100 Days My Prince Episode 5 Recap
Hong Shim was really worried about Won Deuk’s condition when he had fainted, but it’s not worries between a husband and wife. It’s more because she fears losing a physically-abled man to pay off the debt he brought her. To nurse him back to health so she isn’t left the burden, she goes looking in the mountain for anything she could find that could make him a nutritious herbal soup. She couldn’t afford to buy the deer antler for the soup the doctor recommended. So, it was herbs and earth worms instead.
The soup and Hong Shim’s nursing have Won Deuk recover. While Hong Shim doesn’t look to have developed any feelings for Won Deuk, yet, Won Deuk’s started developing some feelings for Hong Shim. For a few moments Hong Shim was still asleep next to him, he gazes at her with soft eyes, whilst extending a hand to brush back a lock of hair away from her face before lightly running his finger over the cut on her cheek.
When Hong Shim wakes up, Won Deuk revisits the thoughts he had about wanting her to help him remember the kind of man he was and what kind of story he had. It has Hong Shim tell him a story about how great he was at things such as rice planting, plowing and feeding animals. He was the kind of man who was able to do any job faster than anyone else, too. These are of course all made up. She has no idea (and when she went to her dad for answers, he also wasn’t able to tell her either), but since Won Deuk was wanting an answer that was more specific than her first answer of him being a good and nice man, she went with skills-related strengths.
The decision to mention the skills looks be an attempt to encourage him into believing he has those skills and get him into trying them out and doing them. On her mind is still the huge debt to pay off. In order for them to have any chance of paying this debt off, she has to find Won Deuk work he’s good at doing.
But it seems no matter what task he’s given, he fails badly. His axe barely enters the wood when trying to split it, straws just roll around between palms when trying to twist it, and the head of the sickle goes flying when he tries to reap some long grass. Because of Won Deuk’s apparent uselessness, the villagers have given him the title of being a good for nothing man and an idiot. This amnesiac Crown Prince was not going to be able to do anything useful enough to pay off loan shark Ma Chil (Jung Soo Kyo).
Hong Shim has no choice but make a plea to the magistrate to void the contract between Won Deuk and the loan shark under the reasoning of Won Deuk being a fool. She calls on Gu Dol and the other villagers Won Deuk had contact with to make her case. Hearing their stories, the magistrate sees Hong Shim’s case and rules to have all the items purchased with the money repossessed and ending the contract that way.
Hong Shim almost has this huge burden lifted off her shoulder when Won Deuk refuses to have the debt waived by reason of him being a fool, because he believes he isn’t a fool. So, the debt remains—to Hong Shim’s anger. Won Deuk is also very angry. He can’t believe that for some money she’d make her husband appear like a fool. Not long ago, she told him he did everything well and was faster than everyone else. She knew he was poor yet she married him. He suggests it must be because she wanted a young, physically-able man over an old one, because the way he sees it, being a concubine would have been the right choice since the nobleman had the money she seemed to love so much. This earned him a slap across the face. The way he painted her was like she only cared about money or looks.
Their marriage hits rock bottom at this point, and Hong Shim is seen at her biological dad’s grave feeling disappointed her dad didn’t keep his promise to find her a wonderful man. If only she knew just how wonderful this Won Deuk actually is, that his father brought her the Crown Prince, the country’s next ruler. Of course, she doesn’t find this out at this point, but she soon discovers that Won Deuk is no totally useless man but a totally useful, smart man.
At Park Sun Do’s 60th birthday celebration, Won Deuk reveals he can read and knows poems. Not only does he know poems, but he understands their deep meaning which the nobleman was completely clueless; and it was used to save Hong Shim from being forced to serve the nobleman like a concubine and the villager who Hong Shim tried to save for spilling a rare bird’s nest soup from being beaten.
With this display of manliness, Won Deuk gets described as having been so romantic amongst Hong Shim friends. A visible proud smile spreads across her face hearing this. The discovery that Won Deuk can actually read and write very well, and make money transcribing books makes Hong Shim even more proud of him. The job sees Hong Shim get more money in her hands than she’s gotten doing any other job. Won Deuk even manages to negotiate a higher price per book.
Back in the palace, the Crown Prince is announced as being found dead. Vice Premier has managed to have the decomposed body of Dong Joo passed off as the Crown Prince’s. The fact that the Crown Prince is alive or dead is still unknown to the Vice Premier. The threat posed by this uncertainty had the Vice Premier give Seok Ha one last chance to rid the Crown Prince. He orders he find the Crown Prince’s body or kill him if he is still alive.
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Won Deuk’s in need of nutrition, which the doctor suggests an (expensive) bowl of deer antler soup would do just the trick to get him back to health.
Hong Shim can’t afford to get that deer antler soup for him. She also can’t leave him like that. She needs him to pay off that debt of his. So, she’s off to the mountain to collect herbs, shoot down a bird and collect worms to make him a herbal soup before spending several nights nursing him. What a tender, loving scene. If only it wasn’t because she worried she was losing her workhorse.
Won Deuk wakes seemingly having developed some affection for Hong Shim. He softly gazes at Hong Shim before reaching over to touch the graze on her cheek.
Won Deuk’s pretty touched by the sight of Hong Shim preparing soup when she leaves for the kitchen to prepare him more soup. When he learns that she’s been feeding him soup made from earthworms, he gags and swears he will make her pay. Seeing him so full of anger makes Hong Shim happy as that means he’s on the mend and is able to start getting him working and earning money for that debt of his.
Hong Shim’s father run into Palace guards looking for the Crown Prince. He doesn’t know who exactly they’re looking for (since he doesn’t know the man he found is the Crown Prince), but he seems to think they’re looking for Won Deuk and mutters to himself that they won’t find him.
Under the excuse of helping Won Deuk remember who he is—something Won Deuk had asked when he woke—Hong Shim gets Won Deuk to try out some tasks: splitting wood, twisting some straw and cutting some herbs with a sickle. He fails at them all, frustrating Hong Shim.
Vice Premier passes off Dong Joo’s body as the Crown Prince’s. With the body washed up on the riverside and face down, he goes to confirm the identity of the body as the Crown Prince’s.
Loan shark Ma Chil shows up at Hong Shim and Won Deuk’s place wanting payment for the water jar Won Deuk broke whilst on that water delivery job on Mount Chunwoo. Ma Chil also wants interest.
With Won Deuk showing no skill in anything, Hong Shim sees no way of making money to pay off the debt. Her only way is to go to the magistrate’s office and plead for a void on the loan agreement on the basis that Won Deuk is mentally unstable. No way is Won Deuk willing to accept the claim he’s an idiot. So the loan remains.
Hong Shim goes to the magistrate’s office requesting a void on the loan agreement on the basis that Won Deuk is mentally unstable leading to Won Deuk being slapped in the face when he accuses her of being shallow for choosing a physically-able, good-looking man over an old and with money.
The Palace receives news the Crown Prince has been found dead. The Queen is delighted things are going her way. The Crown Princess is somber. Looking out of her room window, she recalls how Lee Yul was so against his father’s plan to have him marry her. She believes that had she and Lee Yul not been wife and husband, the situation wouldn’t have been like this now. She wishes that Lee Yul is in a better place now.
Jung Jae Yoon has been investigating the death of the female physician and is suspicious of the person who turned himself in as the archer. Vice Premier looks to have found someone to take the blame. Jung Jae Yoon’s not a fool. To verify whether this is the real archer, he has the supposed culprit shoot a chicken in flight. He hits it, but the way he held the arrow is not how one should hold it. So, the fake culprit is released. The rationale behind this is that it will be a faster way to find the real culprit as the fake one will lead him to the real one.
Jung Jae Yoon floats a lantern for Hong Shim with the wish she finds her brother. It’s another month since Jung Jae Yoon’s seen her on the bridge and it looks like it might be the last as Hong Shim tells him through a letter she won’t be going there again. She’s lost hope of meeting her brother alive. Unknown to her, Seok Ha is heading her way after he is given a last chance to either locate the Crown Prince’s body or kill him after finding him alive.
Won Deuk knows poems and totally upstages Park Sun Do! The poem Park Sun Do was feeling so smug about read something along the lines of “It is yellow, yellow. It is red, red. Blue, blue is the sky. It is nice, so very nice.” Very simple and not very deep. Meanwhile, Won Deuk’s poem, though a recitation, was so deep not even Park Sun Do could understand its meaning. Won Deuk had to explain it to him.
After saving Hong Shim from Park Sun Do, Won Deuk tells her to never step into his gate again unless it’s for him before gently wiping his thumb across her lips. Such great Hong Shim-Won Deuk development! Hong Shim is actually a little affected. She goes to touch her own lips after that. The romantic scene then turns comedic when Won Deuk suddenly remembers the meat pancake he went to Park Sun Do’s celebrate for but didn’t end up getting. Love it!
Hong Shim is smiling and treating Won Deuk pretty well for the first time since they got married. Won Deuk still doesn’t like the food he’s being fed, but eats well when Hong Shim uses Park Sun Do to encourage him to eat it. She makes the suggestion of going back to Park Sun Do’s place to work for the meat pancakes he like. She knows he would never want her to go back there just so she could earn money to buy him the pancakes. Even over an old man like Park Sun Do, he admitted being jealous before, so he was sure to eat it with the mention of going back to Park Sun Do. Hong Shim’s not being curt, frowning or rolling her eyes at him for being picky. This is so nice. Hong Shim is warming up to Won Deuk! Yay!
The villagers are complimenting Hong Shim’s husband, saying how romantic he is and how satisfying it was to see Won Deuk stand up to Park Sun Do. That has Hong Shim smile some more and feeling quite proud of Won Deuk.
Hong Shim gets Won Deuk to read a couple book titles to see if the villagers’ suspicions about him being able to read is true. Won Deuk sure can, and it has her so happy, she leaps across to give him a big hug. She’s finally found a skill that can help pay back their debt.
Jung Jae Yoon is given a secret letter from Lee Yul. It’s a letter containing one Chinese character—a riddle—for Jung Jae Yoon to solve. Lee Yul had prepared this secret letter before leaving for the rain ritual and had asked one of Jung Jae Yoon’s people to pass the letter onto him.
Won Deuk and Hong Shim visit the bookstore where they get paid for the transcription work they did the night before. The skill is valued so much, Won Deuk’s demand for a higher fee is granted by the owner. Won Deuk’s no longer a good for nothing man, but a totally capable one!
Walking in the market with money from the transcribing job in hand, Hong Shim and Won Deuk make their way to get a bowl of food to share. Won Deuk had wanted to buy a lot more, but they still had a huge debt to pay. A bowl between them was the compromise. They spot Ma Chil in the distance which has Hong Shim drag Won Deuk away to hide where their close proximity seem to jog his memory. Won Deuk tells Hong Shim he feels uncomfortable, and because of this feeling, he believes his memory has returned! (Or has it?)