JoAnne: Making him wait in the COLD.
Eleanor: If you slap him, send him over to me and I'll comfort him.
I just don't buy that this maid wouldn't have been told not to say anything in advance of Jing's visit...and even if she wasn't, once it was clear Consort Jing didn't want anything said, why would she keep speaking up? Because of this behavior, I'm back to thinking she's actually working for Yu.
Yeah, I don't trust her one little bit. Argh! Surely she knows Consort Jing isn't someone to mess with. And Jingyan, Kakashi is right: THINK for a second here! Don't be so hasty. Listen to your mom as well. Argh! Prince Yu has such a good plan! Don't fall for it Jingyan!
Oh my God will someone just stuff a sock in her mouth?
Listen to your mother Jingyan! Listen! You are being such an idiot right now! Argh!
Jingyan. You and that hot temper of yours. Stahp! Though he does look rather hot right now. Focus Eleanor, focus. Jingyan, stop being an idiot. No really. Stop.
More likely to have damaged elsewhere...but hmm, shaken Jing syndrome?
I'm just going to look at how gorgeous he looks because it seems that he's not listening to anyone's advice. I do get that he really struggles to trust people, but what I don't get is that he also won't listen to his mother on this one.
They have gunpowder and secret tunnels and stuff but no one invented a wheel chair yet? Walkers?
Su!!! Argh!!! This is all so frustrating!!! *cries*
Jingyang is cold and haughty when he finally opens the secret passage, pretending he is surprised to see Su there. It's Commander Lie who does the talking and says they need to save Wei Zheng. Mei Changsu is puzzled about Jing's behavior, to say the least. Mei Changsu urges them to be cautious about the Wei-case: anything they'll do will have to involve Prince Jing. And that would mean losing everything he has gained! Well, too late, says Jing. He already annoyed his father beyond repair about this today.
Eh, you're still walking around free, Jing. It's not as bad as you make it out to be.
Ack! Su is so in the dark here and Jing is being an idiot. When will this episode end. Jingyan is very, very, very much going to regret this one day.
Mei Changsu is super alarmed to hear this and tries to explain to Jingyan how this is a trap by Prince Yu, but hey, Jingyan already knows. It's a plot to make his father see that he still cares about the people he lost over the Chiyan Army case. That he is a threat to him. So what's the fuss? The trap is sprung. Mr. Su sees things a little differently though: Because everybody - including the Emperor - already knows how much Jingyan cares about the case, this one time did not cause a bigger issue. But he cannot continue to stir this pot! He got lucky one time, but if he keeps pressing this, history will repeat itself and Jing will end up like his brother, Prince Qi.
Quicker than you can say filicide, yep.
Okay, everyone take a deep breath. Let's fill in all the details. Jingyan tell Su why you're so pissed off at him, and then we can clear this all up and get back to getting rid of the bad guys.
But what does that mean for Wei Zheng? Well.... DAMN: "One who has design on the world must know when to sacrifice", says Mei Changsu. Utterly cold, Jingyan turns to Mei Changsu upon hearing this and tells him, voice as cold as ice, that he has understood. Fully. He walks away ... and cuts down the bell at the secret passage.
*Golf clap* Very dramatic move. Mistaken, but still.
Nooooooooo!!! Don't kill this budding bromance! Jingyan! Noooooooo!!!! Dang! Those fierce eyes!
Mei Changsu falls on his knees in a gesture of utter despair, but Jingyan is done: He actually thought that Su was different. But now he sees that he is not, but that he is immoral and heartless. If he, Prince Jing, did what Mei Changsu told him and became amoral himself, what would that make him? Not a bit better than the people they are up against! So... he is done with Su. So done. And with that he leaves and locks the secret passage. TT__________TT He broke up with him :((((
From bromance to nomance :(
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! Can you feel my despair! Jingyan! Don't be an idiot!
What the f*** happened while he was asleep?! Mei Changsu is left to wonder (in slightly different words). But no time to cry. They must prevent Prince Jing from doing anything rash.
His men need to debrief him ASAP. Actually they needed to debrief him much earlier.
Snow is falling again and Commander Lie tries to talk some sense into his Prince: is he sure he wants to block the secret passage like that? He is certain that Mr. Su is still on their side and the best option they have, even if he may not understand the bonds of loyalty to people like Wei Zheng. Listen to your man, Jingyan! You're being far too emotional right now and butthurt, you stubborn ass. But no... Jingyan does not yield.
Of course not. He is, after all, his father's son. They would naturally share SOME traits.
I will focus on the pretty snow right now because I also want to slap Jingyan right now.
Ah, help may come from another side, it seems! Consort Jing has started thinking... Together with a very sorry Xiaoxin, she reconstructs what happened and who helped her "escape", from the moment the maid asked to go to the toilet. She then sends the maid to go and thank the Eunuch and his cousin who aided her with some coins. Then, she gets ready to welcome the Emperor, who isn't feeling too well.
Come on, Consort Jing. Fix this for your son!
Now why couldn't have Jingyan inherited Consort Jing's calm collectedness. Her EQ is boss.
Mei Changsu got dressed and is hurrying outside, with his retainers running after him, attempting to stop him. But what's the point? Mei Changsu screams at them. Would they really have him go back to bed to sleep so he can wake up to Prince Jing caught firmly in Xiajiang's trap? His life will be worthless then.
I wonder if he really would have said to leave the situation alone with Consort Jing, though. He would have left Wei Zhang.
I doubt he would have left her situation alone. He would have done something to stop that I think. Wei Zhang, I don't know. That's a hard one for Lin Shu, but maybe not MCS.
At Prince Jing's Palace, he is left waiting outside. For more than an hour. Okay, enough is enough, Jing! >.< Finally, Commander Lie comes down the stairs and tells Su to leave ... Prince Jing is busy. Not leaving, says Mei Changsu.
I've never understand why this tactic gets people to change their minds.
Maybe because in this case it gives Prince Jing a minute to cool his mind when he realizes MCS is willing to stand in the cold and snow. Or maybe people don't want others collapsing on their front doorstep.
She should be the Empress, really.
I wonder if she gives it away at some point. Not today, but someday.
I love Consort Jing so much. She is just the best.
So simplistic, though. Is he worth the empire? When the goal is to save it from utter destruction? I'd say no, actually. So would Wei Zhang, I'm guessing.
I think that's the gamble Su is making. Wei Zhang is the person who saved Lin Shu's life, so he's maybe even personally more important to Su Zhe than he is to Prince Jing. While I do think that Prince Jing is not necessarily looking at the big picture here, this is exactly why he should be Emperor - he values individual human life. Yes, yes, I know that he could save many by being a good and just emperor, but without this sort of integrity, he wouldn't be worthy of why Su wants him on the throne. It's actually the same sort of dilemma Su had to make before with Jingrui - is sacrificing the friendship of his cousin worth the greater good of exposing the Marquis' evil deeds. None of these decisions is easy or black and white. That's politics for you.
Oh come ON.
She is such a diplomat, though.
I find it interesting that the Emperor despite his suspicious behaviour, actually trusts her and seeks her out. As if he recognizes the good, and in some way wants to have it.
But, but, but...
Jingyan. You are being a stubborn water buffalo right now. And anyway, he's also misunderstanding Su with the Nihuang incident as well. moonlil was telling me that this is when viewers in China said they would go and eat beef steak because they were so mad at Jingyan in this episode. And the vegetarians said they would avoid milk and cheese. hahaha
Seriously, Jingyan. THINK.
THINK!!! Also - that is LIN SHU SHOUTING AT YOU YOU WATER BUFFALO!!!! Ooh, the snow is so pretty.
Right? It totally pulled me out of the scene, but it also made me think, 'Oh, maybe he'll remind Jingyan of his cousin...'
Hahahaha. You tell him Su! His IQ is definitely a bit offline here (another phrase Joyce and moonlil taught me from Chinese netizens). I really love how Su spoke to him as he would as Lin Shu. It was so refreshing. Also, despite me being really angry with Jingyan being an idiot right now, he still makes me swoon. Argh! Jingyan!
I got distracted by the wording and kept thinking 'Fire at Meiling 13' makes a good title for a disaster movie.
*cries* This scene. This is Lin Shu shouting at his water buffalo cousin. Lin Shu is trying his best to not add to the crimes at Meiling. Jingyan. Just stop being an idiot *starts crying as I'm typing*
That does it. But now, Prince Jing is crying and Mei Changsu is probably feeling guilty, because he knows... he knows what Jing is feeling. He knows he still regrets not having been there when his dearest friend and his brother needed him the most. He understands and knows this - so how could he be insincere? He will do his best to save Wei Zheng.
Bromance status: almost repaired
*still crying* I'm not even joking about that. I love and care about these people so much.
Oh, yeah. That. Wouldn't anyone have mentioned it? Oh right, he's barely just now getting the news.
Yeah, Jingyan didn't wait to get all the news, and Su doesn't even have all the details he needs yet either. Hug it out guys. Hug it out.
A woman to the rescue!
Hmmmm. That question keeps coming up. Oooh...and the Beast is out there, too.
I just love how all the little pieces come together in this drama. I want to hug this drama!
Thankfully Jingyan is much less of an idiot by the end of the episode.
Man, I really hated Prince Jing in this episode, at least temporarily. But then, I tried to see things from his perspective, and I guess I get it... First, he was extremely hurt by what he felt as betrayal by a person he had begun to open up to. He has no real friends anymore and he misses his cousin Lin Shu so very much... along comes this Mei Changsu, who reminds him of his cousin, and he starts opening up, starts feeling ... this bond again, just for it to be brutally severed (in his mind). In his hurt, he is lashing out ... that explains the way he treats Su.
He's pissed because he thinks Su didn't prioritize his mother, and then the conversation about Wei Zheng just made that seem even more likely to have happened. Not that he wants anyone used, but this was his mother.
I really do feel for him, and so does Su, but he does have quite the stubborn temper. I've also been thinking a lot about Jingyan in general as a character, and I think in some ways he's experiencing PTSD. He's pretty much been in survival mode for the past 12 years or so. He's out fighting all the time, which does actually give the brain trauma, and he's grieving the loss of Lin Shu and the Lin family and his brothers in arms. He's on the defensive all the time because he has no one, except his mother, who has very little power in the palace as well. He's all alone and suffering and grieving and has trauma, so I get it, I really do.
Second, his stubborrness is not without reason. Indeed, Mei Changsu suggests to "sacrifice" Wei Zheng. That is truly amoral, if you think about it, because this guy was HIS trusted man too in the past and the one he fled Meiling with. He spoke like a true, heartless strategist when he suggested it, and it is wrong. It goes against everything he wants Prince Jing to be. That Prince Jing would throw everything away to get this man out is not a fault, but a virtue. If only he did not act so rashly!
I think that when you weigh the future of the nation against the future of one man, the nation wins - not the idea of 'nation' but all those people. That presupposes that Jing IS the only choice for future emperor AND that he makes it, of course... but if you throw away your chances, then it's guaranteed not to happen. Make an attempt, yes, but you make damn sure it doesn't compromise Jing.
Wait, isn't that the argument I was making about Jingrui ;P jk just teasing you. I was also wondering if this was a bit of a test that Su was giving Jingyan. He's also still pretending to be a heartless strategist. I think Su would love to save Wei Zheng, and if he hadn't been asleep and ill, he might have already. When he made that statement about sacrificing him, Jingyan didn't know that the Alliance had already attempted a rescue. It's not like Su's people haven't already tried, they just didn't succeed. If Jingyan would calm down for a second, they could actually talk things out.
Mei Changsu realizes this fault in the course of this episode and that is why he agrees to sacrifice his own men (and potentially himself? I don't have a good feeling about this) to get this done. It is certainly not a fully rational thing to do, seeing how well defended the Bureau's dungeons are. We could in fact argue that the life of one person does not justify the certain death of many. But Prince Jing made this choice and will not budge, and thus, the situation changes. Wei is now more than just "one man", he is a symbol for this whole bloody mess, for the corruptness in the court, for Xiajiang's power and role in this, and for the Chiyan army and the injustice done to it.
Oooh, I like that. It's an overly sentimental construct but it accurately represents his feelings. They are what they are.
I fully trust Su though that he can use this to his advantage. I also think that for Su, bearing the burden of restoring the honour of 70,000+ souls, means that he knows that ultimately, he isn't going to make it out alive - so sacrificing himself was always part of the equation.
Freeing him - or even just trying to free him - will set in motion a lot of things who will be hard to control. The peace in the Empire is at jeopardy in this, because of how closely the Emperor is associated with the Chiyan army case. And yet, it's interesting that he himself has started to think about it more and more ... He is ready to hear other people's opinions now, without getting rage fits. And he seems to be feeling guilt and doubts. Things are indeed starting to change in Jinling...
Where's the other prince? Still locked up?
What other prince? Prince Qi? He was executed a long time ago. Or are we talking about a different prince? Man, the dominoes have started to fall, or should we say, the weiqi board is starting to look really interesting.
She means the Crown Prince, I'm guessing.