Female Prime Minister: Legend of Lu Zhen Episode 34 Recap

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So, after some teasing and good advice from my dear Elizaphantrex, who incidentally will be moving far far away from me in a week (I will write you a proper goodbye on actual paper… and then forget to mail it to you, trust me, my intention was good, the execution will suck), I have decided to pick up where I left off recap wise. I am emotionally and mentally ready to be at the reins of this run away horse again.

Elizaphantrex: Awwww, you gave me the feels. I’ll be home for Christmas. Besides, the East Coast is only a facetime away! Although, I’m foreseeing the time difference may be problematic, since we already do our best work by dwindling candlelight. And dwindling candlelight on the West Coast is early morning on the East.

Also: This post was a lot longer. But because wordpress deleted EVERYTHING I wrote…. all two episodes of it… and I’ve tried to restore it to no avail, I’ll just post the episode I wrote again. I apologize to all my readers, I know how frustrating it can be to wait  for a new post,  and I promise that I’ll try to be more punctual.

The episode opens with the Royal Concubine putting on the robe the Emperor gave her.  The Royal Concubine is confused as to why she said she would be by the Emperor’s side. Wang Shang Yi tells her that she should be good to the Emperor from now on.  The Royal Concubine can’t forget her hatred towards the Emperor’s mother and is still stubbornly holding onto Gao Zhan.

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Gao Zhan is putting on medicine alone when a figure comes in. He mistakes it to be Lu Zhen, who is on her way to see him. He grabs the figure crying out Lu Zhen’s name.

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It turns out to be the Royal Concubine who gives him the same ol’ spiel–that she’s better than Lu Zhen, that he likes Lu Zhen just because Lu Zhen looks like her. Gao Zhan pushes her away and she falls; he rushes to catch her. She says that he likes her still. He only likes Lu Zhen because Lu Zhen looks like her.

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The Emperor sees them in an embrace and Gao Zhan rushes to explain things while the Royal Concubine glares at the emperor and says that there is no need to explain anything.

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Gao Zhan tells her to shut up. The Emperor tells Gao Zhan  he should explain everything to Lu Zhen, who was standing behind him and  heard everything. Lu Zhen runs out and Gao Zhan chases after her.

Elizaphantrex: I’m not even actually watching this show (just helping with the blog), and I find this scene heartbreaking! When did I become so emotionally invested?!

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The Concubine walks up to the Emperor and tells him that he can kill her any way he wishes. He grabs her throat and asks if she really doesn’t think she did anything wrong. The Royal Concubine spits out that if she did then it was all the Emperor’s fault.

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Gao Zhan finds Lu Zhen standing in the rain and uses his sleeve to cover her face  so she won’t get wet. She tells him to answer her one question with yes or no.

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Did he like her because she looked like the Royal Concubine. Gao Zhan doesn’t answer and the Royal Concubine comes screaming at Lu Zhen that Lu Zhen is a person of lower birth and that she can’t talk to the Crown Prince that way. Lu Zhen gets mad and screams at the Royal Concubine to Shut UP. Stunned, the Royal Concubine does. Lu Zhen asks Gao Zhan one more time.

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Gao Zhan says, yes, initailly he did, but he loves only Lu Zhen and she is the only one on his mind. Lu Zhen runs away as the Royal Concubine comes to Gao Zhan, whose arm is bleeding.

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Gao Zhan cuts the sleeve and tells the Royal Cocubine that she is a cruel and horrible woman. Cutting the sleeve means that he is cutting ties with her; now they are strangers.

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The Concubine laughs and cries in disbelief.

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Lu Zhen falls to the ground in the rain and the Emperor covers her with his cloak. She begs him to tell her the whole story between Gao Zhan, him and the Royal Concubine. He agrees.

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Gao Zhan is banging at Lu Zhen’s palace doors, in the rain, begging, pleading to be let in so he can explain. Yuan Lu asks that he go back and tend to his injuries. Gao Zhan screams that he can’t have Lu Zhen misunderstand him; she might do some harm to herself. Yuan Lu tells Gao Zhan that Lu Zhen is at the Emperor’s palace. Gao Zhan tries to go there but he faints.

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Lu Zhen hears the story and decides that she won’t be anyone’s shadow. She tells the emperor that she’s been in a dream but now the dream has to end. She asks that Gao Zhan not be allowed to see her for a few days. She needs time.

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Gao Zhan is on his bed muttering feverishly about Lu Zhen and begging her not to misunderstand him in his sleep as doctors tend to him.

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The Royal Concubine is sitting on her throne, realizing that Gao Zhan has truely broken things off with her. She doesn’t kid herself anymore. She tells Wang Shang Yi that she’s done, and orders medicine be brought to the Emperor to sooth his nerves after today. Wang Shang Yi asks if the Royal Concubine cares so much why she doesn’t go see the Emperor and explain. The Royal Concubine screams that she doesn’t have anything to explain to him.

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Lu Zhen tears up the six words Gao Zhan told her during his time away.

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Gao Zhan gets well enough to see Lu Zhen, though he is not fully recovered. He glares holes into Yuan Lu who tries to stop him

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He rushes out and meets Shen Bi. Though he is polite, he brushes her off and hurries away. Shen Bi looks at Gao Zhan hurrying to Lu Zhen with great jealousy. Shen Bi also meets Shen Jia Min who tells her that Gao Zhan owes the Shen Family for his rescue. Now he definitely has to marry her. Shen Bi is also really jealous of Shen Jia Min.

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Gao Zhan arrives at Lu Zhen’s place only to be told by Dan Niang that Lu Zhen won’t see him. Dan Niang also tells him that Lu Zhen knows about his history with the Royal Concubine. And if Gao Zhan tries to force his way in, Lu Zhen will disappear in front of his eyes. Gao Zhan realizes that the Emperor must have told Lu Zhen about their history.

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Lu Zhen is inside, making the Emperor’s new robes. She stabs herself with a needles and drips blood on the robes. Dan Niang comes bounding in to tell her Gao Zhan has left. Lu Zhen orders Dan Niang to bring her some thread to cover the robes.

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Gao Zhan goes to see the Emperor who is drunk and waving a sword. The Emperor asks Gao Zhan why he did not guard his palace so that the Royal Concubine couldn’t  get in (along with some other drunken insecurities and frustrations  that deals with the royal concubine). Gao Zhan tries to stop the Emperor from destroying the palace with his sword and the Emperor slashes Gao Zhan.

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Thoughts- I’m still too mad to think clearly about this episode. Mainly because I lost it all, and a bit of my sanity to go with it.  Serenite78 usually has some really good thoughts about the characters. So if you see Serenite78 post a comment, it’s  always a very good read!

Elizaphantrex: Wow, that was intense, y’all. Also, Gao Zhan’s looking darn shmexy in white, amiright?

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6 thoughts on “Female Prime Minister: Legend of Lu Zhen Episode 34 Recap

  1. annedarmawan August 2, 2013 at 8:40 am Reply

    Wow! Thank you for the update..
    I have to say that this is the one episode I got the most emotional from…
    It’s a roller coaster and I can truly feel for LZ…
    Poor ZG that he has to deal with this…

  2. annedarmawan August 2, 2013 at 8:41 am Reply

    Btw, Elizaphantrex…. Why are you leaving your Best friend??
    So sad that you have to leave her…

    • elizaphantrex August 3, 2013 at 12:16 am Reply

      I’m starting graduate school! And I only applied to schools across the country because I was feeling adventurous. There’s also more of a market for my field on the East Coast.

      • dramatictealeaves August 3, 2013 at 12:28 am

        Hey prof. heffalump remind me to send u a care package when u get there. It will most likely contain a bottle of moscato and a couple of posts I need edited (jk…but not really)

      • annedarmawan August 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

        Ow.. ok… Take care girl.. :)
        Best friends are hard to find…

  3. serenite78 August 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm Reply

    oh my… I am almost too scared to write now…. but it is this “almost” that makes a difference (just like in a beer commercial in my country, anyway)… ;)

    There is one scene that made my brain stop its all functions, due to the highest WTF factor of the whole episode. Gao Zhan’s “misunderstanding” with Lu Zhen had me so totally grossed out for quite a few minutes (hours?) I was almost unable to proceed it. Because, let’s be honest:
    a. they have totally different clothes (colours)
    b. they have totally different headpieces
    c. they are different in height
    d. I am sure they “feel” diferent in someone’s arms ( and we know Gao Zhan did have his part in checking Lu Zhen’s waist few times before, right? not mentioning that the RC more vulptuous than LZ anyway…)
    I am left to believe that a great war hero was so blinded by pain that he mistook RC for LZ just because they look alike?Or maybe I missed the scenes where LZ comes and goes from Crown prince’s palace whenever she wishes and that she actually spends loads of time in his bedchamber? or those where she actually runs to him everytime he comes back to the palace? or those where she sits on his big bed waiting for his return? This just does not compute in my mind and I refuse to believe in it.

    But…I just loved Gao Zhan’s “oh crap” face when he saw that Lu Zhen is behind Emperor’s back (and believe me I threw some pretty nasty comments in this stunned face of his….). The whole scene is just great – the scriptwriter was either totally sober when wrote it or totally stoned as the brilliancy of this part ist off any charts I could imagine. We start with the section when “blinded” Gao Zhan mistakes Royal Concubine for Lu Zhen, this being observed by the always sweet-tempered and benevolent Emperor, who practically shields LZ from the ugly truth with his back. And then the Emp catches RC in a deadly grip around her neck and…. the scene turns into something I do not even care to watch. I think scriptwriter ran out of the steam in this moment but regained some of it with a brilliant cloth cutting scene. it was so good to watch all those emotions shown in RC’s face. plea, horror, disbelief and this hint of sadness when the truth hit her brain like a load of bricks at the end.

    I also liked the last scene between Emp and GZ. Emp being able to lash out only when being drunk is so pathetically epic, I want to reach out and pat his head. I found his words towards GZ justified and well-said: if you do not want RC why can’t you draw the line? why do you still let her in? why do you linger?
    my thoughts exactly Emp. let’s hit some bars on our way out of this mess, shall we?

    ps. Gao Zhan, I really like you boy, but you should never tell a girl you like that she looks like somebody you liked before. its like – 1500 to your mana and restoring it will cost you much more than a lousy walk to her headquarters. diamonds work on most of the girls (preferably attached to a bracelet or a ring) but of course you had to fell in love with genious craftsmaker, so I don’t know…. go to a war or something?

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