The pressure! It can't be good for his health.
This health might not be so good, but the man still looks so fiiiiiinnnneeee!!! Also, his lips match the carpet with that filter.
These are the most revoltingly babyish men I have seen in ages.
I totally love it that the Emperor basically tells them to shut up. Love it!
I can hear Sting singing faintly in the background... anyone else? No? Just me?
Hahahahahahaha. Now I do! Su, you kinda just gave yourself away a bit there. Don't blame you, Nihuang is awesome. I approve of this couple.
I kept thinking about dance scenes in movies from the '40s while this was happening.
Mmmmmm cake. WANG KAI!!!!!!!!! Oh, martial arts is pretty dang awesome.
So what do you two think? Is he an opportunist who saw a chance to save the boys or did he always plan this situation? Why those boys? (see comment in episode before - this is a special kinda boy)
He TOTALLY planned it and made sure those boys were chosen. I mean, I think he saw an opportunity present itself and made sure that the boys could be saved i.e. integrated it into any existing plans he already had. And Meng Zhi would do anything Su says. I don't think he mentioned anything to Nihuang, but she's quick on the uptake.
If I were Nihuang I would be pretty suspicious by now. At what point does Nihuang say, 'Dude, back off!' I mean, she doesn't know him. Why is he doing all this for her? She must be wondering.
Yeah, I would be suspicious too. He keeps on helping her or making sure she's okay. But she's curious because obviously something is up with Su Zhe, much more than he's letting on.
She has feelz.
Oh, but then, a servant girl approaches! She invites Nihuang to dine with the Empress. Nooo, don't go!!!!! Mei Changsu very lightly shakes his head, but Nihuang accepts anyway and follows the servants. I guess she cannot really reject the Empress, can she. Mei Changsu looks quite worried.The thing about that is, I very rarely think he 'looks' anything. He's mostly expressionless, to me. Or rather, he has one expression: Small dog, worried.
Interesting, I find he has a lot of expressions, but he is super good at being blank faced a lot of the time.
You know what, maybe he's not sick at all. Maybe all of this plotting is to hide some OTHER plotting.
I guess the upside of being mortally ill is that you can always fake things to your advantage?
Back then they didn't have the option of claiming that they were on a cleanse, or only eating Paleo, or had a gluten problem. Tough times, indeed.
I'm guessing the Empress must be rather insulted that Nihuang won't eat anything. Isn't it tantamount to saying: Hey, I don't trust you lady.
We have a fanclub name now. Worried Friends of Mei Changsu. Worried Friends, for short. Well, to be in the original club, you have to show that you live in China and watched this on a Chinese station when it first aired, and then bought the soundtrack and DVD. The international fan club is much easier - you just drool a tiny bit when you say his name, and presto! You're a Worried Bean.
Haha. That reminds me, it is airing in Korea right now which means that perhaps there is a physical album to be purchased here. I must remember to look again.
This guy just came out of nowhere and now I'll never forget his name.
Quick like a bunny, Meng! Hop to it!
Hop! Hop! Hop! You can tell that Lin Shu was an excellent military commander and that there is a reason why people listen to him.
That. That right there? That was awesome.
Nihuang is one awesome woman! Even drugged she can take someone out.
So I gather that the plot is to put Nihuang in a compromising situation. Ummm...does anyone think that would work in the long run? Forcing her to marry him? She's Nihuang, lady. She's been on her own for a decade, doing what? Leading ARMIES OF MEN? I'm guessing that ship has sailed, and she gives not one fig what anyone thinks.
I think though that the plan isn't just to be put in a compromising situation, but to rape her like the Grand Princess Liyang was. It's not just about appearances. Once her "honour is sullied", she would have no choice but to marry him. Barbaric. It's why Mei Changsu was so worried.
Sorry, but he looks like he's about to sing a soulful ballad to his brother in 3,2,1...
Prince Jing!!! Of course he can swat arrows away like flies, he's my Prince Jing ❤
Consort Yue tries to bullshit the Empress, saying Nihuang is drunk ... but of course, the Empress does not believe her. And the fleeing Sima Lei is caught and beaten by cute Mu Qing.
That poor guy, like he had any hand in planning this. He was the weakest puppet they could find, is all.
I think I would be more sorry for him if he wasn't planning on raping someone. I'm glad Mu Quing beat him up.
... and broke his leg. Haha. Awesome comment from Meng about that later.
Oh, she's disgusting. And so is her weakling son.
Prince Jing, his integrity is so impressive. I love him.
Bye bye, Yue!
Prince Jing ❤
CommentsThis episode mainly served to show us what kind of upright person The Prince of Jing is - for the good of others, he is willing to put himself in danger and to receive punishment. He seems unable to lie, which most certainly is a lot of trouble to him. It also showed that the Crown Prince and his mother are polar opposites of this prince, whose regal, powerful stance impressed Su in the beginning of the episode. These two are low in every aspect, their mean scheming, their lying, the groveling ... disgusting. And yet, the Emperor shows disdain towards Jing, and favorable towards the low vermin. Pfui, Emperor. And finally, this episode revealed something interesting to Nihuang, if she paid attention... that this Mr. Su seems quite concerned with her well-being. Oh, and a final finally: Even though Mei Changsu briefly miscalculated, he showed us how quick his wits really are by totally saving the day.
You know one of the things I really like about this drama? He puts these ploys into motion, and sometimes you know what the ulterior motive is (or think you do) and sometimes it completely goes by you because it's such a quiet thing. Half the time no one ever mentions what he was really after. You're just left to piece it together, after, or notice something later and think, 'OHhhhh...' It's so subtly done, really a treat. And how far back does it go?
I love that about Mei Changsu's plotting. The writer reveals just enough that you know something is up, and then when the reveal happens and the plan unfolds, you're just so impressed. It also shows that by murdering his father and the Chiyan army, and supposedly also Lin Shu, that the court and kingdom has missed out on having such a brilliant person protecting and helping their country. It also makes it so much easier for us to love Prince Jing because you know that Mei Changsu wouldn't back someone who could be a good leader. I mean, we know that he was BFFs with Jingyan, but he also sees in him potential to be a righteous and good leader.