JoAnne: He even looks princely, doesn't he? The other two, not so much.
dewaanifordrama: That face. I'm in love. So much. And he does look so regal. That jawline.
Look at these two, thick as thieves already.
Mei Changsu and his tangerines. Love it. Poor Nihuang and Su Zhe, they can't help but be drawn to each other.
It's like they're working together, except he couldn't have clued her in to his plans.
Aaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!! Mei Changsu is so intelligent! Intelligence is so hotte!!! Even though Nihuang certainly isn't in on the planning, she's one smart cookie herself. You can see why they got along in the past and now, and why they're perfect for each other.
More and more convinced that Bear Man is a plant.
I'm so glad that Meng Zhi is on team awesome and that Mei Changsu knows what's what. ❤❤❤
That's her punishment? Go get spooked?
Well, it seems to work :)
Not only is it an aphrodisiac but some form of the date rape drug. Ugh. No wonder they're so shocked! On a happier note, I'm always glad to see Consort Jing on my screen. I want to cheer whenever she appears!
Well, he is a man with a plan, after all.
Martial arts is pretty dang awesome! And it always looks so incredibly beautiful. I know this is all choreographed, but it looks so effortless and transcendent. It makes me think of a ballet performance from The Beijing Dance Academy that I saw once. It was easily one of the most beautiful dance performances I have ever witnessed. One of the numbers they performed was The Butterfly Lovers, which coincidentally Hu Ge stars in a movie version of that legend. Sorry to be a bit random, but that was my train of thought. Haha. Welcome to my mind.
I can't decide if I want her to know or not.
I just want to hug Su Zhe. It must drive him a little crazy to live with such a complicated and dangerous layering of who is and what his goal is. And I love Nihuang for trusting him. What good people he has around him. And then I started tearing up because I just love this drama so much.
I wonder what happened to that Prince?
I feel deeply sorry for Grand Princess Liyang. The trauma of a rape that she's never really discussed. It just makes me angry.
Awwww, look at them all. I love them all!
*Happiness* I totally get why everyone wants Mei Changsu's approval. One can't help but love him and want to be on his side. Well other than the bad guys I guess. And Fei Liu, I heart that kid so much. He's like the puppiest of puppies and his adoration of Su is so epic. I love it.
Jing! Look closely!
Yaaaaaaaaas!!! I choose Prince Jing too!
*Shivers as a hint of friendship-to-come wafts through the air* #WhenAManHasABromance
Prince Jing! Trust him! You are worth it! You are special! Can you already be best buds, like right now? Please?!
*Backs sadly off the bromance boat* #WhenAManCockBlocksHisOwnDamnSelf (Jo, these hashtags are the best. I heart you).
Oh Prince Jing. I totally get why he's suspicious. He lives in a corrupt court that constantly looks down on him. I bet he feels incredibly alone. Prince Jing, I will comfort you!
His father was the Emperor...wasn't he part of the plot? (No, he wasn't ... but he was stupid enough to believe Xiu Yu and other snakes) He made his own son the scapegoat?
Yeah, this silly, suspicious Emperor killed his own son, despite his innocence just because he trusted Xiu Yu and the others and was scared of Prince Qi. It's no wonder Prince Jing isn't such a fan of the court and why he's suspicious of Su. And judging from what we know of Prince Jing's integrity and what has been mentioned, a lot of that is to Prince Qi's credit. It's also another reason why Lin Shu is so intent on avenging him.
*Hops aboard the MeiMing ship* #WhenAManHasMultipleBuds
Seriously, Team Awesome - everyone who is on Mei Changsu's side.
Especially the Empress? Really? Hmm. Okay, I guess that means the Empress was behind getting Liyang married off to the Marquis, but is she still doing that kind of thing?
I think it was not the Empress, but the Empress Dowager? In any case, seeing how the Royal Family already used it once, it seems likely they will do so again.
I think it was the Empress, and not the Empress Dowager. I can't remember if it's in flashbacks here or later, but I'm pretty sure it was the Empress.
Yes, it's the Empress, I checked.
Does that rotten man actually love his wife? I didn't expect that.
Weird reaction, right?
Totally weird. I guess he thought it was love to drug a women and have his way with her? Ugh. And yay for awesome maids!
CommentsThere are several lovely interactions and emotions again in this episode. The first is Nihuang's profession of trust in Mr. Su - whom she hardly knows, but whom she an obvious connection to. Of course, Su Zhe knows exactly what he is doing, but when she says it, it shakes him again. Being with her seems to bring him both great pleasure and great pain at the same time. *sigh* To be with her is a gift, but to be with her and not be himself, that must be very, very painful.
I still say that they could get married AND he could have his revenge. (he still IS considered a commoner, as one of our commenters wrote - he just got a special title for the time being) And then they could go off to Lang Ya Bang and do like Jo and the Professor and run a school that takes in wild boys and makes them good men. YES!!!
That would be amazing if he could have his revenge cake and eat it, then continue to drink his tea with Nihuang forever and ever. I really would love to give Su a hug.
The second important interaction is with Prince Jing, of course. It's the first time they talk at length. Prince Jing has taken an interest in the scholar and has investigated and what he learns does not impress him. In general, our Xiao Jingyan seem inclined to misunderstand Su, and Su does nothing to correct him, quite the opposite. He does not need or want Prince Jing's love - but he is ready to do all the dirty work necessary to get this man of intact morals onto the throne.
There is such a thing as being TOO straitlaced, though...
Yes, that is Prince Jing's major flaw.
And Su knows that and doesn't try and force his hand. Another reason to love Su. I trust Prince Jing though, stubborn as he is. If there's anyone who can help Prince Jing become the righteous ruler Da Liang needs, it's Su.
It seems like Prince Jing has never considered the throne for a second. He has been busy fighting wars and he knows his place: low rank, no influence, don't even try. But Su can be very convincing. In offering his considerable talents, he is able to make the Fighter Prince pause and think about this. Maybe the throne isn't such a bad idea after all?
Do it, Jing! Do it!
Prince Jing and Su for the win!!!