JoAnne: Oh good, I hate when things drag on forever.
She's very independent. I look forward to her going off to do things or just hang out and drink wine while Ye Hua cooks and raises the kiddo.
Why can't YE HUA cook? He used to do it all the time.
But .... he's the Crown Prince!!! :D
At least he's cooking.
I hope we don't drag out the jealous of your own self-ness of this for too long.
It would be very trippy, in real life, if this happened. Setting aside all the fantasy elements, to meet someone who is so very similar in so many ways to someone you think is dead, to have that doubt. I can deal with a lot of things being uncertain but I don't think this is one of them.
I love this family dinner. I love it so much. I just want to kiss them all, from Mi Gu right around the table to Bai Qian.
Ohhh, so has 4th Brother officially moved in with the old phoenix?
Actually, he has his own residence in the Far North - all the Fox Children are rulers of sorts.
Probably wise for now. This skill would come in handy when you have a party and some guests are snoopy, I'm thinking. Or to hide the mess from unexpected guests.
That, I wasn't so clear on. I guess she doesn't want any connection turning up.
If she has any nerve endings at all, so does she.
I would not complain if we got the remaining episodes with both Ye Hua and Shifu competing for Bai Qian. AT ALL.
Hmm, Dad is locked up. Where is Li Yuan at this point? Li Jing wouldn't do this, I don't think. Oooh, maybe it's not even Ghost Tribe, maybe someone is framing them. But how? Why? Let's blame it on Su Jin for now, okay?
That was MY first guess too.
Yep, pretty sure they did.
Yep. They're good people. They don't get a ton of screen time but manage to convey intelligence, kindness, and professionalism.
Boo fucking hoo. After meeting Bai Qian only once, Ye Hua wants to move in with her? Yep. Suck on THAT, Su Jin. The maid is sure it must have been a Fox enchanting spell. Su Jin has the audacity to call the world "unfair" - because Bai Qian gets all the things; and because this time, Su Jin doesn't dare to go up against her rival. But it does not take a lot of nudging from the awful maid plus Su Jin's belief that her reliance on her brain has brought her to where she is to set in motion another evil plan.
Haaahahahahahaha oh this should be good. This is the beginning of her end, no matter how long it takes, this moment right here starts it.
Who died and left HER boss? Bitch better mind her own business. This goes wrong in the most satisfactory way EVER, but more of that later. First, we see that our Princess Miao Qing arrives in the Heavens and has to pass muster with Su Jin. She is really serious about becoming a maid. Insane.
Seriously. We love Ye Hua too and you don't see us offering to clean up after him, even theoretically. Take a lesson.
She's not wrong there. And she will help! From Miao Qing, Su Jin hears all about the Banquet and how the silly princess thought Bai Qian was actually Su Jin.
'But then it was clear that the Crown Prince was totally into her and I'm sorry, Your Highness, but everyone knows Ye Hua treats you like a contagious disease.' No, it didn't happen. But don't you wish it did?
No respect at all. I loved it! Mi Gu is awesome. I hope we learn more about him.
It felt so good. She's so full of herself, and not even about herself but about Su Jin, because they both mistakenly believe that Su Jin matters to anyone. I mean yeah, Heavenly Lord is backing her right now but not about her, about her parents. And I think we've seen enough from those Celestial folks to know that if Su Jin became more of a liability than an asset they would cut her loose without a second's hesitation. She is completely insignificant, in reality.
He's completely unruffled by any of it. I love it. Let's hope he doesn't screw it up with Bai Qian after the mess he made of things with Su Su.
I do too, I remember commenting on it on Twitter, watching these episodes. I don't think Bai Qian minds it all, either.
Meanwhile in her head alarm bells are sounding and she's thinking 'Abort! Abort! Abort!'
Uh, because she does?
Like anyone cares what you think, troll. We'd PAY people to insult you, wouldn't we Kakashi? And then, more plotting (to get Ye Hua back into heaven). It's the Heavenly Lord's birthday feast today and she asks if anyone interesting is coming? Well, someone new is coming: The Water King of North Sea (that's our ex 2nd Prince) will bring his eldest son, Yuan Zhen. Oh no. what is Su Jin planning?! Even her maid is shocked.
Completely objectively, I have to admit that having an evil soul hasn't kept Su Jin from being really, really pretty.
He looks 16. This time, it's about the two trials she had to undergo to become High Goddess. Mi Gu certainly isn't the brightest, but he does realize what this is about - Mo Yuan! He lies about it, but still says that she ascended to High Goddess because of her battle with Qing Cang.
That's Mi Gu, loyal to the bone.
We'll take them. It's okay. He's worth it.
Hey, Riceball is Grade-A weaponry. He'd be fool not use what's at his disposal.
Someone in China, please send us photos to support our fervent belief that you can buy nuts in this very same container in the present day?
I wonder what kind of toys would be appropriate for a 301-year-old boy?
I actually think this is my favorite outfit, other than shirtless. You notice it's blue, not black, right?
Who wouldn't be? Well, Su Jin and her suck-up maid and oh yeah, most of the Celestials but who cares about any of them? WE love this little family.
I think this particular habit is very endearing whenever I come across it in a drama. It's not how westerners eat at all, and generally we consider messing with someone else's plate very rude and potentially even insulting, but this is just so caring and attentive and sweet I can't help but love it.
Yes, Bai Qian. He has all sorts of ways he'd like to pay very close attention to your needs. Allow them all, girlfriend, and praise the stars for your good fortune.
They just hang out like he's a little grown up, ha ha!
Just blame Su Jin, kill her, and figure it all out later. Trust me, you will not regret that.
CommentsAll in all, not much happened in this episode, but the dialogue between Ye Hua and Bai Qian, all of it, is so delightful! They hit it off immediately and with all her protestations and attempts to not go on walks or even chase him off, it is quite clear she is growing ever fonder of father and son. That moment where she tells A-Li she will always protect him is quite telling and important. She does not know she is his real mother, but she has already fully accepted him as "son" and she is ready to fight for him. No wonder Ye Hua looks at her like he wants to hug her close and cry.
I do know that's what she says and I believe she would fight to the death to protect him, but she's so un-motherly. Deeply un-motherly. Sometimes her lack of concern or awareness with regard to A-Li makes me feel like she's a very selfish person. Which she is and is not, at the same time. But I actually do not like her overly casual treatment of A-Li, very often.
The other important scene is when he connects the dots about Qiang Cang and her memory loss. He was quite obviously puzzling about this, and with her weird behavior - she and Mi Gu came up with this elaborate scenario in which he is doing all this to find Mo Yuan - he was growing more confused and maybe suspicious again that she might just be pretending to have forgotten about him. But knowing she went through her trial on earth, in the mortal realm, without any powers and without memory, that makes sense to him.
Let's resolve this bit quick and move on, drama folks. The longer you drag it out up front, the longer it will drag when she remembers everything, and I don't got time for that. Not when there's lovey-dovey stuff that could be happening.
He seems to have changed and learned so much in the 300 years she was missing. He acts on things, he doesn't only plan and he is no longer passive. Also, he talks to her! When she asks about that Princess he brought to heaven, he explains it to her, in as much detail as he can. When he is forced back to heaven, he is clear about how long he will stay. His son and his (past and future) wife - this is what counts for him.
I see his growth as well, but I wonder if it will be enough. I like that he isn't pressing her to hurry and get up to speed, though. He's willing to wait for her, willing to earn her all over again. And he should have to.
Several things are (of course) worrying, though. A) is she starting to remember things? That's ... not good, I guess. He is just now trying to (re-)gain her trust and if she does remember, she will probably hate him again. B) Su Jin is still doing it and she is still dangerous. Just locking her away in some obscure palace won't do the trick, Ye Hua. C) Those ghost soldiers are a problem that will need Ye Hua's attention, whoever is behind it. Can he be a good ruler and fix this and woo Bai Qian at the same time?
I guess we'll find out! It would be a really cruel drama if he couldn't though. And we're on life three, right? Si Yin-Golden Lotus, #1; Su Su and Ye Hua, #2; now Bai Qian and Ye Hua, #3. Right?