Faith (2012) Episode 17 Recap
Jan 15 13 06:28 AM |
Eun Soo is prepared to make a great sacrifice to save Choi Young’s life, now realizing what he means to her. But now Choi Young will have to decide who is more important – Eun Soo, or his king – because he can save only one…
Eun Soo realizes that her future self is warning her about today, about Choi Young walking into a trap. She goes straight to Deok Heung, demanding to know if Choi is in danger. He acknowledges it’s so, and Eun Soo tells him she got it from the diary. Nice move, Eun Soo.
Choi is with the scholars in the building, but he keeps feeling as though something is off. Rightly so, since assassins are sneaking into the building, nailing the entrances shut. They start to silently pour gunpowder all around the place.
She begs him that she’ll do anything to save Choi, saying that he’s not even a threat anymore now that he’s not Wudalchi. Deok Heung swiftly says, “Then marry me.” She says, “That’s all?” and agrees instantly.
An archer stands outside, flaming arrow ready and aimed at the gunpowder…when the cease-and-desist comes from Deok Heung. Choi Young bursts out ready to fight, only the find the whole place empty. They finally manage to leave safely, as Eun Soo confesses her deal to Jang Bin.
Choi Young delivers the scholars to the king’s current residence. He’s not so happy at the lack of security, but Choong Seok explains that it’s the king’s orders.
The scholars get a taste of the new system when the king and the queen invite them to sit at the same table at the same rank as royalty. Gongmin is continuing to try changing his country little by little, starting with freeing all the slaves.
Now Choi has nothing left to do, and ends up fussing and fretting to his aunt, completely at odds with having no duties to do.
At the council, the scholars have made a new seal for the king, and Gongmin is surprisingly competent at figuring out the political implications of this – he, in fact, is determined to continue acting as ruler and preparing a message for Yuan. He calls Choi Young back for one more thing – he is reinstating him as Wudalchi and leader of the guards.
And then the news of Eun Soo’s marriage plans arrives. Deok brings a message from Jang Bin to Lady Choi, and Choi Young gets it out of his aunt pretty soon. He thinks it’s a joke at first, but then when the truth dawns on him he’s horrified and decides to go right away.
Eun Soo at the moment is irritably getting dressed in her new Goryeo finery. All dressed, she goes to meet her fiancé, stopping when she sees a smiling Choi Young – but it’s only her imagination. This puts her into a grumpy mood, and she is not willing to play along with Deok Heung and treat him like a future husband. She puts it point blank: she can forgive him for poisoning her, but never for trying to kill Choi Young. To Deok Heung, of course, it’s just a glaring marker of her weakness.
He is as tricky as ever, having kept half of the diary from her, and refuses to part with it all at once, to keep her by his side. Eun Soo tries to bargain for it, and Deok Heung gives her the terms – he’ll hand over the second half of the diary on their wedding night.
And then Choi Young barrels in, fighting his way through the guards to reach Deok Heung, while Eun Soo pleads for him to stop before someone gets hurt. He turns to Eun Soo, guessing that her agreement to marry Deok Heung was connected with his surviving the incident earlier. Deok Heung, satisfied that he is in no danger, leaves.
Once he’s gone, Choi turns to Eun Soo to hold onto her wrist. She tells him that she needs to be here, since the portal opens in one month, and she still has things to do. Standing close to her, he replies, “Tell me. We will do them together.” He asks her to stay with him, even though she has suffered so much because of him.
So she tells him she has to stay for his sake – that the diary may have more warnings to save his life; she can’t try not to save him now. He holds her close, sighing at her but unable to argue. But Deok Heung in the meantime is working his own plan…and burns the last sheet of the diary.
Choi Young advises the king later in a private council. They face many problems – his own lack of face after fleeing the palace, and the fact that Deok Heung and Gi Cheol together have a formidable army. And they themselves have only fifty Wudalchi to protect them. Choi reassures the king that they will find a way without resorting to force, although there is still plenty to worry about.
Lady Choi accosts Eun Soo in her room about the wedding plans. Eun Soo still doesn’t get the seriousness of her ‘engagement’ – to her, it’s just something that can be broken off if need be, but here in Goryeo breaking an engagement to a royal is a serious business; and if it’s because of Choi Young, then Choi will be up for being drawn and quartered. Ouch. Eun Soo looks at all the wedding presents in her room, and wonders, “Should I give them back?”
Part 1 of Gongmin’s plan goes into action, with Choi leading the way into the palace with a royal decree: it basically thanks Deok Heung nicely for taking care of things in the meantime, but very definitely now orders him off the throne. The king wants the council to convene at his place away from the palace, and has also placed new authority on Choi Young.
Deok Heung is irritated in his next meeting with Gi Cheol, realizing that the king is regaining power, just outside the palace. Their main focus is still Eun Soo, though, and decide to just off the king to get her. Gi Cheol, though, realizes that Eun Soo agreeing to the marriage in a month so easily doesn’t sound right when the portal opens in a two months (as she says), and then realizes that she probably lied about the portal’s date – she must be planning to leave before the wedding.
In the meantime, Eum Ja and Hwasooin go around the king’s palace to scout.
Eun Soo creeps up during the night to search for the diary, being terribly noisy and inept and not noticing that Choi Young is standing right behind her. She gets a shock when she turns around and sees it’s him, but he simply leads her out of the room to search the next one, then ducks them both in an anteroom to escape night guards.
In the meantime, he tells her to give up her search for the diary, telling her he doesn’t care about when he dies. But she tells him that she has to know he’s ok when she gets back to her world; how would she stand it otherwise?
Wudalchi start to recruit traitors from the royal guards back to their side, pointing out that the balance of power is swinging back to the king – and they don’t want to be on the wrong side. Unfortunately, Deok Heung anticipates that Choi will start on this first, and he and Gi Cheol decide to do the assassination while they still have the manpower. The wedding will provide the cover, and soldiers (disguised as bandits) will attack the king on the way back. The date is set for the day after tomorrow.
Lady Choi and her nephew are both uneasy, but they can’t do anything about it yet. Eun Soo, on the other hand, has had it, and tosses out all the wedding presents. She goes to see Deok Heung and flatly tells him that she isn’t going to marry him and that he isn’t going to be king, anyway.
He asks about the diary and she replies that she doesn’t care about that now – she wants to spend the rest of her time close to “him”. One guess who that is. Deok Heung threatens that neither of them will get away with this; exile is the most lenient punishment. But she replies that Gi Cheol won’t do that, and neither will he take them as slaves ( Deok Heung’s next suggestion). But Deok Heung is clever, and points out that his army still threatens Gongmin, and when faced with danger, Choi Young will choose to protect the king over her.
Choi’s plan seems to be working, as Suribang intercept packages of bandit gear headed to Gi Cheol’s house.
But the enemies are one step ahead, as Eun Soo is awoken the next morning with a message – get ready for the wedding. She’s brought to the throne room to meet Deok Heung, with no other weapon left. Until Choi Young storms in.
Gi Cheol starts to fire up his ice powers, but this time Choi Young’s lightning easily overpowers him. Eun Soo warns Choi about the assassination attempt on the king, telling him to go now. But he replies that there is no other way now, and kisses her.
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