Faith (2012) Episode 15 Recap
Nov 04 12 08:36 PM |
Now another, more dangerous, man enters the picture, with an eye on the throne and a brain that can outsmart anyone in the palace. Choi Young is forced to play the enemy’s game, and there is only one thing at stake - Eun Soo’s life.
Uncle Doek Heung tells his plan – Eun Soo has been poisoned, and of course he alone holds the antidote. Jang Bin races over to check on her, while Choi Young goes uncharacteristically frantic, offering his little aspirin bottle as if it holds magic medicine. The verdict is that she will live only one day without the antidote.
Choi gets into action, ordering Suribang on the case, remembering the young king who had also died of poison. With this memory fresh, he heads straight into Deok Heung’s house, barging in and demanding to see the antidote. When Uncle acts offended at his lack of manners to royalty, Choi just punches him and slams him against the wall with a knife to his neck, threatening that one more kill won’t bother him.
But Uncle knows that if he dies, Eun Soo does too…and Choi lowers his knife. Choi realizes that there has to be a trade for the antidote, and Uncle says it: he wants King Gongmin’s official seal.
Eun Soo, meanwhile, dreams in here fevered state, but they are strange – they seem like memories of her in Goryeo but not the ones we know. Is this the previous version of Eun Soo that left the diary?
Choi Young goes straight to the palace, where the king greets him with a smile. But the smile falls when Choi straight up proposes the deal: the seal for Eun Soo’s life. Gongmin refuses to consider it – that seal is the symbol of his royal authority, and giving it up will really be like giving up his authority. When Choi still doesn’t listen, Gongmin orders Wudalchi to capture him.
Of course, none are match for their general, and Choi manages to fight his way into the inner chambers. Other Wudalchi take guard around the room with the seal, but they find only an unconscious eunuch – the seal is already gone. They realize that Choi must have stolen it beforehand, and then started the fight so that he could escape in the melee.
So Choi goes to Uncle with the seal and gets the antidote in return. Now he again raises his sword, asking to know why he shouldn’t kill Uncle right then. But Uncle Doek Heung is a smart one – the antidote must be administered over 21 days, once every three days. So Eun Soo is not safe yet, and the jar that Choi has will only count for three days.
Choi goes back to Jang Bin, and Eun Soo is given the antidote. Jang Bin tells him that the poison has her immobilized, although she will regain her senses before movement. In the palace, King Gongmin orders complete silence on the fight and Choi Young’s actions.
Gi Cheol has a shocked moment when Doek Heung comes to him with the seal, explaining that Choi Young brought it himself. Gi Cheol doesn’t know the circumstances, just that the man who’s loyalty he wanted so badly is now apparently working for Uncle.
Alone with his men, he confers on the situation. Although they’re worried about how their forces are stretched too thin, Gi Cheol’s main focus is still to get Eun Soo back.
Gongmin is deeply shaken and angry at Choi Young’s apparent betrayal. To him, that seal is like his throne – it is his power. But Queen Noguk has a little more trust in the general, and asks specifically which seal was it that Choi took. Gongmin rants on about the incident in reply, saying that he had even asked Choi if he knew what the seal meant, and the general he replied…”Who gave you that seal?”
That clicks – it was a seal given by Yuan, to signify Goryeo’s submissive status. So in taking away the Yuan seal, Choi has taken the symbol of Yuan’s oppressive governance. Now Gongmin is penitent and grieved, as Noguk comforts him.
Choi Young himself is by Eun Soo’s bedside, talking to her of all the things that they will do together later on when she mends. She dreams of him, of finding him sleeping, and kissing his forehead. In reality, Choi watches as Eun Soo cries in her sleep, calling out, “Don’t die.”
Lady Choi gives him the report on the palace that evening, and he in turn tells her about his plan to return Eun Soo. He asks with a half-smile if he should follow her there as well. But the events here take over his attention: Doek Heung will move fast with his new seal, and since Jo In Shil is on his side, the king will be alone against his ministers.
Eun Soo wakes up, and when she beckons him to come closer he holds her. She wonders about her dream, but then she tells him she figured out the numbers in the diary and when the portal opens – in one month. The next time it opens will be 67 years from now, and she’ll be dead and gone by then.
In the palace, the king and his ministers convene to discuss the big news. Gi Cheol starts off by asking kindly about the seal, apparently wanting to put rumors to rest – but Gongmin announces that he has removed that seal. There will be a new seal, a Goryeo seal, to give him new authority. He remains firm, despite his minister’s forebodings about war.
There is trouble brewing at home, however, as Uncle Deok Heung orders Jo In Shil to start collecting powerful people for rebellion.
Suribang is keeping tabs on those same people, and bring the report to Choi Young. Choi is at the moment trying to feed Eun Soo medicine. Manbo and his sister watch, enthralled, as the curt general turns gentle and smiley with the doctor. Eun Soo in fact wants him to find out one thing: that name at the back of the diary that she dreamed about.
So Choi goes to Uncle for Antidote Installment #2, and asks for today’s deal. “Speak with me”, says Doek Heung, and he sits comfortably while Choi tenses as time gets closer and closer to dawn and Eun Soo’s deadline. He refuses to talk, leaving Doek Heung to play badook by himself.
And then Gi Cheol enters. He demands to know what’s going on, but Deok Heung keeps the upper hand by acting calm and in charge. It’s an interested reversal of roles – it’s clear that Uncle is now calling the shots, in here at least.
And his plan is set into action: Jo In Shil authorizes royal troops to take over Gi Cheol’s estate, without the king’s command. The king is furious, and so is Choong Seok, knowing that this leaves the king unprotected. The remaining royal troops manage to shield the traitorous Jo In Shil from the Wudalchi.
The action reaches Deok Heung’s place as Suribang and Gi Cheol’s men come to report. Gi Cheol tries to remain calm, reasoning that the king can’t do anything without Choi Young…and gets the implied meaning that Choi is Deok Heung’s man now.
He roars and lunges at Deok Heung, but Choi blocks him with a sword. Of course, it’s because Choi still needs the antidote, but it just confirms to Gi Cheol that Choi has switched sides. But Gi Cheol rallies – with the several hundred troops he has left, he can surround the palace and take the king hostage. Choi Young realizes that this is true.
In the meantime, Wudalchi arrange themselves to protect the king, while Deok holds an unconscious Eun Soo.
And Deok Heung makes the situation clear, now that dawn is almost here and soldiers are on the move – save Eun Soo or save the king?