her but he denied her request since he married their family’s servant after she decided to leave him.  Master Ahn Ji motions to leave but stops when Queen Ji So mutters how his daughter works at Hwarang house and resembles her mother a lot.  He asks her how she feels controlling his life like that and she responds how she cannot control everything.  He walks away with the promise that he will take something from her someday. 
Ji Dwi pays Ah Ro a visit to check if she slept well because he was not able to.  She asks his business in the physician’s room and he replies straight that it is because of the kiss they shared last night.  *swoons aigoo this guy is really cute  
Ah Ro urges him to apologize for kissing her without her permission and will let go of his childish act but he refuses to apologize.
Annoyed after hearing her request to forget everything that happened, he inches closer to her and did not listen to her warning of using her accupuncture skills on him.  She sneaks in the needle rendering his movement and gives an ultimatum to stop bothering her or she will really put a needle to disable his manliness next time.
The boys talk about the assignment given to them as Yeo Wool jokes on how Sun Woo’s studying spree will not help him survive anyway.  He shuts him up to mind his business as Soo Ho calls Ban Ryu a pine tree for being always rude.
It’s exam day for the Hwarang boys discussing the King as a water in Tao Te Ching principles.  They sure are all creative in their cheat notes that are strategically placed to their reach.  Yeo Wol and Han Sung worries about Sun Woo’s lack of knowledge and hopes for the best that he will not loose one of his three chances in surviving at the camp.
Master Wi checks on the answers for his assignment and only Ban Ryu gets the passing mark so far.  He calls in two boys who submitted a blank paper and an almost blank paper to explain their actions.  Ji Dwi and Sun Woo stand to give their comments.
Ji Dwi states how Lao Zi’s philosophy deviates from doing things by force while Sun Woo wants to express his thoughts by words.  The two expounds their rumination as the class listen to them.  
JI DWI: The law of Silla is the Bone-rank system.  The path of water.  The law is the path of water.  Hence it is the natural law defined by nature.  However there is not a path of water everywhere.  Some lands are dry while some are abundant in water.  Following the path that was formed by the flowing water, there is harmony and the power of nothingness that does not cause annoyance.  A King’s law and a King’s path are there.
Sun Woo breaks the silent applause from Ji Dwi’s introspection and starts his discourse.
SUN WOO:  A path of water makes water flow from highlands to lowlands.  Then where must something coming from lowlands finds its path?  A path on which low can become high, not only a path of water flowing from low to high but a path that is dry and desolate which you must carry water uphill just to wet it.  I could not find the answer in that Tao Te Ching.  No path started as a path.  Someone must walk on it for it to become a path.  You must pound and vreak the hard land and pierce through it for the water to flow out.  If the law is to ignore the dry land and that is the path of a King, that King must not become a King.
Master Wi quizzically beams at Sun Woo’s answer and proceeds in his deliberation of their answers while Ah Ro nervously awaits the result and seeks the comfort of picking sprouts leaves in calming her nerves. 
Master Wi prepares to declare the result and everyone fails but Ban Ryu. Then he goes to the last two boys who presented their homeworks through words. Ji Dwi passes and Master Wi remarks how he passed because he incorporated Tao Te ching but he did not like his answer.  He moves next to Sun Woo who unfortunately failed but he tells him his answer impressed him.  Master Wi adds salt to Sun Woo’s injury by reminding him how he has two left chances left and challenges him that he was right about his end game anyway. 
Master Wi ponders and utters Sun Woo’s answer while he patiently fishes and chuckles on the feisty argument of his student.  Ji Dwi walks in and questions why he failed Sun Woo.  Master Wi acknowledges his presence and inquires the progress of his plan to oust the Queen. He dodges the question by stating how Sun Woo’s views mirrors his distaste of the noble men and how he cares for the welfare of the people first.  Master Wi rebuts about what kind of King can understand the sentiments of the poor subjects and Ji Dwi replies how a King in hiding could.  
The Master smirks at his confidence on the faceless king and voices how it would be hard for the young King to face the evil government officials and might put Silla on trouble.  He adds how he created Hwarang to protect the future of Silla.  He lectures Ji Dwi to go back to him if he can find a way to protect Silla without the Queen.
Ah Ro finds the test papers being burned by the kitchen helper and rushes to see Master Wi who is on his way to pee.  She blocks his path and seeks understanding on how a blank paper passed when her brother’s paper with a bit of newly learned characters did not.  She gives him a warning of succumbing to government politics not realizing that the Master is on his brink of peeing on his pants which he eventually did.  *chuckles
Ah Ro also meets Ji Dwi and hands the money she owes.  She inquires why he asked her to tutor him when he has a great back up in the camp anyway.  She blames the time she spent with him should have been given to her brother to help him pass.  Ji Dwi teases her of how her thinking of him made him forget her brother and how those pleasant words made him feel good.  
Ah Ro straightens his line of thinking right away and explains that it is not about their kissing incident but how she pities him as he looks like the loneliest person in the world and how she can relate to it because she once felt that way too.  She turns her back but he whispers what he needs to do for her to see him.  Ah Ro faces him again as he mumbles how when he looks at her face he feels nothing and it is driving him mad. He forgets who he is and what he is bound to do because he only thinks of her.
Ban Ryu’s fathers wait in front of Hwarang camp and when the door opens, the resident beefy guard hands them a decline letter to meet Master Wi.  Master Ho laughs and proceeds to visit Master Ahn Ji and makes his move to lure him in joining hands to bring down the Queen.
Bothered by Ji Dwi’s sudden love declaration, she weighs in and enumerates his good points not realizing that her brother is trailing him.  He asks what occasion she is talking about on her monologue but she chooses not to elaborate.  He reminds her to stay safe going home and she tells him not to worry about the result of the exam.  He pats her head and turns his back but Ah Ro freezes his steps when she tells him that it is their mother’s death anniversary.  She assures him that she will take care of it.
Yeo Wool wonders on what happened on the sprouts they are eating but Han Sung responds that it tastes good like his mother’s cooking.  Yeo Wool asks why he sits on their table and he replies that he likes to be with them and it makes the table count even.  Ban Ryu of course picks on Sun Woo again and reminds him that he is only left with two chances.  Yeo Wool stands up for Sun Woo by muttering how everyone including him think dog-bird did the best answer in the test.  Sun Woo softly inquires if death anniversary celebration is important.  He reveals to them that it is his mother’s death anniversary and Han Sung urges him to go home since the schoolwork is done.
At their barracks, the boys cannot seem to sleep and conspire to sneak out of the camp.  Yeo Wool assured them that he already paved the way for their evil plan by offering the teachers a wine that will knock their souls out for good.  Ban Ryu refuses to join the plan but worries that squealing them will make him get the same punishment as theirs so all the boys climb on the wall and head to the town.  
Sun Woo joins his new family in remembering Ah Ro’s mother’s death anniversary.  Ji Dwi calls Pa Oh and they go to the palace and notifies the Queen to meet him.  She  meets his son who is sitting on his throne and dares him if he can already protect that seat.  He admits to his weakness but refuses to grant Queen Ji So’s wish for him to leave Hwarang.  He promises her that he will become stronger.
Soo Yeon sees her brother roaming around and wonders why he escaped the Hwarang camp.  She spots him and motions to play a trick for all those neck choke he gave her and surprises him by touching his bum only to realize that it is Ban Ryu’s bottom.  She screams as she clutches her body catching the attention of the public who thought Ban Ryu sexually harrassed her.  
Unfortunately Soo Ho is also there with Yeo Wool so he rushes to protect his sister who already slaps his enemy’s face and who seems to be on trance on what was happening.  He looks for something heavy to hit Ban Ryu but before he can act on it his sister knocks him down.  Soo Yeon touches Ban Ryu’s face and asks if he is okay and the latter can only stare at Soo Yeon’s pretty face.
Ah Ro reminisces on her mother and tells Sun Woo that it is actually her birthday that day but because they don’t know when she died, they commemorate her death anniversary on her birthday.  She speaks about how the wind and the chirping birds become her lullaby as she touches her hair and Sun Woo asks if their mother is a bad singer.  Ah Ro halts her steps and seriously gaze at him as she utters that their mother cannot sing because she was mute.  Ah Ro gives him a knowing look as Sun Woo stares back and is caught of guard on the situation.
Awww I look forward to a possible Romeo and Juliet love story of Ban Ryu and Soo Yeon and how Soo Ho will work on his impossible girl crush to the Queen.  That was one intense class discussion and Master Wi’s class is sure a fascinating watch.  The slowly building friendship is inevitable and I can’t wait to see how it will present itself when the main conflict surges.  I will officially finish this drama since it passed the first six episodes in flying colors.  ^_^

Hwarang Episode 6 Recap

Sun Woo almost got expelled because he gave in to Ban Ryu’s taunting.  Classes start and the boys were given their first assignment.  Ah Ro entered Hwarang camp as pseudo-physician and to tutor Sun Woo.
Episode 6 Recap
Soo Ho opens his eyes and screams seeing his nemesis’ face.  They get up and opens the day with their usual bickering, and Yeo Wool teasing them how they sweetly caressed each other all night did not help the two enemies.  Ban Ryu picks up the swords and passes one to Soo Ho for their morning sword fight exercise, but Sun Woo’s dice halts the looming quarrel just as Ji Dwi whines on not getting proper sleep because of them.
 Ban Ryu rushes to attack Ji Dwi but Sun Woo stops him and the Hwarang eavesdroppers discuss on the possible future troubles in Hwarang camp  due to the five rascals belonging in the same room.  Ban Ryu spills his dislike about sharing a space with a half-breed and reiterates that his connection with the Queen does not mean he is one of them.  Sun Woo musters his strength not to throw a punch at him and rebuts how Ban Ryu has not done anything on his own so he is worse than a rotting water in a ditch.  Ban Ryu pushes Sun Woo and grabs a sword out of rage but Soo Hoo stops him and they end up in a brawl.  A beefy man makes his presence known to subdue the warring young masters and easily break the bones of the leaders’ friends when they attempt to free the two.
The flower boys first breakfast mostly reminds them of the responsibility as a Hwarang.  Assistant Hwarang Chief informs them that bone rank system will not be followed in the camp hence servants will also not be allowed so they will do the Hwarang house chores.  And we see the boys exerting their frustrations on the clothes they are washing while finding opportunity to annoy each other as Ji Dwi throws up in cleaning the stable and feeding the horses.  They were instructed to eat, bathe and sleep with the boys in their assigned room.  
Ji Dwi’s warrior questions the King for hanging the clothes but he explains that it is his turn to do the task and boasts that he seems good at it.  Pa Oh quips that he also has a talent to reduce his life.  Ji Dwi checks on his assignment to stalk his medicine (Ah Ro) and Pa Oh complains how he still has time to worry about a woman.
Soo Yeon visits Ah Ro who just gave a free accupuncture treatment to a patient and asks about news regarding her handsome brother.  Ah Ro responds sullenly that she does not have any news about him and regrets not giving him something she should have given.  The cook at Hwarang’s kitchen loses patience  and slams his big knife as Joo Ki tastes the food prepared and orders to repeat it.  When asked who he was, he introduces himself as the Chief Instructor’s friend.
At the dining hall, the boys resume their rumpus.  Ban Ryu huffs at Sun Woo being mindless eating on the same table with the true bone young masters, but Sun Woo chews his food nonchalantly and replies how Ban Ryu must have gone crazy after being beaten up by a peasant.  Ban Ryu notches up the fury by bringing up Ah Ro and implying her steamy and skillful storytelling skills.  He adds how on their Hwarang break they can go to Okta together to listen to her story and much better if they can play with her.  Sun Woo holds in his temper and walks away from the scene.  
Joo Ki warns Master Wi of an imminent big fight that he sensed from the boys, but the Master smirks that since they are all fighters that’s expected to happen.  True to Joo Ki’s prophecy, Ban Ryu pushes the flame from earlier and urges him to start a fight, but Sun Woo maintains his cool head not wanting to induce a trouble.  Ban Ryu answers him why he is picking on him and tells him of three reasons — that he is the Queen’s Hwarang, that he can’t fight with other masters because of their families and because Ah Ro is pretty enough to be his concubine.  
Sun Woo had enough and flares up on Ban Ryu’s crude attitude and throws a punch.  Soo Ho gives Ban Ryu another one as Ji Dwi and the rest of the boys ramble in the study hall.  Master Wi halts the ruckus and meets the boys for some scolding.  He asks for the one responsible for breaking the Hwarang rule and Sun Woo comes clean with it.
Ah Ro opens up her feelings of how being with Sun Woo makes her feel safe and happy and laments on how she feels empty when he can’t see him.  Soo Yeon chides on the weird things her friend just muttered and lectures how families are not supposed to cause heart pain but headaches since its what it did to her having a brother who dates almost all the women in the capital leaving her with no friends except for her.  Ah Ro dismisses Soo Yeon’s analysis that she is in love because Sun Woo is her brother.  Their conversation was interrupted by the hurrying Joo Ki who takes her at Hwarang camp to nurse the wounded boys.  Since the brawl needs to be hidden from their families, they cannot summon a regular doctor so Ah Ro can do the quick fixes.
The boys voice out their opinions on what will happen to Sun Woo and which sides they are on while Soo Ho confronts Ban Ryu to admit to his earlier tauntings, but the latter remains unaffected of his unfair attack.  Soo Ho quips how Sun Woo’s words about him being a sewer indeed is true but Ban Ryu shrugs and respond how the world wll never change as the strong dominates the weak.  Soo Ho counteracts and utters how it is baffling him why he joined Hwarang and ask if something significant happened to him.  Ban Ryu recalls the event with his two fathers and gets furious at the thought of it.  He walks away without asking Soo Ho another body bout if he wants to.
Han Sung comes next for his treatment and pretends he is older in front of Ah Ro.  She tells her to chew on some root as his wound needs to be stitched.  He confirms that she is Master Ahn Ji’s daughter and puzzles her by saying she is the most famous half-breed at the moment in Hwarang.
Sun Woo gets locked up at a room for his misdeed as Master Wi says he needs some thinking.  
SUNWOO:  I have a question.  If I held it in, avoided it and did nothing, would I have not ended up here?
MASTER WI:  Do you regret it now?
SUNWOO:  Not regret.  I just have a thought if being timid, hesitant and weak is the Hwarang that you desire.
Master Wi challenges him if he will do it if that’s really what he wants and Sun Woo responds that he will not do such thing.  He tells him how there will be no right or wrong for him and no walls he will not be willing to break down if it is what he has to do to protect the sick, the weak and the pretty.  Master Wi grins and sneers at Sun Woo’s litany and steps out to give him some thinking.
Ji Dwi rushes to see Ah Ro when he learns she was there and pouts when she immediately asks for her brother.  She complains on who initiated the trouble and he directs her to follow him as her presence is not welcomed at that moment in that place.
He brings her to a pavilion and asks if he can sleep with her for 30 minutes which flustered her.  He teases how he will not do anything in broad daylight with her and how she should not be coy anymore since they already literally slept together.  Ah Ro motions to leave but he bargains for 15 minutes.  
She agrees and let him sleep on her back and he softly speaks how she is his medicine and how she is the best sleeping tonic for him.  She demands him to reveal where her brother is but Ji Dwi snores his reply as he dozed off already.
Soo Ho sees the Queen’s entourage entered the camo and he leads them to where Master Wi’s office is.  He wakes himself up when he was put on trance at the sight of queen.  Master Wi pours some tea for the Queen and praises Assistant Chief for doing his job and squealing right away to Queen Ji So matters that involve Hwarang.  
He assures her that there is nothing to worry about and asks if she came suddenly because of her Hwarang or his Hwarang.  The Queen is caught off guard as Master Wi chuckles and narrates how he is a distant uncle of Ji Dwi who came from the West.  He asks her why she made Master Ahn Ji’s son as her Hwarang and she responds that she is her son since she was once betrothed to Master Ahn Ji, she treats him as her own.  
Queen Ji So visit Sun Woo once she learned of the ruckus he caused and castigates him of being in that position.  Sun Woo retorts how he was curious why she sent him to that place and now he is beginning to understand her intention to send him in a place where he can be brutally torn apart as a prey.  Queen Ji So reminds him why he must endure the place to pay for his crime because if he cannot endure, his father or sister will pay it instead.
Ah Ro alerts Ji Dwi that he seemed to be oversleeping already.  He finally wakes up and notices the Queen’s eyes gazing at them.  He tells Ah Ro where to find Sun Woo and discloses how all the wounds she treated was caused by her brother.  
Ah Ro seeks Sun Woo who was surprised to see her and orders her to leave that place immediately.  But Ah Ro refuses telling him that all she can see at the moment is his wounded face and it’s giving her pain.  She voices out how she does not know how he lived in the past but since he lives with them now, she cannot stop him from treating his wounds.  
Sun Woo lets her cure his wound and complains a little making Ah Ro explain that the medicine tends to hurt if the person is bad.  Sun Woo laughs a little and Ah Ro smiles bright and tells him how she likes seeing him beams like that because he rarely does it but he is cute when he does.
 Sun Woo picks up the small ointment jar Ah Ro left for him and remembers her words earlier on how he has been living without them for 10 years but she feels like missing and worrying about him more when he was just out for days.

In the morning Queen Ji So meets Master Wi and orders him to release her Hwarang, but the latter objects on how he though he has the full control of the Hwarang army.  The Queen assures him that he has the full authority but if his decisions may lead to problems leading the future army they are building, she will have to step in.

Master Wi chuckles at his morning conversation with the Queen and bumps with Master Ho and the rest of the government officials.  He invites him for a drink which Master Wi playfully answers yes if it will happen 30 years starting the next day.
Master Wi proceeds to meet Sun Woo and brings him news that he will not be expelled right away, but he is planning to do it slowly with the upcoming task set for them.  He tells him he has to pass an upcoming exam they will have which will be hard given his almost zero knowledge and offers that he can voluntarily leave or stay.  Sun Woo meets his eyes and bravely decides he will stay.
Off we go to our first Hwarang class where Master Wi asks them the meaning of water.  Soo Ho answers that water is strong since it can defeat fire but Ban Ryu counters hownit is weak since it avoids obstacles.  Ji Dwi recites how water is good since it embraces all creations and revives seeds to life.  It is humble and flows and does not try to become strong.  Satisfied with the answers, Master Wi calls Sun Woo for his opinion and he responds that water is tired because it gives endlessly to the fish and to gold until the ground dries up because there is nothing more to give.  Master Wi smirks at Sun Woo’s surprisingly intuitive answer and pulls another character in the class.  
The boys stare in front as Master Wi gives them an assignment to fathom the meaning of the King as a water in Tao Te Ching premise.  Everyone sighs at the impending homework but clueless Sun Woo wonders why everyone is worried.  *my gawd I like class lessons like this I hope we wi have lots of it
Ah Ro fusses about the assignment given by Master Wi and whines to Joo Ki how his brother thinks there are only 200 characters in the world.  Sun Woo’s foster father approaches Master Ahn Ji for a quick chat.  He questions why he allowed Sun Woo to become a Hwarang.  Master Ahn Ji replies how fate brought them together but foster father insisted on how he is using Sun Woo for his revenge.  He tells him that Sun Woo is not someone who should be let out in the world and how he unlocked his fate because of his selfish reasons.  Foster father leaves without revealing Sun Woo’s identity which suspends Master Ahn Ji in contemplation.
At night, Sun Woo tries to study the letters in front of him to no avail.  Ah Ro was again summoned at Hwarang to treat the cook’s hand and when Joo Ki asked her if she already informed her brother of her regular stay at Hwarang, she nervously replied no.
In the morning, Sun Woo is puzzled on the many eyes he felt staring at him.  He opens a door and Ah Ro closes it right away after recognizing her brother.  She walks to the other side of the room where Sun Woo is waiting to ask if he is hallucinating.  Ah Ro confirms that he is and that she is a ghost to which Sun Woo replies that she can’t be a ghost because ghosts are not supposed to be stupid like that.  She finally reveals her quasi-doctor job at Hwarang which fumes Sun Woo reminding her how the place is full of men.  She argues that at least he is there to protect her and there is not much difference anyway as she was even abducted outside.  She pulls her final argument of his knowledge of only 200 characters and not having a slight awareness what Tao Te Ching is so she is there to be her teacher. 
Sun Woo still says no but at night he sits beside her for schooling.  He takes her hand to guide him in writing and thus they work on their late night tutorial sessions.  Ah Ro praises his quick uptake and teases that he could be practicing in secret and adds how learning fast is inherent to him.  They play by inking their faces unaware that Ji Dwi is observing from afar.
Ji Dwi sits alone in the study hall peering at the white cloth bearing his title.  He looks back on the memory of his conversation with the Queen where he told her to choose being a Queen or a mother to him as that is what he intends to do.  Queen Ji So asks him if he is going to give up the throne.  She warns him not to push her to the limit or she will end up discarding him.
Ji Dwi surprises Ah Ro and checks on the promisory tattoo on her arm.   He asks when she will be paying him and she responds that she cannot pay it right away.  He proposes a way to write off her debt and next thing we know, Ji Dwi sits in between Ah Ro and Sun Woo on their tutorial session.  Sun Woo asks why he was there and when Ji Dwi motions to reveal her debt, Ah Ro quickly proceeds with her lesson.  Ah Ro watches as the two silently fight by leaving ink marks to each other.
Master Wi sees Sun Woo intently studying his characters.  Ah Ro mistakenly pulls a joke to Ji Dwi thinking he was her brother.  They do a private lesson and Ah Ro mutters if he really cannot read.  She shows a picture of a butterfly and explains to him why the picture means a butterfly.  Ji Dwi asks her to draw a picture that means “King” and she draws a mother bird up in the nest and a small bird down under the tree.  
Ah Ro narrates how she pities the faceless King having no one but him to do the task of being stronger so that he can fly up in the sky.  Ji Dwi states how there are people who should have not been born and Ah Ro flares up on her sentiments about the young King who was forced to fend himself and roam around the world at a young age.  Ji Dwi is equally enraged and stands up to corner Ah Ro who cannot understand his sudden fury.  She cautions him to mind his actions or her brother will do something about it.  Ji Dwi answers her warning with a kiss as Sun Woo nears the room they are in.
I’m officially addicted to this drama and even more to our boys in their glorious manliness. *blush
For a period drama, it is surprisingly easy to digest and the side stories are neatly placed when it is time for it to materialize.  I am having a second to sixth lead man syndrome.  How can that be possible?  *lol  Thank heavens that we are clearly going to have one group villain as it is hard to keep up when villains are placed on levels in the story.  I love to be transported back in Silla where I can have classroom lessons like that so I look forward to the remaining of lessons Master Wi has to offer.  -jediprincess