Saimdang and Lee Gyeom have fallen madly in love and just want to get married and paint for the rest of their lives. Sadly, the world is not such an easy place and our lovers are soon torn apart. That legacy leads Ji Yoon and Sang Yoon on a hunt for the lost painting that could clear their names and make things right. But a suicide note is about to take us into even murkier waters. Join Kate and I, Wendilynn as we discuss the ins and outs of these episodes.

Kate: We really got involved in the sageuk story this week. It was nice to see Saimdang and Lee Gyeom’s romance and lives fleshed out a bit. I’ve almost reached the point where I care more about what’s going on with them and with Ji Yoon and Sang Yoon, even though we have a pretty good idea already where Saimdang’s story ends. At least there is more hope for a happy ending in the present day story!

Wendilynn: I also feel more invested in our past lives story. It was so romantic watching them fall in love. And what tore them apart was horrible. And I think horrible is going to be a running theme. We know their story doesn’t end well and it looks like maybe the current era husband isn’t the slime we thought he was, but his story is just as murky as the rest of them.

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Kate: Saimdang and Lee Gyeom were definitely a true match of equals, in the deepest sense of the word. Their interests and personalities paired perfectly. At first, I thought the tavern keeper’s daughter from was going to deliberately alienate them because of her crush on Lee Gyeom (she sure seemed focused on him!) but much it seems that they were wrapped up in events much larger than that. I bet we’ll run into this young woman again later. I don’t think that it will be a happy reunion, either.


Wendilynn: Oh, that girl from the tavern made me mad. I get that she was abandoned by Lee Gyeom when she had such a terrible gash. She was essentially left to die. But, to deliberately set Saimdang up to be killed was also contemptible. I’m sure we run into her again and no, I don’t think it will be pleasant. In many ways, Saimdang is truly innocent in all this. Even if she married that dork on purpose. But at least it was for a good purpose. But when Gyeom was clutching his heart and crying, I just wanted to die right with him.

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Kate: Saimdang did unwittingly bring some of this down on them by copying that poem and passing it along, but you’re right, she was innocent. She was only trying to feed and entertain a poor, starving child. The look on her face also killed me when Lee Gyeom asked her to run away with him and she confessed that they had already consummated their marriage. And seeing her in those bridal clothes still covered in cuts and bruises on her face was also wrenching.

Wendilynn: Her heart was truly good, but the world around her sure wasn’t. That King is a paranoid wacko. But I don’t think he’s the only one. Interestingly enough, the same actor playing the King is also playing Prof. Choi. So if we want to consider past lives being involved, I guess we know just how far Prof. Choi will go to maintain the fake painting as the real one.


Kate: The politics and intrigue seem to be thick in the past as well as the present storyline, just with a little less death in the present (so far, at least). And both have strong plotlines about covering up a truth, both of which put Saimdang in a difficult place. I’m starting to see more and more parallels each time we move from timeline to timeline. It’s almost as if they are born to particular fates. I hope this time Ji Yoon can make more of her difficult options.

Wendilynn: right now the only thing they have is a book and an old painting, but without another lead, they don’t have much to go on. I’m amused that Grandma was thinking they were having an affair. I mean, seriously? lol


Kate: I was more annoyed by it. Mother-in-law’s trust of Ji Yoon sure didn’t last long. It might get much more difficult for Ji Yoon and Sang Yoon to work together with her increasingly insistent demands that Ji Yoon leave their project alone. I know that MIL doesn’t know yet that Ji Yoon has viciously been fired from her position, and that Ji Yoon is mostly keeping that from her to save her more worry, but seriously. Ji Yoon is trying to do her best to get her job back and save her family by doing the very project that MIL is so suspicious of. Maybe she knows they were in love in a past life and that’s why she’s so concerned. Ha.

Wendilynn: This was where I wished Ji Yoon wouldn’t ‘honor her parents’. She needed to set Grandma straight and stand up for herself. Now is not the time for Grandma being in the dark. Or at least, not let Grandma think that an affair was going on. She didn’t defend herself at all.

Kate: In real life, communication is key to good relationships. That’s one of the reasons it can be so frustrating to see a lot of conflict in dramas that could just be fixed with an honest heart-to-heart conversation. Sang Yoon’s being pretty nice to them too, helping protect them from the creditors. And of course, it isn’t exactly Ji Yoon’s fault they’ve been forced to hide and downsize.

Wendilynn: It certainly is not. Although, having Hubby find that suicide note is sure going to complicate things. Now we have to take down Sun Group as well as Prof. Choi. This is going to get messy.

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Kate: At least Sun Group and Prof. Choi are conveniently in league with one another. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long for Ji Yoon and hubby to compare notes and join forces. I think they’ll be stronger as a team of three, and maybe MIL will support that dynamic more fully.

Wendilynn: Agreed. They would be more effective as a team of three. At least they will be pursuing the same goals for now, even if they are coming at them from different directions. Finding that missing painting will be the answer to all their prayers. 

The clues are starting to build but what path do they lead to?  Ji Yoon and Sang Yoon need something to give them direction but so far, nothing is forthcoming.  Ji Yoon's husband has his own mystery to solve that could lead them to find the answers they need.  When will they join forces? 

For more from your Drama Club check out:

Wendilynn: As the Kimchi Turns | DF video drama club | My Shy Boss | Past Drama Clubs

Kate: Let’s Fight Ghost | Answer Me 1988 |Entertainer| Orange Marmalade| Fall in Love Like a Star

For past episode reviews



Saimdang: Light's Diary (Herstory)

Starring Lee Young Ae and Song Seung Hun

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