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Faith (2012) Episode 13 Recap
Choi Young cuts down the superfast fighters one after the other, growing weaker each time. In the meantime, Eun Soo is faced with Uncle Doek Heung, and for once has the brains to deduce that if he has the diary, he’s on Gi Cheol’s side. Uncle smiles easily and says yes.
He’s on Gi Cheol’s orders – apparently, just showing the diary would be enough for Eun Soo to follow them back. She’s not amused, and basically tells Uncle to tell Gi Cheol that she’s not playing that game; he can just play by himself. She ignores Uncle when he asks whether she’s really a heavenly doctor, and walks off.
Choi makes it back to the pavilion where Eun Soo and he had agreed to meet, thankfully looking pretty steady on his feet. Eun Soo isn’t there – she’s handing out toothpaste to Wudalchi! Wow, um, shouldn’t she be careful about bringing modern ideas to Goryeo?
They melt away as Choi comes up and barks orders at them, but Eun Soo remains unfazed and demands to see Choi’s injuries. She manages to threaten him into it as his personal physician with the backing of the queen, and he relents.
She stitches up the wounds on his arm, mentioning that she’s running out of her modern medical supplies. Choi reassures her that he’s posted lookouts for the assassins, and is more concerned about her limp – the dagger he gave her may be too big for her.
Finally, Eun Soo is coming to terms with the fact that she’s in Goryeo, and may be here for a while so she might as well get used to it. She muses, “If I see it and remember it well, I might not even feel like going back.” She goes off to hit up some palace ladies for makeup; her own is running out, lol.
Choi reports to the king that the scholars are safe and the assassins exterminated (by him, since he was the only one who knew the safe location). He hands them over to the king, warning that ‘their safety is in your hands.’ Lady Choi wonders if Gi Cheol had a backup plan, knowing that he wouldn’t just rely on the assassins. The king is interested, but Choi is not, and excuses himself.
Uncle Doek Heung also reports to Gi Cheol, telling him Eun Soo’s reaction. Gi Cheol tells him that he wanted Uncle not just to see Eun Soo, but to bring her back to him. Once they get rid of the Wudalchi, there’s no obstacle to getting her back. He offers a deal to Uncle: get Eun Soo back willingly, and Doek Heung can have anything he wants. The only thing Gi Cheol wants…is that doctor.
The gathering is tomorrow, so Choi brings the Wudalchi to discuss tactics. They need to defend the palace thoroughly, but they’re short on men. Choi deputes himself to guard the outside, and the rest of Wudalchi to guard the inside.
He tells Ju Seok to not let even a mouse by; Ju Seok fervently promises that not even an ant will get by him, upon with Choi flicks a dead ant at him: “There. An ant.”
He goes to negotiate payment with Manbo and sister, with whom he’d been lodging the scholars. They snap when it turns out he’s not going to budge on a lower payment when they want. Dae Man runs up to report at the moment that Eun Soo…is out shopping.
She’s actually at Manbo’s stall, looking at makeup, as Manbo and sister come up and look her up and down, finally declaring that she’s definitely a good-looking one: “She’s from Heaven, all right.” Manbo even offers to give her the package for free.
They walk on, and Eun Soo shares her grand plan with Choi: Soap! She plans to distribute some for free, especially to noble ladies, and once they’re hooked, she’ll start selling. She’ll be rich! But Manbo and his sister note that this time Choi is smiling, and smiling like a real person.
Uncle Deok Heung suddenly walks up to greet Eun Soo, noting the Wudalchi. Choi stiffens in alarm, noting that Cheon Eum Ja and Hwasooin are loitering in the distance. He only bows when told that this is the king’s uncle, as Uncle asks Eun Soo to join them and she refuses.
Choi asks Eun Soo why she didn’t tell him she had met him earlier: “You said we should tell each other everything.” Eun Soo admits that if she did, he’d want to go and get the diary, which isn’t wrong. Choi tells Dae Man to report to Lady Choi that Uncle is Gi Cheol’s man, and Eun Soo’s guards to report to him on her whereabouts. Eun Soo spots Hwasooin off there, and then runs in the opposite direction in a panic.
Lady Choi reports the news to the queen – but Traitor Girl is interesting. So Lady Choi just talks about Eun Soo’s new project, while writing down the actual news. Noguk and Lady Choi both connect the dots: Uncle is Gongmin’s one royal relative, and is probably Gi Cheol’s replacement for the throne. They decide to keep Traitor Girl for now, since she may be useful.
Then Noguk tells Lady Choi…to prepare some wine that she will present to the king tonight. OOOH. I KNOW WHAT SHE’S UP TO.
Manbo and his sister have a conversation about Uncle, whom they’d seen earlier: he and Gongmin’s father were half-brothers, although he is the son of a concubine. He had been kicked out of the palace with his mother, and has lived a wandering life since then.
Choi goes shopping for daggers…maybe for Eun Soo?
Gongmin has a meeting with his advisors, saying that he plans to give official titles to the scholars he has gathered, thus giving them protection. Since he would have to get permission from Gi Cheol’s body of officials, he abolishes the office altogether.
Gi Cheol, on the other hand, is also creating jobs, this one for Uncle, under the jurisdiction of the Yuan empress. Uncle apparently couldn’t care less, and explains that he feels nothing: “This is how I’ve survived for so long.” He knows now that he will become a replacement for his nephew. Gi Cheol asks what kind of king he wants to be, and he answers, “One who will live a long time.”
Lady Choi conveys Noguk’s wine plan to the king, causing the eunuch to fall to his knees in alarm. Gongmin has no idea about all this, lol.
So he joins his queen in their quarters that night, and Lady Choi instructs the guards to project their focus out of the room, not in. Noguk proposes again calling her Yuan family for help, knowing that Gi Cheol is plotting an overthrow. She begs him to let him help her this time.
But Gongmin instead gives her a gift box…with her veil in it, the one she’s worn the day they’d first (unofficially) met. He’d found that scarf, with her gone, later. He explains now that this is all he has – no money, no power, just principles. And proposing an alliance with Yuan would jeopardize those principles.
He says, “I have broken those principles once. I swore I would never love a Yuan woman…but I have broken that.” He tells her it was too late for him to force her out of his heart, and asks if she will help him hold his other principles, and takes her hand.
Meanwhile, some boxes arrive for Wudalchi, one in particular for Choi, from an unknown sender. Uh-oh.
The day of the big gathering dawns, and all the scholars bow to the king. Eun Soo in the meantime has her lessons with Jang Bin, greeting Uncle as he passes by. She wonders about him – he was never in her history tests; was he unimportant then?
In the throne room, Gongmin gets under way with hiring and firing: Gi Won is out (for showing up for work only two days), along with one of his advisors. Gi Cheol protests, but Gongmin informs him that his office was abolished this morning, and instead gives an office to Lee Je Hyeon.
Uncle appears and makes his greetings. Gongmin replies with courtesy, but doesn’t give him any special favors.
Gongmin broods in his office later that night, asking Choi if the only reason he supports him is to fight Gi Cheol (and keep Eun Soo). The king has these doubts, wondering if he could solve all this fighting by just handing Eun Soo over…but then he would lose Choi Young.
Eun Soo meanwhile wakes up with a nightmare of her times in Goryeo, specifically her stabbing Choi. Choi himself hears it outside her door, and Jang Bin tells him she has these nightmares nearly every night.
Uncle has a good time with gisaengs, taking life easy, but boring his guards Eum Ja and Hwasooin. They perk up when they spot Dae Man and Choi Young along the way. Dae Man manages to knock Eum Ja’s flute away with stones and runs away with it, with Eum Ja racing behind.
Choi beckons to Hwasooin, who really doesn’t seem to need it. She happily saunters down, where Choi delivers a threat behind a smile: don’t show up in front of Eun Soo, because she’s scared of her. Hwasooin is characteristically not interested in obeying, but Choi tells her that if she doesn’t compy, she’ll find her right hand cut off her body.
In the meantime, Suribang members surround the king…and Hwasooin returns to an empty room. Ooh, nice plan.
Uncle is delivered to Choi, who wants to know one thing: he has the diary, doesn’t he? Of course Uncle doesn’t have it right now, but Choi wants him to get it back from Gi Cheol, secretly; since Eun Soo might find some answer to her quest for Heaven’s gate in that one, Uncle can help. If Gi Cheol did this himself, he wouldn’t need Uncle anymore. Choi leaves, after threatening Uncle into behaving well.
He returns to the palace to find Eun Soo handing out her soap to Wudalchi and the maids, and drags her off for a dagger lesson. She’s painfully bad, but manages to improve and even coax a laugh out of Choi.
But there’s bad news a-brewin’: officials conduct a search of Wudalchi barracks, particularly Choi’s bunk, and find the box. I knew this couldn’t be good.
Uncle shows up to see Eun Soo, reassuring her that he’s here of his own accord and not on Gi Cheol’s orders. He shows her the diary, on the condition that he has to be there with her.
So Eun Soo takes a look, and immediately notes that the diary can’t be a thousand years old, because the binding and paper are still pretty intact. But she still has no idea what the English letters and numbers mean.
Choi Young is approaching them, when officials grab him and drag him into the throne room. The king, wearing a very funny what-on-earth-did-I-do face, informs him that the new office’s first act is to bring to light Choi Young’s corruption.
The charge: taking a bribe to buy inferior weapons, and pocketing the remainder of the funds. A scholar reads this out grimly, adding that when the king gave Wudalchi free passes on everything, he also made them ripe for corruption.
Choi knows Gi Cheol is behind this, and comes closer and growls at him, “If you wanted to charge me for something, it should have been treason.”
Then the scholar, Lee Saek, asks him to confirm his innocence – but that would mean the blame would fall on the men who took the box: Dol Bae and Deok Man. Uh-oh; Choi is caught between his innocence and his men’s lives.
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