JoAnne: Would it hurt the guy to smile?
Eleanor: Jo, he doesn't yet have me in his life, of course he can't smile. Plus, this way we can see his magnificent jawline so well.
Why would he smile in this situation though!!! Ah: "Prince Jing, look this way! Yes! Thank you, now smile for the camera!"
Somehow, I just don't think... hmmm. Yu, can you not sense that this woman is not really thinking of your best interests?
Right? I think he is too full of himself to notice it though.
This is NOT going to end well. Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the biggest idiot of them all?
What if Xie Yu decides there's a 50-50 chance Jingrui isn't his, and cuts his losses?
I think that even if Jingrui is Xie Yu's blood son, I wouldn't put it past him to still cut his losses.
I mean, what he says is reality... but, still.
His brutality. He is like a deadly viper, ready to strike with complete and utter viciousness. I think he's willing to create whatever "truth" he needs to justify his actions.
Sure, there is truth... but isn't the rub that he is ACTIVELY making one of the contenders the future Emperor? That's simply meddling. And given how incompetent the Crown Prince is, it is also purely selfish.
He'd never go for Yu because he might not be able to control him.
But all of a sudden, an explosion rocks the Capital. Don't tell me ..... you frigging IDIOT! Yes, Prince Yu is to blame, he ordered the explosion and spends 3 seconds being sad about the lives this may have cost. But in his head, the end justifies the means, and the end is damaging his brother as much as possible.
You massive fuck, you.
Ugh. I have no words. Utterly depraved.
In a a nice contrast, Mei Changsu is completely shocked when he hears about the number of dead, injured, the damage to the houses nearby, and the fire that could have cause massive damage. He is pleased to hear though that Prince Jing went there with his soldiers to help and that he sent some tents and blankets from the army stores.
Because Jing is a human being.
I LOVE that Prince Jing just goes there immediately. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty (in a good way) by serving the people. A truly good leader this Prince Jing.
Also not pleased about the news: The Crown Prince. He wants to seal the area off to cover up his crime, but is informed that it's too late: the magistrate is already there as are Prince Jing's people. He rushes away, to his mommy. Now at the site, Mei Changsu, looking grave. Nihuang also arrives, with supplies. Prince Jing steps out of the ruins, just as saddened by this calamity as Mei Changsu. May I add that he looks SPLENDID.
That armor is WORKING for me.
This is easily my most favourite Jing scene of all time. And it was I think at this moment where I fell completely in love. I remember tweeting about it. *sigh*
He seems to believe it was an accident, but Mei Changsu convinces him otherwise. This was just an embezzlement case until the explosion. Now, it's much more - the punishment for the Eastern Palace will be much more severe this way. All that Yu ever wanted.
That, right there? That's about the best Su Zhe has looked since the start.
I'm still completely distracted by Jingyan, but yes, Su does look good.
That is some messed up shit you just pulled, Jing.
Oh Jingyan. Just trust Su already! Oh Nihuang. I love her. I know this kind of doesn't help Su's cover, but I ADORE her loyalty.
I loathe these two and have been very happy not to have them on my screen. Yue's smart, though. I'll give her credit for that.
She is smart, but not in any sort of way I can admire. These two. Ugh. How come he gets to be the Crown Prince?
Nihuang, don't go potential Gong Yu on us.
Haha. I don't think she will. She's a feisty one though and totally awesome.
Just wear that armor all the time, Little Prince. You fine thing, you.
As much as I love Jingyan, his stubbornness must try Su's patience a little. He loves his so much and he knows him so well though, that I think he doesn't mind too much. Oh Jingyan.
Just go with it, Jing. Unclench a little.
Listen to Su, Jingyan. If you want to help more people, then you need to be emperor like Su wants for you. And man, so much beautiful in that shot. So much.
Prince Yu, Magistrate Gao, Minister Shen and the Crown Prince have an audience with the Emperor - it seems he wants to deal with this as quietly as possible. Only a servant named Han Li is implicated (signing off on the illegal funds), the Crown Prince's name does not appear. But Shen points out that they way the profit was split (far less for the Minister and more for Han Li, well below in rank) makes it rather unlikely that the Crown Prince did not know.
Clever man, we approve of you.
I really love Minster Shen.
Aw, he looks so sad. Good.
I think he always wears muddy colors because he's basically a shit human.
Prince Yu is flooding Su Residence with presents again, this time ornaments for his newly refurbished house. Well, Su sends all of them back, but Prince Yu is still happy about it (because it makes him feel like a good person, I guess). He is very grateful to Su for advising him so well in the Crown Prince case. Banruo makes a few not very subtle comments as to how she would really like to see Mr. Su's place but can't really. Oh, she can come with him for a visit! goes Prince Yu.
Well that should be interesting. I have to admit I enjoy watching Yu be led this way and that by people, while never suspecting a thing.
She is gorgeous. If I were Yu's wife, I would not let those two spend so much time together.
While watching, I assumed he meant the prince - but now, I wonder if he meant Banruo?
Is he part fortuneteller this one? And I do love seeing more Meng Zhi on my screen.
Again it happens, sort of. Su Zhe's "small" renovation is praised to the sky by the eager Royal. Su gives Banruo the side-eye. Haha, he so does not like this woman. Su is the perfect host (of course), serving them lovely dishes and a different wine with each of them (which pleases Yujin in particular). Jingrui on the other hand is totally out of it. Poor boy. Family sucks, right?
It's only going to get worse, Jingrui. Let Yujin distract you for a while.
Jingrui's family could be the plotline for a soap opera. Poor man.
Guang Ling San). Everybody can go search anywhere they'd like for it. And whoever finds it can keep it! Wow, there's a few people SUUUUPER enthusiastic about that! And a few people going "WTF is he thinking?".
I'd be with them. I mean, obviously, there's stuff he wants people to 'discover' - but I'm not even a super secret strategist to the stars and *I* wouldn't want people just digging in anywhere in my house.
I'm sure he's got all his real secrets hidden away. I LOVE Nihuang and Meng's reactions though. Just trust Su and go with it peeps.
This busy little gardener, planting seeds...
Mu Qing! He's adorable! I love him. Su plays people so well. It's a pleasure to watch.
If they find a room, they won't go looking for it later. And possibly uncover a passage.
Exactly! Oh Su, you are so clever!
CommentsMei Changsu hand-picked those people (and knew quite well that Prince Yu would come, potentially with a plus one), so it's clear that all of this is intentional. He invites an ardent music lover who is good at finding hidden compartments? Hahaha, why does nobody ever go: "Hmmmmm, that cannot be a coincidence!" But why does he WANT them to find hidden compartments in his house? We will have to see!
I think it's that 'hide in plain sight' tactic.
I definitely agree with Jo.
Banruo is really creepy. Prince Yu is morally corrupt to the core, but it is her that seemed almost enthusiastic about giving him advice that would make innocents suffer. That said, I'm getting more and more curious about her! Whom does she truly work for?
Yes, I really want her backstory!
I love that the drama lets us get to know characters slowly, so much so that we get super curious about who they are. It's really lovely and interesting to watch that way.
Eleanor's Wang Kai looked absolutely splendid in this episode. Those shots in the rubble were hauntingly beautiful, all the grey and then his red, angry colors. And yet, I'm a bit angry with him for so completely misjudging Mei Changsu. Again. Sure, the man indeed seems shady - he also often said that he would "use" people if it is opportune to him. But a mass murderer? It is clear to anybody who has a bit of knowledge of human nature that he is not!! He needs to learn how to read people better stat, our Prince.
Agreed, 100 percent. I wonder if he expected it, even perhaps counted on it? Jing does need to be a bit more discerning about shades of gray. He can't treat the world like everything is black or white all the time, and he also needs to understand that good people will do bad things for a good cause, but more importantly, he needs to understand how far is okay and how far is not, and whether people around him can be counted on to understand that as well.
I agree. I really do, BUT I do think though that Prince Jing has had a hard life in the trusting people thing. Pretty much the most important people around him were killed (except for his mother). He has no one to really trust. He's been suffering, an outcast essentially, for thirteen years, with all his attempts at trying to bring justice to the Chiyan Army stopped at every turn. And he has been vocal about it. No one likes him, no one respects him, and yet he has continued to be just and good and to serve his country well, with no expectation of praise or reward. Then suddenly this random stranger shows up and wants to help his ascend the throne. I think it's perfectly natural for him to be suspicious, actually maybe even super suspicious. Any semblance of a happy and carefree Prince Jing was squashed thirteen years ago with the massacre of the Chiyan Army and the execution and betrayal of his beloved mentor and brother, Prince Qi, and his best best friend and cousin, Lin Shu. We know who Su Zhe is, but to Prince Jing, he is a stranger. Jingyan is hurt and angry and frustrated at the injustice around him, and feels powerless to really make any difference. Plus he's a hothead. And well, it's a character trait that makes him human. We can't have a virtuous and upright man be perfect, he has to be human, and his hotheaded stubbornness and unwillingness to bend is also what has kept him doggedly believing that the Chiyan Army massacre was wrong and that Prince Qi was betrayed and wrongly accused. And in that respect, it becomes a strength. It's what keeps him going.
Mei Changsu's plan to make Prince Jing's good deeds noticeable seems smart. Prince Jing is the type of person who would give his life to protect a complete stranger, without thinking twice. He truly cares nothing about how he looks to other people - but with that attitude, he may as well go back to one of the corners of the Empire. If he wants a shot at the crown, he needs to worm himself into his father's good graces eventually! I wonder if he learns in time, our pretty prince.
I wonder a lot of things about our pretty prince.
I do quite love that pretty prince.
And finally, Nihuang. Haha, woman, you did show a bit too much concern for the scholar there! Careful. Prince Jing kept watching them and I'm pretty sure he's come to the conclusion that they're in a relationship of sorts ... why else would she be so protective? If he thinks they're lovers, it's not such a huge problem, because the whole Capital seems to be gossiping about that anyway. But Nihuang has to be more careful! Didn't Su warn her to keep his true identity hidden at ALL cost from two people?
Every hero has an Achilles Heel. Most also have a fatal flaw.
Oh Nihuang, don't worry, we understand why you rushed to Su's defense. I just hope it doesn't get Su into too much trouble. Or really any at all would be nice.