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Faith (2012) Episode 14 recap
Choi is caught between two options – implicate his warriors to save himself, or take the blame. Of course, being Choi Young, he chooses the latter. He doesn’t even defend himself against the charges of corruption, just looks straight at the king and denies it, then “You can choose to believe me or not.”
He leaves, telling them to throw him in prison or not, it’s their choice. Gongmin snarls at Gi Cheol, assuming that he is responsible, but Gi Cheol coolly replies that he wouldn’t frame Choi for something so paltry. Gi Cheol is happiest moreover at finding one more of Choi Young’s weaknesses – his men.
Choi goes back to his room and finds it a total mess, picking up Mae Hee’s sash from the floor. Jo In Shil comes in and pompously announces that he’s now stripped of his official Wudalchi title and responsibilities. The men point out that the Wudalchi answer only to the king, but Jo smirks that that order has been revoked too.
Choi gets it – it was Jo In Shil who set this up. As we know, Jo was the one who was actually taking bribes, and is now accusing Choi of the same crimes. In the throne room, the king explains to the new advisors that Choi Young was the one supporter for them. But they argue back that because of this, people assume that Choi is the one who controls the king, basically calling him an assassin.
Eun Soo tries to figure out the diary, puzzling over the numbers that she apparently wrote – her name on the back page is definitely her own handwriting. She tries lying to Doek Heung Uncle that they’re letters; but he’s smart enough to realize that they’re numbers. He snatches the diary away, saying that Gi Cheol was right. They need to have Eun Soo’s heart first to know what’s in there.
Uncle reports everything to Gi Cheol – so he was a double agent all along! Gi Cheol tempts him, telling him that he can have anything once he gets the diary and Eun Soo’s heart. Uncle smiles, and asks for a queen – and he means Eun Soo. He states that now, it’s become king…or die.
Lady Choi is doing some snooping, and manages to catch Traitor Girl passing a message to the Traitor Guard. So a little later, Traitor Girl is hauled in for questioning. No go when she tries to swallow a poison pill – Aunt just wallops her until she spits it out, lol. The results of the questioning are reported to the king: the bad guys are after his royal seal, with which they can fake official order and thereby wreak havoc.
Choong Seok sighs that they need their Wudalchi, and Gongmin too refers to Choi by the title, asking where he is. He is, naturally, having a nap outside, which is where Eun Soo finds him. She gets started cutting his stitches, chatting about her day. She’s managed to figure out that the numbers might be dates and times, specifically when the portal will be open.
He shifts, clearly uncomfortable with the idea of her leaving. She has no idea, of course, and mentions that she stopped by his room – and brings out the aspirin bottle with her flower in it! Caught, Choi Young tries to hide his embarrassment. Eun Soo loves this, and starts to sing a song about him “that we sing in Heaven.”
He’s startled at how the lyrics are from his father’s will, and she reminds him that he’s famous up there for being a virtuous person – no one will believe that he took bribes.
Gi Cheol starts to lay out his change-a-king plan. First is head scholar Lee Je Hyeon. Gi Cheol leans in and tempts him with a chance to choose a king for once, instead of serving whichever’s on the throne.
Scholar Lee then goes to see Eun Soo with Jo In Shil, and asks about the future. She firmly says that she will say so only to the king, sending them away annoyed. Choi Young though sees the danger in the encounter and tells her to pack right away. If the men decide that they want the info, they could also decide to torture it out of her. Whoa.
So, after confirming that Choi Young will come with her, Eun Soo packs…and tries to stuff in a precious Goryeo-era vase as well. Lol.
She goes on a goodbye round, visiting Queen Noguk and giving a hug. Then Lady Choi interrupts to say that Choi Young is being dragged in for his questioning. More than Choi’s guilt, however, the advisors are far more concerned with whether the king will be able “to come out from the shadow of the Wudalchi” – basically, they don’t like Choi’s influence on the king.
Knowing this, Gongmin tries to insist keeping this a purely judicial trial, breaking out and roaring in Jo In Shils’ face in Choi’s defense.
The trial gets underway, though Choi refuses to say anything. Gongmin volunteers to testify for him, but Uncle gets him there – he’s supposed to be an unbiased party. Damn. Then Choi speaks up…and confesses.
There’s nothing Gongmin can do now, and he just sits there fuming as a sentence of house arrest is handed out. Eun Soo packs, frantic with worry, but also confident that Choi will meet her where he promised to – he’s a man of his word. Jang Bin is skeptical about Choi, but tells Eun Soo to take everything and go alone if she has to.
Gi Cheol worries over the trial when Uncle reports, and comes to the conclusion that Choi Young has another plan up his sleeve.
Eun Soo waits by a pavilion for Choi to come, as Jang Bin fights off Eum Ja and Hwasooin in the hospital as they try to look for her. Wudalchi, in the meantime, manage to spring Choi from prison, with the king’s blessing.
Eun Soo tenses as she grabs her dagger…and hears Choi’s voice calling out to her. She runs up and throws her arms around him, and slowly he hugs her back.
Gi Cheol rages when he hears that Choi is free, ordering every one of his men after the pair. Uncle muses that Choi must be acting on his own, but Gi Cheol is not in a mood to listen.
After losing the assassins coming after them, Eun Soo and Choi Young end up lodging with Suribang. Young grabs Eun Soo’s dinner as he asks about the situation, and Manbo replies that they will have to stay here tonight…in one room. Eun Soo gapes, shocked – that Choi finished dinner. lol. They agree to hide there for a few days, once Eun Soo confirms that she’ll get fed.
Uncle gets his own plan underway, and goes to see Jo In Shil. He offers him a cushy position once he’s king, and it doesn’t take long for Jo to turn traitor.
Meanwhile, Eun Soo raves on like a crazy person as she tries to figure out what the heck all those figures mean. Turns out, she doesn’t know the traditional Chinese characters the notes are written in. Choi leans in to touch her hair when she’s flopped over, but stops himself.
Gi Cheol calls in his group for updates: still no news on Choi and Eun Soo, although they would be in the city. They don’t know about Uncle either, only that he went into the palace and there’s no intelligence coming out. Gi Cheol wonders if “I haven’t unleashed a bear to fight a fox”, and tells Eum Ja to keep an eye on Uncle.
That night, Eun Soo steps out of the washroom and almost in Choi’s arms. They stay still, close together, for a few seconds before moving away. Aw, Eun Soo gets the room, while Choi settles just outside. This reminds Eun Soo of her old mountain retreats with coworkers, and she proposes a Truth game.
Choi agrees, noting that he’s too lazy to lie. So Eun Soo asks what if she figures out the numbers, and finds the portal, and goes back to her world…”Will you be ok?” He replies…”No. I wouldn’t be all right.”
She says the same, saying that she would miss so many people and things in Goryeo. And him, too, much more. He reaches out a hand to trace the silhouette of her face against the paper door.
Uncle, meanwhile, calls Lady Choi to show her some paper. She tries to flip the pages, but they’re too thick and she has to lick her thumb. He tells her then – the paper is laced with poison, and as people lick their fingers, they ingest the poison. And he had put this into Eun Soo’s diary, which she’s been handling for days. So he wants to know where she is, because he of course is the one with the antidote.
At the same time, Eun Soo collapses into Choi Young’s arms, pale and feverish.
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