Faith (2012) Episode 4 Recap
Aug 28 12 05:25 PM |
Eun Soo starts to realize where and when she is, but does not know that her story is starting to spread, putting her into danger. What she is concerned about is Choi Young, the enigmatic warrior with a seeming death wish. He speaks to no one about it, but the clue lies in his past…
EPISODE 4Gi Cheol gets curious about this Choi Young of Wudalchi and asks his assistant to do some digging. He finds that Choi is the son and grandson of illustrious scholars, and is surprised why he would choose to be a lowly warrior. The assistant replies that Choi was head of the shadowy assassin group Jeokwoldae.
Gi Cheol seems impressed, and decides that he must have him as an ally.
Then we go to Choi Young’s mind, where he walks through a beautiful frozen landscape toward a man. The man turns and asks, “Have you found it yet?”
Back to real life – Choong Seok reports to Choi that they have only 100 warriors they can truly trust to guard the palace. Choong Seok is not sure about the threat Gi Cheol poses to the king, but Choi tells him, “He was…really scary.” This, apparently, is a new enough thing that Choong Seok and Dae Man gape. This also gives Choi a reason not to rest or heal: “If their leader collapses, what will happen to so few?” He mutters then that it would also deprive him of his last opportunity, but doesn’t say what.
Eun Soo is getting new Goryeo clothes from Jang Bin. After Trial 1 where she appears in their equivalent of underwear, she gets it right, all the while chattering possibilities about how she came here. Stargate? Wormhole? She can’t tell since she was never a sci-fi or fantasy fan.
The mute girl, Doek, brings in some of her medicinal herbs that clean toxins from the body, and Eun Soo listens curiously as Jang Bin explains. She picks up a disc to nibble on it, then spits it out when she hears that it’s actually toad, ha.
Jang Bin wonders that she doesn’t know any of these herbs, her being a disciple of Hwata in Heaven, after all. Eun Soo remembers who Hwata is, but starts to explain that she took an oath to Hippocrates instead, when she gets a summons.
She goes to meet the king, and the first thing she notices are the beautiful Goryeo-era vases, which would be cheap here but priceless antiques in her time, lol. The king enters and both of them decide to drop formalities since neither is certain how to address the other.
Princess Noguk walks down a hallway when Choi Young joins them. She wants to know if everyone in the kingdom wants both king and queen to die. He replies that he doesn’t know and deflects by asking where she got so fluent in Korean: she was only married to the king two years ago, not long enough to speak as well as she does. She initially takes it as a rebuke (that he doesn’t want to hear Korean from Yuan woman) but confesses that 8 years ago, she met a Goryeo person and started to learn his language so that she could speak to him. Oooh, interesting.
She asks again about politics, mentioning that she knows about Gi Cheol and his power, and their own lack of it. She asks that if Gi Cheol were to become king, Choi Young would be head of his Wudalchi: “So is this why you want to die? Are you tired of being the warrior of this and that king?”
The princess places her hand on his forehead and feels his fever, and he goes still. He asks her to remove her hand, but she only says, “Do not die. That is the Queen’s order.” OMG, is she in love with him?
King Gongmin lays down his proposal for Eun Soo to become the Royal Physican. Eun Soo reminds him that she has to return: “And I’ll forget all about the kidnapping if you send me back with a couple of paintings and vases.” Haha, she is really cracking me up today. Jo In Shil tells her that the portal is closed, and she sasses him right back.
The king entreats her by saying that the country is under Yuan’s thumb and that the people of Goryeo need her, mentioning the kings who came before him…which triggers Eun Soo’s memory. She starts sing-songing a grade school mnemonic of kings, and finally arrives at…”Gongmin?! You’re that Gongmin?...And that was Princess Noguk?”
She gasps to know that this is the famous King Gongmin, who’s paintings she’s seen in modern day. She mentions Choi Young’s shrine and Jo In Shil sounds surprised that there’s a shrine to Wudalchi (as he’s often called), and this is another shocker: “The psycho I stabbed…is Choi Young?!”
The whole conversation is overheard by the eunuch, who tells the maids, who tell the guards..and soon the whole palace knows about the doctor that descended from the heavens and tells the future. The news reaches Choi, who’s furious at his guards for confirming the rumor, because now Eun Soo is probably in more danger than ever.
He goes straight to find her, where she’s admiring the square footage of her room, clutching the vase like it’s her retirement fund (and it probably is, lol). He tells her to get packed right away and that he’ll send guards for her.
Eun Soo refuses to go anywhere, saying that king has her back now, and finishes with a “So there” expression. Exasperated, Choi Young calls Deok for some rope to tie her with…and if a sneer could be happy, Doek has that sneer on her face as she produces rope on the spot.
Choi’s vision starts to blur and he reaches out and then collapses on the spot. Eun Soo cries out in alarm, dropping her vase in the process.
The rumor even reaches Gi Cheol’s house, where he and Hwasooin decide that it’s time to pay the king a visit.
Choi comes to and immediately asks if anyone knew he collapsed; Jang Bin replies that only him, Eun Soo, and Doek. Eun Soo casually chatters on about how his abs saved damage to his internal organs, completely unaware that talking about body parts might be a little uncomfortable for a Goryeo man.
She asks him if he’s the only Choi Young in Goryeo, because in the future he will go on to do great things. That gets his attention, and she starts to elaborate her theory that instead of the heavens, she came from the future…when a fireball comes flying at them and explodes.
Choi stuffs Eun Soo down just in time, and takes off after Hwasooin. Jang Bin comes up to Eun Soo, but she only grabs him, mumbling, “X-men…powers…” Doek comes up to see them seemingly in an embrace, and her face looks unhappy.
Choi swings his sword as he chases Hwasooin, telling her to get lost. She smirks at him before flying off the ramparts.
Choi then takes the blood-spattered letter to the king. Earlier he’d asked Jang Bin to run some tests on it, and now he explains (with the aid of centipedes) that the blood is not human, but chicken. So the paper is actually a fake, planted there by someone as bait, afterwards.
The king knows he has two choices: acknowledge that the letter is a fake (and risk war), or say nothing and remain under the heel of Gi Cheol.
Choi tells him that it is his decision and that his own decision to leave remains the same. The king is curious and asks why – not as a king, but as a friend. Eun Soo stops by in the corridor to listen:
Choi Young’s father had died when he was 16, and he had joined the Jeokwoldae. They were his father, brothers, and sisters. They’d been nighttime fighters, striking fear into the hearts of their enemies. But then as time passed, their numbers dwindled, their information became unreliable, and their enemies stronger.
We watch the animated sequence as only a few warriors are left to fight. The leader goes back to rescue a fallen woman warrior, but loses his arm in the process. At long last, after years of fighting and sacrifice, they are summoned to the king’s presence.
Back to live action, as a younger and happier Choi Young bounces around the room in glee; he slings an arm around the woman warrior as he plans the gifts and acknowledgement they’ll get from the king after so much hardship.
Their leader (CHOI MIN SOO) reminds them to comport themselves with dignity, reminding them to honor the king they serve. The team assembles and heads into the palace throne room…only to be met by a scene of total debauchery.
Ministers and the king drink and eat loudly, flirting with half-naked gisaeng, as more of them dance. The warriors are shocked, but keep their faces straight. The king stumbles up to them totally drunk, laughing and prodding at them like they’re some new toy. He grabs the leader’s sword and swings it around like a joke – until he spots the pretty woman warrior.
This is new and he chuckles in delight at the sight of a woman in armor, and then commands: “Take it off.” OMG. The girl hesitates, not sure what to do, but the king loudly reiterates his command, and she slowly starts to take off the clothes. The belt drops, then the armor, and the robe, and she continues with tears in her eyes until she reaches her underwear, and stops.
The king commands her to keep going, sliding the sword under the straps of her garment, and finally the leader stops the sword. The king grows furious – so this the man that challenges him, the man about whom it is said that the peasants trust more than the king. Angry, the king points the sword at the girl and lunges – and the leader steps in front and takes the sword in his stomach.
He drops to his knees, blood dripping from his eye, and the king laughs. Choi Young steps forward, but the leader stops him, telling him that he must take over Jeokwoldae and continue to serve the king…and Choi Young reluctantly agrees. The leader dies, as the warriors kneel and the king continues to laugh in delight.
King Gongmin is shocked at the story, and now understands why Choi Young disliked him, and that king had been none other than his older brother. Now Jeokwoldae is no more, and he asks what Choi will do with his life. Choi only replies that he will try to find a reason for living.
The king leaves, and the moment he does, Choi bends over the table in pain and then passes out on the floor. Eun Soo rushes in screaming, “Psycho!” and starts yelling orders at the people coming in to help. Choi dreams again of the winter scene, now fishing with the man, whom he addresses as, “Father.” He asks: “Can’t I just stay here, right here?”
The next day the court convenes, and the king and the queen take their thrones. King Gongmin addresses the court with the story of his arrival, and the appearance of the heavenly doctor – and a curtain is raised to show Eun Soo. (She tries to scamper off but gets shoved back in her seat by Lady Choi).
And then someone calls out loudly, “What is this?” It’s Gi Cheol, who swaggers up right to the throne and addresses the king like he’s a child, reminding everyone that he spent most of his life in Yuan and has no experience of ruling: “So who has been telling the king such lies? What heavenly doctor? That demon in the shape of a woman?” He points right at Eun Soo, who cringes.
“You, who are you? Answer me!”