100 Days My Prince Episode 4 Recap
A mouse. That was why Won Deuk wanted to stay tightly rolled up in a straw mat together with Hong Shim. It wasn’t because he suddenly developed feelings for Hong Shim or enjoyed being so close to her like that. The thought it might jump on his face or it being squished underneath him scared and disgusted him. Hong Shim wasn’t going to stay that way just because of that and forces Won Deuk to roll in the only direction they could roll to unwrap—towards the mouse—eliciting a huge scream from Won Deuk.
Won Deuk gets tricked into taking out a huge loan from a loan shark who he thought was being nice and wanted to be his brother. After being chased into the market over boots Won Deuk just doesn’t want to return, Won Deuk’s eyes catches onto the nice things in the market again. This time, it’s high quality silk bedding and pillows. Despite having no money to pay for them, he has the shopkeeper bring out a whole bunch of things which ends with salt being thrown at Won Deuk when he reveals he had no money to buy anything (* gasp * throwing salt at the Crown Prince!). Somehow, he returns from the market with silk clothes. Back at the house, paintings, wall decorations, flooring, plants and new bedding is being lay and hung by a crew of people.
Won Deuk’s been tricked into taking a huge loan from a loan shark and this has Hong Shim threatening to end their marriage with a sickle. Won Deuk on his knees (he was kicked in the knee by Gu Dol (Kim Gi Doo) to make him kneel), Gu Dol and Hong Shim’s dad at the side, they worried she was going to swing that sickle across Won Deuk but she wasn’t going for him. She was going to that white shirt hanging in the bedroom and slicing that knot apart which symbolised their marriage. Her dad manages to stop and calm her, reminding her that the magistrate won’t let this slide.
Stuck with Won Deuk and a huge debt, Hong Shim starts up the Solutions Agency, a business she plans to have Won Deuk go out and do all the tasks people don’t want to do in return for payment. Her father is sceptical the business will take off as people are already so tight in the pockets as it is. Who will pay for such service? Hong Shim confidently say they will because there are three kinds of jobs which people would rather have others do for them than do them themselves. They are categorised into three groups: the dirty, the difficult and the dangerous jobs.
Soon enough she gets her first set of customers which sees Won Deuk do some pretty gross, dangerous and tough jobs. The first one, fishing out a lost ring from a huge bucket of poo, which neither Hong Shim nor Won Deuk knew was the job before going to the customer’s place. He reluctantly left for the job after Hong Shim threatened to shred his newly purchased clothes and bedding if he didn’t, but didn’t end up sticking his hand in there. He had the lady who hired him stick her own hand in there. Hong Shim, who’s been pretty fed up with Won Deuk’s unwillingness to do anything, couldn’t blame him for not doing it. Even Hong Shim seemed to agree the job wasn’t easy, and she’s someone who can and will do things that many can’t or won’t do.
Second job sounded easy. The customer had explained that all Won Deuk had to do was stand in a river which was knee-deep. He didn’t explain he wanted him to stand there to attract leeches so the customer could sell them.
Won Deuk’s third job, carry buckets of water to Mount Chunwoo. This is the place the ambush took place and where Vice Premier has arrived to personally investigate the Crown Prince’s disappearance—or more like, take charge and make sure things go his way. The Vice Premier’s been working hard to make sure no one finds anything that might let the palace onto his schemes. However, Jung Jae Yoon’s own investigations into the buyers of the arrows which shot the female physician Song Sun has him decide it was time he head to Mount Chunwoo and take care of things.
With Won Deuk delivering water to Mount Chunwoo, it puts the Crown Prince only several feet from the Vice Premier. Luckily, the Crown Prince isn’t spotted.
The trip to Mount Chunwoo does bring on some memories for the Crown Prince though. As he walked through the woods, the arrow that was shot at him during the ambush and him rolling down the small hill after being shot flashes before his mind. He also remembers the arrow that went passed him and shot the female physician Song Sun, too. In fact, these weren’t the only memories he had.
Before going up to Mount Chunwoo, he recalled a time which saw maids bowing their heads. This memory was brought on by the sight of the villagers bowing their heads when the nobles passed by to make their way towards greeting the Vice Premier. It had him feel like he was someone who had never bowed his head to anyone.
Everyone keeps telling him he’s Won Deuk, that he’s this orphan who is penniless, yet he has tastes similar to nobles, he speaks with a Hanyang accent (which is different to the way these Songjoo villagers spoke) and he believes he’s never bowed to anyone ever in his life. Hong Shim keeps telling him that he proposed and spent a night at the watermill together, yet, when he goes to pin her down to see if he felt anything, he doesn’t.
These flashes of memories, his inability to recall anything people say he is, did or promised has him plead Hong Shim to help him remember because not being able to remember who he is was torturing him. He asks her to help him remember how he loved her before fainting against her.
Episode 4 Screencaps
The mouse which had Won Deuk scared and not wanting to roll. Who had caused Won Deuk and Hong Shim to be in that position? Hong Shim’s dad. He had hired some thugs to stop Hong Shim and Won Deuk from meeting the military master because he didn’t want them to meet him for obvious reasons. Won Deuk isn’t Won Deuk.
As a man, Won Deuk should be out making a living. However, he’s not in the mood to do that, which makes Hong Shim just want to hit him.
A walk in the street markets has him captured by silk bedding and pillows on offer. He gets salt thrown at him after telling the shopkeeper to bring the finest out only to learn he doesn’t have the money to buy any of it. Throwing salt at the Crown Prince, OMO!
Won Deuk gets into another altercation when he tries to wink his way out of paying a shopkeeper for the meal he enjoyed. It was how the previous customer ‘paid’ for his meal, so it must be the way. No, Won Deuk. The previous customer and the shopkeeper had some kind of relationship together and was flirting with each other. : oD : oD.
Won Deuk’s been tricked by loan shark Ma Chil into taking out 30 yang to decorate the house and apparently nice silk clothes, too. That got Won Deuk angry, not because he got tricked by a loan shark, but that he spent it redecorating instead of buying a better which Hong Shim revealed. Gu Dol teaches Won Deuk to kneel and beg for forgiveness whilst Hong Shim spent much of the day unsuccessfully trying to void the contract with Ma Chil.
Won Deuk doesn’t kneel when Hong Shim return, but with a sickle in her hands Gu Dol makes Won Deuk kneel with a kick to the back of his legs. It looks like Hong Shim’s going to swing the sickle across Won Deuk’s neck, but she’s just off to cut the breast knot off the white shirt, which her dad stops her from doing.
Hong Shim studies Won Deuk and likes what she sees, not in the sense of his looks, though she does think his looks can win anyone over. His hands could twist straw and his thighs looked strong to do some money earning jobs.
Hong Shim’s Solutions Agency is born. Hong Shim tells villagers her Solutions Agency will take on all the jobs people don’t want to do because it’s dirty, difficult or dangerous, and the one to do it will be her husband, Won Deuk. First job she gets, fishing a dropped ring out of poo. Won Deuk was not doing that and ends up failing the job when he has the lady commissioning him put her hand in there to fish it out.
Second job, stand in the middle of the river. Appears easy enough till leeches latched onto his leg and started sucking blood. Another failed job, which means no money to bring down that huge debt he took out.
Won Deuk hides. Park Bok Eun, the magistrate’s assistant is back for the loan boots Won Deuk refuses to return. This is the second time he tried running away, but with Hong Shim around, he’s caught and made to return his beloved black boots, forced to wear those uncomfortable straw shoes.
The current state of Won Deuk’s memory is funny! Won Deuk will start saying/explaining something then complete blank:
Won Deuk: “Bring me some cold baesuk.”
Hong Shim: “What is that?”
Won Deuk (surprised): “You don’t know?”
Hong Shim remains blank.
Won Deuk: “Really?”
Won Deuk starts explaining, but mid-way, he can’t think of what it is.
Won Deuk: “Baesuk is… what is it? Why is the name so familiar? Baesuk. Baesuk. What is it?”
It’s the complete opposite to the super quick-witted, intelligent Lee Yul, but it’s a little reference to how he was when he was younger. When everyone at his age had already read Elementary Learning, he hadn’t. He also had an uncouth tendency to bully kids whilst role-playing with them because he was the son of Prince Neungseon (the current King). It earned him the nickname “Fool”, which was given to him by Yoon Yi Seo.
Won Deuk flashes on his first fragment of a memory upon seeing Gu Dol and Kkyeut Nyeo immediately bow their heads to Park Sun Do and other noblemen and noblewomen. He expresses to Gu Dol (who had told Won Deuk off for not lowering his head) that he has this feeling he’s never bowed his head to anyone ever in his life.
Won Deuk still doubts he could ever have proposed or spent the night at the windmill with Hong Shim. He reasons that even with him lying on top of her, his heart doesn’t race. Hong Shim makes up a story about the cherry blossom tree he planted as proof. She tells him his brain might not remember but instinctively he knows it because the tree is her favourite. He also made a promise to make her happy, that’s he’d do anything for her once they got married. He had looked at her whilst the blossoms fluttered and said he liked her and will marry her. He tells her that the man she loves is good at keeping promises. This is a lie between Hong Shim and Won Deuk, but go back to Episode 1 and it’s actually not that untrue, not between Lee Yul and Yoon Yi Seo!
Won Deuk is sent of his third job: deliver water to the government officials on Mount Chunwoo where the Vice Premier has gone to look into the matter of the Crown Prince’s disappearance. (That’s what he tells the King, but remember in Episode 3 he said the Crown Prince will return to the palace dead. He’s in the process of scheming.) Luckily, Won Deuk isn’t spotted. He faints after flashing on arrows aimed at him and the female physician, Song Sun, and looks to have been sent home.
Won Deuk returns with news he broke the jar and must compensate before pleading Hong Shim to help him remember how he loved her. Right before he faints on her, she had confused him, because she had told him he loved her and that she waited for him. Yet, Hong Shim told him moments before she resented the Crown Prince because she wouldn’t have married Won Deuk if it wasn’t for his command. That’s when Won Deuk pleads for her to help him remember, because not remembering was torturing him.