JoAnne: But Fei Lui is NOT smiling. Give the boy an orange, someone.
Eleanor: Prince Jing smiling = ❤
Maybe he licked off the other half of her eyebrows. *shivers in disgust*
Consort Jing. Can someone give her a medal. She is just too awesome.
Not to mention he's being PUNISHED.
So something I'm really curious about. Is Gao Zhan (the head Eunuch) on team Mei Chang Su? Or is he just trying to help the Emperor be a better Emperor and make sure the Crown Prince doesn't get to be crown prince anymore?
Or is he just looking out for himself?
Would we honestly mind?
I know I wouldn't. The truth hurts for the Emperor though, well if he is listening.
So...lock your idiot immoral wastrel son up with the women and booze?
I think he realizes to some degree that this will reflect poorly on him. Also, he's really not a very good leader.
Oh man. The 'I'm so disappointed in you' look. It's a killer.
This reminds me of the little kitten meme mimicking the Lord of the Rings one where Gandalf is about to fall down to the belly of the earth in fire and flame. I am rambling.
In my imagination Meng looked out the window, saw yet another minister coming to question him, threw down his sandwich in a fit, then ran out the door shouting about crazy royals and bullshit politics and don't pay me ENOUGH and I'll show YOU how to run...
Poor Meng Zhi. He has to put up with way too much crap.
Wait. No carrying over nicknames between dramas. Oh, I'd have liked to see Prince Yu in a 20th century uniform...
Haha. And ooh, a gif of those beautiful Kai Kai hands. He really does have lovely hands.
I need more Fei Lui faces in my life.
Don't we all. And more Jingyan smiles.
Well this wouldn't really be news, though, would it? Why is Meng so puzzled?
I don't think Meng Zhi has been fully let in on the extent of Su's illness, so Fei Liu mentioning Su being disgusted or possibly sick might worry Meng. Also, can I haz all the Jingyan smiles please?
Oooh! Does he finally figure it out? No, despite that look of consternation, he does not. Sigh. Did some nanny drop our Prince on his pretty head one too many times?
Just tell Jingyan already!!!! Also, Water Buffalo. hahahahahahahahahahaha I luff it.
Oh no you do NOT chastise our little flying boy, Mr. Mei. You do not. If you don't want something to be repeated, perhaps you shouldn't SAY it.
Yes, don't be mad at Fei Liu. Not cool Su. Not cool. Also, hello smouldering Jingyan.
And you totally lied and blamed Fei Lui for it. How do you sleep at night, you fibber?
And now I want to cry at poor Jingyan and not knowing and why Su has to keep it from him and how we are missing out on so much lovely bromance.
Maybe that's the problem. He's been a man and a father (of sorts) far more often than he's been a King. Too many times he chose the personal over the professional.
And he often screwed up the personal as well. I mean, he executed his son, Prince Qi, in dubious circumstances. I don't know how Consort Jing can be so kind. She is a much better human than I am.
It's locked up. No one can get in or out. Let violence erupt. Or maybe they'll orgy themselves to death. Problem solved.
But we definitely don't want any problems for Jingyan and Meng Zhi, so make sure to follow Su's advice there Meng.
Anything he says to his father will be suspect. He stands to benefit the most from the Crown Prince's downfall, so he can't argue for it. Maybe he'll push for leniency, and then later when they both do stupid things his dad will remember and send them BOTH away.
Ugh. I like neither the Crown Prince nor Prince Yu. Though at least Prince Yu is a slightly better option. Good thing I'm totally Team Jingyan for Emperor.
Well, we know the Emperor will eventually change his mind, and he won't look favorably on anyone tasked with enforcing a decision he'd like to sweep under a rug.
Gao Zhan is one smart cookie. I wonder how many other things he's been able to make sure didn't get too bad.
I hear angels singing. It's so bromantic!
Look at my handsome big doofus. So relieved!
I love how Meng is used as the writing device to explain things to us. haha.
書 / 书) and "Su" sound somewhat similar so that Meng can pretend to have said Su's name loudly. Well ... too many mistakes, guys.
It's okay. You might not have noticed, but Jing isn't all that quick on the uptake.
Poor Jingyan. Our little Water Buffalo. Su's face in that gif. hahahahahaha *crying from laughter*
Back at Jing's place, Meng Zhi takes his leave ... just to then start praising Prince Jing's many books. Prince Jing's WTF face: mmmmmmm
He then mentions the "Record of the Land of Xiang" ... and whether he has finished it yet. Prince Jing is still making his WTF face, so Meng quickly adds that he himself wants to read it. Ah, he should ask Mr. Su for it, says Jing, if he agrees, he will gladly give it to Meng. Ah yes, yes, ages ago, he agreed! Meng continues. Su is always scolding him to read more books. Jing agrees to give it to him ... after it comes back from his mother. Meng is so clumsy about everything, Prince Jing pretty much immediately guesses that he is not asking to read it himself but because "a certain someone" wants it back.
No one should ever ask Meng to play two truths and a lie.
So maybe our Water Buffalo might figure something out.
The Emperor is very angry about the many petitions about the Crown Prince that keep flooding in. The Empress is announced. She has come to tell him that it's the mid-autumn festival tomorrow, a time to gather the family. She thinks she needs an edict this year. Because the festival is in the Grand Empress Dowager's mourning period and the old lady loved nothing more than the entire family to gather. Should she reserve a seat for the Crown Prince? He suspects her of fishing for information and tells her to simply leave the family dinner aside this year. He wants everyone to just pray for a night.
I thought no one could do festivals for six months to three years depending on who they were?
Yeah, I am really not sure how that works with things like the mid-autumn festival. I bet there are rules for it.
They mentioned them indeed.
Prince Jing is visiting his mother and is served special moon cakes. And hazelnut cookies. It's been a while since they were able to spend this day together and Prince Jing does not care one bit that the family dinner was cancelled. His mood briefly darkens when he hears that Xiajiang went to see the Emperor and then, he remembers to ask his mother about Su's book. She goes and gets it for him, sighing ... why is she so reluctant to give it back? Well, they remind her of the days before she was locked up in the palace. And ... something else the matter, Consort Jing?
Yes, Consort Jing. Do tell.
Now she is one incredibly on the ball person. Oh, another Jingyan smile *dies*
CommentsSu's plan to let the corrupt men damn themselves through their action is working wonderfully well ... the whole interlude with the Crown Prince and his father is "sent by the heavens", as Prince Yu said, but it is also not something that would not have happened in this or a different form sooner or later. The only thing about Su's plan that I don't like is that it takes time ... a lot of time. Does he have it?
Of course he does. I can see it already: Jing is being crowned Emperor and everyone is celebrating and happy, and no one notices that Su has slipped off somewhere, at first. But Fei Lui notices after a while, and when he finds him, he's dead in some side room, face turned toward the sun. Everyone gathers and Nihuang, sobbing, cries that at least, now he's warm...
Joyce was telling me about how Su restoring honour and ridding the kingdom of corruption follows Chinese principles of governance and philosophy. I am sure that influences the time scale. Joyce, am I totally mangling what you were saying?
It is not Su himself that is making mistakes, but the people around him. Can we blame them? Not really. Meng is such an honest, straight guy, he simply cannot lie. He cannot even ask for a book without raising suspicion. And Fei Liu ... of course, he would also always speak the truth.
So then isn't the mistake really Su's? I think more of a calculated risk. They're not really up to the task at hand, but it's not like he has anyone else to choose from.
Yeah, definitely a calculated risk. That and I really do think it's also loyalty to some degree.
Prince Jing is at a point where he realizes that something is up - but he cannot guess that his closest friend is returned with a completely different face. Who would? Yes, sure, Nihuang got it - but that is because she has a woman's instincts and not the temperament of a water buffalo.
Poor little Water Buffalo.