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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Concubine laughs and cries in disbelief.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lu Zhen tears up the six words Gao Zhan told her during his time away.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?