100 Days My Prince Episode 12 Recap
Now that the Vice Premier’s confirmed the report that Crown Prince has lost all his memory, the Vice Premier’s not looking to kill him. Lee Yul must return to the palace as the Crown Prince because without him, all his efforts to have the nation under his control would amount to nothing when Prince Seo Won is made the new Crown Prince.
(Mind us switching between using Won Deuk, Lee Yul and Crown Prince! The identity we use will depend on how he is known to the character being mentioned or people he is surrounded by.)
Prince Seo Won’s installment ceremony begins, but is soon interrupted and stopped with the shocking return of Lee Yul—who, if he had his memories—probably wouldn’t show up calling for the King to not seek punishment for the Vice Premier’s mistake in his handling of his assassination and passing.
Before the Crown Prince showed up at the installment ceremony, the Vice Premier had fed Lee Yul lies about the Queen being behind the attempt to assassinate him in order to install Seo Won as the new Crown Prince. He’s told that the Queen and Prince Seo Won must be stopped for him and Lee Yul to survive; and just to make sure Lee Yul didn’t implicate him somehow and give his opponents anything to use against him, the Vice Premier had Lee Yul not mention about his amnesia or what happened in Songjoo Village.
Because of Lee Yul’s amnesia, the Vice Premier is able to get him to believe the Crown Princess’ baby is his and treat her better. Lee Yul even apologises for any hurt feelings he caused in the past and promises to be better and not break the heart of the mother of his child.
In Songjoo Village, Won Deuk’s disappearance is being explained as him being a fugitive wanted for treason. It gets spread to Hong Shim’s dad who thinks both have been taken to Hanyang and wants to go there to presumably save them somehow.
Jung Jae Yoon shows up and tells Hong Shim’s dad Hong Shim wasn’t taken to Hanyang. She’s with her brother. He knows this because he was in the marketplace during the kidnapping and had followed the kidnapper right to an old house near Mokgye Port where he learns of Hong Shim and the sibling relationship. Jung Jae Yoon then reveals Won Deuk’s true identity of being the Crown Prince.
Hong Shim learns about Won Deuk’s true identity, too. Waking up from the kidnapping, she steps outside to come face to face with Seok Ha, who tells her he wants them to leave on a ship. Worried about the worried state her dad and Won Deuk must be in, she needs to go back to their old house to see and get them. It leads her to talking about Won Deuk as being her husband and a good man who she believes her brother will come to like when he meets him.
Seok Ha didn’t need Hong Shim to tell him anything about Won Deuk since he knows exactly who he is. So, he tells her that man she’s talking about isn’t someone she can leave with and she should forget him. Hong Shim has him explain why. That’s when Seok Ha reveals Won Deuk is the Crown Prince, the son-in-law of Kim Cha Eon (the Vice Premier), who stabbed the heart of their father.
It has Hong Shim shocked and not believing Seok Ha until she hears it from Won Deuk himself. Seok Ha stops her, telling her he would’ve left for the palace already, before dropping a mention of the Crown Princess who Won Deuk might meet. Seok Ha tells her to forget it all, about her marriage and her feelings for him.
Hong Shim cries over what Seok Ha calls an ill-fated relationship. Even if it’s not ill-fated, Seok Ha tells her Won Deuk is beyond her reach. It has Hong Shim take Won Deuk gift, the plum blossom embroidered shoes, and flinging them off into the distance as an attempt to discard and forget about him. But remember the time he gave them to her, promising to get her cherry blossom ones followed by a promise to never leave her, has her searching the field for them again.
Back in the palace, Won Deuk is missing Hong Shim. Throughout his entire day, he keeps on seeing Hong Shim. Breakfast has him hear her talk about meat pancakes and how he can now eat all he wants with him being in the palace. During study of books, she hears him talk about how intelligent he is and how she’d been thoughtless to misuse such a high-level resource, but still, she bets he enjoyed reading those erotic novels with her than what he’s reading in his classes.
In his room at night, he sees her again. From conversation between him and the imaginary Hong Shim, he seems to feel sad and guilty he isn’t able to keep his promise to stay by her side. He tells her he’s married and have a baby about to arrive. Seeing as that is, the imaginary Hong Shim tells him she will say her last goodbye before her image disappears.
Tears stream down Won Deuk’s face. The next moment, he’s out of his room and on a horse towards Songjoo Village. Hong Shim just so happens to be there, too, when he arrives at their old place. It looks like she back there to recover her belongings. Won Deuk doesn’t realise her presence as Hong Shim had dropped behind a wall below to hide from him.
Episode 12 Screencaps
The shock Won Deuk has when he learns that not only is he the Crown Prince, but he’s married to the Crown Princess and she’s pregnant with his baby.
The installment ceremony to make Prince Seo Won the new Crown Prince is underway. However, to the shock of the King, it all gets put to a halt when the Vice Premier makes it into the palace with the supposedly dead Lee Yul. The King is glad his eldest son is alive, but he wanted so much to end this relationship with the Vice Premier.
The Crown Princess is worried seeing Lee Yul alive and back in the palace. The Vice Premier tells her not to worry with Lee Yul not remembering anything. The Crown Princess points out the possibility Lee Yul’s memory loss is just an act, which the Vice Premier doubts; because, if he remembered, he would have returned to the palace. He didn’t. The way Lee Yul is right now is exactly the kind of Crown Prince he wants. Lee Yul right now is like a scare crow who will sit long enough on the throne so he can make the Crown Princess’ baby take it.
Vice Premier feds Crown Prince lies about the assassination being the Queen’s doing because she wanted Prince Seo Won to be Crown Prince. He claims to want to hold a trial but the King ordered to stop it. He tells Lee Yul that if the Queen and Seo Won isn’t stopped then he, the Crown Princess and the baby will not be able to survive. This is how Lee Yul had gone along with appearing at the ceremony to stop it.
In order to get Lee Yul to stay quiet about what happened to him in Songjoo Village, he warns that Hong Shim and her father won’t be safe if he lets anyone know. He must also not let anyone know he lost his memory as they might use it to attack him.
Hong Shim’s safe and sound with her kidnapper being her own brother. It looks like Seok Ha had gone to Songjoo Village to remove her from danger as he had learned the Vice Premier had found out about Lee Yul being alive and was at Songjoo Village. Hong Shim wants to go back to the house to get Won Deuk and her dad, but she’s stopped. She thinks that Seok Ha’s stopping her because he thinks Won Deuk isn’t a good man. That’s not it. Won Deuk is the Crown Prince and the son-in-law of the man who killed their father, Kim Cha Eon (a.k.a Vice Premier).
Park Sun Do gives the wrong information about Hong Shim and Won Deuk’s departure from their house as being because Won Deuk’s a wanted fugitive. This gets relayed to Hong Shim’s dad by Yang Chun, a woman who seems to have some kind of relationship beyond the platonic kind with Hong Shim’s dad. Hong Shim’s dad soon finds out the truth. A visit from Jung Jae Yoon has Hong Shim’s dad learn Won Deuk’s actually the Crown Prince.
Now we wait for the rest to find out. Gal Doo and Kkyeut Nyeo still is yet to know, but with Yang Chun overhearing the fact during a conversation between Hong Shim’s dad and Joon Jae Yoon, and Park Sun Do learns about it from the Vice Premier, it might not be too long till they do.
The Kings seems to want to find fault with Vice Premier for misidentifying the body as the Crown Prince so he can be punished, but unexpectedly, Lee Yul appears before the King backing the Vice Premier. Because of the Vice Premier’s lies, Lee Yul seems to see the inaction of the ministers on the Queen’s side to look for him as wanting to rid him so they can get Prince Seo Won into his position.
The Vice Premier tells Lee Yul all the people who served him previously was killed in the rain ritual, so he’s gone and selected people Lee Yul can trust to serve him. These men and women only showed respect with a bow of the head when the Vice Premier commanded them. They don’t serve Lee Yul but serve the Vice Premier, and they’re selected to keep watch of Lee Yul’s every move. It looks like the Vice Premier’s gotten Lee Yul back on that herbal soup which had caused him heart pains.
Hong Shim’s in no mood to eat as her mind is still on Won Deuk. Seok Ha tells Hong Shim to forget him. It’s an ill-fated relationship and even if it wasn’t she should because Won Deuk is beyond her reach. Hong Shim seems to try take the first step in doing that and throws out the shoes Won Deuk got her, but turns back to search for them. She just can’t do it.
The King cowers at the sight of the Vice Premier. The King remarks who would dare attempt an attack on the Vice Premier’s life, and in not so many words, the Vice Premier threatens that anyone who tries will not be let off easily. The King isn’t the one with the last say and the power. The Vice Premier is the one who’s really running the show.
Vice Premier gives an order to have Seok Ha brought to him alive. He wants to verify something. This something seems to be related to the Crown Princess and her baby.
Hyuk finds Seok Ha a ship heading to Haengju Port in four days. This is supposedly when Seok Ha plans to leave Songjoo Village with Hong Shim. However, it’s looking like it might not be possible if the Vice Premier’s order to have Seok Ha brought to him alive is anything to go by.
Seok Ha also learns during the meeting that the Crown Princess was behind him being shot with an arrow by Seok Ha’s subordinate, Beom. This extra information might possibly have what push Seok Ha to leave quickly and with no remnant feelings, to start afresh.
Hong Shim wants to leave as soon as possible, too. That way she will be able to forget it all.
Whilst talking to her brother, Hong Shim was a bit curious how her brother could recognise Won Deuk when no one in the village knew. She also asks what Seok Ha did for a living to get a wound as bad as the one he was trying to nurse. Seok Ha doesn’t say much, saying in an indirect manner that he ran errands for high officials that weren’t so righteous and too shameful to say.
The fact he is dressed in black and with the words he says, would the clues be big enough for Hong Shim to connect he kills for a living, that he’s an assassin and he was after her Won Deuk? Guess not.
Won Deuk is hallucinating Hong Shim’s there at the palace with him. In the morning during breakfast, he sees a hallucination of Hong Shim talking about his favorite meat pancakes being on the table. He closes his eyes briefly to open them again to see no one in front of him. He loses his appetite after that.
During a reading session, Hong Shim compliments the book he’s reading and how intellectual he is. Like she’s speaking his thoughts, the imaginary Hong Shim admits her reckless use of such a ‘high-level resource’ such as he. Still, she suspects he had more fun reading those erotic novels with her than what he’s currently reading at the palace.
Yup, Won Deuk is seriously missing Hong Shim and seems to wish he was with her reading and transcribing those novels in Songjoo Village.
Won Deuk meets Prince Seo Won after the reading session which Won Deuk cancels after his hallucination Hong Shim. Prince Seo Won asks if Lee Yul resents him for wanting to take his position. Won Deuk doesn’t. An empty glass must be filled he says. Prince Seo Won confesses resenting Lee Yul because he has everything Seo Won wants belongs to Lee Yul.
Prince Seo Won doesn’t appear to be talking about the throne as much as something else—or rather—someone else maybe? There’s been suggestions in past episodes he might have feelings for the Crown Princess.
Lee Yul tells Prince Seo Won he owns it not because he wanted to. He also wants what he can’t have (i.e. to be with Hong Shim.)
Park Sun Do and Jung Jae Yoon is before the Vice Premier. Park Sun Do’s is before him wanting to see Lee Yul (who Park Sun Do still refers to as Won Deuk) to ask for forgiveness. The Vice Premier agrees to help explain things to the Crown Prince after being satisfied the nobleman knew nothing about Won Deuk being Crown Prince.
Jung Jae Yoon, though, the Vice Premier is suspicious about. Jung Jae Yoon is asked why he couldn’t recognise the Crown Prince when he had given the secret letter to him. Jung Jae Yoon’s asked if what he said about the letter is a lie and whether it was a ruse to approach him. Jung Jae Yoon’s face blindness explains it away and so does the archery incident which saw not only Park Sun Do shoot an arrow at the Crown Prince/Won Deuk back in Songjoo Village, but Jung Jae Yoon shoot an arrow at him, too. He explains that if he had recognised, he would have alerted the palace or the Vice Premier as that would have helped earn him a promotion.
We won’t be able to find out what Jung Jae Yoon’s would have done had he found out before the Vice Premier found out. Jung Jae Yoon and the Vice Premier found out about Won Deuk around the same time. We think Jung Jae Yoon might not have gone with alerting the palace or the Vice Premier. Even though he’s made out to look like he’s looking to climb the ranks, he doesn’t look like he’s the kind of person who’d side with the bad side to do it.
Jung Jae Yoon’s visit gives Lee Yul the chance to ask about Hong Shim and whether she had left the village with her dad. Jung Jae Yoon tells the Crown Prince not to think about her. The only woman he should care about is the Crown Princess because because everyone will be threatened if they learned what happened in Songjoo Village, which includes Hong Shim and her dad. Those with power make ideal baits for a plot Jung Jae Yoon says and so it’s the safest and the best for everyone if he forgets and let’s it go.
This was all Jung Jae Yoon came to say. Lee Yul, using Jung Jae Yoon’s previous request to be friends, suggests Jung Jae Yoon could still tell them (about what happened to him). Jung Jae Yoon’s response is that he’s the Crown Prince. They can’t be friends. So, pretty much, he won’t tell them.
p>Jung Jae Yoon, who shouldn’t know where Hong Shim had been taken to, shows up before Hong Shim with a box of food and a new identity. He had followed her in the marketplace when he thought she had been abducted only to learn the kidnapper was her brother.
Hong Shim had been feeling down over Won Deuk leaving her, over his words about wanting to marry her, about feeling more regret leaving her and promising to stay by her side. Jung Jae Yoon’s appearance put a bit of a smile on her when he suggested other option for a name. On paper, he had chosen Yeon Hwa Bong for her (it means “flower” and “pretty”), but she thought it to be a bit old fashioned, which led to him listing several others including Lotus Leaf Wraps. 100 Days My Prince has been pretty light on the love triangle between Won Deuk, Hong Shim and Joon Jae Yoon. This is a little moment for the two.
Lee Yul may be back in his position as Crown Prince, but it’s not a secure one. The Queen’s got a plan to undermine his mental fitness to remain in the position. She and her supporters have come up with a Welcoming Banquet for the Ming Envoy (who originally arrived for Prince Seo Won’s installment ceremony) to test Lee Yul and hopefully make a fool of him.
Imaginary Hong Shim’s come again with words which seem to speak Lee Yul’s thoughts, his guilt over not keeping his promise to never leave her side. Imaginary Hong Shim tells him to go get fresh air, to move his body when he feels down. Then he looks amazing in his royal robe, using Won Deuk to address him. As if wanting so much to be Won Deuk but know he can’t, he tells her he’s not Won Deuk and that it’s no use showing up like this as he can’t go to her side. He mentions having a wife whom he married a long time ago and a baby soon to arrive. Imaginary Hong Shim understands and bids him a last goodbye. Tears stream down Lee Yul’s face when she finally disappears into thin air. : o( : o(.
Won Deuk leaves the palace calling for his servant, Eunuch Yang (seemingly out of habit), to get his clothes ready. He is fed a lie by one of Vice Premier’s people that Eunuch Yang was killed when he went to the rain ritual with him. Lee Yul doesn’t think much of it and gives the order for the eunuch with him to get the clothes instead.
Won Deuk exits the palace after being stopped initially, but Kwon Hyuk (a friend of Jung Jae Yoon’s) commands the guards to open the gates. On his horse, Lee Yul rides towards their old house in Songjoo Village where Hong Shim is gathering her belongings to prepare for her departure. Lee Yul doesn’t see her though, as Hong Shim had spotted Lee Yul riding towards her first and took cover behind a wall.
Great ending for Episode 12 as this is the first time Hong Shim sees Won Deuk as his highness, the Crown Prince! It’s a little sad to see the couple separated like this, though. Lee Yul’s married and believes he’s about to have a baby with the Crown Princess. He looked so lonely in the palace when he was having hallucinations of Hong Shim and missing her. He looked especially when he was told by Jung Jae Yoon that he wasn’t willing to speak of Lee Yul’s situation to Hong Shim and her dad, and that they couldn’t be friends because he’s the Crown Prince. It makes being the Crown Prince title not as great to have as all those people fighting for it makes it out to be.