Goo Hae-ryung tells Goo Jae-gyeong that she doesn’t want to get married. Yi Rim is curious about how the public truly feels about his writing.
Hae-ryung gets distressing news from Jae-gyeong about her betrothal. The king finds out about Yi Rim’s activities. Yi Jin makes a controversial ruling.
Hae-ryung sits for the examination and contends with Yi Jin’s questions about her point of view. Yi Rim tries to find the woman impersonating Maehwa.
Song Sa-hui tells Hae-ryung that she can take care of herself. Min U-won proposes to teach the recruits after they’re browbeaten by ladies-in-waiting.
Yi Rim briefs Yi Jin about the attack. Hae-ryung learns the truth about Maehwa and regrets what this may mean. Yi Jin asks Hae-ryung about his brother.
Hae-ryung is vilified for writing an appeal. Yi Jin asks Sa-hui why she chose to become a historian. Hae-ryung and Yi Rim find themselves in a bind.
The king dispatches Yi Rim to visit the region when advisers raise concerns about an epidemic. Hae-ryung volunteers to go and sees someone she knows.
Hae-ryung entreats Yi Rim to allow a controversial procedure that may ease the epidemic, but U-won questions whether she grasps her role as a historian.
Yi Rim gets a visit from Queen Dowager Im. The historians face a dilemma about their duty to record. Yi Jin approaches U-won with a delicate request.
An unexpected appeal is presented to Yi Jin, which forces U-won into a difficult position. Yi Rim asks Hae-ryung her opinion about the other historians.
With instructions from U-won, Hae-ryung heads to the king’s palace but is turned away. The historians grapple with a dubious royal order.
Hae-ryung tries to keep up with sudden changes in the king’s daily activities. Sa-hui accompanies Yi Jin on a trip outside the palace.
Officials search the palace for a prisoner on the loose. U-won shields a fellow historian at great risk to himself. Yi Jin receives troubling news.
Hae-ryung criticizes a tale told by Yi Rim. Yi Jin defies the king with a royal decree. One of the historians makes a startling confession to U-won.
Hae-ryung tries to enjoy a rare day off when Yi Rim shows up unannounced. Yi Jin hears an appeal submitted by U-won, which upsets the historians.
Queen Dowager Im responds to Yi Rim’s earnest plea. Hae-ryung’s new assignment proves to be taxing. Sa-hui realizes her fate may not be in her control.