Faith (2012) Episode 7 Recap
Sep 07 12 04:49 PM |
The charge is treason, and Eun Soo is right in the middle of it. Her protector Choi Young is caught in the dangerous trap of loyalties – his heart is true, but others twist his actions to inflame the doubts of the king. Choi Young is faced with terrible choices, some that may shake Eun Soo’s own faith in him…
Choi Young and Eun Soo watch as their enemies now turn to defend them…making them both traitors. Eun Soo suggests “Why don’t we just get out of here and pretend we don’t know about all this?” Choi smiles and takes the idea. Good one.
Eun Soo and the little ex-king run forward while Choi fights in the rear, and finally they make it into a forest. He sends them both ahead on the horse, telling Eun Soo that he’ll find them wherever they are. She’s hesitant, but complies.
The Wudalchi warrior sent by Choong Seok, Joo Seok, finds himself running into a scruffy mountain man who mentions Choi Young. Joo Seok is suspicious, but Mountain Man tells him about the reports of treason flooding in from everywhere, and Joo Seok follows.
The news reaches the capital city, and Jo In Shil, the snake, pours more words into Gongmin’s ear: “Didn’t I tell you not to trust him? Look how he follows Gi Cheol’s bidding without Your Majesty’s permission!” All those things that shake Gongmin’s faith in Choi Young even more.
Noguk also demands to see Dae Man, so Lady Choi drags him out of bedrest to answer questions. Noguk wants to know if Choi is loyal to the king – Dae Man protests that he is, of course. “Then why is he following Gi Cheol’s orders? Why did he leave for Ganghwa Island to go to the exiled king?” Dae Man has no answers to those. Jang Bin and Lady Choi protest that Choi Young would have done that under duress – if Eun Soo’s life was threatened, for example (as it was). Noguk only notes cynically that this doesn’t matter much; “It’s far easier to just lay the blame on him…and more fun.” She knows how the politics will work.
Eun Soo in fact has found an old abandoned hut, and as the king sleeps, she goes out to feed the horse. A sudden noise makes her panic, and she sticks out her dagger and rushes out with eyes closed – and is grabbed by Choi Young. He gruffly tells her two things: either know what you’re doing with a knife like that, or don’t use it at all.
Inside, he quietens as he watches her attending to the king with practically a maternal air. Eun Soo plops herself down right next to him; uneasy, he gets up and sits somewhere else. She follows right behind him and sits down next to him again. She pats her shoulder: “Rest here.”
He’s all “Why would a man rest on a woman’s shoulder?” She replies: “I’m asking the tired one to rest on the one that’s well-rested! Why bring ‘man’ and ‘woman’ into it?”
She chatters on about his reputation, imitating Choong Seok’s voice – “He sleeps for 3 days and nights. Then eats for 3 days and nights. Then sleeps again” – until she finds that he’s fallen asleep on her shoulder after all.
Mountain Man and Joo Seok try to track Choi down. Mountain Man points out the limited escape options on an island – either inland or exit by coast, noting that both are crawling with guards. They find some fresh horse dung that leads them on the right track.
The next morning, the king Choong Jeong’s ear is hurting again, which Eun Soo diagnoses as a tumor pressing against a nerve in his ear. She gives him an aspirin; Choi, who gets testy when the little boy is concerned, asks frustratedly if she can’t do more. She replies that hello, this is all she could grab when she was kidnapped. Instead, she teaches the boy a little modern skit/routine to distract him from the pain.
Choi senses something and goes outside – Joo Seok finds him there with Mountain Man in a headlock.
In the meantime, Gi Cheol receives Hwasooin’s report that she lost Choi, but isn’t angry as expected: “If you’d caught him then, it wouldn’t be fun.”
Back at the hut, Mountain Man tells Choi that the local magistrate wants to meet him, to verify if the reports are true. Choi decides he has no choice, anyway – the little king can’t travel much more.
He entrusts a message to the king with Joo Seok. Joo Seok is hesitant that the king isn’t going to be tolerant of Choi’s messages, but Choi replies, “He won’t kill you…I hope. And if he does – I’m sorry.” Haha, this is very little comfort, my friend.
At the palace, the king and queen sit down to dinner attended by Jang Bin, Lady Choi, and Choong Seok. Hilariously, they aren’t speaking to each other, so the king addresses Jang Bin to relay his words to Noguk, who’s sitting like 5 feet away. She does the same. Omg, this couple has the most entertaining marital spats ever.
Gongmin is angry that she seems so overly concerned about Choi Young, especially when Noguk relays her intention: to go to Gi Cheol, ask to release Choi and Eun Soo, to take her in their place. He won’t harm her, and she might be able to sweeten the deal with trade agreements and soldiers.
Gongmin gets right up to grab her by the shoulders. Everyone looks away. He hisses, “How far are you going to go to disgrace me? I, the king, have just lost my most loyal man. Now the queen too is so fed up of my incompetence that she tries to act on her own…Am I that pathetic? Do you like him that much?” In a small shaky voice, Noguk replies: “I only thought…he is more useful to Your Majesty than I am. You might not know, you never tried to know, but I…I…” and then Jo In Shil bursts in with his ministers.
Jo bellows about the treason, and accuses Wudalchi of holding the king hostage: “And I have proof that they are communicating with the disgraceful traitor Choi Young!” Oh crap. The other ministers back him up, and the king asks Choong Seok if this is true. With no choice, he can only fall to his knees.
And so Gi Won relays the message to Wudalchi barracks that all the Wudalchi men are to be confined here upon pain of death.
Choi Young, Eun Soo, and the ex-king end up at the magistrate’s estate, where Eun Soo takes the boy away to be treated. Choi walks with the magistrate, who seems kindly and wise, and asks why he’s doing this at danger to himself. The magistrate tells him it’s a secret of civil servants to stay on the right side.
Choi finds Eun Soo in the garden, picking herbs for painkillers. The thing is, she has no idea how to actually convert it to medicine: “Make it into a paste? Boil it?” He asks, “Aren’t you a doctor?” and she sets up to explain modern medical practices.
She grabs a small flower and tucks it behind his ear, and laughs her head off at the sight, and explains it’s to ward off the smell of blood.
They find the king’s quarters surrounded by guards. Choi starts in alarm, but the magistrate assures them that they’re his men and takes them away for food. Choi remains uneasy…
And he should, because Gi Cheol is there, crouched right beside the boy. He freely confesses that he was the one who set up this trap for Choi Young – “Because I want him. And that doctor. And that new king…I don’t like him. Your Highness, would you like to be king again? Because I can arrange that.” Choong Jeong argues that Young-ah isn’t a traitor and could never be: “Because he’s too lazy.” Haha, too lazy for treason? Sounds right. Young-ah wouldn’t go to the trouble of plotting and planning and working so hard.
Gi Cheol replies that it may be so. “But it’s not important whether Choi Young is a traitor or is not. It’s whether I have him killed for treason…or not.”
Choi is impatient to leave the meal and get to the king, but Eun Soo continues eating, and the magistrate has a question – what if, just if, the ex-king Choong Jeong commanded him to make him a king again? Choi disregards this as totally out of the question.
Choong Jeong asks if Young’s life will be spared if he kneels in front of Gi Cheol; Gi Cheol replies yes, though Choong Jeong says again that Young would never go to all that trouble just to save his life.
You never know about people, Gi Cheol replies, and takes out a small vial of Hwa Go poison. The poison gives an excruciating death by burning the internal organs. And Gi Cheol wants Choong Jeong to command Choi to drink it – then Choi will be dead, along with the rebellion, and Choong Jeong will get to live.
At the table, the magistrate asks again, and Choi Young replies: “Then I will have to kill him.” Oh no. Eun Soo chokes on her rice as Choi continues, saying that his loyalty as Wudalchi is with the current king only.
Gi Cheol outlines the scenario to the boy – either his life or Choi Young’s. “And Choi is dead either way. So he might as well die saving you.” Oh no, I have not got a good feeling about this.
Eun Soo and Choi leave, and Eun Soo calls out to him: let her take the king back to her world and heal him. And she says, “Come with me, to my world. You won’t have to kill anyone there.” He makes no answer, and heads into the king’s room.
Back at the palace, Joo Seok tries to sneak in, only to be met by a group of guards heading to arrest him. He fights them off, as Dae Man pops up to sling stones from a rooftop.
They find the boy curled up…with burns spreading on his chest and arms. Choi finds the poison bottle and shouts desperately for Eun Soo to do something, anything, to cure him. But she can’t, and he orders her to find water at least.
Shakily, the boy whispers to Choi that Gi Cheol had made him the deal; but the man didn’t know that he was dying anyway. “He told me to give the poison to you. But why would I do that?” He asks then if he will go to heaven, and what it’s like there.
Choi holds him with tears in his eyes, and tells him about “heaven”. But the boy trembles, and moans, “It hurts, Young-ah”. Quietly, Choi asks permission to end the pain, and the boy gives it. No!
Choi Young takes out his knife and holds the boy close…and stabs, tears falling down his face. Oh no…
Eun Soo comes in then and drops her bucket when she sees the dead boy and the blood and knife in Choi’s hands. He’s all stoic again as he tells her that they’ve been betrayed and to get ready to leave, but she stutters in shock. He grabs her close, telling her to stay where he can protect her. Only, she struggles away from him, telling him, “Let me go. Don’t touch me with your filthy hands.”
He steps away, struck, and she runs out. He runs after her as she goes down the corridor, stumbles over some steps…and right into Gi Cheol’s arms. Choi starts forward, but Chun Eum Ja blocks him as the two of them fight.
Hwasooin strolls up to Eun Soo (who’s on her feet now), and Gi Cheol, and all of them watch as Choi Young harnesses his lightning powers. His shield goes flying at them, but Gi Cheol freezes it and it shatters into pieces.
The magistrate arrives with his guards, and now Choi is outmanned. Hwasooin harnesses heat in her hand and rests it pointedly on Eun Soo’s shoulder. Eun Soo cries as she watches him struggle to no avail. Left with no choice, Choi drops his sword, and guards push him to his knees.