Nokdu Episode 4 Recap

Nok-du bandage Dong-joo burn hand, wondering why the widow was so angry about him being honest with her since the widow claim that she didn’t look like Hwa-soo. Dong-joo question if he had any friends and suggest teaching him flattery to deal with those situations. She demonstrates how he should react to the situation while he feeds her.

Afterward, Dong-joo asks him to help her undress for bed which he tells her not to do at random place, confusing Dong-joo to why it is a random place when it’s their room. Nok-du utterly refused to help her undress. He put down the blanket and toss a pillow at her, throwing back at her what she had originally said to him about how she dislikes demanding people and that people should know how to take care of themselves. Dong-joo snaps that she won’t ask him for help anymore.

Nok-du leaves to bring the dishes out only to return to see Dong-joo standing by the dresser, trying to scratch her back with the edges of the dresser since she couldn’t do so with her hand. Nok-du pulls her down to sit, scratching her back for her. But he eventually stopped when she asks him to scratch lower for her. He takes his bedding and lay down with his back to her, making her wonder why he stopped while he places his hand up to his beating chest.

Dong-joo wakes up from her sleep, having trouble sleeping due to her burned hand to see the burnt part of Nok-du dress as he sleeps on his stomach, remembering that he did get burn as well. She calls Nok-du, trying to wake him up but to no avail. Dong-joo scoot over a bit to lift up the skirt, wanting to the pant down to apply medicine to his burnt butt. But as she reaches for the pant, Nok-du wakes up shocked and pushes her away. She tries to explain to him that she wanted to apply medicine to him, but he yelps at her behavior towards “another woman” causing Dong-joo to scoff at his ridiculousness.

Elsewhere, the King is playing janggi with Minister Heo who asks if he is still having trouble falling asleep at night since the King doesn’t want to return to the palace. The King mention that Yoon-jeo being good at janggi causing Minister Heo to pause. He re-affirmed with Minister Heo that Yoon-jeo was killed by his sword after he had buried the baby. The King dismiss his question as useless, claiming that there is no way it would be a lied or that Minister Heo would fool him on it. (That’s an underlying threat, isn’t it? He is suspicious).

The King decided it is time to rest from the game. The King lies down to rest as Minister Heo slowly moves his hand over above the King as though he wanted to strangle him but instead, pulls up the blanket to cover the King up. As Minister Heo leaves the room, the King open his eyes. (Damn, he was definitely testing Minister Heo and is suspecting him for sure. Some friends’ you guys are. Ya’ll have some serious trust issue here you guys need to work on, lol). The King leaves, telling him guard to search further for Yoon-jeo, believing that the minister that saw Yoon-jeo definitely had not mistaken.

In the morning, Nok-du is practicing his flattery when Deul-ri (the Muwoldan that tries to assassin Nok-du in the beginning) arrives, politely greeting each other before Nok-du leaves. Deul-ri pulls out the drawing of Nok-du, finding him suspicious and decided to follow suit. Sensing her follow, Nok-du tries to walk off quickly but she calls after him, causing him to stop in his track. Just as she approaches, Mr. Admin calls out to Nok-du, having hear about his burn.

Mr. Admin gives him ointment and being aware that Deul-ri is watching, Nok-du grabs Mr. Admin hand to make it look like they’re flirting, thanking him for the ointment. He pulls his hand away the moment Deul-ri leaves. Mr. Admin asks where he is hurt so he can apply the ointment on for him. Nok-du sticks his butt out causing Mr. Admin to say he can’t there. Seeing his nosebleed, Nok-du chastise him for his dirty thought. Nok-du snatch the ointment from him and walk away as Mr. Admin denies it. (Mr. Admin and his hardcore one-side crush on Nok-du is so hilarious)

Nok-du return back to watch Deul-ri enter the storehouse, telling himself that it is better to stay out of her sight, knowing that she is suspicious of him. He watches when he notices Dong-joo carrying a basket of clothes with her burn hand. Dong-joo unwrap her bandage and is about to do the laundry when Nok-du clasp her shoulder, slightly pushing her back from the water. He grabs the clothes and insist on washing it instead so that her wound doesn’t get worse or get an infection. (Aw, he cares!) Dong-joo place a set of cloth under him when he hissed at her to not approach his butt, but she explains that it to help his injured butt from infection as well.

Dong-joo tells him that for being a noblewoman, he’s quite good at laundry. Nok-du refute that he is only helping her this time but Dong-joo rebuke him, telling him that she feels like he’ll continue to help her the next time as well.

Afterward, he applies the ointment Mr. Admin gave him on Dong-joo hand. Dong-joo tells him that it doesn’t feel bad at all, having someone taking care of her since it makes her think of her past. The two discuss about their mom which Nok-du tells her that he is envious that she has many good memories with her mom but Dong-joo refute him, telling him it is painful because of the memories. Dong-joo ask him about his mother which he recalls her being very sick. In her sick state, she had apologized to him for the way they are living. She says that his name is not Hwang-tae ae but Jung… She started wheezing and gasping for air as Nok-du calls out in panic to his brother. His mother suddenly grabs his collar, blaming him for their circumstance, saying if it weren’t because of him, her son and her family would’ve… But before she could say further, his mother pass away. (Hm, interesting. Since she is in and out of subconsciousness, I wonder if she thinks Nok-du was his brother earlier and wanted to tell him his family name. It sounds possible that while they are on the run, they had taken a different family name (of Lee) instead of Jung (their father’s family name?) And it seemed like they’re hinting that Nok-du could possibly be the baby that the King had try to smolder when he was born. But that’s just me guessing).

Dong-joo offers to apply the medicine on his butt causing Nok-du to jump from his spot. Dong-joo grab his skirt and ask him seriously if she can call him “Unni” looking up at him with her pleading eyes, making him enthrall by her. (So totally see him blushing, he’s lovestruck LOL). She asks again if she can, but he mumbles that he isn’t a “Unni” since he technically isn’t a girl. Dong-joo thinks he meant that he might be younger than her. Nok-du recalls her telling him she was older but now that he tells him when was born, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Nok-du picks up his robe and leaves her there. Back in the village and feeling fluster, he questions if she notices him blushing or why she would ask him that question until he sees the women running off here and there, scared. Nok-du follows Bok-nyeo who pulls him into hiding with her. Peeking out, Nok-du sees a woman in red, ringing chimes accompanying by two other women in white with a veil covering their faces. Bok-nyeo informed him that the shaman is here to comfort the dead soul that has passed away wrongfully, and it would be big trouble if he roams around while the shaman is doing her praying.

Nok-du follow the women to the temple and hides when more people head up to the temple, with robes over them. Nok-du notices there are men under the robes and wanted to take a closer look but his foot slip, letting out a sound alerting all the women standing guards up at the temple. They shoot arrows towards his direction but luckily, he dodges them all, undetected. He throws a rock to divert them in the opposite direction however Ssook got a glimpse of his figure running back to the village. She whistle for her assassin while she gives chase back into the village.

At the courtesan house, Dong-joo is cleaning the floor when her friend, Hwa-soo, came over, telling her that her a drunk man spilled alcohol on her. Dong-joo tells her to go clean up while she go to get her another dress.

Nok-du runs hurriedly back into the courtesan house and hides his black cloak under a porch just as Ssook catches up. He runs into a room he assumed is empty only to crash into Dong-joo, causing the two to land on the floor. Lady Cheon tells Ssook to look quietly as to not disturb the guest. Dong-joo question why Nok-du is here which he sees a scissor and suggest fixing her uneven hair for her.

The assassin that Ssook whistle for has surrounded the courtesan house. Minister Heo enters and ask Lady Cheon if that “man” is here which she inform that she believes he is.

Nok-du trims Dong-joo hair however his eyes were looking at the door, resulting in cutting one side of her hair too short. (If the Muwoldan don’t kill him, Dong-joo would sure kill him for cutting her hair like that, lol). Gasping, he tries to trim the other side of her hair to even both sides out making it shorter (LOL) as she tells him to make sure to even it for her. She asks why he is going to such length. He responded that it’s her precious hair which Dong-joo opening her eyes, refuting him since he refuse to let her called him “Unni.”

Looking closely at him, she notice something (the stubbles) on Nok-du’s chin and goes to touch it but Nok-du jerk back, startled and accidentally cut her ear with the sisscor in the process. She tries to grab the mirror to see the cut on her hair which Nok-du snatches quickly for her, telling her she can’t (not wanting her to see her short hair). Dong-joo find him being strange and demand for the mirror which he hides behind his back. The two slap fight each other (LOL) until Dong-joo pushes him, causing him to fall back on the floor. Dong-joo tries to stand up and step on her dress, causing her to fall. The look of horror on Nok-du’s faces say it all as Dong-joo falls, her hand landing directly on Nok-du’s gem. (LOL, the sound affects are funny).

In pain, Nok-du let out a very loud manly groan that is overheard out in the hall by Ssok, Lady Cheon, and Minister Heo. Dong-joo removes her hand and sit ups as Nok-du curl beside her in pain. She looks at her hand, seems to figure it out as Nok-du sits up. She reaches for his chin and is shocked to feel his stubble. She picks the scissor up beside her, pointing it directly at Nok-du. Nok-du tries to fake his girly-ness but Dong-joo doesn’t seemed to be fool, still pointing the scissor at him.

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