Nokdu Episode 5 Recap

The men are given robe to cover themselves as they are escort to the temple by the Muwol Corps ladies. As it turns out, the temple holds the secret meeting for Minister Heo along with a few other ministers. But before they could discuss their meeting, they hear the whistle that Ssook had made earlier when chasing Nok-du. Minister Heo tells the rest of the minister that he will go check on the situation which takes us back to the scene that Ssook is searching room for room.

They all freeze when they hear the loud groan coming from one of the rooms. Nok-du tries his girly voice causing Dong-joo to scoff in disbelief at him so he goes back to his normal guy voice, trying to explain to her. He covers her mouth and whisper into her ear, making her look surprise as Ssook and Co. heads over to their room. Ssook pulls out her dagger and fling the door open to see Dong-joo sitting with Nok-du, his back facing them.

Lady Cheon looks in to see them and question what Dong-joo is doing in the room. Dong-joo say that she was trying to get her hair fix which Nok-du with smear lipstick on, admits and say that Dong-joo was trying to make him pretty (hence the lipstick). Ssook question them about hearing a man’s voice in the room. Nok-du tap Dong-joo’s cut ear, signaling her for help. Dong-joo let out a deep groan which Nok-du tells them he had cut her ear by accident while using the scissor. Nok-du excuses the two of them to go apply ointment on her ear, hiding his face from Minister Heo as he walks out with Dong-joo.

Outside with no one around, Dong-joo grab his collar and drag him away to the side, holding him up to the wall. A flashback shows us what he had whisper to her in the room when he covers her mouth, reminding her that he had once saved her in Hanyang and if he should let Lady Cheon knows what she did.

Back to the present, holding onto his collar, Dong-joo question if he had followed her back from Hanyang which he denies, telling her their path just happen to overlap. He tells her he was just as surprise to see gentleman’s clothes in her room that he had seen before. Dong-joo calls him out for lying when he tells her before he didn’t look through her things. He denies it and said he saw it by accident. She looks as if she’s about to hit him however throw her arm over him (as though they’re buddies) when they notice a few gisaeng heading out of a room.

In the palace, the King ask his guard if he had checked the vicinity around the island which the guard said they did but couldn’t find the whereabout of Yoon-jeo. The guard inform the King of a place inhabit with women only when he notices his younger brother walking by with his dog in his arm along with his mother. There is fear as the Prince’s mother shield him from the King. The King gives an ominously warned to the young Prince about catching a cold, scarring him as his mother hurries him away.    

Minister Heo joins the other minister back at the temple, discussing the King’s fear of the Royal Prince (being overthrown) therefore he has been getting rid of people around the Royal Prince, charging them with treason and any of them could be next. Minister Heo tells them they could not wait any longer and must move forward with their plan.

In their room, Dong-joo points the scissor at Nok-du as she re-affirmed his explanation for being in the village was to meet up with the lady he loves and promise to leave in a few days when his lady love comes. Dong-joo grumbles that she couldn’t believe she wanted to call the vulgar him “Unnie”. Nok-du tells her that she shouldn’t call him vulgar since he did take good care of her, making Dong-joo recalls the time he scratches her back for her. She hits him until he reminds her that she touches him as well, making her remember. He tells her that it just be more uncomfortable if they talk about it so they should just not argue and bear with each other for a few days. He suggests sleeping outside but she grabs the scissor and stop him, telling him that he is not leaving her sight hence Nok-du sleeps in the room while Dong-joo spend the night outside in the hallway, guarding the door so he can’t leave her sight.

Hearing Dong-joo snores, he tries to sneak out of the room only to have her startle him from behind as she presses the scissor in between his legs. She makes snipping movement with the scissor as though she would turn him into a eunuch, scaring him back into the room (LOL). Later he pokes a hold through the door to peek and see if she is asleep only to have Dong-joo poke him in the eye.

She tells him that she is going to be guarding the door all night long only to be fall asleep (HAHA, so much for guarding the door all night long) and find Nok-du missing in the morning. Nok-du visit the temple in the morning, wondering what those people were plotting and why they would harm his family. He muses that the one who gave the order knows while the rest don’t know anything at all, deciding that in order for him to get his answer, he would have to get close to the Muwol Corps women.

Nok-du joins the gossiping gisaeng to get information from them, that Lady Cheon will be passing out sketches of the intruder to them all when Dong-joo finds him, dragging him back with her. She pushes him into the room, yelling at him that she told him not to go anywhere. Nok-du looks surprise at the breakfast tray with the seaweed soup. Dong-joo asks if it is his birthday which he admit that the only thing his father ever told him about himself is his birthday. He asks if she isn’t going to eat her seaweed soup. Dong-joo confess that she dislikes seaweed soup but before Nok-du could reach for her bowl, she grabs it and drink the soup. She tells him that she may dislike it but not enough to let him have it (LOL).

She accuses him of being a pervert for flirting with the gisaeng and if his lady knows about it which he denies that he isn’t. The two bickers about it until a young gisaeng in training comes to get Dong-joo for dance practice. Before going, she trims her hair and when Nok-du offer to help her since he’s good at cutting hair, she turns and give him a death glare (LOL). She makes him go with her to dance practice, set on keeping watch of him.

Nok-du watches and laugh in enjoyment, seeing how uncoordinated Dong-joo compare to the other trainee. (She is seriously really bad, lol). Seeing how bad she is, Lady Cheon calls for a stop as she goes down to teach Dong-joo properly, giving Nok-du a chance to slip away from her sight. He sneaks a peek at the door to see one of the gisaeng hold a sketch of the intruder. Needing to see how to divert the situation, he comes up with an idea.

As Ssook is instructing her ladies on where to patrol, a few widow rushes pass them, gossiping that the intruder is caught. Most of the widows gather artound Nok-du as he shows them the gash on his hand, demanding him to give them a full detail of what happen. Nok-du gives them the detail of the confrontation, explaining during the struggle, he got slash on the hand and the intruder got slash across one of his eyes. Deul-re shows him the sketch of the Nok-du to confirm that is the intruder but he tells them that the robe is a darker indigo, wearing a gat (bamboo hat) and ask for some ink.

Dong-joo looks around after practice, annoyed that he slips away. But she let it slide since she wants to go visit her secret hideout.

Back at the widow’s gathering, Nok-du use the ink to tweek the sketches to show a slash across one of the eyes. Soon-nyeo takes the sketches and tell her other two ladies that they will go to nearby village to search for the intruder. The Muwol ladies intended to go as well however the Virtuous ladies stop them from going, saying it is dangerous. (Lady, I am sure they can handle it way better with their skills. LOL) Soon-nyeo tells Nok-du that he can be a part of their group and they can discuss it when the ladies return.

Nok-du walks with the Muwol ladies as Yeon-hoon question how he could fight against a man. Nok-du tells them that his family are strong people, so he was raised playing with swords instead of needles. He questions where the ladies are heading. Yeon-hoon almost blurt out that they were going to catch the intruder but Ssook interject and tells him that they are going to go get woods. Nok-du offers to help them collect woods since he is good with the axe, forcing the others to change plan.

Nok-du chomps down a tree, impressing the ladies. He tells the ladies that the tree is sturdier over the other side so he will go over there and chomp some. However, it seems that was just a cover for him to eavesdrop on them. Yeon-hoon suggest converting him into their room since they need more people but the other say that being strong won’t work. Ssook tells them to focus on tomorrow’s task.

Nok-du walks away, mumbling to himself as to how he cannot go tomorrow when they’re up to something. He takes a swing of the axe on the tree but with the strength, the back of his jeogori (upper garment of the hanbok) to split, showing his masculine back (oh, I like). He tries to look at the split, spinning only to step on his skirt, causing the skirt to fall, showing his ripped abs. (oh, I like it even more). Panicking, he picks up the skirt to cover his abs and runs off. Ssook tells them that it’s enough woods and she would find Nok-du so they can head back.

Dong-joo leaves her secret cave as Nok-du runs madly trying to hide from his mishap as Ssook calls for him. Dong-joo walks by to see him desperately trying to cover/bury himself with the dead leaves on the ground. (HAHA). Dong-joo accuse him of showing her his pervert self, asking why he took off his clothes. He denies it trying to explain about him cutting woods but stop and ask her to take off her jeogori (her upper garment) for him to borrow causing her to whack him with her fan. He begs her desperately to help him this once. Taking advantage of the situation, Dong-joo makes him called her “Noonim” which he immediately gets on his knees and do so causing Dong-joo to break up laughing at his desperation. (HA, when you’re desperate, you’re desperate and Dong-joo is having so much fun with it).

They suddenly hear Ssook voice calling for Nok-du. She grabs his hand and run off, jumping into the water. They notice they’re still holding hand in the water and let go before re-surfacing as the Mulwol ladies arrives, wondering what they are doing. Dong-joo tells them that she came to practice dancing, but it got hot, so she has Nok-du join her for a bath. The ladies tell them to take their time and enjoy while they head back first.

Dong-joo and Nok-du sit on the rock to dry up (and boy, I like what I am seeing LOL). He offers her his robe to cover him but Dong-joo tell him to cover up instead since she doesn’t want to see him shirtless (girl, you and I need to talk). Nok-du asks if she truly came to practice and tells her that she need plenty of practice causing her to throw her fan at him in annoyance. He wonders if the dance is that hard to do so which Dong-joo argue it is. She challenges him, telling him that if he can do even one move right, then she would be his daughter. He accepts her challenge and does the dance beautifully (And lord, he’s so sexy. Totally squealing with his side glance smirk. PD-nim truly knows what we liked).

She wonders if he had learned the dance somewhere else, but he tells her he learned it from watch them practice today for the first time. He asks if it isn’t like that for everyone (learning it right away) causing her to mumble in annoyance, “I didn’t like him anyway, but now I really don’t like him at all.” Nok-du offers to teach her the dance which makes them consciously aware of each other due to their proximity. Dong-joo slip around but loses her balance, slipping but luckily Nok-du catches her, their eyes lock. (It’s the start of a blossoming love).