[Softy wrote the following paragraph in her heartfelt and personal comments at the end of this recap, but I’m extracting and moving it up here because it encapsulates my own feelings watching this drama. There’s just such an infectious warmth about A Wife’s Credentials. Do watch it along with us! –thundie]
It may come as a surprise to most of you who know me when I say this because I am not a “fist bump in the air” kind of person, but that’s what I wanted to do countless times during these 16 episodes. You never suspect from an overlooked cable drama to have so many thoroughly satisfying moments, but this drama is packed with them – moments that stand out in your mind so clearly that you find yourself either grinning about it or feeling moved again as you recall those lines. In the end, isn’t that why we all watch great kdramas? For temporary escapes from our own reality to vicariously experience what’s on the screen. As someone who has already gone down this road, trust me when I say this, you won’t regret the little adventure you are about to embark on with A Wife’s Credentials.
[Softy is back on TP, yay! This time with recaps for a 16-episode cable drama that recently finished airing and which some of my pals claim is one of the best offerings of 2012.
Since A Wife’s Credentials hasn’t been talked about very much, and since Softy is also convinced that AWC is an underrated gem and has been persuading me to watch it, I discussed it with her and the result is… Ta da, AWC transcaps! If you are not familiar with Softy’s work (transcaps = transcripts + recaps), she translates each episode so that you can watch it as though you are watching with subtitles. Thank you for this awesome gift, Softy sweetie! –thundie]
As we start episode 29, Dong Soo is riding out to meet Un. They go for a walk, and Dong Soo tells Un that he should come back to them. They run across a group of boys playing at swords, and Un helps the one who lost and shows him how to hold a sword. They reflect back to being that young, and Un says that had he known back then what he does now, he never would have picked up a sword, and regrets it every day. Dong Soo tells him that he doesn’t need to carry all of the burden for his actions.
Away we go! We start episode 28 with an extended recap as to how the coup got set in motion. But now everything is in readiness! Despite Jin Ju and Jin Ki’s efforts to stop it, the meteor shower/flaming kite signal goes up, and so the coup starts!
For reasons best known to the writers, Kenjo, whose job is supposed to be killing Dong Soo, merely says “later” to him, and goes back to gather his men. And unfortunately, Cho Rip happens to run into Un just as he was going towards the palace with his forces, and so Un stabs him.
Fortunately, Hong Do saw Cho Rip collapse and piggy backs him back home to Sa Mo’s.
So, where were we? Well, the Queen, the Hongs, the Norons, Kenjo with some Japanese soldiers, and many of the military officers are planning a coup against the King. Dong Soo, the Prince and his guards more or less know about it, and are investigating.
We’re back at the fight club! Jin Ju is getting ready to go into the ring against a guy with an ax, with Dong Soo watching from the sidelines and Lord Hong’s party of Kenjo, Hong1, the toady and Un watching from above. They notice Dong Soo down below and watch the match. It’s fairly even right up until Jin Ju kicks the other guy in the nuts and therefore loses on a technicality – no blows beneath the belt. Even fight club has rules.
I’m in sageuk heaven. First, there was The Princess’s Man, a story that got me reading into the night about King Munjong and his brother the Grand Prince Suyang.
Now there’s Tree With Deep Roots, a new and promising drama about Munjong and Suyang’s father, King Sejong the Great. Eight minutes into the opening episode and I immediately feel at home, the words “General Kim Jong-seo” and “Jiphyeonjeon” (Hall of Worthies) rekindling images from my beloved The Princess’s Man.
As double icing on the cake, guess who are the two actors playing the young Sejong and his father King Taejong, respectively?