JoAnne: Oh, I wonder if this is the episode where I didn't like him too much...
Eleanor: Yes, that plan also had potential to blow a thousand holes into some people as well.
I thought that some family wouldn't get their gift and it would start a lot of gossip and hurt feelings...but then I realized that the guards would be discovered dead with the gift, so that didn't work very effectively.
These bad guys, the gifts that keep on giving...Su headaches.
If they spend a lot of time together they'll start wanting things they can't have...it's for the best.
I think they already want what they can't have. That shipped sailed a long time ago. Mu Qing still totally ships that ship. (There is a really great comment in the last recap from A in the comments section about how Nihuang greets Su - go read it peeps!)
Liu Guan Lin), a male colleague of hers. Him giving Meng the task? Just a facade. It means they can investigate more covertly. And no pressure: but it's all up to them. Luckily (for them), they're both really smart cookies. Immediately, they start questioning the real target of the attack and the motif.
I liked that guy. He did seem smart, and like a good person. But I was suspicious a little because we very rarely get two good, smart people in a group.
Sneaksy Emperor. But also a good idea to be able to investigate covertly. Also can Xiadong have her own spin-off series? She's so cool!
I'm shipping these two Xia's together by the way. I hope they're not related.
I sort of like her for Meng, though. Or even Yujin. I did think Yujin for a bit. Ancient Chinese Cougar.
You would think if you had a super unique sword technique, that you might want to NOT use it when killing people covertly. Unless you want people to find out that you did it. I would totally ship her with Meng Zhi. Man, what is it about ships today?!
However, that behavior makes it much more likely that the Crown Prince is behind the plan. Unless Yu was so devious as to create the problem and then propose the cure...except we know that isn't what happened.
Banruo, I think she underestimates Su. She should be wiser. And yes, she does seem like she's up to something sneaksy. I promise I haven't been watching Lord of the Rings lately.
No lie. That would be hell on earth.
Perhaps even worse than hell on earth. Looking at Banruo's face, maybe she just didn't think that through. She does look sorry for getting Prince Yu scolded.
Fei Liu is happily unpacking some wooden figures, when a white messenger pigeon lands. Oh! Fei Liu hates that pigeon! Haha, it's from Lin Chen, that is why. He catches it anyway, but refuses to take it to Mei Changsu, even when Li Gang insists he must. It seems it's not the first time he does not deliver a message!
It's probably 'Remember to take your heart medicine.'
Hahahaha. Oh Fei Liu. Wu Lei does such a great job of playing him!
Like the Bureau, Mei Changsu has his men investigate swordsmen, but in contrast to them, he knows where to look: at our Marquis the Evil Ning and his buddy Zhuo Dinfeng. They have called for help from the pugilist world too: only a good sword can beat a good sword! And here comes Fei Liu with the bird... better late than never (comment from Su: "At least he's not hiding the pigeon this time")
Way to look on the bright side there Su.
It's cute how Fei Lui actually likes my Meng.
Ah! So much cute! I have such a huge smile on my face from all the cute. It's so cute how fighting everyone else is so boring for Fei Liu, but Meng is actually fun to fight. Haha. Oh Fei Liu.
Mmmm, yes. I'm dying over the hair scrunchy, though.
Yes, Meng Zhi, don't worry that pretty little head of yours about solving this case. Trust Su and rest well so Fei Liu can fight you again soon.
The real battle is heating up!
I really do think that Xie Yu keeps on forgetting that Su is Mei Chang Su - head of the most powerful pugilist alliance at the moment. But hey, as long as they keep on underestimating him, Su has the upper hand. And all while looking amazing.
Dude, your mom is a liability.
Yeah, I second that.
Oh wow, yeah. I hadn't considered that.
So because you don't need to worry about the case, why don't you two just cuddle already. I know, I know, mumble mumble, period drama, star-crossed lovers, mumble mumble.
God, I can't even stand to look her sneaky snake face.
Well, they executed him quickly. Convenient that. Can't question him.
So all this stuff was going on all along and they just never noticed? Hahahhaahah!
Haha yeah. Seriously. What is this kingdom doing? Oh right, it's filled with corruption and lacking virtue.
Tong Lu is leaving Su's residence with an empty basket when he runs into Gong Yu on the street. She has come in the hopes of being able to wish Mei Changsu a happy new year (even though he told her never to come see him without explicit orders to do so). But the man is sleeping (doctor's orders!) and she can't wait until the afternoon, so she leaves again. She needs a restraining order, this one.
Seriously. She worries me.
Yeah. Let's not giveaway Su there Gong Yu. There's a reason he's asked you to stay away.
Awww, but in other ways Pretty Zhuo seems to be a loving and devoted husband, this makes me even sadder that he's in cahoots with the devil.
He really fell in with the wrong crowd that Pretty Zhuo. Horrid Xie Yu.
That day, Xie Yu gives the order to get rid of all the evidence Minister of State Revenue Shen Zhui has compiled against that murderous Minister, and, if necessary, kill Shen too. Awww, Pretty Zhuo shows some moral integrity when he insists that the Minister seems kind and upright! (Xie Yu says that's all a show) At the same time, Yujin suggests going to a particular street - Jingrui is appalled, brothel again? Mei Changsu won't go, but he tells Yujin to take Fei Liu with him. I'm not sure that's a good idea, Su :(( They're in a good mood, all of them, making word games with Fei Liu's name.
I like this little moments of brightness. I'm glad that even while Mei Chang Su appears to be living solely for a a revenge that will come some day in the future, perhaps - we get these reminders that his life isn't horrible now. Not entirely.
I'm really amazed at how this drama and also Disguiser, manages to show such lovely touches of lightness and humour amid all the hard and sad things. Though also knowing this drama, maybe somehow Su nudged them towards thinking of that street anyway. He always has a plan that Mei Chang Su.
It makes you look at the Worried Seal a bit differently.
He is soooo good with that sword. Hotteness.
This does not bode well for our sweet Jingrui.
Oh Mei Chang Su. Let's just dwell on this happy moment here and not worry about the future.
Don't put them at the same table, though.
Ah! This is so cute and sweet! Drama! Why do you make me love you so!
No, Zhuo! No!
Yay! More awesome people for Team Jingyan. Su really has done well to assemble people who get along well with Prince Jing. Surely that should make Jingyan just a teensy bit more suspicious that Su knows how well to choose people to work well with Jingyan.
Fight scenes coming! Yes!
Keep them in bed for a while. Ha! Don't mess with Mei Chang Su!
CommentsI love all the Sunshine Boy scenes - those two have the cutest bickering and teasing going, so full of warmth and friendship! I also love their interactions with Su, how they look up to him, even though he is barely older than them, how Yujin always tries to take people's minds off grave things by suggesting some fun and how Jingrui is constantly chastizing his friend.
Jingrui is very much the older brother to Yujin, who just wants people to be happy.
They are just so lovely. They really are the Sunshine Boys.
And what does Su do? Use them TT__________TT. For a reason we do not yet know, he wants or needs to be present at that party, and of course he got an invite. Earlier, he checked Jingrui's swordsmanship not because he was truly interested in it, but because he needed intel on the style. Is every word of his part of his plan? (probably not when he is with Nihuang)
I feel very bad that he befriended these boys simply for this reason. He probably genuinely likes them, but that's just a side effect.
It could also be both. That he genuinely thinks of them as friends. That he likes them, but that he will use them to further a cause greater than himself. Su is carrying the weight of 70,000 people and their families on his shoulders. I don't like that he's got plans to use them necessarily, but he is trying to essentially resolve a holocaust.
We also got more info on a bunch of other characters...
Banruo: What's her game?! That was a really stupid move. Loved how Mei Changsu punished her by treating her like air. Childish, but deserved.
Yep. She's suspicious. I have actually wondered if she and Su know each other already.
She keeps on majorly underestimating him, so I think she just senses he's her enemy.
Fei Liu: Ahahahahaaaaaaa, he hates Lin Chen so much ... And it seems that he thinks he can no longer beat Jingrui now?
I liked that little bit of him on the roof mimicking the sword moves.
Fei Liu is like a cute, fuzzy, fluffy, fierce tiger. I love him.
Meng: Handsome but a bit dumb. So cute.
Not dumb. Not strategic.
Very lovable and loyal.
Nihuang: She is very smart.
She was Lin Shu's equal.
I think still his equal, just out of bounds.
Gong Yu: She is crazy.
Getting more worried about her messing something up for Su by the minute.
Pretty Zhuo: He is not a thoroughly bad person. Somebody save him before it's too late!!!
Please! He has a baby coming!
Yes! Please save him!