Oh, that tricky man! They are clever, our bad guys.
I want Su to get better, but I also want him to not be asleep while the bad guys are so tricksy!
I often wonder why they don't adjust his make up to make him look ill.
Maybe they thought the contrast of bouncy Hu Ge sitting so still was enough of a contrast :) Also, I want to pinch Fei Liu's cheeks. That kid is adorable.
This was quite the action-packed scene! I love watching men tumble through the air but I always get worried about the horses.
I also get worried about the horses.
An officer we have not met yet appears on horse back (but we know that this must be Xiaqiu (Sui Shu Yang) and tells Wei that they know who he truly is. It's easy: he can come with them and his men will live or he can offer resistance and everybody will die. Of course, Wei is a good guy and commands his soldiers to leave and report to his father-in-law.
I already like this guy.
Me too! I really love how the direction/editing/writer already helps you like a character so much so quickly in this drama.
Snow is falling heavily in the Capital when General Meng makes his way to Mei Changsu's house, to say goodbye - or rather, to just look at him. He is leaving the city to accompany the Emperor to the tomb. It's only for five days, but Meng feels uneasy... and indeed, Mei Changsu is more gravely ill than ever before.
Ahhh, my Meng. So tender-hearted.
Meng. Su. There is so much tension in this seemingly peaceful situation of Su sleeping.
After Daddy has left for the tomb-guarding, Prince Yu goes to his mother the Empress and asks her to go search Consort Jing's medicine cabinet. Not to find anything, just to give her a little trouble. However, Prince Yu knows that the Empress will also face some difficulty afterward, exactly for causing this trouble ... but that is all part of his plan. A secret plan, because he does not divulge any of his intentions. Of course, his mommy promises to support him whatsoever.
Please backfire please backfire please backfire
He attempts to find out more about his birth-mother while they're at it, but it seems the Empress knows almost nothing about Concubine Xiang. She only knows that the Emperor courted her outside the palace and that she lived outside the capital. The Emperor never speaks about her. Hmm... so who was Concubine Xiang?
Immediately we all realize she was NOT some low-ranking strumpet he used and tossed aside. Hmmm. But then again... why would Daddy not favor the son of someone he adored?
Curiouser and curiouser. I bet this is going to be super important.
In the Capital, a carrier pigeon brings word from Xiaqiu - and while Xiachun has the opportunity, he asks his shifu about the missing Xiadong, and then begs the Elder to please not be upset with her. He is perceptive, this one, I've always liked him! But Xiajiang laughs and says not to worry, just let her wander about for a bit.
Except didn't you see that look in Xiajiang's eye? I think now he will wonder about her when he wasn't before, perhaps.
Time to give Consort Jing some trouble then: the Empress goes to see her at her palace and starts searching all her medical supplies for poison. And of course, they find some potentially dangerous herb. And claim that Consort Jing made soup from this for the Emperor. Yawn. And even though everybody knows how stupid this is, the Empress orders Consort Jing to be confined and her palace to be locked-down.
I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. There's more to it than this.
Do NOT mess with Consort Jing! Do NOT! Argh! This was all so incredibly frustrating. Incredibly! *gnashes teeth*
Hmmm. Is she with them? Is she loyal? That eunuch looked too cute to be evil...
Now I'm very curious. Is this what Yu wants, or is this his plan unravelling?
I bet Yu has some tricky something up his sleeve. Stop Yu!
Hmmm. A two-pronged approach, Yu? I hope you are overestimating your own cleverness! I know you have Xiajiang with you, though. That doesn't bode well.
And that's the part that worries me. Xiajiang is one devious, tricky bastard, and any time he is involved there is pain and suffering. Argh! Fei Liu though is love. Look at that face!
What's wrong with Mr. Shisan?
Not telling Su, I meant.
*cries with frustration* this scene was so painful to watch unfold. You can just see a million things unravelling and about to go wrong! TALK TO GENERAL LIE!!!
I guess it's goodbye Tonglu, then...
Oh crap! Oh crap! Seriously! This is such a well-devised plan, but it's hurting all the people I love!
Ohhhhhh, I get it. This guy won't be from Mei Changsu, you watch.
He is totally Yu's man. Argh! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! I'm getting so worked up even while commenting. Argh! Ack! AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!
Ah, clever man. Confess something, but in such a way that alerts others to danger. I would expect no less from Mei Changsu's men.
Okay, Tonglu totally rocked this scene. I really hope he doesn't screw things up more though.
Wow, she's still around?
Ah! So much tension. Ah!
Ah, Banruo. You are clever, but only just a little. And you have no imagination.
Way to go Tonglu! Of course MCS would choose someone awesome! He always does!
This should be interesting.
What a clever episode. With Mei Changsu out of the picture due to his grave illness, we are left to worry ourselves sick over this evil plotting on Prince Yu's part. I mean, we know by now that he is a dangerous and smart man. But we've also seen him being fooled a lot due to his vanity mainly. What is he really capable of in terms of planning?! I don't know! If only Mei Changsu were awake and consulted... he would most certainly see through him and outsmart him.
But I can't help thinking that Mei Changsu would have foreseen a situation where they'd try to drive a wedge between him and Jing and that he'd have some sort of plans in place to counteract that. You know, in a generic sort of way.
But he totally can't counter anything while he's asleep, ill, and with his men telling him nothing. It's a recipe for disaster.
But he isn't awake and his men are trying their best to handle the situation. We have seen that they are smart and capable, but is it enough?! No, of course not. The "Consort Jing"-plot seems to be going exactly like Prince Yu wants it to go ... at least so far. Damn, this makes me uneasy.
It's okay. Any losses here will be recovered, Kakashi! Have faith!
I'm just as worried. I think I might need a hug anticipating what's to come.
And then, we have Banruo and her specific agenda. Well, sorry to say sister, but Tonglu got the better of you. I didn't expect this of him and now feel sorry for doubting him so much. It was nicely done and is obviously another indicator of how thoroughly and well Mei Changsu chooses his trusted men. Tonglu made a grave mistake in trusting this "poor" woman that suddenly appeared in his life, but he managed to dampen the blow to his organization despite his fears for her. Does he suspect something?
Or...did he ALWAYS suspect something?
I don't know if he always suspected something, but he was awesome in this episode.
Overall, this episode leaves us in a very bad place... when Mei Changsu wakes up, he will find the world around him changed. And very dangerous.
Meanwhile, Fei Lui continues to be adorable. So there's that, at least.
I guess it makes the narrative so much more interesting if our good guys are at such a disadvantage, but it's not good for my heart. Healing time: Fei Liu! Flowers!