As chief Royal Military guard insists, everyone relating to the incident, including Court Lady Choi and JangGeum, gather to the Royal Kitchen. The opinions regarding sulfur-fed ducks, which are used to prepare the King’s meal, are conflicting. They decide to test the exact same dish serve to King to HongI. Not being able to endure the torture, the merchant who sold the duck falsely confesses his crime. Due to this, Court Lady Han and JangGeum are sentenced to death on a charge of high treason.
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JangGeum tries to escape to HanYang City but fails every time. One day, JangDug, a government servant, tells JangGeum how to escape. However, JangGeum fails to escape again and is taken back to the government office. JangDug gives a piece of advice to JangGeum, telling her to learn how to give up. JangGeum wonders why JangDug, who is a government servant as she is, is being treated differently other slaves. Meanwhile, Min has arrived in JeJu Island from HanYang city and finds JangGeum. Min goes to government office to meet JangGeum…
JangGeum finds out the only way for a government slave to return to the palace and goes to JangDug to learn medicine. JangDug teaches the medicine skills to JangGeum, who strives to learn more. King JoongJong finds YeonSaeng crying for her dear friend JangGeum and sympathizes with her. At last, YeonSaeng sleeps with the King and become one of many king’s women.
JangDug and JangGeum search for the doctor who sold ginseng to a patient with a high body temperature…
Unable to forgive herself for making a mistake in performing acupuncture on JangDug, JangGeum studies hard to better herself. Min, JungHo leaves JeJu Island with JangDug to escort 300 horses. During JangDug’s absence from the JeJu medical center in a government office, JangGeum takes charge. While Min is away, Japanese pirates take over JeJu Island and governing officials flee, leaving soldiers and government servants behind.
Japanese pirates search for a medical doctor to treat their commander. At last, JangGeum has no choice but to feel the pulse for diagnosis and perform acupuncture on the Japanese commander…
JangGeum is taken to the royal military guard office for interrogation. Min, JungHo visits the royal military guard office to prove JangGeum’s services in defeating Japanese pirates, knowing that JeJe Island’s governor has made a false report. Min stays at the royal military guard offices as ordered by the chief officer, and JangGeum and GooMan return to JeJu Island. On their way to JeJu Island, JangGeum tries to build a mound over the grave where the Court Lady Han is buried. JangGeum encounters a strange boy who orders her to exhume and bury the body in another place, as the ground is not for graves. However, JangGeum notices the boy’s illness and treats him kindly…
Entering JeonEuiGam’s (the royal medical department in charge of educating and administration work) training area JangGeum faces difficulties straight away. Sin, IkPil, the chief medical educator, finds it objectionable that JangGeum has cured the son of HoPanDaeGam (a noble class). Min, with the effort to unveil Oh, GyumHo and his associates’ unlawful acts, requests cooperation from places he visits. Jung, WoonBaek turns him down but Min persuades him. JangGeum asks Shin, IkPil, her teacher, the reason he failed her on the exam of distinguishing medicines. Shin tells JangGeum that she is disqualified and tells her to give up on her dream of becoming the royal doctor.
While diagnosing patients’ illnesses with SinBi, JangGeum realizes that she has been solely relying on her limited knowledge of medicine rather than diagnosing the illnesses with humbleness to get the complete picture.
JangGeum gets a second chance to take the exam of distinguishing medicines. Shin advises her that a medical doctor needs to be a thoughtful person rather than a smart person. After this, JangGeum thrives on the training of becoming a royal doctor. However, not taking part in official discipline, JangGuem and SinBi are on the verge of failing the class…
GeumYoung is surprised to see JangGeum at an office of eunuch department. Court Ladies from the royal kitchen and royal medical department gather at the palace as the Queen begins showing symptoms of miscarriage. JangGeum follows them to the palace as well. The Queen discharges the blood and JangGeum is in charge of taking care of her. Court Lady Choi, who has become the Chief Court Lady, enters the palace and finds JangGeum, to her surprise. JangGeum calmly greets her…
JangGeum questions the result of examination of pulse and prescription for the Queen. Eventually the Queen complains about the pain while YeulI is performing acupuncture.
JangGeum speaks of her doubts and the result of the pulse examination. At last, JangGuem and YoulI feel the pulse for diagnosis in front of the royal doctors, but their opinions conflict. JoaChangSung and Min, JeonHo pressure Oh, GyumHo to reduce the amount of GongSinJeon (paddy fields and dry fields awarded to government officials) to overcome the financial problems. Driven into a corner, Oh and his associates feels threatened and plots a conspiracy…
The Queen Mother refuses all medical treatment and loses her temper with the King. The Chief Court Lady Choi takes advantage of the situation and uses Queen Mother to take care of the GongSinJeon issue. Discharged official Lee, HyunWoo takes Queen Mother’s side to plot against JoaChangSung and Shin, IkPil and to go against King JoongJong’s will.
With every effort to save her teacher, JangGeum wages her life on a bet with the Queen Mother. To win the bet, GeumYoung and Court Lady Choi join Queen Mother…
The Queen Mother starts to receive medical treatments but her condition grows worse as she has waited too long for the treatment. While Shin is busy looking for a cure, JangGeum prepares pills for the Queen Mother. The Queen and Jung, YoonSoo are offended when they find out the ingredients used to prepare the pill and demand to change the royal doctor in charge.
One night, King JoongJong pays a visit to YeonSaeng’s residence. Instructed by Court Lady Min, YeonSaeng displays her feminine charm in awkward manners. The King adores YeonSaeng for it…
The Queen requests JangGeum to prepare rice cakes for his midnight meal as she misses having it ever since she tasted it at the royal Culinary Competition.
GeumYoung finds out about this and feels miserable.
YeolI plots to get rid of JangGeum and JangGeum invites misunderstanding by her superiors and colleagues. As a result, JangGeum is sent to a place where an epidemic has broken out. At the place of epidemic, YeolI and Jung, YoonSoo plot to kill JangGeum…
Min, JungHo follows JangGeum to save her and finds JangGeum in despair. As they leave the town, they encounter the people who are confined to the village.
JangGeum talks to the village people, who are outraged with betrayal, and sends Min out of town to get medicine. However, Min does not return by the time he promised with the village people… The village burns and as people flee, Min finds and rescues JangGeum. JangDuk comes to doctor the sick with JangGeum who is sick herself. The cause of the plague is discovered and the remedy is made.
JangGeum visits Court Lady Choi’s residence to provide medical treatment for food poisoning. Even though he has no alternative, Court Lady Choi feels uneasy about having JangGeum treat her.
Oh, GyumHo petitions the King regarding Min’s disobedience and Min is discharged from his duties. However, an appeal from the village where the epidemic has broken out gets delivered to the King and he learns about Min and JangGeum’s active engagement in curing the disease.
Attempts to drive JangGeum out of the palace but Min saves her as he is made the second Highest in the Royal Pharmacy!
YoenSaeng becomes SookWon and is pregnant, one of the titles given to women who have slept with the king and become one of many king’s women. Court Lady Choi and YeolI plot together and YeolI looks after YeonSaeng…
While SinBi examines YeonSaeng’s pulse in front of Sin, IkPil, YeolI’s mistakes become obvious. Sin questions YeolI about an erroneous diagnosis but she won’t cooperate.
JangGeum takes this as a opportunity to unveil the truth about sulfur fed duck incident. JangGeum hides in NaeSooSa, (the bureau of investigations) where the access is strictly limited, to unlawfully take out the daily report on King JoongJong’s health…
JangGeum is taken to NaeSiBoo for taking out the daily report on the King’s health but gets released with the help of the Lord SangSun. Thinking this is a golden chance to get rid of JangGeum, Court Lady Choi protests to Lord SangSun but he turns her down.
Choi, PanSool and Court Lady Choi take advantage of the position SangChaek (a position in the eunuch department) and corners Lord SangSun for protecting JangGEum. At last, Lord SangSun has no choice but to report the incident of JangGeum, taking the daily report on the King’s health to the Queen… JangGeum is detained for punishment under the rules.
To unveil the truth about sulfur fed duck incident, they confiscate articles from the royal kitchens and Choi’s business to thoroughly investigate. In GeumYoung’s confiscated spice box, a poisonous mushroom is discovered and Court Lady Choi but GeumYoung strongly protests.
On the other hand, JangGeum gets closer to finding out the answers to the doubts about King JoongJong’s diseases.
With help of JangGeum, Court Lady Choi and GeumYoung clear themselves of a false accusation of using poisonous mushroom in the King’s meal. JangGeum and Jung, YoonSoo have conflicting diagnoses and prescriptions, and JangGeum is put in charge of providing treatment to King JoongJong at last. Court lady Choi and GeumYoung firmly believe that Jung, YoonSoo has plotted against them. With YeolI, they plot against Jung…
JangGeum’s prescription betters the King’s health and wins King and Queen’s hearts. Min has found a clue which will unveil Oh, GyumHo’s wrongdoings and concentrates on the matter. The erroneous diagnosis of Jung is discovered and as things go against their will, Oh, GyumHo and Choi, PanSool decide the fate of Jung, who knows secrets about them
YoungLo visits JangGeum with a bill received from Oh and Court Lady Choi, hoping to negotiate, as she cannot trust neither Oh nor Court Lady Choi. Court Lady Choi also visits JangGeum for atonement for her sin of killing NaIn Park. Suspecting Oh plotting against her, Court Lady Choi kidnaps YoungLo heading towards SaHunBoo. Min discovers a definitive clause that reveals Oh’s involvement in contraband trading with Japanese commander. Queen Mother finds out about Jung, YoonSoo’s will and orders to deliver it to her…
In front of SaHunBoo, everyone involved in the incident gathers and the testimony of Court Lady Choi and Oh conflicts. Witnesses are called upon and the truth is unveiled.
JoaChanSung, newly appointed as a ChooGookGoan, indicts Oh, Court Lady Choi and everyone involved in the incidents. Court Lady Choi escapes but realizes she has been wrong and regrets her past in front of NaIn Park’s grave.
JangGeum leaves the palace to look after the community health center. Having tried her best to follow her mother and Court Lady Han’s will, JangGeum sincerely delivers treatment to her patients while dating Min.
One day, JangGeum is called upon by the King JoongJong and is ordered to carry out an act she is not able to as a royal doctor.
On the other hand, the Royal Culinary Competition is being held to select the best Court Lady of the Royal Kitchen. Court Lady Min enters as a contestant…
After hearing the news of King JoongJong appointing JangGeum to become his royal doctor in charge, Min hands in a letter of resignation and leaves the palace. Min and JangGeum leave everything behind and take on a journey. Despite Queen, YeonSang, and DoJeDo’s advice, JangGeum carries out the King’s order, which causes upheaval in the royal court…
The Queen is shocked to find out that her own son, KyungWonDaeGun is suffering from smallpox. The only thing Queen can do to help her son is to hold a sacrifice ceremony wishing her son well. KyungWonDaeGun’s health takes a turn for the worse and Queen calls for JangGeum. JangGeum sincerely delivers treatment for KyungWonDaeGun.
Despite the opposition of JoaWeeJung and WooWeeJung, Min carries out King JoongJong’s order and creates a doctrine. Although she was one of her pupils, Shin, IkPil wishes to serve JangGeum as his superior officer out of pure admiration. King JoongJong visits JangGeum at the royal doctor’s office. While taking a short walk with JangGeum, JoongJong talks about his troubles as a King and his faith as a person. Queen Mother becomes very angry at the King and tells him to make JangGeum one of the royal concubines.
King JoongJong is jealous of Min as JangGeum reveals her feelings about Min to the King. On his way to visit Min, JungHo, King JoongJong eavesdrops on JangGeum and Min’s conversation and feels jealous and angry. Through the king, the queen’s mother’s pressure intensifies regarding the demand given to Jagguem. The King has a sword fight with JungHo over a gift given from Janggeum.