All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered;
the point is to discover them.
The Scooby Gang are at Dowhasun looking into paintings for clues, especially when LS had a revelation about Hwabootado being a *Googyul (*Chinese characters used for grammatical purposes) rather an actual Hangeul word. It is an actual reference to BanChado, a document that records the country’s or royal family’s ceremonies which is the Euigye (ie the drawings in Euigye are BanChado).
All four of them are scouring HB’s last BanChado he completed before his untimely death…
JG thinks that KSW had to watch over LS without orders from the Princess’ Palace. However they do not have evidence to bring him in for questioning. JD comes up with the idea of fabricating evidence so at least they can search his place for the Saechek book which is still missing.
LS remembers HB’s review of a novel he had just read:
But, HB usually DOES not read Mystery stories. Could this have been a clue HB left for LS? JD says the part that HB writes about is only the introduction, so what is so special about it that HB got goosebumps?
Next day, Eunuch and Royal Bodyguards visit KSW’s residence to search for “evidence”. The wanted man is not at home, but double agent PJ is with the search party.
The search came up empty. No KSW, no novel, no Saechek book. Plan B: question those who were close to him and put up a wanted notice.
KT asks YJ point-blank if he’s harboring the fugitive. He sarcastically says he’s hiding KSW, a man who couldn’t even possibly have the intelligence to go against KT. Which other government official would be involved? Why is LS looking for KSW then?
JD’s dad is mad with WS for not telling him about last night’s incident at her gibang. She assures him she has sent JD to a safe place. Where?! JD is now at CJ’s place. She has sent message to LS to not worry about her and that she’ll investigate how the East and West gangs are involved in their case.
She skews CJ about his sudden appearance last night. Why was he there? But he seems immersed in a book which she snatches away to gain his attention. His eyes are teary when he looks up. What was he reading? Choon Hyang Jeon? Mong Ryong just met ChoonHyang at the prison… LOL!! XD
CJ confirms the dead man had connections with the West gang and tried to frame CJ’s men with the dagger. JD knows it’s not CJ’s style to kill a man behind his back, and he gladly continues reading. The boss of the West gang is a shadow, no one knows who he is or how he looks like. CJ tells JD she is not allowed to snoop around and be a detective wannabe when the case has become even more dangerous. Try writing Love stories instead. LOL!!
JG is reminding LS of the day’s schedule but LS’ mind is still on KWS. Did someone get to him?
Minister Min faces LS and the prince informs him he is relieving the minister from his office. Minister Hong objects to the sudden decree, but LS says it’s his own doing. Why did Officer MWS resign from office? No one can provide a viable reason for MWS’ departure. LS gets up from his seat and crouches in front of Minister Min (following his father’s trademark of gentle coercion) and encourages the minister to cajole his son back into service, otherwise it would mean the end of his career in the Royal Court. LS tells Minister Hong he will send his two personal bodyguards over to his department to make way for MS’ return to active duty. OHO! 😮
As expected, the Usual Suspects of KT’s men gathered at his place for an emergency meeting. Now, the faceless Old Learning Faction have faces of the possible masterminds. KT calmly informs his men LS is still investigating HB’s death.
JG updates LS on the enemies’ strategy on the need for a backup plan.
YJ’s right. It’s KT and he tells PJ to look for it: The ceremony that took place last June at the Royal Tomb. KT wonders why would HB mark KWS instead of PJ?
Later that night, PJ sneaks into the Dowhaseo Office and steals the record book that lists his name on that particular event depicted in the BanChado.
Eunuch tells YJ no one turned up at the Dowhaseo last night. YJ is surprised KT didn’t fall for his bait. Well, just change the bait then: Release KSW.
He finds himself in LS’ office, being interrogated by the Prince with JG and Eunuch looking on. KSW knows of HB, but he did not kill him. He was finally released on those grounds. Released? The piqued LS’ interest.Eunuch walks KSW out but did not pay him the 100 nyang reward. LH’s dad sidles in and offers to pay the amount instead for information.
JG makes haste to LS and informs him KSW had been telling the truth. Then why did HB draw him in the BanChado? Minister MS is in a dilemma. Who should he help? His party or YJ? He recalls YJ’s plea to get the Maenge back for him “for the sake of the people.” The People? A hunch went of in his head and he checks the housing registry at HoJo…
MS tells YJ he has sent trustworthy men to locate the Maenge, but YJ is still suspicious of the Old Faction Learning as well as LH and her father. But the most troublesome comes from the Prince’s palace, MS worries LS is walking down a dangerous path. YJ will take of LS.
LS joins YJ for tea at the pavilion in the garden. YJ tells him to stop his investigations and start real work with People’s Law. You need to be able to maintain good health while oversee the country. That is what Kings should do.
YJ casually asks if LS has found anything new, and LS expertly dodges the bullet and says he will share once he has concrete evidence. “I am always on your side. If you need any help, tell me.” Hoo boy. Very ominous. Rather prophesying.
A man cleans his hands and feeds fresh meat to his pet, a falcon. KT stands at the entrance and commends the man’s capabilities. This man sounds like someone who used to serve KT in the past, but he doesn’t do those sort of work anymore. KT asks him to follow him out.
MS finally gets a breakthrough from real estate research:
KT gifts a box filled to the brim with silver ingots “A gift for the leader of the West gang.” The recipient is hesitant to accept because he is not the leader. Shadow is. KT says Shadow is the past. I want to do business with the Future. First simple task: get a few of your trusted men and kill KSW from the prince’s palace.
JD walks around CJ’s compound thinking what would be something that he didn’t want JD to see? She walks by a room and overhears a female sobbing within.
LS and Eunuch arrive at KSW’s house in time to see a basketball team of assassins in the process of killing him off. The target manages to run into the streets followed by a group of Men in Black and LS runs over to his quiver and bow and takes aim… 2 down, 4 more to go… LS gets on his horse, gallops ahead and pulls KSW onto his horse to safety.
PJ is in his office, neatly rolling the Maenge so that it fits nicely into the body of the long smoke pipe. JD sneaks outside CJ’s house and sees MS and CJ prepare to go somewhere in the night. MS wants CJ to kill PJ and bring back the smoke pipe.
Eunuch runs back to the palace and asks for back up from YJ. Of course he should help his son! Because it’s all about the Maenge. A scream pierces through the night. A group of police officers arrive at the scene, and see LS staggering out with blood on his hands…
The intrigue has just shifted to higher gear.
Dang… it’s getting better.