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Japanese-Korean Drama "second Love" Recap

Japanese-Korean Drama "SECOND LOVE" Recap

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The next day, Kei mopes as he remembers the German guy asking him to be an interpreter. At school, the little brats gossip, convinced Yui and married guy are having an affair. Quiet student, Sora, snaps at them to not arbitrarily decide something like that without proof. When the girls argue there is proof, she stomps towards them and demands to know if they saw them going into a hotel? Or did they actually see them doing it? Slamming her hands on the desk, she yells that Sensei isn’t that kind of person! OMO, she does have a crush on Yui, doesn’t she? Excellent guess by someone!

In the teacher’s lounge, the headmaster wants married guy and Yui to come into his office for a discussion. Married guy jumps up, saying they can talk here and asks if it’s about the rumored affair? The headmaster wants to know what basis the students have to claim such a thing? The headmistress claims the students know the two of them met at a restaurant and married guy drove Yui home. Whoa…if that’s all it takes, I must be having affairs with quite a few of my co-workers. *snort*

Married guy claims they met at the restaurant to discuss a difficult student: Sora. He kindly gave her a ride home and even met her Mother at the gate. It’s only natural that they meet to discuss students, that’s all there is to it and it’s nothing for them to be embarrassed about. The headmaster thinks they should educate the students while married guy apologizes to Yui for putting her in this position. Smooth liar.

Korean SBS Drama Secret Door Episode 15 Recap and Screenshots
Korean Sbs Drama Secret Door Episode 15 Recap And Screenshots

Korean SBS Drama Secret Door Episode 15 Recap and Screenshots

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It’s too bad that I don’t feel the same level of emotional investment in Sun’s relationship with Ji-dam/Bingae, because I still see her the way Sun describes in this episode—as one of his people, whom he failed to protect. She holds significant meaning in that regard, but their relationship doesn’t stir my heart, at least not yet. There’s potential for that to change, but by now I’m so invested in Hyegyeong that it might hurt too much. I was so impressed by Hyegyeong’s response to Sun that she disapproves of basically everything he’s doing as a man; but as a future king, she respects him. It’s her sacrifice to give up her disappointment as a wife in order to support him as a queen, and I’m SO glad that this time Sun sees it clearly, and that she isn’t hiding behind her pride. It’s all the more reason I don’t want to see him break her heart. I know it seems inevitable, but hey, aren’t we rewriting history here?

Korean SBS Drama Secret Door Episode 14 Recap and Screenshots
Korean Sbs Drama Secret Door Episode 14 Recap And Screenshots

Korean SBS Drama Secret Door Episode 14 Recap and Screenshots

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Kim Taek informs his cronies in the elder Noron circle, who receive news of Sun’s offer positively. One minister remains wary of Sun harboring ulterior motives, but Kim Taek isn’t blind to that possibility—he just isn’t daunted by it. With the Sorons having been crushed, it’s time for the Norons to face off against the king, and the prince will be a pivotal player in that fight. In fact, War Minister Hong argues that if Sun hadn’t come to them, they still need to grab onto him. They can use the prince to check the king, and thus restore the power balance to the level they like it at: with the royalty weak and puppet-like, and the actual power in the hands of the noble class.

The prince’s young crowd enjoy themselves with liquor and women at Woon-shim’s gibang, which is where Advisor Chae bursts in to summon Sun to an audience with the king. He’s so disapproving and disappointed that it kills me, because he sees Sun as a son who’s gone astray, wasting away his life in frivolity and glibly calling gibang parties lessons in culture and music. Sun is quite brazen to his face, introducing his pals as his future Noron supporters, not breaking his facade even when Advisor Chae tells him frankly that he’s disappointed in him.

Korean SBS Drama Secret Door Episode 13 Recap and Screenshots
Korean Sbs Drama Secret Door Episode 13 Recap And Screenshots

Korean SBS Drama Secret Door Episode 13 Recap and Screenshots

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He’s not wrong, but he’s also an extremist, which only makes him an easy target for Yeongjo. When Shin says that the records of Yeongjo bringing his brother King Gyeongjong medicine before his death are all the proof he needs, Yeongjo flares up and has him dragged out of court by the guards. Shin shakes them off and says he’ll go of his own accord, adding the final warning to the king not to try and hide the sky with his hand.

The stunt leaves the Soron ministers flummoxed, and Yeongjo goes even further to order the arrest of anyone who illegally publishes books. This time it’s Teacher Park who speaks up, reasoning that punishing innocent citizens this way only supports the rumor that the book’s contents are true: “People who oppose you are your people too!”

Korean SBS Drama Secret Door Episode 12 Recap and Screenshots
Korean Sbs Drama Secret Door Episode 12 Recap And Screenshots

Korean SBS Drama Secret Door Episode 12 Recap and Screenshots

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And so the inner circle (the king, prince, Teacher Park, War Minister Hong) gets to work on the military tax reform project. The crux of the matter is that tax burdens are unequal across the classes, with the yangban (aristocracy) often exempt from paying. This places an unfairly heavy burden upon the commoners, who are struggling to survive as it is, and Yeongjo wants to level the taxation rules and cut their taxes in half. That has the yangbans in an uproar, because in their eyes the very idea of “all men are equal” is dangerous and uncivilized, and they have a vested interest in keeping their class privileges to themselves.

Yeongjo declares that he will directly address his people on the matter, and arranges for gatherings where they are allowed to come and speak to him in person. Yeongjo doesn’t exhibit any royal airs as he just goes right up to the poor folk, crouching on the ground before them and holding them as they cry and speak of their hardships. Sun watches in some surprise and awe, deeply affected by the sight.

Korean SBS Drama Secret Door Episode 11 Recap and Screenshots
Korean Sbs Drama Secret Door Episode 11 Recap And Screenshots

Korean SBS Drama Secret Door Episode 11 Recap and Screenshots

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Teacher Park storms in to scold Advisor Chae, lighting into him for letting the prince go for a full-frontal attack on the prime minister. Advisor Chae argues that he didn’t want to stop Sun—he can barely contain the desire to snap the prime minister’s neck with his own hands, and came this far because he doesn’t want to bend the prince’s will to serve his people as the heavens. He asks if he’s this embittered at the injustice, how Sun must feel.

Teacher Park says that’s not enough reason to throw a young soldier out into a war that he’s not prepared to win. Chae thinks there’s nothing to say that the prince won’t win this fight, but Teacher Park contends that Sun and Advisor Chae are both ill-equipped to go up against the likes of Prime Minister Kim.

Chae shuts him down by saying that the arrow has already been fired. Park finally shouts, “And if in trying to stop Kim Taek, you face an even greater enemy?!” He’s not saying it out loud, but he means the king, and Teacher Park is even more terrified when Chae answers curtly that he already knows. Park asks incredulously how he isn’t putting a stop to it, and Chae answers, “Because I’m not you.” Damn.

Korean SBS Drama Secret Door Episode 10 Recap and Screenshots - 비밀의 문 10회
Korean Sbs Drama Secret Door Episode 10 Recap And Screenshots - 비밀의 문 10회

Korean SBS Drama Secret Door Episode 10 Recap and Screenshots - 비밀의 문 10회

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Sun has a cute play session with his son, baby San (Jeongjo), as a smiling Hyegyeong watches. He worries briefly that the baby seems warm and is suffering from the other night, but Hyegyeong assures him that he’s fine. Still, Sun requests that even if the same thing were to befall him in the future, or worse, he doesn’t want his son involved. The boy will be a prince one day, and as a prince he will be forced to endure many difficult things—and here Sun looks a bit choked up, thinking of his own life—and thus, he asks Hyegyeong that they not add to those troubles.

He adds that he’d like to delay the boy discovering that these difficult trials are his fate to endure, for as long as possible. Hyegyeong agrees, her protests quieted for now, and the father-son play session resumes.

Yeongjo mockingly asks whether Teacher Park is happy with the results, having decided to save one gangster instead of a critical document. Park answers, “What I wanted to save more than Na Chul-joo was Your Highness.”

Korean SBS Drama Secret Door Episode 9 Recap and Screenshots - 비밀의 문 9회
Korean Sbs Drama Secret Door Episode 9 Recap And Screenshots - 비밀의 문 9회

Korean SBS Drama Secret Door Episode 9 Recap and Screenshots - 비밀의 문 9회

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Sun says that they can’t let Ji-dam testify because if it’s determined that there’s insufficient evidence to support her claims, she’ll be punished as a criminal. Advisor Chae refuses to back down this time, because it’s the only way to get the prince out of jail. He says that they’re going to put Officer Min on trial too, to back up Ji-dam’s statement. Guys, there are so many ways this could go awry! Hyegyeong’s father sends his officers out to capture Officer Min, and the Noron camp panics.

Little San is exhausted, but Hyegyeong refuses to let her court lady comfort him, and puts the child right back by her side to do his duty as the royal heir. Yeongjo finally comes outside to ask what Hyegyeong is doing when the baby is crying, but she counters that he’s not a baby—he’s here as the crown prince’s heir. She points out that Sun himself was not much older when he began to lie prostrate before the king, which… is true, but that was totally messed up.

Yeongjo flares up in anger and asks if she means to keep this up, and Hyegyeong steels herself to declare: “The king’s grandson and I will make this place our grave!”

[Korean Drama Recap] My Secret Hotel Episode 15 Recap
[Korean Drama Recap] My Secret Hotel Episode 15 Recap

[Korean Drama Recap] My Secret Hotel Episode 15 Recap

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As she breaks down sobbing, a flashback shows Sung-gyum’s father in a drunken rage, threatening to harm Sung-gyum’s mother. He picks up a bottle to smash on her head, but GM Lee rushes up to stop him. Dad taunts Lee about his relationship with his wife, and threatens to smash the bottle on Lee’s head instead. Mom rushes forward to protect Lee, accidentally shoving Sung-gyum’s father off the railing, where he falls to death in the lobby below.

Back in the present, she explains to Sung-gyum that GM Lee had covered up for her, and they had spent the past thirty years being blackmailed by Hwang since he knew that she had killed her husband, and held onto her necklace as evidence.

A shell-shocked Sung-gyum slowly releases his grip on GM Lee, dazedly asking if it’s true. Mom desperately reassures him that as much as she hated his father, she never meant to kill him — it was an accident. She apologizes over and over as he staggers away to deal with this new information.

[RECAP] SBS Korean Drama Secret Door Episode 8
[Recap] Sbs Korean Drama Secret Door Episode 8

[RECAP] SBS Korean Drama Secret Door Episode 8

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The Sorons are equally keen to get to Shadow and intend to bribe him for it, before the Norons get to it. (Fyi, the document at the center of this show, which binds Yeongjo and the Norons as conspirators, is called maengui in the show; we’ve simply called it the secret document to keep things simple. But if it becomes clearer to use the word maengui instead, we’ll do so.) So now it’s a race to get to Shadow first, and he must know things are moving because Shadow takes extra precautions to hide that maengui document in a smoking pipe. 

It’s secret assassin Mu who gets to him first, knocking him out with a dart to the neck. When Shadow wakes up, he’s tied up in preparation for what looks to be a grisly torture session. Mu asks for the secret document, and Shadow, who’s carrying the pipe on him, doesn’t give it up. He starts to panic as Mu applies the blade to his hand…

I’m relieved we don’t have to watch the torture, but we come back after the first round is done. Mu carefully takes the blood that’s been collected by a funnel contraption, then pours it into a plant vase. Guh. So he’s a neat-freak sadist? Why does that extra detail make him so much more terrifying? Mu asks again for the document, but then hears a noise outside.